Cavendish has the team and the legs at Lake Balaton

Brite celebrates its 16th Giro stage victory


Mark Cavendish (Quick Step – Alpha Vinyl) | Photo: Cor Vos

08.05.2022 | (rsn) – Mark Cavendish (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) took the first chance for the sprinters at the 105th Giro d’Italia and secured the 16th day victory in a Tour of Italy. In the final of the 3rd stage, which led over 201 kilometers from Kaposvar to Balatonfüred on Lake Balaton, the 36-year-old British Frenchman Arnaud Demare (Groupama – FDJ) and the Colombian Fernando Gaviria (UAE) relegated in a close sprint after his team’s perfect preparation Team Emirates) in second and third place.

Behind Eritrean Biniam Girmay (Intermarchè – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux) Jakub Mareczko (Alpecin – Fenix) was number five as the best Italian professional, Phil Bauhaus from Cologne (Bahrain Victorious) was number ten.

“We wanted to do well in the first sprint and we are very happy now. Half of our team is there for the mountains, the other half for the sprints. And we mix it up a bit,” Cavendish said in the goal interview. “Davide Ballerini drove the last ten kilometers from the front. Bert Van Leerberghe also delivered and got me and Michael Morkov in the final. He set me up perfectly for the sprint and I had the legs, “said Manxman, who celebrated his first Giro stage victory in nine years.

On the other hand, Demare narrowly missed his sixth day victory at this year’s first Grand Tour. “We were pretty fast in the final and everyone still had fast legs. My position was good, I sat on the back wheel of my opponent Jacopo Guarnieri. I wanted Cavendish’s back wheel, but then it got complicated and I could not do much. Maybe “I should have gone out of the slipstream later, but he was so incredibly strong. It’s the Giro and there are still many opportunities. The course worked well and we are very happy about it,” commented the 30-year-old about his second place at Balaton -the lake.

Van der Poel approaches in pink

There were no changes to the top of the standings on the third and final day of Grande Partenza in Hungary. Mathieu Van der Poel (Alpecin – Fenix), who as announced prepared the sprint for his teammate Mareczko, finished in 17th place and confidently defended his pink jersey. The Dutchman is still 11 seconds ahead of Briton Simon Yates (BikeExchange – Jayco) and 16 seconds ahead of his compatriot Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo – Visma) in the overall standings. Bora-hansgrohe captain Wilco Kelderman follows in fifth place, 24 seconds behind. “

“We did a good job. Unfortunately Jakob lost my back wheel, but overall we can be happy. He was a bit stuck, but we still have more chances. Mark was one of the favorites. Especially after the Tour last year, we know, that he can still win stages. I’m now looking forward to Italy, the three days in Hungary were sensational, “said the overall leader who will wear Maglia Rosa after tomorrow’s transfer on Tuesday in Sicily, where the Giro continues with a mountain stage to Etna.

Van der Poel also defended his lead in the points classification, but had to hand over his top position in the mountain classification to Rick Zabel (Israel – Premier Tech), who secured two points in the day’s only hill climb and now leads the classification ahead. by Pascal Eenkhoorn, who is a draw on points. Italian Matteo Sobrero (BikeExchange – Jayco) claimed the white jersey of best young pro, Jumbo – Visma remains the best team.

This is how the race went:

On the third day of the 105th Giro d’Italia, as at the start, the two Italians Mattia Bais and Filippo Tagliani (both drone jumpers – Androni Giocattoli) dared to make a hopeless escape. This time, however, they were accompanied by a countryman under spring-like conditions, because right after the start, Samuele Rivi (Eolo – Kometa) ran off with the drone jumper duo and left. As in the beginning of the first stage, the field also took it easy and gave the trio a lead of about five minutes after 30 kilometers.

Shortly before, the Giro had recorded the first withdrawal of this year’s edition with Jan Tratnik (Bahrain Victorious). The Slovenian had already fallen at the start and injured his wrist, forcing him to retire. In the field, van der Poels and Ewan’s teammates faced the pursuit, reducing the gap to about two minutes before the first intermediate sprint after about 70 kilometers.

Tagliani secured the standings with an early start ahead of Rivi and his teammate Bais. Gaviria won the battle for fourth place and the associated five points ahead of Demare. Thereafter, the field, which now also included Groupama and a Quick-Step driver, kept the distance between two and three minutes at a relatively leisurely pace for a long time.

Zabel sprints around the mountains towards Eenkhoorn

With 70 kilometers to go, Israel – Premier Tech deployed another helper for the pursuit, reducing the distance to less than two minutes. 17 kilometers later Tagliani also got the second intermediate sprint in another close duel, only 90 seconds later the closed field followed.

In approaching the day’s only climb, which was taken about 13 kilometers from goal, the pursuers quickly reduced their gap to less than 30 seconds before Rivi shook Tagliani off with a pace increase of the last 35 kilometers while Bais shrugged. off his was able to hold the rear wheel and countered even shortly after. All efforts were in vain, however, and 27 kilometers from the finish line, the two remaining breakaways were left in the field.

The field then rolled together for the mountain prize, which Eenkhorn secured before Zabel, which meant that the Dutchman traveled straight with his German opponent on points, but Zabel was listed as the new leader in the mountain classification. While Nizzolo’s approaches disappeared back into the field after the mountain classification, the Dutchman pulled through and built up a small lead on the subsequent descent before being caught on the shores of Lake Balaton six kilometers from goal.

Ineos Grenadiers led the field into the final four kilometers, then Alpecin – Fenix ​​and Quick-Step took over in the front. While van der Poel’s teammates consistently stayed on the left side of the road seen from above, Cavendish’s helpers accelerated on the opposite side, sending their Brits down the middle of the long and minimally upward trajectory on which Cavendish sprinted. from the front just short of Demare and Gaviria left. On the other hand, Mareczko could not complete the preparation with the pink jersey and had to settle for fifth place after Girmay.

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