Stage 3 of the Giro d’Italia 2022 as it unfolded – Mark Cavendish takes an impressive sprint victory
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Mark Cavendish wins Stage 3!
Nine years after his last victory at the Giro d’Italia, Mark Cavendish takes the number 16 of his career. He was moved by his team at exactly the right time. He started his sprint before everyone else and when the camera switched to front view, it looked like the line would never come. Never doubt the most experienced and successful sprinter in history. He took advantage of the slight incline superbly, made sure he didn’t get run over. Gaviria couldn’t get around him on his left, and although Demare came back towards the end, the Frenchman swerved. Magnificent victory for the Manxman.
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‘It’s number 16!’ – Mark Cavendish wins stage 3 of the Giro
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Red flame: becoming hectic
Quick Step AlphaVinyl drives them under the kite. Ballarini for Cavendish in the lead.
5km to go: Eenkhoorn is back in the peloton
While the leading gears take over at the front. Finally they drive along the lake at around 50km/h. Fast enough to deter any attack but no more than 85% of maximum. Ineos Grenadiers are doing a good job of keeping Richard Carapaz safe; Alpecin Fenix passes to Van der Poel.
8km to cover: 11 seconds for Eenkhoorn
With the peloton looming in the background, he’s not exactly training to stay out there, but neither team wants to be the one expending energy to draw him in.
12.5 km to go: Rik Zabel and Pascal Eenkhoorn fight for KOM points
On the only classified ascent of the day, the Tihany. After a big fight, it’s the Jumbo Visma pilot who leaves with the only point offered. They are now tied on points. If he stays ahead in the GC, Zabel will keep the jersey tonight. If Eenkhoorn stays away, though… (He won’t, he won’t.)
20km to cover: From Gendt From Gendting
With the fans still following them on the bike path, they still aren’t going very fast. According to the fastest timetable, the stage should have ended 15 minutes ago.
27.5km to go: Rivi and Bais were caught
That’s it. This is the update.
30km to cover: The peloton begins to organize itself
They haven’t started to spin, which tells you the hammer hasn’t started to fall yet, but the big teams really dominate the front as they roll down the really wide roads.
Five kilometers ago, Rivi again tried to break Bais, but the (slightly) older man managed to hang on. The duo is still thirty seconds ahead of the peloton. As inevitable as their demise was, they did a good job of making it this far into the scene and even gave us a bit of a run to watch. Which is nice of them.
40km to go: One minute difference
Although it fell to only twenty seconds just a few kilometers ago.
As the breakaway’s legs fade, rather than the peloton picking up the pace, the end has begun. Which of them will be the last to be caught? A Rivi attack cleared one of the Drone Hopper riders, Tagliani, as he goes for the most combative red number award.
It’s also apparently dried up on arrival, which is good news for everyone. We watched it on TV, and while it’s straight up, it does have some compression and pinch points that could cause stress.
50km to go: Tagliani takes the second intermediate sprint
Rivi pretty much stays with him but he can’t handle more than that. Maybe he should have waited a bit longer and stayed behind the wheel, as Tagliani was clearly tired.
No one in the peloton has an interest in arguing for points, preferring to keep their legs for the finish.
“It’s been a really boring day,” King Sean Kelly says.
60km to go: A man on a mountain bike follows the break
From the bike path next to the road, longer than expected. So I wasn’t exaggerating when I said they were going at a manageable pace.
Rui Costa, (UAE Team Emirates) while chatting with his compatriot and teammate João Almeida, flashes his bike computer towards the camera. Not many ideas to take away from today’s stage, that’s for sure.
70km to cover: 39.8km/h for the last half hour of the race
Which isn’t exactly slow and would be a decent average speed for your Sunday club run. On this type of terrain, however, many of you watching or reading this could probably hang on to a wheel that goes for this kind of shock. Second intermediate sprint to come in about 15km, a 1’23 gap.
80km to go: How lucky is Biniam Girmay?
You may have noticed that I didn’t mention him as one of the big favorites for this stage, despite his sprint strength this season. Although I think there will be a stage win for the Eritrean somewhere in the next few weeks, I just think this finish is too quick and too easy for him. Like Van der Poel, who I haven’t mentioned either, he needs something a little more challenging and technical. When he wins, however, it will be spectacular.
“I’m really happy” – Girmay delighted to participate in the first Grand Tour of the Giro d’Italia
90km to go: Three minutes early for the break
Still nothing to worry about for anyone. The race approaches the town of Héviz, which is next door and named after the largest biologically active thermal lake in the world. The peloton could probably stop for a spa treatment and still catch the breakers. They won’t, of course, but they could.
