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2014 Vuelta a España

69th Edition: August 23 - September 14, 2014

Stage 3 Results

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Stage 3, Monday, Aug 25: Cadiz - Arcos de la Frontera, 197.8 km

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Michael Matthews wins stage 3

Michael Matthews wins stage three while Dan Martin pounds his bars in frustration. Photo ©Sirotti

The Race: Early on a break of six riders went clear: Jerome Cousin, Luis Mas Bonet, Jonathan Fumeaux, Danilo Wyss and Jacques van Rensburg. They were given a lot of freedom, at one point the escapees had a gap of more than eight minutes.

But it was a very hot day with four categorized climbs. First Fumeaux dropped back and then Luis Mas Bonet attacked the break. Mas Bonet stayed away long enough to be the first over the last two climbs and gain the KOM lead (though he is tied at nine points with Jerome Cousin).

With Orica-GreenEdge relentlessly pulling the peloton, eventually all the breakaway riders were caught.

Everyone knew the finish with a narrow bridge before a 6% grade to the finish. There was a mad scramble to the front to be well-positioned for the final kilometer. Orica-GreenEdge played it perfectly, though for a moment it looked like Katusha's Giampaolo Caruso was going to run away with all the glory. He attacked on the final grade to the finish, but didn't have enough suds to make it to the line. Dan Martin, Michael Matthews and Joaquin Rodriguez went flying by him.

It came down to a drag race between Martin and Matthews with Matthews the victor. With the time bonus for winning the stage, Matthews made it a double-coup, taking also the GC lead.

Complete Stage 3 results:

