Elia Viviani back on top at Giro d'Italia
May 18 2018 11:05 pm CET

Elia Viviani back on top at Giro d'Italia
Elia Viviani back on top at Giro d'Italia
Photo of Elia Viviani (c) Sigfrid Eggers

Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) was the strongest at the 13th stage's final sprint. The rider proved to be in a better shape after having struggled the previous day.

The 180-kilometre stage took place between Ferrara and Nervesa Della Battaglia over a flat route that included a fourth category climb, and was bound to finish in a bunch sprint. Early on, Andrea Vendrame (Androni Giocattoli), Alessandro Tonelli (Bardiani CSF), Markel Irizar (Trek-Segafredo), Marco Marcato (UAE Team Emirates) and Eugert Zhupa (Wilier Triestina) took the lead and created a gap of more than three minutes with the peloton.

At around 30 kilometres from the finish, a group led by Katusha-Alpecin's Tony Martin attacked from the peloton and created a considerable gap with the rest. After a few kilometres, the speed of the pack reeled this group back in and reduced the gap with the escapees.

With 6.6 kilometres remaining, the pack swallowed the escapees and the sprinters' teams started doing their job of setting a good pace ahead of the finale. Entering the last kilometre, Marco Coledan (Wilier Triestina) attempted an escape but was caught by the sprinters in the last meters.

Quick-Step Floors' Elia Viviani launched his sprint earlier but he seemed to be the strongest in the bunch and crossed the finish line ahead of the winner of the previous stage Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe) and Danny van Poppel (LottoNL-Jumbo), consolidating his lead in the points classification.

Simon Yates continues to lead the General Classification.