Team Saxo-Tinkoff’s Manule Boaro tenaciously hung on the top favorites on the third and final stage of Criterium International but the mountainous terrain was ultimately too much of a challenge for the young Italian who had to forfeit with ten kilometers to go.
On the uphill finish, Team Sky set a violent pace which kept the rivals from attacking and suddenly, Chris Froome was alone in the front dropping his teammate in the leader’s jersey, Richie Porte.
Froome soloed his way to the finish line where he took the stage win and the overall classification as well while his leading teammate was chasing him from behind.
Team Saxo-Tinkoff DS, Philippe Mauduit explains:
”Manuele is not a climber but he maintains contact with the front group until the final climb where he was dropped with 10 kilometers to go and then also Jesus (Hernandez) and Sergio (Paulinho) are tailed off. However, Michael (Rogers) stays in the front until four kilometers to go where the group finally explodes. Of course, we could have hoped for a better result overall but as Alberto’s missing here, we’re also happy to see that our riders are making progress and we’re therefore looking forward to the coming challenges”, says Mauduit.