Jan Tratnik made “orange colors” seen, riding in the breakaway of the day, while Patryk Stosz contested the sprint, finishing in the top 15 on stage 3 of Tour of Austra.
Info: Stage 3, 5th of July, Wieselburg – Altheim, 226,6km
Course: undulating (thee cat. 3 hills late in the stage)
How it unfolded
It was a very fast and hectic start of the stage. Soon after the gun, there was a big crash, which caused many riders to hit the ground. After the group came back together attacks started coming. There were many attempts but none of them stuck. With 60km to go it was still all together, but this is when Jan Tratnik pulled away. He went solo and a moment later was joined by Peter Kusztor (Team Amplatz BMC) and Maximilian Hammerle (Vorarlberg).
The peloton didn’t let them gain too much space, keeping the gap under 3 minutes. Tratnik and his compatriots was brought back in after cat. 3 climb (with around 55km to go) by an active bunch. After one of the moves Gian Friesecke, Patrick Jäger (both Team Vorarlberg) and Stephan Rabitsch (Team Felbermayr Simplon Wels) formed a new escape, but they also got caught, after gaining almost a minute on the field.
It came down to a mass gallop and Elia Viviani (Italy) sprinted to victory, for the second time in this race. He defeated Jason Lowdes (Isreal Cycling Academy) and GC leader, Sep Vanmarcke (Cannondale Drapac). Patryk Stosz tested his legs in the sprint, taking 13th place. 6th in overall standings Felix Grossschartner arrived in the main group, maintaining his top spot.