GIRO’18 Stage 15: Triple Stage Yates!

Race Report: Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) won his third 2018 Giro d’Italia stage into Sappada, but more importantly he gained more time on his main rivals. Time trial World champion Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) lost 41 seconds to the Englishman and is now at 2:11. Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida) and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) were also in the same group ad the Dutchman and are at 2:28 and 2:37. Chris Froome (Sky), Zoncolan winner and birthday boy, lost contact and is now in 7th place overall at 4:52.


Another stage and more time for Simon Yates


Happy birthday Chris Froome

This stage across the Dolomites features a steady series of climbs and descents with just one uncomplicated stretch, namely the long false flat drag leading to Cortina d’Ampezzo. The route takes in several consecutive climbs: Passo della Mauria, Passo Tre Croci, Passo di Sant’Antonio (for the first time along this side, with gradients exceeding 10% over long stretches) and Costalissoio (short and very steep, a first-ever pass).


Stage 15 – Tolmezzo-Sappada 176km – total elevation 4,000m

After descending into San Pietro di Cadore, the route follows the Piave river all the way to Sappada, heading for the finish. All the roads are relatively wide and well surfaced, with a number of uphill and downhill hairpins.


Final kilometers
The final 10km run entirely uphill. After passing through a tunnel (partly open on one side), the route climbs at gradients of around 9% for a few kilometers and then reaches the centre of Sappada, where the road eventually levels out in the final kilometer. The home straight (450m) is on 6.5m-wide asphalt road.


Always a good audience for the sign-on


The leaders line up in Tolmezzo


A little cloud at the start


And they’re off – kilometer 0


Lopez tried to follow when Yates attacked


The chase was not organized


Yates soloed to his time gap


41 seconds on Tom Dumoulin for Simon Yates

Stage winner and overall leader, Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott): “My attack was a little bit on instinct. I saw a little gap. I gave everything the second time to get away. It’s fantastic. I feel emotional after today. I’ve been fighting since Israel to build a good lead. I’m happy with the gap I have now but it’s far from over. It could vanish in 35 kilometres.”


Lopez, Dumoulin and Pozzovivo lost time on the Englishman


Not a great birthday for Chris Froome now at 4:52

Giro d’Italia Stage 15 Result:
1. Simon Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott in 4:37:56
2. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana at 0:41
3. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Sunweb
4. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
5. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar
6. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
7. Alexandre Geniez (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 1:20
8. Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe
9. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana
10. Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb
11. Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) Groupama-FDJ
12. Mikel Nieve (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott
13. Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
14. George Bennett (NZ) LottoNL-Jumbo
15. Ben O’Connor (Aus) Dimension Data
16. Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC
17. Chris Froome (GB) Sky at 1:32
18. Wout Poels (Ned) Sky
19. Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar at 2:11
20. Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott at 3:33
21. José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin at 4:13
22. Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
23. Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
24. Sergio Henao (Col) Sky
25. Felix Grossschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe.

Giro d’Italia Overall After Stage 15:
1. Simon Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott in 65:57:37
2. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Sunweb at 2:11
3. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida at 2:28
4. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 2:37
5. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana at 4:27
6. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar
7. Chris Froome (GB) Sky at 4:52
8. George Bennett (NZ) LottoNL-Jumbo at 5:34
9. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana at 5:59
10. Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe at 6:13
11. