Live Coverage of Tour of the Basque Country - Stage 3

Race overview:

Distance: 191.4km

Start Location: Sarriguren

End Location: Estibaliz

Hello and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of stage 3 of Itzulia Basque Country. 

 

Race hub

Start list

Schachmann wins stage 1

Alaphilippe wins stage 2

Puncture derails Adam Yates' Basque Country plans

 


 



 

 

Live commentary by Stephen Farrand

  1. 16:41:56 GMT

    Thanks for joining us for our live coverage, we'll be back tomorrow for more action from stage 4. 

    We'll also have full live coverage of Sunday's Paris-Roubaix. 

     

  2. 16:40:59 GMT

    We'll have further information on the riders involved in the crash. 

     

    For out full stage report and photo gallery, click here.  

     

     

  3. 16:32:46 GMT

    Jonathan Castroviejo also crashed, landing on his face, and has been taken to hospital for treatment. 

     

  4. 16:32:13 GMT

    Team Sky confirmed that both Michal Kwiatkowski and Geraint Thomas crashed in the final kilometres. 

    Both should be fine to start on Thursday. 

     

  5. 16:28:34 GMT

    Max Schachmann was clearly happy to win again.  

     

    Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) celebrates his stage 3 win at Pais Vasco

     

  6. 16:17:36 GMT

    This is one of the first images of Schachmann winning stage 4 in the Basque Country.

     

     Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) wins stage 3 at Tour of the Basque Country

     

  7. 16:14:38 GMT

    It is also a big day in the bike tech world, with Specialized unveiling their new Roubaix bike. 

    Cyclingnews attended the presentation and has all the details on the new bike that will be used by rider from Deceuninck-QuickStep and Bora-Hansgrohe at Paris-Roubaix, including Peter Sagan and Philippe Gilbert.  

    Click here for the full story on the new Specialized Roubaix.

     

     

  8. 16:10:00 GMT

    It's been a busy day in the pro bike world. 

     

    In Belgium, the Classics specialists fought it out in the crosswinds of southern Netherlands before the finish in Schoten. 

     

    We won't spoil the result for you but click here to see our full race report and photo gallery. 

     

  9. 16:03:32 GMT

    Asked if he can win, the German rider said:

    "I don’t know. I’m surprised myself (how well I'm going)."

     

    "We have two super hard stages coming up. I hope my battery is still full enough those two days."

     

     

  10. 16:02:20 GMT

    Max Schachmann seemed genuinely surprised to win again.


    "I don’t know what to say. I have to say thank you to my team. I knew I didn’t come to the team as big star but I get 150% support, as you saw in the finale. I could just trust them and I had the legs," he said.

     

    "I haven’t had a yellow many times but I think it’s special to win in yellow."

     

     

     

  11. 15:58:01 GMT

    Schachmann collects the flowers and applause for winning the stage and also returns to the podium to pull on the leader's yellow jersey yet again. 

     

  12. 15:56:57 GMT

    With Alaphilippe losingb time, this is the new GC: 

     

    1 Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 8:34:31
    2 Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:00:33
    3 Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
    4 Daniel Martin (Irl) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:49
    5 Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:51
    6 Daniel Martinez (Col) EF Education First 0:00:53
    7 Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:00:54
    8 Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain-Merida 0:01:11
    9 Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:16
    10 Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb.

     

  13. 15:55:22 GMT

    Alaphillippe rides to the finish. He has road rash and is not happy but does not seem injured. He finished 12 minutes down after his crash with 5km to go.  

     

     

  14. 15:54:05 GMT

    Thanks to a ten-second time bonus and Alaphilippe losing time, Schachmann extended his overall lead to 33 seconds on Ion Izagirre (Astana) and teammate Patrick Konrad. 

     

    Dan Martin (UAE) is fourth at 49 seconds.  

     

  15. 15:52:19 GMT

    We are still awaiting info on if Julian Alaphilippe got up and finished the stage.

     

    Here comes Kwiatkowski. His GC chances are over. 

     

  16. 15:48:57 GMT

    This is the top 10 for the stage: 

     


    1 Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 04:47:47
    2 Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
    3 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Katusha-Alpecin
    4 Marc Hirschi (Swi) Team Sunweb
    5 Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro Team
    6 Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
    7 Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott
    8 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
    9 Carlos Julian Quintero Noreña (Col) Manzana Postobon
    10 Grega Bole (Slo) Bahrain-Merida

     

  17. 15:46:53 GMT

    Italy's Enrico Battaglin finished third, with Marc Hirschi of Sunweb  was fourth. 

     

  18. 15:45:40 GMT

    Schachmann had time to look behind and check on his rivals before celebrate his win. 

     

  19. 15:44:22 GMT

    It was his fourth win of the season, he also won the stage 1 TT. 

     

  20. 15:43:56 GMT

    He came past them as the road curved and won by a few bike lengths. 

     

  21. 15:43:25 GMT

    Lutsenko and Ulissi lead it out but Schachmanm was on their wheel and far stronger.  

