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Giro d’Italia: Fernando Gaviria powers to hat-trick of stage victories | Sport

Colombian Fernando Gaviria claimed a hat-trick of victories in this year’s Giro d’Italia when he won the 229km 12th stage on Thursday.

The Quick-Step rider, back on his favourite terrain after a day in the mountains, outsprinted Italian Jakub Mareczko (Wilier Triestine) and Ireland’s Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) after a perfect lead-out from his team-mates.

Gaviria, who increased his lead in the points classification, also won the third and fifth stages.

Dutchman Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) retained the overall leader’s pink jersey after spending a comfortable day in the peloton.

Stage 12 results (Forli – Reggio Emilia, 229km)

1) Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step) 5hr 18m 55s. 2) Jakub Mareczko (Wilier Triestina) ST. 3) Sam Bennett (Bora). 4) Phil Bauhaus (Sunweb). 5) Maximiliano Richeze (Quick-Step). 6) Ryan Gibbons (Dimension Data). 7) Sacha Modolo (UAE Team Emirates). 8) André Greipel (Lotto). 9) Jasper Stuyven (Trek). 10) Roberto Ferrari (UAE Team Emirates).

General classification

1) Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) 52hr 41m 8s. 2) Nairo Quintana (Movistar) +2:23”. 3) Bauke Mollema (Trek) +2:38”. 4) Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) +2:40”. 5) Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain) +2:47”. 6) Andrey Amador (Movistar) +3:05”. 7) Bob Jungels (Quick-Step) +3:56”. 8) Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R) +3:59”. 9) Tanel Kangert (Astana). 10) Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha) +4:17”.

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