9 May 2016 - 10:52 AM  UPDATED 9 May 2016 - 11:03 AM

Pre-race contender, Jean-Christophe Peraud (AG2R) has been forced to abandon the Giro after clipping wheels with another rider while passing through a roundabout with approximately 100 kilometres to go on Stage 3. Silvan Dillier (BMC) has also crashed out of the race with a broken finger after a second pile up with less than 12 kilometres to go.

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Monday 9 May 2016

Jean-Christophe Peraud does not remember the crash, which has forced him to abandon the Giro. He left the stage in an ambulance and has since been released from hospital.

"Jean-Christophe Peraud suffers from a cranial trauma, a facial trauma with loss of consciousness, various bruises and dermabrasion on upper and lower limbs," said the team's medical director, Eric Bouvat.

"He under(went) a brain and face scan in Zutpen Hospital that revealed no fracture and no intracranial lesion. I warmly thank the staff of Giro’s medical department and of Zupten Hospital for their professionalism and efficiency."

"I feel ok. I am conscious and it’s a good news. I don’t remember the crash. At the hospital a doctor told me that Patrick Gretsch crashed and then I remember his crash. But it’s my only memory of what happens. It was nervous and windy but I don’t understand why we crash. At the moment, the only important think is that I am healthy." - Jean-Christophe Peraud

Silvan Dillier (BMC) crashed hard in the final 12 kilometres of the stage and has abandoned the race with a broken finger.

BMC team physician, Dr. Giovanni Ruffini provided the following update on Dillier’s condition:

“We took Silvan to the hospital to undergo X-Rays on his right hand and arm which is the area that he landed on during the crash. X-Rays revealed a dislocated fracture of the first phalange of his second finger.

“Silvan will return to Switzerland in the morning and undergo surgery to secure the fracture. At this stage we do not have a clear indication of when he will be able to resume training but he will most likely need ten or so days off. We will know more after his surgery.” - Dr Giovanni Ruffini

Dillier is extremely disappointed to have crashed out so early in the race.

“It’s obviously really disappointing to not only miss out on the chance to get a good result at the Giro d’Italia but also because this was important preparation for the Olympic Games. I hope to be back on the bike as soon as possible and be back in good form for GP du canton d'Agovie, which is my home race and a big goal for me." - Silvan Dillier.

Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo), who started the day sitting second in the general classification, hit the tarmac in final part of the stage. The Slovenian was involved in a big crash on the beginning of the final local lap together with team-mate Martijn Keizer.

“His crash is a real setback,” said the team’s Sports Director, Addy Engels. “We weren’t counting on him in the general classification this Giro, but to lose those aspirations due to a crash is very annoying.”

The team were forced to adjust their strategy in the lead up to the stage’s finish line. “It immediately became clear that he wouldn’t be able to come back so we had to move on,” Engels said.

“We just kept Steven Kruijswijk in front and Moreno (Hofland) got another chance to go for the bunch sprint. It’s good that he finished seventh. He delivered a strong final 200 metres but had to come from too far behind.”

While Roglic lost his chance at wearing the maglia rosa team-mate Maarten Tjallingii grabbed the blue king of the mountain's jersey after a long ride in the day's breakaway.

After enjoying the maglia rosa for two days in front of a home crowd in the Netherlands, Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) was forced to give it up to Marcel Kittel due to time bonuses the German powerhouse gained with his second consecutive stage win on Stage 3.

“I was expecting this scenario up front, so not a big surprise and doesn’t make a big difference to me,” Dumoulin said.

“I have had two very nice days wearing the leader’s jersey in my home country. And if someone else has taken the jersey, then I would prefer that it would be Kittel instead of anyone else.”

“In the two local laps (at the end of the stage), we tried to stay in position, to stay calm," said coach Marc Reef.

"We survived the first big crash, then later we had Nikias (Arndt) and Bert (de Backer) on the floor, in the last lap. We decided to focus all on holding our position and hoping that Marcel would not be in the first three and that we would keep the jersey.”

Here’s a feel good video from the opening stages:

Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo) started the Giro with gastro, but is glad to be past the worst of it. After giving his best in the opening time trial he has conserved his energy over the next two stages and should be feeling better still after the rest day before Stage 4.

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