Giro d’Italia 2024: Merlier trumps rivals in chaotic sprint to grab stage on line

Giro d’Italia 2024: Merlier trumps rivals in chaotic sprint to grab stage on line

23-May-2024 15:43:59 | The Guardian

  • Stage three winner took victory by half a wheel from Milan
  • Pogacar still has substantial lead in overall standings

Tim Merlier triumphed in a chaotic sprint to win stage 18 of the Giro d’Italia in Padova as Tadej Pogacar remained safe in the race leader’s pink jersey.

Stage three winner Merlier took the victory by half a wheel from Jonathan Milan, with both having come around Kaden Groves who had to settle for third. A technical finish to the stage meant several sprinters became detached from their lead-out men on the approach the line, and both Merlier and Milan started well back after getting out of position.

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