Taco van der Hoorn: 'I looked behind me and thought what the f**k, I'm going to make it'

The Dutchman couldn't believe he'd managed to make what looked like a doomed breakaway move on stage three of the Giro d'Italia into a winning one

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

If there was a quota on how many swear words the peloton are allowed to use in post-race interviews per edition of the Giro d'Italia, Taco van der Hoorn has likely used up all of 2021's allotted f-bombs on just day three.

 "I can't believe it. With 1km to go I was looking behind to see [if they were coming]...'ah f**k, I'm going to make it, what the f**k.' Those last metres were really unbelievable,” the winner of stage three said, having come to a stop after the finish looking both relieved and bewildered before letting out an enormous "f*******k" that lasted almost as long as he had off the front.

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