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8 May 2017

Gaviria wears pink

It’s the first rest day of the 100th Giro d’Italia following the Big Start and three stages in Sardinia, and the Corsa Rosa travels to Sicily.

Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) will start tomorrow wearing the Maglia Rosa. He leads André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) by 9 seconds and Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora – Hansgrohe) by 13 seconds. This afternoon the Gaviria met the press at Quick-Step Floors’ hotel. Fernando Gaviria said: “It was nice to wake up this morning in Sicily and see the pink jersey there, in my room, together with all the other things the team had prepared for me. When I put everything on to go training I felt that I’m the leader of the Giro, because I needed some time to let things sink in. Last night, I thought a lot about what we did as a team; it was really impressive and I’m sure nobody will forget the way Quick-Step Floors sparked that move and left their mark on the last Sardinian stage.

“Yesterday’s victory is the most important of my career and to win this stage in front of my mother, father and sister made me very happy. I love having my family here, their presence boosted my morale and it gives me huge joy to know they’ll spend some more days at the race, following me. Without their help, I wouldn’t have been the person I am today.”




This morning, the exhibition “Sicilia. Amore infinito” was inaugurated at the Biblioteca Regionale Universitaria of Catania. “Sicilia. Amore infinito” has been created to coincide with the 100th edition of the Giro d’Italia to celebrate the Corsa Rosa in Sicily through historical editions of La Gazzetta dello Sport, local newspapers, original jerseys and videos. The exhibition’s inauguration was in the presence of RCS Sport Managing Director, Paolo Bellino; Giro d’Italia Director, Mauro Vegni; Tourism and Sport Councillor of Sicily Region, Anthony Barbagallo; Mayor of Catania, Enzo Bianco; Magnifico Rector of Catania University, Francesco Basile; Member of Sicilian Regional Assembly. Nino D’Asero; Questore of Catania, Dott. Giuseppe Gualtieri; and Sport Councillor of Catania, Valentina Scialfa.

Giro d’Italia Director, Mauro Vegni, said: “It is very important for the Giro to be in a place of culture as the Giro is culture itself. The Giro unified the south with the north of Italy and contributed to creating Italian culture over the last hundred years. This exhibition remembers all the times the Giro has come to Sicily, a beautiful region which loved the Giro and is loved by the Giro.”


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