Oier Lazkano of Team Caja Rural-Seguros, was the winner of the 3rd stage of the Volta a Portugal Especial, crossing the finish line with an advantage of 15 seconds over the peloton. Lazkano opened a gap at about 55 kilometers from the finish. Four riders tried to hunt him but the Basque rider resisted. The bunch doubled its effort in the last 10 kilometers and Lazkano managed to reach the banner of the last 200 meters with enough time to look back and realize that victory was in his bag, the fourth of the season for Caja Rural-Seguros RGA – Selle Repente.
The winner: “When I saw the route I thought this could be a good stage for me, especially because of the final slopes. I did not feel very well during the first days but today I was really ok. I tried to be always on the front and in the end I managed to leave with four others. We didn’t get along well, so I decided to go alone. I couldn’t believe it until I had crossed the finish line. This success is the result of all the work done in April, May and the following months“.