Lesaka - Britain's Steve Cummings timed his break for the line perfectly to
claim the 193.5km third stage of the Tour of the Basque Country from
Vitoria to Lesaka on Wednesday.
Cummings surged to the front of the pack a kilometre from the finish
and held on to see off Australian Simon Gerrans and Italy's Fabio
Felline in a time of 5hrs 01min 58sec.
There was no change in the overall standings as Spaniard Mikel Landa
maintained his one second lead over Dutchman Wilco Kelderman with
Landa's Sky team-mate Sergio Henao of Colombia a further four seconds
Giro d'Italia champion Alberto Contador remains 11 seconds off Landa
in fifth with Tour de France runner-up Nairo Quintana a further four
seconds behind in eighth and Vuelta a Espana winner Fabio Aru 22 seconds
off the lead.
The six-stage race continues on Thursday with a mountainous 165km ride from Lesaka to Orio.
Results from the third stage of Tour of the Basque Country, a 193.5km ride from Vitoria-Gasteiz to Lesaka on Wednesday:
1. Stephen Cummings (GBR/DDT) 5hr 01min 57sec, 2. Simon
Gerrans (AUS/ORI) at same time, 3. Fabio Felline (ITA/TRE) s.t., 4.
Gianluca Brambilla (ITA/ETI) s.t., 5. Giovanni Visconti (ITA/MOV) s.t.,
6. Simon Clarke (AUS/CAN) s.t., 7. Tony Gallopin (FRA/LOT) s.t., 8. Peio
Bilbao (ESP/CJR) s.t., 9. Sergey Chernetsky (RUS/KAT) s.t., 10.
Sebastian Heano (COL/SKY) s.t.
1. Mikel Landa (ESP/SKY) 13hr 39min 35sec, 2. Wilco Kelderman
(NED/LNL) at 0:01sec, 3. Sebastian Heano (COL/SKY) 0:05, 4. Samuel
Sanchez (ESP/BMC) 0:09, 5. Alberto Contador (ESP/TIN) 0:11, 6. Thibaut
Pinot (FRA/FDJ) 0:13., 7. Rui Costa (POR/LAM) 0:15, 8. Nairo Quintana
(COL/MOV) 0:15, 9. Robert Gesink (NED/LNL) 0:15, 10. Sebastien
Reichenbach (SWI/FDJ) 0:15
11. Joaquim Rodriguez (ESP/KAT) 0:15, 15. Fabio Aru (ITA/AST) 0:22