Race report

Team Sunweb safely navigate wind threat and crash marred finale on stage three

Giro d'Italia

Stage three of the Giro d’Italia routed riders along 220 kilometres between Vinci and Orbetello on undulating roads, with the day set to be animated by the threat of cross winds coming in the latter part of the race.

There was minimal interest in the breakaway in the opening kilometres and the day’s first attack went clear without any reaction whatsoever from the peloton. One rider went on to spend 144 kilometres alone at the front of the race, opening up a seven minute advantage at best before a surge of pace in the peloton saw his lead cut short with 75 kilometres still to race.

With the possibility of fresh attacks from the bunch, Team Sunweb were quick to position GC-man Tom Dumoulin towards the front of the peloton, keeping him well out of trouble. Various open and exposed roads meant that focus remained on positioning deep into the finale but rather than the wind, it was a crash in the peloton that ultimately caused splits. Up towards the front of the peloton Team Sunweb managed to bring Dumoulin home safely across the line in Orbetello, as Gaviria was awarded the stage honours after Viviani’s initial win was relegated by race jury.

Tom said: “Today was stressful all day long, we were always fighting for position and we knew that whenever we hit a corner, we had to be in the right spot. The wind wasn’t coming from the right direction so splits didn’t happen in the end and there was a lot of stress for nothing. It’s good that we were sharp, avoided the crash in the final and got through the day successfully.” 

Team Sunweb coach Marc Reef detailed the day: “There was a lot of wind expected today and a big chance of echelons. We had planned a few moments to try and push it a little bit, but in the end there wasn’t enough wind. The bunch split after a crash and hectic final 10 kilometres but we managed to get Tom into the main bunch safely.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 GAVIRIA Fernando UAE-Team Emirates 5:23:19 100
2 DÉMARE Arnaud Groupama - FDJ ,, 40
3 ACKERMANN Pascal BORA - hansgrohe ,, 20
34 DUMOULIN Tom Team Sunweb ,, -
47 BAKELANTS Jan Team Sunweb ,, -
61 OOMEN Sam Team Sunweb ,, -
69 POWER Robert Team Sunweb ,, -
101 VERVAEKE Louis Team Sunweb 0:46 -
120 HAGA Chad Team Sunweb 1:52 -
144 HINDLEY Jai Team Sunweb 2:28 -
145 HAMILTON Chris Team Sunweb ,, -