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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
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.”