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BC-CYC--Giro d’Italia

May 13, 2019
Fernando Gaviria has been awarded victory of the third stage of the Giro d’Italia after Elia Viviani was relegated for an irregular sprint. Slovenian cyclist Primoz Roglic remained in overall lead of the race. Viviani thought he had won the bunch sprint at the end of the 220-kilometer route from Vinci to Orbetello but the race jury ruled that Viviani deviated from his line. Roglic is 19 seconds ahead of Simon Yates in the overall standings and 23 seconds ahead of Vincenzo Nibali.

ORBETELLO, Italy (AP) — Elia Viviani was stripped of winning the third stage at the Giro d’Italia on Monday.

Viviani was ruled by the race jury to have deviated from his line in the final sprint in Orbetello, even touching wheels with Italian compatriot Matteo Moschetti.

Viviani finished second on Sunday and thought he’d made up for it on Monday at the end of the 220-kilometer (137-mile) route from Vinci.

Instead, Fernando Gaviria of Colombia was given the win, with Arnaud Demare second and Pascal Ackermann third.

Slovenian cyclist Primoz Roglic remained the overall leader.

Roglic, who won the opening time trial on Saturday, is 19 seconds ahead of British cyclist Simon Yates, nd 23 seconds ahead of home favorite Vincenzo Nibali.

The fourth stage on Tuesday is an undulating 234-kilometer route from Orbetello to Frascati, with an uphill finish which could see a change in the pink jersey.

The Giro finishes in Verona on June 2.

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