The 25-year-old Italian, Fausto Masnada (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) on Wednesday the third stage of the Tour of the Alps (2.BC) won. With a late attack, he surprised the big names. The Russian Pavel Sivakov (Team Sky) remains leader.
The third stage between Salorno and Baselga di Pine with its 106 km, the shortest of the five-day, and, as on the first day was constant up and downhill in the mountains. An early flight of twelve riders turned out to be the Frenchman Elie Gesbert the best, but he was overtaken in the last ten kilometers, which it is almost constantly uphill, ran.
In the tricky finale crossed the great names of the swords: Vincenzo Nibali and Rafal Majka put a few gears, but four-time tour winner Chris Froome kept everything together in the service of his 21-year-old team mate Sivakov. When the for the classification non-hazardous Masnada saw his chance on one and a half kilometres from the finish line, responded to Froome. Masnada had on the finish line four seconds ahead of the pursuers, where Tao Geoghegan Hart in the sprint won by Majka and Nibali.
In the rankings, has Sivakov now eight seconds ahead of Jan Hirt and 23 Mattia Cattaneo. That he defends Thursday in the fourth stage between Baselga di Pine and Cles, that the peloton is about 134 kilometers, and two long Alpenbeklimmingen. The Tour of the Alps ends Friday.