Tejay Van Garderen clinched his maiden Grand Tour win on Stage 18 of the Giro d’Italia.
After plenty of close calls, Tejay van Garderen finally won his first grand tour stage in a sprint finish on the streets of Ortisei in the Dolomites. The 28-year-old American was visibly emotional after holding off Team Sky’s Mikel Landa in a charge to the line following a breakaway to claim the Giro d’Italia’s stage 18 for BMC.
On a day when Tom Dumoulin took another step to overall victory, with an impressive display to defy rivals Nairo Quintana and Vincenzo Nibali, BMC’s Van Garderen proved the strongest from the remaining breakaway riders as he edged Spaniard Landa into his second runner’s-up place in the last three days.
The overall race leader finished ninth clocking the same time as Nairo Quintana to ensure he maintained control of the pink jersey, with his 31-second lead intact heading into the final three stages. Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali is third, 1min 12sec behind the leader.
Thibaut Pinot came third after a late attack, eight seconds back.