Adriatica Ionica Race (st. 3)
German rouleur from Movistar Team final man able to follow Belgian sensation’s brutal acceleration, winner after 30km solo break; Edu in the mix with GC contenders at pursuit group’s sprint.
Belgian supertalent Remco Evenepoel (DQT) completed a one-man-show on Saturday’s third, penultimate stage of the 2019 Adriatica Ionica Race, over 204km with plenty of little hills near the finish in Cormons. An attack with 29 kilometers to go, in pursuit of solo leader Fausto Masnada (ANS) -part of the early breakaway-, was enough for the 19-year-old to win with a dazzling two minutes over the head of the peloton atop the Cat-3 Monte Quarin climb.
It was Jasha Sütterlin (Movistar Team) to try and follow Evenepoel’s wheel in his move, an unfruitful attempt Edu Prades tried to make up for with a solid effort in the final ascent, taking 7th place -with the same time of race leader Mark Padun (TBM)- as Winner Anacona remained in 12th spot overall.
The Italian race will finish tomorrow with a short, 133km stage four by the Adriatic coast, including six urban laps in the city of Trieste -where, coincidentally, the Movistar Team sealed its third overall win in the Giro d’Italia five years ago-.
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