Stage 3 brought some excitement, but not the kind you would expect.  This was considered the first climbing stage, however with the climb being a moderate Cat 2 opposed to the leg breakers we'll see in the final stages, moves weren't made by the GC contenders.  Instead, attacks were made by the sprinters and all-arounders resulting in an unexpected winner of the QOM points, Valentina Scandalara (Orica-AIS), and Time Trial Champion Annemiek van Vleuten taking the stage win. 

In second place, 10 seconds behind Vleuten, was Alé-Cipollini’s Elena Berlato. The Giro Rosa also saw it's first ever Japanese racer podium with Wiggle Honda's Mayuko Hagiwara taking 3rd. 

Race Recap by @MiCiclismo 

Team Rabobank Liv [Facebook: GiroRosa]

The start line. [Image: @lupoangelo]

Rolling out. [Facebook: Giro Rosa]

The breakaway. [VeloFocus.com]

The chase. [VeloFocus.com]

 

Annemiek van Vleuten crosses the finish line! [Facebook: Giro Rosa]

Congratulatory hugs after Japan's National Champion, Mayuko Hagiwara takes 3rd. [Twitter: Wiggle Honda]

More hugs! Annemiek van Vleuten hugging teammate after stage win. [Wei Yeut Wong for Bicycle Magazine]

Podium celebration. [Facebook: Giro Rosa]