A rolling stage today with an uphill kick to finish. The day was dominated by a three man break with Morkov, Engoulvent, and Curvers getting screen time for their respective teams. Engoulvent wasn’t happy with his break-mates so he went out alone and was reeled in by Movistar, Sky and Omega Pharma-Quickstep with 9km to go.
From there, the main GC leaders were in the battle with Wiggins keeping his eye on both Chavanel and Leipheimer while being ever cautious about Alejandro Valverde who excels in this type of finish. Up to the line it was Valverde overtaking compatriot Luis-Leon Sanchez while Simon Gerrans came from out of nowhere to get second place by half a wheel length.
For Valverde, the win additionally gives him 10 bonus seconds and he moves up to 6th on the GC standings just 20 seconds behind Wiggins.
Stage 3 Top Three
1. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)_______4h36’19”
2. Simon Gerrans (Greenedge)
3. Gianni Meersman (Lotto-Belisol)
Overall Classification after 3 stages
1. Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky)_________________4h33’32″
2. Levi Leipheimer (Omega Pharma-Quickstep)___+6″
4. Tegay VanGarderen (BMC)__________________+11″
5. Maxime Monfort (Radioshack Nissan Trek)_____+14″
6. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)_______________+20″