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Giro d'Italia 2017: Caleb Ewan claims his first stage win in an enthralling sprint

Josh Cunningham
12 May 2017

Fernando Gaviria 2nd, while Sam Bennett claims 3rd and Bob Jungels stays in pink

Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) has won stage 7 of the Giro d'Italia in an enthralling sprint, just beating Fernando Gaviria (Quickstep Floors) and Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) to claim his first ever Giro stage victory.

The young Australian has come close on a number of occasions during the Giro's opening stages, and it was a perfectly timed sprint on the tight, technical finish that eventually won him his stage today. 

The 220km stage started in Castrovillari, a town on the arch of the Boot of Italy. With such a flat, featureless stage it did not take long for a break t establish itself, and it was a small break of three riders that got away for a long day in the saddle.

They were Giuseppe Fonzi (Wilier Triestina), Simone Ponzi (CCC) and Dmitry Kozonchuk (Gazprom), but as the race made its way east to Alberobello Ponzi suffered a mechanical, leaving just two, who pulled out a gap of three minutes. 

After a mammoth effort out front, the two were eventually reeled back in with 18km to go, with the sprinters' teams massing trains on the front of the bunch. 

A solo attack from Cannondale-Drapac's Alex Howes with 4km to go was closed down promptly after he got a gap, and within seconds the tight finale was upon the race. 

With such a tight and technical finish it was imperative that an early sprint was launched; too far back and there would be no chance of victory. But Ewan had obviously done his homework, jumping early and holding off Bennett and Gaviria for the win. 

No changes in the overall though, with Bob Jungels remaining 6 seconds ahead of Geraint Thomas and 10 ahead of Adam Yates in the GC. 

 

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