Lukas Pöstlberger struggled but successfully defended his overall lead on Dauphine Tour in Stage Three on Tuesday.
The Austrian Supreme, who won the second stage on Monday, crossed the finish line at the main square after 172.5 kilometers from Langec to Saint-Haun-le-Vieux, while his Italian competitor Sonny Culbrelli (Bahrain) won the uphill race stage.
This means that Pöstlberger is just two seconds ahead of Colbrelli, who amasses a ten-second tally. Bora’s Postelberg teammate Patrick Conrad recorded a space loss. Conrad is now seventh overall, still 24 seconds behind.
“Today I am so tired of the long run from yesterday. Before the start, I took on the role a little bit, and I had very good legs, but soon it became clear in the race that I wasn’t going to have the best day of the day,” Pöstlberger explains the stage.
“My team dominated the race very well and confidently brought me to the last kilometers. I really wanted to help start the race, but I had no more strength and was happy not to lose any seconds in the difficult end. Tomorrow in time for the trial would be an impossible mission, but let’s see. What works? “
There should be some changes in the fourth stage on Wednesday, when the single-pilot program is over 16.4 kilometers from Fermini to Roche-La-Moliere. For many professional cyclists, the eight-day race is an endurance test for the Tour de France. Among others, there will be former tour champions Geriant Thomas and Chris Fromm.
Text: © LAOLA1.at
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