Tour de France

Stage 3) Nice - Sisteron

FR France, Monday 31 August 2020
198 km

First Tour de France podium for Bennett

First Tour de France podium for Bennett

Many were expecting a ferocious battle for the breakaway at the start of stage 3, but the actual fight to feature at the front during the 198km trek between Nice and Sisteron concluded after the first kilometer. Four riders jumped from the peloton and padded out their lead to four minutes, before three of them decided to drop out of the group, leaving only Jerome Cousin (Total Direct Energie) in the lead.

Back in the peloton, Julian Alaphilippe was enjoying his 15th day in the yellow jersey, a record among this year’s Tour de France starters. The whole Deceuninck – Quick-Step team rallied around the overall leader, Danish Champion Kasper Asgreen, Dries Devenyns, Tim “El Tractor” Declercq, TGV of Clermont-Ferrand” Rémi Cavagna devoted all their energy working for Alaphilippe and maintaining a steady pace.

Eventually, the catch was made 16 kilometers from Sisteron, a stage finish for the first time at the Tour and one of the most picturesque in southern France, whose imposing Citadelle resembled Tolkien’s Gondor – Men’s greatest realm at the end of the Third Age towers over the historic center. Going into the closing kilometers, Julian Alaphilippe and Bob Jungels took over the pace-making, before Michael Mørkøv dropped off Sam Bennett in a perfect position with 150 meters to go.

That was the moment the Irish Champion opened his sprint, pouncing clear thanks to a rapid acceleration, only to be denied in the closing meters by Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) and the strong headwind on the finishing straight. His runner-up place – best result at the Tour de France – helped the 29-year-old reduce the gap to the green jersey classification leader to a mere five points.

“The guys provided a great lead-out, but the headwind was really strong and made it easy from somebody in the back to come off the wheels. I didn’t have the best legs, but I wouldn’t change anything. I think it’s a matter of luck and hope that I’ll have some reasons to smile soon”, said Bennett in Sisteron.

Julian Alaphilippe safely concluded the stage and retained the yellow jersey, which on Tuesday he will wear for the 16th time in his career on the roads taking to Orcières-Merlette, the race’s first summit finish.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
5:17:42
2 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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3 Giacomo Nizzolo
NTT Pro Cycling
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4 Hugo Hofstetter
Israel Start-Up Nation
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5 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
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6 Edward Theuns
Trek - Segafredo
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7 Cees Bol
Team Sunweb
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8 Matteo Trentin
CCC Team
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9 Bryan Coquard
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10 Niccolò Bonifazio
Team Total Direct Energie
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32 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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58 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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115 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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118 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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144 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:26
156 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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166 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13:59:17
2 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
0:04
3 Marc Hirschi
Team Sunweb
0:07
4 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
0:17
5 Davide Formolo
UAE-Team Emirates
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6 Egan Bernal Gómez
INEOS Grenadiers
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7 Tom Dumoulin
Team Jumbo-Visma
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8 Sergio Higuita García
EF Pro Cycling
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9 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
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10 Esteban Chaves Rubio
Mitchelton-Scott
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58 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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78 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15:14
89 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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105 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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132 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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142 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
29:04
163 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
33:41
1 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
79 pt
2 Alexander Kristoff
UAE-Team Emirates
77 pt
3 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
74 pt
4 Matteo Trentin
CCC Team
54 pt
5 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
50 pt
6 Giacomo Nizzolo
NTT Pro Cycling
46 pt
7 Bryan Coquard
37 pt
8 Cees Bol
Team Sunweb
32 pt
9 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
30 pt
10 Mads Pedersen
Trek - Segafredo
30 pt
29 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11 pt
30 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11 pt
51 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
1 Marc Hirschi
Team Sunweb
13:59:24
2 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
0:10
3 Egan Bernal Gómez
INEOS Grenadiers
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4 Sergio Higuita García
EF Pro Cycling
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5 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
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6 Valentin Madouas
Groupama - FDJ
2:17
7 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Pro Cycling
3:46
8 Harold Tejada Canacue
Astana Pro Team
4:33
9 Niklas Eg
Trek - Segafredo
8:49
10 Lennard Kämna
BORA - hansgrohe
10:27
13 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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23 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
33:34
1 Benoît Cosnefroy
AG2R La Mondiale
21 pt
2 Michael Gogl
NTT Pro Cycling
12 pt
3 Toms Skujiņš
Trek - Segafredo
6 pt
4 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
5 Nicolas Roche
Team Sunweb
5 pt
6 Jérôme Cousin
Team Total Direct Energie
3 pt
7 Robert Gesink
Team Jumbo-Visma
3 pt
8 Michael Schär
CCC Team
2 pt
9 Fabien Grellier
Team Total Direct Energie
2 pt
10 Marc Hirschi
Team Sunweb
2 pt
1 Trek - Segafredo 41:58:42
2 EF Pro Cycling ,,
3 Astana Pro Team ,,
4 Bahrain - McLaren ,,
5 INEOS Grenadiers 1:02
6 Movistar Team 1:10
7 Team Jumbo-Visma 1:14
8 UAE-Team Emirates 2:07
9 Groupama - FDJ ,,
10 AG2R La Mondiale 3:36

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