     

  22. 15:42:34 GMT

    Here we go! 

     

  23. 15:42:18 GMT

    Schachmann is there. 

     

  24. 15:41:44 GMT

    1km remaining from 191.4km

    Last Km. The climb kick in. 

     

  25. 15:41:29 GMT

    Deceuninck is trying to limit Mas' time loss but its going to be significant.

     

  26. 15:40:52 GMT

    Enric Mas also crashed and has lost time.

     

     

  27. 15:40:25 GMT

    2km remaining from 191.4km

    They sweep through the left turn.

     

  28. 15:40:02 GMT

    2km remaining from 191.4km

    Back in the race, the break has been swept up.

     

    It's time for the sprint.

     

  29. 15:39:39 GMT

    It seems Castroviejo is the Team Sky rider. He is getting up but has cut his face.

     

  30. 15:38:22 GMT

    A Team Sky riders also crashed. He is being treated by the medics. 

     

  31. 15:37:44 GMT

    The crash happened with 5km to go and so the riders will lose time in the GC.

     

  32. 15:37:17 GMT

    Adam Hansen also went down hard but seems okay.

     

  33. 15:36:41 GMT

    A numbers of riders have gone down at speed.

     

    Alaphilippe is one of them! 

     

  34. 15:35:54 GMT

    6km remaining from 191.4km

    Crash!!

     

  35. 15:34:48 GMT

    He's dragging them along at 54km/h! 

     

  36. 15:34:33 GMT

    7km remaining from 191.4km

    The peloton can see the break now, with Jumbo and Tony Martin leading the peloton.  

     

  37. 15:33:17 GMT

    Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Movistar Team), Benjamin King (Dimension Data), Bruno Armirail (Groupama-FDJ), Julien Bernard (Trek-Segafredo) and Toms Skujins (Trek-Segafredo) are still working hard together but their lead is down to 20 seconds.

     

  38. 15:30:53 GMT

    10km remaining from 191.4km

    There is a left turn with 2km to go and then the road curves to the left in the final metres of the stage.  

     

  39. 15:29:57 GMT

    Position will be important going into the uphill finish.

     

  40. 15:29:35 GMT

    11km remaining from 191.4km

    Bora-Hansgrohe is on the front but other teams are coming over the top of them to fight for position.

     

  41. 15:27:23 GMT

    13km remaining from 191.4km

    Nicolas Sessler (Burgos-Bh) is spat out of the break, leaving the WorldTour riders left up front.

     

    They lead by 35 seconds now.

     

  42. 15:26:20 GMT

    Today's finish kicks up for the final 2km, at an average of 4%. 

     

  43. 15:24:52 GMT

    Deceuninck-QuickStep, Lotto Soudal are now leading the peloton.

    They're riding for Alaphilippe and Lambrecht, who finished second yesterday after kicking early.  

     

  44. 15:23:54 GMT

    16km remaining from 191.4km

    The peloton does not seem keen to close the break down just yet, letting them hang out front as the kilometres tick down. 

     

  45. 15:21:38 GMT

    18km remaining from 191.4km

    The races passes along the shore of a stunning lake but the riders have little tine to enjoy the views. The speed is high now. 

     

  46. 15:19:38 GMT

    They sweep up the time bonuses at the intermediate sprint.  

     

  47. 15:19:02 GMT

    20km remaining from 191.4km

    The break is refusing to give up the fight but their lead is down to below a minute now. 

     

  48. 15:16:46 GMT

    Michael Storer is loading bidons for Team Sunweb. Hugh Carthy did the same for EF. 

     

  49. 15:13:49 GMT

    Top ten:

     

    1 Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Deceuninck-QuickStep
    2 Maximilian Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb
    3 Christopher Lawless (GBr) Team Sky
    4 Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
    5 Roy Jans (Bel) Corendon-Circus
    6 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel
    7 Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-Alpecin
    8 Emils Liepins (Lat) Wallonie Bruxelles
    9 Jasper Philipsen (Bel) UAE Team Emirates
    10 Matteo Moschetti (Ita) Trek-Segafredo

     

  50. 15:13:18 GMT

    24km remaining from 191.4km

    Riders are dropping back to their team cars to leave their capes and collect some final bidons and tactical advice before the finish.

     

  51. 15:12:18 GMT

    26km remaining from 191.4km

    The riders are on the flat roads now, blasting towards the finish Estibaliz. 

     

    However they finish line is at the top of a short climb much like Tuesday's stage.

     

     

     

  52. 15:03:36 GMT

    32km remaining from 191.4km

    There are just six riders left up front now. Bravo has sat up, his mountains jersey secure for another day.  

     

  53. 15:01:10 GMT

    The gap to the break is down to 1:10 now.

     

    The final intermediate sprint, with 3-2-1 time bonuses comes with 18km to go, is the peloton thinking about catching the break and so fighting for the time bonuses.  

