Giro d'Italia: Fourth win for Gaviria on stage 13

Grand Tour debuts don't come much better than this. Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) made it four victories at the Giro d'Italia on stage 13 – the richest haul since Bernard Hinault in 1978 – and he did so with the most searing sprint of the lot.

The Colombian, who had won from a reduced group on stage 3 and from full bunch sprints on stages 7 and 12, came from a considerable distance back to finish with a clear margin ahead of Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo).

Whereas lead-out man Max Richeze delivered him almost all he way to the line the previous day, this was a display of individual brilliance. Finding himself over 10 places back going through a crucial lefthand bend with 400 metres to go, he shouldn't have stood a chance. But normal rules don't seem to apply to Gaviria.

He had a gap to close to Roberto Ferrari and even after that spell in the wind he had enough in the tank to surge up the right hand side of the road, past Richeze and Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott), and then Bennett, who was already in full flow and no doubt stunned as he had to settle for a fourth podium finish.

"It was a different sprint, a difficult one. Thanks to my team we did it and we have another victory here," said Gaviria, who overtook Nairo Quintana and Lucho Herrera as the Colombian with the most wins at the Giro.

"I'm the one without most victories, but that doesn't mean anything," he added. "It just means I prepared well for the Giro."

Behind him, Ewan got into a tangle with Richeze. The Australia was boxed in behind the Argentinian and Rüdiger Selig, Bennett's lead-out man, and when he came round Richeze, he seemed to receive a shoulder barge. "It was just one of those things that happens in a sprint," shrugged Richeze.

Lotto-Soudal's André Greipel was unable to bid a fond farewell to the Giro, and he heads to the airport tonight with one win from this race. He had a bad position in the last few kilometres and despite being moved back up for the flamme rouge, he was even further back than Gaviria through that left-hander.

After what he described as "a day of survival", Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) finished safely in the peloton to retain the maglia rosa as overall leader of the race.

How it unfolded

With barely a metre of incline on the 167km route from Reggio Emilia to Tortona, there was virtually no chance that a breakaway would make it all the way to the line, though three riders put their hands up for a day of punishment and limelight.

After a few kilometres, Pavel Brutt (Gazprom-Rusvelo), Matej Mohoric (UAE Team Emirates) and Vincenzo Albanese (Bardiani CSF) were away, and they were joined briefly by Johann Van Zyl until Dimension Data called the South African back to save him for the sprint preparations later in the day.

Despite the manageable size of the break and the absence of difficulties on the parcours, the peloton kept them on a tight leash, with less than two minutes at the first intermediate sprint after 67 kilometres. It went uncontested in the break but Gaviria, as he did yesterday, clipped off the front of the bunch to mop up the spare points and extend his lead in the maglia ciclamino standings.

The gap came down to 30 seconds as the peloton set a strong tempo despite the distance left in front of them, but they eased off for a while to allow the gap to reach its maximum of 2:30. A second intermediate sprint with 40 kilometres to go went much the same way as the first.

By that point Wilier-Selle Italia were working harder on the front of the peloton than they had in any previous stage, clearly confident in Mareczko. As on Thursday, Orica-Scott, Lotto Soudal and Quick-Step Floors all had men – Chris-Juul Jensen, Sean De Bie and Pieter Serry, respectively – doing the early work before the real lead-out men would come to the fore in the latter kilometres.

The breakaway trio was caught with 22 kilometres to go and from there it was a case of getting organised and fighting for a good position. A spot towards the back of the bunch would be punished, as highlighted when around 20 riders lost contact through a roundabout and struggled to get back on as the wind blew from the side.

Inside the safety net of the three kilometres to go banner, the sprint teams picked up the pace, with Bora once again hitting the front with a full train. Greipel was alone and near the middle of the bunch, and it took a big effort to move him back up. Gaviria was initially on Greipel's wheel as they approached the left-hander, but then they swapped. In any case, Bora still had two riders for Bennett and it seemed like the winner would come from that mini group of nine that had formed.

Gaviria, though, had other plans, and he dug into that seemingly bottomless pit of power, combining it with his track nous to make it an unforgettable start to his Grand Tour career. 

