Gaviria's dream Giro debut continues with 4th stage win
- Author: Julie Sanders May 19, 2017,
May 19, 2017, 22:46
Colombia's Fernando Gaviria continued to take the Giro d'Italia by storm when he timed his sprint to perfection to win the 13th stage on Friday, taking his tally to four victories in the race.
Quick Step sprinter Gaviria, already victorious on stages three and five and a runner-up to Australian Caleb Ewan (Orica) on stage seven, claimed his third win with a textbook sprint helped by the formidable lead-out of Argentine teammate Maximiliano Richeze, despite him suffering a puncture in the final kilometres.
The Quick Step-Floors rider, back on his favorite terrain after a day in the mountains on Wednesday, outsprinted Italian Jakub Mareczko (Wilier Triestine) and Ireland's Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) after a ideal leadout from his team mates.
The Netherlands' Tom Dumoulin remains in the race lead as he preserved his 2:23 advantage over second place Nairo Quintana of Colombia in the overall standings.
Destined for nothing but a bunch sprint, the flattest - and, as it happened, most uneventful - stage of the 100th edition of the Giro started on wet roads after early showers in Reggio Emilia.
Gaviria, who increased his lead in the points classification, also won the third and fifth stages.
"I'm not the best sprinter of this Giro", Gaviria said.
Thomas was nursing knee and shoulder injuries following last Sunday's crash, caused by a stationary police motorbike, and opted not to continue despite a second-placed finish behind Dumoulin in Tuesday's individual time-trial.
"It was tailwind in the final so it was really fast, but the rest of the day was quite relaxed, no stress, so it was good".
With three kilometres remaining, Italian veteran Filippo Pozzato (Wilier-Selle Italia) made a half-hearted attempt to end the host nation's barren run - but his attack was quickly swallowed up by the rampaging peloton. And Bennett certainly had power in numbers entering the home straight as four Bora riders did their bit in support of the Irishman. Phil Bauhaus (GER/SUN) s.t., 5. Ryan Gibbons (RSA/DDD) s.t., 7. Jasper Stuyven (Trek Segafredo) 167 3. Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) +2:38 4. "Andrey Amador (Costa Rica / Movistar) +3:05" 7. "Vincenzo Nibali (Italy / Bahrain) +2:47" 6.