A late race crash disrupted the flow of stage 3 in the 59th Itzulia Basque Country on Wednesday, but Team KATUSHA ALPECIN’s Enrico Battaglin kept his focus and sprinted in for third place in an uphill sprint ending in Estibaliz. The Italian rider sees promise for the upcoming stages still to come.
Battaglin: “The final was really nervous! I was lucky to avoid the big crash with 5km to go. After that the team helped me a lot so I would be in a good position for the sprint. Schachmann was the stronger today, but for me and the team this good result gives us confidence for the next stages.”
Maximilian Schachmann of BORA – hansgrohe took the win on the 191.4k road course from Sarriguren to Estibaliz with a time of 4:47:57 (39.88km/h). The time was the same for second place Diego Ulissi (UAE-Team Emirates) and Battaglin in third. Schachmann holds the race lead by 33-seconds to Ion Izagirre of Astana.
Stage 4 on Thursday is 163.6k from Vitoria-Gasteiz to Arrigorriaga.
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