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Giro d’Italia Stage 19: Summit Finish Shakes Up GC

27. May 2016, Risoul (FRA) — Road Team

Darwin Atapuma on the snowy summit of Colle del'Agnello (c) Tim De Waele/TDWSport.com

Stage 19 of the Giro d’Italia saw the summit finish in Risoul shake up the General Classification and the Maglia Rosa change hands.

It took the peloton to reach the halfway mark before a breakaway successfully opened up a gap, with 28 riders forming the breakaway of the day.

Darwin Atapuma reached the base of the Colle del’Agnello with the Maglia Rosa group, before attack after attack from the General Classification contenders and a crash for race leader Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) opened the field for the Maglia Rosa to change hands to Estaben Chaves (Orica GreenEDGE).

Vincenzo Nibali attacked and soloed to victory, with Mikel Nieve (Team Sky) and Chaves rolling across the line shortly after.

Atapuma finished in 13th place, 3’36 behind Nibali. He now sits in 12th place on the General Classification heading into the final mountains stage on Stage 20.

Quotes of the Day

Darwin Atapuma:

“Once again I was feeling good and had good sensations on the climbs. At the top of Colle del’Agnello I was distanced a bit and then it was hard to come back from there. On the final summit finish in Risoul, I was at the limit. But we have one last chance in the mountains tomorrow and I want to give it everything I have. With good form I hope to be up there again.”

Max Sciandri, Sports Director:

“Today was a really tough stage for everyone, the GC guys and the non-climbers. When the breakaway finally went we didn’t have anyone in it which we really needed to. Not necessarily Darwin but one of the other guys who could have given it a go. But in the end the breakaway didn’t make it and the GC guys came back. Darwin felt good but wasn’t in the best position at the end. Tomorrow we’ll do everything that’s possible to go for the stage win, before we hit the final stage on Sunday.”

Race Profile

Giro d’Italia (2.UWT)

Stage 19 Pinerolo to Risoul

Top 3: Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro Team), Mikel Nieve (Team SKY), Estaben Chaves (Orica GreenEDGE)

BMC Racing Team Top 3: 13. Darwin Atapuma 87. Stefan Kueng, 98. Manuel Quinziato

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