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Dauphiné (3) - Martin : "An ice cold transition stage"

Dauphiné (3) - Martin : "An ice cold transition stage"

The Critérium du Dauphiné (2.WT, 9-16/06) held a first transition stage, this Tuesday, after two exhausting days. A two man breakaway led the race between Puy-en-Velay and Riom for a long time. The flat profile was made for sprinters, but the cold and rain fatigued the peloton and their bodies. The escapees were caught within the last 15 kilometer and gave room to a royal sprint in Riom. Sam Bennett wins, while the Wanty-Gobert riders stayed in the warmth of the peloton. Guillaume Martin is still in 2nd position in the provisional general classification, one day ahead the individual time trial in Roanne.

Guillaume Martin :

« We could have spent a calm day in the peloton knowing the flat stage profile, but it was far from that. The cold and the rain provoked an ice cold day. I've really known a difficult moment after 50 kilometer, so I am happy to arrive at the end of this stage unhindered. »

« The individual time trial, if I start it as 2nd or as 20th in classification, is anyway not my specialty. I expect to suffer and to loose time, but of course I want to limit the losses in this time trial which alternates long straights and sections with a slight downhill slope. I am especially impatient to start the battle in the mountains again on Friday. » 

Stage 3 :
1. Sam Bennett
2. Wout Van Aert
3. Davide Ballerini
19. Guillaume Martin
22. Fabien Doubey
35. Odd Eiking
74. Thomas Degand
97. Marco Minnaard
101. Xandro Meurisse
105. Bart De Clercq

Provisional GC:
1. Dylan Teuns
2. Guillaume Martin + 0:03
3. Alexey Lutsenko + 0:20
24. Odd Eiking + 1:59
41. Xandro Meurisse + 3:24
52. Fabien Doubey + 9:28
80. Marco Minnaard + 16:31
108. Bart De Clercq + 26:59
125. Thomas Degand + 32:51