Giro d'Italia: Viviani wins number four in Iseo

Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) claimed his fourth win at the 2018 Giro d'Italia with a sprint victory in Franciacorta on stage 17. The rain had soaked the roads in the final kilometre, but the Italian didn't hold anything back on the slick roads as he beat Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) with Niccolo Bonifazio (Bahrain-Merida) in third place.

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) finished safely in the pack to maintain his lead in the overall classification.

Before the day began, there was some discussion as to whether stage 16 would end in a bunch gallop or a breakaway win. Most expected that it would be left to the fast men to duke it out but they were left in little doubt with a concerted effort from the Bora-Hansgrohe team stopping any breakaway building a real advantage on the bunch behind.

Unlike previous sprint stages, Quick-Step Floors played it quietly and stayed off the front for most of the day, while Viviani sat in the group trying to conserve his energy. Aside from a couple of breakaway attempts from Zdenek Stybar, the Belgian team only moved to the front inside the final two kilometres.

Danny van Poppel (LottoNL-Jumbo) was the first to launch his sprint, under the torrential rain that doused the finish line, but Fabio Sabatini dispatched Viviani perfectly, and the Italian had a clean run to the line. Viviani's win puts him equal with his teammate Fernando Gaviria, who also took four stages at last year's Giro d'Italia.

How it happened

The final week of the Giro d'Italia continued with a 155-kilometre stage from Riva del Garda to Iseo. It would be another picturesque day out, not that the riders would have time to admire it. With a climb from kilometre zero, and many taking the time trial as a second rest day, stage 17 was always going to be a challenging stage, but few could have predicted just how challenging it would be.

A mechanical issue for one of the Quick-Step Floors riders delayed the start, and the neutral section lasted past kilometre zero, but once the action began it barely relented. Groups upon groups of riders went clear on the climb, but none were able to build a sustainable lead. Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) was one of the most active at the front, and he expressed his displeasure at the situation with a one-finger salute, though it was unclear who exactly it was directed at.

Bora-Hansgrohe were the main protagonists in the chase, putting a handful of men on the front of the peloton to drive the pace. Their efforts immediately sparked rumours that Viviani had been dropped as the group split to pieces on the opening, unclassified climb, but the maglia ciclamino was eventually located.

UAE Team Emirates, with Diego Ulissi in their line-up, lent a hand to the chase, helping to blow apart the peloton. Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) were among those that were caught behind the splits, but they would eventually make the juncture.

The leaders would once again be reeled back in with Sanchez expressing his emotions with a distinctly sarcastic 'OK' hand gesture. With two-thirds of the stage remaining, a group of 22 jumped off the front. Sanchez was once again a part of the group, along with teammate Davide Villella, a plethora of Androni Giocattoli riders, Alessandro De Marchi (BMC Racing) and Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain-Merida). However, in the time it took to figure out who had made it across, the group was already brought back.

Team Sky gave some of their riders free rein with David de la Cruz, Salvatore Puccio, Kenny Elissonde and Wout Poels all going in the breakaway at some point during the day. Ever expressive, Sanchez yet again signalled his frustration with a resigned hand gesture. This time it was directed at Poels, who started the day 10:07 behind the pink jersey.

Perhaps the most solid looking of the breakaway attempts was a combined effort from Ben Hermans (Israel Cycling Academy), De Marchi and Sanchez. Despite the inclusion of Poels, much to the dismay of Sanchez, the group got 1:20 on the peloton behind. It was large by the day's standard. Poels took a few seconds by winning the intermediate sprint, but it was a minor gain in the overall standings.

Unsurprisingly, Poels would be the first to depart the breakaway, but the writing was already on the wall for the escapees. Bora-Hansgrohe were still doing a shift on the front, this time with the assistance of LottoNL-Jumbo. Attacks continued to litter the final kilometres, but there were too many teams invested in the sprint to let it go.

