Stage three of the Giro Rosa today saw the peloton continue the tradition at this year’s edition of the race, with the third uphill finish in a row. Compared to yesterday’s testing opening climb, the riders instead today faced a technical descent for the opening twenty kilometres which resulted in some fast racing and lots of action.
Eventually a breakaway duo was able to escape but they were brought back with over 60 kilometres remaining, before a solo rider hit out alone and got a gap. Their advantage grew over the rolling parcours, with the peloton looking at each other as to who should chase. Inside the last 30 kilometres of the stage, the route headed mostly upwards; with a few steep sections of road. With only one rider ahead, there were two bonus seconds available at the intermediate sprint and the team worked well to set up Lucinda Brand; who duly delivered by taking second place and the valuable two bonus seconds that came with it.
Just like yesterday’s stage, everything came back together on the final climb to the line and new attacks flew from the bunch. It looked as if one of those late attacks was going to hold on for the win but stage winner, Vos, flew out from the very reduced peloton to take the victory. Brand continued her good form with a strong sixth place on the tricky uphill climb to the line, while Juliette Labous maintained her lead in the young rider’s jersey.