Esteban Chaves wins Giro d'Italia queen stage, Steven Kruijswijk is new Maglia Rosa
The Colombian rider Esteban Chaves (Orica Greenedge) has won Stage 14 of the 99th Giro d'Italia, 210km from Alpago (Farra) to Corvara (Alta Badia). Steven Kruijswijk (Team Lotto NL - Jumbo) and Georg Preidler (Team Giant - Alpecin) finished second and third respectively.
Thanks to his second place, Steven Kruijswijk (Team Lotto NL - Jumbo) is the new race leader overall and takes over the Maglia Rosa.
1 - Esteban Chaves (Orica Greenedge) - 210km in 6h06'16", average speed 34.401km/h
2 - Steven Kruijswijk (Team Lotto NL - Jumbo) s.t.
3 - Georg Preidler (Team Giant - Alpecin) s.t.
Maglia Rosa (pink), General Classification, sponsored by Enel - Steven Kruijswijk (Team Lotto NL - Jumbo)
Maglia Rossa (red), Sprint Classification, sponsored by Algida - Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek - Segafredo)
Maglia Azzurra (blue), Mountains Classification, sponsored by Banca Mediolanum - Damiano Cunego (Nippo - Vini Fantini)
Maglia Bianca (white), Young Rider Classification, sponsored by Eurospin - Bob Jungels (Etixx - Quick-Step)
1 - Steven Kruijswijk (Team Lotto NL - Jumbo)
2 - Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro Team) at 41"
3 - Esteban Chaves (Orica Greenedge) at 1'32"
4 - Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) at 3'06"
5 - Andrey Amador (Movistar Team) at 3'15"
Seconds after the stage finish, the stage winner said: "To win a stage at the Giro d'Italia was my dream since I started my pro career with Team Colombia, based in Italy. I love this race! To win the hardest stage is even better. I thank all the people who have helped me reach this point. Thank you also to my sport director Matt White who gave me precious information from the car, which helped me win today".
The Maglia Rosa said: "I was feeling really good. I asked my sport director if I should save energy for tomorrow's time trial or not. We decided that we wouldn't. I felt I was a little bit better than Vincenzo Nibali so it was the right day to take advantage of it. Luckily a strong guy came with me. It's an enormous satisfaction to take the Maglia Rosa, especially in such a wonderful setting as the Dolomites".
Stage 15 – Castelrotto (Kastelruth) - Alpe di Siusi (Seiser Alm) – ITT – 10.850km
The stage is an uphill Individual Time Trial. After a first false-flat drag (1,800m), the route climbs steadily over the next 9km, with an average 8.3% gradient. The road is wide and well paved. Straight stretches alternate with hairpins that feature a high bend radius. Split time is taken at km 4.4.
The final kilometres run entirely uphill, with constant slopes (an average gradient of 8%, and a maximum gradient of 11%), and on wide, well-paved roads. The route takes in a series of hairpins in the stage finale. The finish line lies at the end of a 180m long, 6m wide asphalt home straight.
PHOTO CREDIT: ANSA - PERI / DI MEO / ZENNARO
RCS Sport Cycling Press Office