Giro 2018 Favourites stage 7: Sprint in Praia-on-Sea

sam bennett - Giro 2018 Favourites stage 7:The course of the Giro d'Italia's 6th stage should fancy fast finishers. At 159 kilometres, the route is almost entirely played out on the flat. The finish is in Praia a Mare, which is Italian for Praia-on-Sea. (Slideshow route/profile)

The 7th stage in the Giro d’Italia is not very complicated. A lot of flat with an occasional uphill stretch. The toughest section begins with 20 kilometres left and rises at 4% for 4 kilometres. Following a gently undulating stretch the last 10 kilometres are on descent.

In last year’s Giro d’Italia Fernando Gaviria was by far the fastest finisher. The Colombian pocketed four stage wins. He is absent in 2018 though.

Elia Viviani is the only stellar sprinter on the start list. His move from Sky to QuickStep worked out well for the Italian. He already won five stages – two in the Dubai Tour, one in Abu Dhabi, one in the Tour Down Under, and Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne – and the Dubai Tour’s GC.

Favourites 7th stage 2018 Giro d’Italia

*** Elia Viviani, Jakub Mareczko, Sam Bennett, Niccolo Bonifazio
** Danny van Poppel, Sacha Modolo, Giacomo Nizzolo, Jens Debusschere
* Kristian Sbaragli, Enrico Battaglin, Andrea Guardini, Jean-Pierre Drucker

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