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by Shane Stokes
May 9, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Former pro Heras to receive over €700,000 in compensation after EPO ban; Gaviria to face short stint in Maglia Rosa, but celebrates most important moment of career; Fernando Gaviria: cycling’s ‘bottomless pit’ of power; Sam Bennett: ‘I thought I was going to die’; Gaviria, Gilbert, Ewan, Dumoulin and others confirmed for Hammer Sportzone Limburg; A tight jam for Trek-Segafredo’s team bus; Video: Backstage Pass – Giro d’Italia Stage 3 Post Race; Video: 2017 Redlands Bicycle Classic Stage 5 Men’s Highlights; Video: FTP test by anaerobic threshold analysis; Video: Heuston Police Department ticketing drivers over passing distance; Video: Rider taken out by crashing drone; Video: Cycling Motivation 2017 “No Judgment”
The winner on Sunday’s third stage of the Giro d’Italia, Fernando Gaviria looks set to wear the Maglia Rosa of race leader for just one day. Following Monday’s rest day, the Giro restarts on Tuesday with a 181 kilometre stage to the summit of Mount Etna.
Given that Gaviria is a sprinter rather than a climber, he will bid farewell to the pink jersey after the stage, yet knows his career has forever changed.
“It was nice to wake up this morning in Sicily and see the pink jersey there, in my room, together with all the other things the team had prepared for me,” he said on Monday. “When I put everything on to go training I felt that I’m the leader of the Giro, because I needed some time to let things sink in. Last night, I thought a lot about what we did as a team; it was really impressive and I’m sure nobody will forget the way Quick-Step Floors sparked that move and left their mark on the last Sardinian stage.
“Yesterday’s victory is the most important of my career and to win this stage in front of my mother, father and sister made me very happy. I love having my family here, their presence boosted my morale and it gives me huge joy to know they’ll spend some more days at the race, following me. Without their help, I wouldn’t have been the person I am today.”
Gaviria is just 22 years of age and is riding his first Grand Tour.