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Santos Tour Down Under. Stage 3. First uphill finish shakes up general classification

The third stage from Unley to Paracombe with a total distance of 131 km and a short but steep climb Torrens Hill in the final shook up the general classification of the Santos Tour Down Under.

Four riders of Astana Pro Team, Luis Leon Sanchez, Omar Fraile, Manuele Boaro and Fabio Felline stayed up there in the mix on Torrens Hill (9.3% average, 20% max.). Later, Fraile and Sanchez tried to follow the counterattack of a few riders, who responded to a decisive attack of the Australian rider Richie Porte, but in the end they had to step back a bit, finishing 27 seconds behind Porte, who won the stage in a solo style.

- We worked very well as a team, trying to support our leader Luis Leon Sanchez in the best possible way. With 9 km to go Luis Leon avoided a dangerous crash but he had to brake, losing some time. Later the guys did their best to bring him back to the front. On the final climb we tried to stay among the leaders, Luis Leon tried to follow the main favorites, but, maybe, this climb suited better to more explosive riders. I think we still have a chance for a high place in the overall classification, so we will keep on fighting in the next days, - said Stefano Zanini.

Porte moved up into the lead of the general classification of the Tour Down Under, while Luis Leon Sanchez is now 23rd and Omar Fraile is 24th, both are at 37 seconds behind the leader. 

Stage 4 of the race will be held tomorrow: 152.8 km from Norwood to Murray Bridge.

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