Tadej Pogacar powered to victory in Celje on stage 3 of the Tour of Slovenia after he escaped teammate Rafal Majka and Nicola Conci in the final kilometer.
Pogacar now leads the general classification by eleven seconds over Majka. Bahrain Victorious rival Domen Novak trails Pogacar by 55 seconds after Novak was dropped on the Svetina climb.
“As a team we have worked perfectly to keep the situation under control. On the climb, Rafal and I decided to attack together and it was enough to create a margin on the chasers,” said Pogacar.
“The descent was very slippery, also due to some rain that had fallen; I knew it would be difficult to ride it hard, Conci recovered well and at that point we knew we had to move intelligently on the last hill . It went well, I’m very happy to have got the win”
“The 4th (and penultimate) stage will start from Lasko and will be 152.4 km, with the uphill arrival at Velika Planina (7.7 km climb at 7.9%).