Thibaut Pinot smashes the 15km time trial in Sion to win stage three of the Tour de Romandie by two seconds from favourite Tom Dumoulin

Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) was the surprise victor of the stage three time trial at the Tour de Romandie, beating Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) by two seconds in Sion.

The Frenchman was well up on Dumoulin’s best time at the halfway timing point and was able to hold on to his advantage over the second half of the hilly route.

Chris Froome (Team Sky) led the stage for a few minutes earlier in the day, setting off early after losing 17 minutes on Thursday’s stage two, but his mark was beaten by Bob Jungels (Etixx-Quick Step) by less than a second.

Race leader Nairo Quintana (Movistar) put in a strong performance to clock the same time as Froome and hold on to his overall lead, with Pinot moving up to second in the classification.

Dumoulin’s time was enough to move him up to fifth place in the standings, with Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha) and Ion Izagirre (Movistar) moving down to third and fourth respectively.

Saturday’s stage four will see Quintana defending his lead, with three category one climbs, including the summit finish at Villars-sur-Ollon.

Tour de Romandie stage three, Sion – Sion (15.1km ITT)
1. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ, 20-21
2. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Giant-Alpecin, at 2s
3. Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx-Quick Step, at 9s
4. Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky, st
5. Jerome Coppel (Fra) IAM Cycling, st
6. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar, st
7. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha, at 17s
8. Ion Izagirre (Esp) Movistar, at 18s
9. Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJ, at 22s
10. Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff, at 25s

Overall standings after stage three
1. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar, 7-22-35
2. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ, at 23s
3. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha, at 26s
4. Ion Izagirre (Esp) Movistar, at 29s
5. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Giant-Alpecin, at 50s
6. Matthias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling, at 1-06
7. Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha, at 1-11
8. Rui Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida, at 1-12
9. Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC, at 1-22
10. Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff, at 1-23

  • Mc Hors

    Impressive how much progress all FDJ riders have made in TTs over winter. I think Pinot has to be an outsider for TdF GC

  • A mí no me pagan por opinar

    One can think the same, but this site/magazine will have all that bias because they’re english.

    But yeah, it’s great to see how Nairo is doing better at TT’s.

  • Mike Prytherch

    Headline is Froome is 4th, so what, look at Quintana, that is amazing