Giro d’Italia Stage 19: Another Day in the Mountains26. May 2017, Piancavallo (ITA) — Road Team
Stage 19 of the Giro d’Italia produced a battle of the General Classification contenders in the Dolomites and another win from the breakaway, as the race heads towards the final day in Milan on Sunday.
As was the case on stage 18, an early breakaway formed and gained an advantage on the first climb of the day, before being joined by a large chase group on the descent.
The peloton, where the BMC Racing Team riders were, sat up and let the group go clear, until the field was split into pieces when the General Classification contenders made the most of Maglia Rosa Tom Dumoulin’s (Team Sunweb) positioning at the back of the bunch.
As the GC teams put the hammer down at the front of the bunch, a split in the bunch was caused and Dumoulin was left to chase in the second group.
Manuel Quinziato made the front selection, whilst the rest of BMC Racing Team was caught behind.
Eventually, the groups came back together with 91km remaining, by which time the breakaway had been caught, and the race hit the reset button.
A new breakaway group formed as the peloton increased in size and the GC contenders were happy to sit up and let the group gain more than 11 minutes’ advantage heading towards the summit finish of Piancavallo.
Mikel Landa (Team Sky) took the solo stage win from the breakaway and behind, the GC contenders put in attack after attack and were able to distance Dumoulin on the climb, which saw Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) claim the Maglia Rosa.
Quotes from the Race Car with Maximilian Sciandri
“Today was a really crazy day of racing, probably more so than we expected. All of our riders got through safely which is the most important thing. We had some of the guys on the look out for a breakaway and we had a similar situation to yesterday where a small group went, but then they were joined by some more riders. We weren’t able to get anyone in there. Then when the race split apart things started to get pretty hectic.”
“Once the race came back together it was almost like we were seeing two different races within the one stage. A new breakaway went and the GC guys sat up until the final climb. Stage 20 is our last opportunity to get someone in a breakaway and see what can happen, so we’ll definitely try and do something good tomorrow. It’s another tough day and for sure the GC guys will be attacking each other, so we can expect another fast and hectic day I think.”
Stage 19 San Candido > Piancavallo (ITA)
Top 3: 1. Mikel Landa (Team Sky), 2. Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates), 3. Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team)
BMC Racing Team top 3: 50. Tejay van Garderen, 63. Manuel Senni, 100. Dylan Teuns
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