Cavendish has a team and legs at Lake Balaton

Bright celebrates his 16th victory at the Giro


Mark Cavendish (Quick Step – Alpha Vinyl) | Photo: Cor Vos

08.05.2022 | (rsn) – Mark Cavendish (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) seized the runners’ first opportunity in the Giro d’Italia 105 and claimed victory on the 16th day of the Tour of Italy. In the final of the third stage, which spanned more than 201 kilometers from Kaposvar to Balatonfured on Lake Balaton, the 36-year-old Briton descended on France’s Arnaud Demar (Groupama – FDJ) and Colombia’s Fernando Gaviria (UAE) in a tight race. After the perfect preparation for his team Emirates Team) in the second and third places.

Behind the Eritrean Biniam Girmay (Intermarchè – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux), Jakub Mareczko (Alpecin – Fenix) came in fifth as the best Italian pro, and Phil Bauhaus from Cologne (victorious Bahrain) came in tenth.

“We wanted to do well in the first race and we are very happy now. Half of our team is there for the mountains, the other half for the sprints. And we mix that up a little bit,” Cavendish said in the target interview. “David Ballerini drove the last ten kilometers from the front. . Bert van Lerberge also turned me in and pushed Michael Morkoff and me to the final. “It prepared me perfectly for sprints and I had my legs,” said Manxman, who celebrated his first Giro stage win nine years ago.

On the other hand, Demari narrowly lost his victory on day six in the first Grand Tour of the year. “We were very fast in the final and everyone still had high speeds. My position was good, I was on the rear wheel of my opponent Jacopo Guarnieri. I wanted to have the Cavendish rear wheel, but then it got complicated and I couldn’t do much. Maybe I should have. He got off the slope later, but was too strong.It’s a Giro and there are still plenty of chances.The 30-year-old hung on for second at Lake Balaton.

Van der Paul approaches in pink

There were no changes to the top of the standings on the third and final day of the Grand Partenza in Hungary. Matteo van der Poel (Alpecin-Phoenix), who, as announced, prepared the race for his teammate Marischko, finished 17th and confidently defended his pink jersey. The Dutchman is still 11sec ahead of Britain’s Simon Yates (Baiksching-Jaico) and 16sec ahead of compatriot Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma) in the general standings. He is followed by Bora Hansgrohe captain Wilko Kieldermann in fifth, 24 seconds behind.”

“We did a good job. Unfortunately, Jacob lost my rear wheel, but overall we can feel good. He was a bit stuck but we still had more chances. Mark was one of the favourites. Especially after the Tour last year, we know he still is. He can win the stages. The captain, who will wear Maglia Rosa after his move on Tuesday in Sicily, where the Giro will continue with a mountain stage to Mount Etna, said I am now looking forward to Italy, the three days in Hungary were exciting.”

Van der Poel also defended his lead in the points classification, but had to relinquish his top spot in the mountain classification to Rick Zabel (Israel – Premier Tech), who took two points on the only hill climb of the day and is now top of the classification. Pascal Einkorn tied for points. Italian Matteo Sobrero (BikeExchange – Jayco) was awarded the white jersey for the best young professional, and Jumbo – Visma remains the best team.

This is how the race went:

On the third day of the 115th Giro d’Italia, as at the beginning, Italians Mattia Paes and Filippo Tagliani (both drones – Androni Giocattoli) hopelessly dared to escape. But this time, they were accompanied by a citizen in spring-like conditions, because immediately after the start Samuel Reeve (Eolo – Kometa) fled with the pair of drone hoppers and left. As at the start of the first stage, the field took things easy too and gave the trio a nearly five minute lead after 30 kilometres.

Shortly before that, the Giro recorded their first retirement at this year’s edition with Jan Tratnik (Victor of Bahrain). The Slovenian had already fallen at first and injured his wrist, forcing him to retire. On the field, teammates Van der Poel and Ewan were in charge of the chase and reduced the gap to about two minutes before the first middle sprint after about 70 kilometers.

Tagliani secured the classification with an early start against Rivi and teammate Paes. Gaviria won the fight for fourth and associated five points ahead of Demari. After that, the field, which now includes Groupama and the Quick-Step driver, kept the two- to three-minute gap at a relatively comfortable pace for a long time.

Zabel rushes quickly around the mountain points against Enkhorn

With 70 kilometers left on the road, Israel – Premier Tech deployed another chase assistant, reducing the gap to less than two minutes. After 17 kilometers, Tagliani also got the second middle sprint in another close duel, after only 90 seconds the closed field followed.

Approaching the day’s only climb, which was cut about 13 kilometers from the finish, the fast trackers narrowed the gap to under 30 seconds before Revi overtook Tagliani with a pick-up in speed in the last 35 kilometres, while shrugging Pais was able to Grabbing the rear wheel until he bobbed off shortly thereafter. All efforts were in vain, however, 27 kilometers from the finish line, the remaining two returned to the field.

The pitch then rolled together for the mountain award, which Enkhorn took before Zabel, meaning the Dutchman tied his German opponent on points, but Zabel was listed as the new leader in the mountain rating. As Nizzolo’s approach disappeared back to the field after sorting the mountains, the Dutchman withdrew and built a small lead on the next landing before being caught on the shore of Lake Balaton six kilometers from the finish.

Ineos Grenadiers led the field to the last four kilometers, then Alpecin-Fenix ​​and Quick-Step took charge up front. While Van der Poel’s teammates remained constantly on the left side of the road as seen from above, Cavendish’s aides scrambled on the other side and fired the Briton into the middle of the long and minimally rising house, with Cavendish sprinting from the front a short distance away from Demare and Gaviria who had left behind them. On the other hand, Mareczko could not complete the preliminary work for the pink jersey and had to settle for a fifth place behind Jermay.

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