Chris Froome survives aggressive Tour of the Alps stage

Chris Froome (Team Sky) in stage 3 at Tour of the Alps

Chris Froome and Team Sky survived an onslaught of attacks from their general classification rivals to remain within touching distance of the overall lead at the Tour of the Alps . Froome currently sits in fourth place, 16 seconds back from the overall leader Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ). Though it came with more than 60 kilometres from the finish in Merano, the first climb of the Passo della Mendola was the site of attacks from the GC riders. Team Sky tried to maintain a level of control of the bunch, but a move containing Pinot, Domenico Pozzovivo and Mark Padun (both Bahrain-Merida), and eventual stage winner Ben O’Connor (Dimension Data), went off the front with just over 50 kilometres of the stage remaining. Froome did briefly set off in chase of the four, together with Astana's Miguel Angel Lopez, but they sat up and ultimately relied on their teammates to close ...

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