Giro D’Italia – Stage 3

Wouter Weylandt has won the third stage sprint of the Giro D’Italia heading into Middleberg today. In one of the more bizarre flat stages I have seen in years in the Giro D’Italia, crashes, winds and splits made the action nearly too rapid to keep track of.

Let’s cut to the chase. The sprint was won by Weylandt which seemed to be primed for Greipel with little competition involved. Petacchi was in a third group, who knows where Farrar was, and McEwen and Modolo looked spent, but Greipel was dropped by his own teammate in the final 100m as well.

Watch the last km here: Sporza.be

Stage 3 results
1 Wouter Weylandt (Quick Step)______5:00:06
2 Graeme Brown (Rabobank)
3 Robert Forster (Team Milram)

For updates on big GC changes and oh no! Vandevelde

Christian Vandevelde was involved in a crash with Bruseghin, which cost CVV the race with another broken collarbone and Bruseghin a 7 or so minute deficit. Caisse D’Epargne, pack your bags and go for stage wins, podium hopes are over. In fact, the same can be said for Garmin and that might carry over to the Tour as well. How bad can you feel for a guy like Vandevelde?

Lastly, splits. Alexander Vinokourov is in the Maglia Rosa after a split in the lead group – which had previously split from two other groups – which put Evans and at least Sastre behind by about 34 seconds. I’m not sure if Evans ever stopped being on the front chasing down Vinokourov, Basso and Gerdemann. With about 10km remaining, Bradley Wiggins, who I believed was at the Giro for conditioning, had that hand dealt to him as he was involved in a different crash with 3 or 4 of his teammates and Wiggins finished some 4 minutes back. So, with Vandevelde out, Wiggins and Bruseghin too far behind to come back, and I believe Cunego and Simoni finishing in the fourth group (approximately 2 mins behind) the GC ambitions are over for 5 of the ‘lesser’ favorites after only 3 days.

more to come…

Stage 3 results
1 Wouter Weylandt (Quick Step)______5:00:06
2 Graeme Brown (Rabobank)
3 Robert Forster (Team Milram)
4 Danilo Hondo (Lampre) .
5 Adam Blythe (Omega Pharma-Lotto)
6 André Greipel (Team HTC-Columbia)
7 Linus Gerdemann (Team Milram)
8 Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas)

General classification after Stage 3
1 Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana)_______10:07:18
2. Richie Porte (Team Saxo Bank)_______s.t.
3. David Millar (Garmin-Transitions)_______+0:01
4. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas)_____________+0:05
5. Marcel Sieberg (Team HTC-Columbia)___+0:07
6. André Greipel (Team HTC-Columbia)____+0:10
7. Matthews Goss (Team HTC-Columbia)___s.t.
8. Linus Gerdemann (Team Milram)________+0:12
9. Stefano Garzelli (Aqua Sapone)_________+0:15
10. Pieter Weening (Rabobank)___________+0:16
11. Michele Scarpoini (ASA)_____________+0:16
12. Vladimir Karpets (Katusha)___________+0:17

14. Ivan Basso (Liquigas)_________________+0:18

24. Cadel Evans (BMC)___________________+0:43

43. Carlos Sastre (Cervelo)______________+1:40

50. Damiano Cunego (Lampre)___________+2:07

55. Bradley Wiggins (Sky)________________+4:28

135. Gilberto Simoni (Lampre)____________+9:24

152. Marzio Bruseghin (Caisse D’Epargne)_+9:41

DNF. Christian Vandevelde

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