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Giro d'Italia 2013 - Stage 3 Report and Results
 
By Mark Sharon
Date: 5/6/2013
Giro d'Italia 2013 - Stage 3 Report and Results
 
Giro 2013


Giro d'Italia 2013 - Stage 3, Sorrento to Marina di Ascea, 220km: Italian Luca Paolini seizes the Maglia Rosa with solo win.

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Luca Paolini (Katusha) took advantage of a hectic final climb on Sella di Catona to break free on the descent and solo to a win 16 seconds ahead of a small chasing group. In second spot behind the 36 year old Italian was Cadel Evans (BMC) and Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp). With time bonuses to add to his advantage on the line Paolini took over the race lead.

Luca Paolini

While overnight Maglia Rosa Salvatore Puccio had been distanced on the climb and descent which had featured several crashes and lost the lead Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) was in the front group and kept his second place overall with teammate Rigoberto Uran in third.

Paolini, riding his first Giro, dedicated his Maglia Rosa to his father, in hospital undergoing a minor operation, "It's incredible to win like that and take the pink jersey as well," he said. "My father was in hospital today for a minor operation and so this pink jersey is for him. I suffered to stay on during the climb and tried to ride at my pace. I knew there was a little climb near the finish and know I can descend pretty well. I went for it. I rode as if it was a Classic. We had a good TTT and so I knew I could take pink if I won. I did it." 

Hesjedal's pressure on the last climb caused the peloton to fragment with the favourites forced to take risks on the decent. The favourites, among them Wiggins and Vicenco Nibali were forced to go full gas to minimise the threat of a surprise gian from a rival. A crash which also involved two Blanco riders took out Michele Scarponi and left him with a wrecked bike and a minute's delay. The Blanco rider skiided and was t-boned by his teammate while Scarpon did a two wheel slide before hitting the deck.

Stage 1 © Gazetta dello Sport

The day started with the peloton riding out of Sorrento along the beautiful Amalfi coast. Normally the road would be made treacherous with cars, trucks and buses contesting for space on the twisting road cut into the precipitous rock face with sheer drops to the sea. Today though the riders could relax and enjoy the views. The peloton weren't that concerned when seven riders made an early escape while hte race was stil in Sorrento. Sorrento before diving down the Amalfi coast. In the break were Bert De Backer (Team Argos-Shimano), Manuele Boaro (Team Saxo-Tinkoff), Jarlinson Pantano (Colombia), Dirk Bellemakers (Lotto Belisol), Jackson Rodriguez (Androni Giocattoli), Fabio Taborre (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia) and Willem Wauters (Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team). At its best the break pulled out a six minute lead.

While the break motored on, mopping up mountain climbing points and sprints Team Sky with help from Omega Pharma Quickstep organised the chase. Amongst those kicked out the back were Mark Cavendish and Nacer Bouhanni.

With 28km to go the break is over perhaps a little prematurely after Taborre attacked and disrupted the break's rhythm. Hesjedal doesn't leave it long before launching his attack causing a degree of panic amongst the main protagonists. His bid ofr freedom doesn't go for long once he relaises he lacks teammates but the stage has been set for a frenetic last 20km. Nibali is a cnetre of attnetion as the pleootn reaches the summjt as he is capable of destroying the oppoustin with his descending prowess, and it is while the favourites are eyeing each other or near crashing than Paolini attacks to steal the show.


Stage Results - Top 30

1 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha 5:43:50
2 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:16
3 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp  
4 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
5 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
6 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha  
7 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge  
8 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling  
9 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team  
10 Robert Gesink (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team  
11 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) RadioShack Leopard  
12 Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp  
13 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
14 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling  
15 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
16 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha  
17 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
18 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling 0:00:36
19 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox 0:00:49
20 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 0:00:50
21 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
22 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
23 Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
24 Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
25 Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
26 Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
27 Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La Mondiale  
28 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
29 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
30 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team  

General Classification

1 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha 9:04:32
2 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:00:17
3 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling  
4 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:26
5 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:31
6 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
7 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp 0:00:34
8 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha 0:00:36
9 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha  
10 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling 0:00:37
11 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 0:00:39
12 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:42
13 Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp  
14 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge 0:00:45
15 Robert Gesink (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team  
16 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:00:54
17 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 0:01:00
18 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) RadioShack Leopard  
19 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:01:05
20 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:01:18
21 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:01:19
22 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:01:23
23 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida  
24 Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:01:25
25 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:01:28
26 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:01:34
27 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:01:37
28 Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:01:39
29 Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:41
30 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  




Race Route for 2013

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Giro 2013 Route © Gazetta dello Sport

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