Quick-Step to build sprint train for Gaviria

GUILIN, China (VN) — Team Quick-Step Floors will go to work over the next two months to make sure Fernando Gaviria develops into the strongest sprinter possible in 2018.

The 23-year-old Colombian has in his sights Milano-Sanremo, a debut in the monument cobbled classics, and Tour de France stages. The Belgian WorldTour team, which is losing Marcel Kittel to Katusha-Alpecin for next year, wants to be ready to deliver its improving sprint star to victory.

“We are going to work on the train in December when we meet for our camp and see how we can improve it for Fernando,” sport director Davide Bramati told VeloNews.

“Don’t forget that we signed Elia Viviani. We are going to make men available for him, a lead-out man and men ahead of him. In December we are going to work it all out and make sure they are supported for their goals.”

Bramati saw off his rider for the fifth stage of the Tour of Guangxi on Monday. Gaviria counts 13 wins so far this season with the stage race still running and his last appearance of 2017. The South China race ends Tuesday in Guilin.

Kittel has 14 victories, including five stages in the Tour de France. However, the team lacked enough money in its budget to keep all of its stars going into 2018.

Daniel Martin, who placed sixth in the Tour de France, is leaving for UAE Emirates. Kittel’s signing with Katusha will replace outgoing sprinter Alexander Kristoff on the Swiss-registered team.

Next year, Quick-Step will throw its weight behind Bob Jungels in stage races and Gaviria for the sprints. Italian Elia Viviani will join from Sky to sprint for victories when Gaviria is taking a break or when he’s at other races. Gaviria will skip the Giro d’Italia in 2018, where he won four times this year, and will race the Amgen Tour of California and the Tour de Suisse ahead of the Tour.

Quick-Step is structuring its team to be ready. It signed Kristoff’s long-time helper Michael Morkov and new professional Fabio Jakobsen.

“We are thinking about Fernando’s team, for sure. The last man will be Max Richeze. We’ve hired some men like Morkov, we’ll see where we’re going to fit him in,” Bramati added.

“We will see how the train changes. We’ll work on it this winter. I’ll work on it with sport directors Tom Steels, Wilfried Peeters, and Brian Holm. We’ll see what the best solution is. We also have Fabio Sabatini, who was working for Kittel.”

Gaviria is also working to be ready for what he calls “an important season.” After a short break back in Colombia, he aims to start 2018 stronger with a consistent off-season of training.

“He came to us when he was young, he’s still young, but he’s gaining much experience,” Bramati said. “He’s improved quickly. He’s realized what he’s doing. The 2018 season will be an important year for him.”

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Gaviria planning for new wave of success in 2018 classics, Tour

BEIHAI, China (VN) — Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) is building his 2018 season around being the first Colombian to conquer the cobbled classics and winning his first Tour de France stage.

The 23-year-old, who sprinted to victory in the first stage of the Tour of Guangxi in South China Thursday, is one of the top riders of his generation. This season, he won four Giro d’Italia stages in his grand tour debut.

“We already have a clear vision of the objectives and the calendar for 2018,” Gaviria said. “We’ll prepare for the classics in Colombia and Argentina [racing the Vuelta a San Juan].

“We’ll try to go to Europe in the best possible shape for the classics. I’m speaking of the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. After which, we’ll start thinking of the Tour.”

No Colombian has ever been able to dominate the cobbled classics. The country is most known for its tiny climbers nicknamed escarabajos.

Gaviria broke through in 2015 by beating top sprint star Mark Cavendish twice in Argentina. However, right away he underlined his dream to dominate on northern Europe’s cobbles.

Quick-Step is the perfect place for any aspiring cobbled rider, with the Belgian team guiding many cyclists to the top — including recently retired Tom Boonen. Gaviria had his first taste of the cobbles this year, racing Dwars door Vlaanderen and Gent-Wevelgem. In the spring of 2018, however, he will have a full-immersion course alongside star riders Niki Terpstra and Philippe Gilbert.

“He wanted to do Paris-Roubaix this year but his shape wasn’t where it needed to be,” Quick-Step general manager Patrick Lefevere said this summer.

“We decided it was better to send him home to Colombia so he could recover and train at altitude for the Giro. You saw the results. We don’t have the team to send a developing rider to the classics, we want to take him there ready.”

The classics campaign would form part of the two-pronged 2018 approach with the 2018 Tour de France. Gaviria already proved himself in his grand tour debut in the spring, dominating the sprints, winning four stages, and surviving through the mountains to win the Giro’s points jersey.

