Paris - Britain's
Geraint Thomas led a Sky one-two ahead of Mikel Landa on Wednesday's
stage three of the Tour of the Alps to take the overall lead in the Giro
Overnight leader Thibaut Pinot came in fifth on the day - a 143km
stage from Niederdorf to Villnoss - 13 seconds adrift as the French
climber dropped to third in the standings.
Landa, who led the Sky Giro d'Italia team last season, had been
leading by 20 seconds with Domenico Pozzovivo on the final climb, but
Thomas made an uncharacteristic attack with 1km to go and easily bridged
He then launched a second assault within sight of the line taking the
Spaniard with him and going four seconds clear of Pozzovivo in third.
"It’s a huge bonus to win the stage, take the jersey and have a nice
little buffer over Pozzovivo and Pinot," the Welshman said after the
Landa warmly congratulated Thomas, the pair will be Sky co-leaders at the Giro, high-fiving him directly after the finish line.
Two more mountain stages remain with the Tour finishing with a daredevil descent into Trento on Friday.