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Fernando Gaviria makes it four by winning Stage 13 of the 2017 Giro d'Italia

Jack Elton-Walters
19 May 2017

Fernando Gaviria sprints to his fourth stage win of the 2017 Giro d'Italia

Fernando Gaviria won Stage 13 of the Giro d'Italia from a rapid but scrappy sprint, coming from quite far back to overtake his key rivals and storm to the finish line.

The Colombian kicked once to cover a three bikelength gap to get back on terms, before kicking again to leave the other sprinters in his wake.

The 22-year-old is making his Grand Tour debut, and now has four stage wins to his name.

The other big name sprinters Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) and Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) were effectively nowhere and never looked like taking the stage.

There appeared to be some shoulder-to-shoulder going on between Ewan and Gaviria's leadout man Max Richeze, but by then Gaviria was already going clear and over the finish line.

Another quiet day at the Giro d'Italia

Another day for the sprinters ended - as hoped - in a bunch sprint, but before the leadout trains formed and massed at the front there had been a breakaway of three riders up the road.

They were caught with more than 20km still to go before the finish line, and soon after they were reeled in manoeuvres started amongst the sprinters' and GC teams.

A strong wind was blowing across the wide straight road that the riders were heading down towards Tortona, and a grupetto was forced to form after some riders let the wheels go and the pace at the front went up.

There seemed little reaction from those caught the wrong side of the split meaning no major GC or sprint contenders had been caught out.

As things settled down and riders moved their leaders to the front - either to keep them safe before the fight for pink begins again on Stage 14, or to get their fast man in the best position for a stage win - the pace crept up and the peloton headed for the inevitable sprint finish.

With 3.6km to Filippo Pozzato (Wilier-Triestina) pinged off the front of the rapidly moving peloton to try and stop the inevitable, but his move lasted for little more than 200 metres.

Back in the peloton Pozzato worked for his team, but the WorldTour squads - and specifically Quick-Step Floors and Bora-Handgrohe - took it up at the front.

Geraint Thomas heads home before the stage

Still suffering the results of a crash on Stage 9, Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) withdrew from the Giro d'Italia before the start of Stage 13.

He cited the injuries he suffered when he and several of his teammates went down in an incident caused by an inappropriately position police motorcycle.

The Welshman will now work to get fit and back in top form for the Tour de France, where his team leader Chris Froome is the defending champion.

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