Taco van der Hoorn cannot believe that he won the third stage of the Giro d'Italia on Monday.
The 27-year-old Dutchman had been on the attack all day and eventually crossed the line solo.
"I just can't believe it. I was planning to attack the entire Giro and ride aggressively", said Van der Hoorn, who will make his debut in a big round on behalf of the Belgian team Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux.
"I knew it would be very difficult to stay ahead or to win with the breakaway. But half a percent chance is enough for me, so I went for it."
Van der Hoorn was the only one left from a leading group at eight kilometers from the finish line and held up well in the streets of Canale.
At the finish he was still four seconds ahead of the chasing peloton.
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'The last meters were incredible'
Simon Pellaud was the last to remain in front with Van der Hoorn.
The Dutchman already had the feeling that he could conquer his French fellow refugee.
"Simon went up hard on the last climb, full throttle. But after that I felt stronger," he said.
"I left it behind and at one point heard that I had about forty seconds left. It felt unreal. I went for it. With one kilometer to go, I thought: I'm just going to make it. The last meters were incredible. . "
Van der Hoorn is the sixteenth Dutch man with a stage victory in the Giro.
Tom Dumoulin was the last in 2018, when he won the opening time trial in Jerusalem.
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