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Tirreno-Adriatico, Stage 3: Uphill Battle

14. March 2015 — Road Team

Neither race leader Greg Van Avermaet (right) nor king of the mountains leader Danilo Wyss could hang onto their leaders jerseys Saturday on the first day in the mountains at Tirreno-Adriatico. (©Tim De Waele/TDWsport)

Wout Poels (Team Sky) soloed to the stage win and replaced Van Avermaet at the top of the overall standings. Damiano Caruso (31st, 46 seconds back) was the BMC Racing Team's top finisher on the 226-kilometer stage. Van Avermaet finished 49th, 2:21 behind Poels, and said he knew it would be a difficult task to stay in the overall lead.

"It was a pretty hard day," he said. "We tried to keep the jersey, but the last climb was pretty hard and pretty steep. With my weight, it was almost impossible to survive this one. I think we did a good race. We just tried to do our best. Everybody was really strong in bringing me to the foot of this last climb in good position. But sometimes if it is too hard, it is impossible to do better."

Wyss conceded his lead in the mountains jersey after two straight days in the breakaway. The race continues Saturday with another challenging mountain stage.

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