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

Luka Pibernik celebrates Giro d'Italia win a lap early before coming home 148th

  Luka Pibernik celebrates Giro d'Italia win a lap early before coming home 148th Luka Pibernik made headlines during the finale of stage five at the Giro d'Italia - when the Slovenian celebrated victory a lap early. The Bahrain-Merida rider had taken to the front of the peloton as it weaved through the double-circuit finish around Messina on the Sicily coast, before then breaking clear to cross the line in what he thought was first place ahead of the sprinters.The 23-year-old held his arms aloft in celebrations, only to then realise he had in fact misread the finale of the 159 kilometre course, with a lap still to run as the bell rang and he was quickly swallowed back up by the peloton.

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.

Luka Pibernik celebrates Giro d'Italia win a lap early before coming home 148th

  Luka Pibernik celebrates Giro d'Italia win a lap early before coming home 148th Luka Pibernik made headlines during the finale of stage five at the Giro d'Italia - when the Slovenian celebrated victory a lap early. The Bahrain-Merida rider had taken to the front of the peloton as it weaved through the double-circuit finish around Messina on the Sicily coast, before then breaking clear to cross the line in what he thought was first place ahead of the sprinters.The 23-year-old held his arms aloft in celebrations, only to then realise he had in fact misread the finale of the 159 kilometre course, with a lap still to run as the bell rang and he was quickly swallowed back up by the peloton.

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.

Tom Dumoulin becomes first Dutch winner of the Giro d'Italia .
Tom Dumoulin became the first Dutch winner of the Giro d'Italia, on the occasion of its 100th edition, with a decisive performance in the final stage time-trial. Dumoulin, riding for Team Sunweb, held the pink jersey for nine days earlier in the race but had slipped to fourth ahead of the 21st and concluding stage in Milan.Nevertheless the 26-year-old still began the 29.3-kilometre against-the-clock finale strongly fancied given his time-trialling background and delivered in style to claim a memorable grand tour.

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