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Giro d'Italia Stage 12: Fernando Gaviria makes it a hat-trick of wins

Colombian sprinter extends points classification lead

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.”

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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