photo credits @ Tirreno – Adriatico
Neo-pro Fernando Gaviria scored the biggest win of his road career today, after winning stage 3 of the Tirreno – Adriatico in sprint finish ahead of Caleb Ewan (ORICA GreenEDGE) and Elia Viviani (SKY) in Montalto di Castro, Italy
“It’s been a very hard race today, especially for me coming fresh from the Track World Championships. All the teams were trying to win the stage. I’m extremely satisfied. The last 200 metres have been perfect. Etixx – Quick Step is such a great team, we’re ready to win on any kind of terrain”.
Gaviria found himself in perfect position to contest today’s finale, after clinging to Peter Sagan’s (Tinkoff) wheel during the last kilometer, only come around the World Champion during the closing 50 meters to overtake Leigh Howard (IAM Cycling) and outpower Ewan and Viviani during the final few meters to seize the victory.
Meanwhile, his teammate Zdenek Stybar finished comfortably in the peloton to retain his head in the overall race.
Giorgio Cecchinel (Androni), Simone Andreetta (Bardiani), Davide Villella (Cannondale), Domingos Gonçalves (Caja Rural) and Adrian Honkisz (CCC Sprandi), marked the day’s first breakaway group.
From there, the quintet built up a maximum advantage of 4:30 over the peloton.
However, their lead began to dwindle rapidly during the final 50 kilometers, with Andreetta being the first of the escapees to lose contact with the breakaway group.
Heading into the final 5 kilometers, the group was still holing onto a 30 second lead. But, the peloton ultimately succeeded in reeling them in during the final uphill 200 meters.
A sprint finale unfolded from there, with Gaviria emerging with his first WorldTour win.
Stage 3 Results
COL 1 GAVIRIA RENDON, Fernando (ETIXX – QUICK STEP) 4:17:28
AUS 2 EWAN, Caleb (ORICA GreenEDGE)
ITA 3 VIVIANI, Elia (SKY)
SVK 4 SAGAN, Peter (TINKOFF)
AUS 5 HOWARD, Leigh (IAM CYCLING)
ITA 6 NIZZOLO, Giacomo (TREK – SEGAFREDO)
BEL 7 WAEYTENS, Zico (GIANT – ALPECIN)
ITA 8 MODOLO, Sacha (LAMPRE – MERIDA)
NED 9 HOFLAND, Moreno (LOTTO NL – JUMBO)
GER 10 ARNDT, Nikias (GIANT – ALPECIN)
General Classification after Stage 3
CZE 1 STYBAR, Zdenek (ETIXX – QUICK STEP) 9:51:18
ITA 2 CARUSO, Damiano (BMC RACING) + 9
ITA 3 OSS, Daniel (BMC RACING)
USA 4 VAN GARDEREN, Tejay (BMC RACING)
BEL 5 VAN AVERMAET, Greg (BMC RACING)
ITA 6 BRAMBILLA, Gianluca (ETIXX – QUICK STEP) + 11
LUX 7 JUNGELS, Bob (ETIXX – QUICK STEP)
SVK 8 SAGAN, Peter (TINKOFF) + 14
FRA 9 PINOT, Thibaut (FDJ) + 18
SUI 10 REICHENBACH, Sébastien (FDJ)
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