Team Sunweb and Tom Dumoulin finish another stage of the Giro d’Italia safely, staying out of trouble as winds provoked havoc in the final kilometres of stage three.
The final leg of the Israel stages at the Giro d’Italia got underway today, with a 229 kilometre road stage to Eilat and a few gradual climbs to contend with along the day. Three riders attacked from the gun and the bunch were happy to give them some freedom for the majority of the day. Whilst the trio up the road opened up a healthy six minute gap, Team Sunweb remained tucked in the bunch protecting GC leader Tom Dumoulin. Things were relatively quiet in the bunch until winds provoked havoc in the closing kilometres of the stage. Whilst riders dropped off the back, good positioning meant that Tom and the team weren’t caught out. Things came back together in time for a bunch kick to the line and Tom and the team crossed the line safely after the final day of action in Israel.
“It was the heaviest sprint stage that I’ve raced so far,” said Tom after the finish. “Normally I feel like this after a mountain stage. It was a very hectic and dangerous finale because of the tailwind and high speed. I was positioned well thanks to the team so we survived. After a good three days here we now look forward to going to Italy.”
Team Sunweb coach Marc Reef added: “Today was a long, hot and stressful, tricky final. The speed was really high towards the end but we were able to keep Tom out of trouble and in good position. We have finished the three days in Israel with a victory, a day in pink and being 2nd in GC which we can be really happy with; we are now looking forward to going to Italy.”