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6 May 2017

THE GORILLA ROARS IN PINK

André Greipel claimed his eighth stage win at the Giro d’Italia as he outsprinted Roberto Ferrari and Jasper Stuyven at Tortolì at the end of a stage more than six hours long, due to the head wind. For the first time in his long career, the Gorilla moved into the lead of a Grand Tour. He’ll be in the Maglia Rosa for the third and last day of the Giro100’s visit to Sardinia.

STATISTICS

Seventh stage win at the Giro d’Italia for André Greipel who becomes the most successful of this year’s participants, leaving Vincenzo Nibali behind with six stage victories
It’s the 34th stage victory for Germany in 100 editions of the Giro d’Italia. Exactly half of them have happened in the past ten years. Last year, German riders won a total of seven stages out of 21
It’s Greipel’s first Maglia Rosa ever but the 23rd for German riders. The last of them to lead the Giro d’Italia was Marcel Kittel last year. Herman Buse was the first of them, exactly 85 years ago after he won stage 2 from Vicenza to Udine on 15 May 1932 – but it was a very different way of winning as he soloed to cross the finishing line 11 minutes before his competitors
FINAL RESULT
1 – André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) – 221km in 6h05’18”, average speed 36.298km/h
2 – Roberto Ferrari (UAE Team Emirates) s.t.
3 – Jasper Stuyven (Trek – Segafredo) s.t.

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1 – André Greipel (Lotto Soudal)
2 – Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora – Hansgrohe) at 4″
3 – Caleb Ewan (Orica – Scott) at 8″
JERSEYS

Maglia Rosa (pink), general classification leader, sponsored by Enel – André Greipel (Lotto Soudal)
Maglia Ciclamino (cyclamen), sprinter classification leader, sponsored by Segafredo – André Greipel (Lotto Soudal)
Maglia Azzurra (blue), King of the Mountains classification leader, sponsored by Banca Mediolanum – Daniel Teklehaimanot (Team Dimension Data)
Maglia Bianca (white), young rider general classification leader, sponsored by Eurospin – Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora – Hansgrohe)

PRESS CONFERENCE
The new Maglia Rosa André Greipel said: “It was a childhood dream to wear a jersey like this. I tried to get it last year and it didn’t work out. I tried yesterday again and it didn’t work out again, but today it went well, but at the beginning of the day, I didn’t believe it would be a bunch sprint finish. I expected more attacks, especially in the last climb. The bunch could have been into pieces up there but the head wind gave us, the sprinters, a chance to win. There was some more head wind towards the 2km mark, but my whole team was compact. Every riders played their part: Bak, Hansen, Marczynski, Hofland, De Buyst… I was one position behind [Orica-Scott’s Luka] Mezgec, hoping that he’d keep pulling. I waited for the good moment to deliver the win for the team and for myself.
I dedicate this victory to all the people who are helpful to me and particularly to my mother who is having difficult times at the moment but she’s a fighter. We’re all fighters.”

TOMORROW’S STAGE
Stage 3 – Tortolì-Cagliari 148km – total elevation 600m
The stage is basically flat, with just mild and gentle undulations throughout the route. The first 90km are raced on a fast-flowing road, passing through a number of well-lit tunnels. After leaving the ss. 125, the route runs across Villasimius (intermediate sprint) and takes in a few short climbs along the coastal road. KOM points are for grabs at Capo Boi. Then comes a perfectly flat stretch of road, leading to the finish in Cagliari.

Final kilometres
The final 10km are completely flat. The roads are wide and with a number of roundabouts, but no tricky curves. The home straight is 800m long, on an 8m wide asphalt road (up to the last 350m).

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