Ineos Grenadiers placed four runners in the top 20 yesterday. Leader Richard Carapaz was disappointing on the climb but the big highlight was neo-pro Ben Tulett who took fifth on the stage. Here is the reaction from the British team camp.
125 km to cover
The gap is 2h10. We have 75 km until our next intermediate sprint, then 40 km until our first and only climb, which is not a climb at all, then 13 km until the finish line.
Nizzolo, Girmay and Modolo up there, with Cavendish further back.
Gaviria punches in and Demare comes in as they reach the line.
This is a first clue about the sprinters who go all the way in this Giro. Ewan will certainly leave early and therefore has nothing to do here.
Girmay gets a lead and so does Demare.
Here is the peloton and Bardiani is leading it. Shouldn’t they be on the break? They have Modolo here as a sprinter.
That’s 12 points for the ciclamino classification, plus 10 for the separate intermediate sprint classification.
Tagliani takes it duly, after an exit from Bais. Rivi tries to follow but is well beaten.
Here is the sprint. Drone Hopper has two in this break, so be the favorites.
We have an intermediate sprint coming up in a few kilometers – the first of two on the course today. This one will carry points for the points classification, and the breakaway will fight for the first three portions before the sprinters in the peloton decide whether or not to compete for the remainders.
Caleb Ewan and his Lotto Soudal teammates are grouped behind the Alpecin riders but they are leaving Van der Poel’s men to deal with it for now.
146km to cover
The gap now oscillates around 2:30.
New to the site, and proving very popular, is the story of how Rick Zabel ended up with the blue jersey today. He was fastest on the 1.3km climb at the end of yesterday’s time trial, going faster than Simon Yates and everyone else. It was all part of a “crazy plan”… The whole story here.
The gap drops below three minutes as Alpecin continues to take charge.
161.5 km to cover
39.5 km covered in the first hour of the race.
And now it stabilizes but not before the pace reaches 60km/h and the gap drops to 3:45. It seems there is a puff of wind there.
The rhythm picks up here. Alpecin had his whole team in the lead and the gap fell to 4:15.
Retire (the first of this Giro)
Jan Tratnik (Bahrain Victorious) takes off. He crashed on opening day and struggled through yesterday’s time trial. He started today but can’t continue.
The gap is actually closing. 4:45 now.
The peloton stretches out and the speed picks up a bit. It’s still not fast, far from it, but Alpecin called for the end of the lull and the gap stabilized around 5:30. That’s all the breakaway trio will be allowed today.
175km to cover
And now Alpecin-Fenix comes to the fore, and it looks more like an organized pursuit.
180 km to cover
5:30 is the gap now as Lotto Soudal puts a few runners up front, but what they do can’t really be called a chase.
The gap increases to three minutes after 10 km of racing.
Still to be continued…
The trio know they’re out and aren’t rushing to extend their advantage. It could be a long, sleepy day of racing.
The three escapees are:
Mattia Bais (Drone Hopper-Androni)
Filippo Tagliani (Drone Hopper-Androni)
Samuele Rivi (Eolo-Kometa)
Breakaway already formed
There is absolutely no battle for escape today. Three horsemen walk away and no one else bothers. The peloton is already pedaling slowly.
The runners arrive at the end of the neutral zone and the flag is waved.
My colleague Barry Ryan weaves in Hungarian poetry, rider reactions and shrewd race reading into our first piece of GC analysis from this Giro.
Early pace imposed by Simon Yates but the Giro d’Italia remains a marathon
Before we begin, now is the time to catch up on yesterday’s action. Full report, results and photos of stage 2 in the link below.
Giro d’Italia: Simon Yates edges Van der Poel to win stage 2 time trial
There’s Girmay, wearing the maglia ciclamino (which looks a little light in the shadows and dangerously close to the maglia rosa in this photo). The points leader is Van der Poel but he’s in pink so Girmay is wearing this one on loan.
Cavendish will face tough competition from Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) today. The Aussie crashed in the opening stage finale but showed his form by being up there at the end of the climb. Race leader Mathieu van der Poel could legitimately contest but insists he works for Alpecin-Fenix sprinter Jakub Mareczko, while Biniam Girmay (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert) should be in contention after being preceded by Van der Poel during this first day.
Other quick finishers include Giacomo Nizzolo (Israel-Premier Tech) and Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ), Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates), Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain Victorious) and Alberto Dainese (DSM).
Mark Cavendish there on the podium. This is his first Giro in nine years. He already has 15 stage wins to his name here – can he add more today?
Hi Mark ! 😄 🙌#Giro pic.twitter.com/Cd4NPUanIgMay 8, 2022
The runners set off under gray skies in Kaposvar. Deployment is approaching at 12:25 local time and we have a long neutral zone today, so the actual race will start at 12:40.
Hello and welcome to Cyclingnews’ live coverage of the Giro d’Italia 2022. Stage 3 today and the last day on Hungarian soil before the race is transferred to Italy on Monday. It’s a long stage of 201 km, but it’s mostly flat and should end in a bunch sprint along the shores of Lake Balaton.