Masnada surprises the favorites and Sivakov continues leading

The Italian Fausto Masnada (Androni) surprised the favorites and won the third stage of the Tour of the Alps. Sivakov remains at the head of the race.


The Italian Fausto Masnada (Androni) surprised the favorites and prevailed in the third stage of the Tour of the Alps played between Salorno and Baselga di Pinè with a route of 106.3 kilometers, in which the Russian Pavel Sivakov (Sky) kept the jersey of leader.

Masnada, of 25 years and recently third in the Giro of Sicily, took advantage of the marking among the candidates of the general to attack within a small group to 2 kilometers of goal and reach the finish line alone, celebrating the triumph more The rider of Bergamo crossed the finish line with a time of 2h.58.09, at an average of 35 kms / hour, with 4 seconds ahead of the British Tao Geoghegan (Sky) and the Polish Rafal Majka (Bora ) giving time to the main group with the leader included. Chris Froome reached the finish line at 11 seconds, losing 7 seconds to rivals such as Vincenzo Nibali.

In the general classification, the Russian Sivakov remained in front, who will defend the leader's jersey in the fourth stage with an advantage of 8 seconds about the Czech Jan Hirt (Astana) And 23 with respect to the Italian Mattia Cattaneo (Androni) .

The stage starred 12 starters, among them the Spaniard Fernando Barceló (Euskadi Murias), who resisted along with the French Elie Gesbert (Arkea) until the last kilometers. It was the dream of the modest with an income of 25 seconds to face the last 13 kilometers. The peloton was absorbing each of the components of the initial leak as the goal approached.

The rising profile encouraged the favorites . Claudicó Barceló, the 23 year old from the factory of the Alberto Contador Foundation bronze in the European sub'23 in 2018 and winner of a stage in the Tour del Porvenir, a corridor for the future. And Gesbert tried giving the drowned man's hand, because immediately he was going to change the panorama.

A 6 of the goal favorites moved. The first firecracker was the Polish Majka, who followed the wheel the "Shark" Nibali and later Chris Froome protecting Sivakov. With a selection of 7 runners 4 kilometers from Baselga di Pinè, Froome put on his chevrons to the rhythm of a grinder, constantly looking at his heart rate monitor. All wheel of the Tour de France's four-time champion, like a luxury gregarious protecting the leadership of his russian companion.

The young Masnada (Androni). the less dangerous of the general attacked with strength to 2 of goal before the passivity of the components of the decisive escape. At 1.50 of the general did not worry anyone, so he took the opportunity to live his moment of glory, with time even for the celebration. This Thursday the fourth stage between Baseiga di Piné and Cles, of 134 kilometers, is played.



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