Stage 3 of Il Giro di Sicilia Open Fiber. The four-stage race, organized by RCS Sport / La Gazzetta dello Sport in conjunction with the Sicilian Region and scheduled from 3 to 6 April, will continue from Caltanissetta to Ragusa with a 188km hilly stage in the central part of the island.
After crossing the neutralised zone, the peloton of 115 riders passed km 0 at 11:55.
Caltanissetta (11:55 – Start): Cloudy 13°C. Wind: moderate – 11kmh, WSW.
Ragusa (16.30 – Approx. Finish): Variable 14°C. Wind: moderate – 13kmh, WSW.
Follow the race live on Giro di Sicilia website: http://ilgirodisicilia.it/en/live-2/
1 – Manuel Belletti (Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec)
2 – Riccardo Stacchiotti (Giotti Victoria) s.t.
3 – Juan Sebastián Molano Benavides (UAE Team Emirates) at 12″
Maglia Rossa e Gialla (red and yellow), general classification leader, sponsored by the Sicilian Region – Manuel Belletti (Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec)
Maglia Arancione (orange), sprinter classification leader, sponsored by NamedSport – Manuel Belletti (Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec) – jersey worn by Riccardo Stacchiotti (Giotti Victoria)
Maglia Verde Pistacchio (pistacchio green), King of the Mountains classification leader, sponsored by Cantine Cellario – Isaac Canton Serrano (Kometa Cycling Team)
Maglia Bianca (white), young rider general classification leader, sponsored by the Ufficio Nazionale Israeliano del Turismo – citiesbreak.com – Juan Sebastián Molano Benavides (UAE Team Emirates)
POINTS AND TIME BONUSES
During the stage, 13 seconds of time bonus are up for grabs in the individual overall classification by time, a maximum of 17 points are available for the points classification, and 15 points for the King of the Mountains competition.
Stage 3 – CALTANISSETTA – RAGUSA – 188km
This stage runs in the internal part of Sicily with a mixed finale of climbs and descents. It’s a challenging stage with continuous up and downs and an uninterrupted series of curves for the first 120km. The roads have variable widths, with some sections in towns and villages that are cobbled. Once in Vittoria, where the stage flattens for a short distance, the course runs through the towns of Vittoria and Comiso to then face the climb of Serra di Burgio that will lead, after a fast descent, straight to Ragusa for the finale in the city centre.
The last 6km descend all the way to Ibla. Here, the route begins to climb towards the city centre on narrow roads, with stone pavers at some points, and gradients of 3-4% topping out at 12%. In the steepest stretch, the roadway is narrowed but well-surfaced. Over the last 2km, the route descends briefly and then goes up again with mild gradients all the way to the finish. The home stretch is 300m long, on 6m wide, flat and asphalt road.