Ewan sprints to Giro seventh stage win, Valter holds race lead

Termoli (Italy) (AFP) –


Australia's Caleb Ewan of the Lotto team won a sprint finish for the Giro d'Italia seventh stage on Friday.

Hungary's Attila Valter of Groupama-FDJ held the leader's pink jersey after the 181km run between Notaresco and Termoli on the Adriatic coast.

Ewan claimed his fifth stage success of the Giro, and his second this year after also winning stage five.

The 26-year-old finished ahead of Italian Davide Cimolai and Belgian Tim Merlier in a stage run in difficult conditions with strong head winds.

Colombian Fernando Gaviria tried to anticipate the sprint in the final kilometre but Ewan reacted to overtake the UAE-Emirates rider in the final 200 metres.

Italian Domenico Pozzovivo withdrew before the start of the stage after hurting his left arm in a fall on Thursday.

The 38-year-old was competing for the 15th time in the Giro and finished overall 11th last year.

Saturday's eighth stage covers a 170km run between Foggia and Guardia Sanframondi.