The day’s main breakaway consisted of 11 riders, who went clear in the first 20 kilometers of the stage. The peloton, where all of CCC Team was sitting, allowed them to establish an advantage of over five minutes before picking up the pace on the first category one climb of the day, the Port d’Oix, and reducing the gap to three minutes.
The leaders arrived at the bottom of the final climb, Vallter 2000 (11.2 kilometers long, average gradient of 7.6 percent) with an advantage of two minutes.
CCC Team riders moved up to be at the helm of the bunch just before the road kicked up to make sure that the team’s best climbers, ten Dam and Riccardo Zoidl, were well-positioned.
Team Sky made the selection early, shattering the field and putting a lot of riders in difficulty. In the end, the stage came down to an uphill sprint from a five-man group, which was won by Adam Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT).
Ten Dam crossed the finish line 2’37” behind the winner to be CCC Team’s top finisher.
Quotes from the Finish Line:
“We wanted to try for the final climb with ten Dam and Zoidl. Both were motivated and both gave their all. We didn’t expect the break to make it today so, the rest of the guys worked to support our climbers throughout the stage. Unfortunately, we didn’t end up with high placings on the stage but, we fought hard. The level here is very high and the final climb on Vallter is quite demanding. We can regroup after today and there are some more good stages remaining for our CCC Team guys.”
Volta a Catalunya
Stage 3: Sant Feliu de Guixols>Valter 2000 (179km)
Top 3: 1. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), 2. Egan Bernal (Team Sky) 3. Dan Martin (UAE-Team Emirates)
CCC Team top 3: 30. Laurens Ten Dam 40. Riccardo Zoidl 63. Partick Bevin