Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) has on Monday the third stage in the Tour of Spain (WorldTour) to his name. After 178,2 km between Mijas and Alhaurin de la Torre was the Italian the fastest in a sprint. Viviani took the for his compatriot Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek Segafredo) and the Slovakian champion Peter Sagan (BORA-hansgrohe). The Pole Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky) retained the leader’s jersey.
The stage started with a hard climb of the first category, and the undulating landscape is traded for the Andalusian plain. Six riders formed the early breakaway of the day. With the Frenchman Rolland (EF Education First) and the Spanish Saez (Euskadi) and Maté (Cofidis) was the half of the breakaway the same as Sunday. The trio was completed by another Frenchman, Peters (AG2R), and two new Spaniards, Molina (Caja Rural) and Simon (Burgos). Their maximumvoorsprong walked on four minutes.
At a little more than 40 km from the finish put the Lotto-duo Campenaerts-Wallays a counter-attack. They fell away at the front, but to fight for the victory was not in. Campenaerts fell into a falling piece literally road in front, also the other escapees were over for the meet back up.
Pöstlberger (BORA), was still the longest, but he was also 6 km from the arrival spell. So it was the expected sprint and it was Viviani, in his Italian kampioenentrui, perfectly placed by Michael Morkov. Viviani hastened to his sixteenth victory of the season, for Giacomo Nizzolo and Peter Sagan.
Tuesday awaits the riders in the fourth stage of the Vuelta again climbing. The ride will start in Velez-Malaga for 161,4 km later arrive at Alfacar Sierra de la Alfaguara, a slope of the first category.
1. Elia Viviani (Ita/QST) in 4h48:12 (avg. 37,099236 km/h)
2. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita/TFS) at 0:00
3. Peter Sagan (Svk/BOH) 0:00
4. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra/COF) 0:00
5. Simone Consonni (Ita/UAD) 0:00
6. Danny van Poppel (Ned/TLJ) 0:00
7. Michael Morkov (Den/QST) 0:00
8. Matteo Trentin (Ita/MTS) 0:00
9. Ryan Gibbons (ZAf/DDD) 0:00
10. Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel/EFD) 0:00