10.05.2021 · In evidence


Great action by Samuele Zoccarato in the third stage of the Giro d'Italia. The neo-professional athlete in his first Giro d'Italia makes the longest breakaway of his career in his first action at the Corsa Rosa. Reabsorbed by the group 5 km from the finish, he was one of the last attackers of the day to be reabsorbed.

There are different kind of debuts. The one of Samuele Zoccarato will for sure remain fixed in his mind about his first breakaway a neo-professional and rookie in the Giro d’Italia. An action that led him to fight up to 5km from the finish line for success, in the longest breakaway of his career so far.

Action started right from the start and made up of 8 athletes who took their advantage up to over 6 minutes from the group controlled for large sections of the race by the men of Peter Sagan, one of the stage favorites. After a flat first part but running at a good pace and in the rain, the second part of the race was characterized by the 3 GPM of the day in which the escape began to lose some forwards. On the last GPM of the day it is Samuele Zoccarato who imposes an acceleration and so on there are only 3 men leading: the Swiss Simon Pellaud, the Dutch Van Der Hoorn and Samuele Zoccarato. Series of shots and counter-shots in which Zoccarato loses the wheel of the two forwards, but he is good at immediately agreeing to the counterattack of Ciccone and Gallopin who bring him back to Pellaud but not to Van Der Hoorn who has stretched further. In the last 5 km of the race the group thus finds all the attackers except the skilled Dutch athlete who wins by surprise in front of the sprint group.

In the sprint of the group now reduced by the high speed of the race, 16th position of Enrico Battaglin, the best of the team at the finish line, in front of Samuele Zoccarato who remained in the group of the best closes 28th.


These are the words of Samuele Zoccarato after the finish: “It was the longest escape of my career and I am left with the regret of not being able to stay there until the end given the victory of the Dutch athlete but I also know that I gave everything. Unfortunately in the last few kilometers I had cramps, I had never done such a long action and I have to learn to know the limits. On the last GPM I sprinted, with hindsight maybe I could have saved some energy, but it is also true that I imposed an acceleration that was perhaps decisive in making the action go on for so long. “