Bouwman gets 1st grand tour stage win, Lopez keeps Giro lead

Fri, May 13, 2022
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Bouwman gets 1st grand tour stage win, Lopez keeps Giro lead

POTENZA, Italy (AP) - Dutch cyclist Koen Bouwman claimed a first grand tour stage victory after winning a tough seventh stage of the Giro d'Italia on Friday and Juan Pedro Lopez kept hold of the pink jersey.

Bouwman was given a great leadout by Team Jumbo-Visma teammate - and 2017 Giro winner - Tom Dumoulin and sprinted to the line to edge out Bauke Mollema and Davide Formolo by two seconds as the Giro tackled its first mountain range, the Apennines.

Bouwman had time to look behind and raise his arms over his head as he crossed the finish line of the 196-kilometer (122-mile) route from Diamante to Potenza that included four categorized climbs and almost zero flat sections.

All four had been part of a seven-man breakaway that managed to get away on the second categorised climb, the top classified ascent up Monte Sirino.

Most of the overall contenders crossed the line together, nearly three minutes behind Bouwman. Lopez maintained his 38-second advantage over Lennard Kämna after moving into the overall lead on Tuesday. Rein Taaramäe was third, 58 seconds behind Lopez.

Saturday's eighth stage sees the Giro return to Naples for the first time since 2013 when the city hosted the start of the Italian grand tour. The undulating 153-kilometer (95-mile) stage starts and finishes in Naples, but it leaves the seaside city to take in four laps of a 19-kilometer (12-mile) circuit in the volcanic surrounding area.

The Giro finishes on May 29 in Verona.

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