Matteo Dal-Cin timed his sprint to perfection to win stage 3 of the Virtual Tour de France by the smallest margins. Probing attacks throughout the 48 km stage kept the peloton under constant pressure, but there was not stopping the inevitable bunch sprint. The former Canadian road champ knew exactly what to expect coming into the technical finale and executed the team's plan to perfection.
"That felt fantastic and awful at the same time," said Dal-Cin. "I made a big effort to get in position before the final corners and started sprinting before I could see the line. I'm really proud to deliver this win for the team."
The whole team has benefited from the advice and guidance of e-racing expert, Holden Comeau, whose indoor racing experience has proved a hugely valuable asset during the Virtual Tour de France.
"Holden and his team have been amazing, sharing so many little things that would take forever to learn on our own," shared Dal-Cin. "In our pre-race call, Holden told us when to get good position and where to open our sprint. I waited for the final 300 meters to go to use my aero power-up and gave it everything I had until the end."
With Dal-Cin's thrilling victory and Rob Britton crossing the line in 12th, the team cemented their second place on GC going into stage 4. In the women's race, Megan Jastrab scooped up 15th after working hard to conserve energy throughout the stage, along with Lily Williams who finished close to the front in 15th place.
Virtual racing returns on Sunday with both men's and women's pelotons tackling a hilly stage to Casse-Pattes which features the punchy Petit KOM before a fast descent to the finish. The women's stage kicks off at 7:47 a.m. CDT, with the men an hour later. The live stream begins at 8 a.m. CDT on our Facebook page.
Men's Stage 3 results
1. Matteo Da-Cin (CAN) Rally Cycling 59.24
2. Jake Stewart (GBR) Groupama FDJ
3. Callum Scotson (AUS) Mitchelton-Scott
4. Ethan Hayter (GBR) Team Ineos
5. Ryan Gibbons (RSA) NTT Pro Cycling
6. Rasmus Tiller (NOR) NTT Pro Cycling
7. Koen de Kort (NED) Trek-Segafredo
8. Lorrenzo Manzin (FRA) Total Direct Energie
9. Jonas Rusch (GER) EF Pro Cycling
10. Alex Kirsch (LUX) Trek-Segafredo
12. Rob Britton (CAN) Rally Cycling
Women's Stage 3 results
1. Tanja Erath (GER) Canyon SRAM 1:06:24
2. Chloe Dygert (USA) TEAM TWENTY20
3. April Tracey (GBR) Drops
4. Riejanne Markus (NED) CCC-Liv
5. Kristen Faulkner (USA) TIBCO-SVB
6. Alice Barnes (GBR) Canyon SRAM
7. Evy Kuijpers (NED) CCC-Liv
8. Kathrin Hammes (GER) Ceratizit-WNT
9. Georgia Simmerling (CAN) TEAM TWENTY20
10. Teuntje Beekhuis (NED) Lotto Soudal Ladies
11. Marta Lach (POL) CCC-Liv
12. Shara Gillow-Marche (AUS) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futurescope
13. Aurela Nerlo (POL) CCC-Liv
14. Eva Buurman (NED) Boels Dolmans
15. Megan Jastrab (USA) Rally Cycling
Men's Yellow Jersey Classification
1. NTT PRO CYCLING TEAM 193
2. RALLY CYCLING 156
3. TREK - SEGAFREDO 127
4. ALPECIN - FENIX 99
5. ISRAEL START - UP NATION 88
6. EF PRO CYCLING 53
7. MITCHELTON - SCOTT 70
8. TEAM INEOS 66
9. CCC TEAM 61
10. AG2R LA MONDIALE 61
Women's Yellow Jersey Classification
1. TEAM TIBCO - SILICON VALLEY BANK 197
2. CANYON / / SRAM RACING 174
3. DROPS 150
4. CCC - LIV 144
5. TEAM TWENTY20 139
6. CERATIZIT - WINT PRO CYCLING TEAM 87
7. BOELS DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM 81
8. RALLY CYCLING 77
9. FDJ NOUVELLE - AQUITAINE FUTUREOSCOPE 70
10. TEAM SUNWEB 49
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