Netherlands’ Koen Bouwman took his maiden win when he sprinted to victory on stage three of the Criterium du Dauphine in Tullins, France today.
The 23-year-old, who rides for LottoNl-Jumbo, finished the 184km stage in 4:06:06 to beat Evaldas Siskevicius of Delko Marseille Provence KTM and Frederik Backaert of Wanty – Groupe Gobert.
Bouwman sat halfway down the front group before launching his sprint at the 200m mark. Despite a concerted effort from Siskevicius, Bouwman took the win by a clear margin.
“I still can’t believe. I know that my girlfriend, my parents and all my friends are looking on television and this is my first pro win, and it’s in the Dauphine too, which is a really big race,” said the Dutchman.
Bouwman said he had always intended to go in the break.
“I’m not a rider who can go with the best climbers or best sprinters. Today we had a really strong breakaway, with everyone pulling very hard.
“Then, in the end, with 20km to go we believed we could make it. I told my teammate Alexey (Vermeulen) that I felt really strong and so he pushed really hard on the front.
“In the end I made it, and so I’m really happy. It was perfect.”
Lotto Soudal’s Thomas de Gendt leads the general classification with an overall time of 12:37:04. He is followed by Axel Domont (AG2R La Mondiale) and Diego Ulissi (UAE Emirates).
Stage three results
|1.||Koen Bouwman - LottoNl-Jumbo||4:06:06|
|2.||Evaldas Siskevicius - Delko Marseille Provence KTM||"|
|3.||Frederik Backaert - Wanty - Groupe Gobert||"|
|4.||Bryan Nauleau - Direct Energie||"|
|5.||Alexey Vermeulen - LottoNl-Jumbo||"|
|6.||Quentin Pacher - Delko Marseille Provence KTM||"|
|7.||Arnaud Demare - FDJ||+11"|
|8.||Bryan Coquard - Direct Energie||"|
|9.||Pascal Ackermann - Bora-Hansgrohe||"|
|10.||Phil Bauhaus - Sunweb||"|
|1.||Thomas de Gendt - Lotto Soudal||12:37:04|
|2.||Axel Domont - AG2R La Mondiale||+48"|
|3.||Diego Ulissi - UAE Team Emirates||+1:03'|
|4.||Pierre Roger Latour - AG2R La Mondiale||+1:07'|
|5.||Emanuel Buchmann - Bora-Hansgrohe||"|
|6.||Sonny Colbrelli - Bahrain-Merida||+1:09'|
|7.||Ben Swift - UAE Team Emirates||"|
|8.||Alejandro Valverde - Movistar Team||"|
|9.||Tony Gallopin - Lotto Soudal||"|
|10.||Guillaume Martin - Wanty - Groupe Gobert||"|