Winner's average speed: 33.5 km/hr

1 Michael Matthews Orica GreenEdge 5hr 12min 14sec
2 Daniel Martin Garmin Sharp
3 Joaquin Rodriguez Team Katusha
4 Wilco Kelderman Belkin Pro Cycling Team
5 Paul Martens Belkin Pro Cycling Team
6 Cadel Evans BMC Racing Team
7 Lloyd Mondory AG2R La Mondiale
8 Nacer Bouhanni FDJ.fr
9 Daniel Moreno Team Katusha
10 Christopher Froome Team SKY
11 Rigoberto Uran Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
12 Samuel Sánchez BMC Racing Team
13 Nairo Alexander Quintana  Movistar Team
14 Robert Gesink Belkin Pro Cycling Team
15 David Arroyo Caja Rural Seguros RGA
16 Alberto Contador Tinkoff - Saxo
17 Esteban Chaves  Orica GreenEdge @ 7 seconds
18 Sergio Pardilla MTN - Qhubeka
19 Julian David Arredondo  Trek Factory Racing
20 Peter Kennaugh Team SKY
21 Philippe Gilbert BMC Racing Team
22 Gianluca Brambilla Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
23 Damiano Caruso Cannondale Pro Cycling
24 Andrew Talansky Garmin Sharp
25 Daniel Navarro Cofidis Solutions Crédits
26 Giampaolo Caruso Team Katusha
27 Ryder Hesjedal Garmin Sharp
28 Andre Fernando Cardoso  Garmin Sharp
29 Fabio Aru Astana Pro Team
30 Tanel Kangert Astana Pro Team
31 Christophe Le Mevel Cofidis Solutions Crédits
32 Przemyslaw Niemiec Lampre Merida
33 George Bennett Cannondale Pro Cycling
34 Luis León Sánchez  Caja Rural Seguros RGA
35 Romain Sicard Team Europcar
36 Maxime Bouet AG2R La Mondiale
37 Mikel Nieve Team SKY
38 Mikel Landa Astana Pro Team
39 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team
40 Jurgen Van Den Broeck Lotto Belisol
41 Laurens Ten Dam Belkin Pro Cycling Team
42 Haimar Zubeldia Trek Factory Racing
43 Yannick Martinez Team Europcar
44 Warren Barguil Team Giant - Shimano
45 Dominik Nerz BMC Racing Team
46 Oliver Zaugg Tinkoff - Saxo + 18''
47 Filippo Pozzato Lampre Merida + 19''
48 Kristian Sbaragli MTN - Qhubeka
49 Koldo Fernández Garmin Sharp + 22''
50 Winner Anacona Lampre Merida + 30''
51 Maxime Monfort Lotto Belisol
52 Bart De Clercq Lotto Belisol
53 Hubert Dupont AG2R La Mondiale
54 Pieter Serry Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
55 Alessandro De Marchi Cannondale Pro Cycling
56 Steve Morabito BMC Racing Team
57 Vicente Reynes IAM Cycling + 33''
58 Kenny Elissonde FDJ.fr + 43''
59 Jasper Stuyven Trek Factory Racing + 48''
60 Alexandr Kolobnev Team Katusha
61 Amets Txurruka Caja Rural Seguros RGA
62 Jens Debusschere Lotto Belisol
63 Andrey Amador Movistar Team
64 Alexey Lutsenko Astana Pro Team
65 Elia Favilli Lampre Merida + 56''
66 Luis Angel Mate  Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 58''
67 Oscar Gatto Cannondale Pro Cycling
68 Peio Bilbao Caja Rural Seguros RGA
69 Romain Zingle Cofidis Solutions Crédits
70 Yauheni Hutarovich AG2R La Mondiale + 1' 03''
71 Bob Jungels Trek Factory Racing
72 Wouter Poels Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
73 Paolo Tiralongo Astana Pro Team
74 John Degenkolb Team Giant - Shimano
75 Anthony Roux FDJ.fr + 1' 07''
76 Pim Ligthart Lotto Belisol + 1' 22''
77 Koen De Kort Team Giant - Shimano + 1' 29''
78 Lawson Craddock Team Giant - Shimano
79 Chad Haga Team Giant - Shimano
80 Geoffrey Soupe FDJ.fr
81 Andrey Zeits Astana Pro Team + 1' 38''
82 Matthias Krizek Cannondale Pro Cycling + 1' 38''
83 Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin MTN - Qhubeka
84 Sébastien Turgot AG2R La Mondiale
85 Dan Craven Team Europcar
86 Philip Deignan Team SKY
87 Paolo Longo Borghini Cannondale Pro Cycling + 1' 53''
88 José Herrada Movistar Team
89 Imanol Erviti Movistar Team
90 Chris Anker Sörensen  Tinkoff - Saxo + 2' 18''
91 Daniel Teklehaimanot MTN - Qhubeka
92 Manuel Quinziato BMC Racing Team
93 Aleksejs Saramotins IAM Cycling
94 Luis Mas Bonet Caja Rural Seguros RGA
95 Fabio Felline Trek Factory Racing
96 Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez  Lampre Merida
97 Sébastien Hinault IAM Cycling
98 Ivan Santaromita Orica GreenEdge
99 Tom Boonen Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
