Eddie Dunbar up to seventh overall in the Tour of the Alps

Irish rider moves up one place on general classification after third stage

Eddie Dunbar improved one place to seventh overall in the Tour of the Alps on Wednesday, remaining close to the overall lead with two stages remaining. The Ineos Grenadiers rider finished alongside the race contenders on the hilly stage to Villabassa, rolling in as part of a group crossing the line 57 seconds behind the solo winner Lennard Kamna (Bora-hansgrohe).

Seven breakaway riders stayed clear to the line, with Kamna being the best out of these. Dunbar’s group consisted of 28 riders, keeping the battle for the final podium wide open. The Irishman had attacked during the stage and then lost contact following his recapture, but was able to later rejoin.

Pello Bilbao (Bahrain-Victorious) leads overall, six seconds clear of Romain Bardet (Team DSM). Attila Valter (Groupama-FDJ) is 12 seconds back in third; Dunbar is one of nine riders who are at 16 seconds.

The final two stages are also mountains, making it possible for a reshuffling of the general classification before the race ends on Friday.

Tour of the Alps, Italy (2.Pro)

Stage 3, Lana to Villabassa: 1 Lennard Kamna (Bora-hansgrohe) 154.6 kilometres in 4:02.56, 2 A Amador (Ineos Grenadiers) @ 3 secs, 3 J Lastra (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) @ 4 secs, 4 N Tesfatsion (Drone Hopper-Andrew Giocattoli), 5 W Barta (Movistar Team) both same time. Irish: 16 E Dunbar (Ineos Grenadiers) @ 57 secs.

General classification: 1 Pello Bilbao (Bahrain-Victorious) 12:12.08, 2 R Bardet (Team DSM) @ 6 sec, 3 A Valter (Groupama-FDJ) @ 12 secs, 4 F Gall (Ag2r Citroen Team) @ 16 secs , 5 P Sivakov (Ineos Grenadiers) same time. Irish: 7 E Dunbar (Ineos Grenadiers) same time.