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60th Tour of Austria - Stage 3
 
By Fabio
Date: 7/10/2008
60th Tour of Austria - Stage 3
 

Ruslan Pidgornyy of Ukraine won Wednesday's third and "queen" stage of the 60th Internationale Österreich Rundfahrt, from the ski resort Kitzbühel to Prägraten am Großvenediger over 183.7 kilometres, with the terrible Großglockner climb in between and four more ascents in the menu. His breakaway companions, Robert Gesink (Holland) and Thomas Rohregger took the other top three places just three seconds behind. But also the Austrian fans had something to celbrate: Thomas Rohregger captured the yellow jersey and Gerrit Glomser "outsprinted" him earlier to be first over the top of the #1 climb in the event. The king of the mountain jersey will be on the shoulders of Giampaolo Caruso also in Thursday's stage, as much as Ruslan Pidgornyy will be wearing the points leader's jersey one more day. Chris Anker Sørensen had a decent performance and made the top ten, but slipped two places into third on GC.

"It´s like a dream, I will be wearing the yellow jersey. Lots of work is coming for my team in the next stages. We will fight for the yellow jersey and I'll do my best in the Podersdorf ITT", the Elk Simplon rider said after the stage. At his turn Ruslan Pidgornyy, second place getter two years ago - when Tom Danielson won the overall -, dedicated this stage victory to his own daughter, that celebrated her sixth birthday Wednesday. Now he regards himself as the big favorite to win the Tour: "Rohregger's team is strong, but Saturday's time trial will be the race decider; if everything goes normally, I should be able to nullify my seven-second gap to Rohregger, and I'm confident that I'll be able to outclass great riders like Vladimir Gusev."

Stage 3 (Kitzbühel to Prägraten, 183.7 km): Top 20 Places
1. PIDGORNYY, Ruslan (Ukr - LPR BRAKES) - 04h59'52" (12")
2. GESINK, Robert (Hol - RABOBANK) - at 03 (06")
3. ROHREGGER, Thomas (Aut - ELK HAUS SIMPLON) - at 03 (05")
4. PEDRAZA, Walter (Col - TINKOFF) - at 05"
5. GUSEV, Vladimir (Rus - ASTANA) - at 05"
6. CARUSO, Giampaolo (Ita - FLAMINIA-BOSSINI) - at 08"
7. MOSER, Leonardo (Ita - DIQUIGIOVANNI-ANDRONI) - at 14"
8. BETTINI, Paolo (Ita - QUICK STEP) - at 39"
9. REBELLIN, Davide (Ita - GEROLSTEINER) - at 39"
10. SÖRENSEN, Chris Anker (Den - TEAM CSC) - at 39"
11. BRAJKOVIC, Janez (Slo - ASTANA) - at 39"
12. GOLCER, Jure (Slo - TEAM LPR BRAKES) - at 43"
13. SERRANO GONZALES, Ricardo (Spa - TINKOFF) - at 44"
14. GLOMSER, Gerrit (Aut - TEAM VOLKSBANK) - at 44"
15. SESTILI, Luigi (Ita - FLAMINIA-BOSSINI) - at 01'10"
16. TRAMPUSCH, Gerhard (Aut - ELK HAUS SIMPLON) - at 01'12"
17. LLOYD, Matthew (Aus - SILENCE-LOTTO) - at 01'18"
18. SIMEONI, Filippo (Ita - FLAMINIA-BOSSINI) - at 01'22"
19. PICHLER, Michael (Aut - RC ARBÖ) - at 01'25"
20. PEREZ CUAPIO, Julio A. (Mex - CSF-NAVIGARE) - at 01'28"

* Complete stage results here (pdf file)

60th Tour of Austria - GC after Stage 3: Top 20 Places
1. ROHREGGER, Thomas (Aut - ELK HAUS SIMPLON) - 13h41'10"
2. PIDGORNYY, Ruslan (Ukr - TEAM LPR BRAKES) - at 07"
3. SÖRENSEN, Chris Anker (Den - TEAM CSC) - at 25"
4. GUSEV, Vladimir (Rus - ASTANA) - at 27"
5. CARUSO, Giampaolo (Ita - FLAMINIA-BOSSINI) - at 33"
6. REBELLIN, Davide (Ita - GEROLSTEINER) - at 02'14"
7. PEDRAZA, Walter (Col - TINKOFF) - at 02'45"
8. BRAJKOVIC, Janez (Slo - ASTANA) - at 02'56"
9. GOLCER, Jure (Slo - TEAM LPR BRAKES) - at 03'23"
10. MOSER, Leonardo (Ita - DIQUIGIOVANNI-ANDRONI) - at 03'26"
11. TRAMPUSCH, Gerhard (Aut - ELK HAUS SIMPLON) - at 04'17"
12. BARRY, Michael (Can - TEAM COLUMBIA) - at 04'38"
13. FREI, Thomas (Swi - ASTANA) - at 04'59"
14. STALDER, Florian (Swi - TEAM VOLKSBANK) - at 04'59"
15. PICHLER, Michael (Aut - RC ARBÖ) - at 05'07"
16. LLOYD, Matthew (Aus - SILENCE-LOTTO) - at 05'12"
17. SESTILI, Luigi (Ita - FLAMINIA-BOSSINI) - at 05'45"
18. SERRANO GONZALES, Ricardo (Spa - TINKOFF) - at 05'47"
19. SIMEONI, Filippo (Ita - FLAMINIA-BOSSINI) - at 08'07"
20. BETTINI, Paolo (Ita - QUICK STEP) - at 08'08"

* Full GC after Stage 3 here (pdf file)

Points: 1. PIDGORNYY, Ruslan (Ukr - LPR BRAKES) - 33 p.
* (Full standings here - pdf file)

Mountains: 1. CARUSO, Giampaolo (Ita - FLAMINIA-BOSSINI) - 47 p.
* (Full standings here - pdf file)

Teams: 1. ASTANA - 41h11'55"
* (Full standings here - pdf file)

* 60th Tour of Austria - Prologue & Stage 1
* 60th Tour of Austria - Stage 2


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