McCarthy sprints to stage 3 win in Tour of the Basque Country

Jay McCarthy stage 3 tour of the basque country 2018

Jay McCarthy (Bora-hansgrohe) won Wednesday’s third stage of the Tour of the Basque Country in a sprint finish, as Julian Alaphilippe retained the race leader’s yellow jersey.

McCarthy launched his dash for the line perfectly at the end of a 184.8-kilometre route between Bormeo and Valdegovia marked by numerous failed breakaway attempts.

The 25-year-old, the victor at January’s Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, edged out Aleksandr Riabushenko (UAE Team Emirates) with Team Sky’s Michal Kwiatkowski claiming third.

Alaphilippe, the winner of the opening two stages, was again in the mix in the closing sprint and remains eight seconds clear of Primoz Roglic in the general classification.

Thursday’s stage is a flat 19.4km individual time trial around Lodosa.

Tour of the Basque Country 2018 – stage 3 results (Bermeo – Valdegovía):

1Jay McCarthy (Bora-hansgrohe)

4:49:39

2Aleksandr Riabushenko (UAE Team Emirates)

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3Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky)

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4Michael Albasini (Mitchelton-Scott)

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5Enrique Sanz (Euskadi Basque Country-Murias)

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6Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors)

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7Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb)

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8Jesus Ezquerra Muela (Burgos BH)

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9Pello Bilbao (Astana)

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10Enrico Battaglin (LottoNL-Jumbo)

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General classification after stage 3:

1Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors)

13:18:52

2Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo)

+08”

3Gorka Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida)

+39”

4Mikel Landa (Movistar)

+43”

5Pello Bilbao (Astana)

+54”

6Patrick Konrad (Bora-hansgrohe)

+58”

7Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors)

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8Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-hansgrohe)

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9Rudy Molard (Groupama-FDJ)

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10Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale)

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