A fast and furious stage 7 of the Giro d’Italia ended with a first Grand Tour stage win for Astana’s Pello Bilbao. The Basque rider launched a perfectly timed attack in the final kilometre. His rivals hesitated and that was all the advantage he needed to stay ahead of Tony Gallopin (AG2R La Mondiale)and Davide Formolo (BORA-hansgrohe). Valerio Conti and his UAE-Team Emirates team survived a stressful day, with a little help from Trek-Segafredo, to retain the maglia rosa, but there were some changes within the top 10 on GC.
It was all change for the GC as the break-of-the-day took all the glory on Stage 6 of the Giro d’Italia. Fausto Masnada (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec), the strongest of the Italian duo left out front, took the stage winning honours. While second-placed UAE-Team Emirates’ Valerio Conti romped straight into the maglia rosa. The top ten positions on GC are all held by members of the 13-man breakaway as Jumbo-Visma decided not to chase after team leader Primoz Roglic was involved in a crash early in the stage.
Stage 3 of the 2019 Giro d’Italia culminated in a chaotic sprint into a ferocious headwind. The results show Fernando Gaviria (UAE Emirates) as the victor but only after the first man across the line – Elia Viviani (QuickStep) – was relegated for irregular sprinting. Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) finished second and Pascal Ackermann (Bora-hansgrohe), who lit the blue touchpaper too early, claimed the third step. In a stressful finale Ineos’ Tao Geoghegan Hart was caught behind a crash and lost a minute and half, dropping out of the top ten. The pink jersey stays firmly on the shoulders of Primoz Roglic,