Giro d'Italia 7: Survivors

Break-away caught at the last breath, it has been a sprint at the last blood.  
And a bloody one. Big boy Bouhanni braved it and won. Bravo Giacomo Nizzolo, not happy of course with second, but seconds was the matter.
That was finally a dry finish. Fortunately. 
It still hurts, bodies and souls. Ben Swift just out the top ten in a stage taylored for him. He told it this morning: "Enroute to Stage 7. Was looking forward to today. Not so much now with my sore arse. Think there will be some sore body's out there today."
Survivors sprinted from a peloton of survivors. Not nice.  

What Giacomo Nizzolo said:
I tried to anticipate Bouhanni with 200m to go, because I saw he was not starting the sprint. In the end he beat me, I was close, but what counts is first. Maybe the next time we will get the stage. It was not an easy stage to decide if we should ride for a breakaway or for the sprint. It was not easy with all the hills. But we followed our plan. When the breakaway went at the beginning, I was not feeling so good, but I began to feel better and better as the stage went along. Near the end we had Fumy and Eugenio pull. Everyone did his part - the team was fantastic today.
The gap was going down one minute every 10k. The road helped the peloton in the chase since it was slightly downhill so the speed form the peloton was really, really fast. In the front they also began to attack each other, and that was also good for us. At the end we caught them back.
It was a good sprint for me - not many mistakes - so it was a good second place. I have a better feeling than my second place in Bari. I am only sorry because a victory is always better, but the shape is there, and now we continue to look forward. The first goal for me is a stage win, if the red [points] jersey comes from that, then okay, but the big goal is a win.”
Team Sky DS  Dario Cioni's injury update: 
"The guys aren't 100 percent recovered after the crashes but they got through better than we maybe expected which is a credit to them. There are still quite a lot of bruises around.
Swifty had a hard crash yesterday so just to get him to the finish today was a good result. He tried in the sprint but it's always better if you can have a few days to recover. We'll do that and we'll pick it up again.
Puccio and Edvald (Boasson Hagen) tried to go in the break early. We were quite heavily marked, it felt like. The stage finished close to Puccio's hometown so it would have been nice.
Tomorrow is an important day for (Dario) Cataldo with the final climb. I don't think the GC right now reflects his condition. He was unlucky to crash and then have the problem with the chain. He lost a lot of time and had to time trial up the climb on Thursday. He did a really good job to limit his time loss and it's still a long Giro. There's plenty of time to catch up."


1 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ.fr 5:16:05
2 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek Factory Racing
3 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Giant-Shimano
4 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica Greenedge
5 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida
6 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin Sharp
7 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani-CSF
8 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing
9 Ivan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo
10 Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale

1 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica Greenedge 29:34:19
2 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:21
3 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:01:18
4 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:25
5 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team
6 Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Neri Sottoli - Yellow Fluo
7 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Orica Greenedge 0:01:47
8 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:01:51
9 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:01:52
10 Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale 0:02:06

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