May 8, 2017
Gavira takes win on stage 3
Cagliari, 7 May 2017 – Three stages, three different winners, three different maglia rosa, and a host of firsts. After fter Lukas Pöstlebergerwon in Olbia on his Grand Tour debut and André Greipel took his first Maglia Rosa in Tortolì, in Cagliari it was Fernando Gaviria turn to claim his first stage victory at the Giro.
Gavira outsprinted a breakaway group of seven riders with Rudiger Selig (Bora-Hansgrohe) second, and Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) third. Caleb Ewan (ORICA-Scott) led home the chasing pack 13 seconds adrift.
Gavira's win was the 23rd for a Columbian rider, he becomes the fourth Columbina to wear the Maglia Rosa after Rigoberto Uran and Nairo Quintana in 2014, and Esteban Chaves in 2016.
Speaking at the post-race press conference, Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) said: “We didn’t plan this attack in the crosswinds. We wanted to be at the front if the bunch was going to fire up. We’re a strong team so we took the initiative. With six riders at the front, we outnumbered the others. When we saw a split in the bunch, we went full gas. I had two days with bad legs, or if my legs were good, the others had much better ones. I was bitter because I had done a lot of sacrifices at home to be ready for stage 1 of the Giro. Now we can enjoy the rest day as a team, because I have the Maglia Rosa for two days: the rest day and stage 4.”
1 - Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) - 148km in 3h26’33”, average speed 42.992km/h
2 - Rüdiger Selig (Bora - Hansgrohe) s.t.
3 - Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek - Segafredo) s.t.
1 - Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors)
2 - André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) at 9"
3 - Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora - Hansgrohe) at 13"
Video Highlight (Italian Commnetary)
Maglia Rosa (pink), general classification leader, sponsored by Enel - Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors)
Maglia Ciclamino (cyclamen), sprinter classification leader, sponsored by Segafredo - André Greipel (Lotto Soudal)
Maglia Azzurra (blue), King of the Mountains classification leader, sponsored by Banca Mediolanum - Daniel Teklehaimanot (Team Dimension Data)
Maglia Bianca (white), young rider general classification leader, sponsored by Eurospin - Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors), will be worn on the next stage by Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora - Hansgrohe)
Stage 4 Preview- Tuesday
Stage 4 – Cefalù-Etna 181km - total elevation 3,500m
The first summit finish awaits the peloton after a medium mountain stage. The route follows the road’s mild undulations for 55km, and then tackles a long and steady climb up Portella Femmina Morta.
A very long and manageable descent then leads to the feed zone and to the intermediate sprint in Bronte. The route hits the foot of Mount Etna and runs across a number of villages, heading towards the finish, all the way to Nicolosi, where the closing climb begins. The final part of the route runs through urban areas, on narrowed and often stone-paved roads.
The final climb, on wide and tarmacked road, has an average gradient of approx 6%, with no punchy sections. The road winds its way along wide hairpins for nearly 20km. There is a mild counterslope with 500m to go. The home stretch (200m, 3% uphill grade) leads to the finish line, on 7m wide asphalt road.
Stage 3 Results and GC