The peloton raced most of the day under dry and sunny conditions, but the skies opened on the riders with two kilometres remaining. The wet weather had the potential to throw a spanner in the works, but thankfully everybody made it around the final corners in one piece.

Sabatini led the bunch into the final stretch, but it was Van Poppel that went for it first. There was no panic as Sabatini peeled off and enjoyed watching his teammate Viviani quickly overtake the Dutchman, and secure yet another sprint win.

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick-Step Floors3:19:57
2Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-HansgroheRow 1 - Cell 2
3Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 2 - Cell 2
4Danny van Poppel (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 3 - Cell 2
5Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Fix AllRow 4 - Cell 2
6Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 5 - Cell 2
7Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Sacha Modolo (Ita) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 7 - Cell 2
9Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 8 - Cell 2
10José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-AlpecinRow 9 - Cell 2
11Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension DataRow 10 - Cell 2
12Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 11 - Cell 2
13Manuele Mori (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 12 - Cell 2
14Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 13 - Cell 2
15Alexandre Geniez (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 14 - Cell 2
16Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 15 - Cell 2
17Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 16 - Cell 2
18Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 17 - Cell 2
19Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 18 - Cell 2
20Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La MondialeRow 19 - Cell 2
21Sam Oomen (Ned) Team SunwebRow 20 - Cell 2
22Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 21 - Cell 2
23Michael Mørkøv (Den) Quick-Step FloorsRow 22 - Cell 2
24Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 23 - Cell 2
25Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-SegafredoRow 24 - Cell 2
26Chris Froome (GBr) Team SkyRow 25 - Cell 2
27Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team SunwebRow 26 - Cell 2
28Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-ScottRow 27 - Cell 2
29Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 28 - Cell 2
30Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 29 - Cell 2
31Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar TeamRow 30 - Cell 2
32Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 31 - Cell 2
33Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 32 - Cell 2
34Sam Bewley (NZl) Mitchelton-ScottRow 33 - Cell 2
35Francisco Ventoso (Spa) BMC Racing TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 35 - Cell 2
37Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 36 - Cell 2
38George Bennett (NZl) LottoNL-JumboRow 37 - Cell 2
39Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar TeamRow 38 - Cell 2
40Benjamin King (USA) Dimension DataRow 39 - Cell 2
41Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step FloorsRow 40 - Cell 2
42Ben O'Connor (Aus) Dimension DataRow 41 - Cell 2
43Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 42 - Cell 2
44Sergio Henao (Col) Team SkyRow 43 - Cell 2
45Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro TeamRow 44 - Cell 2
46Alex Turrin (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 45 - Cell 2
47Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 46 - Cell 2
48Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 47 - Cell 2
49Chad Haga (USA) Team SunwebRow 48 - Cell 2
50Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 49 - Cell 2
51Jaco Venter (RSA) Dimension DataRow 50 - Cell 2
52Christopher Hamilton (Aus) Team SunwebRow 51 - Cell 2
53Eros Capecchi (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 52 - Cell 2
54Enrico Battaglin (Ita) LottoNL-JumboRow 53 - Cell 2
55Wout Poels (Ned) Team SkyRow 54 - Cell 2
56Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 55 - Cell 2
57Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step FloorsRow 56 - Cell 2
58Davide Villella (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 57 - Cell 2
59Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-ScottRow 58 - Cell 2
60Victor De La Parte (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 59 - Cell 2
61François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 60 - Cell 2
62Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 61 - Cell 2
63Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 62 - Cell 2
64Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 63 - Cell 2
65Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 64 - Cell 2
66Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar TeamRow 65 - Cell 2
67Felix Grossschartner (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 66 - Cell 2
68Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 67 - Cell 2
69Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 68 - Cell 2
70Kilian Frankiny (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 69 - Cell 2
71Georg Preidler (Aut) Groupama-FDJRow 70 - Cell 2
72Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Team SunwebRow 71 - Cell 2
73Jan Hirt (Cze) Astana Pro TeamRow 72 - Cell 2
74Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 73 - Cell 2
75Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 74 - Cell 2
76Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) Groupama-FDJRow 75 - Cell 2
77Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Movistar TeamRow 76 - Cell 2
78Jérémy Roy (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 77 - Cell 2
79Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:23
80Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:00:25
81Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:00:35
82Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-Alpecin0:00:49
83Nathan Brown (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 82 - Cell 2
84Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky0:00:51
85Robert Gesink (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo0:00:54
86Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 85 - Cell 2
87Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 86 - Cell 2
88Mitchell Docker (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 87 - Cell 2
89Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:01:16
90Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Mitchelton-Scott0:01:19
91Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky0:01:24
92Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:01:31
93Svein Tuft (Can) Mitchelton-Scott0:01:56
94Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Mitchelton-Scott0:02:20
95Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:03:42
96Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Team SkyRow 95 - Cell 2
97Anthony Roux (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 96 - Cell 2
98Steve Morabito (Swi) Groupama-FDJRow 97 - Cell 2
99Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-SegafredoRow 98 - Cell 2
100Rodolfo Torres (Col) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 99 - Cell 2
101Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 100 - Cell 2
102Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team EmiratesRow 101 - Cell 2
103Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 102 - Cell 2
104Ruben Plaza (Spa) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 103 - Cell 2
105Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Fix AllRow 104 - Cell 2
106Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 105 - Cell 2
107Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Team SunwebRow 106 - Cell 2
108Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo0:05:21
109Koen Bouwmam (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 108 - Cell 2
110Mikel Nieve (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott0:06:35
111Darwin Atapuma (Col) UAE Team EmiratesRow 110 - Cell 2
112Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 111 - Cell 2
113Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team EmiratesRow 112 - Cell 2
114Joe Dombrowski (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 113 - Cell 2
115Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 114 - Cell 2
116David De La Cruz (Spa) Team Sky0:07:33
117Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia0:07:49
118Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension Data0:09:11
119Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 118 - Cell 2
120Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 119 - Cell 2
121Domen Novak (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 120 - Cell 2
122Antonio Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 121 - Cell 2
123Niklas Eg (Den) Trek-SegafredoRow 122 - Cell 2
124Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek-SegafredoRow 123 - Cell 2
125Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 124 - Cell 2
126Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:10:21
127Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Quick-Step FloorsRow 126 - Cell 2
128Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 127 - Cell 2
129Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 128 - Cell 2
130Roy Curvers (Ned) Team SunwebRow 129 - Cell 2
131Alex Dowsett (GBr) Katusha-AlpecinRow 130 - Cell 2
132Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Fix AllRow 131 - Cell 2
133William Bonnet (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 132 - Cell 2
134Lars Bak (Den) Lotto Fix AllRow 133 - Cell 2
135Davide Ballerini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 134 - Cell 2
136Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team SunwebRow 135 - Cell 2
137Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Katusha-AlpecinRow 136 - Cell 2
138Marco Coledan (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 137 - Cell 2
139Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 138 - Cell 2
140Guy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 139 - Cell 2
141Florian Senechal (Fra) Quick-Step FloorsRow 140 - Cell 2
142Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 141 - Cell 2
143Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 142 - Cell 2
144Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-AlpecinRow 143 - Cell 2
145Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 144 - Cell 2
146Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 145 - Cell 2
147Ryan Mullen (Irl) Trek-SegafredoRow 146 - Cell 2
148Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension DataRow 147 - Cell 2
149Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 148 - Cell 2
150Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) LottoNL-JumboRow 149 - Cell 2
151Boy van Poppel (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 150 - Cell 2
152Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Katusha-AlpecinRow 151 - Cell 2
153Jos van Emden (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 152 - Cell 2
154Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-SegafredoRow 153 - Cell 2
155Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team SkyRow 154 - Cell 2
