It seemed Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec rider, Ivan Ramiro Sosa, would continue to be stay as the race leader being one of the main favourites of this season’s Tour of the Alps event.
However, luck wasn’t on his site the other day when the rider found himself giving away a four-minute advantage losing his leader’s jersey when a sudden crash in the middle of stage three destroyed almost all his plans an hopes for the event.
“I’m good. I don’t know. I hit a pothole and lost control of my bike. It is important to be happy to be with the contenders at this Tour, and I am learning a lot, especially today,” Sosa said right after the crash which had clearly left him with several bruises on his arms.
He now stands right outside the top-20 at 4:04, right behind Pinot who has taken the race lead. Today’s fourth stage is considered to be an easy one and it could potentially give Sosa a chance to recuperate some time in the general classification.
Tour of the Alps 2018: Third stage Results
Ben O’Connor (Aus) Dimension Data 3:30:05
Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:00:05
Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
George Bennett (NZl) LottoNL-Jumbo
Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team
Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky
Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
Manuel Senni (Ita) Bardiani CSF
Alexandre Geniez (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
Michal Schlegel (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
General classification after third stage
Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ -10:52:19
Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida – 0:00:15
Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team
Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky – 0:00:16
Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team Emirates – 0:00:50
George Bennett (NZl) LottoNL-Jumbo – 0:01:21
Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team – 0:01:27
Ben O’Connor (Aus) Dimension Data – 0:01:36
Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Bardiani CSF – 0:01:45
Jan Hirt (Cze) Astana Pro Team – 0:01:55