Coppi e Bartali: Paluta in the break on stage 3

Michał Paluta made his presence known on stage 3 of Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali, by riding in the breakaway of the day. 

Info: Stage 3, March 24th, Crevalcore – Crevalcore, 171km

Course: flat

Michał Paluta went clear after nearly 40km of racing. He fought his way into the 7-man breakaway, which also included Remy Di Gregorio (Delko Marseille), Dimitri Peyskens (WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic), Peter Williams (One Pro Cycling), Cristofer Robin Jurado (Trevigiani Phonix – Hemus 1896), Marco Coledan and Jacopo Mosca (Wilier Triestina). The latter duo joined the party a little bit later.

Sprinters’ teams didn’t want to let the opportunity to battle for stage victory slip away and kept escapees on a 2-minute leash.

With around 40km to go the peloton split in two parts, due to very fast pace. The gap to Paluta’s group dropped in a blink of an eye and escape got caught with 35km to go, by a bunch which had rejoined a moment earlier.

The closer it was to the finish, the higher the pace was. Field broke in pieces again and CCC Sprandi Polkowice missed the cut. 44-man leading group was digging deep to increase the gap and arrived to the line over a minute before the chasers. Christopher Lawless (Team Sky) won the sprint from that reduced bunch to take stage victory, ahead of Paolo Totò (Sangemini Mg K Vis) and Lorenzo Rota (Bardiani – CSF).

Top finisher of the “orange squad”, Jonas Koch finished in 29th place and highest placed Amaro Antunes, was 51st, also 1:06 back. Before the final stage, individual time trial he sits in 20th place overall, 2:48 back.