Koen Bouwman wins 3rd stage of Criterium du Dauphine race

Pauline Gross
June 7, 2017

He and the other main contenders sit 69 seconds down on De Gendt after three days of this eight-stage race, with Wednesday's 23.5km time trial likely to rewrite the standings completely.

The BMC Racing rider won the stage by 12 seconds from world time trial champion Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin), with Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) the best of the other general classification hopefuls with third place, 24 seconds down on Porte. "I never thought I would win here in such an important race as the Criterium du Dauphine", said Bouwman.

Belgian rider Thomas De Gendt, the victor of the first stage, retained the overall lead.

"I've done a very good time trial out there". Thankefully I was able to count on the help of all my team to make it back in the peloton.

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"I'm happy with where I am at so close to the Tour de France. It's a massively important race, it would be a great honour to win this".

Spain's Alberto Contador was seventh, two seconds ahead of Froome, and moved up to fifth overall at 1min 02sec with the Briton sixth at 1:04. The British rider is a little more than one minute behind De Gendt overall.

Three-time victor Chris Froome will expect to move into yellow jersey contention ahead of a weekend where the overall victor will be decided on summit finishes at Alpe d'Huez and Plateau de Solaison. Froome is aiming to win the Tour for a fourth time this summer, with each of his previous wins in 2013, 2015 and 2016 preceded by victory here.

The next stage of the race takes place on Thursday between La-Tour-de-Salvagnay and Macon over 175.5 kilometres and contains one category 2 climb.

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