Video: Viviani relegated from Giro stage win after this move in sprint

Posted on: May 13th, 2019
Elia Viviani lunges for the line after winning. Well, sort of. He soon had the victory taken from him and awarded to Fernando Gaviria.

Elia Viviani won stage 3 of Giro d’Italia today and then had the victory taken from him for bumping a rival in the bunch sprint.

His move, especially the extent he veered off his line, looked awful, but it was within the range of other sprinters that have not resulted in relegation in the past.

The Italian – riding as national champion in his national tour – was first over the finish line after 220km from Vinci to Orbetello.

However, during the sprint he moved to his left and bumped off Matteo Moschetti very hard. He then continued to veer to his left, closing the door on the Trek-Segafredo rider.

Viviani’s relegation handed the stage win to Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates); from Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) and yesterday’s winner Pascal Ackermann (Bora-hansgrohe).

Elia Viviani was relegated to last place in the bunch. Conor Dunne (Israel Cycling Academy) was 111th at 1:06.

Eddie Dunbar (Team Ineos) was 115th at 1:28 after he and his team mates waited for Tao Geoghegan Hart who crashed.

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo Visma) retains the race lead he took in Saturday’s opening TT after finishing in the bunch on the same time as the winner.

More to come