Elia Viviani takes first victory at Vuelta a España, Kwiatkowski keeps GC lead
Aug 28 2018 12:08 am CET

Elia Viviani takes first victory at Vuelta a España, Kwiatkowski keeps GC lead
Elia Viviani takes first victory at Vuelta a España, Kwiatkowski keeps GC lead
Photo of Elia Viviani (c) Sigfrid Eggers

Quick-Step Floors' Elia Viviani has won the third stage of the Vuelta a España. The Italian champion showed a very strong sprint, beating Giacomo Nizzolo and Peter Sagan at the finish line.

The third stage of the Spanish grand tour was 178.2 kilometres long between Mijas and Alhaurin de la Torre, with a profile that included a climb of the first category and one of the third category. A breakaway was formed in the first kilometres of the day and included riders like Pierre Rolland, Nans Peters and Luis Angel Mate, among others.

This front group managed to create a gap of more than four minutes with the peloton. Behind, Team Sky took the front position of the pack to control its speed and was later joined by Quick-Step Floors, which wanted to force a sprint finish for Elia Viviani.

With around 40 kilometres to go, Lotto Soudal's Victor Campenaerts and Jelle Wallays made a move from the pack and were later joined by Lukas Postlberger (Bora-hansgrohe) and Alexis Gougeard (AG2R La Mondiale), while Rolland dropped from the front group and went back to the peloton.

At 35 kilometres to the end, the chasers got to the front to form an eight-rider group and even though there were some attacks, they remained together. Around ten kilometres later on the descent, Campenaerts slid off a curve and hit the deck.

With 18 kilometres remaining, Postlberger attacked and went away on his own. The Austrian champion was caught with six kilometres to go and teams with sprinters organised themselves to position them as well as possible. The first rider to start the sprint was LottoNL-Jumbo's Danny van Poppel but he was soon overtaken by Viviani and Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo).

The Italian champion showed very good legs and crossed the finish line with one bike length of difference with his fellow countryman. Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) was third.

Team Sky's Michal Kwiatkowski keeps the leader's jersey for another day.



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