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Itzulia (3) : Quinten Hermans grabs more KOM points

Itzulia (3) : Quinten Hermans grabs more KOM points

This Wednesday, the stage 3 of the Itzulia Basque Country (2.UWT, 05-10 / 04) sent the riders from the municipality of Amurrio towards Ermualde, for a 167 km crossing in the hilly province of Alava. Like the day before, there were three categorized climbs as a prelude to an explosive uphill final, which was 3 kilometers long and displayed an average gradient of 10%.

It was in the descent of the Altube climb, encountered after 15 kilometers of racing, that seven riders distanced themselves from the peloton. Seeing the low chance of this breakaway to succeed, Lazkano (Caja Rural) then embarked on a 20-kilometer solo, before being caught by the pack at the foot of the Malkuartu ascent, 9 kilometers from the finish. The particularly steep final climb of Ermualde resulted in a duel between Pogacar and Roglic, and it is the former that crossed the line first. Lorenzo Rota finished 30th on the day, a little over a minute behind the winner.

Quinten Hermans, who had collected points in the mountain classification the day before during his breakaway, was the first rider at the summit of the Malkuartu climb (2nd category). He is now second in the best climber classification (12 pts) behind Pogacar (13 pts).

Stage 3 :
1.Tadej Pogacar 
2.Primoz Roglic 
3.Alejandro Valverde +0:05
31.Lorenzo Rota +1:40
33.Quinten Hermans +1:56
37.Odd Christian Eiking +3:00
72.Maurits Lammertink +4:25
74.Georg Zimmermann +6:20
128.Théo Delacroix +11:43
161.Alexander Evans +21:45

Provisional GC :
1.Primoz Roglic
2.Alex Aranburu +0:05
3.Brandon McNulty +0:06
33.Quinten Hermans +4:29
34.Lorenzo Rota 
45.Odd Christian Eiking +5:19
70.Maurits Lammertink +9:10
88.Georg Zimmermann +12:37
153.Théo Delacroix +26:34
163.Alexander Evans +43:51