Marcel Kittel is something special, we know that already.  But here is the remarkable statistic: in every road stage of the Giro d’Italia that he has ridden in his career so far he has crossed the finish line first.  His reward for his 100% record today was the pink jersey after he beat Elia Viviani and Giacomo Nizzolo.

The final stage in Holland before the race’s first rest/transfer day was a reversal of the second stage.  Instead of Arnhem to Nijmegen it was Nijmegen to Arnhem.  A slightly different road took them to the finish line this time with two laps of a 14km circuit to tackle at the end in what was still expected to be a sprinter’s day.

Maarten Tjallingii was again in the thick of the breakaway action for LottoNL-Jumbo, jumping into the breakaway in the company of Giacomo Berlato of Nippo-Vini Fantini who joined Tjallingii in stage 2, Johann Van Zyl of Dimension Data and Julen Amezqueta of Southeast-Venezuela.  Behind them it was Etixx-Quick Step and GIANT-Alpecin – working for Marcel Kittel and Tom Dumoulin respectively – who set the pace to limit the break’s advantage to eight minutes with 140km remaining.

While the final day in Holland gave the field wonderful racing conditions, the day was not so good for Jean Christophe Peraud of AG2R La Mondiale.  On a roundabout with 102km remaining, his teammate in front of him went down and there was nowhere for Peraud to go except over the handlebars and out of the Giro before the race had even reached Italy.  Crashes were very much a factor during the day, with another taking down Orica GreenEDGE’s Sam Bewley.  Although taped up down his left hand side Bewley will continue on though thankfully.

Battered and bruised but determined to continue, Sam Bewley rode through the pain in stage 3, photo Sirotti
Battered and bruised but determined to continue, Sam Bewley rode through the pain in stage 3, photo Sirotti

Up ahead in the break Tjallingii set about first mopping up the intermediate sprints and then the king of the mountains climb – rated just category 4 – to move to the top of the KOM classification.  The break were still together at this point, but their advantage was being brought back quite rapidly courtesy of Lotto Soudal and Tinkoff who lent their support to the chase.  With 60km remaining the gap had been reduced to 3 minutes.

At the start of the two-lap finishing circuit the break still had 2.27mins, but with 28km to and the peloton chasing hard it was only a matter of time before the move was caught.  Tjallingii wouldn’t be too fazed as the blue jersey awaited him, but Johann Van Zyl still wanted to salvage something; and potentially upset things and he attacked with one lap remaining.  The gap at this point was 1.11mins and it looked inevitable that the catch was coming.  Also the fact that Van Zyl opted to go alone seemed a peculiar strategy given that Etixx-Quick Step and Trek-Factory Racing were on the front of the bunch and chasing hard.  But still, Van Zyl wasn’t deterred.

The South African put in a spirited effort and still had 18 seconds in hand with 3km to go.  But Etixx-Quick Step, contrary to their strategy the day before, were powering away on the front of the peloton; trying to line up the red jersey of Marcel Kittel.  Yesterday Marcel Kittel didn’t show up at the front of the race until the final 2km.  This time around Kittel was very visible at the front of the pack, sitting on the wheels of Bob Jungles and Fabio Sabatini.  With support also from Trek-Factory Racing the catch was finally made with 1.7km of racing remaining.

Lampre-Merida were poised to strike behind Etixx-Quick Step, LottoNL-Jumbo were there, as was Lotto Soudal’s Andre Greipel and Orica GreenEDGE’s Caleb Ewan.  But as the final kilometre kicked in it was still Etixx-Quick Step in the driver’s seat.  Fabio Sabatini led out the sprint for Marcel Kittel and once the German went, he went.  There was simply no one to catch him as he opened up his sprint and proceeded to put a bike length or two into Elia Viviani of Team Sky and Giacomo Nizzolo of Trek-Segafredo.

Sam Bewley, although battered and bruised after the crash earlier on, arrived home in the company of Rory Sutherland and will enjoy a restful day as the field travels to Italy to continue on.

Results:

