Italian champion victories in France with long escape.
A long, solitary winning ride gave Davide Formolo his fourth career success with the Italian champion crossing the finish line of stage three of the Criterium del Dauphiné, from Corenc-Saint Martin de Belleville of 157 km, in first position, after cycling for 65 km alone at the head of the race, climbing the Col de la Madeleine and the final Cat 1 ascent. Already after 30 km of racing, Formolo had jumped from the peloton in the company of 8 other riders. With the average pace very high (50.3 km / h after the first hour of racing), the gap to the breakaway hovered at around 5 minutes. On the slopes of the Col de la Madeleine, Formolo left his breakaway companions, building a maximum lead of 5’50”. The UAE Team Emirates rider managed to hold off the chasers to the line to claim victory with 33″ on Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ).
Good performance also by Tadej Pogačar, who finished 8th with the same time as Roglic: the Slovenian from UAE Team Emirates climbed to 11th place in the general classification (+1’17” from the leader Roglic).
Davide Formolo crossed the finish line alone on his Colnago V3RS bike equipped with Campagnolo Super Record EPS electronic groupset and with Campagnolo Bora WTO 60 full carbon wheels.
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