The German rider Marcel Kittel (Etixx – Quick-Step) has won Stage 3 of the 99th Giro d’Italia in a bunch sprint at the end of a 190km stage from Nijmegen to Arnhem. Elia Viviani (Team Sky) and Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek – Segafredo) finished second and third.
Thanks to his victory, Kittel is the new race General Classification leader, and takes the Maglia Rosa.
1 – Marcel Kittel (Etixx – Quick-Step) – 190km in 4h23’45”, average speed 43.222km/h
2 – Elia Viviani (Team Sky) s.t.
3 – Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek – Segafredo) s.t.
1 – Marcel Kittel (Etixx – Quick-Step)
2 – Tom Dumoulin (Team Giant – Alpecin) at 9″
3 – Andrey Amador (Movistar Team) at 15″
Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the new race leader said: “I’m very happy with this second stage win and also very proud of what we have achieved as a team. Matteo Trentin and Fabio Sabatini led me out and the rest of the team kept me out of the wind earlier on. On paper it maybe looked like an easy stage but in reality it wasn’t. It was quite dangerous because of the wind, and there was always a fight. The wind split the peloton but I had good legs and a super strong team. When they brought me to the right position, I was very confident. This is my second time winning two stages in a row at the Giro d’Italia but in Ireland in 2014 I didn’t get to wear the pink jersey. This time I’ll have it after the rest day and I want to finally win a stage in Italy as well”.