156Liam Bertazzo (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 155 - Cell 2
157Manuele Boaro (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:14:13
158Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Fix AllRow 157 - Cell 2
DNSVictor Campenaerts (Bel) Lotto Fix AllRow 158 - Cell 2
DNSLouis Meintjes (RSA) Dimension DataRow 159 - Cell 2
DNFTosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Fix AllRow 160 - Cell 2
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Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick-Step Floors53pts
2Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe35Row 1 - Cell 3
3Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida25Row 2 - Cell 3
4Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky20Row 3 - Cell 3
5Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec20Row 4 - Cell 3
6Danny van Poppel (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo18Row 5 - Cell 3
7Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Fix All14Row 6 - Cell 3
8Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy12Row 7 - Cell 3
9Darwin Atapuma (Col) UAE Team Emirates12Row 8 - Cell 3
9Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team12Row 9 - Cell 3
11Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team10Row 10 - Cell 3
12Sacha Modolo (Ita) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale8Row 11 - Cell 3
13Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia8Row 12 - Cell 3
13Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Cycling Academy8Row 13 - Cell 3
15Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec7Row 14 - Cell 3
16José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin6Row 15 - Cell 3
17Lars Bak (Den) Lotto Fix All6Row 16 - Cell 3
17Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team6Row 17 - Cell 3
19Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data5Row 18 - Cell 3
20Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain-Merida4Row 19 - Cell 3
21Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF4Row 20 - Cell 3
21Davide Ballerini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec4Row 21 - Cell 3
23Manuele Mori (Ita) UAE Team Emirates3Row 22 - Cell 3
24Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF3Row 23 - Cell 3
25Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin3Row 24 - Cell 3
26Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates2Row 25 - Cell 3
27Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF2Row 26 - Cell 3
28Alexandre Geniez (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1Row 27 - Cell 3
29Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe1Row 28 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 (Cat. 3) Lodrino, km 67
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Alexandre Geniez (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale7pts
2Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky4Row 1 - Cell 3
3Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Team Sky2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Cycling Academy1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Sprint 1 - Lodrino, km. 67
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec10pts
2Darwin Atapuma (Col) UAE Team Emirates6Row 1 - Cell 3
3Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia3Row 2 - Cell 3
4Lars Bak (Den) Lotto Fix All2Row 3 - Cell 3
5Davide Ballerini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec1Row 4 - Cell 3
6Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 5 - Cell 2 Row 5 - Cell 3
7Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 6 - Cell 2 Row 6 - Cell 3
8Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 7 - Cell 2 Row 7 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Erbusco, km 114
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky10pts
2Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team6Row 1 - Cell 3
3Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Cycling Academy3Row 2 - Cell 3
4Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team2Row 3 - Cell 3
5Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF1Row 4 - Cell 3
6Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 5 - Cell 2 Row 5 - Cell 3
7Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 6 - Cell 2 Row 6 - Cell 3
8Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 7 - Cell 2 Row 7 - Cell 3
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Combativity
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick-Step Floors6pts
2Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky6Row 1 - Cell 3
3Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe5Row 2 - Cell 3
4Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec5Row 3 - Cell 3
5Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida4Row 4 - Cell 3
6Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team4Row 5 - Cell 3
7Darwin Atapuma (Col) UAE Team Emirates4Row 6 - Cell 3
8Danny van Poppel (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo3Row 7 - Cell 3
9Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Cycling Academy3Row 8 - Cell 3
10Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia3Row 9 - Cell 3
11Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Fix All2Row 10 - Cell 3
12Alexandre Geniez (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2Row 11 - Cell 3
13Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team2Row 12 - Cell 3
14Lars Bak (Den) Lotto Fix All2Row 13 - Cell 3
15Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy1Row 14 - Cell 3
16Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF1Row 15 - Cell 3
17Davide Ballerini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec1Row 16 - Cell 3
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