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Caleb Ewan takes maiden Giro d’Italia victory on stage 7

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Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) took his first Giro d’Italia stage win on day seven. Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) and Sam Bennett (Bora–Hansgrohe) crossed the finish line in second and third respectively in Alberobello.

Despite a lumpy start and finish, stage seven of the Giro d’Italia offered another opportunity for a bunch sprint into Alberobello.

Just three riders rode into the breakaway, before it shortly dropped down to just two, making the long 224km stage more simple for the sprint teams to control.

Orica-Scott shared the duties at the front of the peloton with Quickstep Floors and Lotto-Soudal and the gap never reached four-minutes.

As the race approached the technical and complicated finish, the intensity stepped up as outfits tried to keep their leaders in front and out of danger.

The race was back together with 14km to go and Orica-Scott hit the front.

After a final lead out from Mezgec, Ewan launched early to navigate the most direct line to the finish, just holding onto the victory in a final lunge.

“This win has probably brought me more joy than any other,” Ewan said at the finish. “Everyday I didn’t get a win, I felt the pressure build so to finally get the victory it feels pretty good.”


Giro d’Italia 2017 – stage 7 (Castrovillari – Alberobello):

1 Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) 5:35:18
2 Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors)

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3 Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe)

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4 André Greipel (Lotto Soudal)

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5 Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo)

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6 Ryan Gibbons (Dimension Data)

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7 Enrico Battaglin (LottoNl-Jumbo)

+02”

8 Rudiger Selig (Bora-hansgrohe)

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9 Alexey Tsatevich (Gazprom – Rusvelo)

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10 Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida)

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11 Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)

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12 Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)

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13 Salvatore Puccio (Team Sky)

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14 Sacha Modolo (UAE Team Emirates)

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15 Adam Yates (Orica-Scott)

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16 Luka Mezgec (Orica-Scott)

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17 Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R)

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18 Enrico Barbin (Bardiani CSF)

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19 Davide Formolo (Cannondale-Drapac)

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20 Davide Martinelli (Quick-Step Floors)

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General classification after stage 7:

1 Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)

33:56:07

2 Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)

+06”

3 Adam Yates (Orica-Scott)

+10”

4 Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R)

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5 Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida)

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6 Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)

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7 Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

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8 Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)

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9 Tejay Van Garderen (BMC)

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10 Andrey Amador (Movistar)

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11 Thibaut Pinot (FDJ)

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12 Mikel Landa (Team Sky)

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13 Davide Formolo (Cannondale-Drapac)

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14 Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin)

+14”

15 Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNl-Jumbo)

+23”

16 Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb)

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17 Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates)

+46”

18 Tanel Kangert (Astana)

+1’03”

19 Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates)

+1’18”

20 Dario Cataldo (Astana)

+01’32”