A good but not great TTT
Cholet, July 9th, ST3 – “We are not great TTT specialists – said Vincenzo Nibali – and in the last kilometers I stayed with only 3 teammates: Ion and Gorka Izagirre and Domenico Pozzovivo and so we tried to contain the gap. We are only at the beginning of the Tour and the most important thing that I feel good and we will see day by day how the race will evolve “.
The TTT of Chalet proved to be faster than expected but also conditioned by the heat and crosswind on the streets. “The route was challenging with lots of ups and downs and lots of roundabouts – explained Ion Izagirre – and going downhill we reached 80km / h”.
Head of Performance Paolo Slongo commented: “We had planned in the worst case to lose a minute and at the end the delay was that. We lost some men a bit too early and in the final there were four of us and we managed the gap. We could do a little better “.
The American BMC Racing Team won the third stage and the Belgian Greg Van Avermaet is the new yellow jersey.
Tomorrow with the fourth stage we leave Vandée for Bretagne. From Baule to Sarzeau (195km) with a route without particular difficulties and a suitable arrival for a bunch sprint.
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