Rank Name Nat. Team Result
1 Marcel KITTEL GER EQS 4:23:45
2 Elia VIVIANI ITA SKY +0
3 Giacomo NIZZOLO ITA TFS +0
4 André GREIPEL GER LTS +0
5 Alexander PORSEV RUS KAT +0
6 Kristian SBARAGLI ITA DDD +0
7 Moreno HOFLAND NED TLJ +0
8 Arnaud DEMARE FRA FDJ +0
9 Rick ZABEL GER BMC +0
10 Matej MOHORIC SLO LAM +0
11 Manuel BELLETTI ITA STH +0
12 Caleb EWAN AUS OGE +0
13 Matteo PELUCCHI ITA IAM +0
14 Paolo SIMION ITA BAR +0
15 Ivan SAVITSKIY RUS GAZ +0
16 Aleksei TCATEVICH RUS KAT +0
17 Tobias LUDVIGSSON SWE TGA +0
18 Nicola RUFFONI ITA BAR +0
19 Ilnur ZAKARIN RUS KAT +0
20 Andrey ZEITS KAZ AST +0
21 Georg PREIDLER AUT TGA +0
22 Eugert ZHUPA ALB STH +0
23 Gianluca BRAMBILLA ITA EQS +0
24 Roger KLUGE GER IAM +0
25 Boy VAN POPPEL NED TFS +0
26 Davide MALACARNE ITA AST +0
27 Sergey FIRSANOV RUS GAZ +0
28 Christian KNEES GER SKY +0
29 Rafal MAJKA POL TNK +0
30 Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE ESP MOV +0
31 Jhoan Esteban CHAVES RUBIO COL OGE +0
32 Jose Joaquin ROJAS GIL ESP MOV +0
33 Steven KRUIJSWIJK NED TLJ +0
34 Sean DE BIE BEL LTS +0
35 Rein TAARAMAE EST KAT +0
36 Tom DUMOULIN NED TGA +0
37 Diego ULISSI ITA LAM +0
38 Kanstantsin SIUTSOU BLR DDD +0
39 Carlos Alberto BETANCUR GOMEZ COL MOV +0
40 Domenico POZZOVIVO ITA ALM +0
41 Leigh HOWARD AUS IAM +0
42 Tanel KANGERT EST AST +0
43 Michele SCARPONI ITA AST +0
44 Fabio SABATINI ITA EQS +0
45 Nicolas ROCHE IRL SKY +0
46 Jakob FUGLSANG DEN AST +0
47 Valerio AGNOLI ITA AST +0
48 Mikel LANDA MEANA ESP SKY +0
49 Sacha MODOLO ITA LAM +0
50 Vincenzo NIBALI ITA AST +0
51 Bob JUNGELS LUX EQS +0
52 Pavel KOCHETKOV RUS KAT +0
53 Enrico BATTAGLIN ITA TLJ +0
54 Pawel POLJANSKI POL TNK +0
55 Rigoberto URAN URAN COL CPT +0
56 Simon CLARKE AUS CPT +0
57 Jos VAN EMDEN NED TLJ +0
58 Simone PETILLI ITA LAM +0
59 Darwin ATAPUMA HURTADO COL BMC +0
60 Pavel BRUTT RUS TNK +0
61 Andre Fernando S. Martins CARDOSO POR CPT +0
62 Andrey AMADOR BIKKAZAKOVA CRC MOV +0
63 Bram TANKINK NED TLJ +0
64 Lukasz WISNIOWSKI POL EQS +0
65 Maxime MONFORT BEL LTS +0
66 Matteo BUSATO ITA STH +0
67 Matteo MONTAGUTI ITA ALM +0
68 Davide FORMOLO ITA CPT +0
69 Stefano PIRAZZI ITA BAR +0
70 Eugenio ALAFACI ITA TFS +0
71 Liam BERTAZZO ITA STH +0
72 Valerio CONTI ITA LAM +0
73 Daniel MARTÍNEZ COL STH +0
74 David DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJO ESP EQS +0
75 Sebastian HENAO GOMEZ COL SKY +0
76 Ryder HESJEDAL CAN TFS +0
77 Stefan KUENG SUI BMC +0
78 Merhawi KUDUS GHEBREMEDHIN ERI DDD +0
79 Mikel NIEVE ITURALDE ESP SKY +0
80 Manuel QUINZIATO ITA BMC +0
81 Maxim BELKOV RUS KAT +0
82 Carlos VERONA QUINTANILLA ESP EQS +0
83 Moreno MOSER ITA CPT +0
84 Marcel WYSS SUI IAM +0
85 Giovanni VISCONTI ITA MOV +0
86 Matthias BRANDLE AUT IAM +0
87 Chad HAGA USA TGA +0
88 Alexander KOLOBNEV RUS GAZ +0
89 Pieter SERRY BEL EQS +0
90 Alberto BETTIOL ITA CPT +0
91 Manuele MORI ITA LAM +0
92 Andrei SOLOMENNIKOV RUS GAZ +0
93 Artur ERSHOV RUS GAZ +0
94 Benoît VAUGRENARD FRA FDJ +0
95 Mirco MAESTRI ITA BAR +14
96 Marco COLEDAN ITA TFS +16
97 Heinrich HAUSSLER AUS IAM +16
98 Matteo TRENTIN ITA EQS +20
99 Luka MEZGEC SLO OGE +31
100 Roberto FERRARI ITA LAM +31
101 Lars Ytting BAK DEN LTS +50
102 Johann VAN ZYL RSA DDD +51
103 Jaco VENTER RSA DDD +51
104 Viacheslav KUZNETSOV RUS KAT +1:00
