GIRO’18 Stage 7: Big Bang For Bennett!

Race Report: Giro stage 7 looked to be perfect for a third win for Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors), but Bora-Hansgrohe’s Irish sprint star, Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe), swooped through for the victory in Praia a Mare on the Mediterranean coast. Italy took the next three places with Viviani, Niccolo Bonifazio (Bahrain-Merida) and Sacha Modolo (Education First-Drapac). Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) held onto the overall lead from Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb).

The big win for Sam Bennett

The route is flat and winds its way on a wide roadway along the ss18 trunk road, with just a few tunnels along the course. The long yet mild climb leading from Scalea to the 10km-to-go mark will be the main challenge along the route.

Stage 7 – Pizzo-Praia a Mare 159km – Total elevation 700m

Final kilometers
From 10km to 5km before the finish, the road is wide and well surfaced, with three tunnels along the way. A few hundred meters after the end of the tunnel, the route leaves the ss18 and passes through the centre of Tortora Marina, first, and Praia a Mare, thereafter. The route continues along wide avenues, with just two bends leading into the home straight (1,900m on a 7.5m-wide asphalt road).

Pizzo – Nice place for a stage start

No time for beach sunbathing for the Giro

Pizzo Castle

Simon Yates – Pleased in pink

Irish eyes are smiling

Stage winner, Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe): “I feel relieved with this first Grand Tour victory. I’ve been so close so many times in the Giro. With so many fast sprinters here, timing was the key and also taking Viviani’s wheel. It’s not easy to beat him!”

Overall leader, Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott): “It was a good first day in Maglia Rosa, relaxed at the start. A good breakaway went very fast. For us as a team it was perfect. A bit stressful at the final as always but ok. Tomorrow if I have the legs I might try something. I still need to get some time on Tom Dumoulin and some other guys who are better time trialists than me.”

Yates still in pink

Giro d’Italia Stage 7 Result:
1. Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe in 3:45:27
2. Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick-Step Floors
3. Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
4. Sacha Modolo (Ita) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
5. Danny van Poppel (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo
6. Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia
7. Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
8. Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo
9. Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) BMC
10. Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto FixAll
11. Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani-CSF
12. Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF
13. Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin
14. Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data
15. Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
16. Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy
17. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana
18. Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin
19. Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
20. Georg Preidler (Aut) Groupama-FDJ
21. Michael Mørkøv (Den) Quick-Step Floors
22. Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain-Merida
23. José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin
24. Simon Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott
25. Chris Froome (GB) Sky.

Giro d’Italia Overall After Stage 7:
1. Simon Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott in 26:31:30
2. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Sunweb at 0:16
3. Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott at 0:26
4. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida at 0:43
5. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 0:45
6. Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC at 0:53
7. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana at 1:03
8. Chris Froome (GB) Sky at 1:10
9. George Bennett (NZ) LottoNL-Jumbo at 1:11
10. Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 1:12
11. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar at 1:23
12. Ben O’Connor (Aus) Dimension Data at 1:39
13. Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
14. Sam Oomen (Ned) Sunweb at 1:42
15. Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar at 1:44
16. Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe at 1:46
17. Sergio Henao (Col) Sky at 1:47
18. Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana at 2:01
19. Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step Floors at 2:02
20. José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin at 2:06
21. Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Movistar at 2:07
22. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana at 2:12
23. Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 2:42
24. Alexandre Geniez (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 3:00
25. Mikel Nieve (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott at 3:57.

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