Cavendish has the team and the legs at Lake Balaton

Brite celebrates her 16th stage win at the Giro


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 in the 105th Giro d’Italia and took victory on day 16 of a Giro d’Italia. In the final of the 3rd stage, which led over 201 kilometers from Kaposvar to Balatonfüred on Lake Balaton, the 36-year-old Briton relegated Frenchman Arnaud Demare (Groupama – FDJ) and Colombian Fernando Gaviria (UAE) in a sprint tight. after the perfect preparation of his team Team Emirates) in second and third places.

Behind the Eritrean Biniam Girmay (Intermarchè – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux), Jakub Mareczko (Alpecin – Fenix) came fifth while the best Italian professional, Phil Bauhaus from Cologne (Bahrain Victorious) finished tenth.

“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 that up a bit,” Cavendish said in the focused interview. “Davide Ballerini drove the last ten kilometers in the lead. Bert Van Leerberghe also delivered and got me into the final with Michael Morkov. prepared perfectly for the sprint and I had the legs,” said the Manxman, who celebrated his first Giro stage win in nine years.

On the other hand, Demare just missed his sixth day in the first Grand Tour of the year. “We were quite fast in the final and everyone still had fast legs. My position was good, I was on the back wheel of my opponent Jacopo Guarnieri. I wanted to have Cavendish’s rear wheel, but it got complicated and I couldn’t do much. Maybe I should have gotten out of the slipstream later, but he was so incredibly strong. It’s the Giro and there are still plenty of opportunities. The start went very well and we are very happy with it,” the 30-year-old commented on his second place finish at Lake Balaton.

Van der Poel approaches in pink

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

“We did a good job. Unfortunately Jakob lost my rear wheel, but overall we can be satisfied. He was a little stuck but we still have more chances. Mark was one of the favorites. Especially after the Tour last year, we know he can still win stages. I am now looking forward to Italy, the three days in Hungary have been sensational,” said the general classification leader, who will wear the Maglia Rosa after tomorrow Tuesday’s transfer to Sicily, where the Giro will continue with a stage mountain up to Etna.

Van der Poel also defended his lead in the points classification but had to give up his first place in the mountain classification to Rick Zabel (Israel – Premier Tech), who obtained two points in the only hill climb of the day and leads now the ranking in front. of Pascal Eenkhoorn who is tied on points. Italian Matteo Sobrero (BikeExchange – Jayco) won the white jersey for best young pro, Jumbo – Visma remains the best team.

Here’s 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 drones – Androni Giocattoli) dared a hopeless breakaway. But this time they were accompanied by a compatriot in spring conditions, because just after the start, Samuele Rivi (Eolo – Kometa) fled with the drone hopper duo and took off again. As at the start of the first stage, the peloton also let go and gave the trio a lead of around five minutes after 30 kilometers.

Shortly before that, the Giro had recorded the first abandonment of this year’s edition with Jan Tratnik (Bahrain Victorious). The Slovenian had already fallen at the start and injured his wrist, which forced him to retire. On the field, the teammates of van der Poel and Ewan took charge of the pursuit and closed the gap to around two minutes before the first intermediate sprint after around 70 kilometers.

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

Zabel sprints around the mountain points against Eenkhoorn

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

Approaching the only climb of the day, taken around 13 kilometers from the finish, the pursuers quickly reduced their gap to less than 30 seconds before Rivi got rid of Tagliani with an acceleration in the last 35 kilometers , while Bais shrugged. his was able to hold the rear wheel and even countered soon after. All efforts were in vain, however, and with 27 kilometers to go the two remaining breakaways were back in the peloton.

The peloton then reunited for the mountain prize, which Eenkhorn got before Zabel, meaning the Dutchman leveled his German opponent on points, but Zabel was listed as the new mountain leader. . As Nizzolo’s approacher disappeared into the peloton after the mountain classification, the Dutchman pulled through and took a small lead on the next descent before being caught on the edge of Lake Balaton six kilometers from the finish .

Ineos Grenadiers led the peloton in the last four kilometers, then Alpecin – Fenix ​​and Quick-Step took over in the lead. While van der Poel’s teammates constantly stayed on the left side of the road when viewed from above, Cavendish’s helpers accelerated on the opposite side and launched their Briton into the middle of the long, minimally uphill straight, on which Cavendish took sprinted. forward just before Demare and Gaviria left behind. On the other hand, Mareczko could not complete the preliminary work of the pink jersey and had to settle for fifth place behind Girmay.

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