100 Carlos Verona Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
101 Sergio Miguel Paulinho  Tinkoff - Saxo
102 Eduard Vorganov Team Katusha
103 Maciej Bodnar Cannondale Pro Cycling
104 Damien Gaudin AG2R La Mondiale + 2' 27''
105 Jaco Venter MTN - Qhubeka + 2' 32''
106 Tobias Ludvigsson Team Giant - Shimano + 2' 44''
107 Vegard Breen Lotto Belisol
108 Johannes Fröhlinger Team Giant - Shimano + 2' 50''
109 Yaroslav Popovych Trek Factory Racing + 3' 01''
110 Marcel Aregger IAM Cycling
111 Sergei Chernetski Team Katusha + 3' 03''
112 Alberto Losada Team Katusha + 3' 05''
113 Moreno Hofland Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 3' 08''
114 Francesco Lasca Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 3' 19''
115 Guillaume Boivin Cannondale Pro Cycling + 3' 21''
116 Kanstantsin Siutsou Team SKY
117 Martin Velits Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 3' 24''
118 Adam Hansen Lotto Belisol
119 Simon Clarke Orica GreenEdge + 3' 31''
120 Adam Yates Orica GreenEdge
121 Daniele Bennati Tinkoff - Saxo
122 Gregory Henderson Lotto Belisol + 3' 37''
123 Andrea Guardini Astana Pro Team
124 Valerio Conti Lampre Merida
125 Guillaume Levarlet Cofidis Solutions Crédits
126 Martijn Keizer Belkin Pro Cycling Team
127 Tony Martin Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
128 Fabian Cancellara Trek Factory Racing
129 Peter Sagan Cannondale Pro Cycling
130 Nikias Arndt Team Giant - Shimano
131 Patrick Gretsch AG2R La Mondiale
132 Danilo Wyss BMC Racing Team
133 Ivan Rovny Tinkoff - Saxo
134 Romain Hardy Cofidis Solutions Crédits
135 Lawrence Warbasse BMC Racing Team
136 Dmitry Kozontchuk Team Katusha
137 Yury Trofimov Team Katusha
138 Daniil Fominykh Astana Pro Team
139 Nikolas Maes Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
140 Kristof Vandewalle Trek Factory Racing
141 Johann Tschopp IAM Cycling
142 Antonio Piedra Caja Rural Seguros RGA
143 Jerome Coppel Cofidis Solutions Crédits
144 Yohan Bagot Cofidis Solutions Crédits
145 Jesús Hernández Tinkoff - Saxo
146 Murilo Fischer FDJ.fr
147 Gert Joeaar Cofidis Solutions Crédits
148 Dario Cataldo Team SKY
149 Karol Domagalski Caja Rural Seguros RGA
150 Jacques Van Rensburg MTN - Qhubeka
151 Gerald Ciolek MTN - Qhubeka
152 Maxime Mederel Team Europcar
153 Roberto Ferrari Lampre Merida
154 Matteo Tosatto Tinkoff - Saxo + 4' 07''
155 Michael Valgren Andersen  Tinkoff - Saxo
156 Gorka Izagirre Movistar Team + 4' 12''
157 Javier Moreno Movistar Team
158 Brett Lancaster Orica GreenEdge
159 Damiano Cunego Lampre Merida
160 Laurent Mangel FDJ.fr + 4' 21''
161 Cédric Pineau FDJ.fr + 4' 21''
162 Thibaut Pinot FDJ.fr
163 Nathan Brown Garmin Sharp
164 Nathan Haas Garmin Sharp
165 Christian Knees Team SKY
166 Ramon Sinkeldam Team Giant - Shimano
167 Louis Meintjes MTN - Qhubeka
168 Johan Van Summeren Garmin Sharp
169 Jerome Cousin Team Europcar
170 Maximiliano Ariel Richeze  Lampre Merida
171 Vincent Jerome Team Europcar + 4' 30''
172 David Millar Garmin Sharp
173 Cameron Meyer Orica GreenEdge + 4' 34''
174 Mitchell Docker Orica GreenEdge
175 Pirmin Lang IAM Cycling
176 Rinaldo Nocentini AG2R La Mondiale
177 Rohan Dennis BMC Racing Team
178 Sander Armee Lotto Belisol + 14' 39''
179 Adriano Malori Movistar Team + 14' 57''
180 Jonathan Castroviejo Movistar Team
181 Dominic Klemme IAM Cycling + 14' 58''
182 Stef Clement Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 16' 35''
183 Sam Bewley Orica GreenEdge
184 Natnael Berhane Team Europcar
185 Jesse Sergent Trek Factory Racing
186 Robert Wagner Belkin Pro Cycling Team
187 Jay Robert Thomson  MTN - Qhubeka
188 Maarten Tjallingii Belkin Pro Cycling Team
189 Jonathan Fumeaux IAM Cycling
190 Johan Le Bon FDJ.fr
191 Francisco Javier Aramendia  Caja Rural Seguros RGA
192 Jacopo Guarnieri Astana Pro Team
193 Carlos Alberto Betancur  AG2R La Mondiale + 20' 19''
194 Jimmy Engoulvent Team Europcar
195 Bryan Nauleau Team Europcar
196 Vasil Kiryienka Team SKY + 21' 33''
197 Luke Rowe Team SKY
198 Matteo Pelucchi IAM Cycling + 27' 02''

