Isaychev (KAT) takes breakaway to fruition in Villadiego as bunch shrinks due to late splits. Herrada, Fernández, Anacona -all into overall top-ten-, Quintana, Visconti make it into main field
165 kilometers at full speed… yet not coming down to a bunch sprint. The Vuelta a Burgos is still missing a pure sprinter winning after stage three witnessed Russian Vladimir Isaychev (KAT) crowning a five-man early breakaway. The peloton, led into a late charge by Astana and AG2R La Mondiale, was unable to take down an effort which started the final 10km with a 45-second gap, reduced to 15″ across the line.
Before that, two splits into crosswinds commanded by GC leader Luis León Sánchez created a selection into the bunch, with five of the Movistar Team staying on the front: Herrada, Fernández, Anacona -still in seventh, ninth, tenth overall respectively-, Dayer Quintana and Giovanni Visconti. The squad directed by Chente García Acosta will try to improve their situation in the Valle del Sol climb tomorrow (Cat-3; 3.7km at about 7% average), before the Lagunas de Neila settle things down on Saturday.