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Austria - Kitzbüheler Horn shakes up GC

Austria - Kitzbüheler Horn shakes up GC

The third stage in Tour of Austria (2.1, 07-14/07) was dominated by the steep final climb Kitzbüheler Horn. Seven riders rode in front the entire day, Wanty-Groupe Gobert remained attentive in the peloton. The Kitzbüheler Horn came up with less than 8 kilometers to go. A killer climb of almost 8 kilometers with an average gradient of more than 12 percent, rising to 23 percent on some stretches.

The breakaway was caught and Odd Eiking was nicely protected by his teammates. On the climb he placed himself in the group of favorites, but Odd was dropped at four kilometers from the summit. After two top 5 spots in the opening stages he finished 28th. Tuesday a 140km long transition stage between Kitzbühel and Prägraten is on the program.

Odd Eiking:

"The team delivered great work by proctecting me until the foot of the final climb. It is a pity that I can not thank them with a great result. The pace was very high from the start of the climb. I was hoping to pass some riders at my own pace. Unfortunately that was not the case. Shorter climbs suit me better. "

Results Stage 3

1. Ben Hermans
2. Hermann Pernsteiner + 00:09
3. Dario Cataldo + 00:15
28. Odd Eiking + 03:36
53. Fabien Doubey + 08:39
60. Kevin Van Melsen + 09:34
66. Frederik Backaert + 09:54
79. Mark McNally + 11:23
114. Pieter Vanspeybrouck + 15:10
124. Tom Devriendt + 17:48

GC

1. Ben Hermans
2. Hermann Pernsteiner + 00:18
3. Dario Cataldo + 00:26
26. Odd Eiking + 03:48