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Taco van der Hoorn denies favourites to win from breakaway at Giro d’Italia

Dutchman Van der Hoorn wins stage three at the Giro d’Italia Bora-Hansgrohe spend day chasing only to miss out on stage Ganna retains leader’s pink jersey and youth classification Evenepoels move up to third on general classification Taco van der Hoorn held off a galloping bunch to land the biggest victory of his career when the Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux rider won stage three at the Giro d’Italia on Monday. Just moments after winning the 190-kilometre stage from Biella to Canale, the grand tour debutant described his win as ‘unbelievable’. Indeed, despite impressing throughout the spring classics where the Dutchman was a regular figure in the early breakaways, few will have predicted Van der Hoorn could have won the stage, particularly given the horsepower on the front of the chasing peloton. After an eight-man breakaway had formed from the flag, Bora-Hansgrohe appeared intent on reining them in the hope of setting up three-time world champion Peter Sagan for the stage win. Van der Hoorn, however, had other ideas and having ridden Simon Pellaud (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) off his wheel around 7km from the finishing line remained the last man standing. Against the odds the 27-year-old held off the pack to land the biggest win of his career.