The Italian lies just four seconds from the overall podium after three days.

The former capital of the Velay area, Saint-Paulien welcomed the peloton under beautiful blue skies Tuesday afternoon, for the start of the 169km stage 3, which travelled to Chastreix, a small village perched at an altitude of 1050 meters, in the heart of the Sancy mountain range, that was making its first appearance on the course of the prestigious stage race.

The undulating terrain in the first 70 kilometers was ideal for a breakaway to form and establish a solid lead over the bunch, which almost immediately gave carte blanche to six riders while keeping the gap in control at all times, as the prospect of fighting for victory on the first uphill finish of the week was to the liking of many teams.

Despite averaging 5.6% over 6.2 kilometers, the final climb didn’t do too much damage in the peloton, as many of the GC contenders decided to keep their powder dry for Wednesday’s individual time trial, which is likely to widen the gaps between the yellow jersey favourites. As a result, the victory was decided following a reduced bunch sprint, won by David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ). Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl’s Andrea Bagioli finished in the same time and is now our team’s best-placed rider in the overall ranking.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
4:09:38
2 Wout van Aert
Jumbo-Visma
0:00
3 Victor Lafay
Cofidis
0:00
4 Ruben Guerreiro
EF Education-EasyPost
0:00
5 Kevin Geniets
Groupama - FDJ
0:00
6 Nick Schultz
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
0:00
7 Damiano Caruso
Bahrain - Victorious
0:00
8 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain - Victorious
0:00
9 Matteo Jorgenson
Movistar Team
0:00
10 Brandon McNulty
UAE Team Emirates
0:00
20 Andrea Bagioli
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:00
26 Mattia Cattaneo
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:00
30 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:25
67 Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2:18
68 Dries Devenyns
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2:18
111 Jannik Steimle
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
7:28
1 Wout van Aert
Jumbo-Visma
12:50:32
2 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
0:06
3 Victor Lafay
Cofidis
0:12
4 Patrick Konrad
BORA - hansgrohe
0:16
5 Matteo Jorgenson
Movistar Team
0:16
6 Ruben Guerreiro
EF Education-EasyPost
0:16
7 Esteban Chaves Rubio
EF Education-EasyPost
0:16
8 Primož Roglič
Jumbo-Visma
0:16
9 Steff Cras
Lotto Soudal
0:16
10 Ben O'Connor
AG2R Citroën Team
0:16
15 Mattia Cattaneo
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:16
20 Andrea Bagioli
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:16
28 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:41
65 Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2:34
66 Dries Devenyns
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2:34
100 Jannik Steimle
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
7:44
1 Wout van Aert
Jumbo-Visma
51 pt
2 Ethan Hayter
INEOS Grenadiers
34 pt
3 Kevin Vermaerke
Team DSM
28 pt
4 Hugo Page
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
28 pt
5 Anders Skaarseth
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
26 pt
6 Olivier Le Gac
Groupama - FDJ
26 pt
7 Alexis Vuillermoz
TotalEnergies
25 pt
8 Clément Venturini
AG2R Citroën Team
20 pt
9 Sean Quinn
EF Education-EasyPost
20 pt
10 Anthony Delaplace
Team Arkéa Samsic
16 pt
24 Jannik Steimle
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
6 pt
1 Pierre Rolland
12 pt
2 Alexis Vuillermoz
TotalEnergies
7 pt
3 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
5 pt
4 Xandres Vervloesem
Lotto Soudal
4 pt
5 Maxime Bouet
Team Arkéa Samsic
4 pt
6 Laurens Huys
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
4 pt
7 Wout van Aert
Jumbo-Visma
3 pt
8 Anders Skaarseth
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
3 pt
9 Olivier Le Gac
Groupama - FDJ
3 pt
10 Sebastian Schönberger
2 pt
1 Matteo Jorgenson
Movistar Team
12:50:48
2 Brandon McNulty
UAE Team Emirates
0:00
3 Tobias Halland Johannessen
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
0:00
4 Juan Ayuso Pesquera
UAE Team Emirates
0:00
5 Andrea Bagioli
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:00
6 Kevin Geniets
Groupama - FDJ
0:00
7 Samuele Battistella
Astana Qazaqstan Team
0:07
8 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:25
9 Antonio Tiberi
Trek - Segafredo
0:25
10 Simon Guglielmi
Team Arkéa Samsic
0:42
1 Bahrain - Victorious 38:32:24
2 Jumbo-Visma 0:00
3 UAE Team Emirates 0:25
4 Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 0:25
5 INEOS Grenadiers 0:31
6 Groupama - FDJ 0:37
7 Movistar Team 0:42
8 Trek - Segafredo 0:53
9 BORA - hansgrohe 1:01
10 Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux 1:07

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