GC after stage 3:

1 Michael Matthews Orica GreenEdge 9hr 27min 53sec
2 Nairo Alexander Quintana  Movistar Team @ 4 seconds
3 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team + 11''
4 Rigoberto Uran Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 15''
5 Damiano Caruso Cannondale Pro Cycling + 17''
6 Esteban Chaves  Orica GreenEdge
7 George Bennett Cannondale Pro Cycling + 20''
8 Julian David Arredondo  Trek Factory Racing
9 Haimar Zubeldia Trek Factory Racing
10 Gianluca Brambilla Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 22''
11 Wilco Kelderman Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 23''
12 Alberto Contador Tinkoff - Saxo
13 Robert Gesink Belkin Pro Cycling Team
14 Samuel Sánchez BMC Racing Team + 25''
15 Cadel Evans BMC Racing Team
16 Warren Barguil Team Giant - Shimano + 30''
17 Christopher Froome Team SKY + 31''
18 Przemyslaw Niemiec Lampre Merida + 36''
19 Lloyd Mondory AG2R La Mondiale + 37''
20 Joaquin Rodriguez Team Katusha + 38''
21 Mikel Nieve Team SKY
22 Peter Kennaugh Team SKY
23 Nacer Bouhanni FDJ.fr + 39''
24 Daniel Martin Garmin Sharp
25 Sergio Pardilla MTN - Qhubeka + 40''
26 Alessandro De Marchi Cannondale Pro Cycling
27 Fabio Aru Astana Pro Team + 41''
28 Tanel Kangert Astana Pro Team
29 Jurgen Van Den Broeck Lotto Belisol
30 Mikel Landa Astana Pro Team
31 Oliver Zaugg Tinkoff - Saxo
32 Daniel Moreno Team Katusha + 42''
33 Dominik Nerz BMC Racing Team
34 Maxime Bouet AG2R La Mondiale + 44''
35 Pieter Serry Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 45''
36 David Arroyo Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 52''
37 Andrew Talansky Garmin Sharp
38 Andre Fernando Cardoso  Garmin Sharp
39 Andrey Amador Movistar Team
40 Ryder Hesjedal Garmin Sharp
41 Philippe Gilbert BMC Racing Team + 54''
42 Steve Morabito BMC Racing Team + 55''
43 Winner Anacona Lampre Merida + 59''
44 Luis León Sánchez  Caja Rural Seguros RGA
45 Jasper Stuyven Trek Factory Racing + 1' 01''
46 Daniel Navarro Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 1' 02''
47 Christophe Le Mevel Cofidis Solutions Crédits
48 Maxime Monfort Lotto Belisol + 1' 04''
49 Koldo Fernández  Garmin Sharp + 1' 07''
50 Hubert Dupont AG2R La Mondiale
51 Oscar Gatto Cannondale Pro Cycling + 1' 08''
52 Filippo Pozzato Lampre Merida + 1' 10''
53 Yannick Martinez Team Europcar + 1' 14''
54 Romain Sicard Team Europcar
55 Kristian Sbaragli MTN - Qhubeka
56 Bob Jungels Trek Factory Racing + 1' 16''
57 John Degenkolb Team Giant - Shimano + 1' 17''
58 Vicente Reynes IAM Cycling
59 Wouter Poels Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 1' 18''
60 Alexey Lutsenko Astana Pro Team + 1' 22''
61 Paul Martens Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 1' 24''
62 Alexandr Kolobnev Team Katusha + 1' 30''
63 Bart De Clercq Lotto Belisol
64 Kenny Elissonde FDJ.fr + 1' 32''
65 Yauheni Hutarovich AG2R La Mondiale + 1' 40''
66 Amets Txurruka Caja Rural Seguros RGA
67 Laurens Ten Dam Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 1' 42''
68 Elia Favilli Lampre Merida + 1' 47''
69 Koen De Kort Team Giant - Shimano + 1' 49''
70 Romain Zingle Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 1' 53''
