Gaviria makes it three


The Colombian rider beat Mareczko and Bennett in Reggio Emilia. Tomorrow’s stage TV live coverage starting from 13.05.

Reggio Emilia, 18 May 2017 – The Colombian rider Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) claimed his third stage victory at the Giro100 as he fended off Italy’s Jakub Mareczko (Wilier Triestina – Selle Italia) and Irishman Sam Bennett (Bora – Hansgrohe) in a bunch sprint in Reggio Emilia at the end of today’s 229km stage which included riding on the A1 Panoramica motorway. Dutchman Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) retained the Maglia Rosa for the third consecutive day.


This is the 25th Giro d’Italia stage victory for Colombian riders, equalling the total for Dutchmen set by Tom Dumoulin when he won Tuesday’s Sagrantino time trial stage.
Before Fernando Gaviria, two other Colombians have won three stages at the Giro but he’s the first one to make the triple in a single edition. The other two are Lucho Herrera (Tre Cime di Lavaredo and Monte Generoso in 1989, Terminillo in 1992) and Nairo Quintana (Val Martello and Cima Grappa in 2014, Blockhaus in 2017).
It’s the second time that Colombian riders have combined to win four stages in a single Giro after Nairo Quintana (twice), Rigoberto Uran and Julian Arredondo imposed themselves on the 2014 edition. That year, their first win was on stage 12. This year, stage 12 marks the fourth Colombian victory.

Gaviria is congratulated by his mother after the finish line


Stage 12 Photo Gallery
Stage 12 Classifications
Stage 13 Maps
Il Garibaldi (Giro d’Italia Official Programme)
Data collected by Velon’s devices on the riders’ bikes tell the detailed story of the stage. Data and an explanation guide can be downloaded here.

In today’s stage, the Corsa Rosa took the motorway („autostrada“) for the first time ever, on the 33km stretch of the A1 Panoramica between Barberino del Mugello and Rioveggio.

1 – Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) – 229km in 5h18’55”, average speed 43.083km/h
2 – Jakub Mareczko (Wilier Triestina – Selle Italia) s.t.
3 – Sam Bennett (Bora – Hansgrohe) s.t.

1 – Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)
2 – Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) at 2’23“
3 – Bauke Mollema (Trek – Segafredo) at 2’38“


Maglia Rosa (pink), general classification leader, sponsored by Enel – Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)
Maglia Ciclamino (cyclamen), sprinter classification leader, sponsored by Segafredo – Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors)
Maglia Azzurra (blue), King of the Mountains classification leader, sponsored by Banca Mediolanum – Omar Fraile (Team Dimension Data)
Maglia Bianca (white), young rider general classification leader, sponsored by Eurospin – Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)

Today’s stage winner Fernando Gaviria said: “Initially I was a bit worried when Max [Richeze] had a flat tyre because he’s got a very important role in my lead out. I was hoping he’d have enough time to come across… he did and his work at the end was phenomenal. Thanks to that I’ve had an exceptional victory. One win in a Grand Tour could be a question of luck but three, it’s just amazing. I’m here because my family made a lot of sacrifices for me. My dad would die for cycling. It’s his true passion. That’s why I’ve offered them to follow the whole Giro and be close to me.”

Stage 13 – Reggio Emilia – Tortona – 167km – total elevation 100m
The route is completely flat, and passes through the entire Po Valley. The stage finale, past Casteggio, follows the traditional Milan-Sanremo route. After leaving Reggio Emilia, the route first heads for Cavriago, and then (past Montecchio Emilia) goes back onto the ss. 9 ‘Via Emilia’ leading to Piacenza following a straight course. Past Piacenza, the route takes the former Statale Padana Inferiore all the way to the finish, passing through several cities that have been featured in many Giro stages, and in the Milan-Sanremo finale.

Final kilometres
The final kilometres are essentially straight, with just a few roundabouts along the route. There is one last bend (on a roundabout) approximately 500m before the finish. The home straight is 450m long, on a 7.5m wide asphalt road.


PHOTO CREDIT: LaPresse – D’Alberto / Ferrari / Paolone / Spada

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