New Zealander James Oram had an active third stage at the Tour of Korea today, making it into the day’s main breakaway to collect King of the Mountains points and move into the Mountains Classification lead.
It took a while before the breakaway established itself with many riders attacking but unable to open up a gap, then finally after 40kilometres a group of four-riders including the Mitchelton-BikeExchange headed away from the bunch.
The group sat around two-minutes ahead of the bunch but as they came closer to the main climb of the day, the cohesion between the four began to lessen. Oram continued to push on, making sure the group stayed away so he could collect the KOM points, before two more riders bridged across as the peloton began to close in.
After all their efforts, Oram and the other breakaway riders were swallowed up with around 50kilometres to go, and almost immediately after, two-riders took their chances and went on the attack. Surviving all the way to the line, the two riders contest the stage victory.
Behind, Oram and Liu Jiankun finished safely in the main bunch, with Oram in 26th place and moving into 15th place overall with two more stages to come.
Andrew Smith – Sport Director
“The plan was to get someone in the breakaway today. James managed to get into a group of four , about 40kilometres into the stage and we were hoping he could get some bonus seconds at the intermediate sprint.
“The other riders in the breakaway weren’t really committed, but James stuck to the plan and managed to take the KOM points before more riders bridged the gap.
“From here on, peloton never really allowed the break too much room and with about 50kilometres to go a much reduced peloton caught the break before two riders, Zaccanti (Nippo) and Perry (Cycling Academy), rode away with 40kilometres to take the stage as nobody was really able or willing to chase.”
Tour of Korea – Stage 3 Results:
1. Ben Perry (Isreal Cycling Academy)
2. Filippo Zaccanti (Nippo Vini Fantini)
3. Corbin Strong (St George’s Continental Team
26. James Oram (Mitchelton-BikeExchange)
General Classification after stage 3:
1. Filippo Zaccanti (Nippo Vini Fantini)
2. Ben Perry (Isreal Cycling Academy)
3. Youcef Reguigui (Terengganu Cycling Team)
15. James Oram (Mitchelton-BikeExchange)