Stage three of the 2017 Critérium du Dauphiné took the peloton from Le Chambon-sur-Lignon to Tullins on a 184km route.
Starting up high – after 6.5km the race crested 1,042m – a quick descent followed with four categorised climbs before the race’s end.
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The final ascent came 40km before the finish but the rolling nature of the day’s parcours meant that it could suit a breakaway or a rouleur. The flat roll-in, however, will have had the sprinters teams licking their lips for a third successive sprint.
Going into the day, stage one victor Thomas de Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) held a 48 second lead over Axel Domont (AG2R La Mondiale) with the general classification contenders all 1:09 back.
Catch up with the highlights above, and also read our report of the day’s action.
The Dauphiné continues tomorrow with a 23.5km individual time trial from La Tour-du-Pin to Bourgion-Jalieu, which takes place on undulating terrain. It is likely that it will see the first GC battle.