Thanks to fourth place on the hardest stage of Sibiu Tour, Davide Rebellin climbed up to second place overall.
Stage 3 was 152 kilometers long, and the final 22 kilometers was an ascent towards Bâlea Lac(6% avg, 12% max). Three escapees – Audun Brekke Fløtten (Team Ringeriks – Kraft), Giorgio Bocchiola (d’Amico – Bottecchia) and Marco D’Urbano (GM Cycling Team) started the climb with few minutes of advantage,
Their maximum lead reached 8 minutes, but at the bottom of the climb it was 5:30. Bâlea Lac was extremely demanding though and the race favorites weren’t afraid that the escapees may go all the way to the top. The riders in the front were caught and the last one to get reeled in was Fløtten. When he was brought back in, the main group consisted of only dozen of riders.
On the climb, Davide Rebellin could count on his teammates, since he was accompanied by Marek Rutkiewicz and Nikolay Mihaylov. Bulgarian had to chase down the bunch before the road started to go uphill, because of a puncture with 34 kilometers to go. He was also first one to attack, when Fløtten got caught. His attack was neutralized though and he later got dropped. Davide Rebellin, Mauro Finetto (Southeast), Antonio Parrinello (d’Amico – Bottecchia), Serghei Tvetcov (Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec) and Alessio Taliani (Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec) were the strongest riders of the day and the winner came from that 5-man group.
In the very end, few of those favorites tried to pull away, but eventually it was Taliani who arrived at the top in first place. He put 4 seconds on his rivals, as Parrinello was second and Tvetcov third. Rebellin hit the summit in fourth place and moved up to second in the general classification. The race lider, Finetto, took 5th and retained the jersey. He is 12 seconds ahead of Rebellin and 19 of Tvetcov.
Nikolay Mihaylov also made the top 10 and finished 6th, 30 seconds back.