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7 May 2017
FERNANDO GAVIRIA'S FIRST WIN
It’s the Giro of the first timers. Fernando Gaviria claimed his first stage victory at the Corsa Rosa after Lukas Pöstleberger won in Olbia on his Grand Tour debut and André Greipel took his first Maglia Rosa in Tortolì. But it wasn’t a bunch sprint finish in Cagliari.
The first Colombian sprinter to win at the Giro d’Italia made the difference throughout the crosswinds with 10km to go with the help of his Quick-Step Floors team. Gaviria also took the lead of the general classification over from André Greipel.
- The first stage victory at the Giro d’Italia and the first Maglia Rosa for Fernando Gaviria.
- It’s the 23rd stage victory for Colombian riders since Martin Emilio ‘Cochise’ Rodriguez won at Forte dei Marmi in 1973, which was the first stage win by a non-European rider.
- Gaviria is the fourth Colombian to wear the Maglia Rosa after Rigoberto Uran and Nairo Quintana in 2014, and Esteban Chaves in 2016. Since Colombian riders first took the lead of the Giro’s GC, they’ve held it for more days than Italian riders.
- Giacomo Nizzolo has reached the top of one honor roll. Only one other rider has made the top 3 of a stage 14 times without winning any: Pietro Rimoldi between 1936 and 1940.
- 2017’s first three stages sees three different stage winners and three different Maglia Rosa: it also happened in 2010 (stage winners were Bradley Wiggins, Tyler Farrar and Wouter Weylandt, race leaders were Wiggins, Cadel Evans and Alexandre Vinokourov).
- Just like in the past two editions, there has been at least one stage victory by a rider who is less than 23 year old: Davide Formolo, 22, at La Spezia in 2015, Giulio Ciccone, 21, at Sestola in 2016, and now Fernando Gaviria, 22, at Cagliari.
- Today saw the 20th stage win at the Giro for the team sponsored by Quick-Step.
Today’s stage winner and new Maglia Rosa Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) said: “We didn’t plan this attack in the crosswinds. We wanted to be at the front if the bunch was going to fire up. We’re a strong team so we took the initiative. With six riders at the front, we outnumbered the others. When we saw a split in the bunch, we went full gas. I had two days with bad legs, or if my legs were good, the others had much better ones. I was bitter because I had done a lot of sacrifices at home to be ready for stage 1 of the Giro. Now we can enjoy the rest day as a team, because I have the Maglia Rosa for two days: the rest day and stage 4.” Tomorrow is the first rest day of the 100th Giro d’Italia.
NEXT STAGE – TUESDAY 9TH MAY
Stage 4 – Cefalù-Etna 181km – total elevation 3,500m
The first summit finish awaits the peloton after a medium mountain stage.