The Spanish in the Giro: Bilbao is third and Castroviejo shines

The Basque was placed third of the general with a solid performance. The one from Ineos attacked and endured in the group of favorites on the climb to Etna.


The Spanish riders were very protagonists in the third stage of the Giro d'Italia. At the end of the day, Jonathan Castroviejo shone in the ascent to Etna along with Pello Bilbao, who also showed very good legs to place himself in the privileged positions of the general classification.

This is how the Spaniards did in the third stage of the Giro

Jonathan Castroviejo (8th): superb performance by the Ineos runner. He attacked 6 km from the end on Etna volcano and managed to distance the main favorites. With his leader off the hook, Thomas, he had freedom of movement. He ended up crossing the line with the great contenders for the title in Milan.

Pello Bilbao (12th): if Castroviejo's performance was enrollment, Pello's was outstanding. He was seen to be very active and tried to release the favorites on several occasions during the ascent of Etna, but failed. He lost a few seconds with them, but his performance is worth him to be third overall.

Antonio Pedrero (13th): the Movistar runner was also spectacular. He wasn't that active and just kept up with the group of favorites. But he showed that in this Giro he can aspire to great things. He entered 20 seconds from Bilbao.

Sergio Samitier (17th): the Movistar rider had another sensational stage, showing that when the road gets tough he can be with the best. In the final moments he dropped from the positions occupied by Bilbao and Pedrero, but with that great form he will be of great help to Pedrero on the mountain of this Giro.

Dani Navarro (38th): the Israel Start-Up runner lost just over five minutes at the finish line. He couldn't leak in the day's escape and perhaps the port was too demanding for him. You will have better days to test it.

Óscar Rodríguez (39th): the one from Astana arrived a few seconds behind Navarro's position. He could not be with Fuglsang in the decisive moments of the stage, so it is unknown if he will be able to support the Dane in future stages.

Víctor de la Parte (62nd): gave up more than ten minutes to go. He tried to be close to their leader, Ilnur Zakarin, for much of the day.

Héctor Carretero (102nd): Movistar did not have his day, still far from the pedal stroke that he demonstrated last year at the Giro. But this is just beginning and it is sure to turn the tables.

Albert Torres (168th): the Spaniard, a rookie in this Giro, arrived in the last units of the race and crossed the finish line more than half an hour behind the winner. It is not his terrain and he suffered to avoid the 'out of control'.

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