Giro 2017: Mads Pedersen, our #youngdude update

At the end of a thrilling weekend of racing, heading into the third and final rest day, VeloVoices checked on the progress of one of the youngest riders in the race, Trek-Segafredo’s 21-year-old Mads Pedersen. A prodigiously talented first year neo-pro, the young Dane won his first professional race last year on Tour of Norway’s stage three, where he also picked up the KOM jersey. We spoke to him at the start of the Giro in Sardinia and have just caught up with him to see how his second week went!  Continue reading

Giro 2017 Stage 12: Gaviria confirms sprint dominance with hat-trick

Today, the longest stage in #Giro100 was another one for the sprinters. As the sprint trains steamed into town, Fernando Gaviria was led out perfectly by his poisson-pilote Max Richeze to easily and confidently surge ahead of Jakub Mareczko and Sam Bennett in the fast finish to the line. The 22-year-old Gaviria is the first rider in six years to win three stages on his Grand Tour debut – and he’s the first Colombian to collect three stage wins in a single Grand Tour. There may be more to come as he’s intent on reaching Milan in the maglia ciclamino. There was no change on GC, Tom Dumoulin is still looking pretty in pink.

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Giro 2017 Stage 11: A first for Fraile, Dumoulin stays in pink

Today’s cracking stage proves that long descents can be just as exciting as long ascents. Omar Fraile (Team Dimension Data) won the stage after a spectacular breakaway effort which saw him regularly pinging off the front only to be pulled back again. But his persistence paid off. Attacked over the final climb, he had enough left in the legs to win the four-man sprint for the finish. The GC remains largely unchanged with Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) still wearing the maglia rosa. Messrs Thomas, Kruijswijk and van Garderen had another bad day at the office, and lost further time. 

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