The third stage in the Tour of Valencia was won by Greg Van Avermaet. He took it in a leg, colored was by a flight of ten with a very busy Preben Van Hecke.
The third stage was dominated by a flight of ten. One countryman: Preben van Hecke (Topsport – Baloise). The ex-champion of Belgium should however in advance unmeritorious have known because the broken route and the arrival a few kilometers after the top of the Salto de la Mora, five kilometer climb to slightly more than five percent, promised a battle between the gc riders. The escapees were never exaggerated a lot of space. Van Hecke made however great impression on the road, and tried the lead in another of his about remained vluchtgezellen to drive away.
But at the foot of the final climb were the final escapees to remind you for the effort and was able to the battle between the gc riders start. Astana tried to control the race in the service of Ion Izagirre, the number two in the overall standings. Also Dylan Teuns got chances of winning the crosses, and it was, of course, look forward to the performance of world champion Alejandro Valverde, usually a master in this kind of arrivals. And how would tour winner Gerain Thomas perform in his first real test of the season. Or was this climb yet bacon to the jaw of Greg Van Avermaet.
A lot to look forward to and the final quit. CCC clearly had a plan but it was Ben Hermans who the debates opened. The Observer from Israel Cycling Academy was, however, no or hardly any space of the ever-uitdunnende platoon. The climb was clearly not selective enough for major differences to be sure, some of the fast guys survived the last bklimming and if meespurten for the victory. That slotspurt was an ideal fit to the hand of Greg Van Avermaet who took out for Trentin.