GIRO’23 Stage 19: Stage Win for Buitrago-Thomas Saves Pink!

GIRO’23 Stage 19: Stage Win for Buitrago-Thomas Saves Pink!


Stage Report: Santiago Buitrago received the nineteenth stage of the Giro d’Italia. The Colombian of Bahrain Victorious was a part of the break of the day and proved to be the strongest on the ultimate climb to Tre Cime di Lavaredo. His fellow escapee Derek Gee took his fourth second place of this Giro. Primoz Roglič managed to take 3 seconds again on Geraint Thomas with a closing effort, João Almeida misplaced time.

Giro d’Italia 2023 | Stage 19 | Final KM

The stage 19 route
A colossal stage throughout the Dolomites, that includes 5 consecutive climbs linked with no pause for breath. After travelling up the Val Cordevole (via Belluno, Agordo and Alleghe), the route climbs the Campolongo, Valparola, Giau and Tre Croci passes, earlier than taking up the closing climb to Rifugio Auronzo. The roads are in glorious situation and fairly extensive, with some effectively lit tunnels within the first half. The climbs function many hairpins, and the descents are quick and technical, on common.

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Ultimate kilometres
The ultimate ascent is admittedly difficult. The street rises with most 18% gradients over the primary 1.5km, turns into a false flat at Lago di Antorno after which descends rapidly to the 4km marker (the roadway narrows on the finish of the descent, because the route passes the toll gate). The pitch hovers round 12% within the final 4km, topping out at 18% within the closing half. The end line sits on a 400m lengthy and 7m extensive asphalt straight, with a 12.5% gradient.

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One other day in pink for Geraint Thomas

On the method to the mountains the street progressively began to go up increasingly, Veljko Stojnić (Corratec-Selle Italia) and Larry Warbasse (AG2R Citroën) managed to take a niche. The 2 have been forward of the pack for some time, however the many assaults didn’t cease within the peloton. Warbasse’s teammate Alex Baudin and Derek Gee have been in a position to cross. Magnus Cort additionally succeeded somewhat later.

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Primoz Roglič considering easy methods to beat Thomas

Subsequent to make the soar have been Nicolas Prodhomme, Vadim Pronskiy, Patrick Konrad and Davide Gabburo. Some riders from INEOS Grenadiers, Jumbo-Visma and UAE Group Emirates additionally wished to hitch the group, however the groups of the GC males neutralised one another’s assaults. Santiago Buitrago was in a position to join, similar to Michael Hepburn and Stefano Oldani. Mattia Bais, José Joaquín Rojas and Carlos Verona after a protracted chase. There have been fifteen riders within the break.

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The Giro competitors leaders

Peace returned to the peloton and so they allowed the break to increase their result in about 5 minutes. Earlier than the Passo Campolonga actually began, Ben Healy, second within the King of the Mountains classification, attacked. This led to a response from blue jersey wearer Thibaut Pinot. The Frenchman, who can be seventh total, closed the hole, after which the 2 shook arms and dropped again to the peloton once more. Healy was not completed, just a few kilometres later the Irishman went once more.

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Thibaut Pinot within the KOM jersey at the beginning

This time Pinot was straight on Healy’s wheel, so he didn’t get wherever. Once more the 2 got here again to the already thinned peloton. The bunch then gave extra space to the main group: on the Passo Valparola the distinction elevated to eight minutes. Stojnić was dropped, whereas Verona crashed as a result of AG2R workforce automotive hitting him from behind. He was in a position to proceed.

The break ultimately bought collectively

The break didn’t get far more than 8 minutes due Jayco AlUla began to chase within the peloton. Eddie Dunbar’s 4th place was in peril resulting from Buitrago within the main group. The Colombian was simply over eight minutes behind the Irishman. UAE Group Emirates additionally contributed to the pursuit, however when the distinction was decreased, each groups left the work to INEOS Grenadiers once more.

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The bunch allow them to go

On the Passo Giau Verona accelerated. Buitrago, Gee, Hepburn and Cort joined him on the climb, adopted by Prodhomme and Pronskiy on the descent. Warbasse, Oldani, Konrad and Gabburo additionally ultimately bought again. Within the favourites group nothing occurred. Wouldn’t it come on the Passo Tre Croci? The seven up entrance seemed like they’d compete for the stage victory because the began the climb with a bonus of 6:30.

