Gaviria ready for first sprint showdown at Tirreno-Adriatico

Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) in the young rider jersey

Fernando Gaviria pulled on the best young rider's white jersey at Tirreno-Adriatico after his Quick-Step Floors team finished fourth in the opening time trial, but the Colombian sprinter confirmed he is in Italy for far bigger goals, starting with the first sprint showdown at the end of Thursday's second stage to Follonica. Quick-Step Floors have often challenged for victory in the team time trial, finishing second to BMC Racing in 2017. This year they were fourth, 15 seconds slower than BMC and behind Mitchelton-Scott and Team Sky. Gaviria was part of Quick-Step Floors' four riders who finished in a final time of 22:34, riding a new version of the Specialized Shiv time trial bike. He had ridden Strade Bianche for the first time in his career on Saturday, finishing 49th, and was happy to shake out the pain of the Tuscan gravel roads from his legs. "This first day of ...

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