Co-leaders safe as sprinters take centre stage

12 May 2017

Co-leaders safe as sprinters take centre stage

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Geraint Thomas and Mikel Landa were well-placed and finished safely in the peloton as Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) won a tense sprint on stage seven of the Giro d’Italia.

Following a largely flat 221km stage, Ewan won the sprint from a technical run-in into Alberobello which required great awareness from Team Sky to ensure the leaders arrived unscathed, Thomas coming in 12th, Landa 33rd.  

It was a conservative day for the GC contenders with the shadow of Sunday’s brutal Blockhaus ascent looming large over the weekend, and the pace was slow until the final 20 kilometres.

Dmitriy Kozontchuk (Gazprom) and Giuseppe Fonzi (Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia) had led an impressive long break for most of the stage, but were reeled in with just 16km to go to setup a tricky finish which Ewan was able to win.

For Sport Director Dario Cioni the key aim was to get through the stage safely, with bigger challenges ahead. 

He told TeamSky.com: “For us the biggest challenge today was for us to be well-placed if there was cross wind and we knew that there was a quite difficult circuit at the end. 

"The goal was to be well-placed in the loop as once in the loop it would be difficult to gain positions and the guys did a pretty good job."
Dario Cioni

Dario Cioni

The goal was to be well-placed in the loop as once in the loop it would be difficult to gain positions
"Saturday has it’s own challenges, even if they are limited to one small section of the course, but any distraction will cost you time.

“We’ll get Saturday’s stage done and then Sunday is a proper climb.

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