Giro d’Italia 2019: Stage 3 – Gaviria victorious as Viviani is relegated

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,

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Giro d’Italia 2019: Stage 2 – Ackermann’s sunshine on a rainy day

Stage 2 of the 2019 Giro d’Italia saw the peloton take to the road for a simple-ish day which ended in a much anticipated bunch sprint. Would it be Fernando Gaviria or Elia Viviani? Well, that was a script that Bora-hansgrohe’s Pascal Ackermann didn’t read, as he took his first Grand Tour win in a fiercely contested bunch sprint that saw him outpower Vivz and Caleb Ewan. There was only a minor shuffle at the bottom of the GC top 10 so Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) wears pink for another day.

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