April 19, 2018
Bennett victorious at Imola
Stage 13: Ferrara to Nervesa della Battaglia, 180km
Elia Viviani makes it a hattrick
Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) took advantage of a flat stage ahead if weekend of mountain torture to secure his third win of the race. The Italian outsprinted Sam Bennett by several bike lengths, with Danny Van Poppel (Team Lotto NL – Jumbo) third.
This is the fourth stage win for Elia Viviani at the Giro, only one fewer than his team-mate, Fernando Gaviria, last year. It’s the 1250th stage victory by an Italian rider in the history of the individual stages. Viviani is the first Italian to win three bunch sprints in a single Giro since Daniele Bennati 10 years ago (2008).
The stage winner, Elia Viviani, said: “There was no need to think too much about yesterday or two days ago when I rode for 200km with [Esteban] Chaves. I’ve had two bad days but it was more important to note what Bennett did in those two days: he was third in Gualdo Tadino and only [Peter] Sagan or [Fernando] Gaviria are able to sprint for 400 metres like he did today.
"Yesterday I was really empty. I was really cold, I couldn’t do anything. I haven’t done a Grand Tour in two and half years – it might have impacted my performances. Today we rode like in any other sprinters’ stages. Rémi Cavagna pulled all day with Eros Capecchi. The others rode to the finale. Michael Morkov took the role of Fabio Sabatini who had a mechanical.
"This is my nicest and most emotional victory at the Giro because this morning I was nervous as I didn’t know if my legs would support me or not. I’m glad they did and my lead of 40 points in the Maglia Ciclamino is more comfortable than the 22 that we had yesterday. I’ll have six team-mates again to help me make the time cut tomorrow.”
Pink Jersey Simon Yates said: "When the group broke we were running ahead to pay attention. I heard on the radio that there was a gap but I did not know who was left behind and what the gap was. I heard that [Domenico] Pozzovivo was there but then he immediately returned to the leading group. The ending was more difficult than we expected. Nobody likes running in the rain but I trust the components of my bike, especially in the tires. "
Race Results - Stage 13 and GC