UPDATED: Fernando Gaviria gets third stage victory at Giro d'Italia after Elia Viviani's disqualification
May 13 2019 11:41 pm CET

UPDATED: Fernando Gaviria gets third stage victory at Giro d'Italia after Elia Viviani's disqualification
UPDATED: Fernando Gaviria gets third stage victory at Giro d'Italia after Elia Viviani's disqualification
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Updated: UAE-Team Emirates' Fernando Gaviria has taken the victory of the third stage at the Giro d'Italia after Elia Viviani was disqualified after an irregular sprinting.

The third stage of the Corsa Rosa was 220-kilometre long between Vinci and Orbetello over a route that was bound to finish in a bunch sprint if the wind allowed it. Just after the real start of the stage, Nippo-Vini Fantini's Sho Hatsuyama attacked and starred the breakaway of the day by himself.

The Japanese built a gap of more than five minutes with a peloton that was led by teams like Lotto-Soudal and Jumbo-Visma, who were also trying to maintain a good position in case of strong winds. After 144 kilometres of racing and with 75 kilometres to go, Hatsuyama's adventure was over and the peloton kept going compact and at a good pace.

At around six kilometres to go, Movistar's Richard Carapaz suffered a puncture and his teammates stayed behind to help him go back to the pack and defend his 13th position in the overall classification.

With four kilometres to go, there was a crash in the peloton that affected riders like James Knox (Deceuninck-Quick-Step), Enrico Battaglin (Katusha-Alpecin) and Tao Geoghegan Hart (Ineos).

The riders in the peloton suffered a lot of wind in the final stretch but Deceuninck-Quick-Step did a good job positioning Elia Viviani for the final. The Italian seemingly took his first victory in the 2019 edition of the race by outsprinting UAE-Team Emirates' Fernando Gaviria and Groupama-FDJ's Arnaud Demare.

However, Viviani was then disqualified for having blocked Matteo Moschetti (Trek-Segafredo) by swerving to the left just as he launched his final power effort. With the Italian no longer topping the stage rankings, Gaviria took the win with Demare taking second place and Pascal Ackermann (Bora-hansgrohe) clinching third.

The organisation of the race explained the decision in a tweet: "The Jury watched the video footage of the sprint and has decided to relegate Elia Viviani. The winner is Fernando Gaviria," it stated.

Moschetti (Trek-Segafredo) moved up to fourth place Giacomo Nizzolo (Dimension Data) took fifth. Jumbo-Visma's Primoz Roglic crossed the finish line with the pack and keeps the Maglia Rosa for another day, while Geoghegan Hart - who was in the seventh GC position - arrived to the finish one minute and 28 seconds behind Viviani.






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