The Italian Rinaldo Nocentini, who wore the yellow jersey of the 2009 Tour de France, won the 3rd stage. Australian Brenton Jones is the new yellow jersey.
Italy had already been honored on the Tropicale Amissa Bongo thanks to Andrea Palini winner of four stages in the past including two in Lambarene where his compatriot Rinaldo Nocentini won yesterday. But this time, it is not after a massive sprint that ended this stage, because the Italian had anticipated in the last climb just before the arrival by attacking alone remote tracking by the Frenchman Damien Gaudin from the Direct Energie team. The two riders was together in the descent to tackle the last straight line before the finish. The peloton thrown behind them a hundred meters away.
The 40-year-old Italian, one of the oldest professionals in the peloton, found strength to easily beat the Frenchman in this duel. The leader Lucas Carstensen had to give up his yellow jersey to Australian Brenton Jones, who took 4 seconds of bonifications, finishing third in the stage, while the German finished in 30th place.
The day was still marked by the presence of African riders in all the breakaways, especially in the last attempt resumed three kilometers from the finish where we found accompanying the solid Italian Simone Bevilacqua (Wilier-Triestina) the young Eritrean Saymon Musie.
The 4th stage tomorrow will lead the runners from Ndjolé to Mitzic over a distance of 182.5 kilometers, the longest distance of the 2018 edition of the Tropicale Amissa Bongo.
RINALDO NOCENTINI (winner of the stage): "It's a great pleasure to show that we can still win races at the age of 40. As there is no distinctive jersey for the best old, so I aim for stage wins. I spotted this climb two days ago when we were there. I knew that the only chance to win today was to attack here. "