Davide Formolo won the third stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné on Friday. The Italian crowned an impressive solo with the victory. Primoz Roglic finished second and strengthened his leading position.
The 27-year-old Formolo drove away from fellow escapees Pierre Latour at 65 kilometers from the finish and was just over half a minute ahead of the favorites group. Earlier in his career, the UAE Team Emirates rider won a stage in the Giro d’Italia, a stage in the Volta a Catalunya and last year’s Italian road title.
Roglic held back Thibaut Pinot in the sprint for second place and is now fourteen seconds ahead of the Frenchman, who takes second place in the standings. Emmanuel Buchmann occupies third place in twenty seconds.
Egan Bernal had to release from the favorites group in the final and came in fourteenth at 42 seconds. In the standings, the Colombian drops to seventh place and is half a minute behind Roglic.
Tom Dumoulin and Steven Kruijswijk also pulled out of the final climb after excellent servant work for teammate Roglic and finished 19th and 21st in approximately one and a half minutes. Dumoulin remains the best Dutchman in the rankings. He takes thirteenth place in just over two minutes.
Leading group of nine colors the first hours
In the third stage, the riders again faced a difficult mountain stage. Along the way, the Col de la Madeleine, a hors category climb, had to be conquered and the finish was after 157 kilometers on a first category climb, which ended in Saint-Martin-de-Belleville.
After about an hour, a leading group of nine riders was formed, including Formolo, Team Sunweb riders Søren Kragh Andersen and Jasha Sütterlin, Latour and Bob Jungels. The nine got space from the peloton and took more than three minutes ahead.
The leading group fell apart on the Col de la Madeleine. Formolo and Latour made a gap with their fellow escapees and at 10 kilometers from the top, the Italian champion started his beautiful solo. He quickly increased his lead over his pursuers and started the final climb with about four minutes.
Jumbo-Visma took control of the peloton. (Photo: Getty Images)
Bernal and Thomas have to release on the final climb
On the climb to Saint-Martin-de-Belleville, a 15-kilometer climb with an average gradient of 5.9 percent, Jumbo-Visma took the initiative this time in the thinned peloton. The Dutch formation narrowed the difference with Formolo during the climb, so that the difference at 2 kilometers from the finish was just over a minute.
In the meantime, Bernal, Alejandro Valverde, Geraint Thomas, Adam Yates and Rigoberto Urán, among others, had to leave the favorites group. Formolo held out at the front and thus recorded his fourth victory in his career.
The Critérium du Dauphiné started on Wednesday and lasts until Sunday. The fourth stage will cover 153 kilometers from Ugine to Megève on Saturday and will have no fewer than six climbs, including one in the hors category and two in the first category. The finish is on a climb of the second category.
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