Sport Colombia's Fernando Gaviria secures fourth stage win of Giro d'Italia

19:45  19 may  2017
19:45  19 may  2017 Source:   Press Association

Fernando Gaviria wins Giro d'Italia stage 12 as Geraint Thomas loses more time

  Fernando Gaviria wins Giro d'Italia stage 12 as Geraint Thomas loses more time Fernando Gaviria sprinted to victory on stage 12 of the Giro d'Italia on what proved another disappointing day for Team Sky's Geraint Thomas.Fernando Gaviria sprinted to victory on stage 12 of the Giro d'Italia on what proved another disappointing day for Team Sky's Geraint Thomas.

Colombia ’ s Fernando Gaviria continued his dream Grand Tour debut with a third win in the Giro d ' Italia after dominating the bunch sprint at the conclusion of stage 12 in Reggio Emilia. Felix Lowe rounds up the day's action.

Colombia ’ s Fernando Gaviria continued his dream Grand Tour debut with a third win in the Giro d ' Italia after dominating the bunch sprint at the conclusion of stage 12 in Reggio Emilia. Felix Lowe rounds up the day's action.

Fernando Gaviria claimed his fourth stage win of the Giro d'Italia on Friday: Cycling - Tour of Britain - Stage Four - Edinburgh To Blyth © PA WIRE Cycling - Tour of Britain - Stage Four - Edinburgh To Blyth

Colombia's Fernando Gaviria claimed a fourth victory of the Giro d'Italia on Friday's 13th stage to Tortona.

The 167-kilometres stage from Reggio Emilia finished as expected in a mass sprint and Gaviria (QuickStep-Floors) proved his pedigree as the fastest man in the race once more.

Ireland's Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) was second and Belgium's Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) third as Gaviria added to his victories on the third, fifth and 12th stages.

The top of the general classification was unchanged, with Holland's Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) in the pink jersey.

Fernando Gaviria wins Giro d'Italia stage 12 as Geraint Thomas loses more time

  Fernando Gaviria wins Giro d'Italia stage 12 as Geraint Thomas loses more time Fernando Gaviria sprinted to victory on stage 12 of the Giro d'Italia on what proved another disappointing day for Team Sky's Geraint Thomas.Fernando Gaviria sprinted to victory on stage 12 of the Giro d'Italia on what proved another disappointing day for Team Sky's Geraint Thomas.

The first Colombian sprinter to win at the Giro d ’ Italia made the difference throughout the crosswinds with 10km to go with the help of his Quick-Step Floors team. The first stage victory at the Giro d ’ Italia and the first Maglia Rosa for Fernando Gaviria .

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Dumoulin has a lead of two minutes 23 seconds over Colombia's Nairo Quintana (Movistar) ahead of Saturday's 14th stage.

The 131km route from Castellania to Oropa features a summit finish, when Dumoulin's rivals could seek to regain some valuable time.

Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) is third, 2mins 38secs behind.

Britain's Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) is no longer in contention after withdrawing ahead of Friday's stage.

Thomas was nursing knee and shoulder injuries following last Sunday's crash, caused by a stationary police motorbike, and opted not to continue despite a second-placed finish behind Dumoulin in Tuesday's individual time-trial.

That saw Thomas enhance his hopes of a top-five finish, or possibly even a podium, but the pain was too much and he has now refocused on supporting Chris Froome in July's Tour de France.

The race against the clock also saw Dumoulin prove his credentials for overall victory in Milan on May 28.

But the overall hopefuls were able to keep their counsel on Friday as the sprint trains controlled the peloton.

And Gaviria came from behind to go up the right-hand side of the road and win by half a bike length from Bennett.

Colombian Fernando Gaviria sprints to second stage win .
Colombian Fernando Gaviria claimed his second victory of the Giro d'Italia as stage five ended in a sprint finish at Messina, where Quick-Step Floors team-mate Bob Jungels retained the overall race leader's pink jersey.Colombian Fernando Gaviria claimed his second victory of the Giro d'Italia as stage five ended in a sprint finish at Messina, where Quick-Step Floors team-mate Bob Jungels retained the overall race leader's pink jersey.

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