71 Angel Mate Luis Cofidis Solutions Crédits
72 Jens Debusschere Lotto Belisol + 1' 55''
73 Anthony Roux FDJ.fr + 1' 56''
74 Imanol Erviti Movistar Team + 1' 57''
75 Paolo Tiralongo Astana Pro Team + 1' 59''
76 Philip Deignan Team SKY + 2' 09''
77 Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin MTN - Qhubeka + 2' 11''
78 Lawson Craddock Team Giant - Shimano
79 Peio Bilbao Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 2' 12''
80 Sébastien Turgot AG2R La Mondiale + 2' 15''
81 Geoffrey Soupe FDJ.fr + 2' 18''
82 Matthias Krizek Cannondale Pro Cycling + 2' 20''
83 José Herrada Movistar Team + 2' 25''
84 Chad Haga Team Giant - Shimano + 2' 27''
85 Giampaolo Caruso Team Katusha + 2' 28''
86 Maciej Bodnar Cannondale Pro Cycling
87 Ivan Santaromita Orica GreenEdge
88 Tom Boonen Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 2' 33''
89 Carlos Verona Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
90 Sergio Miguel Paulinho  Tinkoff - Saxo + 2' 41''
91 Dan Craven Team Europcar + 2' 45''
92 Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez  Lampre Merida + 2' 47''
93 Daniel Teklehaimanot MTN - Qhubeka + 2' 51''
94 Pim Ligthart Lotto Belisol + 2' 59''
95 Chris Anker Sörensen  Tinkoff - Saxo + 3' 03''
96 Tobias Ludvigsson Team Giant - Shimano + 3' 04''
97 Luis Mas Bonet Caja Rural Seguros RGA
98 Damien Gaudin AG2R La Mondiale
99 Paolo Longo Borghini Cannondale Pro Cycling + 3' 09''
100 Manuel Quinziato BMC Racing Team + 3' 21''
101 Eduard Vorganov Team Katusha + 3' 35''
102 Adam Yates Orica GreenEdge + 3' 41''
103 Andrey Zeits Astana Pro Team
104 Peter Sagan Cannondale Pro Cycling + 3' 47''
105 Fabio Felline Trek Factory Racing + 3' 48''
106 Fabian Cancellara Trek Factory Racing + 3' 50''
107 Tony Martin Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 3' 52''
108 Nikolas Maes Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 3' 53''
109 Martin Velits Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 3' 54''
110 Guillaume Boivin Cannondale Pro Cycling + 3' 56''
111 Aleksejs Saramotins IAM Cycling + 3' 57''
112 Ivan Rovny Tinkoff - Saxo + 4' 00''
113 Danilo Wyss BMC Racing Team
114 Jacques Van Rensburg MTN - Qhubeka + 4' 02''
115 Vegard Breen Lotto Belisol
116 Sergei Chernetski Team Katusha + 4' 07''
117 Gerald Ciolek MTN - Qhubeka + 4' 10''
118 Alberto Losada Team Katusha + 4' 16''
119 Gorka Izagirre Movistar Team
120 Adam Hansen Lotto Belisol + 4' 20''
121 Johann Tschopp IAM Cycling + 4' 21''
122 Valerio Conti Lampre Merida + 4' 23''
123 Patrick Gretsch AG2R La Mondiale + 4' 24''
124 Murilo Fischer FDJ.fr + 4' 26''
125 Sébastien Hinault IAM Cycling + 4' 29''
126 Karol Domagalski Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 4' 29''
127 Romain Hardy Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 4' 30''
128 Gregory Henderson Lotto Belisol + 4' 31''
129 Jerome Coppel Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 4' 32''
130 Yohan Bagot Cofidis Solutions Crédits
131 Johannes Fröhlinger Team Giant - Shimano + 4' 39''
132 Yury Trofimov Team Katusha + 4' 41''
133 Maxime Mederel Team Europcar + 4' 44''
134 Daniele Bennati Tinkoff - Saxo
