Giro d’Italia: Ponzi 21st on the last stage for sprinters

Simone Ponzi and Jan Tratnik both finished in the top 25 on stage 13 of Giro d’Italia. 

Info: Stage 13, May 19th, Reggio Emilia – Tortona, 167km

Course: flat

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How it unfolded

The breakaway of the day was formed after just few attacks, as Pavel Brutt (Gazprom – Rusvelo), Matej Mohoric (UAE Team Emirates), Vincenzo Albanese (Bardiani CSF) and Johann Van Zyl (Dimension Data) were let go. The latter didn’t stay in that group too long though, since his team called him back to the bunch.

The escapees were aware that it’s going to be very hard to outpace the chasers, so they were trying to safe as much as energy as possible. For that reason, the advantage was never bigger than 3 minutes.

The trio was reeled back in early, with 22km to go and it stayed all together until the finale. CCC Sprandi Polkowice was riding at the head of the pack, making sure that Simone Panzi and Maciej Paterski are well positioned for the sprint and Jan Hirt doesn’t lose contact with the main group in strong wind.

With the stage being flat as pancake it was no surprise that it all ended with a bunch sprint finish. Fernando Gaviria (Quick Step Floors) found his way to 4th stage victory in 2017 Giro d’Italia, besting Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Jasper Stuyven (Trek – Segafredo).

Simone Ponzi was the team’s top finisher, taking 21st place, while Jan Tratnik arrived just behind him.

Jan Hirt moved up another spot in the overall standings (after Geraint Thomas abandoned) to 20th, and Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) retained his pin jersey.