Tirreno-Adriatico #3: Trevi climb offers first GC test

Primoz Roglic (Team Lotto NL – Jumbo) won stage 3 of Tirreno- Adriatico ahead of Adam Yates (Mitchelton – Scott) and Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal). Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) will wear the Maglia Azzurra heading into tomorrow’s stage.

Stage 3 of Tirreno Adriatio was the longest stage of the race, stretching for 239km. The Trevi climb, ascended twice in the final kms, offered the biggest challenge of the day. The last kilometer of the race contained a gradient as steep as 20%.

The break of the day made it away within the first km’s, containing Jacopo Mosca (Wilier-Selle Italia), Nicola Bagioli (Nippo-Vini Fantini), Sho Hatsuyama (Nippo-Vini Fantini), Dennis van Winden (Israel Cycling Academy) and Stepan Kurianov (Gazprom-Rusvelo). They had built up a lead of nine minutes, 40km into racing.

They were caught with 11km to go, as the peloton headed to the two final climbs of the day. For our African team, the goal of the day was to look after our GC contender, Louis Meintjes. The final climb was led by Sky with Meintjes battling manfully in front of a fervent crowd but struggling to challenge for a top-10 spot. Roglic won the stage, ahead of Yates and Benoot. Meintjes finished in 32nd place, 38 seconds behind the winner. He is currently 31st in the GC.

Louis Meintjes- Rider
“It was a super long stage, the breakaway went and also controlled most of the day. The guys really kept to the front, but unfortunately the legs weren’t all that good. We did still give it a go, but unfortunately no result. Tomorrow is another big day, another big opportunity, so hopefully it goes a bit better than today and I’m looking forward to it.”