Solo Victory on Critérium du Dauphiné Stage 38. June 2016, Tournon (FRA) — Road Team
It was a surprise solo victory for Fabian Aru (Astana Pro Team) on Stage 3 of the Critérium du Dauphiné, holding the sprinters off by two seconds.
It was a tough stage with three categorized climbs before the run in to the finish, which saw a solid breakaway stay away until the final climb, where attack after attack went and was pulled back.
It was the solo attack by Aru within the final 15 kilometers that proved successful, despite the strong pulling by the sprinters’ teams.
Greg Van Avermaet was up there in the sprint, crossing the line in 11th place.
Quotes of the Day
“It was a hard day. Everyone sort of thought that it wasn’t going to be but in the end it was probably harder than yesterday, in a different way. It was just tough all day. It was a hectic finish in the last 30 kilometers. It looked quite straight forward on paper but the sprinters had other ideas. I don’t expect it to be any easier tomorrow, I honestly don’t think there’s a single easy day at this race.”
Valerio Piva, Sports Director:
“Today’s objectives were similar to Stage 2. We wanted to keep Richie out of trouble as much as possible and stay around him, which we definitely did. It was also a good stage for Greg depending on how the stage played out. We looked to get in the breakaway but in the end with only three riders in the breakaway that went away, it was never going to stay away. On the final climb Richie did a good job to respond to Contador’s attacks. Greg was up there in the sprint but with Aru staying away, and the pure sprinters up there, it was difficult for him.”
Critérium du Dauphiné (2.UWT)
Stage 3 Boen-sur-Lignon to Tournon (187.5km)
Top 3: Fabian Aru (Astana Pro Team), Alexander Kristoff (Katusha), Niccolo Bonifazio (Trek-Segafredo)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 11. Greg Van Avermaet, 36. Richie Porte, 38. Brent Bookwalter
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