Gilbert questions Tinkoff-Saxo's Giro d'Italia stage three tactics

Philippe Gilbert says stage three at the Giro d'Italia turned into a 'race for juniors' after Tinkoff-Saxo chased a 21-man breakaway from start to finish

BMC rider Philippe Gilbert was part of a 21-man breakaway yesterday but was critical of Tinkoff-Saxo's reluctance to let the group get away.

The break's lead never exceeded two minutes as Alberto Contador's team controlling the peloton almost from start to finish to ensure the Spaniard reached the finish line safely.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.