The Italian rider took the maglia ciclamino at the second day of the race after Remco Evenepoel, and has never again lost it. He was involved in breakaways, but above all his points came from the raw power he put out in the many bunch sprints. The Bahrain - Victorious rider was certainly one of the positive surprises of the race, with breakaway specialist Derek Gee and Michael Matthews closing out the podium.
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Points Classification Giro d'Italia 2023:
1 ITA MILAN Jonathan Bahrain Victorious 217
2 CAN GEE Derek Israel-Premier Tech 164
3 AUS MATTHEWS Michael Team Jayco-AlUla 101
4 GBR CAVENDISH Mark Astana Qazaqstan Team 101
5 GER ACKERMANN Pascal UAE Team Emirates 95
6 LAT SKUJINS Toms Trek-Segafredo 91
7 GER DENZ Nico BORA-hansgrohe 77
8 DEN CORT Magnus EF Education-EasyPost 68
9 ITA DAINESE Alberto Team DSM 63
10 SLO ROGLIC Primoz Jumbo-Visma 56