In an extremely fast and exciting finish, Gerald Ciolek reigned supreme at stage 3 of the Ruta Del Sol. The Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung sprinter managed to out sprint Roy Jans (Wanty) and Moreno Hofland (Belkin) to take his first victory of the season. In a day that was destined to come down to a bunch sprint, 4 riders still tried their luck in an early escape. The break never got more than a 5 minute gap as a number of teams had an interest in bringing the race down to a bunch sprint. The early leaders were inevitably brought back inside 12km to go..
Jose Serpa, the Colombian climber from Lampre-Merida won the Trofeo Laigueglia after out sprinting his break away companion, Patrick Sinkewitz (Meridiana). Andrea Pasqualon (Aero Zero) won a small bunch sprint for 3rd. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had clear intentions from the start as Dennis Van Niekerk, Adrien Niyonshuti and Songezo Jim were covering all the early moves in the hope of making the days break. Jim’s efforts proved successful as he got into a move with Robinson Chalapud (Colombia), Christophe Laborie (Bretagne – Seche) and Simone Petilli (Aero Zero). They would eventually stretch out a lead to just under 7 minutes. Jim was pleased with.
Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) made it a hatrick of victories when he won stage 2 of the Ruta Del Sol. Luis Leon Sanchez (Caja Rural) was 2nd while Daniel Navarro (Cofidis) rounded out the podium in 3rd. While a 7 man escape went clear early on in the stage, Movistar kept the escapees in check setting a hard tempo for the majority of the day. They were eventually reeled in just before the race hit the slopes of the final category 1 climb. Team Sky assumed control of the race as soon as the break was caught and set a relentless pace up the final mountain, whittling.