Stage 3 was noted in the program book as a flat stage. Swiss flat then, because with 2,490 altimeters it went up and down again.
Four riders – 2 Swiss, an American and a Frenchman – were allowed to ride in front for a long time. They should still fit on the last climb.
Especially when Mathieu van der Poel used his turbo. The Dutch champion thinned out the peloton, only the heavier bikes remained.
Julian Alaphilippe felt addressed and responded with a short solo. Teamwork by Ineos – for leader Carapaz – killed him.
In the final kilometers Garcia Cortina tried it. Under the rag a strong Mauri Vansevenant called him to order. The young wolf drove out of the seams for his leader Alaphilippe, but it was Van der Poel who jumped the fastest at 200 meters.
Just like yesterday, he relegated everything and everyone. Van der Poel won on the slightly sloping finish line ahead of Laporte and Alaphilippe.
In the standings he takes over the leader’s jersey from Küng, Alaphilippe follows after 1 second.
Mathieu van der Poel could count on teammates such as Vakoc and Dillier in the final. “They did a fantastic job,” said the captain.
“I myself had a good day. Just like yesterday I wanted to make the race hard. We were left with about 40 riders and I knew I could finish it in the sprint.”
Van der Poel succeeded. Is he going for 3 in a row tomorrow? “Everything is possible. Someone always has to win”, laughed the Brabander.