Vuelta a España
Stage 3: Marín to Dumbría. Ezaro Viewpoint - Stage Details

Colombian contender Esteban Chaves produced a great ride for ORICA-BikeExchange on the wickedly steep finale of stage three of the Vuelta a Espana today, taking fifth place as many of the overall competitors were distanced.

The 176.4kilometre stage was won by Alexandre Geniez (FDJ) from the day's earlier breakaway as the race sprang to life on the summit finish of the Mirador de Ezaro.

Many of the contenders for the general classification lost time as Chaves and three Movistar riders set a vicious pace up the steep final slopes.

Ruben Fernandez (Movistar) moved into the race lead after taking second place with Chaves close behind in fifth and now fourth overall.

Sport director Neil Stephens praised the efforts of Chaves and the team on a very hot day in the saddle.

“It was a very solid stage today,” said Stephens. “The whole region of Galicia is up and down and some of the terrain is very challenging, especially in the heat we’ve been experiencing.”

Read the full report here.

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Alexandre Geniez (FRA) - FDJ 4:28:36
2 Ruben Fernandez (SPA) - Movistar Team 0:00:21
3 Alejandro Valverde (SPA) - Movistar Team 0:00:26
4 Christopher Froome (GBR) - Team Sky 0:00:26
5 Esteban Chaves (COL) - ORICA-BikeExchange 0:00:26
6 Nairo Quintana (COL) - Movistar Team 0:00:32
7 Igor Anton Hernandez (SPA) - Dimension Data 0:00:44
8 Samuel Sanchez (SPA) - BMC Racing Team 0:00:54
9 Alberto Contador (SPA) - Tinkoff Team 0:00:54
10 Gianluca Brambilla (ITA) - Etixx - Quick-Step 0:00:54
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
5 Esteban Chaves (COL) - ORICA-BikeExchange 0:00:26
41 Simon Yates (GBR) - ORICA-BikeExchange 0:01:32
69 Simon Gerrans (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange 0:03:54
91 Jack Haig (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange 0:06:28
92 Jens Keukeleire (BEL) - ORICA-BikeExchange 0:06:32
93 Damien Howson (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange 0:06:32
169 Sam Bewley (NZL) - ORICA-BikeExchange 0:15:02
180 Magnus Cort Nielsen (DEN) - ORICA-BikeExchange 0:16:26
190 Svein Tuft (CAN) - ORICA-BikeExchange 0:18:32