Giro d'Italia (st. 7)
Calm during most of marathon stage seven in Giro, Movistar Team riders -led out by Sutherland, Bennati & Rojas- protect Nairo Quintana perfectly at difficult finish loop in Alberobello. Colombian now 7th overall; Amador up to 9th
Friday's 224km stage seven in the 2017 Giro d'Italia were extremely calm – barring for a finale not for the faint-hearted. The Movistar Team, though, completed with no troubles the day, as Caleb Ewan (ORS) claimed his maiden success in the 'Corsa Rosa' and all favourites kept their powder dry before a trascendental second weekend in this year's race.
At shelter in the middle of the peloton, always keeping escapees Giuseppe Fonzi (WIL) and Dmitry Kozontchuk (GAZ) at reach, the telephone squad only took to the front at the torturous, fast finale with Sutherland, Bennati, Izagirre and Rojas. The four did their job well to keep Nairo Quintana safe and cover any splits in the bunch; the Cóndor now sits 7th overall -still 10" behind Bob Jungels (QST)- as Andrey Amador gains a place up for 9th.
The Giro will head towards Peschici on Saturday's stage eight -189km, a combined 630km considering 200+ rides on Thursday and Friday-, with another tricky finish as two climbs -Coppa del Fornaro and Via Montesanto- are covered in the final seven thousand meters. That, in the eve of Sunday's Blockhaus climb, where the GC will surely start to get sorted out.