Taco van der Hoorn solos to victory after surviving from the breakaway on stage 3

Taco van der Hoorn (Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert) solo'ed to victory on the third stage at the Giro d'Italia after surviving a late attack from the breakaway

Taco van der Hoorn solos to victory after surviving from the breakaway on stage 3

On his first Giro Van der Hoorn was part of a break that escaped the main pack five kilometres into the 190-kilometre stage.

With eight kilometres to go he accelerated away from the other survivor of the eight-man break, Swiss rider Simon Pellaud of Androni, and held off a disorganised pursuit.

He crossed the line with four seconds to spare, holding his hands to his head in a gesture of disbelief.

"After the finish, I was thinking: 'is this real?" the Intermarche rider said on the podium.

Italian Davide Cimolai (Israel Start-Up Nation) won the sprint for second place, four seconds behind the winner. Another Italian Filippo Ganna of Ineos kept the overall lead.

The breakaway, which included Ukrainian Andrii Ponomar, at 18 and eight months, the youngest Giro rider since 1929, disintegrated on the short sharp hills in the second half of the stage in the vineyards near Alba.

With the pack closing the two survivors, Van der Hoorn and Pellaud kept riding.

"I didn't believe when we had one minute with 25k," said van der Hoorn. "I just think that 0.5 per cent it's enough chance and I just take it."

After following the Swiss rider up the last climb, Van der Hoorn accelerated away and quickly stretched a 35-second lead to a minute.

"Simon was pulling me hard on the climb I'm a bit heavier and I was struggling. But on the descent I was feeling much stronger," said Van der Hoorn. "I was thinking I have to go now and do a bit higher speed."

He was helped by a disorganised pursuit as the leading teams in the peloton waited for their rivals to do the work and close the gap.

"For me, it was so surreal that I as there in front and the peloton was not coming back at me. I didn't believe it," said Van der Hoorn. "The (team radio) was saying 40 seconds, still 40 seconds. I was thinking 'Ah! maybe I really make it'."

Peter Sagan, a favorite for the stage, his Bora team just ran out of gas and then UAE came to the front too late.

Filippo Ganna (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers retains the Pink Jersey.

Tomorrow's fourth stage  serves its first uphill finish, at 187 kilometres, the race travels from Piacenza to an intriguing finale in Sestola, one for the GC riders.

VIDEO: 2021 Giro d'Italia Stage 3 Highlights

2021 Giro d'Italia Stage 3 Top 10

1 Taco van der Hoorn (Ned) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux 4:21:29
2 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Israel Start-up Nation 0:0:04
3 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
4 Elia Viviani (Ita) Cofidis
5 Patrick Bevin (NZl) Israel Start-up Nation
6 Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
7 Fernando Gaviria Rendon (Col) UAE Team Emirates
8 Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Education-Nippo
9 Stefano Oldani (Ita) Lotto Soudal
10 Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Trek-Segafredo

2021 Giro d'Italia GC after Stage 3

1 Filippo Ganna (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers 8:51:26
2 Tobias Foss (Nor) Jumbo-Visma 0:0:16
3 Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:0:20
4 João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck-QuickStep
5 Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:0:21
6 Gianni Moscon (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers 0:0:26
7 Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana-Premier Tech 0:0:27
8 Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Education-Nippo 0:0:29
9 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Ineos Grenadiers 0:0:30
10 Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 0:0:32

 
Tag: giro
 
Sep 15 2021 - NEWS: Giro d’Italia Likely to Start from Hungary in 2022
May 30 2021 - NEWS: Egan Bernal time trials to 2021 Giro d'Italia Victory in Milan
May 30 2021 - NEWS: Peter Sagan celebrates career first Maglia Ciclamino
May 29 2021 - NEWS: Bernal poised to win Giro as Italian Caruso wins stage 20
May 28 2021 - NEWS: Yates attacks to win stage 19 as Bernal clings onto Maglia Rosa
May 27 2021 - NEWS: Italian Alberto Bettiol wins stage 18 of Giro d'Italia from the Breakaway
May 26 2021 - NEWS: Egan Bernal Cracks and Loses Time as Dan Martin wins his First Giro Stage
May 24 2021 - NEWS: Egan Bernal attacks on the Passo Giau to extend his lead in the Maglia Rosa
May 23 2021 - NEWS: Victor Campenaerts scores hat-trick for Qhubeka Assos
May 22 2021 - NEWS: Fortunato breaks away to win Giro's Brutal Monte Zoncolan stage
May 21 2021 - NEWS: Nizzolo sprints to stage win while Gaviria loses his saddle
May 20 2021 - NEWS: Vendrame takes maiden Giro stage win on Stage 12
May 19 2021 - NEWS: Bernal leaves his rivals in the dust as he extends his lead
May 17 2021 - NEWS: Sagan sprints to Giro stage win as Bora-hansgrohe Rip Up the Race
May 16 2021 - NEWS: Matej Mohoric’s Bike Snaps in Two in Horror Crash
Sep 12 2016 - RESULTS: Hundreds Tackled the Gigantic Mt. Palomar in 5th Annual Giro Di San Diego
Sep 09 2014 - RESULTS: Giro di San Diego GranFondo
Nov 12 2013 - RESULTS: Giro d Italia Wraps Up an Amazing Season in Miami
Jun 04 2013 - RESULTS: Giro d'Italia Los Angeles Pasadena
Mar 19 2017 - EVENT: Giro d'Perth
May 26 2018 - EVENT: TOSH Giro Donna
Oct 06 2019 - EVENT: Aixa Girona
Oct 06 2019 - EVENT: Pathfinder Giro
Jan 26 2020 - EVENT: Gravel Ride Barcelona - Girona
Oct 31 2021 - EVENT: El Giro de Rigo
Apr 01 2022 - EVENT: Giro della Donna
May 06 2022 - EVENT: 2022 Giro d'Italia
Jul 31 2022 - EVENT: ARLBERG Giro