100km to go: for whom do we want today?
Many riders will be in contention for the cup during the first real sprint stage of this Giro d’Italia. Every racer and every team wants to have one on the board early because it takes a lot of the pressure off for the rest of the race. There aren’t many opportunities for fast men throughout the three weeks, which means they’re going to be especially hungry (pun intended) today.
Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) may be in a bit of pain after crashing in the final meters of Friday’s first stage, but the fact that he was where he was, when he was there, tells you what kind of form he brought in the race.
The other big names are Giacomo Nizzolo of Israel-Premier Tech, who finally broke through in this race after many years of trying, Arnaud Demare, Fernando Gaviria and this guy:
‘Lovely to see’ – Sprint rivals Caleb Ewan and Mark Cavendish chat ahead of Stage 3
110km to go: Do you have any problems today?
Well no, not really, but no race is ever completely without risk and danger. Getting to the finish in one piece is the priority for most of these men, especially for the main contenders. The straight roads they are on at the moment seem a bit greasy and we hear of showers on arrival in Balatonfüred. Although the last ten kilometers are quite technical, it’s pretty much straight out of the red flame. The last 800 meters are slightly downhill, which means that the finish will be very, very fast.
Mathieu van der Poel’s numbers just popped up on the screen and his heart rate is currently hovering around 120 bpm, about what most of us will hit on a walk through the shops.
121km to cover: In the woods
The trio’s gap is more or less as it was, around two minutes. They know as well as we do that today is going to be a bunch sprint and no one behind or anywhere wants to make them work too hard.
On Eurosport, Dan Lloyd has just explained how Rick Zabel of Israel Premier Tech came to wear the King of the Mountains jersey. Apparently he did a very gentle time trial until the climb, gave him plenty of beans and that was it. He is still only co-leader with Mathieu van der Poel but obviously MVDP is in pink, which takes precedence over the blue dots.
131.5km to cover: The ciclamino race
The three riders are warmly welcomed as they approach the line at Nagykanizsa. Tagliani is the one who has invested the most in points, starting early and bypassing Rivi. The rider from Eolo Kometa makes a half-hearted effort to continue but quickly realizes that he is beaten.
Behind in the peloton it is Bardiani who takes the initiative for Sacha Modolo. Caleb Ewan is not there so clearly not interested – we know he intends to leave the race early anyway.
Fernando Gaviria (UAE Emirates) is the first of the jersey hunters to push the pedals in anger and Arnaud Demare (Groupama FDJ) rolls him to the line but it is the Colombian who claims the 5th.
Biniam Girmay, wearing the shirt on behalf of leader Mathieu van der Poel, adds two to his tally. He is now 25 points behind the Dutchman.
135km to cover – Who owns Hungary?
Welcome to the coverage of the third stage of the Giro d’Italia 2022. It’s the last day in Hungary and we join the race just before the first intermediate sprint, with three riders on the road.
Mattia Bais (Drone Hopper – Androni Giocattoli)
Samuele Rivi (Eolo-Kometa)
They have 2 minutes 30 seconds on the peloton, which has Alpecin-Fenix in the lead.
Context of the third day
The Giro d’Italia remains in Hungary for a third and final day of Stage 3 as the sprinters shine as they battle for supremacy.
The mostly flat 201km stage from Kaposvar to Balatonfured is tailor-made for fast finishers with Mark Cavendish and Caleb Ewan among the favourites.
Mathieu van der Poel won stage 1 and retained the maglia rosa after stage 2 by finishing second in the individual time trial won by Simon Yates.
An exciting day ahead as the riders bid farewell to Hungary ahead of Monday’s rest day to travel to Italy for Tuesday’s first mountain stage in Sicily.
Summary of stage 2
Team BikeExchange Jayco’s Simon Yates rode the time trial of his career to win Stage 2 of the Giro d’Italia and moved into a strong position in the overall standings heading into Stage 3. Mathieu van der Poel narrowly missed the stage win, coming in second to retain the maglia rosa.
Before the stage, all talk had been about whether the Dutch rider from Alpecin-Fenix could claim back-to-back stage wins or whether his compatriot, Tom Dumoulin, would be able to beat him. The two were side by side in the final classification, but no one could have predicted the incredible form of the British rider, who continued his strong time trial at Paris-Nice earlier in the spring to prove that it was not no coincidence.
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Stage 3, Giro d’Italia 2022
Image credit: Eurosport
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