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Tour of the Alps: Kamna wins stage 3

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TOBLACH HOCHPUSTERTAL, ITALY - APRIL 20: Lennard Kämna of Germany and Team Bora - Hansgrohe celebrates winning during the 45th Tour of the Alps 2022 - Stage 3 a 154,6km stage from Lana to Villabassa / #TouroftheAlps / on April 20, 2022 in Toblach Hochpustertal, Italy. (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

Lennard Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe) won stage 3 after he attacked from the break of the day 1km to go (Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)
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TOBLACH HOCHPUSTERTAL ITALY APRIL 20 Miguel ngel Lpez Moreno of Colombia and Team Astana Qazaqstan red intermediate sprint jersey attacks in the chase group during the 45th Tour of the Alps 2022 Stage 3 a 1546km stage from Lana to Villabassa TouroftheAlps on April 20 2022 in Toblach Hochpustertal Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Wearing the red sprint jersey, Miguel Ángel López Moreno of Astana-Qazaqstan attacks from the chase group (Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)
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TOBLACH HOCHPUSTERTAL ITALY APRIL 20 James Piccoli of Canada and Team Israel Premier Tech during the 45th Tour of the Alps 2022 Stage 3 a 1546km stage from Lana to Villabassa TouroftheAlps on April 20 2022 in Toblach Hochpustertal Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

James Piccoli (Israel-Premier Tech) made several attempts to forge clear of the break (Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)
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TOBLACH HOCHPUSTERTAL ITALY APRIL 20 Sean Quinn of United States and Team EF Education Easypost reacts after cross the finishing line during the 45th Tour of the Alps 2022 Stage 3 a 1546km stage from Lana to Villabassa TouroftheAlps on April 20 2022 in Toblach Hochpustertal Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Sean Quinn of EF Education-EasyPost leads large chase group across the finishing line 57 seconds down on the stage winner (Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)
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TOBLACH HOCHPUSTERTAL ITALY APRIL 20 LR Pavel Sivakov of Russia blue mountain jersey Richie Porte of Australia Pello Bilbao Lpez De Armentia of Spain and Team Bahrain Victorious green leader jersey and Eddie Dunbar of Ireland and Team INEOS Grenadiers during the 45th Tour of the Alps 2022 Stage 3 a 1546km stage from Lana to Villabassa TouroftheAlps on April 20 2022 in Toblach Hochpustertal Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Pavel Sivakov in blue mountain jersey rides behind Ineos Grenadiers teammate Richie Porte (Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)
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TOBLACH HOCHPUSTERTAL ITALY APRIL 20 LR Pavel Sivakov of Russia and Team INEOS Grenadiers blue mountain jersey Richie Porte of Australia and Team INEOS Grenadiers Pello Bilbao Lpez De Armentia of Spain and Team Bahrain Victorious green leader jersey and Thymen Arensman of Netherlands and Team DSM compete during the 45th Tour of the Alps 2022 Stage 3 a 1546km stage from Lana to Villabassa TouroftheAlps on April 20 2022 in Toblach Hochpustertal Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Chase group led by Richie Porte of Ineos Grenadiers with Pello Bilbao (Bahrain Victorious) in green leader jersey on his wheel (Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)
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TOBLACH HOCHPUSTERTAL ITALY APRIL 20 Pello Bilbao Lpez De Armentia of Spain and Team Bahrain Victorious green leader jersey competes during the 45th Tour of the Alps 2022 Stage 3 a 1546km stage from Lana to Villabassa TouroftheAlps on April 20 2022 in Toblach Hochpustertal Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Pello Bilbao (Bahrain Victorious) on stage 3 in green leader jersey (Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)
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TOBLACH HOCHPUSTERTAL ITALY APRIL 20 A general view of the peloton competing during the 45th Tour of the Alps 2022 Stage 3 a 1546km stage from Lana to Villabassa TouroftheAlps on April 20 2022 in Toblach Hochpustertal Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Peloton snakes along a mountain climb during stage 3 of Tour of the Alps, 154.6kmfrom Lana to Villabassa (Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)
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TOBLACH HOCHPUSTERTAL ITALY APRIL 20 A general view of the peloton passing through a landscape during the 45th Tour of the Alps 2022 Stage 3 a 1546km stage from Lana to Villabassa TouroftheAlps on April 20 2022 in Toblach Hochpustertal Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

A general view of the peloton during 154.6km stage 3 from Lana to Villabassa (Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)
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TOBLACH HOCHPUSTERTAL ITALY APRIL 20 A general view of Bruneck 815m landscape during the 45th Tour of the Alps 2022 Stage 3 a 1546km stage from Lana to Villabassa TouroftheAlps on April 20 2022 in Toblach Hochpustertal Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

