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by Shane Stokes
May 20, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Gaviria nets fourth victory on stage 13 of Giro d’Italia; Garfoot continues Orica-Scott’s success in Emakumeen Bira with stage 3 win; Weening wins stage 3 of the Tour of Norway; Evtushenko wins stage 1 of the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon; Pirazzi and Ruffoni sacked by Bardiani-CSF team after confirmation of B-sample positive; Battered and bruised, Thomas quits Giro d’Italia; Van Garderen: I don’t know why it is not working; Nicky Hayden in ‘extremely critical’ condition following Wednesday’s bike crash; Ullrich resigns from Rund um Köln position; Vulpine – what went wrong?; Belda positive for EPO; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 13 Pre Race; Video: Sagan and the fans at the Amgen Tour of California
Fernando Gaviria underlined his status as the dominant sprinter of this year’s Giro d’Italia when he was quickest at the end of stage 13 into Tortona. The QuickStep Floors rider came from behind to blast past Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe) and Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo), grabbing his fourth stage win of the race.
“It’s been a different sprint today and a difficult sprint indeed but thanks to my team I managed to go back up and win one more stage,” he said. “I’m now the Colombian with most stage victories at the Giro but it doesn’t mean much. To me it means that I came to the Giro well prepared.”
The stage was regarded as the last opportunity for sprinters and, unsurprisingly, was marked by a long distance break. Pavel Brutt (Gazprom – Rusvelo), Matej Mohoric (UAE Team Emirates) and Vincenzo Albanese (Bardiani CSF) combined to eke out a maximum advantage of two and a half minutes, but were recaptured with 22 kilometres remaining.
The sprinters’ teams all worked to put their fastmen into position, and Bora-hansgrohe appeared to have done things exactly right when Bennett led into the final 100 metres. However Gaviria came thundering through on his right, denying what would have been the Irishman’s first-ever Grand Tour stage.
Race leader Tom Dumoulin had little problems defending his lead, and holds his two minute 23 second advantage over Nairo Quintana. “The wind made me nervous sometimes,” he said. “For most of the day it was side wind. In the finale it was more side head wind. But I was very well protected by the team so it was another good day for us. I think Oropa is a climb that suits me well so I hope to be in the Maglia Rosa again on Sunday.”