It’s the Giro of the first timers. Fernando Gaviria claimed his first stage victory at the Corsa Rosa after Lukas Pöstleberger won in Olbia on his Grand Tour debut and André Greipel took his first Maglia Rosa in Tortolì. But it wasn’t a bunch sprint finish in Cagliari.
The first Colombian sprinter to win at the Giro d’Italia made the difference throughout the crosswinds with 10km to go with the help of his Quick-Step Floors team. Gaviria also took the lead of the general classification over from André Greipel.
- The first stage victory at the Giro d’Italia and the first Maglia Rosa for Fernando Gaviria.
- It’s the 23rd stage victory for Colombian riders since Martin Emilio ‘Cochise’ Rodriguez won at Forte dei Marmi in 1973, which was the first stage win by a non-European rider.
- Gaviria is the fourth Colombian to wear the Maglia Rosa after Rigoberto Uran and Nairo Quintana in 2014, and Esteban Chaves in 2016. Since Colombian riders first took the lead of the Giro’s GC, they’ve held it for more days than Italian riders.
- Giacomo Nizzolo has reached the top of one honor roll. Only one other rider has made the top 3 of a stage 14 times without winning any: Pietro Rimoldi between 1936 and 1940.
- 2017’s first three stages sees three different stage winners and three different Maglia Rosa: it also happened in 2010 (stage winners were Bradley Wiggins, Tyler Farrar and Wouter Weylandt, race leaders were Wiggins, Cadel Evans and Alexandre Vinokourov).
- Just like in the past two editions, there has been at least one stage victory by a rider who is less than 23 year old: Davide Formolo, 22, at La Spezia in 2015, Giulio Ciccone, 21, at Sestola in 2016, and now Fernando Gaviria, 22, at Cagliari.
- Today saw the 20th stage win at the Giro for the team sponsored by Quick-Step.