Despite crossing the line 2nd, Fernando Gaviria (UAE-Emirates) won stage 3 of the Giro d’Italia after Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quickstep) was relegated for deviating off his sprinting line. Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) was 2nd and Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) 3rd.
It was a nervy peloton that started stage 3 of the Giro d’Italia in Vinci as the blustering wind and had everyone on edge. As the race made it’s way South, the prevailing cross-wind did not cause any splits in the main group as some had suspected, and a mass sprint would decide the stage.
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka got behind Giacomo Nizzolo for the finale, with Ryan Gibbons and Mark Renshaw leading our Italian through the final 5km.
Gibbons did a strong pull in the headwind to bring Renshaw & Nizzolo into a good position just before a chicane at 500m. Out the other side and Nizzolo was poised to launch his sprint. Viviani took a gap that opened for him but deviated from his line in the end.
Nizzolo was 6th across the line but placed 5th after the judges ruling. A positive performance from a sprint team with a good opportunities still to come. A crash in the final 5km also saw a couple of GC riders lose out, our Ben O’Connor was ahead of the carnage and as a result, moved up another 7 places to now sit 24th overall.