The Spanish rider Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia (Astana Pro Team) won Stage 7 of the 102nd Giro d’Italia, 185km from Vasto to L’Aquila. Tony Gallopin (AG2R La Mondiale) and Davide Formolo (Bora – Hansgrohe) finished second and third, respectively.
Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) wears the Maglia Rosa of General Classification leader.
1 – Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia (Astana Pro Team) – 185km in 4h06’27”, average speed 45.039km/h
2 – Tony Gallopin (AG2R La Mondiale) at 5″
3 – Davide Formolo (Bora – Hansgrohe) at 5″
1 – Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates)
2 – José Rojas (Movistar Team) at 1’32”
3 – Giovanni Carboni (Bardiani CSF) at 1’41”
Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the stage winner Pello Bilbao said: “It’s a really important day for me today. It took me a long time to get my first stage win in a Grand Tour. It was a very big advantage to have two riders in the breakaway. Andrey [Zeits] pulled a lot. Dario [Cataldo] was our designated rider but it was such a hard and complicated stage that eventually who made the breakaway was improvised.”
The race leader Valerio Conti said: “It’s been very difficult to retain the Maglia Rosa because it looked like the whole peloton wanted to break away today. There were strong GC riders like Rojas and Bilbao at the front. Luckily the UAE Team Emirates is very strong and dedicated too. I’m very happy to keep the lead.”