This Tuesday, Rein Taaramäe finished third on top of the Etna in the first mountain top finish of this Giro d’Italia, which was also the first stage on Italian soil.
The Estonian rider joined the early breakaway of fourteen riders, which quickly gained an advantage of more than 10 minutes and a chance on taking the stage win.
They started the final climb (23.3 km at 5.9%) with a lead of more than 5 minutes battled for the stage victory from the first slopes. An acceleration of Taaramäe caused a split in the group.
Even though he was distanced by four competitor, Taaramäe continued his effort at his own rhythm and crossed the line in third position. Behind, Domenico Pozzovivo and Jan Hirt accompanied the best riders in the peloton for a long time and finished 24th and 26th respectively.
At the end of this first mountain stage, Taaramäe is third in the provisional classification, Pozzovivo is 20th and Hirt 24th. The last stage on Sicily tomorrow is suited for sprinters, however, a climb of almost 20 kilometer (4%) animates the first race half.