135 Simon Clarke Orica GreenEdge + 4' 45''
136 Guillaume Levarlet Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 4' 49''
137 Marcel Aregger IAM Cycling
138 Maximiliano Ariel Richeze  Lampre Merida + 4' 50''
139 Antonio Piedra Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 4' 51''
140 Dario Cataldo Team SKY + 4' 52''
141 Gert Joeaar Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 4' 53''
142 Lawrence Warbasse BMC Racing Team + 4' 55''
143 Moreno Hofland Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 5' 01''
144 Dmitry Kozontchuk Team Katusha + 5' 04''
145 Yaroslav Popovych Trek Factory Racing
146 Roberto Ferrari Lampre Merida + 5' 05''
147 Kanstantsin Siutsou Team SKY + 5' 07''
148 Michael Valgren Andersen  Tinkoff - Saxo + 5' 08''
149 Andrea Guardini Astana Pro Team + 5' 09''
150 Javier Moreno Movistar Team + 5' 13''
151 Mitchell Docker Orica GreenEdge + 5' 21''
152 Nathan Haas Garmin Sharp + 5' 28''
153 Daniil Fominykh Astana Pro Team
154 Martijn Keizer Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 5' 30''
155 Johan Van Summeren Garmin Sharp + 5' 32''
156 Francesco Lasca Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 5' 33''
157 Nathan Brown Garmin Sharp + 5' 35''
158 Damiano Cunego Lampre Merida + 5' 37''
159 Rohan Dennis BMC Racing Team
160 Jesús Hernández Tinkoff - Saxo + 5' 41''
161 Louis Meintjes MTN - Qhubeka + 5' 48''
162 Rinaldo Nocentini AG2R La Mondiale + 5' 49''
163 Jaco Venter MTN - Qhubeka + 5' 51''
164 Matteo Tosatto Tinkoff - Saxo + 5' 57''
165 Kristof Vandewalle Trek Factory Racing
166 Brett Lancaster Orica GreenEdge + 5' 58''
167 Cédric Pineau FDJ.fr + 6' 07''
168 Nikias Arndt Team Giant - Shimano + 6' 08''
169 David Millar Garmin Sharp + 6' 19''
170 Ramon Sinkeldam Team Giant - Shimano + 6' 25''
171 Christian Knees Team SKY + 6' 37''
172 Jerome Cousin Team Europcar + 6' 45''
173 Cameron Meyer Orica GreenEdge + 6' 47''
174 Pirmin Lang IAM Cycling + 7' 00''
175 Vincent Jerome Team Europcar + 7' 09''
176 Thibaut Pinot FDJ.fr + 7' 16''
177 Laurent Mangel FDJ.fr + 7' 28''
178 Jonathan Castroviejo Movistar Team + 15' 01''
179 Adriano Malori Movistar Team + 15' 49''
180 Sander Armee Lotto Belisol + 16' 41''
181 Jesse Sergent Trek Factory Racing + 16' 48''
182 Jacopo Guarnieri Astana Pro Team + 17' 09''
183 Johan Le Bon FDJ.fr + 17' 24''
184 Natnael Berhane Team Europcar + 17' 42''
185 Jonathan Fumeaux IAM Cycling + 17' 47''
186 Jay Robert Thomson  MTN - Qhubeka + 18' 02''
187 Maarten Tjallingii Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 18' 06''
188 Sam Bewley Orica GreenEdge + 19' 00''
189 Dominic Klemme IAM Cycling + 19' 37''
190 Francisco Javier Aramendia  Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 19' 51''
191 Robert Wagner Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 19' 56''
192 Jimmy Engoulvent Team Europcar + 21' 26''
193 Bryan Nauleau Team Europcar + 21' 48''
194 Carlos Alberto Betancur  AG2R La Mondiale + 22' 11''
195 Stef Clement Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 22' 24''
196 Vasil Kiryienka Team SKY + 23' 01''
197 Luke Rowe Team SKY + 24' 14''
198 Matteo Pelucchi IAM Cycling + 28' 09''

