The Manxman does it again
Mark Cavendish took the first Giro victory since 2013. Michael Mørkøv dropped him with just under 300 m to go. The 36-year-old then held off all his opponents. Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) finished second and Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) crossed the line as third. It was Cavendish’s 16th stage win at the race and the first since stage 21 in 2013.
“I think there are a few guys who are just as strong and fast, the strongest and fastest doesn’t necessarily mean the best,” Cavendish said after the stage. “I’ve never been that but I win. Caleb has the fastest legs, Fabio is the strongest but it doesn’t necessarily mean you win bike races. Sprinting is like chess on wheels, you work out how to be the strongest and fastest on the road.”
Meanwhile, not much has happened in the general classification. Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) retains his 11-second lead over Simon Yates (BikeExchange-Jayco) after safely finishing in the main peloton.
Giro d’Italia 2022 – Stage three results: Kaposvár to Balatonfüred (201km)
- Mark Cavendish (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) – 4:56:39
- Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ)
- Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates)
- Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) – 9:43:50
- Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange-Jayco) + 11 seconds
- Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma) + 16 seconds
- Matteo Sobrero (Team BikeExchange-Jayco) + 24 seconds
- Wilco Kelderman (Bora-Hansgrohe)
- Ben Tulett (Ineos Grenadiers)
- Tobias Foss (Jumbo-Visma) + 28 seconds
- Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)
- Pello Bilbao (Bahrain-Victorious) + 29 seconds
- Mauro Schmid (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl)
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