Moscon holds second in California

15 May 2019

Moscon holds second in California

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Tour of California stage three|: Stockton - Morgan Hill, 207km

Gianni Moscon maintained second overall at the Tour of California as Remi Cavagna (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) sealed an impressive solo win on stage three.
Cavagna was part of a counter-attack that struck when an impressive early attack from a star-studded breakaway, that featured Luke Rowe, was brought back by race leader Tejay van Garderen’s EF Education First team.
Rowe was part of a large attack in the opening kilometres, but leader van Garderen’s team responded quickly to the danger posed and brought the escapees to heel.  Moscon and David de la Cruz were then ever-present behind Van Garderen as his team dictated the pace of the chase, across the mountainous terrain, with the GC teams allowing Cavagna an unassailable lead which he capitalised on. 
Diego Rosa came to the fore in the last 10 kilometres to drive the peloton forwards as Moscon eyed potential bonus seconds on the line, but Ben King (Dimension Data) and Simon Geschke (CCC) attacked from the bunch late on to fill the podium spaces and in doing so, protected Van Garderen’s overall lead.
Moscon second overall after another tough day of climbing

Moscon second overall after another tough day of climbing


- Luke Rowe

“There was a lot of jumping around, it was pretty windy as well and there were plenty of guys pretty keen to go into the break. Whether it was caught or not was in the balance, there were a few GC guys in there, so they were chasing hard from behind, but when 19 guys get the legs turning, even if the peloton is trying to catch them, it can be pretty difficult. 

“However, given the GC threats in the group I always felt it would come back. When the counter attack kicked off afterwards, I don’t think anyone predicted the two guys would go all the way, but fair play,  Remi was the strongest guy today. It was a tough day as anything could have happened.

"There was maybe a chance to gain some time towards the end as there was a split on the final descent and we tried to push there, and then with 3km to go we turned a corner and wind went from tailwind to a crosswind and we tried again to push, but the wind changed again and it came back together.”
What's next?

Following two back-to-back stages of brutal climbing, this stage takes the riders from Raceway Laguna Seca to Morro Bay with fewer ascents than in previous stages which will be a relief for the sprinters. The final climb of note comes 70 kilometres before the finish which should give any fast men the chance to be back in contention to battle for the sprint victory at the end.
Overall standings

1. Tejay Van Garderen (EF Education First) 15:15:41
2.Gianni Moscon (Team INEOS) +6"
3. Kasper Asgreen (Deuceuninck - Quick-Step) +7"
4. Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) +16"
5. Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) +22"
8. David de la Cruz (Team INEOS) +34"

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