Criterium du Dauphine Stage 3 Recap and Results
A solo win
Italy’s Davide Formolo completed a courageous solo break over two Alpine summits to win stage
three of the Criterium du Dauphine on Friday. Overnight leader Primoz Roglic of Jumbo-Visma was second, extending his overall advantage over French climber Thibaut Pinot and Ineos general Egan Bernal with a brief burst at the end of the 157km run between Corenc and Saint-Martin-de-Belleville.
Former ski jumper Roglic once again underlined his burgeoning status as favorite to win the upcoming Tour de France while Bernal’s teammates Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas have been unable as yet to deliver the kind of
support Roglic enjoyed on the steep climbs. Bernal was nine seconds adrift of Roglic in 14th on the day while four-time Tour de France champion Froome eased up at the foot of the final slope, finishing 15 minutes off the pace
Ineos’ Russian climber Pavel Sivakov said after the race he felt Bernal had been huge. “Egan told me that he was not feeling super today,” said the Russian champion who stayed with Bernal once Thomas dropped off.
“It’s still a long way to the Tour, especially to the third week. We’ve got time, we don’t need to stress or worry.”
Not feeling super, the exposed Bernal finished just a few seconds adrift of the leading clutch of contenders.
– A nice day for a ride –
Roglic leads Pinot by just 14sec in the overall standings with Bernal now seventh at 31sec in a top 10 littered with potential winners.
“It was a nice day,” smiled the Slovenian after slipping on the leader’s yellow jersey again.
“The two toughest days still remain, and we need to stay focused, I have some tough guys round me,” he said. French climber Pinot will be a Tour challenger and promised this week
“we’ll be competitive”.
“I suffered in the heat today, but there are two more remaining and those who fancy their chances will make it very interesting riding,” Pinot said.
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– ‘I prayed’ –
The 27-year-old Formolo of the UAE Emirates Team said afterwards he had also won an internal battle with himself to fight through the pain barrier.
“My morale dropped but I continued to work hard and the victory finally came,” said the day’s winner who went solo on the epic ascent of the Col de La Madeleine, 17.3km at over eight percent incline and one of the attractions of
the up-coming Tour de France.
Speeding through flower-laden Alpine villages with their wooden ski chalets, Formolo stooped low in a daredevil descent before tackling the 14.8km final ascent at 6 percent, with the peloton closing in fast he was at one
point gasping and talking to himself.
“On the last climb I didn’t know and I prayed that I would be first,” Formolo admitted after he crossed the line in 4:6:56.
There are two further climbing days with Sunday’s finale at Megeve featuring a spectacular panorama at the finish line with Mont Blanc in the background.
1. Primoz Roglic (SLO/JUM) 13:14: 35
2. Thibaut Pinot (FRA/FDJ) at 14sec
3. Emanuel Buchmann (GER/BOR) 20
4. Guillaume Martin (FRA/COF) 24
5. Mikel Landa (ESP/BAH) 26
6. Daniel Martinez (COL/EF1) 26
7. Egan Bernal (COL/INE) 31
8. Miguel Angel Lopez (COL/AST) 32
9. Nairo Quintana (COL/ARK) 35
10. Richie Porte (AUS/TRE) 35
RBA/AFP Photos: Bettini