El Pais Fernando Gaviria 2017

Soaring to victory on a Venge ViAS. The first Grand Tour of Fernando Gaviria

In 2016 Colombian neo pro Fernando Gaviria made his debut as a sprinter with Quick-Step. Based upon his very strong first year - including stage victories in Tirreno-Adriatico and the Tour of Poland - it became clear early in 2017 that Gaviria would be at the start of the 100th edition of the Giro d’Italia.

7 May 2017. The stage ends with a mass sprint in Cagliari, which the Colombian wins. He becomes the leader of the general classification. This first stage victory was followed by three victories in bunch sprints. In addition to four stages, Gaviria also won the points classification. His Specialized bike deserves to be pimped. And no more color is more appropriate than purple - the colour of the leader in the points classification.

In addition to the modified handlebar tape and ditto bottle cages, the morphology of the frame is also striking. By using computer simulations, Specialized improved the aerodynamics of both the tube and the way the carbon fibre layup. To leave nothing to chance, the design is then tested in the wind tunnel to get everything right.

The aerodynamic position of the brakes - at the front behind the fork and at the back halfway up the seat tube - are perhaps the most striking feature of this Venge ViAS. Just like the absence of the accompanying brake cables. These are concealed in the frame. The matte black finish is said to make the bike 100g lighter. In any case, these marginal gains gave Gaviria a leg up.

Fernando Gaviria

Fernando Gaviria Rendón (born 19 August 1994) is a Colombian professional road and track racing cyclist, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam UAE Team Emirates. He is well known as a sprinter. Riding for the Colombian national cycling team, Gaviria came to international attention at the 2015 Tour de San Luis, where he beat former world champion Mark Cavendish in two sprint finishes. His first major Grand Tour wins came at the 2017 Giro d'Italia. He is the brother of track cyclist Juliana Gaviria. His nickname is "Quetzal splendente", from the brightful and colourful South American bird Quetzal. Its colours recall his world championship titles, his Colombia and "la maglia Ciclamino" won at Giro d'Italia.
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