photo credits @ Giro d’Italia
Taco van der Hoorn (Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert Materiaux) took a surprising victory in stage 3 of the Giro d’Italia today, denying a fast approaching peloton to claim the honors in Canale.
Van der Hoon was the last of the day’s breakaway group, who managed to hold-on after jettisoning fellow escapee Simon Pellaud (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) during the final uncategorized but steep climb with 17 kilometers remaining.
From there, the Dutch rider increased his advantage to 40 seconds over the chase, a gap that would endure until the finish.
“I can’t believe it,” said a delighted Van der Hoorn. “I just wanted to go in the break and be aggressive all Giro. It was really difficult to get to the front and win a stage, or get to the finish line with the group.”
Meanwhile, Davide Cimolai (Israel Start-Up Nation) won the sprint from a reduced peloton for second place ahead of Peter Sagan, whose Bora-Hansgrohe team succeeded in dropping many of the top sprinters along the stage’s intermediate climbs.
Following today’s results, Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) still leads the overall race with a 16-second margin over Jumbo-Visma’s Tobias Foss, followed by Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) a further 4-seconds back.
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