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GIRO 100: AFTER SARDINIA SIDI IS IN THE PINK - Stage victory and pink jersey for Fernando Gaviria in Cagliari

The Giro d’Italia is off to a great start for Sidi. Giro number 100 immediately painted Sidi in pink. It’s all because of Fernando Gaviria. At the finish line in Cagliari for the third and last day of Corsa Rosa in Sardinia, he clinched the stage victory and donned the pink jersey. Now his shoulders bear not only the Maglia Rosa as leader of the Giro, but also the white jersey for best young rider. 

In the stage final everyone was expecting the usual group sprint; however, Gaviria and his team mates from Team Quick-Step Floors turned the wind into their accomplice to come up with an extraordinary move that literally broke up the group. The Belgian formation is used to the strong winds that blow on the roads up north, so they are the masters in these types of actions. The Quick-Step train carried a small group with six of its riders away from the rest of the peloton, creating a 20” gap between themselves and the larger pack, where all the other sprinters remained.

This was enough to carry them to the finish line, where it was up to Fernando Gaviria to make the most of all his sprinter’s strength and skills to finish up the teamwork and win the stage. It was a masterpiece crowned by the additional prize of the pink jersey. 

“It’s the most beautiful day in my career. A stage and the Maglia Rosa at the Giro, it’s a dream come true.” This was the comment right off the bat from the young Colombian rider born in 1994, who has become the fourth Colombian in history to wear the pink jersey in the Giro.  

The pink caravan is moving from one island to another. From Sardinia they now travel to Sicily, where the Giro 100 will start up again after a day off, with the 4th stage from Cefalù to Etna for 181 km. They will be climbing the volcano, so it is sure to be an explosive stage final.

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