Giro d'Italia Stage 13: Last Chance for the Sprinters19. May 2017, Tortona (ITA) — Road Team
The sprinters made the most of their last opportunity for a stage win at the Giro d'Italia before the race heads back to the mountains, with a bunch sprint playing out on stage 13.
In a similar situation to stage 12, just three riders formed the day's breakaway on the 161km stage. However, with the sprinters desperate for one last win, the peloton kept the trio to within two minutes for the majority of the stage.
Without a designated sprinter, BMC Racing Team sat comfortably in the bunch to recover ahead of the next two stages before the last rest day.
The peloton brought the trio to under one minute with 30km to go and the catch was made shortly after.
As the sprint trains formed, the peloton began to string out along the road before Fernando Gaviria (Quickstep-Floors) proved strongest on the day to take the win.
All of BMC Racing Team's riders crossed the line safely in Tortona.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“It was an easy day, but a bit windy. It was the last easy day of the Giro d’Italia. It was pretty windy in the final, but there were a lot of GC teams up there so no one tried to split the peloton. It was pretty nervous. With 25km to go it looked like we had no wind but suddenly with 18km to go, it picked up. When you have headwind in the final it is a bit dangerous because the peloton is not in a line so there are more chances of crashes, but luckily that didn’t happen.”
“Tomorrow is going to be a stage for the GC contenders. I think Movistar Team has a chance to gain time from race leader Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb). It is a super short stage and the last climb is not long, but the last part is hard enough. The GC guys will be fighting for the stage for sure.”
Stage 13 Reggio Emilia > Tortona (161km)
Top 3: 1. Fernando Gaviria (Quickstep-Floors), 2. Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe), 3. Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo).
BMC Racing Team top 3: 32. Francisco Ventoso, 52. Ben Hermans, 68. Tejay van Garderen
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