Thomas De Gendt takes solo win on Volta a Catalunya stage three

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Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) rode to victory on the third stage of the 2018 Volta a Catalunya, taking the overall race lead with it as he rode celebrating into the finish in Camprodón.

The Belgian rider was part of the escape of the day and managed to stay ahead until the last moment.

De Gendt made a move to the front with more than 20 kilometers to go and held on until the end to clinch the 199-kilometer (123-mile) stage.

The Lotto Soudal cyclist finished 20 second in front of the chasing peloton, earning a 23-second overall lead over Alejandro Valverde. South African Daryl Impey dropped to third overall, six seconds behind Valverde.

De Gendt said: ”I didn’t expect it. It was really difficult with so much headwind.”

Thursday’s fourth stage will take riders 170 kilometers (105 miles) from Llanars to La Molina.

https://youtu.be/0fgLv8rB76Q?t=2600

Volta a Catalunya 2018 – stage 3 results (Sant Cugat – Camprodón):

1Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal)

4:14:48

2Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)

+20”

3Silvio Herklotz (Burgos-BH)

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4Mathias Frank (AG2R La Mondiale)

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5Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

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6Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain-Merida)

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7Maximilian Schachmann (Quick-Step Floors)

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8Egan Bernal (Team Sky)

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9Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida)

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10Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)

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General classification after stage 3:

1Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal)

12:34:54

2Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

+23”

3Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott)

+29”

4Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)

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5Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ)

+31”

6Jay McCarthy (Bora-hansgrohe)

+33”

7Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

+35”

8Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida)

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9Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)

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10Eduard Prades (Euskadi Basque Country-Murias)

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