     

  54. 14:53:57 GMT

    The roads are wet again. The weather is changing by the minute, adding an extra factor to the race.

     

  55. 14:52:45 GMT

    40km remaining from 191.4km

    Team Sky is still dragging the peloton along and even lining them out in the slight cross winds.

  56. 14:49:37 GMT

    42km remaining from 191.4km

    The race is on long, straight country roads. It's a cold cloudy day in the heart of the Basque Country.

     

  57. 14:42:18 GMT

    47km remaining from 191.4km

    The peloton reforms, Irizar there despite his crash. He has holes in his shorts and seems to have hurt his left hand. 

     

  58. 14:38:17 GMT

    The peloton has split slightly on the descent, there's a side wind and so the peloton is in four different groups.

     

  59. 14:37:18 GMT

    51km remaining from 191.4km

    The riders in the break are taking smooth turns on the front in the break but the peloton is on their case. The gap is down to 1:15.

     

  60. 14:31:19 GMT

    The peloton passes the mountain summit some 1:30 down on the break. 

     

     

  61. 14:29:30 GMT

    Bernhard kicks first and distances Bravo. 

     

  62. 14:28:35 GMT

    58km remaining from 191.4km

    They sprint for the mountain points.

     

  63. 14:26:47 GMT

    The peloton is packed across the road and so he almost caused a crash.

     

  64. 14:26:15 GMT

    José Fernandes (Burgos-Bh) drops out of the break and is swept up by the bunch.  

     

  65. 14:25:27 GMT

    This is the profile of the Opakua climb. It actually cuts into the side of the mountain.

     

     

  66. 14:22:38 GMT

    There is a stiff headwind slowing the riders at the moment. 

     

  67. 14:20:55 GMT

    62km remaining from 191.4km

    The Opakua climb starts now and so the peloton closes in on the break.

     

    The riders have passed through a rain shower and are back in the sun. Welcome to the Basque Country. 

     

  68. 14:14:57 GMT

    Crass is still lying in the field but is getting medical assistance. 

     

  69. 14:13:12 GMT

    This time it's Steff Crass of Katusha to go down after a touch of wheels. 

     

    Rain is in the air and the roads are a little wet. 

     

  70. 14:11:48 GMT

    Another touch of wheels and another crash!

     

  71. 14:10:55 GMT

    68km remaining from 191.4km

    This is another shot of the break of the day.

     

     

  72. 14:07:51 GMT

    Kenny Elissonde is on the front for Team Sky.

    He's riding to help Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas and Michal Kwiatkowski.

     

  73. 14:05:46 GMT

    72km remaining from 191.4km

    The break is on a plain on top of the climb. They're working well together but so is the peloton.

     

  74. 13:59:03 GMT

    Team Sky, Astana and Groupama-FDJ are leading the peloton in chase of the break. 

     

  75. 13:57:57 GMT

    Bravo is in the break to defend the polka-dot mountains jersey. 

     

  76. 13:57:25 GMT

    The USA's Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma) was also caught up in the crash. 

     

  77. 13:55:11 GMT

    This is the break of the day. 

     

  78. 13:52:13 GMT

    It is followed by a steep descent an fast ride to the uphill finish. 

     

  79. 13:51:50 GMT

    80km remaining from 191.4km

    The riders are about to start the major climb in the middle of the stage.

     

    The Opakua climb is 4.6km long at 4.7% but it is preceded by other nasty climbs. 

     

  80. 13:47:41 GMT

    Markel Irizar (Trek-Segafredo) was brought down by another rider touching wheels.

     

    A Cofidis rider also went down hard.

     

  81. 13:46:30 GMT

    Several riders touched and went down. 

     

  82. 13:45:56 GMT

    Crash!

  83. 13:42:39 GMT

    The skies is grey and heavy with rain but the road are dry so far.

     

  84. 13:38:44 GMT

    85km remaining from 191.4km

    Max Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) is still in the leader's yellow jersey after stage 2 and his teammates are leading the chase of the break. 

     

  85. 13:37:51 GMT

    87km remaining from 191.4km

    It has been a steady first half. However there have been crashes and several riders are out of the race.

    These include Rohan Dennis (Bahrain-Merida). Steve Cummings (Dimension Data) has also crashed out and been taken to hospital.

     

     

     

     

  86. 13:33:08 GMT

    The riders in the break are Ben King (Dimension Data), Bruno Armirail (Groupama-FDJ), Julien Bernard, Toms Skujins (Trek-Segafredo), Garikoitz Bravo (Euskadi-Murias), Nicolas Sessler, José Fernandes (Burgos-BH), José Joaquin Rojas (Movistar).

     

  87. 13:28:52 GMT

    As the CN blimp takes flight, with around half way to go, there is a break of eight riders away, with the peloton 3:20 back.  

     

  88. 13:27:10 GMT

    Hello and welcome to the action from the Basque Country. Today the riders face a hilly 191km of racing.