Big surprise in Meran: O’Connor Wins Alps Stage 3
PeloPics: Dimension Data’s Aussie claimes a beautiful win at the Tour of the Alps in a spectacular stage as Thibaut Pinot takes the overall leadership after attacking from distance.
Ben O’Connor (Dimension Data) soloed in a thrilling stage 3 of the Tour of the Alps (Auer/Ora – Meran-o 138,3 Km) thanks to a decisive attempt in the last kilometers. The Australian rider finished 5 seconds ahead of the first chasing group, led home by new overall leader Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ).
Italian Domenico Pozzovivo completed the day’s podium, whilst the former leader, Colombian Ivan Ramiro Sosa (Androni Sidermec) had a difficult day due an unfortunate crash on a descent, losing the leader jersey which he had taken on Tuesday’s stage 2 on the Alpe di Pampeago’s finish line.
Tour of the Alps Stage 3 Result:
1. Ben O’Connor (Aus) Dimension Data in 3:30:05
2. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 0:05
3. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
4. George Bennett (NZ) LottoNL-Jumbo
5. Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana
6. Chris Froome (GB) Sky
7. Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
8. Manuel Senni (Ita) Bardiani-CSF
9. Alexandre Geniez (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
10. Michal Schlegel (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice.
Tour of the Alps Overall After Stage 3:
1. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ in 10:52:19
2. Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain Merida) at 0:15
3. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana
4. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky at 0:16
5. Fabio Aru (Ita) Sky at 0:50
6. George Bennett (NZ) LottoNL-Jumbo at 1:21
7. Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana at 1:27
8. Ben O’Connor (Aus) Dimension Data) at 1:36
9. Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Bardiani-CSF at 1:45
10. Jan Hirt (Cze) Astana at 1:55.