Giro d’Italia: Bad luck for Ponzi in the break, Ewan takes the stage

Stage 7 ended with a bunch sprint, won by Australian Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott).

Info: Stage 7, May 12th, Castrovillari – Alberobello, 224km

Course: flat


Simone Ponzi was part of the initial 3-man breakaway, which was formed after the first attempt, just after the start. Luck was not on his side though, as due to mechanical he lost contact with his fellow escapees and had to return to the bunch.

Giuseppe Fonzi (Wilier Triestina – Selle Italia) and Dmitry Kozonchuk (Gazprom-RusVelo) continued their escape, gaining not more than 5 minutes of advantage. They maintained around 4-minute lead for most of the day.

The peloton picked up the pace inside final 50km and caught the attackers with 19km remaining. It stayed all together until the line and in a tricky finale, on narrow and twisty road, Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) took the win. In a very close finish he bested Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) and Sam Bennett (Bora – Hansgrohe).

Jan Hirt was the team’s top finisher, coming in in 71st. Bob Jungels (Quick Step Floors) retained the lead.