Dario Cataldo wins dramatic stage in Giro d'Italia, Richard Carapaz keeps Pink Jersey
May 26 2019 11:17 pm CET

Dario Cataldo wins dramatic stage in Giro d'Italia, Richard Carapaz keeps Pink Jersey
Dario Cataldo wins dramatic stage in Giro d'Italia, Richard Carapaz keeps Pink Jersey
Astana

Dario Cataldo (Astana) has taken the victory of the 15th stage of the Giro d'Italia. The Italian rider was the fastest in a two-man sprint on a day that was also dramatic for the GC contenders.

The last stage of the second week of the Corsa Rosa was 232 kilometres long between Ivrea and Como over a route that included two climbs of the second category and one of the third at around ten kilometres from the finish. Dario Cataldo and Mattia Cattaneo formed the escape group and created a gap of more than twelve minutes with the peloton.

At the last climb of the day, Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) attacked and got an advantage over the group that included favourites like Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) and Richard Carapaz (Movistar).

With ten kilometres to go, Nibali attacked and was followed by Carapaz while Roglic stayed behind riding at his own rhythm. The duo soon caught Yates and kept going while Lopez and Roglic tried to catch the rest of the favourites.

At around five kilometres to go and at the last descent of the day, Roglic crashed in a curve but soon got up and got back onto the bike. Nibali attacked on the descent and left his companions behind, but the Maglia Rosa group caught him back in the last kilometres.

Cataldo was the fastest of the two escapees and he took the day's victory. Eleven seconds behind, Yates, Nibali, Carapaz and Hugh Carthy crossed the finish line, while the group of Lopez, Rafal Majka and Davide Formolo did so 36 seconds behind, and Bauke Mollema, Roglic and Ion Izagirre arrived to the finish 51 seconds behind the winner of the stage.

Carapaz kept the lead of the overall classification and Roglic is in the second position at 47 seconds from the Ecuadorian.




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