Bernal wins the queen stage in Occitanie, Froome 5 minutes adrift

Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) smashed his rivals in the queen stage of the Route d’Occitanie claiming stage 3 and the race lead on the final climb Col de Beyrède.

Pavel Sivakov (Team Ineos) finished second, 10 seconds behind his teammate, with Astana’s Aleksander Vlasov in third. Chris Froome crossed the finish line 32nd, losing five minutes on his first serious mountain-top finish test in 2020.

“I’m extremely happy with the victory,” said Bernal. “We’ve worked really hard for this, to be in good form, but despite that when you win it does come as a bit of a surprise. The team did a perfect job. The fact that I managed to show that we had an edge makes me very happy thinking ahead to the Tour de France. I think we really deserved the win today.”

“This is a test day for all the favourites of the Tour,” Thibaut Pinot said ahead of the stage in which he finished fourth 31 seconds behind the winner.

Route d’Occitanie 2020 – stage 3 results (Saint-Gaudens – Col de Beyrède):

1Egan Bernal (Team Ineos)

4:36:44

2Pavel Sivakov (Team Ineos)

+10”

3Alexandr Vlasov (Astana)

+17”

4Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ)

+31”

5Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)

+01’05”

6Warren Barguil (Arkea-Samsic)

+01’09”

7Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo)

+01’11”

8Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale)

+01’18”

9Sebastien Reichenbach (Groupama-FDJ)

+01’39”

10Rafael Valls (Bahrain McLaren)

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Route d’Occitanie 2020 – general classification after stage 3:

1Egan Bernal (Team Ineos)

13:33:57

2Pavel Sivakov (Team Ineos)

+14”

3Alexandr Vlasov (Astana)

+23”

4Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ)

+41”

5Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)

+01’15”

6Warren Barguil (Arkea-Samsic)

+01’19”

7Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo)

+01’21”

8Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale)

+01’28”

9Sebastien Reichenbach (Groupama-FDJ)

+01’49”

10Rafael Valls (Bahrain McLaren)

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