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]