Giro. Tour of Italy – Cian Uijtdebroeks: “I was scared, we didn’t expect it…”

Giro. Tour of Italy – Cian Uijtdebroeks: “I was scared, we didn’t expect it…”
Giro. Tour of Italy – Cian Uijtdebroeks: “I was scared, we didn’t expect it…”

Cian Uijtdebroeksthe young climber of the Visma | Lease a Bike wore a distinctive jersey for the first time in his career on a Grand Tour this Monday. And the promising Belgian remains leader of the best young person ranking at the end of this third stage of the Giro d’Italiawhich was won by Tim Merlier (Soudal Quick-Step). The riders today completed the first flat stage on Italian roads. A so-called ‘transition’ day but which was not easy for Cian Uijtdebroeks

Cian Uijtdebroeks remains best youngster

“You just have to survive to the line.”

Indeed, the Belgian was surprised by the edges when the stage got carried away more than 60 km from the finish. Cian Uijtdebroeks found himself trapped in the last rung, behind the pink jersey group of Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates). “Yes, we were scared… It washave such a chaos! The start was really easy, it was a bad sign for the rest of the stage. Then, everything exploded suddenly hasan intermediate sprint, we don’t know waitslet pace. There was a group of 25 riders who left and I want to say that it was a very good situation for us because we had two guys in front (Olav Kooij and Christophe Laporte, editor’s note). But after he left, the peloton split and we weren’t really in the good part I would say…” laughed the Belgian before continuing: “Congratulations to my teammates who helped me a lot and who were able to bring me back into the peloton. Afterwards in the finale it’s always very stressful so you just have to survive until the line.” concluded the Belgian.

All smiles, the Belgian also reassured about his state of form after his fall on the second stage: “I feel good. The legs couldn’t really relax in the second part of the stage today. I have a good step in my legs.” Cian Uijtdebroeks still enjoyed his day in a white jersey and was delighted. “It’s really amazing to be able to wear this jersey and I really enjoyed it.”

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