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Dauphiné - Backaert 3rd after a day in the break

Dauphiné - Backaert 3rd after a day in the break

Frederik Backaert finished on the podium in the third stage of Critérium du Dauphiné (04-11/06, 2.WT). After a long day in the break Backaert was a little less fast than two other riders in the sprint. After 2 kilometers into the stage six riders broke away: Frederik Backaert was attentive and had the company of Siskevicius, Bouwman, Vermeulen, Nauleau and Pacher. For 182 kilometers these six riders rode in front and the cooperation went smoothly. Their maximum advantage was 6'30, but the peloton brought it back to 2'45 with 45 kilometers to go. But Backy and the others kept pushing on and kept the pack at distance! They could sprint for victory in Tullins. Koen Bouwman was the fastest, Frederik Backaert finished 3rd. Backy tells his story of the day.

Frederik Backaert:

“I had to try three times before the break was established. The cooperation was good and we were able to gain an advantage of six minutes. Only FDJ was chasing and our DS Sébastien Demarbaix told me it was possible to go for victory. When our advantage dropped to 2:45 on the last climb I thought we were gonna be caught. But we kept on working hard and with only 2 kilometers to go I realised we were going for victory!”

“I doubted a moment to surprise everyone with a late attack. But I could have been 6th in that case… So I waited for the sprint which I did quite good. I couldn’t have done better. I am happy with this result. We shall see if I can go for victory again, but I think the sprinter teams won’t commit a fault like this twice.”

Results stage 3 (Le Chambon-sur-Lignon - Tullins)

1. Koen Bouwman
2. Evaldas Siskevicius
3. Frederik Backaert
18. Guillaume Van Keirsbulck 00:11
19. Dion Smith
23. Pieter Vanspeybrouck
31. Guillaume Martin
38. Marco Minnaard
41. Yoann Offredo
66. Thomas Degand

General classification after stage 3

1. Thomas De Gendt
2. Axel Domont 00:48
3. Diego Ulissi 01:03
10. Guillaume Martin 01:09
33. Thomas Degand 
55. Yoann Offredo 02:19
86. Pieter Vanspeybrouck 06:55
87. Marco Minnaard 
92. Frederik Backaert 08:02
95. Dion Smith 08:17
143. Guillaume Van Keirsbulck 16:11