In Tour of the Alps Michal Schlegel has been bettering his result in every stage so far, as he finished another climbing battle in 10th place.
Info: Stage 3, April 18th, Ora/Auer – Merano/Meran, 138,3km
„Riders in orange” didn’t slip into the day’s main breakaway, which on that stage consisted of 4 men. They were never a threat for the bunch though.
The break got caught on penultimate climb of the day, cat. 1 Mendola Pass (18km, 6,3%), by a strong group of counter attacking GC favorites. Among them there was Thibaut Pinot, Ben O’Connor and Domenico Pozzovivo . That ascent also ripped the peloton apart, but Michal Schlegel didn’t have problems with staying in touch with the best climbers.
On the top of the summit the leaders had 1 minute in hand over chasing pack, with GC leader and other big guns. On another climb, cat. 3 Passo Parade (13km, 4,1%), the gap was narrowed down to just 20 seconds, but the main pack was split in multiple groups. Schlegel crested the top a little bit behind the leader jersey, but was able to close the gap in the descend. Ivan Sosa, race leader was not that lucky in the downhill, as he crashed and lost few minutes to his biggest rivals.
Schlegel arrived to the line in the first chasing group, just 5 seconds behind stage winner Ben O’Connor, who launched a late solo move. Czech finished in 10th place and after this impressive performance he moved up to 11th overall, 1:58 behind new leader, Thibaut Pinot (Groupama FDJ).
Amaro Antunes, who has been suffering flu-like symptoms since the beginning of the race, has not been performing the way he would like to and finished stage 3 in 83rd (17:47 behind).