For the third time in a row, CCC Sprandi Polkowice managed to send its rider into the breakaway of the day in the Giro d’Italia. On stage 3 it was Jan Tratnik, who was able to go clear.
Info: Stage 3, May 7th, Tortoli – Cagliari, 148km
The day’s main escape was formed early on and consisted of 4 riders. Besides Tratnik it also included Eugert Zhupa (Wilier Triestina – Selle Italia), Ivan Rovny (Gazprom-RusVelo) and Kristian Sbaragli (Dimension Data). They gained almost 3 minutes on the bunch.
Sbaragli won the first intermediate sprint and decided to wait for the bunch. Thus, Tratnik was left in the front with two other riders and his chances of outpacing the bunch dropped drastically. Eventually the trio got reeled in with 25km to go.
Strong wind played a big role in the finale, and 9 riders took advantage of those conditions. They gained 20-second advantage which they held on to until the finish. Fernando Gaviria (Quick Step Floors) was the fastest from the late attacking group, taking over the GC lead. He bested at the line Rudiger Selig (Bora – Hansgrohe) and Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek – Segafredo).
“Riders in orange” were unable to arrive in the main group and highest ranked Maciej Paterski was 69th.