Giro d'Italia - Stage 3

Sprinters may get their first opportunity of the Giro, with only one categorised climb

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Giro d'Italia - Stage 3
Giro d'Italia - Stage 3
  • Dates 6 May
  • Race Length 166 kms
  • Start Novara
  • Finish Fossano
  • Race Category Elite Men

Published: 30 April 2024

Stage 3: Novara – Fossano (166km)

After a spectacular weekend to kick things off, the Giro d’Italia returns to form with an easy third stage as it begins its long trek to the south. Stage 3 from Novara to Fossano has a mere 750 metres of climbing over 166km and will be a day for the sprinters to battle for their first chance of glory in the 2024 Giro.

While the majority of the stage is fairly straightforward, the final few kilometres are not. Beginning at 5km to go the course climbs up to the finishing town with two sharp switchbacks stretching the peloton as it approaches the sprint. Positioning and a strong lead-out will be key as the climb will throw a wrench into the plans of any team hoping to deliver a sprinter to the stage win. The climb has been used before, having been used in the Giro del Piemonte in 2009, with Philippe Gilbert coming out on top.

The likelihood is that the GC team leading the race from stage 2 will let a break disappear up the road, safe in the knowledge that the sprinters’ teams will set the tempo for the peloton over the one 4th cat climb at Lu, and then through the intermediate sprint that comes roughly half-way through the stage. There is a final intermediate sprint inside the final 25km but by that point the stage should be totally under control. The short 5.3% incline inside the final 5km will test some of the weaker sprinters but really it will only enforce the importance of timing as lead-outs try and judge their efforts perfectly before the line. If a sprinter is caught out on the climb or the switchbacks they will need to burn several matches before even opening their sprint.

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