Salvatore Puccio led Team Sky home on a reduced stage three of the Tour Down Under as Elia Viviani (Quickstep) sprinted to victory in blistering temperatures in Adelaide.

Team Sky were just a few wheels too far back to stay on terms with the front group, which saw Viviani pip race leader Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) on the line, which left Chris Lawless outside of the mix.

Puccio led home Egan Bernal who retained his General Classification position ahead of sterner climbing tests to come later in the race.

Beforehand, the extreme weather safety plan came into effect and reduced the length of the stage to 120km, which proved to be a sensible decision as temperatures in the early stages topped 42°C 

Two riders who were unfazed by this were Nicholas Dlamini (Team Dimension Data) and Scott Bowden (UniSA-Australia) who escaped in an early breakaway and contested the day’s only King of the Mountain points.

Bowden eventually went solo, only to be caught by the chasing pack with 10km to go who were keen to set up their respective teammates for a bunch sprint won by Viviani. 
Brett Lancaster

Brett Lancaster

It was awful out there, horrible conditions, and there wasn’t anyone in the peloton who didn’t suffer
Sport Director Brett Lancaster was pleased with how the team coped with the tough conditions and believes the scorching temperatures will continue to be a factor for the rest of the Tour Down Under. 

He told TeamSky.com: “Salvatore Puccio was looking after Egan Bernal to make sure he didn’t lose any time and we were just a bit low on numbers at the end to prepare a proper lead out for a sprint. 

“It was awful out there, horrible conditions, and there wasn’t anyone in the peloton who didn’t suffer.”

He added: “Stage four features a relatively easy climb, but the weather will make it very difficult. 

“It’s going to be a massive factor.”
Temperatures reached 42°C on the road to Victor Harbor

Temperatures reached 42°C on the road to Victor Harbor

Stage three result:
1. Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) 3:04:40
2. Phil Bauhaus (Team Sunweb) s.t.
3. Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) s.t. 
4. Simone Consonni (UAE Team Emirates) s.t.
5. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) s.t.
35. Salvatore Puccio (Team Sky) s.t.

Overall standings: 
1. Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) 10:58:36
2. Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) +10"
3. Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) +14”
4. Jay McCarthy (Bora-Hansgrohe) s.t.
5. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) +16”
21. Egan Bernal (Team Sky) +16"

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