For the second time in the row, Davide Rebellin claimed a podium spot in the Tour du Limousin. He was third in Le Maupuy Les Monts de Guéret and now sits in second overall. The stage was won by Mauro Finetto (Neri Sottoli), who became new leader of the race.
The profile of the stage was similar to the one from the previous day. Constatly up-and-down course, with three categorized climbs and an uphill finish. The final climb was short and steep which is what suits Davide Rebellin best. The total distance was 183 kilometers.
First major move came from 18 riders, but later on it was reduced to 11 – Sylvain Chavanel (IAM Cycling), Mickaël Delage (FDJ.fr), Guillaume Bonnafond, Axel Domont (both AG2R la Mondiale), Kévin Reza, Angelo Tulik (both Team Europcar), Ignatias Konovalovas (MTN Qhubeka), Edwin Avila (Colombia), Stefano Pirazzi (Bardiani-CSF), Marco Frapporti (Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela) and Thomas Rostollan (La Pomme Marseille 13).
Halfway point they were 6:10 ahead of the bunch and that was the biggest advantage of the day. With 20km to go, only three riders left from initial big, leading group – Chavanel, Pirazzi and Delage. Eventually they were also caught, at the bottom of the final hill.
The pace was getting higher and higher and the leader, Bjorn Leukemans fell behind. Sylvain Chavanel (IAM Cycling) and Remi di Gregorio (La Pomme Marseille) were in the attack mode but in the end, the fastest man on climb was Mauro Finetto (Neri Sottoli). Juliena Simon (Cofidis) finished 2nd, and Davide Rebellin was 3rd. The Italian moved to 2nd place overall and will go for the final victory on the last, Friday’s stage.
Results of stage 3, Vassivière – Le Maupuy Les Monts de Guéret, 183,2 km;
1. Mauro Finetto (Neri Sottoli) 4:28:07
2. Julien Simon (Cofidis)
3. Davide Rebellin (CCC Polsat Polkowice)
44. Adrian Kurek 03:05
66. Nikolay Mihaylov 09:56
102. Tomasz Kiendys 14:03
115. Jaroslaw Marycz 21:41
119. Jacek Morajko
DNF Paweł Charucki