This trip to California marks the first time to the USA for young Matteo Fabbro, 23, from Udine, Italy. But make no mistake, Matteo is happy to be here working for some results in the California sunshine and taking in the atmosphere at every stage. Today’s stage 3 began in King City and ended on the race track at Laguna Seca Recreation Area after 197km, a stage that brought a smile to his face when asked about it afterwards.
“Today was a hard stage for sure,” said Matteo. “But I have to say my feelings were better than yesterday. I don’t really know what happened yesterday on the last climb (Gibraltar Road) but today I felt good! I tried some attacking in the last k’s but I always had to come back. Finishing here on the race track was really nice. It is so steep, that famous corner of Corkscrew Hill! I didn’t believe it was so steep until I was on it! But it was nice and there were so many people on the finish. So, so nice.”
The stage was won by a late getaway surge from Trek Segafredo’s Toms Skujiņš. Egan Bernal (Team Sky) still holds the yellow jersey by 25-seconds after yesterday’s solo victory atop Gibraltar.
Stage 4 on Wednesday brings the individual time trial. At 34.7km, the course in San Jose/Morgan Hill features a slight rise at the halfway point, followed by a downhill section that gives way to a basically flat final. Slight of build at 167cm and 52kg, Fabbro has personal goals in mind for tomorrow’s effort instead of the stage win.
“I don’t think I have much of a chance in the TT, but it’s only my second TT of the year so I hope to see improvement from last time as I look to get better in the future.”
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