Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen of Team Sky won the third stage of Tirreno-Adriatico on Friday in a sprint finish following a 178km ride from Indicatore to Terni. Australian Matthew Goss of GreenEdge finished safely in the pack to hold onto the leader’s blue jersey. German Andre Griepel finished second with Slovakian Peter Sagan in third. It was the second day in a row that Sky claimed the stage victory following world champion Mark Cavendish’s success in Thursday’s second stage.
Italian Filippo Savini was the star of the day, setting off on a long solo break as soon as the official race began but he was caught with 30km left. Garmin tried to launch American sprinter Tyler Farrar, who was third on Thursday, but Boasson Hagen proved the strongest man in the sprint.
Saturday’s fourth stage is a monstrous 252km from Amelia to Chieti.
Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 3
1. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR/SKY) 4:45:31
2. Andre Greipel (GER/LTB) @ s.t.
3. Peter Sagan (SVK/LIQ)
4. Tyler Farrar (USA/GRM)
5.Manuel Belletti (ITA/ALM)
General Classification After Stage 3
1. Matthew Goss (AUS/GEC) 11:36:44
2. Stuart O’Grady (AUS/GEC) @ .03
3. Cameron Meyer (AUS/GEC) @ s.t.
4. Sbastian Langeveld (NED/GEC)
5. Tyler Farrar (USA/GRM) @ .13