Belgian rider Kevin Ista (Agritubel) won Thursday’s third stage of the 2009 Tour of the Mediterranean, with Jose Gutierrez (Caisse d’Epargne) maintaining his position at the top of the overall classification.
Five British riders are present at the race – David Millar, Bradley Wiggins (both Garmin-Slipstream), Geraint Thomas, Steve Cummings and Chris Froome (all Barloworld). All have maintained their positions in the top 20 of the race thanks to their performances in the second team time trial stage, with three tough stages remaining.
British born, Irish rider Dan Martin (Garmin-Slipstream) is currently ninth overall, one ahead of team-mate Millar, who is the top placed Brit.
The remaining three stages offer some harsh conditions for the riders – the terrain and February weather will conspire to make for some hard racing. We think that Dan Martin and Chris Froome are in with a good chance of improving their positions in the overall. Both riders have proven form in the mountains.
TOUR OF THE MEDITERRANEAN: STAGE THREE RESULTS
1. Kevin Ista (Bel) Agritubel 73.8km in 1-33-16
2. Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Besson Chaussures-Sojasun
3. Jose Gutierrez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne
4. Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Francaise des Jeux
5. William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox-Bouygues Telecom
6. Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil-Shimano
7. Daniele Gallegarin (Ita) Centri Della Calzatura
8. Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Vacansoleil
9. Enrico Rossi (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Bossini Docce
10. Daryl Impey (RSA) Barloworld all same time.
OVERALL CLASSIFICATION AFTER STAGE THREE
1. Jose Gutierrez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne in 4-10-55
2. Luis Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne at 4secs
3. Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne
4. Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne
5. Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d’Epargne
6. Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne all at same time
7. Danny Pate (USA) Garmin-Slipstream at 7secs
8. Kilian Patour (Fra) Garmin-Slipstream
9. Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Slipstream
10. David Millar (GB) Garmin-Slipstream all at same time.
11. Bradley Wiggins (GB) Garmin-Slipstream
13. Christopher Froome (GB) Barloworld at 9secs
16. Steven Cummings (GB) Barloworld
17. Geraint Thomas (GB) Barloworld all at same time.