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Gaviria win blows apart Giro d'Italia in howling winds

Colombian Fernando Gaviria celebrates. Credit: PA

Fernando Gaviria claimed his first Grand Tour stage victory as what looked like being the most straightforward day of the 100th Giro d'Italia blew apart in howling winds in Sardinia.

Colombian Gaviria took the stage win and the race leader's pink jersey after his QuickStep-Floors team led the decisive break when echelons split through the peloton on the final approach to Cagliari.

A bunch sprint had been expected at the end of the short, flat 148-kilometre stage from Tortoli, but the peloton was buffeted by winds reaching 40km per hour in the final 30km.

As the road changed direction several times, the winds turned from crosswinds to headwinds again and again, splitting the pack apart and meaning only four riders crossed the line on the same time as Gaviria.

Lotto-Soudal's Andre Greipel, who took pink with victory on Saturday, finished 10th, 13 seconds behind at the front of the main chasing pack.

Gaviria now leads overall by nine seconds from the German, with stage one winner Lukas Postlberger of Bora-Hansgrohe third, 13 seconds back and on the same time as QuickStep's general classification hopeful Bob Jungels, who put in a huge turn to guide Gaviria towards the line.


Deignan claims emphatic victory in Tour de Yorkshire

Home favourite Lizzie Deignan claimed an emphatic victory in the women's Tour de Yorkshire.

The 28-year-old from Otley, racing the 135 kilometres route from Tadcaster to Harrogate, launched a solo attack with around 14km to go to take the win, having been part of a three-strong breakaway with Boels-Dolmans team-mate Anna van der Breggen and compatriot Dani King.

The latter two got swallowed up by the chasing pack, with American Coryn Rivera taking second - 55 seconds behind Deignan - and Italy's Giorgia Bronzini third.

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Italian cyclist Michele Scarponi dies after lorry collision

Italian cyclist Michele Scarponi Credit: PA

Italian cyclist Michele Scarponi has died after colliding with a lorry during a training session.

The 37-year-old's Astana team, who he had been with since 2014, said the incident was "a tragedy too big to be written".

In a statement, the team said: "This morning Michele went out on his bike for an early morning training and there the tragedy happened.

"We have lost a great champion and a special guy, always smiling in every situation."

His last tweet was a photo of himself and his two young sons.


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