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Bom dia for another Cyclingnews live coverage from the Volta ao Algarve. 

Today's stage is over 211km from Almodôvar to Faro.

As the Cyclingnews blimp takes height, there are 95km left to race. 

The 95km includes the two categorised climbs of the long stage and so should produce all the action of the day and reveal if  any attackers  can escape the grasp of the sprinters and their teams. 

The speed is high in the peloton.

We currently have a breakaway of seven riders out front. They lead the peloton by 5:50.

The break went clear early on the stage. 

The riders in the break are: 

A flat for Fabio Jakobsen means the QuickStep team ease up. That will only help the breakaway today. 

QuickStep have one rider on the front doing the work, with one rider from Groupama-FDJ protecting Gaudu's race lead. 

Fabio Jakobsen has already won 3 times this season. On Wednesday he and QuickStep were unbeatable in Lagos. The Dutchman is surely the rider to beat today, but Quick Step has lost workhorse Tim Declercq due to stomach problems.

On the hillier terrain with 70km to go, the gap to the break is falling fast.   

The gap is down to 3:00 as the race starts the Pisa Barro Cat 3 climb. 

Alpecin-Fenix, QuickStep-AlphaVinyl and Groupama-FDJ are all helping to reduce the lead of the break. 

60km to go

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The gap at the summit of Pisa Barro is  3:05. 

Yesterday David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) missed a crash in the final 200 metres on the uphill finish at Fóia and won stage 2.

To read our full stage report and see our photo gallery, click below.

Rafael Lourenco (Atum general / Tavira / Maria Nova Hotel) wins the intermediate sprint.

45km to go

The sprint teams are upping the pace higher and higher. 

The hills come thick and fast in the final 40km.

QuickStep and Alpecin have formed a combined chase train as they pursue the break and pace their riders over the late climbs. 

The gap is at 1:20

Crash! 

Several riders are down. 

It appeared to be a touch of wheels. Ben Tulett of Ineos was one of the riders to crash.

Up front there are only six riders left in the break as the race reaches a steep climb, which kicks-off the Bengado climb.  

Nicolas Saenz was dropped from the break as the local Tavfer team lead the peloton to try to pull the break back so João Matias can try to take the KOM jersey from Gaudu.

Alexander Kristoff has lost his lead out man. 

Now Cofidis has upped the pace. They're riding to make it hard for their rivals while Bryan Coquard is a better climber and so could win today.

Three kilometre to go the summit of the climb and the break and peloton are playing games.

Gaudu looks good in yellow.

25km to go

Afonso Silva (Kelly / Simoldes / UDO) appears to be a pure climber and surges away.

Txomin Juaristi (Euskaltel-Euskadi) is also there, as is Rafael Lourenco (Atum general / Tavira / Maria Nova Hotel). 

João Matias (Tavfer-Mortágua-Ovos Matinados) came up fast on the break and beat them to win the KOM sprint.

The peloton let the attacks go but will surely sweep them up and control the race in the final 20km.

The riders are diving south towards Faro now, on the southern Algarve coast. 

Three riders are hanging out front but Alpecin-Fenix and Trek-Segafredo are leading the chase.

QuickStep seem to be holding fire for now.

10km to go

Alpecin are on the left. Intermarche on the right, with QuickStep and Ineos down the middle.

The finishes rises gradually to the line, so timing and coming late will be important.

Arkea Samsic and Cofidis are also moving up. 

Surprisingly Ethan Hayter is at the back and so is not the Ineos sprinter today.

The speed is super high now.

Human Powered Health are on the front as the big open main road.

into the city streets, a roundabout and a short climb could spice up today's finale. 

The road narrows into one lane. 

2km to go!

Remco takes over but Jakobsen has lost position.

Last KM! 

The finish starts after this fast roundabout.

Here we go! 

Wow. Jakobsen went early but nobody could match his speed and power.

Jakobsen went deep but won it by a bike length. 

Jakobsen used Coquard as a final, extra lead out man and then kicked passed him.

This is the top 10.

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General classification after stage 3
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 14:42:11
2Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:01
3Ethan Hayter (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers
4Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
5Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
6Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo
7Daniel Martinez Poveda (Col) Ineos Grenadiers
8Tony Gallopin (Fra) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:08
9Thomas Pidcock (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 0:00:17
10Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Ineos Grenadiers 0:00:18

It was Jakobsen's fourth win of the 2022 season.

This is the sprint.

David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) finished safely in the peloton and so kept the race lead before the 32km TT to Tavira on Saturday.

The French climber leads the USA's Brandon McNulty, Britain's Ethan Hayter of Ineos and Remco Evenepoel by a single second. 

Sprinters often seem to make winning look 'easy'. But this shows it is not. 

Here's Jakobsen's win.

"It was again perfect teamwork and I’m happy to have the strongest legs on the uphill. It’s a good sprint day in Faro," Jakobsen said. 

This finish is never easy, it’s about positioning in the last two kilometres,"  Jakobsen explained. 

QuickStep again won the stage while also protecting Evenepoel and his chances of overall victory.

Jakobsen won wearing the green points jersey.

This is an interesting stat of Jakobsen's strike rate.

To read our full stage report and see our growing photo gallery, click below.

This is the top ten on GC before Saturday's key TT.

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General classification after stage 3
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 14:42:11
2Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:01
3Ethan Hayter (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers
4Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
5Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
6Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo
7Daniel Martinez Poveda (Col) Ineos Grenadiers
8Tony Gallopin (Fra) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:08
9Thomas Pidcock (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 0:00:17
10Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Ineos Grenadiers 0:00:18

Barry Ryan is at the Volta ao Algarve for Cyclingnews, collecting exclusive interviews and news. 

We'll have more live coverage and news from Portugal tomorrow. 

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