Tour of Austria (st. 3)
Anacona, Betancur -on the attack into the final climbs-, Sepúlveda, Valls Fernández all within GC group at first hilly stage in Austria, prelude to a mountain-top finish crucial for the GC.
It was finally time for some major climbs in the Tour of Austria, the Movistar Team showing its collective strength as the most numerous squad in the GC group through the ascents on stage three.
The ‘cols’ of Eibeggsattel (Cat-2) and Teichalm (Cat-1), en route to Frohnleiten (176km), left only twenty riders at the front, with five of the Blues in: Winner Anacona, Carlos Betancur, Rafa Valls, Eduardo Sepúlveda and Rubén Fernández.
The two Colombians went on the attack to try and further reduce the field, yet it would eventually regroup to bring 50 riders together at the finish. Giovanni Visconti (NSK) won the restricted sprint in the eve of the first mountain-top finish (Wednesday 10th, st. 4, 103km), with the brutal slopes of the Fuscher Törl (HC; 13km at nearly 10%).
- 01 Giovanni Visconti Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia-KTM 4h53'26"
- 02 Colin Stüssi Team Vorarlberg "
- 03 Jonas Koch CCC Team "
- 19 Winner Anacona Movistar Team "
- 24 Carlos Betancur Movistar Team "
- 33 Rubén Fernández Movistar Team "
- 36 Eduardo Sepúlveda Movistar Team "
- 38 Rafa Valls Movistar Team "
- 75 Carlos Barbero Movistar Team +11'37"
- 103 Jaime Castrillo Movistar Team +18'39"
- 01 Jonas Koch CCC Team 12h30'49"
- 02 Alessandro Fedeli Delko-Marseille +1"
- 03 Giovanni Visconti Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia-KTM "
- 07 Rubén Fernández Movistar Team +9"
- 11 Carlos Betancur Movistar Team +10"
- 14 Winner Anacona Movistar Team +13"
- 23 Eduardo Sepúlveda Movistar Team "
- 28 Rafa Valls Movistar Team +15"
- 63 Carlos Barbero Movistar Team +11'41"
- 104 Jaime Castrillo Movistar Team +28'32"