Sonny Colbrelli won the sprint on the 3rd stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné between Langeac and Saint-Haon-Le-Vieux after 172.2 km of racing.
This stage, promised to the sprinters, saw the attack of two runners after 1.5 km of the race. A duo composed of the Belgian Loïc Fly (Intermaché -Wanty Gobert) and the Israeli Omer Goldstein (Israel Start-Up Nation).
The two men are up to 3 minutes 20 ahead of the peloton. An orphan platoon of Mads Pedersen. The former world champion who fell at the start of the stage, gave up just over 130 km from the finish.
As expected the sprinters and the Bora-Hansgrohe team, in the yellow jersey of Lukas Pöstlberger, control the race keeping the two fumbles a little over the minute.
The peloton returns to the two fugitives 28 km from the finish. Goldstein was caught but Vliegen restarted and resisted alone up to 22 km from the line. An attack that will earn him a passage on the podium, with the price of fighting spirit.
As expected, victory is played in a sprint. The big favorite, Sonny Colbrelli (Barhain Victorious) is the strongest over the last 700 meters with 5.7% elevation gain. The 31-year-old Italian, of the Barhain-Victorious formation, overtook the Spaniard Alex Aranburu (Astana) who started in the lead and the American Brandon Mc Nulty (UAE Team Emirates). Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) finished 4th and Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) 9th. Colbrelli wins after two second places since the start of the Critérium. Lukas Pöstlberger keeps his yellow jersey two seconds ahead of the winner of the day.
This Wednesday, the riders will compete in the chrono of this 73rd edition between Firminy and Roche-La-Molière over the distance of 16.4 km. A stage to follow live from 2:25 pm with Rodrigo Beenkens and Gérard Bulens.