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Cummings Blasts into the Basque

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Apr 6, 2016 – Britain’s Steve Cummings timed his break for the line perfectly to claim the 193.5km third stage of the Tour of the Basque Country from Vitoria to Lesaka on Wednesday.

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Cummings surged to the front of the pack a kilometre from the finish and held on to see off Australian Simon Gerrans and Italy’s Fabio Felline in a time of 5hrs 01min 58sec.

There was no change in the overall standings as Spaniard Mikel Landa maintained his one second lead over Dutchman Wilco Kelderman with Landa’s Sky teammate Sergio Henao of Colombia a further four seconds back.

Giro d’Italia champion Alberto Contador remains 11 seconds off Landa in fifth with Tour de France runner-up Nairo Quintana a further four seconds behind in eighth and Vuelta a Espana winner Fabio Aru 22 seconds off the lead. The six-stage race continues on Thursday with a mountainous 165km ride from Lesaka to Orio.

Final kilometers of Stage 3
https://youtu.be/CPzAhARVQow

Results Stage 3:
1. Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data 5:01:57
2. Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
3. Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
4. Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx – Quick-Step
5. Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team
6. Simon Clarke (Aus) Cannondale Pro Cycling
7. Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal
8. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
9. Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Team Katusha
10. Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky

General Classification:
1. Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Team Sky 13:39:35
2. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:00:01
3. Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky 0:00:05
4. Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team 0:00:09
5. Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team 0:00:11
6. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 0:00:13
7. Rui Costa (Por) Lampre – Merida 0:00:15
8. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team
9. Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
10. Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJