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Giro Stage 3: Pink Mission Accomplished for Kittel

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Etixx-Quick Step's Marcel Kittel sprinted his way into the maglia rosa today in Arnhem as the Giro d'Italia concluded its Dutch holiday and prepared to disembark for Italy. For the second time already, a very fit Kittel thundered home with three bike lengths, off a leadout from Fabio Sabatini, and there was nothing much to do about it. Elia Viviani was on his wheel until the final burst, and rolled over the line into second. Giacomo Nizzolo third.

From km zero it was Dimension Data's Johan van Zyl, Wilier's Jolen Amezqueta, and yesterday's combatants Marten Tjallingii and Giacomo Berlato. Tjallingii took the day's climb and assumed the blue KOM jersey in the process. Inside 20km the group still held a two-minute gap, and Etixx-Quick Step put the hammer down. Lukas Wisniewski and Pieter Serry on front, and the peloton began breaking up a bit, as IAM Cycling and Lampre also began to contribute. At one lap to go there was only a minute remaining in their favor. Then van Zyl attacked, and a crash happened in the back of the peloton, taking out Eduard Michel Grosu, Sylvan Dillier and several teammates of Arnaud Demare.

Inside 7km LottoNL-Jumbo pitched in, but Etixx took over in the chase, and van Zyl finally faltered, leaving the roads open to a sprint with 2km to go. Then it was all Etixx, leading kitttel with Giacomo Nizzolo there on his hip, but nobody had the power Kittel had in his legs. In the process he became the first German rider in ten years to wear the maglia rosa.

Notably, Jean-Christophe Peraud crashed out of the Giro on a roundabout when Patrick Gretsch slid out in front of him, ending his debut at the race early on.

Results:

  1. Marcel Kittel
  2. Elia Viviani
  3. Giacomo Nizzolo
GC:
  1. Kittel
  2. Tom Dumoulin, Giant, at 0.09
  3. Andrey Amador, Movistar, at 0.15