Five talking points from stage seven of the Giro d'Italia


It was another Bennett which ended up taking the honours on the latest stage, with Ireland's Sam Bennett claiming his first victory of the year, and his maiden stage win in a grand tour, seeing off Italian Elia Viviani - victor of the first two stages - in a sprint finish.

Simon Yates took the overall lead of the Giro d'Italia on Thursday after the British rider finished second on stage six, just behind Mitchelton-Scott teammate Esteban Chaves on the summit of Mount Etna.

The stage was a pan flat 159km blast along the Calabrian coast and it ended - as expected - in a bunch sprint, which was won by Sam Bennett [Bora-Hansgrohe], after the day's breakaway had been caught with 14km remaining. Rohan Dennis, who held the jersey heading into the stage, fell away during the final climb and is now 53s down on Yates.

The 26-year-old became only the fourth Briton to wear the maglia rosa - pink jersey - in the history of the race - joining the company of Mark Cavendish, Sir Bradley Wiggins and David Millar for that honour. At one stage I thought Quickstep had gone too early and they were looking back to check me out and I was wondering were they trying to panic me and get me to go early again.

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Viviani had looked on course to take his third stage win of the race after taking the lead with the line in sight, but the Quick-Step Floors rider had to settle for second place on the same time. "I just had to get that wheel, and have a bit of patience as well".

"I am happy to have made it through the stage without any major issues and to have been up there with the main GC guys bar Chaves and Yates - who rode an incredible race today".

In second place was Simon Yates (Mitchelton Scott) who moved into the top spot of the General Classification. I really want to thank the whole team they have got to this point.

Froome is now eighth in the generation classification, one minute and 10 seconds behind Yates.