Tour of the Basque Country, McCarthy takes stage 3

Jay McCarthy (Bora – hansgrohe) wins 2018 Tour of the Basque Country stage 3. Today’s race was with any chance the only day among the ones that made up the 2018 Itzulia on which a sprinter could raise the hands to the sky on the finish line. Actually a bunch sprint took place in Valdegovia after 184,8 kilometers from the start. Things didn’t go so easy as it seems, for the peloton. In facts several attacks were called off before today’s bravest riders, Christopher Juul-Jensen (Mitchelton – Scott) and David De la Cruz (Team Sky), were chased with only three kilometers to go. Alex Aramburu (Caja Rural – Seguros RGA) moved a counter-attack as soon as the duo in the lead was reeled in by the group but was swallowed in the bunch with only 600 meters remaining. The Australian begin the sprint early but no one was able to overcome the Bora-hansgrohe all-rounder, who took his second success in this season after the victory achieved at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Race in January. Neo-pro Aleksandr Riabushenko (UAE Team Emirates) finished in second, Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) in third whereas Michael Albasini (Mitchelton – Scott) ended his performance at the foot of the podium. Julien Alaphilippe (Quick Step Floors) keeps on his shoulders the leader’s jersey.

Tour of the Basque Country 2018 Stage 3 Results

1 MCCARTHY Jay BORA – hansgrohe 4:49:39
2 RIABUSHENKO Alexandr UAE-Team Emirates ,,
3 KWIATKOWSKI Michal Team Sky ,,
4 ALBASINI Michael Mitchelton-Scott ,,
5 SANZ Enrique Euskadi – Murias ,,
6 ALAPHILIPPE Julian Quick-Step Floors ,,
7 MATTHEWS Michael Team Sunweb ,,
8 EZQUERRA Jesus Burgos-BH ,,
9 BILBAO Pello Astana Pro Team ,,
10 BATTAGLIN Enrico Team LottoNL-Jumbo ,,

Tour of the Basque Country 2018 General Classification

1 ALAPHILIPPE Julian Quick-Step Floors 8:29:13
2 ROGLIC Primoz Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:08
3 IZAGIRRE Gorka Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team 0:39
4 LANDA Mikel Movistar Team 0:43
5 BILBAO Pello Astana Pro Team 0:54
6 MOLARD Rudy Groupama – FDJ 0:58
7 BUCHMANN Emanuel BORA – hansgrohe ,,
8 BARDET Romain AG2R La Mondiale ,,
9 MAS Enric Quick-Step Floors ,,
10 KONRAD Patrick BORA – hansgrohe ,,

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