Mountains Classification:

1
Luis Mas Bonet Caja Rural Seguros RGA 9 points
2
Jerome Cousin Team Europcar 9
3
Danilo Wyss BMC Racing Team 6
4
Nathan Haas Garmin Sharp 3
5
Kristian Sbaragli MTN - Qhubeka 2
6
Valerio Conti Lampre Merida 1

Points Classification:

1 Nacer Bouhanni FDJ.fr 33 points
2 Michael Matthews Orica GreenEdge 29
3 Daniel Martin Garmin Sharp 20
4 John Degenkolb Team Giant - Shimano 20
5 Joaquin Rodriguez Team Katusha 16
6 Roberto Ferrari Lampre Merida 16
7 Wilco Kelderman Belkin Pro Cycling Team 14
8 Jasper Stuyven Trek Factory Racing 14
9 Lloyd Mondory AG2R La Mondiale 12
10 Paul Martens Belkin Pro Cycling Team 12
11 Francesco Lasca Caja Rural Seguros RGA 12
12 Cadel Evans BMC Racing Team 10
13 Oscar Gatto Cannondale Pro Cycling 10
14 Jacques Van Rensburg MTN - Qhubeka 9
15 Yauheni Hutarovich AG2R La Mondiale 9
16 Luis Mas Bonet Caja Rural Seguros RGA 8
17 Tom Boonen Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 8
18 Daniel Moreno Team Katusha 7
19 Moreno Hofland Belkin Pro Cycling Team 7
20 Valerio Conti Lampre Merida 6
21 Christopher Froome Team SKY 6
22 Matteo Pelucchi IAM Cycling 6
23 Rigoberto Uran Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 5
24 Gerald Ciolek MTN - Qhubeka 5
25 Samuel Sánchez BMC Racing Team 4
26 Nairo Alexander Quintana  Movistar Team 3
27 Robert Gesink Belkin Pro Cycling Team 2
28 Yannick Martinez Team Europcar 2
29 Danilo Wyss BMC Racing Team 2
30 Romain Hardy Cofidis Solutions Crédits 2
31 David Arroyo Caja Rural Seguros RGA 1
32 Geoffrey Soupe FDJ.fr 1
33 Francisco Javier Aramendia  Caja Rural Seguros RGA 1

Team Classification:

1 Belkin Pro Cycling Team 27hr 55min 44sec
2 BMC Racing Team @ 9 seconds
3 Team SKY + 22''
4 Team Katusha + 26''
5 Omega Pharma - Quick Step + 29''
6 Cannondale Pro Cycling + 31''
7 Astana Pro Team + 32''
8 Movistar Team + 36''
9 Garmin Sharp + 36''
10 AG2R La Mondiale + 51''
11 Trek Factory Racing + 52''
12 Lampre - Merida + 1' 02''
13 Lotto Belisol + 1' 18''
14 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA + 1' 24''
15 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits + 1' 44''
16 Orica GreenEdge + 2' 12''
17 MTN - Qhubeka + 2' 14''
18 FDJ.fr + 2' 16''
19 Team Giant - Shimano + 2' 36''
20 Tinkoff - Saxo + 2' 36''
21 Team Europcar + 2' 36''
22 IAM Cycling + 5' 30''

Stage 3 photos:

Stage three start

Stage 3 started on the aircraft carrier Juan Carlos 1. Photo ©Sirotti

Orica-GreenEdge

Orica-GreenEdge on the deck of the Juan Carlos. Photo ©Sirotti

Nairo Quintana

Nairo Quintana. Photo ©Sirotti

Giampaolo CAruso attacks

Giampaolo Caruso attacks on the final ascent to the finish. Photo ©Sirotti

Tony Martin

Tony Martin (right front, Omega Pharma leads the field). Photo ©Sirotti

Michael Matthews

Matthews already knows he's got the stage. Photo ©Sirotti

Michael Matthews wins stage 3

Michael Matthews wins stage three. That's Joaquin Rodriguez following. Photo ©Sirotti

Michael Matthews

Matthews gets the race leader's red jersey. Photo ©Sirotti

Stage 3 live updates:

Weather: At Arcos de la Frontera, 2PM local time it's 32C (90F) and forecast to go up to 37C (99F). Wind from the west at 14 km/hr (9 mph), 43% humidity and no chance of rain.

Km 36, 162 km to go: A break of five riders has gone clear: Jerome Cousin, Luis Mas Bonet, Jonathan Fumeaux, Danilo Wyss and Jacques van Rensburg. They currently have a lead of 6 minutes.

Km 50, 148 km to go: The peloton is giving the five riders in the break a long leash. The gap has grown out to 8min 15sec. Average speed of the stage so far after 1hr 26min of racing is 34.9 km/hr. The stage does have four category three climbs, which begin about km 83 (see stage profile below the map).

Km 74, 124 km to go: Things have settled down a bit, The five riders in the break have a lead of 5min 42sec. Orica-GreenEdge has put some muscle at the front of the peloton to help with the chase.

Km 91, 107 to go: The climbing has begun. The first ascent is the Puerto de Galis. First to the top was Jerome Cousin, followed by Luis Mas Bonet and Danilo Wyss. The break is 4min 34sec ahead of the peloton.

