Santos Tour Down Under, Stage 3: Gilbert Third

Team’s chased valiantly in the uphill dash to the line Thursday at the Santos but the reigning world road champion could not catch Stage 3 winner Tom-Jelte Slagter (Blanco) and runner-up ().

Help From Santaromita
After Slagter attacked in the final kilometer, Gilbert received help from teammate Ivan Santaromita to close the gap. “I was with Santaromita so it was pet but then the guy from left a gap,” Gilbert said. “Slagter had 10 or 15 meters so it was hard to come back.” Santaromita, who finished ninth, is the Team’s best-placed rider on the general classification, while (Sky Pro) held onto the race lead. Gilbert’s chances for the overall classification were dashed by a crash on a twisting descent to the finish Wednesday. Once the 139 kilometer race reached the finishing circuit for five laps, Team’s worked his way into an eight-man breakaway. His own attack inside 15 km whittled the group down to five but they were swallowed up with 5 km to go. “We never had more than 35 seconds so it was hard to stay away,” Morabito said. “I thought at the end that maybe we could make it, but I think the other guys were tired.”

Listen to complete comments from Gilbert and Morabito on the Team Audio Line:

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