Nans Peters takes solo victory in 17th stage of Giro d'Italia
May 29 2019 11:11 pm CET

Nans Peters takes solo victory in 17th stage of Giro d'Italia
Nans Peters takes solo victory in 17th stage of Giro d'Italia
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AG2R La Mondiale's Nans Peters has taken his first professional victory at the 17th stage of the Giro d'Italia. The rider launched a far attack and crossed the finish line on his own, while Richard Carapaz kept the overall lead.

The Corsa Rosa continued with a 181-kilometre route over a route that presented fewer difficulties for the peloton, although it maintained some toughness with one climb of the fourth category and two of the third category, including the finish. A group of 18 riders formed the breakaway of the stage and included names like Bob Jungels, Jan Bakelants, Valerio Conti, Esteban Chaves, Nans Peters and Thomas De Gendt.

Riders like Bakelants, De Gendt and Conti tried their luck at several points of the stage and their attempts were neutralised by the rest of the escape but the constant change of pace reduced the numbers of the group. Behind them, the pack rode at around seven minutes at times and was led by teams like Ineos, Movistar and Astana.

With 13 kilometres to go, Peters launched an attack and the escape group kept following him. At seven kilometres from the final, Chaves, Conti and Krists Neilands jumped from the breakaway, and four kilometres later, the Colombian of Mitchelton-Scott dropped his companions.

Astana set a high rhythm on the last climb but soon Movistar took the lead of the group, which started breaking. Mikel Landa (Movistar) attacked, leaving his teammate Richard Carapaz with the favourites' group, and he was followed by Hugh Carthy (EF Education First).

Peters crossed the finish line on his own and celebrated his first victory as a professional, while Chaves arrived to the end at one minute and 34 seconds from the Frenchman. Behind, Landa kept going on his own. With two kilometres to go Lopez attacked and took Carapaz with him and the couple crossed the finish line together.

The group of Vincenzo Nibali and Primoz Roglic crossed the line five seconds after the wearer of the Maglia Rosa. Carapaz extends his lead in the General Classification and is now one minute and 54 seconds ahead of Nibali and two minutes and 16 seconds ahead of Roglic.




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