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Healy put in two cheeky assaults, however Pinot didn’t need to lose his KOM jersey and chased him down

Firstly of the climb, Warbasse attacked. The American rode forward for some time, however Buitrago then closed the hole with Cort on his wheel. Warbasse was dropped instantly, Gee was in a position to return as did the surprisingly sturdy Hepburn. There have been now 4 leaders. In the meantime, the peloton had additionally began the climb, however not after Primoz Roglič had modified bikes.

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Santiago Buitrago made it into the break to maneuver up the ‘digital’ GC

The GC peloton didn’t set the race on hearth for a very long time

It seemed prefer it was all going to occur on the climb to Tre Cime di Lavaredo as nothing happed amongst the favourites on the Passo Tre Croci both. Every thing was nonetheless doable on the entrance, as a result of on the plateau between the 2 climbs, the main group grew once more. Hepburn didn’t prefer it and put the strain on once more. It was the identical riders who might comply with: Buitrago, Cort and Gee. The Canadian noticed his second with 7 kilometres to go and took off.

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The stage winner would come from the break

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The break was getting smaller

Buitrago lagged behind the Canadian for a very long time. He didn’t lose floor, however he didn’t get any nearer both. At 1.5 kilometres from the end, the Colombian closed the hole and instantly left Gee behind. The Bahrain Victorious rider managed to maintain up his effort to the finish-line. Like final yr, when he additionally had a stage victory within the Giro d’Italia. Gee completed second for the fourth time on this Giro.

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The final large descent of the 2023 Giro d’Italia

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Gee seemed like he would take the stage

The favourites stayed collectively for a very long time on the ultimate climb. Eddie Dunbar needed to let go about 2 kilometres from the road, however little else occurred. João Almeida took the lead, however there was no break up. Primož Roglič attacked simply over 1 kilometre from the end. This did trigger some injury, however Geraint Thomas returned simply. Almeida additionally rejoined once more and took the lead. Damiano Caruso and Thymen Arensman additionally managed to drag them selves again.

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Buitrago had one thing left in his legs for the final kilometre

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Roglič and Thomas have been a fair match for one another

5 hundred meters from the end, it was pink jersey wearer Thomas who gave it a kick. Roglič struggled to shut the hole, Almeida cracked. The Slovenian returned, then misplaced some metres, however ultimately went previous the Welshman of INEOS Grenadiers. Roglič gained 3 seconds on his greatest competitor for the general victory. He crossed the road in fourth, simply behind Magnus Cort, who took the bonus seconds from him. Thomas completed fifth. Almeida got here in sixth and misplaced 23 seconds to Roglič.

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A troublesome stage win for Santiago Buitrago

Stage winner, Santiago Buitrago Sanchez (Bahrain Victorious): “It’s an epic victory, on an ideal day. I’m very completely satisfied as a result of I fought so laborious to get into the breakaway. To win in entrance of this crowd is one thing particular. It was a superb Giro for our workforce, with two stage wins. I’m very completely satisfied.”

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Three seconds for Roglič over Thomas

The Maglia Rosa, Geraint Thomas (INEOS Grenadiers): “I believe it was a tough day, particularly for the altitude. I attempted within the closing km however Roglič got here again effectively and I’ve misplaced a few seconds on the road. Tomorrow it is going to be nice to observe, horrible to do.”

It’s all all the way down to the time trial on Saturday

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Giro d’Italia Stage 19 Outcome:
1. Santiago Buitrago (Col) Bahrain Victorious in 5:28:07
2. Derek Gee (Can) Israel-Premier Tech at 0:51
3. Magnus Cort (Den) EF Schooling-EasyPost at 1:46
4. Primož Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma
5. Geraint Thomas (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:49
6. João Almeida (Por) UAE Group Emirates at 2:09
7. Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain Victorious
8. Thymen Arensman (Ned) INEOS Grenadiers
9. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 2:16
10. Einer Augusto Rubio (Col) Movistar at 2:26.

Giro d’Italia Total After Stage 19:
1. Geraint Thomas (GB) INEOS Grenadiers in 81:55:47
2. Primož Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma at 0:26
3. João Almeida (Por) UAE Group Emirates at 0:59
4. Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain Victorious at 4:11
5. Eddie Dunbar (Itl) Jayco AlUla at 4:53
6. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 5:10
7. Thymen Arensman (Ned) INEOS Grenadiers at 5:13
8. Lennard Kämna (Ger) BORA-hansgrohe at 5:54
9. Andreas Leknessund (Nor) DSM at 6:08
10. Laurens De Plus (Bel) INEOS Grenadiers at 7:30.

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