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GIRO 2017: Gaviria Wins Stage 13

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Fernando Gaviria won his 4th Giro d’Italia stage of his Grand Tour debut into Tortona, outsprinting the cream of the sprinting crop to take his win.

The Colombian had to come a long way around the other sprinters to take victory but looked convincing as he took the win.

The day was always going to come down to a bunch sprint and the profile backed this up, with no climbs of any nature and barely a blemish on the flat profile.

The break was formed within the first 7km of the stage with Pavel Brutt (Gazprom – Rusvelo), Matej Mohoric (UAE), Vincenzo Albanese (Bardiani CSF) and Johann Van Zyl (Dimension Data) going up the road and quickly moving their advantage out to more than 2′.

The parcours of the stage meant that the peloton wasn’t going to let the riders get too far ahead though as this was one of the last chances for the sprinters to contest a stage win.

The break’s cause wasn’t helped by Van Zyl being called back into the peloton and with 150km to go the gap was being held at 1’51” by the peloton which was being strongly marshalled by Team Sunweb, Wilier-Triestina and Quick-Step.

The pace being set behind was relentless as the break struggled to keep their lead and for a brief moment the gap was down to just 33″ before the peloton realised that it was a long day to be chasing so early and eased off the pace.

With 100km left to race the gap had gone by out to almost 2′ which was slowly dwindled away in a more appropriate manner by the peloton and with 40km left to race the gap stood at 1’32”.

Once the peloton started to increase the pace though the gap soon came down and with 30km the break’s lead was just 52″ and falling and at 22km they were back in the peloton.

In the last 10km the peloton was strung out as Sunweb, Movistar, Astana, Bahrain-Merida and Bora all jostled for position for the run in to the sprint.

With 5km to go Cannondale-Drapac were on the front with Astana and Katusha just behind as Lotto-Soudal and Quick-Step were biding their time further back. With 3km to go the two Belgian teams made their move to the front for Greipel and Gaviria.

With 2km to go the Orica-Scott train moved up for Ewan as Bora took over on the front and attacked for Bennett. 

Going into the final km it was all about Bennett and Gavirira and the two battled it out into the final corner with Greipel and Ewan close behind. Gavirira looked to get boxed in with 400m to go but came around Bennett, Stuyven and Ferrari take his 4th stage win.

Giro d’Italia 2017 Stage 13: Reggio Emilia>Tortona (167km)

Position Name (Team – Nationality) Time
1 Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step – Col) 3:47:45″
2 Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe – Irl)
3 Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo – Bel)
4 Roberto Ferrari (UAE – Ita)
5 Ryan Gibbons (Dimension Data – RSA)
6 Rudiger Selig (Bora-Hansgrohe – Ger)
7 Sacha Modolo (UAE – Ita)
8 Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott – Aus)
9 Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal – Ger)
10 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Katusha-Alpecin – Rus)

Position Name (Team – Nationality) Time
1 Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb – Ned) 56:28:53″
2 Nairo Quintana (Movistar – Col) +2’23”
3 Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo – Ned) +2’38”
4 Thibaut Pinot (FDJ – Fra) +2’40”
5 Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida – Ita) +2’47”
6 Andrey Amador (Movistar – CRc) +3’05”
7 Bob Jungels (Quick-Step – Lux) +3’56”
8 Tanel Kangert (Astana – Est) +3’59”
9 Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R – Ita) +4’05”
10 Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha – Alpecin – Rus) +4’17”

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