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Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana. Stage 3. Windy stage ends with bunch sprint

Stormy wind became an important factor not only at the Dubai Tour, where stage 4 was cancelled, but also at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana. At the third stage of the race the wind up to 40 km/h provided a real challenge to all the riders.

- Despite its profile and bunch sprint, we can’t say it was an easy stage. There was a very strong wind and a high risk of echelons, so it was important to stay in front all the time. Our team did a great job today, holding our leaders in front of the pack the whole day. So, everything went well for us. Anyway, the stage was really tense and exhausting. Every day here in Valencia is a serious test for everyone. Tomorrow will be another hard day. The final climb is really tough, but we know it perfectly, - said sports director Dmitri Sedoun.

Stage 3 of the race has constituted 161 km from Canals to Riba-Roja de Túria. Danish rider Magnus Nielsen won the stage in a missive sprint. Nikita Stalnov became the best Astana performer with 25th position. All Astana Team leaders Michele Scarponi, Jakob Fuglsang and Pello Bilbao finished safety in the main group.

The key’s stage 5 of the race will be held tomorrow: 180 km from Segorbe to Llucena.

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