Race report

Sprinters have their day on a long Stage 3 of Tirreno-Adriatico

Tirreno-Adriatico

Stage 3 of Tirreno-Adriatico looked like a day for the sprinters from the outset, and despite a long chase and a hectic finish the fast men had their day with Tom Dumoulin and the rest of the team finishing safely within the peloton.

Early in the lengthy 226km stage, where most of the day’s difficulties lay, six riders pulled clear building a lead of up to seven minutes. It was a fairly steady start behind with the chase only picking up in the second half of the stage, eventually being ramped up in the final 20 kilometres before the junction was eventually made inside the final five kilometres. From here in the sprinters teams hogged the front through the twisty, technical final bends. Nikias Arndt attempted to go for the sprint but found himself too far back to give it his best, eventually finishing 31st.

After the stage, Team Sunweb coach Luke Roberts recapped the day, saying: “It was a really long day out there today with some difficult terrain early on where the bunch let a small group go away. This made for quite a fast and hectic final on the clear run in with lots of teams fighting to be at the front. As we entered the final corners the sprinters went ahead and did their thing. Nikias gave the sprint a go but didn’t quite have the positioning he needed to go for a result. We tried to keep Tom safe and that worked out fine without any loses. We can be satisfied with that. ”

Tom added: “The shape is good. Tomorrow and the day after are going to be hard stages and I think there will be gaps. They’re not completely suited to me, but I do like short punchy climbs so we will see.”

Tomorrow’s fourth stage is another long day in the saddle at 221 kilometres, tackling four classified climbs, two of which fall in the final 20 kilometres. Tom sits fifth on GC ahead of teammates Sam Oomen and Søren Kragh Andersen in sixth and seventh respectively, all 22 seconds off the race lead.