uses cookies for statistics and targeting ads. This information is shared with third parties.

Every day we bring you more pro-cycling news

"It's a pity because I was closing the gap and close to rejoining, and I think I could have done the sprint today. It's a missed opportunity for me."

Photo: Etixx-QuickStep/Tim de Waele








11.05.2015 @ 21:09 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

A 136km Stage 3 of Giro d'Italia on Monday turned into a group arrival, but with 74 riders in the bunch after many were dropped in the undulating section of the parcours.


Rigoberto Uran finished 42nd in the front group for Etixx - Quick-Step, losing no time. Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEDGE) won the stage over Fabio Felline (Trek Factory Racing) and Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team).


The majority of the parcours was lumpy in profile, which left the possibility of breakaways to get away or GC riders to perhaps make some time differences on competitors. The peloton shed riders with each passing uphill section, particularly the final climb of the day: Category 2 Barbagelata (8.7km, 5.2% average gradient). The attackers of the day were in large groups in the up-and-down sections, such as 20 riders with 58.4km to go and the gap at 47 seconds.


However, near the top of the final categorized climb Pavel Kochetkov (Katusha) went solo as his fellow break mates were about to be caught. He gained as much as a 1 minute advantage on the peloton with his solo effort on a long descent after the climb. A group of 10 chasers formed behind him and they were just 18" back with 17.1km to go. Adam Hansen (Lotto Soudal) was one of those riders, and he attacked to try and bridge with 13.6km to go. Eventually Hansen, Kochetkov, Paterski, and Clarke came together ahead with about 10km remaining.


Those leaders were neutralized inside 5km to go, and with 3.2km to go Sky, Astana, BMC Racing Team, Orica-GreenEDGE and Tinkoff-Saxo went to the front and the stage came down to the riders left in the Maglia Rosa group. Matthews was able to win in the pink jersey.


Gianni Meersman crashed at the end of the long descent of the final climb. He has abrasions on his right shoulder as well as hip and knee, as well as pain in his chest from the impact of the ground. However, Meersman finished the stage. He was not the only rider to crash during the day however, as there was also a serious crash involving Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R - La Mondiale).


Etixx - Quick-Step looks next to 150km Stage 4, from Chiavari to La Spezia. This stage is medium mountain in profile, with three Category 3 climbs in the stage and an up-and-down nature for most of the race. However, the top of the last climb is at km 140.1, and the rest is descending or flat until the finish.


"Today was a really nervous stage," Uran said. "It was up-and-down, left-and-right the entire day. We were always in a lined out field. Tinkoff-Saxo set a good tempo the entire day. We had a good day as we stayed on the wheels and lost no time. To be honest I am happy that this stage is behind us. In a stage like this, anything can happen around any corner, like it did with the crash of Pozzovivo. I saw him crash in front of me. I hope that it is nothing serious, and I wish him all the best."


"I lost contact with the peloton in the last climb but I wasn't so far from the group, so I was chasing to come back," Meersman said. "I was almost there in the back of the peloton when suddenly in a corner on the right I got a puncture and I lost my front wheel. I was on the ground immediately, there was nothing to do. I had to wait a long time to get a wheel to come back and then at that point I waited for the gruppetto and rode into the finish with them. It's a pity because I was closing the gap and close to rejoining, and I think I could have done the sprint today. It's a missed opportunity for me."



