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Team loses Britton ahead of mountain test

Joyce sprints to 11th on stage 3 of Tour Colombia while Britton is unable to start

A tough parcours with high speeds and higher altitudes. The team suffered on stage 3 of Tour Colombia, with some riders fighting sickness, but still managing to put Colin Joyce into position for the final sprint. In the end, he missed a second top 10 in a row by one placing, with Juan Sebastián Molano (UAE Team Emirates) doubling down on yesterday’s victory. The team suffered a big blow pre-stage when Rob Britton was unable to start due to illness and forced to withdraw from the race.

DATE |  2.13.20
DISTANCE |  177.7 km
Roster
Route

A strange stage that took the peloton out and back along the same road, and over the same KOM point twice. It was hot, it was fast and it hurt.

Terrain

Verdant green mountains of Boyaca. Seven climbs (two categorized) crammed into 177 kilometers of full-gas racing.

Weather

Manageable heat, but very intense sun and continued effects of altitude made it a challenging day in the saddle.

Quote of the day

“I was having a terrible day. I slept poorly the night before and had some stomach issues. My legs were bad and I had to do everything I could to help the team. A huge part of road cycling is to make sure your best guy is feeling as good as possible, even when others are suffering.”

– Robin Carpenter
DECISIVE MOMENTS

- Tour de France champ, Egan Bernal, makes it into an early breakaway. Colombian fans and most of peloton lose their minds. He is quickly brought back.

- A crash in the peloton leaves three riders on the deck, with Brayan Chaves (Colombia) the worst affected. All Rally Cycling riders stay safe.

- Robin Carpenter goes back for bottles AGAIN. It’s a tough job, but somebody has to keep the team hydrated.

- Colin Joyce is delivered into the final 3 km, but the tailwind sprint is just too fast and he crosses in 11th.

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lay of the land

After stage 3, Gavin Mannion is hovering on the edge of the top ten overall. The uphill finish on stage 4 will be vital in his quest for top GC honors. If today's early attacks by the big climbers were any indication of things to come, the gaps could be significant on the road to Santa Rosa de Viterbo. Director Jonas Carney says, “Tomorrow we expect the race to be flat out again. We're hoping to set up Gavin for the final climb and see how he can go against this stacked field.”

Stage 3 results

1 Juan Sebastian Molano Benavides (Col) UAE Team Emirates 3:57:00
2 Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas (Col) Israel Start-Up Nation
3 Alvaro Jose Hodeg Chagui (Col) Deceuninck-Quickstep
4 Julian David Molano (Col) Colombia-Andina
5 Jhonatan Restrepo Valencia (Col) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
6 Umberto Marengo (Ita) Vini Zabu' KTM
7 Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Deceuninck-Quickstep
8 Travis McCabe (USA) Israel Start-Up Nation
9 Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Team Ineos
10 Idar Andersen (Nor) Uno-X Norwegian Development Team
11 Colin Joyce (USA) Rally Cycling
12 Johan Antonio Colon Buelvas (Col) Orgullo Paisa