Stage 3: Armagh to Dublin, 187km
Deja vu? It was a wet and windy stage as the peloton crossed from Northern Ireland to the Republic that ended as predicted with Marcel Kittel taking the second sprint of the Giro (almost certainly not his last). And although he had a bit of a tumble that tore his shorts in a mid-race crash, Michael Matthews kept the pink jersey into the first rest day.
If Svein Tuft, the first overall leader at this year’s Giro d’Italia, was relatively unknown to casual cycling fans, then his Orica-GreenEDGE teammate Michael Matthews is, if anything, even less well-known. But whereas Tuft is nearing the end of his career, the Australian is still in the formative years of his. And yet he has already made a significant impact in his two grand tour participations to date.