One thing we’ve got used to with the Giro Rosa roadbook is how there are “surprise” climbs, random extra 20 kilometres in a stage, “flat” that is anything but. So after a night-time prologue, and “easy” Stage 1, “for the sprinters” that was anything but, an “easy” Stage 2 that was made hard by the road surface, what would happen in Stage 3, billed as the first “hard” stage, one for the GC contenders, that would change everything in the rankings? My race report is on Podium Café, but here are the videos and some links I liked.
The little breakaway that could!
1. Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Rabo-Liv, 3:24:50
2. Elena Berlato (Ita) Alé-Cipollini, + 00:10
3. Mayuko Hagiwara (Ita) Wiggle Honda, + 00:16
4. Doris Schweizer (Swi) Astana-BePink, + 00:20
5. Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo-Liv, + 00:21
6. Claudia Häusler (Ger) Liv-Shimano, s.t.
7. Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Fra) Rabobank-Liv, s.t.
8. Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels-Dolmans, s.t.
9. Emma Johansson (Swe) ORICA-AIS, s.t.
10. Ashleigh Moolman (RSA) Hitec Products, s.t.
and big congratulations to Mayuko Hagiwara, her first UCI podium at the biggest stage race of the year – and she’s the first Japanese rider to get onto the Giro podium too! Here’s the Wiggle Honda video:
So what was it like out in the breakaway? I caught up with ORICA-AIS’ Vale Scandolara, who was there almost to the end, and her team-mate Amanda Spratt – read it here. And Tiffany Cromwell has a great blog on CyclingTips about gambling in the break.
Here’s Ash Moolman’s audio report of the stage – and Iris Slappendel’s latest WielerReview column on Annemiek (Dutch and translated). Chloe Hosking on small victories and putting on a show, on Cyclingnews; Marijn de Vries on leaving Naples behind & losing wheels (Dutch or UPDATED! in English!), & Peta Mullens on team-mate success.
Remember, if you want to follow the Giro live, watch the tv stream and see what riders are saying, you can find out how in my guide.