Quick Step Floors rider Fernando Gaviria has taken his third stage victory of the 100th edition of the Giro d’Italia in Reggio Emilia this afternoon.
The Colombian outsprinted Jakub Mareczko of Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia) at the end of the 229km stage from Forli to take the win and keep the lead of the points classification.
For the third time in the race, Irish rider Sam Bennett of Bora-Hansgrohe finished third in the sprint.
Following his victory, Gaviria said: “I was worried when my lead out man Maximiliano Richeze had a flat tyre because the peloton was riding very fast at that point.
“But he came across and it was perfect. I'm not the best sprinter of this Giro: that's André Greipel because he's got many more wins in his career than me but right now, I'm the sprinter with the best form and the best legs thanks to the preparation.
“And that's how I'm here with my third victory.”
Team Sunweb’s Tom Dumoulin retains the race lead. After the stage, he said: “It's been a good day for me. A typical sprinters’ stage.
“It was faster than I thought. Gaviria seems to be the best sprinter here. Congratulations to him. I hope for a similar quiet day for myself as the race leader tomorrow.”
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