105 Alexandre GENIEZ FRA FDJ +1:37
106 Hubert DUPONT FRA ALM +1:37
107 Patrick GRETSCH GER ALM +1:37
108 Filippo POZZATO ITA STH +1:37
109 Evgeny PETROV RUS TNK +1:37
110 Jesus HERNANDEZ BLAZQUEZ ESP TNK +1:37
111 Manuel SENNI ITA BMC +1:37
112 Przemyslaw NIEMIEC POL LAM +1:37
113 Igor ANTON HERNANDEZ ESP DDD +1:37
114 Jelle VANENDERT BEL LTS +1:37
115 Adam HANSEN AUS LTS +1:37
116 Ian BOSWELL USA SKY +1:37
117 Jay MCCARTHY AUS TNK +1:37
118 Amets TXURRUKA ESP OGE +1:37
119 Ilia KOSHEVOY BLR LAM +1:37
120 Francesco Manuel BONGIORNO ITA BAR +1:37
121 Philip DEIGNAN IRL SKY +1:37
122 Guillaume BONNAFOND FRA ALM +1:37
123 Lawrence WARBASSE USA IAM +1:37
124 Michael HEPBURN AUS OGE +1:37
125 Egor SILIN RUS KAT +1:37
126 Albert TIMMER NED TGA +1:37
127 Mickael DELAGE FRA FDJ +1:46
128 Daniel OSS ITA BMC +3:01
129 Giacomo BERLATO ITA NIP +4:14
130 Julen AMEZQUETA ESP STH +4:14
131 Maarten TJALLINGII NED TLJ +4:16
132 Olivier LE GAC FRA FDJ +4:16
133 Vegard Stake LAENGEN NOR IAM +4:16
134 Alexander SEROV RUS GAZ +4:55
135 Pim LIGTHART NED LTS +4:55
136 Axel DOMONT FRA ALM +4:55
137 Nikias ARNDT GER TGA +4:55
138 Tom STAMSNIJDER NED TGA +4:55
139 Gianfranco ZILIOLI ITA NIP +4:55
140 Bert DE BACKER BEL TGA +5:27
141 Sam BEWLEY NZL OGE +5:59
142 Rory SUTHERLAND AUS MOV +5:59
143 Damiano CUNEGO ITA NIP +6:03
144 Giulio CICCONE ITA BAR +6:03
145 David LOPEZ GARCIA ESP SKY +6:03
146 Joseph ROSSKOPF USA BMC +6:03
147 Matteo TOSATTO ITA TNK +6:03
148 Javier MORENO BAZAN ESP MOVE +6:03
149 Ruben PLAZA MOLINA ESP OGE +6:03
150 Bakhtiyar KOZHATAYEV KAZ AST +6:03
151 Damien HOWSON AUS OGE +6:03
152 Sonny COLBRELLI ITA BAR +6:03
153 Jakub MARECZKO ITA STH +6:03
154 Hugo HOULE CAN ALM +6:03
155 Simone ANDREETTA ITA BAR +6:03
156 Artem OVECHKIN RUS GAZ +6:03
157 Jay Robert THOMSON RSA DDD +6:03
158 Nathan BROWN USA CPT +6:03
159 Jurgen ROELANDTS BEL LTS +6:03
160 Tim WELLENS BEL LTS +6:03
161 Marc SARREAU FRA FDJ +6:03
162 Arnaud COURTEILLE FRA FDJ +6:03
163 Ramunas NAVARDAUSKAS LTU CPT +6:03
164 Ignatas KONOVALOVAS LTU FDK +6:03
165 Fabian CANCELLARA SUI TFS +6:03
166 Alessandro BISOLTI ITA NIP +6:03
167 Laurent DIDIER LUX TFS +6:03
168 Stefan DENIFL AUT IAM +6:03
169 Nicola BOEM ITA BAR +6:03
170 Alessandro DE MARCHI ITA BMC +6:03
171 Murilo Antonio FISCHER BRA FDJ +7:39
172 Manuele BOARO ITA TNK +7:39
173 Martijn KEIZER NED TLJ +7:39
174 Primož ROGLIC SLO TLJ +7:39
175 Biel KADRI FRA ALM +7:39
176 Twan CASTELIJNS NED TLJ +7:39
177 Jack BOBRIDGE AUS TFS +7:39
178 Riccardo ZOIDL AUT TFS +7:39
179 Grega BOLE SLO NIP +7:39
180 Omar FRAILE MATARRANZ ESP DDD +7:39
181 Alexander FOLIFOROV RUS GAZ +7:39
182 Eduard Michael GROSU ROU NIP +7:39
183 Cristian RODRIGUEZ MARTIN ESP STH +7:39
184 Aleksey RYBALKIN RUS GAZ +7:39
185 Genki YAMAMOTO JPN NIP +7:39
186 Riccardo STACCHIOTTI ITA NIP +7:39
187 Cheng JI CHN TGA +7:39
188 Iuri FILOSI ITA NIP +7:39
189 Eros CAPECCHI ITA AST +7:39
190 José HERRADA LOPEZ ESP MOV +7:39
191 Ivan ROVNY RUS TNK +7:39
192 Anton VOROBYEV RUS KAT +7:39
193 Songezo JIM RSA DDD +7:39
194 Joseph Lloyd DOMBROWSKI USA CPT +7:39
195 Svein TUFT CAN OGE +7:39
196 Jasha SÜTTERLIN GER MOV +13:32
DNF Jean-Christophe PERAUD FRA ALM  
DNF Silvan DILLIER SUI BMC

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