Route d’Occitanie 2020: Bernal wins Queen Stage to move into GC lead

The Queen Stage in Route d'Occitanie travels over the Port de Balès and Col de Peyresourde to finish atop the Col de Beyrède. Egan Bernal wins the race solo ahead of Pavel Sivakov and Aleksandr Vlasov. The Colombian is the new overall leader. (Slideshow route/profile)

Results 3rd stage Route d’Occitanie

1. Egan Bernal (col)
2. Pavel Sivakov (rus) + 0.10
3. Aleksandr Vlasov (rus) + 0.17
4. Thibaut Pinot (fra) + 0.31
5. Bauke Mollema (nld) + 1.05
6. Warren Barguil (fra) + 1.09
7. Richie Porte (aus) + 1.11
8. Romian Bardet (fra) + 1.18
9. Sébastien Reichenbach (swi) + 1.39
10. Rafael Valls (spa) s.t.

28. Miguel Ángel López (col) + 3.59
34. Chris Froome (gbr) + 5.11

GC after stage 3
1. Egan Bernal (col)
2. Pavel Sivakov (rus) + 0.14
3. Aleksandr Vlasov (rus) + 0.23
4. Thibaut Pinot (fra) + 0.41
5. Bauke Mollema (nld) + 1.15
6. Warren Barguil (fra) + 1.19
7. Richie Porte (aus) + 1.21
8. Romian Bardet (fra) + 1.28
9. Rafael Valls (spa) + 1.49
10. Sébastien Reichenbach (swi) s.t.

Race report
A stormy opening phase leads to a breakaway with Benoit Cosnefroy, Julien Bernard, Harold Tejada, Georg Zimmermann, Matthieu Ladagnous, Lilian Calmejane, Joan Bou and Julien Trarieux. The eight open up a maximum gap of 4 minutes.

Bou and Trarieux can’t follow the pace on the Balès, while Cosnefroy and Ladagnous drop back on the Peyresourde. On the early slopes of the finish climb Calmejane, Bernard, Tejada and Zimmermann are also brought back.

More and more riders lose contact while climbing the Beyrède – for instance, Froome and ‘Superman’ López – until only Bernal, Pinot, Vlasov and Sivakov are left in the final 2 kilometres. The Frenchman is the first one to crack before 24-year old Vlasov has to admit defeat in the face of the two Ineos-youngsters.

Bernal solos to triumph and now leads the GC 14 seconds ahead of Sivakov with Vlasov 9 seconds further behind.

Another interesting read: route 3rd stage 2020 Route d’Occitanie.

Route d’Occitanie 2020 stage 3: routes, profiles

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