Quickstep's Wouter Weylandt sprinted to a stage 3 win, after another chaotic and crash filled day.
Cadel Evans in the maglia rosa.
Stage 3 Results
1 Wouter Weylandt Quick Step - 5:00:06
2 Graeme Brown Rabobank
3 Robert Forster Team Milram
4 Danilo Hondo Lampre-Farnese Vini
5 Adam Blythe Omega Pharma-Lotto
6 Andre Greipel Team HTC - Columbia
7 Linus Gerdemann Team Milram
8 Vincenzo Nibali Liquigas-Doimo
9 Thomas Rohregger Team Milram
10 Alexandre Vinokourov Astana
General Classification After Stage 3
1 Alexandre Vinokourov Astana - 10:07:18
2 Richie Porte Team Saxo Bank
3 David Millar Garmin - Transitions - 0:00:01
4 Vincenzo Nibali Liquigas-Doimo - 0:00:05
5 Marcel Sieberg Team HTC - Columbia - 0:00:07
6 Matthew Goss Team HTC - Columbia - 0:00:10
7 Andre Greipel Team HTC - Columbia
8 Linus Gerdemann Team Milram - 0:00:12
9 Stefano Garzelli Acqua & Sapone - 0:00:15
10 Pieter Weening Rabobank - 0:00:16
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"Weylandt takes chaotic stage
By: Cycling News
Dutch roads claim more victims
They say that death and taxes are life's only certainties; they forgot to mention that a particularly flat stage of a Grand Tour held through the Dutch countryside is always going to end in a sprint. And so that eventuality occurred today, with Quick Step's Wouter Weylandt taking the stage in the Dutch city of Middleburg.
But it didn't come in the circumstances expected for a bunch finish. Yesterday's stage was marred by crashes and the final kilometres, and today's journey suffered the same fate, a crash near the last 10 kilometres disrupting the sprinters' plans that were already punctuated by savage crosswinds and a long day in the saddle.
It gave Weylandt the perfect opportunity to take the biggest victory of his career, beating Graeme Brown (Rabobank) and Robert Förster (Milram) to the line. The Belgian had come under fire from team boss Patrick Lefevere earlier this season, but this win may go some way to keeping the sprinter in a job for 2011.Read more from Cyclingnews.com...
"Weylandt sprints to Stage 3 win in Middelburg
MIDDELBURG, Netherlands (Reuters) -- Belgium's Wouter Weylandt was the surprise winner of the third stage of the Giro d'Italia on Monday when crashes again marred the race and helped Alexandre Vinokourov seize the overall lead.
Britain's Bradley Wiggins, who held the pink leader's jersey after day one, was involved in a pile-up for the second day running to leave his chances of challenging in the three-week race almost as tattered as the ripped shirt on his shoulders.
Fans running too close to the peloton and some tight corners on the seafront at the Middelburg finish appeared to contribute to the collisions, with American Christian Vandevelde clutching his shoulder in agony after one crash. Read more from Universal Sports...
"Vinokourov takes pink as Weylandt wins third stage
MIDDELBURG, Netherlands - Veteran Alexandre Vinokourov, riding for Astana, took the overall leader's pink jersey following Monday's third stage of the Tour of Italy, the day's honours going to Wouter Weylandt of Quick Step.
Vinokourov bagged the pink jersey from Australian road race world champion Cadel Evans, whose chain came adrift some ten kilometres out from the line - though the second Aussie to wear the pink jersey at least twice after Bradley McGee managed to limit the damage to some 45sec after the 224km ride from Amsterdam to Middelburg.
Belgian Weylandt came in ahead of another racer from Down Under - Rabobank's Graeme Brown - and German Robert Foerster after another strongly favoured German sprinter, Andre Greipel, slid just out of contention going into the final bend.
Weylandt clung on in the melee and nudged over the line to win in 5hr 00min 06sec as German Danilo Hondo of Lampre and Briton Adam Blyth of Omega Pharma Lotto brought up the rear while Saxo Bank's Australian Baden Cooke and Briton David Millar of Garmin were also in the mix.
"I'm very satisfied to be in the pink," said Vinokourov as the race completed its opening Dutch trio of segments." Read more from The AFP...
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