Giro d’Italia 2016 / 8 May / Stage 3 – Nijmegen-Arnhem
On Sunday, it was time for the third and final stage of 190 kilometres in the Giro d’Italia through Gelderland, the region in the east of The Netherlands. On Monday, the riders had a rest day and they flew to Italy to continue the race over there. Luckily, Chad Haga (TGA) was ready in time for the Giro. He was involved in a crash with some of his teammates from Giant-Alpecin earlier this year. Warren Barguil (TGA) about the accident with the car that crashed into the group of riders: “We all could have died.” Chad Haga and John Degenkolb were the most affected riders. Luckily they are all back on the bike again.
This time around, the riders went to the Achterhoek, where the Ride On! team grew up. After the start, the team drove back there and watched the riders pass by in the community where they spent their childhood. There was a head bunch and Maarten Tjallingii (TLJ) was in it – again. The Dutch rider from Arnhem was determined to end up on the podium in his hometown. And he made it, because he got to wear the blue jersey at the end of the day. The head bunch did not make it though; Johann van Zyl (DDD), Julen Amezqueta (STH) and Giacomo Berlato (NIP) reached a maximum of eight seconds, but within the final kilometres, even Van Zyl, who tried it on his own, could not stay away any longer.
After two days in pink, Tom Dumoulin (TGA) already had the feeling that he was going to lose his Maglia Rosa. Unfortunately for him, he was right: the third stage ended in a sprint once again in the streets of Arnhem and Marcel Kittel (EQS) was unstoppable. He crossed the line before Elia Viviani (SKY) and Giacomo Nizzolo (TFS) and gained 10 bonus seconds. So he ended up on the podium with the famous Maglia Rosa at the end of the day.
Tom Dumoulin (TGA) became second in the GC and Andrey Amador (MOV) third. Tobias Ludvigsson (TGA), who is still fourth in the GC, also could wear the white jersey for best young rider again. Marcel Kittel (EQS) got to keep the red jersey, Maarten Tjallingii (TLJ) received the blue jersey together with his kids on stage and was also the most combative rider. Giant-Alpecin is still the best team.