A general view of landscape at Bruneck during stage 3 (Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)
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TOBLACH HOCHPUSTERTAL ITALY APRIL 20 A general view of the peloton passing through a landscape during the 45th Tour of the Alps 2022 Stage 3 a 1546km stage from Lana to Villabassa TouroftheAlps on April 20 2022 in Toblach Hochpustertal Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Scenery on stage 3 (Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)
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TOBLACH HOCHPUSTERTAL ITALY APRIL 20 Pello Bilbao Lpez De Armentia of Spain and Team Bahrain Victorious green leader jersey after finish during the 45th Tour of the Alps 2022 Stage 3 a 1546km stage from Lana to Villabassa TouroftheAlps on April 20 2022 in Toblach Hochpustertal Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Pello Bilbao of Bahrain Victorious continues in the green leader jersey after finishing 14th on stage 3 (Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)
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TOBLACH HOCHPUSTERTAL ITALY APRIL 20 Lennard Kmna of Germany and Team Bora Hansgrohe celebrates winning the stage on the podium ceremony after the 45th Tour of the Alps 2022 Stage 3 a 1546km stage from Lana to Villabassa TouroftheAlps on April 20 2022 in Toblach Hochpustertal Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Lennard Kämna of Bora-Hansgrohe acknowledged as stage winner on the podium ceremony (Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)
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TOBLACH HOCHPUSTERTAL ITALY APRIL 20 Pello Bilbao Lpez De Armentia of Spain and Team Bahrain Victorious celebrates winning the green leader jersey on the podium ceremony after the 45th Tour of the Alps 2022 Stage 3 a 1546km stage from Lana to Villabassa TouroftheAlps on April 20 2022 in Toblach Hochpustertal Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Pello Bilbao (Bahrain Victorious) celebrates the green leader jersey after stage 3 (Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)
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TOBLACH HOCHPUSTERTAL ITALY APRIL 20 Miguel ngel Lpez Moreno of Colombia and Team Astana Qazaqstan celebrates winning the red intermediate sprint jersey on the podium ceremony after the 45th Tour of the Alps 2022 Stage 3 a 1546km stage from Lana to Villabassa TouroftheAlps on April 20 2022 in Toblach Hochpustertal Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

On the podium after stage 3 is Miguel Ángel López Moreno of Team Astana-Qazaqstan with the red intermediate sprint jersey (Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

Lennard Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe) won stage 3 of the Tour of the Alps in Villabassa after he attacked from the break of the day with a kilometre remaining.

The German rider was one of the last to join the break after 63km of aggressive, fast racing but then used his race craft when the attacks came one after another in the final 10km into the headwind in the Val Pusteria that leads from Italy into Austria.

He followed several moves and then attacked himself late on and held off a fierce pursuit from Andrey Amador (Ineos Grenadiers) to claim the spoils.

Jonathan Lastra (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) finished third ahead of Natnael Tesfazion (Drone Hopper-Androni), Will Barta (Movistar) and the aggressive James Piccoli (Israel-Premier Tech), who made several attempts to forge clear of the break.

Pello Bilbao (Bahrain Victorious) retained the overall lead after he came home with the overall contenders just under a minute down on the escapees.

Kämna is one of the most talented young German riders of his generation but took time out from the sport for a second time in the summer of 2021 season.

He won a stage at the 2020 Tour de France and Criterium du Dauphine but opted not to return to the Tour de France in 2021. However he has now won twice in 2022, after also taking a stage at the Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol in February.

“I knew it was a day for a break and so I went for it, things worked out well, I could take the win, so it’s good,” Kämna said.

“I did a couple of attacks and even went solo after 20km but that was a stupid idea because riders were jumping all the time. But I knew I should keep trying and so I went all in to close the gap and get in the move.

Kämna then used his race craft and talent to emerge as the stage winner.

“I had Amador on my list of riders to watch but to be honest, we were all at our limit, me too,” Kämna admitted.

“So every attack could have been the last attack. That’s why I followed every move.”

Bilbao had a quieter day in the peloton and again showed his form and why he is the race leader.

He impressed when he responded to an attack from Pavel Sivakov (Ineos Grenadiers) on the day’s main difficulty, the Passo Furcia and again had sorng support from his Bahrain Victorious team and experienced teammate Mikel Landa.

Bilbao remains six seconds clear of Romain Bardet (Team DSM) ahead of Thursday’s summit finish on the Grossglockner and then Friday’s final stage on a short but hilly loop around Lienz in Austria. Attila Valter (Groupama-FDJ) third overall at 12 seconds, with 20 riders within a minute.

“We didn’t expect to take the jersey, we were looking for stage wins but it happened and so we’re happy to defend it,” Bilbao explained, still wearing the bright green leader’s jersey in the post-race press conference.

“There are only two days left now, so we’ve got to keep defending it. Thursday’s stage is hard but the finish on the Grossglockner is not that hard and I hope to have the team around me to control attacks. Maybe the last stage is the hardest. It is short and with steep climbs. It’s going to be crazy.”

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Stephen Farrand

Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and Cycling Weekly, among other publications.

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