Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) emerged from a rather messy sprint to take the win in stage seven of the Giro d’Italia. Greipel won the stage ahead of Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) and Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida).

The German sprinter and his leadout men seemed to hit the front too early, and were washed away by the Orica-GreenEdge train, leaving Greipel well out of position around eight riders back.  Through some miracle, and a fair amount of skill, Greipel managed to find his way through to the front at just the right moment to win a tightly contested sprint.  Marcel Kittel (Etixx-QuickStep) suffered an ill-timed puncture as the peloton ramped up the speed in the run in to the finish, and was never going to get back on. This also meant that he was dumped out of the points jersey, which now belongs to Greipel.

The 211 kilometre stage seven took the peloton from Sulmona to Foligno, and in spite of a couple of significant lumps along the way, including a category two climb cresting at 20 kilometres, it was expected to be a day for the sprinters, if their teams could drag back the inevitable breakaway. This meant it was a day off for race leader Tom Dumoulin and his Giant-Alpecin team, which was well deserved after their hard work on stage six.

The early climb meant that the peloton barely had time to warm up before things started getting interesting. An early move by Stefan Küng (BMC), Patrick Gretsch (AG2R-La Mondiale), and Jay McCarthy (Tinkoff) set the tone, and the peloton fractured into three distinct groups going up the climb, with some 50 riders in the front group, including most of the main general classification contenders like Dumoulin. The main sprinters found themselves in a group some 1:30 down on the lead, with their teams forced to put in a bit of work to bring it back together.

Küng was not content with the state of affairs, and attacked again, this time on the descent, with Giulio Ciccone (Bardiani-CSF), Axel Domont (AG2R), Stefan Denifl (IAM), Ilya Koshevoy (Lampre-Merida) and Daniel Martinez (Wilier-Triestina-Southeast) joining him at the front to settle the break of the day.

Once the break of the day had leapt clear, the pace in the front of the race eased, allowing the sprinters to work their way back. With the overall contenders not too worried about the outcome of the stage, it was left to the sprinters’ teams to do the work, although Etixx-QuickStep was noticeably absent from the front, forcing Lotto-Soudal and FDJ to do the work. The peloton ensured that the break’s lead never went beyond the three minute mark, and as they hit the final category four climb, the gap had come down to just over a minute, with more than 40 kilometres still to go.

Having lost his lead in the King of the Mountains competition earlier in the day, Damiano Cunego (Nippo-Vini Fantini) went on the attack on the final climb, trying jump across to the break in order to win back his jersey. However, he fell well short of making the catch, meaning that the previous day’s stage winner, Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal), would pull on the KOM jersey at the end of the stage.

At the front, Küng decided to go it alone once more as the peloton kept chipping away at the break’s lead, while behind Kittel was chasing furiously to get back onto the back of the peloton after being dropped on the climb. Kitted made it back to the peloton, which was being driven by Cannondale, as Küng’s lead slipped away. With some seven kilometres left to go it was all back together as the sprinters’ teams took the lead. However, just as it seemed we were set for a sprint finish with all the big names present and accounted for, Kittel suffered a puncture, and with the peloton flying along there was no chance for the big German sprinter to get back on.

At the front of the peloton, Lotto-Soudal was taking the lead, hammering away with three riders. However, with some one and a half kilometres to go, Lotto-Soudal was down to their last leadout man, as the peloton hit the more technical part of the sprint.

As the Orica-GreenEdge train moved up for Caleb Ewan, Greipel found his leadout washed away, and had to scramble to find a new wheel to follow. Once he had found his way, he was about eight riders back and seemed to be out of the running as a number of teams fought to position their sprinters at the front. Ewan looked to have the best run at the line, and launched his sprint up the barriers. Nizzolo started to draw level with on his shoulder, while on the other side of the road it was Modolo who was coming up fast. However, through the chaos emerged Greipel, who had found his way back to the front on Modolo’s wheel, and launched a ferocious sprint to take his second stage win of the Giro, ahead of Nizzolo and Modolo.

There were no major changes in the general classification, with Dumoulin holding a 26 second advantage over Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), with Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha) a further two seconds back.

Results:

