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18 May 2017

Gaviria makes it three

The Colombian rider beat Mareczko and Bennett in Reggio Emilia. 

The Colombian rider Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) claimed his third stage victory at the Giro100 as he fended off Italy’s Jakub Mareczko (Wilier Triestina – Selle Italia) and Irishman Sam Bennett (Bora – Hansgrohe) in a bunch sprint in Reggio Emilia at the end of today’s 229km stage which included riding on the A1 Panoramica motorway. Dutchman Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) retained the Maglia Rosa for the third consecutive day.

STATISTICS

  • This is the 25th Giro d’Italia stage victory for Colombian riders, equalling the total for Dutchmen set by Tom Dumoulin when he won Tuesday’s Sagrantino time trial stage.
  • Before Fernando Gaviria, two other Colombians have won three stages at the Giro but he’s the first one to make the triple in a single edition. The other two are Lucho Herrera (Tre Cime di Lavaredo and Monte Generoso in 1989, Terminillo in 1992) and Nairo Quintana (Val Martello and Cima Grappa in 2014, Blockhaus in 2017).
  • It’s the second time that Colombian riders have combined to win four stages in a single Giro after Nairo Quintana (twice), Rigoberto Uran and Julian Arredondo imposed themselves on the 2014 edition. That year, their first win was on stage 12. This year, stage 12 marks the fourth Colombian victory.

FINAL RESULT

1 – Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) – 229km in 5h18’55”, average speed 43.083km/h

2 – Jakub Mareczko (Wilier Triestina – Selle Italia) s.t.

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

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION

PRESS CONFERENCE

Today’s stage winner Fernando Gaviria said: “Initially I was a bit worried when Max [Richeze] had a flat tyre because he’s got a very important role in my lead out. I was hoping he’d have enough time to come across… he did and his work at the end was phenomenal. Thanks to that I’ve had an exceptional victory. One win in a Grand Tour could be a question of luck but three, it’s just amazing. I’m here because my family made a lot of sacrifices for me. My dad would die for cycling. It’s his true passion. That’s why I’ve offered them to follow the whole Giro and be close to me.”

TOMORROW’S STAGE

Stage 13 – Reggio Emilia – Tortona – 167km – total elevation 100m

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