Italian rider beat one of the stage’s main men Sam Bennett to victory in an intensive, fast, and fantastic sprint as the riders have now headed to the last, most important week of the tour.
For Quick-Steps Floors rider, yesterday’s victory marked his fourth stage win during this season’s Giro d’Italia and also, made him keep the pink leader’s jersey.
— Giro d’Italia (@giroditalia) May 23, 2018
Even though Bennett clearly had the necessary speed and tactic for victory, he unfortunately found himself behind Viviani despite trying hard to surpass him. Before he knew, he ran out of road and had no more chance to fight for first place.
Many believe this win has practically wrapped Viviani’s Giro win with three mountain stages ahead and one final sprint stage on Sunday.
Giro d’Italia Stage 17 Results
1 Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick-Step Floors, in 3-19-57
2 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe
3 Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
4 Danny van Poppel (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo
5 Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal
6 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy
7 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team
8 Sacha Modolo (Ita) EF Education First-Drapac
9 Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
10 José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin, all same time
? 4 stages to go in the #Giro101!
Yates: “I’ll ride defensively and try to be as careful as possible”
Froome: “I can’t see anyone taking the jersey off Yates’ shoulders”
Dumoulin: “I’m not giving up!”
? Who’s your favourite?
— Unibet Belgium (@unibetbelgium) May 24, 2018
General classification so far
1 Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott, in 69-59-11
2 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb, at 56s
3 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida, at 3-11
4 Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky, at 3-50
5 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ, at 4-19
6 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team, at 5-04
7 Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team, at 5-37
8 Pello Bilbao (Esp) Astana Pro Team, at 6-02
9 Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team, at 6-07
10 George Bennett (NZl) LottoNL-Jumbo, at 7-01