Bycykling 101: Navigering i byens gader og cykelvenlige... 27.11.2023 @ 12:11The Best Danish Cyclist To Bet On At 2022 Tour De France 13.01.2022 @ 15:262022 Upcoming Tournament Overview 03.01.2022 @ 09:45Best Place to Find Stand-Up Paddleboards 16.06.2021 @ 08:16What are Primoz Roglic’s Chances to Win 2021 Tour de Fr... 17.03.2021 @ 08:37Amazing victory by young champion Sarah Gigante 04.02.2021 @ 14:21Three reasons why cycling is one of the best ways to ex... 28.09.2020 @ 12:03Why do businesses use meeting room managers? 14.09.2020 @ 13:42Five things that you can do, if you want to gain more f... 20.08.2020 @ 15:38One for the road 09.06.2020 @ 15:25List of CyclingQuotes previews 07.05.2020 @ 13:20Blue Energy: room for all interests 26.08.2019 @ 12:56Get your daily dose of exercise at home 08.07.2019 @ 10:443 good advice to be able to afford your favorite bike 25.02.2019 @ 12:32Cycle through gorgeous landscapes 22.10.2018 @ 21:41Balance Your Economy and Diet and Start Saving Money 08.10.2018 @ 11:18Stay Safe: 3 Helmets That Can Keep Your Head Protected... 20.07.2018 @ 07:59Planning to bet on Tour De France - Bet types and strat... 24.05.2018 @ 14:18Basics of cycling betting 25.10.2017 @ 13:10Bauer moves to ORICA-SCOTT 28.08.2017 @ 10:45End of the road for CyclingQuotes 08.01.2017 @ 16:00Rui Costa confirms Giro participation 07.01.2017 @ 12:55Van Avermaet: I am not afraid of Sagan 07.01.2017 @ 09:45Unchanged course for E3 Harelbeke 07.01.2017 @ 09:32Jenner takes surprise win at Australian U23 Championships 07.01.2017 @ 08:53No replacement for Meersman at Fortuneo-Vital Concept 06.01.2017 @ 19:14Barguil with two goals in 2017 06.01.2017 @ 19:06More details about French Vuelta start emerges 06.01.2017 @ 14:16Kristoff to start season at Etoile de Besseges 06.01.2017 @ 14:10Ion Izagirre announces schedule for first year at Bahrain 06.01.2017 @ 12:40JLT Condor optimistic for Herald Sun Tour 06.01.2017 @ 09:19Haas leads Dimension Data trio in fight for Australian... 06.01.2017 @ 09:15Sagan spearheads Bora-hansgrohe at Tour Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:12Henao and Thomas lead Sky Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:09Bauer crowned New Zealand TT champion 06.01.2017 @ 08:33Van der Poel ready to defend Dutch title 05.01.2017 @ 21:00Pantano ambitious for first Tour with Trek 05.01.2017 @ 20:41Landa with new approach to the Giro 05.01.2017 @ 20:36Sunweb Development Team sign Goos and Zepuntke 05.01.2017 @ 20:27Dumoulin confirms Giro participation 05.01.2017 @ 20:19Bauer targets victories in Quick-Step debut 05.01.2017 @ 20:16Gaviria and Boonen lead Quick-Step in San Juan 05.01.2017 @ 20:13Team Sunweb presented in Germany 05.01.2017 @ 20:09ASO take over major German WorldTour race 05.01.2017 @ 11:01Team Sunweb unveil new jersey 05.01.2017 @ 10:54Reactions from the Australian TT Championships 05.01.2017 @ 08:27Dennis defends Australian TT title 05.01.2017 @ 08:21Scotson takes back to back U23 TT titles in Australia 05.01.2017 @ 08:15Utrecht on track to host 2020 Vuelta 04.01.2017 @ 18:28Pre-season setback for Talansky 04.01.2017 @ 17:56Kristoff: It's not impossible for me to win in Rou... 04.01.2017 @ 17:49Boom close to first cyclo-cross win in LottoNL debut 04.01.2017 @ 17:40UAE Abu Dhabi make late signing of Arab rider 04.01.2017 @ 17:36UAE Abu Dhabi unveil new jersey 04.01.2017 @ 17:30BMC unveil race schedule 04.01.2017 @ 17:21

Currently no news in this list

Chun Kiat LIM
24 years | today
33 years | today
Wellynda DO SANTOS
29 years | today
30 years | today
Zhiwei ZHANG
28 years | today