Stage 3 is referred to in the program book as a flat stage. Swiss flat at that time, because with 2,490 altimeters it rose again and went down.
Four riders – a Swiss, an American and a French – were allowed to ride at the front for a long time. They should stay fit on the last climb.
Especially when Mathieu van der Poel used his turbo. The Dutch champion reduced the weight of the peloton, leaving only the heavier bikes.
Julian Alaphilippe verse haircut is stated in a short solo piece. Collective action killed him by Ineos – the leader of Karabaz.
In the last kilometers Garcia Cortina tried it. Beneath the cloth, the mighty Mauri Vancevenant called him to ask. The young wolf came out of the seams for his leader Alaphilippe, but it was Van der Poel who jumped the fastest at 200 metres.
Just like yesterday, everything and everyone went down. Van der Poel beat the slightly sloping finish line ahead of Laporte and Alaphilippe.
In the ranking, he took over the leader shirt training from Küng, Alaphilippe followed one second later.
Matthew van der Poel can count on his teammates like Vakoc and Dillier for the final. “They did a great job,” said the captain.
“I had a good day myself. Just like yesterday I wanted to make the race difficult. We were left with about 40 riders and I knew I could finish the race in the sprint.”
Van der Poel succeeded. Is he going for 3 in a row tomorrow? “Anything is possible. Someone must always win,” Brabandar laughed.