(AP) RAPALLO, Italy – Spaniard Angel Vicioso (Androni) dominated a five-man escape group to win the third stage of the Giro d’Italia Monday, with Britain’s David Millar, of Garmin, taking the race leader’s pink jersey.
Vicioso produced a winning burst in the final metres of the stage to beat Millar into second place minutes after their group had broken away from the peloton on the stage’s last climb.
Celebrations, however, are likely to be subdued somewhat following the horrific crash suffered by Belgium’s Wouter Weylandt.
Leopard-Trek rider Weylandt, who won the third stage last year in Middelburg, Netherlands, was left bloodied and unconscious and requiring a cardiac massage when he hit the tarmac hard on the descent of the Bocco mountain pass.
He continued to receive emergency medical treatment by race doctors as the peloton continued its chase of an earlier breakaway group, that was reeled in a dozen kilometres from the finish.
Stage 3 – Results
1. Angel Vicioso Arcos – Androni Giocattoli – 3:57:38
2. David Millar – Team Garmin-Cervelo
3. Pablo Lastras Garcia – Movistar Team
4. Daniel Moreno Fernandez – Katusha Team
5. Christophe Le Mevel – Team Garmin-Cervelo
6. Bram Tankink – Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:12
7. Jerome Pineau – Quickstep Cycling Team
8. Sacha Modolo – Colnago – CSF Inox 0:00:21
9. Fabio Taborre – Acqua & Sapone
10. Matteo Montaguti – AG2R La Mondiale
General Classification After Stage 3
1. David Millar – Team Garmin-Cervelo – 10:04:29
2. Angel Vicioso Arcos – Androni Giocattoli – 0:00:07
3. Kanstantsin Sivtsov – HTC-Highroad – 0:00:09
4. Marco Pinotti – HTC-Highroad
5. Craig Lewis – HTC-Highroad
6. Christophe Le Mevel – Team Garmin-Cervelo – 0:00:12
7. Alessandro Petacchi – Lampre – ISD – 0:00:13
8. Pablo Lastras Garcia – Movistar Team – 0:00:18
9. Yaroslav Popovych – Team RadioShack – 0:00:19
10. Tiago Machado – Team RadioShack
“Vicioso wins on dark day for Giro
By Yahoo Sports UK
Angel Vicioso’s stage three win in the Giro d’Italia will be seen as inconsequential following the devastating news of the death of Belgian rider Wouter Weylandt.
Weylandt, the 26-year-old sprinter who last year won a stage in his debut Giro, crashed heavily on the descent of the third-category Passo del Bocco climb 30 kilometres from the finish of the 173-km stage from Reggio Emillia to Rapallo.” Read more from Yahoo Sports…
“Cyclist Weylandt dies after Giro d’Italia crash
RAPALLO, Italy — Belgian rider Wouter Weylandt was pronounced dead Monday following a horrific crash on the third stage of the Giro d’Italia, his Leopard-Trek team confirmed.
“Today, our teammate and friend Wouter Weylandt passed away after a crash on the third stage of the Giro d?Italia,” said Leopard-Trek Manager Brian Nygaard.
“The team is left in a state of shock and sadness and we send all our thoughts and deepest condolences to the family and friends of Wouter.
“This is a difficult day for cycling and for our team, and we should all seek support and strength in the people close to us.”
Weylandt, 26, was left bloodied and unconscious and requiring a cardiac massage after a crash which occurred on the descent of the Bocco mountain pass around 25km from the finish line.”Read more from the AFP…
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