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Gaviria takes maiden Grand Tour victory as crosswinds cut up the peloton in Giro

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Fernando Gaviria

Fernando Gaviria sprinted to maiden Grand Tour stage win and into leader’s jersey at the Giro d’Italia after his Quick-Step Floors team split the peloton in strong crosswinds in an exciting finale to stage three in Cagliari.

A flat stage three promised more drama than its profile suggested with fewer kilometres than the previous two days and crosswinds forecast, encouraging aggressive riding.

As it would happen, just three riders went free early and despite a faster pace, the first 70km were reasonably settled with the break reaching a maximum advantage of just a three-minutes.

They were kept under control by race leaders Lotto-Soudal and eventually brought back to the bunch with 25km to go.

Tensions rose as the anticipated cross winds in the final 20km approached.

All teams, including the outfits of overall contenders, started fighting for position but it was Quick-Step Floors that were more organised than everyone, putting numbers on the front and causing a split.

With their sprinter and GC rider present, they had a lot to gain and pushed on hard to the line as everyone else tried to recover behind.

Gaviria powered from behind the wheel of team-mate Maximiliano Richeze to take a comfortable win on the flagstones of Cagliari ahead of Rudiger Selig (Bora-hansgrohe) and Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek Segafredo).


Giro d’Italia 2017 – stage 3 results (Tortoli – Cagliari):

1Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors)

3:26:33

2Rüdiger Selig (Bora-hansgrohe)

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3Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo)

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4Nathan Haas (Dimension Data)

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5Maximiliano Richeze (Quick-Step Floors)

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6Kanstantsin Siutsou (Bahrain Merida)

+03”

7Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)

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8Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott)

+13”

9Sacha Modolo (UAE Team Emirates)

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10Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal)

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11Phil Bauhaus (Team Sunweb)

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12Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Katusha-Alpecin)

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13Roberto Ferrari (UAE Team Emirates)

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14Ryan Gibbons (Dimension Data)

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15Patrick Konrad (Bora-hansgrohe)

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16Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora-hansgrohe)

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17Enrico Battaglin (LottoNl-Jumbo)

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18Ivan Savitckii (Gazprom – Rusvelo)

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19Adam Yates (Orica-Scott)

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20Eugert Zhupa (Wilier Triestina)

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General classification after stage 3:

1Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors)

14:45:16

2André Greipel (Lotto Soudal)

+09”

3Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora-hansgrohe)

+13”

4Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)

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5Kanstantsin Siutsou (Bahrain Merida)

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6Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott)

+17”

7Roberto Ferrari (UAE Team Emirates)

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8Ryan Gibbons (Dimension Data)

+23”

9Enrico Battaglin (LottoNl-Jumbo)

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10Sacha Modolo (UAE Team Emirates)

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11Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)

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12Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida)

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13Adam Yates (Orica-Scott)

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14Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R)

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15Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates)

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16Diego Rosa (Team Sky)

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17Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

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18Kristijan Koren (Cannondale-Drapac)

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19Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)

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20Luis León Sanchez (Astana)

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