Rank Name Nat. Team Result
1 André GREIPEL GER LTS 5:01:08
2 Giacomo NIZZOLO ITA TFS +0
3 Sacha MODOLO ITA LAM +0
4 Caleb EWAN AUS OGE +0
5 Enrico BATTAGLIN ITA TLJ +0
6 Matteo TRENTIN ITA EQS +0
7 Alexander PORSEV RUS KAT +0
8 Aleksei TCATEVICH RUS KAT +0
9 Nicola RUFFONI ITA BAR +0
10 Elia VIVIANI ITA SKY +0
11 Kristian SBARAGLI ITA DDD +0
12 Manuel BELLETTI ITA WIL +0
13 Arnaud DEMARE FRA FDJ +0
14 Nikias ARNDT GER TGA +0
15 Ivan SAVITSKIY RUS GAZ +0
16 Leigh HOWARD AUS IAM +0
17 Eduard Michael GROSU ROU NIP +0
18 Rick ZABEL GER BMC +0
19 Marco COLEDAN ITA TFS +0
20 Simon CLARKE AUS CPT +0
21 Rigoberto URAN URAN COL CPT +0
22 Ilnur ZAKARIN RUS KAT +0
23 Bob JUNGELS LUX EQS +0
24 Domenico POZZOVIVO ITA ALM +0
25 Luka MEZGEC SLO OGE +0
26 Steven KRUIJSWIJK NED TLJ +0
27 Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE ESP MOV +0
28 Tom DUMOULIN NED TGA +0
29 Vincenzo NIBALI ITA AST +0
30 Rafal MAJKA POL TNK +0
31 Pawel POLJANSKI POL TNK +0
32 Jakob FUGLSANG DEN AST +0
33 Diego ULISSI ITA LAM +0
34 Paolo SIMION ITA BAR +0
35 Kanstantsin SIUTSOU BLR DDD +0
36 Mikel LANDA MEANA ESP SKY +0
37 Maxime MONFORT BEL LTS +0
38 Ivan ROVNY RUS TNK +0
39 Heinrich HAUSSLER AUS IAM +0
40 Georg PREIDLER AUT TGA +0
41 Christian KNEES GER SKY +0
42 Rein TAARAMAE EST KAT +0
43 Nicolas ROCHE IRL SKY +0
44 Davide MALACARNE ITA AST +0
45 Stefano PIRAZZI ITA BAR +9
46 Sergey FIRSANOV RUS GAZ +9
47 Mirco MAESTRI ITA BAR +9
48 Jhoan Esteban CHAVES RUBIO COL OGE +9
49 Gianluca BRAMBILLA ITA EQS +9
50 Michele SCARPONI ITA AST +9
51 Sebastian HENAO GOMEZ COL SKY +9
52 Tanel KANGERT EST AST +9
53 Davide FORMOLO ITA CPT +9
54 Merhawi KUDUS GHEBREMEDHIN ERI DDD +9
55 Valerio CONTI ITA LAM +9
56 Valerio AGNOLI ITA AST +9
57 Andrey AMADOR BIKKAZAKOVA CRC MOV +9
58 Jose Joaquin ROJAS GIL ESP MOV +9
59 Andre Fernando S. Martins CARDOSO POR CPT +9
60 Marcel WYSS SUI IAM +9
61 Andrey ZEITS KAZ AST +9
62 Eugenio ALAFACI ITA TFS +9
63 Bakhtiyar KOZHATAYEV KAZ AST +9
64 Bram TANKINK NED TLJ +9
65 Igor ANTON HERNANDEZ ESP DDD +9
66 Ryder HESJEDAL CAN TFS +9
67 Matteo MONTAGUTI ITA ALM +9
68 David DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJO ESP EQS +9
69 Pavel BRUTT RUS TNK +9
70 Pavel KOCHETKOV RUS KAT +9
71 Manuele MORI ITA LAM +9
72 Mickael DELAGE FRA FDJ +9
73 Darwin ATAPUMA HURTADO COL BMC +9
74 Jurgen ROELANDTS BEL LTS +9
75 Boy VAN POPPEL NED TFS +9
76 Giovanni VISCONTI ITA MOV +9
77 Guillaume BONNAFOND FRA ALM +9
78 Carlos VERONA QUINTANILLA ESP EQS +9
79 Mikel NIEVE ITURALDE ESP SKY +9
80 Martijn KEIZER NED TLJ +9
81 Jasha SÜTTERLIN GER MOV +9
82 Hubert DUPONT FRA ALM +9
83 Bert DE BACKER BEL TGA +9
84 Damien HOWSON AUS OGE +17
85 Alexander SEROV RUS GAZ +17
86 Matej MOHORIC SLO LAM +20
87 Ignatas KONOVALOVAS LTU FDJ +21
88 Liam BERTAZZO ITA WIL +33
89 Olivier LE GAC FRA FDJ +35
90 Alberto BETTIOL ITA CPT +35
91 Sonny COLBRELLI ITA BAR +35
92 Evgeny PETROV RUS TNK +35
93 Filippo POZZATO ITA WIL +52
94 Jos VAN EMDEN NED TLJ +1:14
95 Twan CASTELIJNS NED TLJ +1:14
96 Sean DE BIE BEL LTS +1:16
97 Murilo Antonio FISCHER BRA FDJ +1:21
98 Manuele BOARO ITA TNK +1:21
99 Matteo TOSATTO ITA TNK +1:21
100 Michael HEPBURN AUS OGE +1:21
