Pavel Sivakov and Fausto Masnada celebrate in last stage of Tour of the Alps
Apr 27 2019 01:51 am CET

Pavel Sivakov and Fausto Masnada celebrate in last stage of Tour of the Alps
Pavel Sivakov and Fausto Masnada celebrate in last stage of Tour of the Alps
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Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec's Fausto Masnada has won his second stage of the Tour of the Alps. Team Sky's Pavel Sivakov crossed the finish line two minutes and 14 seconds behind, which was enough for him to take the overall victory of the race.

The last stage of the Alpine race was 147.8 kilometres long between Caldaro and Bolzano over a route that included one climb of the second category and one of the first. The rainy day started with an escape of 18 men that eventually was left with only nine riders and included names like Dario Cataldo, Nikita Stalnov, Fausto Masnada and Carlos Quintero.

This group built an advantage of more than seven minutes over the pack, which gave Masnada the virtual victory of the race for a moment. The Italian rider escaped from the front group and took Quintero with him.

At that moment, Team Sky realised it had to make a move and once again Chris Froome took the lead of the pack to set a high pace to reduce the advantage with the front group until the gap was of four minutes. In the last climb of the day, Bahrain-Merida's Vincenzo Nibali launched an attack and only Pavel Sivakov (Sky) could stay at his wheel.

Moments later, Tao Geoghegan Hart, Mattia Cattaneo and Alexis Vuillermoz joined the two men. Meanwhile, Masnada launched an attack in the last kilometre and took his second victory of the race and Quintero was second.

The group of Nibali and Sivakov arrived to the finish line at two minutes and 14 seconds from Masnada, which gave the overall victory to the Russian rider of Sky, the first one of his career. His teammate Geoghegan Hart stepped on the second position of the final podium and Nibali on the third.






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