The Quick-Step team is completely backing Gaviria for the sprints in 2018, with star sprinter Marcel Kittel leaving for Katusha. Like the classics, the team is well-oiled having helped Kittel and, before that, Mark Cavendish in the Tour sprints.

“He’s young and fast, and I think he can take on Peter Sagan,” Lefevere added. “We need somebody to come up and challenge him because when Peter’s going at full-speed, nothing can be done and it becomes boring. The four stages in the Giro was huge for him. He’s a cannibal.”

If Gaviria could pull it off, he would help push cycling in Colombia to new levels. Already, it is enjoying a new generation of success with Rigoberto Urán (Cannondale-Drapac) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar).

“First of all, it’s Nairo who’s the most popular,” Gaviria said this year. “I don’t want the fame.”

Gaviria is closing out the 2017 season in the Tour of Guangxi. On Thursday, along the Beibu Gulf in Beihai, he sprinted ahead of the WorldTour peloton.

“The win looked easy only on television. Instead, it was a hard race: short, fast and at the end, one of the craziest sprints. It’s one of the fastest sprints I’ve ever done,” he said.

“I’m delighted to take a win in the last race of the year, which is the Tour of Guangxi.”

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Fernando Gaviria kicks off Tour of Guangxi with bunch sprint win

Colombian sprinter Fernando Gaviria claims opening stage and race lead in the inaugural edition of the Tour of Guangxi in China

Fernando Gaviria celebrates after winning stage five of the 2017 Giro d’Italia

Colombian sprinter Fernando Gaviria claims opening stage and race lead in the inaugural edition of the Tour of Guangxi in China

Gaviria takes Britain stage 4; Bookwalter crashes out

LONDON (AFP) — Fernando Gaviria kept his nerve to win the Tour of Britain’s stage 4 after a tense duel with Team Sky’s Elia Viviani on Wednesday.

Quick-Step Floors rider Gaviria held off Viviani and Alexander Kristoff to take the 165-kilometer stage from Mansfield to Newark.

While Colombia’s Gaviria won the daily honors, Viviani assumed the overall lead from Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott).

“For sure it’s good to have the leader’s jersey back on the shoulders,” Viviani told TeamSky.com. “I’m disappointed because it was a really, really close sprint — but with one of the best sprinters in the world — so it can be a good second place.”

Ewan is level on time with Viviani with four stages remaining, but the Orica-Scott star has lost the green jersey with the Italian boasting greater consistency.

Gaviria now sits third but trails by just six seconds, with Thursday’s stage 5 a 16km time trial in Essex’s Clacton-on-Sea.

“I’ve been coming back from an injury on my left leg. Every day has been going a little bit better. Today everything felt good,” Gaviria said.

He credited his team for strong support in the final 10 kilometers of the stage.

“The boys were spectacular! Philippe [Gilbert] protected me going into the last 10 kilometers, then Zdenek and Max took over and guided me in the final,” Gaviria added. “I’m happy I could repay them by taking the stage, and I hope to get other good results before the Tour of Britain will come to a conclusion.”

Meanwhile, Brent Bookwalter of the United States was forced out of the race after an ugly pile-up.

BMC’s Bookwalter crashed into a car parked close to a tight corner and was forced to withdraw from the race, in an incident where several other riders also crashed.

