Chaves 20th on stage 3 of Tour de FranceMon 3 Jul 2017
Colombian climber Esteban Chaves has rounded out the top 20 on stage three of the Tour de France after a short, sharp and technical climb to the line made for an exciting finale.
Chaves and ORICA-SCOTT teammate Roman Kreuziger finished amongst the general classification specialists two seconds behind world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) who claimed an impressive victory.
The 1.6km climb to the line was always going to shape the race with the finale one of few that suits the opportunists at this year’s Tour.
BMC Racing Team’s Richie Porte attacked early, testing the water and setting a pace too quick for many of those hoping to contest for the victory including some of ORICA-SCOTT’s hopefuls.
“Like many teams, today was a day that we had identified as a potential opportunity for our faster guys if the situation eventuated,” sport director Matt White said.
“As is always the case in the first week of the Tour de France, it was a nervous and hectic day. We probably found ourselves a little far back and when the pace was set by Porte around the twists and turns of the climb, guys were getting dropped all over the place and it’s difficult to make up ground.
“We had Esteban and Roman finish amongst the main group of GC riders but unfortunately it looks like Simon Yates has lost a few seconds there.”
How it happened:
After a couple of reshuffles, a six-man breakaway formed in the first 15km of stage two but, as one of the few stages to suit opportunists, their advantage was kept within two-minutes across the 212km route from Verviers to Longwy.
As the race approached the 50km to go mark, three riders bridged across to extend the lead group to nine riders. After a brief respite, the same trio of riders attacked the breakaway with only one original member able to respond.
This quartet survived another 30km out in front before the peloton reeled them in with plenty of time to put the pressure on and position their leaders for the decisive final climb to the line.
Porte went early on the climb before the punchy sprinters came to the fore. Despite hitting the front very early, world champion Sagan was too strong and took the victory.
Tour de France – Stage 3 Results:
1. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) 5:07:19
2. Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) ST
3. Daniel Martin (Quickstep Floors) ST
20. Esteban Chaves (ORICA-SCOTT) +0:02
Tour de France – General Classification after Stage 3:
1. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) 10:00:31
2. Chris Froome (Team Sky) +0:12
3. Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) +0:12
18. Simon Yates (ORICA-SCOTT) +0:45