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors3:47:45
2Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-HansgroheRow 1 - Cell 2
3Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-SegafredoRow 2 - Cell 2
4Roberto Ferrari (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 3 - Cell 2
5Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension DataRow 4 - Cell 2
6Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 5 - Cell 2
7Sacha Modolo (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 6 - Cell 2
8Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-ScottRow 7 - Cell 2
9André Greipel (Ger) Lotto SoudalRow 8 - Cell 2
10Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 9 - Cell 2
11Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team SunwebRow 10 - Cell 2
12Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Quick-Step FloorsRow 11 - Cell 2
13Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier TriestinaRow 12 - Cell 2
14Ivan Savitckii (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 13 - Cell 2
15Luka Mezgec (Slo) Orica-ScottRow 14 - Cell 2
16Aleksei Tcatevich (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 15 - Cell 2
17Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 16 - Cell 2
18Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 17 - Cell 2
19Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team SkyRow 18 - Cell 2
20Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 19 - Cell 2
21Simone Ponzi (Ita) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 20 - Cell 2
22Jan Tratnik (Slo) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 21 - Cell 2
23Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 22 - Cell 2
24Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-ScottRow 23 - Cell 2
25Matej Mohoric (Slo) UAE Team EmiratesRow 24 - Cell 2
26Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 25 - Cell 2
27Michal Golas (Pol) Team SkyRow 26 - Cell 2
28Georg Preidler (Aut) Team SunwebRow 27 - Cell 2
29Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 28 - Cell 2
30Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) FDJRow 29 - Cell 2
31Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Dimension DataRow 30 - Cell 2
32Francisco Ventoso (Spa) BMC Racing TeamRow 31 - Cell 2
33Luka Pibernik (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 32 - Cell 2
34Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 33 - Cell 2
35Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team EmiratesRow 34 - Cell 2
36Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Bahrain-MeridaRow 35 - Cell 2
37Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension DataRow 36 - Cell 2
38Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar TeamRow 37 - Cell 2
39Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step FloorsRow 38 - Cell 2
40Davide Martinelli (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 39 - Cell 2
41Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team SunwebRow 40 - Cell 2
42Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 41 - Cell 2
43Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 42 - Cell 2
44Jose Rojas (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 43 - Cell 2
45Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 44 - Cell 2
46Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 45 - Cell 2
47Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier TriestinaRow 46 - Cell 2
48Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 47 - Cell 2
49William Bonnet (Fra) FDJRow 48 - Cell 2
50Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 49 - Cell 2
51Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJRow 50 - Cell 2
52Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 51 - Cell 2
53Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar TeamRow 52 - Cell 2
54Jan Hirt (Cze) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 53 - Cell 2
55Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 54 - Cell 2
56Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale-DrapacRow 55 - Cell 2
57Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 56 - Cell 2
58Laurens De Plus (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 57 - Cell 2
59François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 58 - Cell 2
60Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJRow 59 - Cell 2
61Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-DrapacRow 60 - Cell 2
62Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro TeamRow 61 - Cell 2
63Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 62 - Cell 2
64Twan Castelijns (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 63 - Cell 2
65Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 64 - Cell 2
66Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team EmiratesRow 65 - Cell 2
67Simone Petilli (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 66 - Cell 2
68Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 67 - Cell 2
69Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 68 - Cell 2
70Chad Haga (USA) Team SunwebRow 69 - Cell 2
71Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 70 - Cell 2
72Benoit Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJRow 71 - Cell 2
73Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La MondialeRow 72 - Cell 2
74Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 73 - Cell 2
75Stef Clement (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 74 - Cell 2
76Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension DataRow 75 - Cell 2
77Clement Chevrier (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 76 - Cell 2
78Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 77 - Cell 2
79Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto SoudalRow 78 - Cell 2
80Joey Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 79 - Cell 2
81Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 80 - Cell 2
82José Mendes (Por) Bora-HansgroheRow 81 - Cell 2
83Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 82 - Cell 2
84Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 83 - Cell 2
85Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Team SunwebRow 84 - Cell 2
86Eros Capecchi (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 85 - Cell 2
87Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 86 - Cell 2
88Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-ScottRow 87 - Cell 2
89Jesper Hansen (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 88 - Cell 2
90Rudy Molard (Fra) FDJRow 89 - Cell 2
91Cristian Rodriguez (Spa) Wilier TriestinaRow 90 - Cell 2
92Jan Bárta (Cze) Bora-HansgroheRow 91 - Cell 2
93Alexander Edmondson (Aus) Orica-Scott0:00:16
94Adam James Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal0:00:22
95Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:00:29
96Sindre Skjøstad Lunke (Nor) Team SunwebRow 95 - Cell 2
97Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier TriestinaRow 96 - Cell 2
98Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 97 - Cell 2
99Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-DrapacRow 98 - Cell 2
100Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale-Drapac0:00:41
101Moreno Hofland (Ned) Lotto SoudalRow 100 - Cell 2
102Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Sunweb0:00:49
103Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto SoudalRow 102 - Cell 2
104Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-SegafredoRow 103 - Cell 2
105Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 104 - Cell 2
106Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 105 - Cell 2
107Iljo Keisse (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:00:53
108Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin0:00:55
109Manuele Boaro (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 108 - Cell 2
110Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 109 - Cell 2
111Bram Tankink (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 110 - Cell 2
112Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-SegafredoRow 111 - Cell 2
113Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 112 - Cell 2
114Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:01:03
115Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:01:06
116Diego Rosa (Ita) Team SkyRow 115 - Cell 2
117Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-ScottRow 116 - Cell 2
118Sebastian Henao (Col) Team SkyRow 117 - Cell 2
119Mikel Landa (Spa) Team SkyRow 118 - Cell 2
120Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 119 - Cell 2
121Victor De La Parte (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 120 - Cell 2
122Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 121 - Cell 2
123Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 122 - Cell 2
124Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-DrapacRow 123 - Cell 2
125Pavel Brutt (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 124 - Cell 2
126Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-DrapacRow 125 - Cell 2
127Matteo Busato (Ita) Wilier TriestinaRow 126 - Cell 2
128Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 127 - Cell 2
129Dmitriy Kozontchuk (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 128 - Cell 2
130Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Orica-Scott0:01:25
131Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:01:27
132Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 131 - Cell 2
133Branislau Samoilau (Blr) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:01:30
134Ivan Rovny (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 133 - Cell 2
135Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 134 - Cell 2
136Martijn Keizer (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 135 - Cell 2
137Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 136 - Cell 2
138Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 137 - Cell 2
139Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJRow 138 - Cell 2
140Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Team SkyRow 139 - Cell 2
141Michal Schlegel (Cze) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 140 - Cell 2
142Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 141 - Cell 2
143Ángel Vicioso (Spa) Katusha-AlpecinRow 142 - Cell 2
144Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team SunwebRow 143 - Cell 2
145Joe Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale-DrapacRow 144 - Cell 2
146Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:01:40
147Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:02:07
148Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 147 - Cell 2
149Philip Deignan (Irl) Team SkyRow 148 - Cell 2
150Omar Fraile (Spa) Dimension DataRow 149 - Cell 2
151Felix Großschartner (Aut) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 150 - Cell 2
152Rory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar Team0:03:09
153Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 152 - Cell 2
154Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar TeamRow 153 - Cell 2
155Jose Herrada (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 154 - Cell 2
156Ruben Plaza (Spa) Orica-ScottRow 155 - Cell 2
157Alexander Foliforov (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 156 - Cell 2
158Zhandos Bizhigitov (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 157 - Cell 2
159Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-SegafredoRow 158 - Cell 2
160Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Katusha-AlpecinRow 159 - Cell 2
161Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJRow 160 - Cell 2
162Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJRow 161 - Cell 2
163Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 162 - Cell 2
164Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension DataRow 163 - Cell 2
165Julen Amezqueta (Spa) Wilier TriestinaRow 164 - Cell 2
166Johann Van Zyl (RSA) Dimension DataRow 165 - Cell 2
167Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale-DrapacRow 166 - Cell 2
168Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team SkyRow 167 - Cell 2
169Hugh Carthy (GBr) Cannondale-DrapacRow 168 - Cell 2
170Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 169 - Cell 2
171Igor Anton (Spa) Dimension DataRow 170 - Cell 2
172Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Trek-SegafredoRow 171 - Cell 2
173Pieter Serry (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 172 - Cell 2
174Carlos Verona (Spa) Orica-ScottRow 173 - Cell 2
175Alberto Losada (Spa) Katusha-AlpecinRow 174 - Cell 2
176Edward Ravasi (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 175 - Cell 2
177Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 176 - Cell 2
178José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-AlpecinRow 177 - Cell 2
179Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:07:27
180Daniel Martinez (Col) Wilier TriestinaRow 179 - Cell 2
181Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 180 - Cell 2
182Matvey Mamykin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin0:07:29
183Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Wilier TriestinaRow 182 - Cell 2
184Marcin Bialoblocki (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 183 - Cell 2
185Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Wilier Triestina0:07:30
DNSGeraint Thomas (GBr) Team SkyRow 185 - Cell 2
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Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors62pts
2Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe35Row 1 - Cell 3
3Pavel Brutt (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo32Row 2 - Cell 3
4Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Bardiani CSF28Row 3 - Cell 3
5Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo25Row 4 - Cell 3
6Matej Mohoric (Slo) UAE Team Emirates20Row 5 - Cell 3
7Roberto Ferrari (Ita) UAE Team Emirates18Row 6 - Cell 3
8Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data14Row 7 - Cell 3
9Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe12Row 8 - Cell 3
10Sacha Modolo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates10Row 9 - Cell 3
11Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-Scott8Row 10 - Cell 3
12Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Dimension Data8Row 11 - Cell 3
13André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal7Row 12 - Cell 3
14Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin6Row 13 - Cell 3
15Pieter Serry (Bel) Quick-Step Floors6Row 14 - Cell 3
16Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team Sunweb5Row 15 - Cell 3
17Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Quick-Step Floors4Row 16 - Cell 3
18Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina3Row 17 - Cell 3
19Ivan Savitckii (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo2Row 18 - Cell 3
20Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto Soudal2Row 19 - Cell 3
21Daniel Martinez (Col) Wilier Triestina2Row 20 - Cell 3
22Luka Mezgec (Slo) Orica-Scott1Row 21 - Cell 3
23Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates1Row 22 - Cell 3
24Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Wilier Triestina1Row 23 - Cell 3
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Intermediate sprint (TV) - Fiorenzuola d'Arda, km. 67
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Bardiani CSF10pts
2Pavel Brutt (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo6Row 1 - Cell 3
3Matej Mohoric (Slo) UAE Team Emirates3Row 2 - Cell 3
4Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors2Row 3 - Cell 3
5Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Dimension Data1Row 4 - Cell 3
6Pieter Serry (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 5 - Cell 2 Row 5 - Cell 3
7Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 6 - Cell 2 Row 6 - Cell 3
8Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Wilier TriestinaRow 7 - Cell 2 Row 7 - Cell 3
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Intermediate sprint (TV) - Broni, km. 126
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Pavel Brutt (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo10pts
2Matej Mohoric (Slo) UAE Team Emirates6Row 1 - Cell 3
3Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Bardiani CSF3Row 2 - Cell 3
4Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors2Row 3 - Cell 3
5Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Dimension Data1Row 4 - Cell 3
6Pieter Serry (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 5 - Cell 2 Row 5 - Cell 3
7Daniel Martinez (Col) Wilier TriestinaRow 6 - Cell 2 Row 6 - Cell 3
8Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 7 - Cell 2 Row 7 - Cell 3
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Combativity
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors10pts
2Pavel Brutt (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo9Row 1 - Cell 3
3Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Bardiani CSF8Row 2 - Cell 3
4Matej Mohoric (Slo) UAE Team Emirates7Row 3 - Cell 3
5Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe5Row 4 - Cell 3
6Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo4Row 5 - Cell 3
7Roberto Ferrari (Ita) UAE Team Emirates3Row 6 - Cell 3
8Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data2Row 7 - Cell 3
9Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Dimension Data2Row 8 - Cell 3
10Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe1Row 9 - Cell 3
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