101 Sam BEWLEY NZL OGE +1:21
102 Przemyslaw NIEMIEC POL LAM +1:21
103 Joseph ROSSKOPF USA BMC +1:21
104 Hugo HOULE CAN ALM +1:21
105 Patrick GRETSCH GER ALM +1:21
106 Iuri FILOSI ITA NIP +1:21
107 Chad HAGA USA TGA +1:21
108 Roberto FERRARI ITA LAM +1:21
109 Carlos Alberto BETANCUR GOMEZ COL MOV +1:21
110 Adam HANSEN AUS LTS +1:21
111 Albert TIMMER NED TGA +1:41
112 Maxim BELKOV RUS KAT +1:43
113 Andrei SOLOMENNIKOV RUS GAZ +1:43
114 Manuel QUINZIATO ITA BMC +1:57
115 Simone PETILLI ITA LAM +1:57
116 Viacheslav KUZNETSOV RUS KAT +1:57
117 Alexander KOLOBNEV RUS GAZ +1:57
118 Laurent DIDIER LUX TFS +1:57
119 Maarten TJALLINGII NED TLJ +1:57
120 Cheng JI CHN TGA +1:57
121 Stefan KUENG SUI BMC +1:57
122 Fabian CANCELLARA SUI TFS +1:57
123 Amets TXURRUKA ESP OGE +1:57
124 David LOPEZ GARCIA ESP SKY +1:57
125 Marc SARREAU FRA FDJ +1:57
126 Benoît VAUGRENARD FRA FDJ +1:57
127 Svein TUFT CAN OGE +1:57
128 Ramunas NAVARDAUSKAS LTU CPT +2:03
129 Moreno MOSER ITA CPT +2:03
130 Jaco VENTER RSA DDD +2:03
131 Artem OVECHKIN RUS GAZ +2:54
132 Egor SILIN RUS KAT +2:54
133 Aleksey RYBALKIN RUS GAZ +2:54
134 Alexander FOLIFOROV RUS GAZ +2:54
135 Anton VOROBYEV RUS KAT +2:54
136 Riccardo ZOIDL AUT TFS +2:54
137 Francesco Manuel BONGIORNO ITA BAR +2:54
138 Manuel SENNI ITA BMC +2:54
139 Eros CAPECCHI ITA AST +2:54
140 Giacomo BERLATO ITA NIP +2:54
141 Damiano CUNEGO ITA NIP +2:54
142 Julen AMEZQUETA ESP WIL +2:54
143 Johann VAN ZYL RSA DDD +2:54
144 Tim WELLENS BEL LTS +2:54
145 Simone ANDREETTA ITA BAR +2:54
146 Nicola BOEM ITA BAR +2:54
147 Jay Robert THOMSON RSA DDD +2:54
148 Philip DEIGNAN IRL SKY +2:54
149 Jesus HERNANDEZ BLAZQUEZ ESP TNK +2:54
150 Daniel OSS ITA BMC +2:54
151 Lars Ytting BAK DEN LTS +2:54
152 Ruben PLAZA MOLINA ESP OGE +2:54
153 Jay MCCARTHY AUS TNK +2:54
154 Joseph Lloyd DOMBROWSKI USA CPT +2:54
155 Ian BOSWELL USA SKY +2:54
156 Nathan BROWN USA CPT +2:54
157 Matthias BRANDLE AUT IAM +2:54
158 Arnaud COURTEILLE FRA FDJ +2:54
159 Primož ROGLIC SLO TLJ +2:54
160 Moreno HOFLAND NED TLJ +2:54
161 Songezo JIM RSA DDD +2:54
162 Roger KLUGE GER IAM +3:31
163 Vegard Stake LAENGEN NOR IAM +4:05
164 Tobias LUDVIGSSON SWE TGA +4:29
165 Lukasz WISNIOWSKI POL EQS +4:29
166 Marcel KITTEL GER EQS +4:29
167 Pieter SERRY BEL EQS +4:29
168 Fabio SABATINI ITA EQS +4:29
169 Alessandro BISOLTI ITA NIP +4:29
170 Biel KADRI FRA ALM +4:29
171 Matteo BUSATO ITA WIL +4:29
172 Cristian RODRIGUEZ MARTIN ESP WIL +4:29
173 Daniel MARTÍNEZ COL WIL +4:29
174 Rory SUTHERLAND AUS MOV +5:39
175 José HERRADA LOPEZ ESP MOV +5:39
176 Pim LIGTHART NED LTS +5:39
177 Jelle VANENDERT BEL LTS +5:39
178 Stefan DENIFL AUT IAM +5:39
179 Tom STAMSNIJDER NED TGA +5:39
180 Axel DOMONT FRA ALM +5:39
181 Ilia KOSHEVOY BLR LAM +5:39
182 Grega BOLE SLO NIP +5:39
183 Genki YAMAMOTO JPN NIP +5:39
184 Gianfranco ZILIOLI ITA NIP +5:39
185 Giulio CICCONE ITA BAR +5:39
186 Alessandro DE MARCHI ITA BMC +5:42
187 Eugert ZHUPA ALB WIL +6:09
188 Artur ERSHOV RUS GAZ +7:01
189 Riccardo STACCHIOTTI ITA NIP +7:01
190 Jack BOBRIDGE AUS TFS +7:01
DNS Lawrence WARBASSE USA IAM  
DNF Javier MORENO BAZAN ESP MOV

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