Philip Deignan in the top 40 as the Giro d’Italia rolls out of Ireland

Alan Foley

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Alan Foley

Philip Deignan in the top 40 as the Giro d’Italia rolls out of Ireland
Philip Deignan safely negotiated his way around the first three stages of the Giro d’Italia, which took place in Ireland over the weekend.

Philip Deignan safely negotiated his way around the first three stages of the Giro d’Italia, which took place in Ireland over the weekend.

The Letterkenny native currently sits in 40th place in the General Classification - 49 seconds behind current leader Michael Matthews from Orica GreenEdge following yesterday’s third stage into Dublin.

Deignan and his Team Sky finished the opening stage of the Giro in fifth place following the team time trial in Belfast on Friday.

Team Sky produced a battling second half to the 21.7km course to come in 35 seconds behind the winners, Australian team Orica GreenEdge, who posted a time of 24 minutes 42 seconds.

The stage ended with Langley’s Svein Tuft of Canada taking the plaudits.

Orica-GreenEdge, featuring six Australian riders, allowed Tuft to cross the line first on his 37th birthday, meaning he claims the event’s famed pink leader’s jersey, the maglia rosa.

Stage One saw immense disappointment for Ireland’s Dan Martin, who crashed out on the slippery conditions and suffered a broken collarbone.

Martin, a nephew of 1987 Giro winner Stephen Roche, fell and took down three of his Garmin-Sharp teammates, with the trio eventually remounting to finish the stage in last place.

Birmingham-born Martin, who won a stage in last year’s Tour de France, was taken to hospital immediately to receive surgery on the injury.

Then, on Saturday, Team Sky’s best placed rider in the bunch sprint was Ben Swift, who took seventh.

Deignan himself finished in the main pack, in 123rd place, after a tough 218km stage in the rain, which meant he was 36th overall just 38 seconds behind the leader.

Giant-Shimano’s Marcel Kittel of Germany won the stage, which started and finished in Belfast, by three seconds.

The Orica-GreenEdge rider finished ahead of Nacer Bouhanni in second and Giacomo Nizzolo in third.

By virtue of finishing ahead of his Orica-GreenEdge team-mate Tuft, Australia’s Matthews took over in the pink jersey for the 178km stage from Armagh to Dublin on Sunday.

Deignan was 90th home in Merrion Square, 11 seconds off stage winner Kittle, who won for the second day in succession,

The riders have a rest day today, Monday, with the Giro resuming on mainland Italy on Tuesday. Stae Four is 112km between Giovinazzo and Bari.