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Pozzovivo wins Trentino stage 3, Porte retains overall lead

After falling behind in Wednesday's stage 2, Domenico Pozzovivo takes a stage victory on the third day of racing at Giro del Trentino

Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r La Mondiale) climbed to victory in stage 3 of the Giro del Trentino Thursday.

Pozzovivo, who lost over a minute to Richie Porte (Sky) in Wednesday’s stage 2 to essentially fall out of the GC conversation, found his climbing legs for the 183-kilometer third stage from Ala to Fierozzo. He attacked on the finishing climb to Fierozzo Val dei Mòcheni and won by 5 seconds ahead of Mikel Landa (Astana) and Porte.

Porte has a 22-second lead in the GC standings ahead of Landa, while Leopold Konig (Sky) is 58 ticks behind in third.

“We made a tactical plan after yesterday’s disappointment, and it worked,” Pozzovivo said. “Personally, I am happy to have won a stage that to me is worth more than a podium. I feel ready for a Giro d’Italia, where I want to be one of the protagonists, and in which I wish to achieve a top-5 finish, or even a podium.”

The four-day race concludes with Friday’s 161.5km stage 4, stretching from Malè to Cles.