Tirreno-Adriatico
Stage 3: Cascina - Arezzo - Stage Details

Simon Clarke sprinted to third in the uphill finale at Tirreno Adriatico today. Daryl Impey was two spots further back in fifth place. The ORICA-GreenEDGE pair were part of an eight rider group that gained a small separation over the remaining reduced bunch on the final dash to the line.

Loudly touted as the favourite ahead of stage three, Peter Sagan (Cannondale) did not disappoint. He stormed to victory in Arezzo ahead of Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quick-Step). Runner-up on the stage, Kwiatkowski assumed the race lead from his teammate Mark Cavendish. Clarke jumped up to third overall at 13” while Impey slots into fifth overall at 17”.

Ivan Santaromita tumbled down the overall classification following an untimely mechanical with five kilometres to go. Although the team worked quickly to change his wheel and pace his back to the bunch, he lost 49" on the stage and now sits in 48th overall at 1'06. 

“We knew the final suited both Simon and Daryl. They’re both riding very well at the moment. We also knew Sagan was the one to beat. We decided to save Simon for the sprint, and let Daryl loose a bit earlier. The idea was that if Daryl could accelerate in the last 500-600 metres, that’s where he would need to make his move.” - Sport Director Matt White

“Five kilometres from the finish, Ivan hit a hole. The impact jammed his wheel against the front. There was nothing he could do. He just stopped. Jens Mouris and Heppy [Michael Hepburn] waited for him. They got Ivan back on the bunch just as the climb started. He had to make his way through the bunch as guys were getting dropped on the climb. He lost nearly a minute and ruined his general classification chances. It was a big disappointment considering his goals.” - Sport Director Matt White

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Peter Sagan (Svk) - Cannondale 5:10:17
2 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) - Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team ST
3 Simon Clarke (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
4 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) - BMC Racing Team ST
5 Daryl Impey (RSA) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
6 Daniele Bennati (Ita) - Tinkoff-Saxo ST
7 André Greipel (Ger) - Lotto Belisol ST
8 Simon Geschke (Ger) - Team Giant-Shimano ST
9 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) - AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:04
10 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) - AG2R La Mondiale ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
3 Simon Clarke (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
5 Daryl Impey (RSA) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
39 Luke Durbridge (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:14
68 Cameron Meyer (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
103 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:49
134 Svein Tuft (Can) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
144 Michael Hepburn (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:02:14
158 Jens Mouris (Ned) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:03:09