Longest Stage of the Giro d’Italia Ends in Bunch Sprint12. May 2017, Alberobello (ITA) — Road Team
The peloton tackled the longest stage of the Giro d’Italia on day seven with 224km on the cards before a bunch sprint, won by Caleb Ewan (ORICA-SCOTT), played out in Alberobello.
BMC Racing Team’s riders were joined by TAG Heuer ambassador Patrick Dempsey at the start in Castrovillari, before Dempsey rode with the peloton in the neutral zone.
The peloton was happy to let three riders go clear as soon as the flag dropped at KM 0, but kept the group, which soon became two after Simone Ponzi (CCC) sat up and waited for the peloton after a mechanical problem, under control.
There was little action for the most part of the stage and the breakaway’s advantage hovered between two and four minutes.
The sprinters’ teams picked up their chase and brought the gap down to under one minute inside the final 30km, before finally making the catch.
As the peloton made their way through the narrow streets of Alberobello, it was Ewan who successfully navigated the final turn to claim the win.
The first group of the peloton, including Tejay van Garderen, arrived two seconds behind on the stage, which signaled the end of the first of three weeks of racing.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“It was a really long day. With the neutral and then the stage it was about six hours on the bike, a lot of kilometers. There were some little uphill sections which hurt quite a lot, so I still felt the effort from yesterday. Tomorrow is also an interesting stage. I don’t know if I’m recovered enough to try something or what the plan will be. We will discuss this tomorrow morning before the race and afterwards, we will see day by day.
Maximilian Sciandri, Sports Director:
“For sure it was not a recovery day. We are already at stage 7 so there is some fatigue there. Again at the final 30km, it got pretty nervous. It’s a nervous moment to keep Tejay van Garderen in front with the guys around him. I think we got in safe with no problems. Tomorrow is a tricky finish. It’s going to be very important to not lose time for the GC. We will probably put somebody on the go, to do a sprint and see if we can get anything out of it.”
Stage 7 Castrovilari > Alberobello (224km)
Top 3: 1. Caleb Ewan (ORICA-SCOTT), 2. Fernando Gaviria (Quickstep-Floors), 3. Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe).
BMC Racing Team top 3: 36. Tejay van Garderen, 48. Francisco Ventoso, 49. Joey Rosskopf
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