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Tour de l'Ain (3) : Degand in the break, others hold on

Tour de l'Ain (3) : Degand in the break, others hold on

In the 3rd stage of Tour de l'Ain (2.1,10-13/08) the climbers were happy. After some attempts of Fabien Doubey, Thomas Degand formed the break with Clément Chevrier and Thibault Ferasse. At the foot of Col du Berthiand they were caught because of FDJ efforts. Pinot and Gaudu accelerated and the young Gaudu took the stage in. Levarlet, Minnaard, Martin and Doubey finished in the first group 1:32 behind the stage winner. On Saturday the riders take on the Grand Colombier in the final stage between Lelex and Culoz.

Sébastien Demarbaix (directeur sportif) :

"First of all, the DNF of Danilo Napolitano is far from troubling since he still completed a big session after yesterday's stage to prepare the Tour of Limousin.

Doubey tried to take all the shots at the beginning of the stage, but it was finally Thomas Degand who found himself in front. The stage was interesting, because I thought the peloton would return on the Berthiand ascent and that perhaps Thomas could hang on the right wagon. Finally, FDJ decided to impose a pace to return before the foot and Gaudu and Pinot immediately broke clear. Some guys were in front of the group with our guys, but the gaps are limited.

The objective of this Saturday will be multiple. First, we want to try to join the breakaway and try to win the polka dot jersey as FDJ will not be able to control everything on its own. Then take a podium spot in the stage and advance in the GC. Guillaume Martin is only 30 seconds from the 4th place, and 9 seconds from the 7th place so everything is possible. "

Results stage 3

1. David Gaudu
2. Thibaut Pinot m.t.
3. Alexandre Geniez + 0:55
14. Guillaume Levarlet + 1:32
16. Marco Minnaard + 1:32
17. Guillaume Martin + 1:32
20. Fabien Doubey + 1:32
38. Thomas Degand + 5:08
DNF Danilo Napolitano

GC after 3 stages: 

1. Thibaut Pinot
2. David Gaudu + 0:01
3. Alexandre Geniez + 0:56
13. Guillaume Martin + 1:50
15. Marco Minnaard + 1:53
18. Fabien Doubey + 1:55
21. Guillaume Levarlet + 2:04
31. Thomas Degand + 5:29