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Giro d'Italia: Gaviria enjoys the rest day in maglia rosa - Gallery

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Nairo Quintana rides with Movistar on the rest day

Nairo Quintana rides with Movistar on the rest day
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Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) with the maglia rosa on the rest day

Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) with the maglia rosa on the rest day
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Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) with the maglia rosa on the rest day

Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) with the maglia rosa on the rest day
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Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) with the maglia rosa on the rest day

Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) with the maglia rosa on the rest day
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Steven Kruijswijk heads to the plane

Steven Kruijswijk heads to the plane
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Nairo Quintana boarding the flight to Sicily

Nairo Quintana boarding the flight to Sicily
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Ryan Gibbons (Dimension Data)

Ryan Gibbons (Dimension Data)
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Daniel Teklehaimanot (Dimension Data)

Daniel Teklehaimanot (Dimension Data)
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Joey Rosskopf and Dylan Teuns

Joey Rosskopf and Dylan Teuns
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Tejay van Garderen and Rohan Dennis on the flight

Tejay van Garderen and Rohan Dennis on the flight
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Rohan Dennis sporting bandages en route to Sicily

Rohan Dennis sporting bandages en route to Sicily
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Fernando Gaviria shares his time in the maglia rosa with his family on the rest day

Fernando Gaviria shares his time in the maglia rosa with his family on the rest day
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Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) with the maglia rosa on the rest day

Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) with the maglia rosa on the rest day
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Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) with the maglia rosa on the rest day

Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) with the maglia rosa on the rest day
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Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) with the maglia rosa on the rest day

Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) with the maglia rosa on the rest day
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Jose Rojas and Daniele Bennati on the rest day

Jose Rojas and Daniele Bennati on the rest day
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Bahrain-Merida rides on the rest day in Cefalu

Bahrain-Merida rides on the rest day in Cefalu
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Nairo Quintana rides with Movistar on the rest day

Nairo Quintana rides with Movistar on the rest day
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Nairo Quintana rides with Movistar on the rest day

Nairo Quintana rides with Movistar on the rest day
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Quick-Step Floors on the rest day

Quick-Step Floors on the rest day
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Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)

Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)
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Eros Capecchi

Eros Capecchi
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Davide Martinelli (Quick-Step Floors)

Davide Martinelli (Quick-Step Floors)
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Vincenzo Nibali takes a spin with his Bahrain-Merida teammates

Vincenzo Nibali takes a spin with his Bahrain-Merida teammates
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UAE Team Emirates on the rest day

UAE Team Emirates on the rest day
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Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida)

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida)
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Vincenzo Nibali takes a spin with his Bahrain-Merida teammates

Vincenzo Nibali takes a spin with his Bahrain-Merida teammates
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The Giro d'Italia rest day taken literally

The Giro d'Italia rest day taken literally
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Vincenzo Nibali had quite a following on the rest day ride

Vincenzo Nibali had quite a following on the rest day ride
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Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) with the maglia rosa on the rest day

Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) with the maglia rosa on the rest day
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The Giro d'Italia took an early rest day after three days of racing so that the riders could make the transfer via chartered flight from Sardinia to Sicily, while the press and publicity caravan took the overnight ferry across to Palermo.

The sun shone brightly through Fernando Gaviria's hotel window as he arose to meet the day and the media with the maglia rosa.

"It was nice to wake up this morning in Sicily and see the pink jersey there, in my room, together with all the other things the team had prepared for me," Gaviria said. "When I put everything on to go training I felt that I'm the leader of the Giro, because I needed some time to let things sink in."

After two unsuccessful sprints, the Quick-Step Floors team ripped the race to shreds in the crosswinds on stage 3, delivering the Colombian to a convincing stage victory with enough of a gap to secure the race lead. It might not last past Tuesday's stage to Mount Etna, but it is a huge victory for the young sprinter taken in front of his family.

"Last night, I thought a lot about what we did as a team; it was really impressive and I'm sure nobody will forget the way Quick-Step Floors sparked that move and left their mark on the last Sardinian stage," Gaviria said.

"Yesterday's victory is the most important of my career and to win this stage in front of my mother, father and sister made me very happy. I love having my family here, their presence boosted my morale and it gives me huge joy to know they'll spend some more days at the race, following me. Without their help, I wouldn't have been the person I am today."

The race organisation took a tour of an exhibit dubbed "Sicilia. Amore infinito" which celebrates the history of the race visiting the island through historical editions of La Gazzetta dello Sport, other newspapers, original jerseys and videos. RCS Sport Managing Director Paolo Bellino, Giro d'Italia Director Mauro Vegni and other dignitaries inaugurated the exhibit.

"It is very important for the Giro to be in a place of culture as the Giro is culture itself," Vegni said. "The Giro unified the south with the north of Italy and contributed to creating Italian culture over the last hundred years. This exhibition remembers all the times the Giro has come to Sicily, a beautiful region which loved the Giro and is loved by the Giro."