A day after his teammate broke away to victory, Fernando Gaviria continued Etixx-QuickStep’s domination at Tirreno-Adriatico with a win in the bunch sprint on stage 3. The Colombian withstood a strong effort from Caleb Ewan (Orica-GreenEdge) and Elia Viviani (Team Sky).
“I’m completely happy. It is my first WorldTour race and to take the victory is really satisfying for me and for the team,” Gaviria said after the stage.
Gaviria has been flying high of late, claiming his second world title on the track just last week, but his team said they were putting no pressure on him in his first WorldTour race. He appeared to be well out of position as the race went into the final kilometre, but rode the wheels of the teams in front to work his way forward. Positioning himself in the wheel of Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) on the left-hand side of the road, Gaviria swung to the right to find some clear space.
His acceleration was such that he had a clear advantage as they went through the final corner just 50 metres later, despite having to adjust his line to avoid Leigh Howard (IAM Cycling). Fellow youngster, Ewan mounted a serious challenge to Gaviria’s sprint using his distinctive low profile to come up alongside him. The pair pulled clear of the rest of the group but Ewan just didn’t have enough to pass Gaviria when the road pitched upwards in the final metres.
Despite having a strong lead-out, Sagan was quickly overtaken by the pure sprinters and could only manage fourth place.
Gaviria’s Etixx-QuickStep teammate and stage 2 winner, Zdenek Stybar finished safely within the group to keep hold of the race lead ahead of Damiano Caruso.
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