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Ninth Place for Zabel on Giro d’Italia Stage 3

8. May 2016, Arnhem (NED) — Road Team

Rick Zabel after crossing the line in 9th place. (c) Tim De Waele/TDWSport.com

It was a day of mixed fortunes for BMC Racing Team on Stage 3 of the Giro d’Italia, which saw Rick Zabel battle to ninth place in the bunch sprint, and Silvan Dillier crash out with around 12 kilometers to go.

Zabel’s result is his first top ten finish in a Grand Tour, and comes after a solid performance in the Stage 2 sprint. Marcel Kittel took the win for the second day in a row and claimed the Maglia Rosa in the process.

Dillier was forced to abandon the race after being involved in a multiple-rider crash as the peloton picked up the pace to chase down the last remaining breakaway rider.

An update on Dillier’s condition will be provided as soon as more information is known.

Quotes of the Day

Rick Zabel:

“I felt good today and I feel strong in general. It’s my first top ten in a Grand Tour so I’m really happy about it. My goal coming into the Giro d’Italia was to be in the top ten on a stage and I’ve already achieved it on the second road stage so I’m really happy with this result. I hope the rest of the Giro d’Italia will continue like this.”

“There was a big crash with 12 kilometers to go and I was one of the last riders to come around. I stayed behind and I waited a bit and then in the last five kilometers Manuel Quinziato did a good job to bring me up to front. I know I am not as fast as Marcel Kittel and Andre Greipel but I’m still happy that I can be up there with the fastest guys.”

Max Sciandri, Sports Director:

“It’s obviously really disappointing to see Silvan crash out like that, both for him and the team. He was in good shape and was hoping to be a breakaway or two in the coming weeks.”

“On the other hand it was good to see Rick up there in the sprint. Once you crack the top ten for the first time in a Grand Tour it’s easier to do it again so I hope he’ll continue to have the legs to contest the sprints.”

Race Profile

Giro d’Italia (2.UWT)

Stage 3 Nijmegen to Arnhem 190km

Top 3: Marcel Kittel (Team Giant Alpecin), Elia Viviani (Team Sky), Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek Segafredo)

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See photos from the race.


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