O’Connor wins Tour of the Alps stage three, Froome sixth

Ben O'Connor TOur of the Alps 2018 stage 3

Ben O’Connor (Dimension Data) won the third stage of the Tour of the Alps on Wednesday, with four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome finishing sixth.

O’Connor crossed the finish line alone five seconds ahead of Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) with the French rider taking the overall overall lead as race leader Ivan Sosa (Androni – Sidermec – Bottechia) crashed in the final descent.

Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida) and Miguel Angel Lopez  (Astana) are second and third overall.

Froome crossed the line in sixth on the stage, which featured two difficult climbs along the way and a final summit 25km from the finish.

“Before the race started I thought maybe if I had good legs I could try something,” said O’Connor. “It was super aggressive today, but I usually do better later in tours. It’s good to be able to race with the best, and to pull that off is surreal.

“I’ve gradually built the form really well. In Catalunya I was all right, then to come here and be another step further, is super, super pleasing. I just want to be the best rider I can be.”

Thursday’s fourth and penultimate stage is a 134.3km ride between Chiusa/Klausen and Lienz in Austria.

Tour of the Alps 2018 – stage 3 results (Ora/Auer – Merano/Meran):

1Ben O’Connor (Dimension Data)


2Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ)


3Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida)


4George Bennett (LottoNl-Jumbo)


5Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana)


6Christopher Froome (Team Sky)


7Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates)


8Manuel Senni (Bardiani-CSF)


9Alexandre Geniez (AG2R La Mondiale)


10Michal Schlegel (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)



General classification after stage 3:

1Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ)


2Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida)


3Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)


4Christopher Froome (Team Sky)


5Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates)


6George Bennett (LottoNl-Jumbo)


7Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana)


8Ben O’Connor (Dimension Data)


9Giulio Ciccone (Bardiani-CSF)


10Jan Hirt (Astana)



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