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12 May 2017

Caleb Ewan comes of age

First victory at the Giro for the young Australian sprinter. Bob Jungels retains the Maglia Rosa

Australia’s Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) claimed his first ever stage victory at the Giro d’Italia as he outsprinted Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) and Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) in a spectacular bunch gallop in Alberobello after Dmitriy Kozontchuk (Gazprom-Rusvelo) and Giuseppe Fonzi (Wilier Triestina) got reined in with 20km to go. Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors) retained the Maglia Rosa for the fourth day.

The Municipality of Alberobello, to celebrate stage 7 of the 100th Giro d’Italia dedicated the area next to today’s stage finish line to the Maglia Rosa Bob Jungels.

Stage 7’s winner, Caleb Ewan, on stage with the American actor, Patrick Dempsey, TAG Heuer (Official Timekeeper of the Giro d’Italia) ambassador

STATISTICS

  • First win at the Giro d’Italia for Caleb Ewan. It’s his second Grand Tour victory after stage 5 at the 2015 Vuelta a España.
  • This is the 30th stage victory for Australian riders at the Giro, 35 years after the first one, by Tasmania’s Michael Wilson in Cortona on 15 May 1982.
  • The age of the stage winners so far this year: 22 (Gaviria, Ewan), 25 (Polanc, Pöstlberger), 26 (Dillier), 34 (Greipel). Also in 2012, two riders won a stage before turning 23: Taylor Phinney, 21, and Andrea Guardini, 22.

FINAL RESULT

1 – Caleb Ewan (Orica – Scott) 224km in 5h35’18”, average speed 40.033km/h

2 – Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) s.t.

3 – Sam Bennet (Bora – Hansgrohe) s.t.

GENERAL CLASSIFICATIONS

PRESS CONFERENCE

Today’s stage winner Caleb Ewan said: “I came to the Giro this year with a lot of expectations on myself. I wanted to win a stage but I had some bad luck. It was frustrating: every loss put an extra pressure. It’s a big relief to finally win. This is my second Grand Tour stage victory now after the [2015] Vuelta. It couldn’t make me happier. It was a super long day with only two guys in the breakaway. We were sitting near the front, side by side, it was pretty relaxing until the last three or four kilometers. I jumped a little bit earlier than I probably would have, but it was a good choice at the end.”

The Maglia Rosa Bob Jungels said: “I don’t really see anything that should make me stress too much. I’m in no rush. This is my fourth day in the Maglia Rosa and there’s no downside to having it. It’s been quite a good Giro for me so far. I want to keep the jersey but not be caught up by the pressure. Today was the first day with no stress due to the wind or the echelons – it was only  technical at the end. I won’t be fresh any more after climbing to the Blockhaus on Sunday, but there’s the time trial after that, which should favour me.”

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