Your Monday Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

May 8, 2017

In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Fernando Gaviria takes Giro d’Italia lead with stage 3 victory; Jolien D’Hoore victorious at the Tour of Chongming Island; Kirill Pozdnyakov wraps up overall victory at the Tour d’Azerbaidjan; Marianne Vos claims her first win of the season at Trofee Maarten Wynants; Ruth Winder, TJ Eisenhart win the Redlands Bicycle Classic; Shannon Malseed wins the Tour of the South West; Rohan Dennis crashes out of Giro GC contention; Caleb Ewan devastated after missed opportunity on Giro’s second stage; Nicola Ruffoni suggests prostate infection as cause for positive test; British cycling apparel brand Vulpine enters administration; Two cyclists killed as alleged drunk and drugged driver hits group in Spain; Video – Van driver forces cyclist off the road.

Fernando Gaviria takes Giro d’Italia lead with stage 3 victory

by CyclingTips

Fernando Gaviria (QuickStep Floors) has claimed stage 3 of the 2017 Giro d’Italia and with it the maglia rosa of overall leader. Gaviria won the sprint from a group of seven that forged clear of the peloton with 10km to go, after QuickStep Floors split the race in crosswinds along the Sardinian coastline.

Despite the hard work of a chasing peloton, the leaders were able to stay clear and 22-year-old Gaviria sprinted to a comfortable victory ahead of Rüdiger Selig (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo). With 13 seconds between Gaviria and the Caleb Ewan-led peloton, the Colombian sprinter now leads the Giro d’Italia overall.

“It goes without saying this is the best day of my career!,” Gaviria said. “To win a stage at the Giro and take the leader’s jersey is a dream come true. My teammates did a wonderful job today and I want to say a big thanks for how they rode, protecting me throughout the stage and then setting me up for this victory.

“We were aware the wind could play a huge role today and as soon as we took that corner and had the coast on our right side, the team rode full gas. From that point on, it was a team time trial until the finish, with the guys driving a hard tempo without ever looking back. Our move was a textbook one and I couldn’t be prouder of the entire team, who rode selflessly.”

Earlier in the weekend Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) won stage 2 when he beat Roberto Ferrari (UAE Team Emirates) and Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) in a bunch sprint (see video below). After a rest day today, the Giro continues on Tuesday with the race’s first summit finish, to the active volcano of Mt Etna.

Stage 3: Tortoli > Cagliari - Stage Result

Sunday 7th May 2017

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GAVIRIA Fernando
Quick-Step Floors
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SELIG Rüdiger
Bora - Hansgrohe
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Trek - Segafredo