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.
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.