Stage 4 results

  • 1. Fernando Gaviria Rendon, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, in 3:43:31
  • 2. Elia Viviani, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 3. Alexander Kristoff, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :00
  • 4. Dylan Groenewegen, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 5. Alan Banaszek, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :00
  • 6. Andrea Pasqualon, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :00
  • 7. Harry Tanfield, BIKE CHANNEL CANYON, at :00
  • 8. Enzo Wouters, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 9. Nikolas Maes, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 10. Nils Politt, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :00
  • 11. Patrick Bevin, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :00
  • 12. Brenton Jones, JLT CONDOR, at :00
  • 13. Maximiliano Ariel Richeze, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :00
  • 14. Floris Gerts, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 15. Caleb Ewan, ORICA – SCOTT, at :00
  • 16. Vincenzo Albanese, BARDIANI CSF, at :00
  • 17. Steele Von Hoff, ONE PRO CYCLING, at :00
  • 18. Christopher Lawless, GREAT BRITAIN, at :00
  • 19. Philippe Gilbert, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :00
  • 20. Mark Renshaw, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 21. Stefan KÜng, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 22. Ryan Mullen, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :00
  • 23. Edvald Boasson Hagen, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 24. Jonathan Mcevoy, MADISON GENESIS, at :00
  • 25. Thomas Gibbons, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :00
  • 26. Dylan Van Baarle, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :00
  • 27. Zdenek Štybar, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :00
  • 28. Tony Martin, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :00
  • 29. Enrico Barbin, BARDIANI CSF, at :00
  • 30. Marcel Sieberg, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 31. Daniele Bennati, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 32. Gorka Izaguirre Insausti, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 33. Alex Dowsett, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 34. Rory Townsend, BIKE CHANNEL CANYON, at :00
  • 35. Michal Kwiatkowski, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 36. Mads Würtz Schmidt, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :00
  • 37. Laurens De Plus, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :00
  • 38. Gijs Van Hoecke, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 39. Hayden Mccormick, ONE PRO CYCLING, at :00
  • 40. Luka Mezgec, ORICA – SCOTT, at :00
  • 41. Victor Campenaerts, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 42. Imanol Erviti, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 43. Silvan Dillier, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 44. Chris Opie, BIKE CHANNEL CANYON, at :00
  • 45. Owain Doull, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 46. Oliver Wood, GREAT BRITAIN, at :00
  • 47. Kamil Gradek, ONE PRO CYCLING, at :00
  • 48. Xandro Meurisse, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :00
  • 49. James Shaw, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 50. Matthew Teggart, AN POST CHAIN REACTION, at :00
  • 51. Jos Van Emden, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 52. Vasil Kiryienka, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 53. Dexter Gardias, BIKE CHANNEL CANYON, at :00
  • 54. Joseph Rosskopf, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 55. Geraint Thomas, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 56. Roger Kluge, ORICA – SCOTT, at :00
  • 57. Mark Stewart, AN POST CHAIN REACTION, at :00
  • 58. Reto Hollenstein, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :00
  • 59. James Oram, ONE PRO CYCLING, at :00
  • 60. Lars Boom, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 61. Daniel Martin, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :00
  • 62. Tiago Machado, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :00
  • 63. Senne Leysen, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 64. Paolo Simion, BARDIANI CSF, at :00
  • 65. Peter Williams, ONE PRO CYCLING, at :00
  • 66. Dion Smith, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :00
  • 67. Alessandro Tonelli, BARDIANI CSF, at :00
  • 68. Maciej Paterski, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :00
  • 69. Jan Tratnik, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :00
  • 70. Connor Swift, MADISON GENESIS, at :00
  • 71. Jonathan Castroviejo, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 72. Lukasz Owsian, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :00
  • 73. Jonas Koch, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :00
  • 74. Giulio Ciccone, BARDIANI CSF, at :00
  • 75. James Knox, GREAT BRITAIN, at :00
  • 76. Regan Gough, AN POST CHAIN REACTION, at :00
  • 77. Andres Miguel Diaz Corrales, CYLANCE CYCLING, at :00
  • 78. Hugh John Carthy, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :00
  • 79. Karol Domagalski, ONE PRO CYCLING, at :00
  • 80. Michael Hepburn, ORICA – SCOTT, at :00
  • 81. Taylor Karl Gunman, MADISON GENESIS, at :00
  • 82. Eric Marcotte, CYLANCE CYCLING, at :00
  • 83. Kyle Murphy, CYLANCE CYCLING, at :00
  • 84. Mark Cavendish, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 85. Rory Sutherland, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 86. Adam Hartley, GREAT BRITAIN, at :00
  • 87. Russell Downing, JLT CONDOR, at :00
  • 88. Simone Andreetta, BARDIANI CSF, at :00
  • 89. Robert Partridge, BIKE CHANNEL CANYON, at :00
  • 90. Sean Mckenna, AN POST CHAIN REACTION, at :00
  • 91. Matthew Holmes, MADISON GENESIS, at :00
  • 92. Jay Robert Thomson, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 93. Primož RogliČ, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 94. Richard Handley, MADISON GENESIS, at :00
  • 95. Alexandre Blain, MADISON GENESIS, at :00
  • 96. Damien Shaw, AN POST CHAIN REACTION, at :00
  • 97. James Gullen, JLT CONDOR, at :00
  • 98. Ian Bibby, JLT CONDOR, at :00
  • 99. Mark Mcnally, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :00
  • 100. Kris Boeckmans, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 101. Davide Formolo, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :36
  • 102. Rob Power, ORICA – SCOTT, at 01:20
  • 103. Ben Hermans, BMC RACING TEAM, at 01:20
  • 104. Jacob Hennessy, GREAT BRITAIN, at 01:25
  • 105. Graham Briggs, JLT CONDOR, at 01:48
  • 106. Bernhard Eisel, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 01:53
  • 107. Tao Geoghegan Hart, TEAM SKY, at 01:53
  • 108. Alistair Slater, JLT CONDOR, at 01:53
  • 109. Ethan Hayter, GREAT BRITAIN, at 01:53
  • 110. Marcin Bialoblocki, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 01:53
  • 111. Orlando Trinidad Garibay Contreras, CYLANCE CYCLING, at 01:53
  • 112. Jacob Scott, AN POST CHAIN REACTION, at 01:53
  • 113. Luke Durbridge, ORICA – SCOTT, at 02:08
  • 114. Scott Thwaites, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 04:24
  • DSQ. James Lowsley-Williams, BIKE CHANNEL CANYON
  • DSQ. Bryan Lewis, CYLANCE CYCLING
  • DNF Brent Bookwalter, BMC RACING TEAM

