British rider Emma Pooley has moved up to third overall in the 2012 Giro Donne after Sunday’s third stage.

Pooley (AA Drink-leontien.nl) sits 31 seconds behind overall race leader Evelyn Stevens (Specialized Lululemon) and 19 seconds behind stage one and two winner Marianne Vos (Stichting Rabobank). Vos won the race overall in 2011.

Stevens won Sunday’s mountainous 124km stage from Vernio to Castiglione dei Pepoli which featured two categorised peaks and an uphill finish.

The race stays in the mountains for Monday’s fourth leg from Montecatini Terme and finishing atop Montecatini Alto. The 2012 edition of the race finishes in Bergamo on Saturday, July 7.

Results

Stage one, Napoli to Terracina, 139.1km


1. Marianne Vos (Ned) Stichting Rabobank

Stage two, Rome to Rome, 7.2km

1. Marianne Vos (Ned) Stichting Rabobank

Stage three, Vernio to Castiglione dei Pepoli, 124km

1. Evelyn Stevens (USA) Specialized Lululemon

Overall classification after stage three

1. Evelyn Stevens (USA) Specialized Lululemon


2. Marianne Vos (Ned) Stichting Rabobank at 12 secs

3. Emma Pooley (GBr) AA Drink-leontien.nl at 31 secs

4. Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Faren Honda Team at 1-01

5. Judith Arndt (Ger) Orica-GreenEdge at 2-35

6. Claudia Hausler (Ger) Orica-GreenEdge at 2-39

7. Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) MCipollini Giambenini at 2-41

8. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products Mistral at 2-51

9. Ashleigh Moolman (RSA) Lotto Belisol at 5-30

10. Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Stichting Rabobank at 5-30 

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