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Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

May 19, 2017

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Gaviria earns hat-trick of Giro d’Italia wins with victory on stage 12; Talansky claims Amgen Tour of California queen stage; Amanda Spratt takes stage win and GC lead in the second stage of Emakumeen Bira; Dylan Groenewegen wins stage 2 of the Tour of Norway; Fraile into Giro d’Italia mountains jersey; Gary Sutton let go by Cycling Australia; An Post departure leads to major sponsorship search for Irish cycling; Some Thoughts on Thoughtlessness; Simon Geschke left behind by Team Sunweb bus; UCI fines rider over dating request; Video: Daily hassle en route to Giro d’Italia sign on; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 12 Pre Race; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 12 Post Race; Video: cycling thief tries to steal racing bike off a car

Gaviria earns hat-trick of Giro d’Italia wins with victory on stage 12

by Shane Stokes

Fernando Gaviria became the first Colombian rider to win three stages in a single Grand Tour on Thursday, blasting home into Reggio Emilia ahead of Jakub Mareczko (Wilier-Selle Italia) and Sam Bennett. The latter’s Bora-hansgrohe team had done most of the work inside the final five kilometres but appeared to fade close to the line, enabling Gaviria and Mareczko to jump past Bennett before he launched his sprint.

Gaviria’s hat-trick of stage wins continues a remarkable Grand Tour debut for the Colombian, who is still just 22 years of age. His victory was partially due to a strong leadout by Maximiliano Richeze, who returned from a puncture in the last 15 kilometres.

“I was a bit worried when Max punctured, because the finish was nearing and the bunch was going really fast,” said Gaviria afterwards. “Fortunately, he came back and I was relieved, because Max is very important for me. I want to say a big thanks to him and to the entire team. They were wonderful today and I couldn’t have asked for more.”

The stage featured a break by Sergey Firsanov (Gazprom-Rusvelo) and Marco Marcato (UAE Team Emirates), who were later joined by Mirco Maestri (Bardiani CSF). They build a lead of seven minutes but hard chasing saw this gap plummet. Maestri, who is from the region, attacked the other two but was hauled back with seven kilometres left.

“I would have never imagined such a run on my Grand Tour debut,” said Gaviria. “I was hoping to get a stage win, but to have three so far is beyond any expectations. It’s been a tough race so far, but I feel good and that’s important. I already said it and will repeat it, I want to go all the way to Milan, not only to win the maglia ciclamino, but also to repay Bob [Jungels] as much as I can for his help in these two weeks.”

Stage 12: Forlì > Reggio Emilia - Stage Result

Thursday 18th May 2017

1. co
GAVIRIA Fernando
Quick-Step Floors
05:18:55
2. it
MARECZKO Jakub
Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia
-
3. ie
BENNETT Sam
Bora - Hansgrohe
-

Today’s feature image comes from stage 12 of the Giro d’Italia and is by the Cor Vos agency.

  • Marcus

    The post race video is the the pre race video also :(

    • velocite

      Maybe they didn’t want to talk about it. What did happen to Orica and Caleb?

      • jules

        He broke spokes in the run in

        • DaveRides

          And now owes Edmo big time.

  • Bex

    That thief trying to steal the bike off the back.. disgusting. i’m surprised the car behind took so long to toot, someone comes up behind a car and starts fiddling with something tied on the back i’d be tooting straight away.

    • Nitro

      I would never suggest anyone would do something like this deliberately, but the thief was lucky that the driver didn’t “accidentally” select reverse gear while sat in traffic…

      • Bex

        that’s what i was thinking, or brake check him after they got going; to bad the nice bike would’ve borne the brunt of each action. also the car following, didn’t “accidentally” run over his bike while he was off trying to get the last release undone. being a bike thief though, the one he was riding wouldn’t have been his anyway. grr not obvious how much these incidents bug me.

        • Andy Logan

          I would of brake checked him for sure or reversed over him I think. Shocker

    • velocite

      The car behind only tooted because the thief left his bike on the road in front of it, I think.

    • Daniel

      Reckon the thief was lucky in the end, that seat angle looks pretty uncomfortable.

      • Andy B

        might of been a nice spread of food in all those bags though

  • Nitro

    Victor Campenaerts – I salute you for actively conducting “behaviour of a rider which ACTIVELY IMPOVES the image of cycling. 1st infringement”

    Whatever the rights and the wrongs and who should have done what – I think we can all agree that Motorbikes having a significant impact on the overall race – well that’s not great for the image of cycling.

    2 riders from a team getting popped for drugs just before the race start, yet their team is still allowed to race – Not entirely sure that’s a great thing for cyclings image either.

    Victor making some people smile – a moment of lightness and a feel-good story in the middle of a very serious Grand Tour – Yeah lets slap that guy with a fine… * Sigh *

    Someone set up a Go Fund Me page for this guy – Suspect he’ll get his fine covered instantly, with enough money left over to pay for the dinner date and some flowers…

    • Ajh

      I suspect race organisers were concerned for Capenaerts safety: After Stage 9 they couldnt afford another rider going down

      • TheTallCyclist

        I see what you did there…hehe. Made me laugh out loud at work. =)

        • Ajh

          That’s probably my best work; I’m not usually that funny

    • jules

      The fine got him more publicity

  • Nick Clark

    The Tour of Cali report seems to have gone AWOL?

  • Larry @CycleItalia

    If anyone wonders why the pro team guys jump out and instantly start securing the bikes and wheels to the car racks with strong zip-ties as soon as the car is stopped post-race these days, this is your answer. Bike thieves are certainly one of the lowest life forms.

  • What happened to Caleb Ewen on this sprint stage?

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