A 175.8-kilometer road race from Tilisarao to Juana Koslay in temperatures that exceeded 42 degrees Celsius.
The Day's Breakaway:
Six riders - Patricio Almonacid (Chile national team), Julian Barrientos, Juan Curuchet and Ruben Ramos (Argentina national team), Clement Koretzky (Bretagne-Seche Environnement) and Ignacio Maldonado (Uruguay national team) spent nearly four hours in the lead. After gaining a maximum five-minute advantage, the last of the escapees was swept up inside the final 10 km.
The Winning Move:
Giacomo Nizzolo came around Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) to win Trek Factory Racing's second consecutive stage. Francisco Ventoso (Movistar Team) was second and Boonen finished third.
Best for the BMC Racing Team:
Phinney's top 10 result was his first of the season while teammate Peter Stetina, who sits fourth overall, finished 14th.
In The Overall Standings:
Phillip Gaimon (Garmin-Sharp) maintained his 1:47 lead over Marc de Maar (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team) and a 3:56 advantage over Christian Meier (Orica-GreenEDGE), who is third overall. Stetina is 4:16 back.
What Phinney Had To Say:
"It was a stressful day with the wind. I felt not-so-great most of the day. But by the end, I got kind of a sniff of the finish line and felt a lot better. I spent most of the day helping the guys stay out of the wind. In the end, Manuel Quinziato was really helpful for me in the final, bringing me around and keeping me safe. You get these local races where everybody kind of wants to be a superhero in the final. So you have some guys up there that can kind of create some chaos. I had to start and stop my sprint about three different times, passing riders. Top 10 is fine for me. I'm not a pure sprinter, so I was just kind of mixing it up there."
What Sport Director Jackson Stewart Said:
"I felt bad for the guys. It was hot out there. There were times when it was just tailwind and really hot, so it's extra hot because you're not getting the wind in your face. We had a few mishaps with the crosswinds, but nothing major that split the group. All of our guys stayed out of trouble. It was a dangerous sprint. We didn't expect much from this stage. We were just glad to stay out of trouble. Tomorrow, it's all about the legs. It's going to come down to the finishing climb. We'll see what happens before that, but I think everyone is predicting the climbers will show what they've got at the finish.
Stage 4 Thursday is a 168.7 km road race beginning at El Potrero de los Funes and ending with a summit finish at Cerro El Amago.
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