Stage three at the Giro Ciclistico d’Italia saw the peloton take on an intriguing 132 kilometre long parcours, starting and finishing in the town of Cesenatico. With several tricky climbs in the middle of the stage before a downhill and flatter final 30 kilometres, it looked like a stage where the breakaway and sprint teams would battle it out for the stage honours.
As expected, it was an infernal start to the day with numerous failed breakaway attempts before the elastic eventually snapped and a strong nine rider breakaway managed to get clear. With all Development Team DSM riders in the peloton, focus stayed on being safe and conserving as much energy as possible. The group out front worked well together and despite the best efforts of the charging peloton in the finale, they would fight it out for the stage win. Marius Mayrhofer would lead home the team in the sprint behind, with all of the team finishing safely within the bunch.