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.
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.