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Giro d’Italia: Michael Matthews claims stage 3 in uphill sprint

SIENA, ITALY - MARCH 03: Alexey Lutsenko of Kazahkstan and Astana-Qazaqstan team attends Strade Bianche 2023 race route recon on March 03, 2023 in Siena, Italy. (Photo by Sara Cavallini/Getty Images)

Michael Matthews (Jayco-AlUla) sped to victory on stage 3 of the Giro d’Italia in Melfi, beating Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) to the line in the uphill sprint.

The Australian jumped with 200 metres to go at the end of a tricky finale of the 213km stage holding off the former world champion to complete a day’s worth of work by his team.

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