Vincenzo Nibali wins solo in Risoul, Esteban Chaves is new Maglia Rosa
Steven Kruijswijk crashes on descent from Colle dell'Agnello and struggles on final climb
The Italian rider Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro Team) has won Stage 19 of the 99th Giro d'Italia, 162km from Pinerolo to Risoul. Mikel Nieve (Team Sky) finished second, with Esteban Chaves (Orica Greenedge) third.
Esteban Chaves (Orica Greenedge) is the new race leader overall and takes the Maglia Rosa.
1 - Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro Team) - 162km in 4h19'54", ave. 37.398km/h
2 - Mikel Nieve (Team Sky) at 51"
3 - Esteban Chaves (Orica Greenedge) at 53"
Maglia Rosa (pink), General Classification, sponsored by Enel - Esteban Chaves (Orica Greenedge)
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 - Esteban Chaves (Orica Greenedge)
2 - Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro Team) at 44"
3 - Steven Kruijswijk (Team Lotto NL - Jumbo) at 1'05"
4 - Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) at 1'48"
5 - Rafal Majka (Tinkoff) at 3'59"
Seconds after the stage finish, the stage winner said: "I've won by rage today. It hasn't been easy to handle everything that has happened over the past few days. I dedicate this victory to Rosario [a young pupil of his who accidentally died two weeks ago]. I'm very happy. It's been a terribly hard stage. I want to keep my feet on the ground. There's another hard stage to contest tomorrow".
The Maglia Rosa said: "It's been difficult. I'm happy to have the Maglia Rosa and be so close to winning the Giro but there's another hard stage tomorrow. I'm sorry for Steven Kruijswijk. He made a small mistake in the downhill but he defended himself very courageously. I've tried to stay with Nibali but he was too strong for me today".
Stage 20 – Guillestre - Sant'Anna di Vinadio – 134km
This short stage across the Alps features a remarkable 4,100m rise and drop in as little as 134km, with a sequence of four climbs and three descents – with no flat stretches in between. The route climbs up Col de Vars (19km), Col de la Bonette (22km), Col de la Lombarde (20km) and the final 2.3km leading to the Sant’Anna Sanctuary. The road is wide and well-surfaced along all of the climbs (mostly above 2,000m), with many hairpins. The roadway only narrows along the technical descent from Col de la Lombarde, all the way up to the last 2.3km.
The route climbs steadily over the last 2,300m, with gradients ranging from 9% to 11%. The road is quite narrow, with a few hairpins. The last few hundred metres of the route run among the Sanctuary’s buildings, with short uphill stretches and tight bends. The home straight (50m) is on a 6m wide asphalt road.
PHOTO CREDIT: ANSA - PERI / DI MEO / ZENNARO
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