Fonseca's long solo attack 'not punchy enough' to win Tour de France combativity prize

Apparently a long solo breakaway on the Tour de France's second longest stage isn't enough to win the combativity award these days

Armindo Fonseca on a lone breakaway (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

There was minor controversy towards the end of stage three of the Tour de France on Monday when Thomas Voeckler (Direct Energie) was awarded the award for most combative rider ahead of solo breakaway rider Armindo Fonseca (Fortuneo-Vital Concept).

Remarkably it was only the second time that the ultra-attacking Voeckler has won the prize in his career, along with stage four in 2013, but did he really deserve it this time round?

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.