The stage winner Julian Alaphilippe, said: “It’s been a finale full of suspense. It was very intense. During the race, the rhythm was always very high. For us, it was excellent that João Almeida was at the front. When Geraint Thomas made his move, I understood my time had come to make my move too, even though there was a headwind. It’s a special feeling to win with the rainbow jersey in Italy, the country where I conquered it. I’ve realized that it’s more difficult to win races with this jersey, so it makes today’s victory even sweeter. Milano-Sanremo will be another story, maybe it will be similar with the same contenders but it’s not the story of today. I don’t want to think about it yet.”
The Maglia Azzurra Wout van Aert, said: “I didn’t ask other teams to work. Maybe our sports director did but I was quite confident that especially UAE Team Emirates would come to help, but on the climbs, with the attacks, I was never really afraid. I said to the guys to ride as fast as possible. We didn’t close it quickly but we kept the breakaway a short distance ahead of us. João Almeida survived for so long and it was a hard sprint. The upcoming stages will be very difficult to control but the short steep climbs should suit me well. But when it comes to Saturday with such a long uphill finish, I’m more in the unknown. Both stages will be crucial. Teams like UAE Team Emirates and Ineos Grenadiers will set up a mountain train but we have strong guys too. However, I’m confident because today’s stage was already quite hard and we managed it well.”
Stage 3, Monticiano – Gualdo Tadino (219km)
An undulating stage in its first half, but substantially flat in its second part. After an initial short circuit in Chiusdino, the route passes just south of Siena, through Murlo and Asciano, before reaching Cortona. It then enters the Umbria region via the only GPM of the day, situated at Poggio della Croce. After descending in Gubbio, the route features straight and flat roads for the most part until the finish line.
The last few undulating kilometers lead to an uphill to finish. At one kilometer to go, there is a rather pronounced left turn, followed by a series of wide bends and a straight line to the finish. This last segment is slightly uphill, at around 4%. The finish line is on an asphalt straight, 8 m-wide.