Taco van der Hoorn holds off peloton by just four seconds to take victory on stage three of the Giro d'Italia

The Dutchman was part of the day's break and looked shocked as he came across the line, having successfully held off the bunch

Taco van der Hoorn wins stage three of the Giro d'Italia 2021
(Image credit: Getty)

Taco van der Hoorn looked as shocked as everyone else as he realised he'd done enough to hold off the peloton by just four seconds and take the stage three victory against the odds at the 2021 Giro d'Italia.

The Dutchman had made the day's break over the 190km course and surprisingly decided to dispense with his final companion, Simon Pellaud, with around 8km to go despite the pair working well together and holding less than a minute's advantage over the bunch.

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