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2017 Giro d'Italia

STAGE 13: Reggio Emilia to Tortona

An absolutely flat stage where the roads are wide and straight from the start to the finish. The route runs across Parma, Fidenza, Piacenza, and Voghera. From Casteggio, it follows the same route as Milano-Sanremo. Final sprint is across the city centre in Tortona.

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Stage 13: Gaviria's glorious Giro continues with win #4

Fernando Gaviria won his fourth stage of the 2017 Giro d'Italia in stage 13 Friday. Photo: Tim De Waele
Fernando Gaviria won his fourth stage of the 2017 Giro d’Italia in stage 13 Friday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

It’s been an incredible debut Giro d’Italia for Fernando Gaviria, who won his fourth stage on Friday out of a testy bunch sprint in Tortona. Stage 13 saw Bora-Hansgrohe’s Sam Bennett nearly pull off his first victory, but Quick-Step’s Gaviria snuck up the right side, along the barriers, to edge out the Irishman. Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) was third.

“To win is never easy, especially with the rivals I’ve had in this Giro,” said Gaviria. “The team has been great all day, and [Pieter] Serry gave me a great lead-out. This win is thanks to them.”

The general classification did not change after the entirely flat, 162-kilometer stage. Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) kept the pink jersey ahead of Saturday’s summit finish on Oropa.

Stage 13, top 10

  • 1. Fernando GAVIRIA RENDON, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, in 3:47:45
  • 2. Sam BENNETT, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :00
  • 3. Jasper STUYVEN, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 4. Roberto FERRARI, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at :00
  • 5. Ryan GIBBONS, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 6. Rüdiger SELIG, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :00
  • 7. Sacha MODOLO, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at :00
  • 8. Caleb EWAN, ORICA – SCOTT, at :00
  • 9. André GREIPEL, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 10. Viacheslav KUZNETSOV, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :00

Top-10 overall

  • 1. Tom DUMOULIN, TEAM SUNWEB, in 56:28:53
  • 2. Nairo QUINTANA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 2:23
  • 3. Bauke MOLLEMA, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 2:38
  • 4. Thibaut PINOT, FDJ, at 2:40
  • 5. Vincenzo NIBALI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 2:47
  • 6. Andrey AMADOR BIKKAZAKOVA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 3:05
  • 7. Bob JUNGELS, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 3:56
  • 8. Domenico POZZOVIVO, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 3:59
  • 9. Tanel KANGERT, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 3:59
  • 10. Ilnur ZAKARIN, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 4:17

“The whole day was side-wind, and also in the final, it was side/headwind, it was dangerous but not too dangerous,” Dumoulin said. “The team really protected me today, and I am really happy. Another day in pink. The last few days was just survival mode, and saving energy, and everything for tomorrow. I hope I do really well tomorrow.”

Of the day’s three breakaway riders, Eugert Zhupa (Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia) was the final man caught before the sprint.

Zhupa’s teammate Filippo Pozatto tried a solo attack with 3.5km to go, but that amounted to nothing.

After a tricky roundabout with 1.4km to go, Bora-Hansgrohe and Quick-Step Floors dueled at the front of the peloton with two big sprint trains.

Soon, Lotto-Soudal got involved at the head of affairs, riding in support of stage 2 winner Andre Greipel.

Bora’s Luka Pöstlberger tried a solo acceleration inside of the final kilometer, like he did on the race’s first stage, which stretched the field as Quick-Step’s Max Richeze chased up to the Austrian.

Bennett appeared to have the upper hand as his Bora team executed a great lead-out. “I can say Gaviria is a super athlete and hard to beat,” Bennett said. “I’d like to thank the team for the confidence they’ve put in me, and they were there for me every day. The team’s been great. I will stick around, and try to get a bit stronger.”

Orica-Scott’s Caleb Ewan found himself boxed in, bumping shoulders with Richeze, behind Rudiger Selig.

Gaviria found an impossibly narrow gap on the right side, against the barriers and burst clear with an acceleration that won the race, relegating Bennett to second place.

“I made a mistake in the last curve, and I got caught up a little behind, but I had the legs to be able to come back and win,” Gaviria added. “It’s been a difficult sprint today, a different sprint from the previous days.”

According to the Quick-Step team’s data, Gaviria hit a max power output of 1,478 watts and a top speed of 72.8kph.

Friday’s 13th stage may have been the final opportunity for sprinters. On Saturday, the race heads to the hills in stage 14 for a summit finish on Oropa after 131 kilometers of racing.