Narvaez sprints to victory at Coppi e Bartali

03 Sep 2020

Narvaez sprints to victory at Coppi e Bartali

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Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali - Stage 3 » Riccione › Riccione, 168.9km

Persistence paid off for Jhonatan Narvaez at Coppi e Bartali as the Ecuadorian sprinted to his first victory for the INEOS Grenadiers.

An exciting third stage came down to the wire in Riccione, with Narvaez edging out the sprint, 24 hours after finishing as runner-up. The victory broke a run of three consecutive second-place finishes for the team in Italy, with Narvaez now moving to just three seconds of the overall lead.

Ethan Hayter continued his consistent sprinting form with fifth place in the bunch kick, which overnight leader Andrea Bagioli (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) finished in the bunch to keep hold of the lead.

An active stage for the team saw Ivan Sosa jump clear of the bunch on the day's main climb, Monte Carpegna. The Colombian was able to bridge across the breakaway but the action eventually came back together for a sprint. The result saw Sosa move up to sixth overall, while Narvaez also moved into the points jersey.


- Jhonatan Narvaez

"The team have made a huge effort every day so far and today I managed to take the win. 

"Ethan did a really good job getting me into the front of the peloton for the sprint and I managed to stay patient in the final. I felt good all day and really enjoyed the race. The team really did a great job. 

"I'm really happy to have taken my first win with the team. I really tried hard in Belgium, yesterday and today, but today I finally managed to do it."
Stage three result:

1. Jhonatan Narvaez (INEOS Grenadiers) 4:37:04
2. Pascal Eenkhoorn (Jumbo-Visma Dev) s.t.
3. Biniam Ghirmay (Nippo Delko)
4. Jacopo Mosca (Trek-Segafredo)
5. Ethan Hayter (INEOS Grenadiers)

Overall standings:

1. Andrea Bagioli (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) 11:21:50
2. Jhonatan Narvaez (INEOS Grenadiers) +3"
3. Joao Almeida (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) +16"
4. Nicola Conci (Trek-Segafredo) +29"
5. Diego Ulissi (UAE-Team Emirates) +30"
6. Ivan Sosa (INEOS Grenadiers) +34"