A crash inside five kilometers to go saw Mareczko isolated from his teammates but the Italian sprinter, who had been protected by his teammates all day, was able to show that he is one to watch, jumping from wheel to wheel through the bunch before powering towards the line.
Just one rider, Sho Hatsuyama (NIPPO Vini Fantini Faizanè), escaped off the front of the peloton today, opening up an advantage that settled at around the four-minute mark after 40 kilometers, of the 220-kilometer long course.
Despite strong cross-tail winds, the mood remained calm behind the lone leader with CCC Team sitting comfortably in the main bunch and Francisco Ventoso, a two-time Giro d’Italia stage winner, keeping Mareczko well-positioned up at the front of the field.
The gap extended further and with 130 kilometers still to go, it stood at over seven minutes but, with just one rider racing against the strength of the peloton, the catch was inevitable.
The race hit the reset button with 70 kilometers remaining and the peloton remained all together going over the day’s only categorized climb, the Montiano, before, the race came down to the predicted bunch sprint to the line in Orbetello.
Despite being isolated after the late crash, Mareczko showed that he is here to challenge for results on the sprint stages in Italy, initially crossing the line in seventh place before Elia Viviani (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) was relegated and Fernando Gaviria (UAE-Team Emirates) was awarded the win.
Víctor de la Parte was also able to avoid being caught behind the crash with the Spaniard finishing the stage in the first part of the peloton and moving up into tenth overall on the General Classification, 45 seconds behind Primož Roglič (Team Jumbo – Visma).
Quotes From the Finish Line
“I am happy with today’s result for myself and also for the team as I think we did a great job for the sprint today. The crash complicated the situation a little in the end though, because most of our guys were caught behind it. Overall, I am feeling good though because I think we showed that we can do great things in the days to come. We have some more opportunities to do well so we will see what happens.”
“I was happy with the support the team gave me to day. I was with Fran for most of the day but it was not only him helping me. Josef, Łukasz, Kamil, and Laurens really supported me at some key moments and I hope to be able to pay them back with some good results in the next few days.”
Gabriele Missaglia, Sports Director:
“This stage was a very particular type of stage with the tailwind almost all day. Of course, it’s not a bad thing to have but, because of it, almost all teams are fighting for position on every corner. In the end, the peloton was still all together in the final kilometers and our guys were working well together. Unfortunately, when the crash happened, we were a little too far back and only Mareczko and Víctor de la Parte made it through without being held up.”
“In the end though, Mareczko was very strong but, he needed one more rider with him to help him to get a better result. For Jakub, this is a positive result because it shows people that he is strong and that he can challenge for results.”
Stage 3: Vinci > Orbetello (220km)
Top 3: 1. Fernando Gaviria (UAE-Team Emirates) 2. Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) 3. Pascal Ackermann (BORA – hansgrohe)
CCC Team Top 3: 6. Jakub Mareczko 52. Víctor de la Parte 82. Łukasz Owsian