Stage three came down to the sprinters
— Giro d'Italia (@giroditalia) May 13, 2019
Pascal Ackermann was positioned perfectly in the final run-in, but the German opened up his sprint a little too early, the Italian sitting on the Bora-Hansgrohe rider’s wheel, sheltering from the block headwind, before using all his race craft and experience to get the better of his younger rival to open his account at this year’s Giro d’Italia.
The Deceuninck-Quick Step rider, in fact, waited until the final 100 metres before attacking Ackermann who in the end finished in third spot after Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) grabbed the runners-up spot.
Tao Geoghegan Hart, meanwhile, dropped out of the top 10 in the general classification after the Briton was caught up behind that crash.
Giro d’Italia 2019 – Stage three top 3 standings
|1||Elia Viviani||IT||Deceuninck – Quick Step||80|
|2||Fernando Gaviria||CO||UAE-Team Emirates||50|
|3||Pascal Ackermann||DE||BORA – Hansgrohe||35|