Mitchelton-SCOTT to depart Israel in good position at Giro d’ItaliaSun 6 May 2018
Three successful days of racing in Israel for the Grand Depart of the Giro d’Italia came to a close today, with the race’s second sprint stage won once again by Elia Viviani (Quickstep Floors).
Mitchelton-SCOTT’s Simon Yates and Esteban Chaves finished safely in the bunch with Yates moving up to sixth overall, 21seconds behind Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) who retained the pink leader’s jersey as the race makes it's way to Italy.
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Just like yesterday, three riders formed the day’s breakaway and the peloton let them quickly out to an advantage of over seven-minutes.
Guillaume Boivin (Israel Cycling Academy), Marco Frapporti (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) and Enrico Barbin (Bardiani-CSF) were kept under control by BMC Racing in defence of their race lead, before Quickstep Floors and Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia also sent riders to contribute.
Flying through the desert
A tail wind helped moved the long 229km stage quickly, but the threat of crosswinds also made for a nervous bunch.
Despite getting within one-minute of the trio with over 50km to go, the peloton left them out in front until six kilometres to go, before eventually taking control ahead of a technical finish.
The speed of the bunch in the last 30km made it difficult to move up in the bunch and had riders expressing the impossibility of travelling any faster, even if they tried.
Saying goodbye to Israel
Today’s stage concludes the Giro d’Italia’s time in Israel, with the race travelling to Italy’s Sicily tomorrow before resuming racing on Tuesday.
Mitchelton-SCOTT leave the historic grand depart in a strong position with Yates and Chaves, who sits 47seconds behind, in good position.
“The start was pretty relaxed, it didn’t get as hot as it was supposed to and the wind wasn’t too bad because it was mostly a tail wind.
"So, the first 100-150km was pretty straight forward, but then we had one section with a bit of crosswind and that made the peloton pretty nervous for the last 70km.
“The last 30km took about 25minutes, 70kmph the whole way. The boys did an awesome job and we had good position. There was a little split at 40km to go but we got everyone into the front and from there it was about trying to do everything we could to stay there even though we literally couldn’t pedal any faster.
"We kept Simon and Esteban safe in the last five kilometres which was super technical, and it’s another day ticked off.
“Coming here to Israel was coming into the unknown. Looking at the stages on paper it shouldn’t have been a problem but there was always the risk of wind in the two road stages and with the dangerous, technical finishes it was important we stayed together, safe and in good position. It’s not always as easy as it sounds, but we were able to do that and we leave here with two guys in a good spot.”
Giro d’Italia – Stage 3 Results:
1. Elia Viviani (Quickstep Floors) 5:02:09
2. Sacha Modolo (EF Education First-Drapac) ST
3. Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) ST
15. Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST
Giro d’Italia – General Classification after Stage 3:
1. Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) 9:05:30
2. Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) +0:01
3. Jose Goncalves (Katusha-Alpecin) +0:13
6. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:21
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