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Giro d’Italia 2024: Jonathan Milan pounces for third stage victory of race
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Giro d’Italia 2024: Jonathan Milan pounces for third stage victory of race

Jonathan Milan of Lidl-Trek maintained his excellent form at the Giro d’Italia to win stage 13 in a sprint finish, the Italian’s third stage victory. His team’s tactics worked perfectly, leading him out into the last kilometre with Milan well placed in second as they rounded the final bend.

It initially looked as if Fernando Gaviria would grab the win as he took to the front, but Milan showed why he is the points classification leader as he pounced late on, with Poland’s Stanislaw Aniolkowski finishing strongly in second and Phil Bauhaus third.

“I was delivered in perfect position before the sprint. Simone Consonni started his lead out from 400 metres to go,” Milan said. “It’s impressive how everyone on the team was committed to the sprint finish. I’m super happy and proud of my team.”

The 179km ride from Riccione to Cento is the flattest stage of this year’s Giro, and with Saturday bringing an individual time-trial before the race heads into the mountains, this was set up for the sprinters to take another stage. An early break by three Italian riders, Andrea Pietrobon, Manuele Tarozzi and Alessandro Tonelli, managed to gain a three-minute advantage, before the peloton upped the pace to reel them in with more than 50 kilometres still to race.

Stage 13 is the flattest stage of this Giro.View image in fullscreen

The peloton then dropped a large group of riders, including Milan, and the Italian had to use up plenty of energy playing catch-up, but he still had the legs at the finish to claim another win after previously taking stages four and 11. “It feels great to win a third stage but there was a moment in which I was at the back of the peloton and echelons were formed, our guys did an amazing job to bring us back together,” added Milan.

Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) maintained his firm grip on the leader’s maglia rosa, and is still 2min 40sec ahead of Daniel Martínez, with Geraint Thomas 18 seconds further behind in third.

“So far, something happened in every stage of the Giro d’Italia and today was no exception,” Pogacar said. “Tomorrow I hope to have the same feelings as in the last time trial and finish very strongly.”

Source: theguardian.com