General classification

  • 1. Elia Viviani, TEAM SKY, in 17:38:05
  • 2. Caleb Ewan, ORICA – SCOTT, at :00
  • 3. Fernando Gaviria Rendon, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :06
  • 4. Edvald Boasson Hagen, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :07
  • 5. Alexander Kristoff, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :12
  • 6. Karol Domagalski, ONE PRO CYCLING, at :14
  • 7. Silvan Dillier, BMC RACING TEAM, at :15
  • 8. Kamil Gradek, ONE PRO CYCLING, at :15
  • 9. Lars Boom, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :18
  • 10. Richard Handley, MADISON GENESIS, at :19
  • 11. Nikolas Maes, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :20
  • 12. Andrea Pasqualon, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :20
  • 13. Brenton Jones, JLT CONDOR, at :20
  • 14. Floris Gerts, BMC RACING TEAM, at :20
  • 15. Zdenek Štybar, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :20
  • 16. Christopher Lawless, GREAT BRITAIN, at :20
  • 17. Daniele Bennati, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :20
  • 18. Philippe Gilbert, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :20
  • 19. Tony Martin, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :20
  • 20. Mads Würtz Schmidt, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :20
  • 21. Patrick Bevin, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :20
  • 22. Stefan KÜng, BMC RACING TEAM, at :20
  • 23. Marcel Sieberg, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :20
  • 24. Dylan Van Baarle, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :20
  • 25. Nils Politt, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :20
  • 26. Gijs Van Hoecke, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :20
  • 27. Alex Dowsett, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :20
  • 28. Maximiliano Ariel Richeze, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :20
  • 29. Laurens De Plus, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :20
  • 30. Michal Kwiatkowski, TEAM SKY, at :20
  • 31. Hayden Mccormick, ONE PRO CYCLING, at :20
  • 32. Matthew Teggart, AN POST CHAIN REACTION, at :20
  • 33. Ryan Mullen, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :20
  • 34. Dion Smith, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :20
  • 35. Owain Doull, TEAM SKY, at :20
  • 36. Enrico Barbin, BARDIANI CSF, at :20
  • 37. Jos Van Emden, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :20
  • 38. Victor Campenaerts, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :20
  • 39. Gorka Izaguirre Insausti, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :20
  • 40. James Shaw, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :20
  • 41. Maciej Paterski, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :20
  • 42. Mark Stewart, AN POST CHAIN REACTION, at :20
  • 43. Xandro Meurisse, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :20
  • 44. Luka Mezgec, ORICA – SCOTT, at :20
  • 45. Joseph Rosskopf, BMC RACING TEAM, at :20
  • 46. Michael Hepburn, ORICA – SCOTT, at :20
  • 47. Reto Hollenstein, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :20
  • 48. Imanol Erviti, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :20
  • 49. Geraint Thomas, TEAM SKY, at :20
  • 50. Russell Downing, JLT CONDOR, at :20
  • 51. Jonathan Castroviejo, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :20
  • 52. Vasil Kiryienka, TEAM SKY, at :20
  • 53. Tiago Machado, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :20
  • 54. James Oram, ONE PRO CYCLING, at :20
  • 55. Dexter Gardias, BIKE CHANNEL CANYON, at :20
  • 56. Hugh John Carthy, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :20
  • 57. Daniel Martin, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :20
  • 58. Alessandro Tonelli, BARDIANI CSF, at :20
  • 59. Giulio Ciccone, BARDIANI CSF, at :20
  • 60. Rory Sutherland, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :20
