Dhe German bike racer Bora-hansgrohe narrowly missed the third victory of the day on the seventh stage of the 102th Giro d'Italia. After two successes by Sprintstar Pascal Ackermann (Kandel) it was enough for teammate Davide Formolo on the 185 km long, difficult section from Vasto to L'Aquila to third place behind the Spaniard Pello Bilbao (Astana) and the Frenchman Tony Gallopin (AG2R La Mondial ).
In the 2009 earthquake-stricken Abruzzo region, Bilbao set himself apart from a small breakaway and celebrated the biggest success of his career. The overall leader's jersey was successfully defended by Italian Valerio Conti (Bahrain-Merida), who finished the peloton more than a minute later.
The two-time stage winner Ackermann won the first sprint and thus defended the purple sprint jersey of the point best. More than an hour before the end of the race, the 25-year-old Giro debutant dropped back into the Gruppetto on a climb with the well-publicized message "End of work" to spare his energies for future, potential sprint arrivals. With the Columbian Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) one of the strongest competitors Ackermanns got off the bike with knee problems.
The eighth stage, which leads over 239 km from Tortoreto Lido on Saturday in a bumpy final to Pesaro, could be a bit too heavy for the new German sprint star and again become a matter for runaways. The Italian tour ends on 2 June after 3578.8 km in Verona.
. (tagsToTranslate) Pello Bilbao (t) Pascal Ackermann (t) Davide Formolo (t) Tony Gallopin (t) Stage victory (t) Aquila