Gilbert Wins Stage Three, Red Jersey as Leader of Vuelta a Espana

By James Fish
James Fish
James Fish
alias for Chris J
August 30, 2010 Updated: October 1, 2015

Philippe Gilbert of the Omega-Pharma-Lotto team celebrates his Stage Three win in the Vuelta a Espana. (Jose Jordan/AFP/Getty Images)
Philippe Gilbert of the Omega-Pharma-Lotto team celebrates his Stage Three win in the Vuelta a Espana. (Jose Jordan/AFP/Getty Images)
Omega Pharma-Lotto’s Phillipe Gilbert won Stage Three and the leader’s red jersey by breking free from the bunch on the final uphill kilometer of Stage Three of the 2010 Vuelta a Espana Monday.

Gilbert was dropped from the peloton on the second big climb of the day, but made his way back to the front in time to outpower his rivals for the win.

"I was dropped in the last three kilometres of the Puerto de León," Gilbert told CyclingNews.com. "I lost maybe 30 seconds but I didn't panic because I had studied the course really well and I knew what I was doing. On the downhill I took a lot of risks to come back.”

"I received a great help from my teammates, so I managed to start the final climb in the first five positions. I accelerated 600 meters from the finish line. I knew all the curves and the details of the route because I had done it in a car this morning.”

This marks Gilbert’s first time in the first leader’s jersey in any race.

Stage Three started with a Category Two climb up the Puerto de Ojen. Seven riders used the climb to launch an attack, which collapsed on the slopes of the Cat 1, Puerto del Leon, the second big climb of the stage.

Of the attackers, only Xacebo Galicia rider Serafin Martinez was able to keep away; he came within a kilometer of winning the stage, but was ridden down.

Vuelta a Espana Stage Three

 

 

 

 

1

Phillipe Gilbert

Omega Pharma-Lotto

4:06:12

2

Joaquin Rodriguez

Katusha

+0:3

3

Igor Anton

Euskatel-Euskadi

+0:13

4

Vincenzo Nibali

Liquigas

+0:15

5

Grega Bole

Lampre

+0:15

6

Nicholas Roche

Ag2R

+0:15

7

Denis Menchov

Rabobank

+0:18

8

Eziquiel Mosquera

Xacobeo-Galicia

+0:19

9

David Arroyo

Caisse d’Epargne

+0:19

10

Aurthur Vichot

Française des Jeux

+0:19

 

2010 Vuelta a Espana General Classification

 

 

 

 

1

Phillipe Gilbert

Omega Pharma-Lotto

8:55:56

2

Joaquin Rodriguez

Katusha

+14

3

Kanstantsin Siutsou

HTC-Columbia)

+22

4

Tejay Van Garderen

HTC-Columbia

+26

5

Vincenzo Nibali

Liquigas

+28

6

Peter Velits

HTC-Columbia

+28

7

Igor Anton

Euskatel-Euskadi

+35

8

Tondo Volpini

Cervelo

+35"

9

Fränk Schleck

Saxo Bank

+36

10

Xavier Florencio

Cervelo

+41

 

James Fish
alias for Chris J