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Fernando Gaviria makes it a hat-trick of stage wins in Tour of Guangxi

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Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) blasted to his third consecutive stage win in the Tour of Guangxi on Saturday, winning the finishing sprint into Nanning.

The Colombian rider received a perfect leadout from his Quick-Step Floors teammates to outsprint beat Maximilian Walscheid (Team Sunweb), Magnus Cort (Orica-Scott), Niccolo Bonifazio (Trek-Segafredo) and the rest of the main bunch.

Three riders – Nuno Bico (Movistar), Jack Haig (Orica-Scott) and Daniel Oss (BMC) – formed the day’s main breakaway, but the peloton wasn’t willing of making any gifts ahead of the race’s queen-stage, and as consequence the trio couldn’t establish a significant lead.

The escapees were brought back before the last intermediate sprint, where Julian Alaphilippe grabbed three seconds to put him into contention for the general classification, but other moves soon followed from the bunch, with Lawson Craddock (Cannondale-Drapac) and Matej Mohoric (UAE Team Emirates) giving it a go and managing to stay at the front until the final five kilometers of stage three.

Quick-Step Floors took the reins in the bunch at the three kilometers to go mark and began setting a high pace in the pack, before Max Richeze stepped in and showcased for the umpteenth time his extraordinary lead-out skills, bringing Fernando Gaviria to the front and helping the Colombian stamp again his authority on the Tour of Guangxi sprints.

Tour of Guangxi 2017 – stage 3 results (Nanning – Nanning):

1Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors)

2:41:57

2Maximilian Walscheid (Team Sunweb)

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3Magnus Cort (Orica-Scott)

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4Niccolo Bonifazio (Trek-Segafredo)

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5Wouter Wippert (Cannondale – Drapac)

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6Dylan Page (Caja Rural – Seguros RGA)

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7Matteo Pelucchi (Bora-hansgrohe)

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8Andrea Guardini (UAE Team Emirates)

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9Moreno Hofland (Lotto Soudal)

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10Bernhard Eisel (Dimension Data)

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General classification after stage 3:

1Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors)

8:45:22

2Silvan Dillier (BMC)

+13”

3Maximilian Walscheid (Team Sunweb)

+18”

4Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNl-Jumbo)

+24”

5Wouter Wippert (Cannondale – Drapac)

+26”

6Magnus Cort (Orica-Scott)

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7Pascal Ackermann (Bora-hansgrohe)

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8Andrei Grivko (Astana)

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9Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb)

+27”

10Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors)

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