Esteban Chaves gets revenge in 19th stage of Giro d'Italia, Carapaz keeps Maglia Rosa
May 31 2019 11:20 pm CET

Esteban Chaves gets revenge in 19th stage of Giro d'Italia, Carapaz keeps Maglia Rosa
Esteban Chaves gets revenge in 19th stage of Giro d'Italia, Carapaz keeps Maglia Rosa
Photo of Mitchelton-Scott jersey (c) Jonathan Roorda / CyclingPub.com

A late attack has given Esteban Chaves the victory of the 19th stage of the Giro d'Italia. The Colombian of Mitchelton-Scott crossed the finish line on his own while Richard Carapaz kept his GC lead.

The 19th stage of the Corsa Rosa was 151 kilometres long between Treviso and San Martino di Castrozza and had a profile that included one climb of the third category, one of the fourth and a finish on a second category ascent of San Martino di Castrozza. The escape of the day was formed by 12 riders and included names like Esteban Chaves, Manuele Boaro, Pieter Serry, Marco Marcato, Manuel Senni and Amaro Antunes.

With 34 kilometres to go, Boaro launched an attack from the escape group and managed to stay in front for a while but was reeled back in after the 20-kilometre mark. The next rider to try his luck was Marco Canola and behind him, the escape wasn't able to organise itself for the hunt and broke into pieces.

The Italian of Nippo-Vini Fantini was soon caught by a small group of chasers that included Serry, Francois Bidard, Chaves and Andrea Vendrame. The Colombian took the lead of the group to set a pace that at times proved too hard for his companions but they found their way back to him.

With a bit more than two kilometres to go, Chaves launched a very strong attack and dropped his company. Meanwhile, in the peloton, Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) accelerated and left all the other favourites behind.

Chaves crossed the finish line on his own and took his third stage victory in the Giro d'Italia, after a year in which he has struggled with health issues that started at the 2018 edition of the Corsa Rosa. Vendrame and Antunes finished the stage in the second and third position.

Lopez was the first of the favourites to cross the finish line while behind there were attacks by Primoz Roglic and Rafal Majka, all of which were neutralised by the others. All the favourites crossed the finish line together and Carapaz kept the lead of the General Classification ahead of the last mountain stage.




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