Critérium du Dauphiné
Stage 3: Ambérieu-en-Bugey - Tarare - Stage Details

ORICA-GreenEDGE animated the action from start to finish on the third stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné. Fumy Beppu spent the day in a four rider escape group that got away from the bunch inside the first kilometre. Combining forces with Juan Antonio Flecha (Vacansoleil-DCM), Jacob Rathe (Garmin-Sharp) and Sander Cordeel (Lotto Belisol), Beppu toiled away up the road to gain a maximum advantage of 6’50 before the Europcar-led field began to chase.

The peloton caught Beppu and company on the Col des Sauvages. The category three summit sat just inside the final ten kilometres. The peloton neutralised all escape attempts that followed as first Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-Quick-Step) and then Team Sky set a fast tempo on the run in towards the finish in Tarare. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky) edged out Michael Matthews for the win in a sprint that was contested amongst a front group of 117 riders. Gianni Meersman (Omega Pharma-Quick-Step) rounded out the podium.

"Once the break was established, our focus was on Michael. The guys were around him all day. They put him in a great position for the final climb today. As they hit the base of the final climb, Matthews was on the front. This was a different than yesterday when he was a bit too far back, and I think this helped keep in a position to go for a result in the end." - Sport Director Matt Wilson

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) - Sky Procycling 4:03:32
2 Michael Matthews (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
3 Gianni Meersman (Bel) - Omega Pharma-Quick Step ST
4 Thor Hushovd (Nor) - BMC Racing Team ST
5 Elia Viviani (Ita) - Cannondale Pro Cycling ST
6 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) - Team Argos-Shimano ST
7 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) - FDJ ST
8 Paul Voss (Ger) - Team NetApp-Endura ST
9 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) - Omega Pharma-Quick Step ST
10 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) - Astana Pro Team ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
2 Michael Matthews (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
30 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
54 Simon Gerrans (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
60 Simon Clarke (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
108 Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
150 Mitchell Docker (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:03:48
159 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:04:09
168 Travis Meyer (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:07:52