Elia Viviani sprints to his fourth victory at Giro d'Italia
May 23 2018 05:05 pm CET

Elia Viviani sprints to his fourth victory at Giro d'Italia
Elia Viviani sprints to his fourth victory at Giro d'Italia
Photo of Elia Viviani (c) Sigfrid Eggers

Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) has won the 17th stage of the Giro d'Italia. This is the fourth victory for the Italian in this edition of the race.

The 17th stage of the Italian grand tour was 155 kilometres long and had a rolling profile. It was a very active day stage from the beginning with several attempts to escape that were repelled by a very fast peloton.

The definitive escape was formed past the 80 kilometre mark and included riders like Wout Poels (Sky), Ben Hermans (Israel Cycling Academy), Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) and Alessandro De Marchi (BMC). This group was able to form a gap of almost two minutes with the pack.

With a bit more than 20 kilometres to go, Poels and Hermans were dropped and Di Marchi and Sanchez went on by themselves until they too got reeled back in by the pack at 11 kilometres from the end. LottoNL-Jumbo took the lead of the pack to set a good pace ahead of the final sprint.

At eight kilometres from the finish, Gianluca Bambrilla (Trek-Segafredo) and Robert Gesink (LottoNL-Jumbo) tried to get away from the peloton and were followed by Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step Floors), Sergio Henao (Sky) and Cesare Benedetti (Bora-hansgrohe). It was a strong attempt but it was neutralised by the pack two kilometres later.

The next rider to try his luck was Maurits Lammertink (Katusha-Alpecin) with five kilometres remaining, but his move was shut down just past the three-kilometre mark. The last two kilometres were rainy and Quick-Step took the lead of the pack to position Elia Viviani for the final fight.

He repaid the work of his teammates and took his fourth victory at the 2018 Giro d'Italia. Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe) and Niccolo Bonifazio (Bahrain-Merida) were second and third on the stage.

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) maintains his 56-second lead over Sunweb's Tom Dumoulin in the general classification.



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