Reto Hollenstein rides in the breakaway of the day
Team NetApp had a strong race on the third day of the Giro d’Italia. Reto Hollenstein rode in the six-man lead group of the day. During the final sprint in Horsens Daniel Schorn barely escaped a crash before crossing the finish line in 15th place. Later on, his rank was corrected to 14th, as Roberto Ferrari who caused the crash got set on the last place of today's ranking. Matthew Goss (Orica-Greenedge) claimed the stage win, relegating Juan Jose Haedo (Saxo Bank) and Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Barracuda) to second and third place, respectively. The top of the overall standings remain unchanged: Taylor Phinney (BMC) continues to lead ahead of Geraint Thomas (Sky) and Alex Rasmussen (Garmin-Barracuda).
“Today, we had two goals: to be a part of breakaway groups and to finish the race in the top 10. Unfortunately, we just missed out on the second goal,” commented Sport Director Enrico Poitschke. Team NetApp, represented by Reto Hollenstein, was a part of the group of the day, which managed to maintain its lead until the second final lap in Horsens. Shortly before the finish line Mark Cavendish (Sky) fell, which set off a string of other crashes. “Daniel got hindered by the crash, otherwise he would have been able to finish among the top 10, I'm sure. He was lucky though that he didn't crash himself, and we’re happy that nothing happened to him,” said Poitschke.
“On the whole, we can be satisfied with the first three days in Denmark. Yesterday, we had two riders in the top 15. Today, Reto had a strong race. We’re optimistic going into the next stages in Italy,” the sport director summed up. Tomorrow is a rest day, and then the tour continues on Wednesday with a team time trial in Verona.
stage 3, 7 May: Horsens - Horsens, 190 km
stage 4, 9 May: TTT Verona - Verona, 33.2 km
stage 5, 10 May: Modena - Fano, 209 km
stage 6, 11 May: Urbino - Porto Sant’Elpidio, 210 km
stage 7, 12 May: Recanati - Rocca di Cambio, 205 km
stage 8, 13 May: Sulmona - Lago Laceno, 229 km
stage 9, 14 May: San Giorgio del Sannio - Frosinone, 166 km
stage 10, 15 May: Civitavecchia - Assisi, 186 km
stage 11, 16 May: Assisi - Montecatini Terme, 255 km
stage 12, 17 May: Seravezza - Sestri Levante, 155 km
stage 13, 18 May: Savona - Cervere, 121 km
stage 14, 19 May: Cherasco - Cervinia, 206 km
stage 15, 20 May: Busto Arsizio - Lecco/Piani dei Resinelli, 169 km
stage 16, 22 May: Limone sul Garda - Falzes/Pfalzen, 173 km
stage 17, 23 May: Falzes/Pfalzen - Cortina d’Ampezzo, 186 km
stage 18, 24 May: San Vito di Cadore - Vedelago, 149 km
stage 19, 25 May: Treviso - Alpe di Pampeago/Val di Fiemme, 198 km
stage 20, 26 May: Caldes/Val di Sole - Passo dello Stelvio, 219 km
stage 21, 27 May: ITT Milano - Milano, 30.1 km