On paper, stage seven didn’t look like a classic stage. A long coastal ride for 224km would almost certainly culminate in a bunch sprint for the peloton, one the remaining few of this Giro d’Italia.
The normal protagonists would be involved. André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) hunting his second stage of the race, Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) would be hoping to put a week of frustration behind him, while Colombian sensation Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step) would be eyeing a third victory just one week into his Grand Tour debut.
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For the GC riders, it would just be a case of making sure no-one dangerous got into the break and staying safe in the technical final of the stage.
Bob Jungels (Quick-Step) still held the pink jersey coming into the stage, and would be disappointed if it didn’t remain that way.
Watch the highlights here to catch-up with the action or read the full report of the seventh stage here.
The Giro d’Italia continues on Saturday with a 189km stage to a tough uphill finish.