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Giro stage three reactions

By:
Greg Johnson and Les Clarke
Published:
May 12, 2009, 12:00 BST,
Updated:
June 10, 2009, 17:09 BST
Race:
Giro d'Italia, Stage 3

by Anders Lund, Carlos Sastre, Jean-Paul Van Poppel and Marzio Bruseghin.

Anders Lund (Saxo Bank): "I felt much better than yesterday and nothing seemed more natural than to go for the sprint. It was a difficult finish but I moved without any problems through the curves so I could get a good position. You learn something every time you do a difficult finish like this, so I'm looking forward to the next time I have the opportunity to make an even better result," said a delighted Anders Lund after stage.

Carlos Sastre (Cervélo TestTeam): "The third stage of this year's Giro was relatively calm. When we were entering the military area we thought for a moment that we were already in the final stretch. In the military airbase, they gave us a display with the Italian flag flying and it really was quite a show. That can only happen in the Giro d'Italia.

"In terms of the rest of the race, we hit 'Comanche' territory in the second part of the stage with a very tough 13 percent climb that lasted a kilometre and with ramps of over 18 percent.

"After that, the last 80 kilometres were raced along narrow roads, with left and right hand bends, and constant climbs and decents. It was very dangerous and you had to be really alert and up in front. Luckily, and with the help of the team, I was once again able to stay at the head of the group, I got through it without any mishaps, and we are continuing to move forward with this year's Giro d'Italia."

Jean-Paul Van Poppel (Cervélo TestTeam directeur sportif): "Of course it is difficult with a final in a circuit like we had here. It is almost ridiculous for a GC rider to come into a circuit like this and lose time because of getting stopped up by a crash, but that is cycling.

"Here it's more tricky than anywhere else in the world, but that also makes it more beautiful," said Van Poppel. "We were good, not lucky, because Carlos found his position. This is his 20th Grand Tour, so he knows where to be in the bunch. Our guys did a very good job supporting him to have the best position, and he was very happy to get in the first group over the line.

"Tomorrow, the real racing starts with the first mountaintop finish. We are very happy to be entering this part of the race without any time loss to make up."

Marzio Bruseghin (Lampre-NGC): "I was willing to try an attack and it has been fantastic hearing the shouts by the fans. The action didn't have a happy ending; I would have preferred to try a counter attack, but no one took charge of the action and so I decided to start. Anyway, I'm satisfied."

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