Good morning from Stage 3 of the Giro d’Italia, from Nijmegen to Arnhem (190km). The stage, after which the Giro d’Italia bids farewell to unforgettable Gelderland, is likely to end with a bunch sprint.
The group, 198 riders strong, passed km 0 at 12.39.
Nijmegen (Start): Sunny, 24°C. Wind: moderate – 13mph.
Arnhem (17.15 – Finish): Sunny, 24°C. Wind: moderate – 14mph.
POINTS AND TIME BONUSES
During the stage, time bonusess of 13 seconds are up for grabs. A maximum possible 90 points are available for the points classification, not to mention 3 King of the Mountains points.
Stage 3 – NIJMEGEN – ARNHEM – 190 km
Start meeting point: Nijmegen, Grote Markt
Finish: Approx. 17.15
Race Headquarters: Stadhuis Gemeente Arnhem, Koningstraat 38
The stage closely resembles yesterday’s: the route runs flat along the plains surrounding the start and finish cities, coming across minor climbs and mild descents, villages, roundabouts and speed bumps. Over the first 25km, the route winds its way on narrow roads twisting and turning along the banks of River Rhine. The route tackles the Posbank categorised climb, then a short and technical descent along the roads of the Hoge Weluve National Park leads into the final Arnhem circuit (14km), to be covered twice. In this stage again, wind is likely to be the major challenge.
The final 14km circuit, to be covered twice, runs along wide, straight urban avenues, dotted with roundabouts. The route passes over the Nederrijn River twice, and then takes a short tunnel with approx 6km remaining to the finish. The home straight is 500m long, on a 7.5m wide asphalt road. The final kilometres are slightly curved, but with no real bends.