Volta a Catalunya
Janez Brajkovic(Astana) won Stage 3 today under freezing conditions in the Spanish Pyrenees that caused the race to be shortened. Michael Albasini (Greenedge) remained as overall GC leader, with Ryder Hesjedal(Garmin Barracuda) and others still in second (+1:32) because the race administrators decided to retain the stage 2 positions because of the unexpectedly shortened stage. The snowy weather grounded the helicopters, so there was no live TV coverage today.
Withdrawals todayincluded Andy Schleck (RadioShack Nissan), Bradley Wiggins (Sky). Richie Porte(Sky), and Tejay Van Garderen(BMC). Before the stage began, Alejandro Valverde(injuries) and Javi Moreno(stomach problems)(both of Movistar) withdrew.
The shortened stage cut out two steep ascents, to the detriment of the climbers and to the advantage of the breakaway group, initially led out by Chris Anker Sorenson (Saxo Bank). The decision to shorten the stage meant the breakaway group were not caught, and were able to contest among themselves for the stage win.
1, Janez Brajkovic (Astana)
2, Michal Golas (Omega Pharma – Quickstep)
3, Mickael Cherel (Ag2R La Mondiale)
4, Matteo Carrara (Vacansoleil DCM)
5, Thomas Rohregger (RadioShack Nissan)
6, Christian Vande Velde (Garmin Barracuda)
7, Johann Tschopp (BMC)
8, Steven Kruijswijk (Rabobank)
9, Chris Anker Sorensen (Saxo Bank)
10, Romain Bardet (Ag2R La Mondiale)
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Coppi e Bartali
Two stages were held today in the Coppi e Bartali. Elia Viviani (Liquigas Cannondale) won the first stage (Stage 2a), and the German team Netapp took the Team Time Trial of Stage 2b by a significant margin that put their riders Cesare Benedetti and Daniel Schorn into the overall GC lead.
Dwars door Vlaanderen
Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma Quickstep) had a convincing victory today in the Dwars door Vlaanderen, taking the one-day semi classic by over a minute ahead of his former breakaway companions, Sylvain Chavanel (second place at +47)(Omega Pharma Quickstep) and Filippo Pozzato(sixth at +1:00) (Farnese Vini – Selle Italia), among others.
The main group came in over three minutes behind, including Mark Renshaw(Rabobank), Mark Cavendish(Sky), Tyler Farrar (Garmin Barracuda), Stuart O’Grady (GreenEdge) Matthew Goss (GreenEdge) and Heinrich Haussler(Garmin Barracuda).
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