Team safely through sprint stage

24 May 2023

Team safely through sprint stage

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Giro d'Italia - Stage 17 » Pergine Valsugana › Caorle, 197km

Geraint Thomas retained his 18-second overall lead at the Giro d'Italia following stage 17.

The Welshman was well supported by his team-mates across the flat, sprinter-focused stage, with the day ending in the predicted bunch sprint.

With sprinter teams happy to set the tempo, it allowed the Grenadiers to conserve energy as much as possible ahead of three consecutive climbing tests.

Salvatore Puccio and Ben Swift arrived at the front late on to drive the maglia rosa into the final kilometres and safety. The GC battle is set to resume on Thursday with a significant mountain test to Val di Zoldo.

Alberto Dainese (Team DSM) edged out a thrilling sprint in Caorle, winning the three-way photo finish.

- Geraint Thomas

"It was alright - we had a little bit of rain but nothing compared to what we've had so far. Nice and warm conditions at the end and a bit of a crazy bunch finish but happy to get that done. 

"We knew the sprinter teams would ride. It was a decent pace. We were sat nicely and just tried to save as much as possible for the next few days."