  • 61. James Knox, GREAT BRITAIN, at :20
  • 62. Primož RogliČ, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :20
  • 63. Oliver Wood, GREAT BRITAIN, at :35
  • 64. Mark Renshaw, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 01:39
  • 65. Dylan Groenewegen, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 02:04
  • 66. Lukasz Owsian, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 02:08
  • 67. Steele Von Hoff, ONE PRO CYCLING, at 02:10
  • 68. Regan Gough, AN POST CHAIN REACTION, at 02:10
  • 69. Eric Marcotte, CYLANCE CYCLING, at 02:10
  • 70. Roger Kluge, ORICA – SCOTT, at 02:45
  • 71. Ben Hermans, BMC RACING TEAM, at 03:01
  • 72. Davide Formolo, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 03:01
  • 73. Jan Tratnik, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 03:15
  • 74. Jay Robert Thomson, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 03:15
  • 75. James Gullen, JLT CONDOR, at 03:15
  • 76. Jonas Koch, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 03:17
  • 77. Rory Townsend, BIKE CHANNEL CANYON, at 03:42
  • 78. Luke Durbridge, ORICA – SCOTT, at 04:33
  • 79. Scott Thwaites, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 04:44
  • 80. Alistair Slater, JLT CONDOR, at 05:04
  • 81. Vincenzo Albanese, BARDIANI CSF, at 06:46
  • 82. Senne Leysen, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 06:46
  • 83. Connor Swift, MADISON GENESIS, at 06:46
  • 84. Kris Boeckmans, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 07:16
  • 85. Paolo Simion, BARDIANI CSF, at 07:34
  • 86. Thomas Gibbons, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 07:34
  • 87. Mark Mcnally, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 07:37
  • 88. Harry Tanfield, BIKE CHANNEL CANYON, at 07:48
  • 89. Alexandre Blain, MADISON GENESIS, at 07:48
  • 90. Enzo Wouters, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 07:51
  • 91. Jonathan Mcevoy, MADISON GENESIS, at 07:51
  • 92. Peter Williams, ONE PRO CYCLING, at 07:51
  • 93. Andres Miguel Diaz Corrales, CYLANCE CYCLING, at 07:51
  • 94. Sean Mckenna, AN POST CHAIN REACTION, at 07:51
  • 95. Taylor Karl Gunman, MADISON GENESIS, at 07:51
  • 96. Damien Shaw, AN POST CHAIN REACTION, at 07:51
  • 97. Kyle Murphy, CYLANCE CYCLING, at 08:51
  • 98. Mark Cavendish, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 08:55
  • 99. Ethan Hayter, GREAT BRITAIN, at 09:36
  • 100. Jacob Hennessy, GREAT BRITAIN, at 09:54
  • 101. Jacob Scott, AN POST CHAIN REACTION, at 10:43
  • 102. Simone Andreetta, BARDIANI CSF, at 10:49
  • 103. Alan Banaszek, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 12:18
  • 104. Ian Bibby, JLT CONDOR, at 12:32
  • 105. Bernhard Eisel, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 12:44
  • 106. Rob Power, ORICA – SCOTT, at 12:54
  • 107. Tao Geoghegan Hart, TEAM SKY, at 12:55
  • 108. Matthew Holmes, MADISON GENESIS, at 14:17
  • 109. Robert Partridge, BIKE CHANNEL CANYON, at 15:07
  • 110. Marcin Bialoblocki, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 15:23
  • 111. Orlando Trinidad Garibay Contreras, CYLANCE CYCLING, at 15:23
  • 112. Chris Opie, BIKE CHANNEL CANYON, at 16:25
  • 113. Adam Hartley, GREAT BRITAIN, at 17:23
  • 114. Graham Briggs, JLT CONDOR, at 29:40

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Caleb Ewan: I’ll have more rivals in my career than just Fernando Gaviria

Orica-Scott’s Caleb Ewan believes that he will have more sprinting rivals throughout his career than just Fernando Gaviria; he also confirmed he will not be racing at the World Championships

After a twisting and turning home stretch, Australian rider Ewan recorded his first Giro stage victory besting Fernando Gaviria and Sam Bennett in a three way finish.

Orica-Scott’s Caleb Ewan believes that he will have more sprinting rivals throughout his career than just Fernando Gaviria; he also confirmed he will not be racing at the World Championships.