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Giro d'Italia 2017: Fernando Gaviria takes win number three on Stage 12

Josh Cunningham
18 May 2017

Quick-Step Floors rider takes his third win of the 2017 Giro d'Italia, with Jakob Marecko second and Sam Bennett third

Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) has won stage 12 of the Giro d'Italia in a bunch sprint, confirming his status as the fastest man in the race with his third stage win. 

In a carbon copy of the Stage 5 result, it was Jakob Marecko (Wilier-Triestina) who rolled over second, with Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) third over the line after the 229km stage.

The stage was the longest of the entire Giro, spanning 229km between Forlì and Reggio Emilia, and the with a largely flat profile dominating the second half of the race, it had long been billed as one for the sprinters. 

Three riders got away from the bunch - Mirco Maestri (Bardiani-CSF), Marco Marcato (UAE-Fly Emirates) and Sergey Firsanov (Gazprom) - and built up a lead that topped 6 minutes at its height. 

But with no real obstacles to stop the rampaging peloton, the gradual reeling in of the three was a near-formality, and with 12km Marcato and Firsanov were reabsorbed into the bunch, leaving just Maestri fighting alone out front. 

With 7km to go it was finally gruppo compacto, with Bennet's Bora-Hansgrohe, Ewan's Orica-Scott and Greipel's Lotto-Soudal leading the charge with long and established lead out trains.

A late solo attack by Albanian national champion Eugert Zhupa (Wilier-Triestina) got no further than 20m clear, before Bora-Hansgrohe swept it up.

Gaviria went early after a lead out from Max Richeze, and neither Marecko, Bennett - or anyone else - could come around him. 

As a result, the Colombian extends his lead in the points competition, and with no gaps in the peloton, Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) stays in pink.