Giro d'Italia 2015: Stage 3 Rapallo - Sestri Levante

Sport PliskiN July 25, 2016 0 52
On Monday, May 11th was the 3rd stage of the Giro d'Italia held. The 136 kilometer stage went from Rapallo to Sestri Levante. In a descent, the Italian classification rider Domenico Pozzovivo came hard fall and was taken away in an ambulance. The stage again ended in a mass sprint, which was won by championship leader.

Start and finish line

Rapallo was the start of the third stage of the Giro d'Italia. In the resort is home to approximately 30 500 people. The city has a large marina and a small beach, also says in Rapallo a castle.
The finish of this stage was Sestri Levante. Sestri Levante employs approximately 18 700 people. The city is very popular with tourists, due to the beaches and two bays, Baia del Silenzio and Baia delle Favole.

Info Giro d'Italia 2015

  • Edition: 98
  • Starting point: San Lorenzo al Mare
  • Finish Location: Milan
  • Total distance: 3482 km
  • Distance after 3rd stage: 3150.4 kilometer
  • Participating teams: 22
  • Number of riders started: 197
  • Riders still in the race: 193

Stage 3

  • Date: May 11, 2015
  • Starting Rapallo
  • Finish Place: Sestri Levante
  • Distance: 136 kilometer
  • Ride type: Hill
  • Participating teams: 22
  • Number of riders started: 194
  • Time winner: 3h33'53 "
  • Average speed: 38.2 km / h

Favorites stage win

The third stage was a heuvelrit, but the last 20 kilometers were flat. Attackers took the stage a great opportunity, thanks to the climbs. The favorites for the stage win were riders who are able to pass hills and have a reasonable sprint at home like Philippe Gilbert, Michael Matthews, Simon Gerrans and Fabio Felline.


Early flight
A large group of riders took a chance and went on the attack. The group consisted of 21 riders. Among them include Philippe Gilbert, Diego Ulissi, Simon Clarke and Mikel Nieve. There were two climbs where points for the mountain classification were expected to make the first ascent was won by Edoardo Zardini, he got 7 points. The second climb was won by Pavel Kochetkov, he got 15 points and start the next stage in the mountain jersey.
Crash Pozzovivo
Ranking Renner Domenico Pozzovivo came in a descent hard fall. He fell hard on his head and was unconscious for several minutes. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital. According to the team doctor of AG2R La Mondiale, he is bright, but he does not remember what happened.
Mass Sprint
The third stage again ended in a mass sprint. The climbs during the stage most of the sprinters were not there. The stage was in the sprint won by Australian championship leader Michael Matthews, he finished just before the Italian Fabio Felline and Belgian Philippe Gilbert.

Intermediate position between the main classification riders


Winner: Michael Matthews

The third stage was won by the Australian Michael Matthews. With the win, the team time trial and a higher classification than his teammate Simon Gerrans in the second stage, he drove the third stage and is now the fourth stage in pink.
Matthews now driving for the third year in a row for Orica Green Edge, for which he drove two years for the Dutch Rabobank.
Last year, Matthews also had success in the Giro. He rode six days in the leader's jersey and won the 3rd stage. Later that year he was allowed to wear the leader's jersey in the Vuelta a España.

Standings after 3rd stage

Overall ranking
Points classification
The Mountain
Young rider classification
Team Classification