Km 107, 91 km to go: The second climb, the third-category Alto Alcomocales, is in the rear-view mirror. Jerome Cousin was first over the crest, then Danilo Wyss and Luis Mas Bonet. The gap back to the field is 3min 50sec. Alberto Contador said he felt surprisingly good in the opening time trial, but felt some knee pain during stage two. He said today's stage will be his first serious test.

Km 121, 77 to go: On the way up the third-category Alto del Camino. It's hot! The five riders are slowly being pulled back. The gap is 2min 33sec. Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge) told Eurosport that he believes the GC lead is within stage-win time bonification reach.

Km 123, 75 km to go: Jonathan Fumeaux has lost contact with his fellow breakaways, so the lead group is down to four, with a gap of 2min 50sec. In the back of the peloton, Peter Sagan is looking uncomfortable. Orica-GreenEdge is leading the pack.

Luis Mas Bonet (Caja Rural) has attacked the breakaway and is about 23 seconds in front of other three (Jerome Cousin, Danilo Wyss and Jacques van Rensburg).

65 km to go: Mas Bonet, jersey unzipped in the heat, hands on the drops, is 50 seconds ahead of the chasing trio and 4min 23sec ahead of the peloton. Movistar is working at the front.

At the Benaocaz intermediate sprint: 1st Luis Mas Bonet, 2nd Jacques van Rensburg and 3rd Danilo Wyss. Jonathan Fumeaux has been caught by the peloton.

Km 139, 59 to go: The Alto del Camino has been crested. First was Luis Mas Bonet, followed by Jerome Cousin 1min 22sec later and then Danilo Wyss. Mas Bonet is 4min 32sec ahead of the Orica-GreenEdge led pack. There is one more categorized ascent, the Puerto del Boyar.

Mas Bonet will probably be the King of the Mountains at the end of the day, a terrific result for his small Caja Rural team.

52 km to go: Orica-GreenEdge has at least five riders at the front of the peloton. Up front, Mas Bonet still looks good as he pushes on. His gap has come down to 3min 50sec.

49 km to go: Mas Bonet is starting to rock in the saddle and his gap is coming down. He's 1min 50sec ahead of the three chasers, but his gap back to the pack is about 3 minutes.

The Grazalema intermediate has been passed: 1st Luis Mas Bonet, 2nd Jacques van Rensburg, 3rd Danilo Wyss.

41 km to go: Only one rider is off the front, Luis Mas Bonet, 2min 18sec ahead of the peloton. The other breakaways (Wyss, Van Rensburg, Cousin) have been absorbed.

Results of the final categorized climb, the Puerto del Boyar: 1st Luis Mas Bonet, 2nd Danilo Wyss, 3rd Jerome Cousin.

34 km to go: Orica-GreenEdge seems to be stepping up the pace and several riders were having real trouble hanging on to the back of the pack. Mas Bonet's lead is down to 1min 35sec.

29 km to go: Orica-GreenEdge has the peloton strung out in a long line. Mas Bonet is looking really tired and has a gap of just 66 seconds.

23 km to go: Luis Mas Bonet has been caught. FDJ, surely thinking of another Nacer Bouhanni stage win, has put a rider at the front. Cannondale and Sky are moving up.

18 km to go: Crash! Movistar riders are down. Looks Like Castroviejo and Malori. Probably trouble grabbing a mussette. Riders are back up and on the road, chasing.

13 km to go: Orica-GreenEdge remains at the fornt with help from FDJ.

Bam! Adam Hansen (Lotto-Belisol) attacks. No reaction so far.

12 km to go: Hansen has 22 seconds.

9 km to go: Sky has moved to the front. Hansen has just 9 seconds. Pack is descending at 94 km/hr. There is a bridge coming up and everyone wants to be first over it. Then there is a stiff uphill section.

5 km to go: Tony Martin is dragging the field at a rocket-fast speed. Omega Pharma has several riders at the front. Lots of swarming and fighting for position at the front.

2 km to go: Over the narrow bridge. It's all strung out. Giant-Shimano at the front.

1 km to go: On the climb, 6%. Katusha attacks. Still together.

The finish: Caruso is slightly off the front. The other blow by him. It's a drag race between Dan Martin and Michael Matthews. Matthews takes it while Martin hits his bars in frustration. That stage win and its time bonification gives Matthews the GC lead.

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