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Thomas De Gendt takes in Catalonia, with great number, wins the stage and becomes the new leader

Thomas De Gendt has the third (shortened) stage in the Tour of Catalonia won. Our fellow went in the attack and kept a handsome stand against a hunting elitegroepje in a nerve-wracking finale. He picked up not only the victory but also the new leader and crossed the mountains jersey in the bag! Simon Yates was less than half a minute, the second.

The third stage of the Tour of Catalonia was due to avalanche risk reduced from 199,2 km to 153,2 kilometers. The stage started in Sant Cugat del Vallès, but did not finish at Vallter 2000, but in Camprodon.

De Gendt in flight of the day

Thomas De Gendt had a further meaning in to the attacker-pur-sang (Lotto-Soudal was with Clément Chevrier (AG2R) and Luis Mas (Caja Rural) initially two men. Then with Pablo Torres (Burgos) and Mikel Bizkarra (Euskadi) there are two males in the front were connecting to, was the flight finally departed. Yet, Movistar and Mitchelton-Scott the five escapees still within shot with never more than three minutes clue.

Mountains on first col

De Gendt was first on the top of the Coll de Bracons (1st category) and insured so all of the mountains jersey. Only Mas and Bizkarra were afterwards aanpikken at our fellow countryman, and with z’n threes stevenden them off on the final climb, the Port de Collabos (2nd category).

Only on second col

On that last slope had The Company of his companions, however, permanently on site and picked up also on which Port the Collabos the bergpunten. The peloton looked initially the cat out of the tree and De Gendt might just be ahead of more than two minutes to consolidate. To Mitchelton-Scott the throttle open turned. De Gendt finally came up with 1’30” clue and threw himself down.

Nerve-racking final

The top however was on 13 miles of the arrival and the last piece in the direction of Camprodon ran also firmly uphill, headwind included. In addition, he was hunted by a elitegroepje with Thibaut Pinot, Simon Yates, Nairo Quintana and Mathias Frank.

When she approached were until 44 seconds, came Quintana, in the service of team leader Alejandro Valverde, however, not on the head, making the chances of our fellow countrymen yet again increased. It was a grueling and nerve-wracking finale but he stand. What a song!

20 seconds was Simon Yates second. The Company is also the new leader, 23 seconds ahead of Valverde. In the slotkilometers comb ADam Yates, still heavy fall.

Results:

1. Thomas De Gendt

2. Simon Yates +20”

3. Silvio Herklotz z.t.

4. Mathias Frank

5. Nairo Quintana

Position:

1. Thomas De Gendt

2. Alejandro Valverde + 23”

3. Daryl Impey + 29”

4. Simon Yates +29”

5. Thibaut Pinot +31”

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