International Cycling

Contador keeps Basque lead

2014-04-09 19:46
Alberto Contador (AFP)

Madrid - Australian Michael Matthews sprinted to victory in the third stage of the Tour of the Basque Country on Wednesday.

The Orica-GreenEdge rider edged Kevin Reza (Europcar) and Michal Kwiatowski (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) in a bunch sprint to the line to claim the 194.5km ride from Urdazbi to Vitoria-Gasteiz in just over five hours.

There was no change in the general classification as two-time former Tour de France champion Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) maintained his 14 second lead over fellow Spaniard Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) with Kwiatowski 20 seconds further back in third.

Thursday's fourth stage could prove decisive as the race heads into the mountains with two category one climbs during the 151km ride from Vitoria-Gasteiz to Arrate.

Results from the third stage of the Tour of the Basque Country on Wednesday, a 194.5km ride from Urdazbi to Vitoria-Gasteiz:


1. Micahel Matthews (AUS/ORI) 5h 02min 09sec, 2. Kevin Reza (FRA/EUC) same time, 3. Michal Kwiatkowski (POL/OPQ) s.t., 4. Ben Swift (GBR/SKY) s.t., 5. Paul Martens (GER/BKN) s.t., 6. Yukiya Arashiro (JAP/EUC) s.t., 7. Daniele Ratto (ITA/CAN) s.t., 8. Maxim Iglinskiy (KAZ/AST) s.t., 9. Enrico Gasparotto (ITA/AST) s.t, 10. Tosh Van der Sande (BEL/LTB) s.t.


16. Alberto Contador (ESP/TIN) s.t., 17 Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV) s.t.


1. Alberto Contador (ESP/TIN) 12hr 54min 03sec, 2. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV) at 0:14sec, 3. Michal Kwiatkowski (POL/OPQ) 0:34, 4. Damiano Cunego (ITA/LAM) 0:36, 5. Cadel Evans (AUS/BMC) 0:36, 6. Jean Christophe Peraud (FRA/ALM) 0:36, 7. Mikel Nieve (ESP/SKY) 0:36, 8. Yury Trofimov (RUS/KAT) 0:36, 9. Roman Kreuziger (CZE/TIN) 0:54, 10. Mikel Landa (ESP/AST) 0:54


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Besides the 'Big 3' of rugby, cricket and soccer, which of the 'smaller' sports in South Africa do you enjoy the most?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.