Giro d'Italia - Elia Viviani: We didn't want to take responsibility today
May 23 2018 05:29 pm CET

Giro d'Italia - Elia Viviani: We didn't want to take responsibility today
Giro d'Italia - Elia Viviani: We didn't want to take responsibility today
Photo of Elia Viviani (c) Sigfrid Eggers

Elia Viviani of Quick-Step Floors took his fourth stage win at the current Giro d'Italia, sprinting to victory after a well-organized lead-out by his teammates.

In doing so, the Italian also extended his lead in the points classification with Sam Bennett having to settle for second place.

"We knew for sure that it could be a really hard stage. After the rest day and the time trial everybody is a bit recovered," Viviani explained.

Much of the day was dominated by a breakaway with riders like Wout Poels and Luis Leon Sanchez, but Quick-Step sat back to watch other teams take charge in the peloton.

"It was a really strong breakaway but only four guys. Bora-hansgrohe controlled very well, with the help of LottoNL-Jumbo. We played a little bit today but I think we played right. This is the second-last stage before Rome and it was perfect for (Sam) Bennett. If he gained points here he would come closer (in the points classification).

"We didn't want to take the responsibility as our next goal is to win in Rome. But if we did get into a mass sprint I would tell my guys to organize a really good lead-out. We were perfect. 'Saba' (Fabio Sabatini) was amazing today.

LottoNL-Jumbo's Danny van Poppel initiated the sprint but couldn't hold on long enough to take the win. According to Viviani, the Dutchman made his move a bit too early.

"I knew (that it was early). I also gave the gap to Saba. I knew there was headwind and Saba started with 400 meters to go. In normal conditions that would be perfect but with total headwind I knew it was a bit early so I gave him some space. Van Poppel saw me and tried to anticipate but when he went I kept his wheel and then went. I gained 50 more meters and those are the 50 meters you need with headwind."



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