André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) fought his way through to the front to take a powerful sprint win on stage seven of the Giro d’Italia.
The German’s team had done much of the work in the closing kilometres, but for a time he looked to have been put out of contention as his rivals crowded around him.
Not to be denied, Greipel powered his way through to the front in time to leave his rivals behind and take the stage win.
This is Greipel’s second stage win in the last three days, and three from three for Lotto-Soudal after Tim Wellens soloed away yesterday.
Stage seven had looked like a day for Marcel Kittel (Etixx-Quick Step), but a late incident required him to change bikes and as such he was put out of contention for the stage win.
The early break consisted of six riders, who eeked out over three minutes at one point. Some may have picked this as a stage for an all day break, but the enough of the sprinters stayed in touch over the climbs for their teams to bring everything back together.
The members of the break were Stefan Kung (BMC Racing), Stefan Denifl (IAM Cycling), Giulio Ciccone (Bardiani-CSF), Ilia Koshevoy (Lampre-Merida), Daniel Martinez (Southeast) and Axel Domont (ag2r La Mondiale).
From this group, Kung went solo with 20km to go and pushed out an advantage of 25 seconds. His brave attempt at staying away lasted until 6.9km to go, and from there it was all about the sprinters.
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