For the third consecutive time, the breakaway of the day consisted of three riders who pulled away almost as soon as the flag dropped. They gained a maximum advantage of nearly three minutes after covering 65 kilometers until the peloton with CCC Team riders started closing in on the attackers inside the final 50 kilometers.
The stage was held on a circuit with one climb to Guanyin Temple which was tackled five times. The breakaway got caught on the penultimate lap, just before the KOM, when Astana Pro Team riders picked up the pace splitting the field apart but, the group came back together on the descent.
The final climb again saw some moves at the front and although they didn’t stick, they caused the bunch to split. Koch and Gijs Van Hoecke were able to make it into the first group of around 50 riders that contested the sprint.
Race leader Ackermann took the win while Koch was CCC Team’s first rider across the line.
Quotes from the Finish Line
Sports Director, Jackson Stewart
“We didn’t have the best day today. Koch wasn’t feeling well and even though we were able to make it over the final climb with four of our guys, we had difficulty getting in the position for the sprint. Koch has been feeling under the weather since yesterday with a sore throat and some aches and we will see tomorrow morning how he is. Sometimes you just have a bad day.”
Gree-Tour of Guangxi
Stage 3 Nanning > Nanning (143km)
Top 3: 1. Pascal Ackermann (BORA – hansgrohe) 2. Alexandr Riabushenko (UAE-Team Emirates) 3. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT)
CCC Team Top 3: 39. Jonas Koch 42. Gijs Van Hoecke 51. Francisco Ventoso