On stage 3 of Tour du Limousin, Adrian Honkisz made the day’s main breakaway, which survived all the way to the finish. He took 7th place after a sprint from the small group.
The peloton was very active throughout the initial 40 kilometers, until the first intermediate sprint. Some teams were pushing the pace for their GC contenders, to put them in position to collect bonus seconds. Bardiani-CSF managed to materialize their plan, and Sonny Colbrelli won the first sprint of the day.
After that, finally 8-man group was able to break clear. One of the escapees was Adrian Honkisz. He was riding in the front with Alexandre Pichot (Europcar), Hubert Dupont (AG2R La Mondiale), Florian Vachon (Bretagne-Séché), Rudy Molard (Cofidis), Giacomo Berlato (Nippo-Vini Fantini), Clément Saint-Martin (Marseille 13 KTM) and Julien Antomarchi (Roubaix-Lille Métropole).
Despite the fact that Molard and Vachon were both only 20 seconds behind in the general classification, the peloton didn’t react quickly and let the escapees gain 5 minutes of advantage. It was decreasing slowly and with 10 kilometers to go the gap was still 1:20.
In the finale, two riders from the bunch – Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) and Quentin Pacher (Armée de Terre) – decided to bridge across and join the leaders, while Pichot got dropped and was caught. At the end, the breakaway managed to hold off the chasing pack and fight for the victory. Molard showcased the most powerful sprint and grabbed the win. He bested Vachon and Antomarchi. Adrian Honkisz finished in 7th place.
Jesus Herrada (Movistar) kept his leader jersey, but is now only 1 second ahead of the stage winner, Molard, who came in 4 seconds before the peloton and gained in total 15 bonus seconds – 10 for the triumph and 5 at intermediate sprints. Because of that and the fact that Vachon finished 2nd (he also collected in total 11 bonus seconds) they both passed Davide Rebellin in the general classification. Italian from CCC Sprandi Polkowice is now 8th overall.
Tomorrow is the final day of the race. The stage has similar characteristics to today’s and the finishing meters go slightly uphill.