Nairo Quintana: this is how it went in stage 3 of the Occitania Route – Cycling – Sports

The Canadian, a former middle-distance athlete, reached the finish line with a time of 5:23:33, at an average of 35 per hour on the packed day with 5 ports. Rodríguez followed at the finish line at 1.11 minutes, caught in turn on the line by the Spaniards Jesús Herrada (Cofidis) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).

A very disputed day this Saturday, with many alternatives and prominence of the Spanish cyclists. Jokin Murguialday (Caja Rural) and Igor Arrieta (Kern Pharma) entered one of the breakaways, arriving with hope at Col de Jau (20.3 km at 5.3), but Ineos had concrete plans to attack the lead with Carlos Rodríguez and they put down any adventure that seemed dangerous.

The cyclist from Almuñecar and the one from Toronto rode together until the beginning of the last climb towards the finish line of Les Angles (3a, 2.8 km at 6.5), in whose foot Woods tensed the rhythm, with strength and conviction, without to look behind.

Claudicó Rodríguez, who even came close to losing second place. Tenth victory for Woods, a veteran with 2 stage wins in the Vuelta who contributed important points for Israel Premier Tech to avoid relegation. Everything counts.

This Sunday the fourth and last stage will be held between Les Angles and Auterive with a route of 188.3 km.


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