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Re: Turul României
« on: September 21, 2018, 21:20 »
Stage 3 of the Turul României was another tough one with an average speed of 48 kph over the first hour and a special category climb in the middle. At that point a breakaway group including #novak Nicolae Tanovitchii, #monkeytown Jeen de Jong and #teammd Cristian Raileanu was 4 minutes ahead, with Raileanu being a real dangerman for gc, sitting in 12th position 2:37 behind.

#yellow Sergey Tvetcov already was out of team mates at that time, so #friuli Cycling Team Friuli went for another GC threatening attack with Massimo Orlandi, who was joined by #trevigiani Stanimir Cholakov and had team mate Alessandro Pessot from the early breakaway waiting for him ahead. Classified less than a minute behind, both Orlandi and Cholakov would have been of real danger for Tvetcov, but with #illuminate Illuminate joining the chase for Simon Pellaud they were brought back quickly after the descent.

When #illuminate Baron punctured it was down to Tvetcov and Pellaud to keep the chase going themself, and although the race leader found some allies among the other Romanian teams in the race and could close down the gap far enough to keep Raileanu out of GC contention, in the end the winner of the stage came from the breakaway.

#novak Nicolae Tanovitchii turned out to be by far the strongest from that group, dropping his breakaway compatriots with 5k to go and finishing solo by half a minute ahead of the others - but was relegated by the jury quickly after, as he had used a bit too much assistance from his team car after a mechanical around 10 km before the finish.

So it was #monkeytown Jeen de Jong who could celebrate his first victory on the podium in the end...

...which saw the young Dutchman confronted with a load of picture request from all the spectators around, which he happily fulfilled.

#teamro Serghey Tvetcov defended his #yellow yellow jersey with a 22s gap ahead of #illuminate Pellaud.
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