The Russian rider from the team of Lokosphinx, Sergey Shilov, became the winner of stage 3 of the Volta ao Alentejo (2.2 UCI) race. At the finishing line in Ouriqe he was better than Grzegorz Stępniak (CCC Polsat Polkowice) and Tyler Day (Team Bonitas).
On the third day of the race the riders had a distance of 168 kilometres to ride, leading in an exceptionally flat area. The riders started in a place called Odemira and after riding the whole distance they had their finish in a little place of Ourique. The finishing line of the race was located in a little uphill stretch.
The 3rd stage of the race was another day of very active ride on the part of the riders of CCC Polsat Polkowice. In spite of a lot of actions and attempts to ride away the peloton was riding together most of the route. It got more animated only when the riders approached the intermediate stages. When the peloton was approaching the finishing line and it was clear that it was the sprint riders that would fight for the victory, the teams having sprint riders in their line-up started to work hard. Also the riders of CCC got down to hard work, which among others led to splitting the peloton into smaller groups. At the head a group of 44 riders formed, in which there were all the riders of the ‘orange’ team.
Right before the finishing line, situated in a little uphill stretch, Bartek Matysiak gained speed, which was taken advantage of by Grzegorz Stępniak, who started fighting for the stage win. Unfortunately, he failed, and the victory was enjoyed by the Russian rider Sergey Shilov, who overtook Stępniak by the ‘shine of a spoke’. The third competitor was the rider from the Republic of South Africa, Tyler Day.
A very good, 8th, place was taken by Bartek Matysiak, and the other six CCC riders arrived within the peloton, at the leader’s time.
In the general classification the leading position was taken by the Portuguese rider Samuel Caldiera. The best of the Poles – Bartłomiej Matysiak, is the 11th, 14 seconds after the leader.
The team of CCC Posat Polkowice is holding the 5th place in the teams classification.
The results of stage 3, 24.03, Odemira – Ourique, 168.6 km
1. Sergey Shilov (Lokosphinx) 4:19:01
2. Grzegorz Stępniak (CCC Polsat Polkowice)
3. Tyler Day (Team Bonitas)
29. Marek Rutkiewicz
30. Adrian Honkisz
33. Łukasz Owsian
39. Paweł Charucki
40. Mateusz Taciak
51. Nikoay Mihaylov 0:01:05
Grzegorz Stępniak’s finish in stage 3.
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