No surprises on stage three of the Giro d’italia U23

Sun 10 Jun 2018

With the big mountains tests coming up over the next week of racing todays stage three of the Giro d’Itlalia U23 was only ever one way – with a bunch sprint. Briton Jacob Hennessy finished in the top 15 for Mitchelton-BikeExchange as the Chinese outfit look ahead to the mountains.

A pan flat and pedestrian third stage unfolded behind a lone breakaway rider, Edoardo Affini (SEG-Racing-Academy) who went clear early on and gained a maximum of seven minutes on the slow-moving peloton.

Lotto-Soudal U23 controlled the chase as the kilometres ticked down and finally caught Affini inside the closing 20kilometres as the peloton speeded up in preparation for the inevitable bunch sprint finale.

Jasper Philipsen (Hagens-Berman-Axeon) took the stage win with Hennessy stretching his legs and finishing 11th with Rob Stannard and Sam Jenner crossing the line safely to maintain their positons overall.

Sport director James Victor:

“We ticked another box today and the boys did a good job of stickling to the plan which was to stay safe and have everyone come through in good shape going into tomorrow’s first real mountains test.”

“It was an ideal stage really, not much stress and as easy as we could have hoped for allowing everyone to conserve their energy and let the sprinters teams take up the tempo.

“Tomorrow will be a tough stage with the Passo Tre Termini coming before the long climb up to the finish on the Passo Maniva and that starts a run of hard stages that will see the GC contenders coming to life.”

Giro d’Italia U23 stage three results:

1. Jasper Philipsen (Hagens-Berman-Axeon) 03:45:10

2. Giovanni Lonardi (Zalf-Euromobil) ST

3. Matteo Moschetti (Polartec-Kometa) ST

11. Jacob Hennessy (Mitchelton-BikeExchange) ST

General classification after stage three:

1. Markus Wildauer (Tyrol-Cycling-Team) 06:45:48

2. Jasper Philipsen (Hagens-Berman-Axeon) +0:31

3. Matteo Moschetti (Polartec-Kometa) +0:48

7. Rob Stannard (Mitchelton-BikeExchange) +0:52

Photos courtesy of the Giro d'Italia U23.