Mark Cavendish Tour de France

Britain’s Mark Cavendish and France’s Julian Alaphilippe have both missed out on a place in the upcoming Tour de France. Photo: Twitter @giroditalia

Giro d’Italia result Stage 3: Mark Cavendish too quick in sprint finish

Mark Cavendish won Stage 3 of the Giro d’Italia on Sunday in a sprint for the line after a flat 201km run to Lake Balaton in Hungary.

Mark Cavendish Tour de France

Britain’s Mark Cavendish and France’s Julian Alaphilippe have both missed out on a place in the upcoming Tour de France. Photo: Twitter @giroditalia

Veteran Mark Cavendish won stage three of the Giro d’Italia on Sunday launching a long sprint for the line after a flat 201km run to Lake Balaton in Hungary.

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Dutch ace Mathieu van der Poel retained the overall leader’s pink jersey as Quick-Step’s Cavendish easily outpaced FDJ’s Arnaud Demare with Team UAE’s Fernando Gaviria coming third.

It was a 16th stage win on the Giro for the 36-year-old Cavendish who is riding the Italian grand tour after a nine-year break.

Giro d’Italia switches to Italy this week

“It’s never easy to win the first stage of a grand tour because it’s so chaotic,” Mark Cavendish said.

“I’m happy, I love the Giro and racing here, so it’s great to be back.

“I’m not very young anymore, I’m usually in gear after four to five days, but at the end of the day I’m still the old Cavendish.”

He is the joint record holder for stage wins in the Tour de France after he defied the odds with a return to form in 2021 when he won four stages.

Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan failed to produce, possibly still suffering from his stage one fall in Visegrad.

In the overall standings Van der Poel leads Briton Simon Yates by 11 seconds and the 2017 Giro champion Tom Dumoulin is third at 15 seconds.

The race and its remaining peloton of 175 riders switches to Italy from Tuesday for the fourth stage that involves a long, steep climb up Mount Etna.

“I should be able to keep the lead as far as Etna, beyond that I can’t say,” Van der Poel said.

Results and standings after Stage 3 of the Giro d’Italia on Sunday, a 201km run from Kaposvar to Lake Balaton in Hungary:

Stage 3

1. Mark Cavendish (GBR/Deceuninck) 4hrs 56min 39sec, 2. Arnaud Demare (FRA) same time, 3. Fernando Gaviria (COL) s.t., 4. Biniam Girmay (ERI) s.t., 5. Jakub Mareczko (ITA) s,t., 6. Edward Theuns (BEL) s.t., 7. Simone Consonni (ITA) s.t., 8. Caleb Ewan (AUS) s.t., 9. Alberto Dainese (ITA) s.t., 10. Phil Bauhaus (GER) s.t.

Selected:

17. Mathieu van der Poel (NED) s.t., 40. Tom Dumoulin (NED) s.t., 54. Simon Yates (GBR) s.t.

Overall standings

1. Mathieu van der Poel (NED/Alpecin) 9hrs 43min 50sec, 2. Simon Yates (GBR/BIK) at 11, 3. Tom Dumoulin (NED/JUM) 16, 4. Matteo Sobrero (ITA/BIK) 24, 5. Wilco Kelderman (NED/BOR) s. t., 6. Ben Tulett (GBR/INE) s.t., 7. Tobias Foss (NOR/JUM) 28, 8. Bauke Mollema (NED/TRE) s.t., 9. Pello Bilbao (ESP/BAH) 29, 10. Mauro Schmid (SUI/QST) s.t.

Selected:

11. Joao Almeida (POR/UAE) s. t., 12. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA/AST) s.t., 13. Richie Porte (AUS/INE) 33, 14. Romain Bardet (FRA/DSM) 35, 15. Richard Carapaz (ECU/INE) s.t. 19. Biniam Girmay (ERI/INT) 43,  21 Mikel Landa (ESP/BAH) 44.

RESULT | MATHIEU VAN DER POEL WINS GIRO D’ITALIA STAGE 1

RESULT | SIMON YATES WINS GIRO D’ITALIA STAGE 2

By Garrin Lambley © Agence France-Presse

Mark Cavendish won Stage 3 of the Giro d’Italia on Sunday in a sprint for the line after a flat 201km run to Lake Balaton in Hungary. Photo: Twitter @giroditalia