Giro d’Italia: Gaviria takes fourth win on Stage 13.


Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) took away his fourth stage in the Giro 2017. He flew through the final sprint and overtook at least 5 riders in the last 150m before crossing the line in first. Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) is second and once again on the stage’s podium after two third places earlier in this Giro. Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) came in third. It is also another podium for the Belgian rider, who was second behind Dillier (BMC) on Stage 6 and third of the bunch sprint on Stage 2.

The General Classification remains unchanged.

And that is another victory of Fernando Gaviria! The Colombian came out from nowhere to take his fourth success in this Giro! Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) comes in second and Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) in third.

1km Sam Bennett is perfectly placed before the final sprint! HIs team is pushing hard to lead the Irish sprinter to the win.

2km Quick-Step Floors and Bora-Hansgrohe are leading the peloton.

3km Pozzato (WIllier-Triestina) is leading the peloton, working for his leaader Jakub Mareczko. The sprinters will have to be in the first positions as they will be a few roundabouts in the last kilometers

5.5km The pace of the peloton is getting higher and higher, while Canondale-Drapac is leading the way.

7km The Quick-Step train is still in the wheels inside the peloton, while other sprinters’ teams are in front of the bunch, battling to lead the peloton…

9km The final sprint will probably be faster than yesterday’s one. Indeed, there will be a tailwind in the final straight.

12km 12 stages in the books and still no Italian victory, today may be the day. Jakub Mareczko (Willier -Triestina),Roberto Ferrari and Sacha Modolo, both riders of UAE Team Emirates, will be the best Italian chances, as Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) is not in his best shape.

14km Will Sam Bennett finally win in this Giro? His team is more discrete than yesterday in front of the peloton.

15km The Lotto-Soudal team is leading the pack. The German sprinter wants this stage.

19km A few riders have been tailed-off the peloton because of a series of roundabouts. These riders have rejoined the peloton after chasing the pack for a few kilometers.

21km The peloton caught the breakaway, Mohoric, Brutt, and Albanese are back in the peloton.

23km The peloton is seeing the breakaway. Only 15″ between the three escapees and the Maglia Rosa group.

25km Gaviria is the ultimate favorite for the stage win. The 22 years of age sprinter’s stake is 10/11.

Greipel’s stake is 11/2.

28km Only 38″ between the breakaway and the peloton. Mohoric, Brutt, and Albanese .

34km We are entering the finale of the stage.

39km André Greipel will go back home after this stage. Will the Gorilla claim his second win in the Giro before leaving the race? That is what he is going for. After a disappointing 8th place yesterday, Greipel will have to beat Gaviria, who is on fire in this Giro. The young Colombian already won three stages since the begining of the Giro in Sardinia.

40km Brutt (Gazprom-Rusvelo) won the intermediate sprint.

42km The breakaway is approaching the last intermediate sprint of the day.

46km Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) struggled in the final of yesterday’s stage. Orica-Scott is still trusting as we can see a few riders from the Australian team chasing the breakaway. Will Ewan win for a second time in this Giro?

48km Geraint Thomas (Sky) will hopefully be in a fine form in July for the Tour de France. As a reminder, the Welsh rider withdrew from the Giro d’Italia this morning.

50km Only 50km to go in this stage and the gap is 1’35” for Mohoric (UAE Team Emirates), Brutt (Gazprom-Rusvelo) and Albanese (Bardiani-CSF).

53km Tom Dumoulin and the Team Sunweb are having a calm day so far, similar as yesterday. However, the Butterfly and his teammates will be busy the next stages as they will have to defend the Maglia Rosa.

57km 57km to go and the gap is 1’31” for the three leaders. The peloton is led by Willier-Triestina, Quick-Step Floors, Orica-Scott and Lotto Soudal. Willier-Triestina’s best hope will be Jakub Mareczko, who took the second place of the stage yesterday behind Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors).

62km Today’s weather is not as sunny as on the previous stages. The sky is quite cloudy but it should not rain on the Italian roads.

64km The Italian riders from Bardiani-CSF were kicked out of the Giro after a positive antidoping control in April.

68km The riders will head to Oropa tomorrow, a stage that marks the beginning of the third week, the hardest one of this Giro. Because of the big gaps between the riders of the TOP 10, the leaders will HAVE to attack of they want to gain some time on Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb). The Dutchman is leading the GC with an advantage of 2’23” on Nairo Quintana (Movistar).

70km The gap between the breakaway and the peloton is still around 1’15”. The sprinters’ teams are playing a cat and mouse game with the three men leading the way.

75km The big news of the day is the withdrawal of Geraint Thomas (Sky), who did not start the race this morning. The Welshman, who lost 50 seconds yesterday on the favorites, injured his foot after he was involved in a crash on Sunday’s stage.

79km A lot are cheering on the Irish sprinter Sam Bennett. The Irish sprinter claimed third two times in the Giro d’Italia so far. Will he finally cross the line in first?

83km The three riders opening the road currently have a 1’17” advantage on the Maglia Rosa group. This gap is maintained for a while now. The sprinters’ teams are determined to win this 13th stage, which is the easiest one of the 2017 Giro.

89km The breakaway included a fourth rider at the beginning of the stage, the South African Johann van Zyl. The Dimension Data rider sat up a few kilometers after he escaped. van Zyl probably thought that this breakaway would be a waste of energy, and the young rider will need this energy in the last week.

90km The breakaway is composed of three riders: Matej Mohoric (UAE Team Emirates), Pavel Brutt (Gazprom-Rusvelo) and Vincenzo Albanese (Bardiani-CSF).

Hello and welcome to live coverage of Stage 13 of the Giro d’Italia 2017. This stage is one of the easiest of this year’s Giro, as the 167km between Reggio Emilia and Tortona will not present any difficulty. The sprinters have one of their last chance to shine before a terrible third week.

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