Giro d’Italia stage 3: Who was more surprised today – The peloton or the stage winner himself, Taco van der Hoorn? BORA-hansgrohe chased all day for a Peter Sagan win, but it was Van der Hoorn who dropped the break and solo’d to the finish in Canale for a big win for the Dutchman and his Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux team.
Unbelievable – Taco van der Hoorn stage 3 winner
Taco van der Hoorn surprisingly won the third stage of the Giro d’Italia. After a stage of 190 kilometres from Biella to Canale, the Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Dutchman was the best from the early break. He was part of a leading group of eight, after which he finished the last 9 kilometres solo. Davide Cimolai sprinted to second place, just ahead of Peter Sagan, 4 seconds behind Van der Hoorn. Filippo Ganna held the overall lead.
Not many out to see the start
Giro stage 3 route: This is a half-flat, half-wavy stage. The roads are flat, wide and straight all the way to Asti. Starting in Canelli, the route becomes wavier and takes in three categorised climbs, with sharp gradients at point. Past Alba, there is a steep climb with double-digit gradients in Guarene. The stage finalé is fairly complex. The route takes in a short, punchy climb up to Occhetti, with 5 km to go, and then levels out until Canale. Four wide bends in the final kilometre lead all the way to the home straight, on tarmac and on a slight incline.
A wet start to stage 3
Taco van der Hoorn (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert) was the instigator of the breakaway of the day. The Dutchman initially had six riders with him, including fellow countryman Lars van den Berg (Groupama-FDJ). KOM Vincenzo Albanese, Samuele Rivi (eolo-Kometa), Alexis Gougeard (AG2R Citroën), Simon Pellaud (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) and Samuele Zoccarato (Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè) joined them. Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec also had Andrii Ponomar in the escape. The eight men took a maximum lead of more than 6 minutes.
The break of the day had Vincenzo Albanese (Eolo-Kometa) the KOM
Lars van den Berg was the best placed rider in the leading group, the Giro debutant was the virtual wearer of the pink jersey for a time. In the peloton, BORA-hansgrohe and Alpecin-Fenix worked to bring down the lead. On the first climb of the day to Piancanelli, where Albanese extended his KOM lead by beating Van den Berg and Pellaud, the lead was now only 3 minutes. In the peloton, Caleb Ewan was in trouble due to the pace of BORA-hansgrohe.
The peloton were not on a easy day
Albanese took more KOM points
On the technical descent of Piancanelli there was a crash in the peloton. Some sprinters were dropped on the Castino climb, including Ewan, Dylan Groenewegen, Tim Merlier and David Dekker. On the fourth category climb, most mountain points went to Albanian after a battle with Van den Berg. The peloton was now within 2 minutes, 40 kilometres from the finish.
Ganna looking good in pink
On the Manera climb, Giacomo Nizzolo was also dropped by the peloton, unlike Fernando Gaviria. The Colombian was on Sagan’s wheel and weathered the climb well. In the leading group, the mountain points on Manera went to Pellaud, ahead of Zoccarato and Albanese. Together with Van den Berg and Van der Hoorn, they were the only remaining escapees who held out going in to the last 20 kilometres.
Early days for the wine
The main hurdle in the finalé was not categorised. In Guarene, the last intermediate sprint of the day was on a hill of 2.6km at around 7%. Of the five leaders, who had a 1 minute lead, Pellaud and Van der Hoorn were the strongest. They crossed the summit together and took the bonus seconds. Just before the top Tony Gallopin and Giulio Ciccone attacked. The two rode away from the peloton for 10 seconds, but couldn’t catch Pellaud and Van der Hoorn.
BORA-hansgrohe were working hard all day at the front of the peloton
Ten kilometres before the finish line, the two escapees were 25 seconds ahead of Gallopin and Ciccone, and 37 seconds ahead of the thinned-out peloton with sprinters like Sagan, Gaviria and Elia Viviani still there. At the front, Van der Hoorn dropped Pellaud at 8.8 kilometres from the finish. The Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert rider gained further time on the pursuers and the peloton.
