fi'zi:k's riders safely through Sardinia

The first weekend of the Giro d’Italia with fi’zi:k

Three days in Sardinia, three stages into the 100th Giro d’Italia and, like a leopard eyeing its prey, fi’zi:k riders are calmly but potently in prime positions as the race leaves Sardinia and heads for Sicily. Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas, aboard his fi’zi:k Arione R1 saddle and slipped into his fi’zi:k R1B Climb Edition shoes, lies in 11th, just 23 seconds down on race leader Fernando Gaviria after a trio of sprint stages.

Fellow GC contender and 2014 Giro winner Nairo Quintana (fi’zi:k Antares 00 saddle) is 17th on the same time, as is Mikel Landa (Team Sky and fi’zi:k Arione VS saddle) in 23rd, 28th-placed Thibaut Pinot (fi’zi:k Arione saddle) and Davide Formolo (fi’zi:k Arione R3 saddle and Cannondale-Drapac) in 31st.

But it was another fi’zi:k rider, Nathan Haas (fi’zi:k Aliante VS saddle and Team Dimension Data), who lit up Sunday’s 148km third stage from Tortoli to Cagliari. With 10km left to race, Quick-Step hit the front but Haas held on, forming part of an echelon on a day of crosswinds. The Australian then unleashed a late attack with just 400m to go in an attempt to upset the sprinters. Unfortunately, those headwinds made it difficult to stay away.

‘I’m the kind of racer that hates more than anything to give someone a win and not give yourself a winning opportunity,’ Haas said after the stage. ‘I was in the finale, I had a chance and so I said, “Go!”’

Unusually early for a Grand Tour, the riders will enjoy a rest day on Monday before returning for the eagerly awaited stage four on Tuesday, which begins in Cefalu and finishes 180km later atop Mount Etna.