Another day is saved
20 January 2012

Tour Down Under - st. 3

Movistar Team goes through calm day as tension marks day 3 finale, with Greipel taking back the ochre jersey after another sprint victory

Movistar Team had no troubles to deal with on the third stage in the Tour Down Under, 134k from Unley to Victor Harbor, a day when scorching heat from the opening route left place at last for good weather only tinged by some wind -not blowing with the necessary intensity to form echelons and disturb the riders-. With an early attempt by Javi Moreno rapidly reeled back in, a 4-rider breakaway went on an almost 100k ride on front before being reached with forty kilometers to go, just after a puncture by Ángel Madrazo which did not made him loss contact with the bunch. Iván Gutiérrez, 25k from the finish, was the other telephone squad’s member to try his way out of the bunch with two other riders, though not having more than ten seconds of advantage.

Everything was then set for a mass sprint after a dizzy finale with headwinds and long lines fighting for a good position. German André Greipel (LTB) took his third victory of the week after success on stage 1 and the Down Under Classic, and thanks to the time bonus, he will be wearing the ochre jersey on stage 4 as Valverde, Gutiérrez, Rojas, Madrazo y Moreno are still twenty seconds from the head of the race. 130 kilometers from Norwood to Tanunda, with two bonus sprints in the first half of the route and a small climb with 23k to go, don’t seem to be dangerous for another sprint on day four as wind won’t play a decisive role.