Fernando Gaviria returns to victory and Almeida continues to lead

The Colombian won the third stage of the Tour of Poland, adding his first win of the season. Joao Almeida continues as leader of the general classification.


Colombian Fernando Gaviria (UAE Emirates) finally debuted his locker this season by winning the sprint in the third stage of the Tour of Poland between Sanok and Rzeszów, the longest of this edition with a distance of 226.4 kms, in which remained the Portuguese leader Joao Almeida (Deceuninck Quic Step) .

Gaviria broke the bad streak after several secondary positions in the Giro d'Italia and was able to regain her smile by raising her arms as the winner, with a time of 5h.18.15 in a long day, controlled in many moments but very nervous at the end.

The cyclist from La Ceja (Antioquia) beat the 19-year-old Dutchman Olav Kooij (Jumbo Visma) and the German Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain Victorious), the first leader of the event.

In the general there were no changes. Deceuninck defended Almeida's interests well and the Portuguese remained in front with 4 seconds over the Italian Diego Ulissi, Gaviria's teammate in the UAE and the Slovenian Matej Mohoric (Bahrain) .

A 10-man getaway maintained the lure of a steep stage in the middle and flat at the end. The Italian Filippo Conca was the best classified 2 minutes from Almeida. The Colombian Arroyabe, Owsian, Taminiaux, Van der Hoorn, Konychev, Vervloesem, Vahtra, Bohli and Stalnov joined the project.

The group on the run overcame the 3 scorable difficulties of the day, but always controlled for reasonable differences. In Deceuninck he pulled the calculator to avoid upset. At 45 from the finish line, the delay of the main group was 3 minutes, already in a softer zone.

Completed the 200 km Van der Hoorn, Taminiaux, Clarke and Owsian tried to break the good order in the escape, but the maneuver was already late, since the platoon was already 50 seconds away, hungry to hunt and cause the sprint.

The last kilometers were of persecution and uncertainty. Three against a platoon that flew to destroy the illusions of the great adventurers of the day. It ended up imposing logic and unequal force in favor of the majority.

The trio tried to resist until the last pedal stroke, but ended up throwing in the towel just 3 km from the Rzeszów finish line, when Ineos took command in the approach maneuvers to the finish line.Those who had to contest the victory there were ready, on the home straight, with sharp claws, and among all of them the strongest was Gaviria, a sprinter who was double world champion on the track, with 5 wins in the Giro and 2 in the Tour. A "cheetah" that was trading lower lately. At last it appeared. Although he may not like the nickname, he was once again La Ceja's "missile".

This Thursday the fourth stage is held between Tarnów and Bukovina Resort, with a route of 159.9 km, a mountain day with an interesting finish with a rise of 1.9 km to 7.3 percent where the men of the general are expected.

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