Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert Materiaux rider Taco Van Der Hoorn of Netherlands celebrates winning stage 3 on May 10 2021. Picture: REUTERS/JENNIFER LORENZINI
Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert Materiaux rider Taco Van Der Hoorn of Netherlands celebrates winning stage 3 on May 10 2021. Picture: REUTERS/JENNIFER LORENZINI

Canale — Dutch rider Taco van der Hoorn claimed a surprise breakaway win on stage three of the Giro d’Italia, a 190km ride from Biella to Canale, on Monday as Italy’s Filippo Ganna retained the overall lead.

Van der Hoorn, riding for the Belgian team Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert Materiaux, attacked out of a dwindling and seemingly doomed breakaway group with just under 9km to go and held off the chasing peloton to win by 4 seconds.

Davide Cimolai, of Israel Start-Up Nation, sprinted to second place ahead of former three-time world champion Peter Sagan of Bora-hansgrohe in third.

Ineos Grenadiers rider Ganna holds onto the overall leader’s pink jersey for a third day after completing a rain-soaked stage safely in the peloton.

Norway’s Tobias Foss climbed into second place in the general classification, 16 sec down on Ganna, after leapfrogging fellow Team Jumbo-Visma rider Edoardo Affini, who lost time and dropped down the rankings. Deceuninck-Quick-Step’s Remco Evenepoel moved into third place, 20 sec down on Ganna.

Ganna, the world time-trial champion, is expected to relinquish the overall lead in Tuesday’s fourth stage to Sestola, which ends with a steep, 4.3km climb and a 2.5km dash to the finish.

Reuters

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