With less than 9K to go – Van der Hoorn went solo
Could Van der Hoorn hold off the peloton?
Van der Hoorn extended his lead to 1 minute on the peloton, where Cofidis put men on the front for Viviani. Van der Hoorn still had to survive a small climb at 5 kilometres. Behind; Ciccone and Gallopin tried to cross. They came to within 20 seconds but the peloton, which had gained momentum, caught them more than two kilometres from the finish, while Van der Hoorn was still ahead.
Ciccone and Gallopin tried to catch the flying Dutchman… but failed
In a very exciting finalé, the UAE Team Emirates was leading the way. With an 18 second lead, Van der Hoorn, who did not have a WorldTour contract until December, entered the last kilometre and held off the peloton. Four seconds after him, the sprint in the peloton was won by Davide Cimolai, ahead of Sagan, Viviani and Patrick Bevin. Gianni Vermeersch finished sixth. Van der Hoorn’s victory is also the first season victory for Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert, the team that only offered him a contract in December when Van der Hoorn had just signed with the small BEAT Cycling team after not being contracted by Jumbo-Visma for 2021.
Big win for Van der Hoorn
A very happy team
Stage winner, Taco van der Hoorn (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux): “I can’t believe it. I just wanted to be aggressive for the whole Giro. I knew it would be very difficult to win a stage. I took my chance but I didn’t believe we’d make it with a one minute lead going into the finale. But Simon Pellaud rode very hard up the hill. He was tired then and I dropped him and I heard on the radio that I had a lead of 40 seconds. I looked back at 1km to go and I started believing I could win. It’s unbelievable.”
Maglia Rosa, Filippo Ganna (INEOS Grenadiers): “We have seen a lot of sprinters being dropped in the climbs, there were not a lot of riders in the main group at the end, up the hill, I saw that Remco had fantastic legs. It will be hard for me to defend the Maglia Rosa tomorrow.”
Giro d’Italia Stage 3 Result:
1. Taco van der Hoorn (Ned) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux in 4:21:29
2. Davide Cimolai (Ita) Israel Start-up Nation at 0:04
3. Peter Sagan (Svk) BORA-hansgrohe
4. Elia Viviani (Ita) Cofidis
5. Patrick Bevin (NZ) Israel Start-up Nation
6. Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
7. Fernando Gaviria Rendon (Col) UAE Team Emirates
8. Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Education-Nippo
9. Stefano Oldani (Ita) Lotto Soudal
10. Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
11. Andrea Vendrame (Ita) AG2R Citroën
12. Quinten Hermans (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
13. Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
14. Gianni Moscon (Ita) INEOS Grenadiers
15. Koen Bouwman (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
16. Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizané
17. Fabio Felline (Ita) Astana-Premier Tech
18. Natnael Tesfazion (Eri) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
19. Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar
20. Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) eolo-Kometa
21. Nikias Arndt (Ger) DSM
22. Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
23. Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
24. Matteo Sobrero (Ita) Astana-Premier Tech
25. Larry Warbasse (USA) AG2R Citroën.
Giro d’Italia Overall After Stage 3:
1. Filippo Ganna (Ita) INEOS Grenadiers in 8:51:26
2. Tobias Foss (Nor) Jumbo-Visma at 0:16
3. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:20
4. João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
5. Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:21
6. Gianni Moscon (Ita) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:26
7. Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana-Premier Tech at 0:27
8. Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Education-Nippo at 0:29
9. Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:30
10. Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 0:32
11. Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar
12. Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Israel Start-up Nation at 0:33
13. Fabio Felline (Ita) Astana-Premier Tech at 0:34
14. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Qhubeka Assos
15. Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
16. Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Qhubeka Assos at 0:35
17. Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain Victorious
18. Mikkel Honoré (Den) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:36
19. Davide Formolo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
20. Matteo Sobrero (Ita) Astana-Premier Tech
21. Pavel Sivakov (Rus) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:37
22. Daniel Martinez Poveda (Col) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:39
23. Matteo Jorgenson (USA) Movistar
24. Peter Sagan (Svk) BORA-hansgrohe at 0:40
25. Hugh Carthy (GB) EF Education-Nippo at 0:41.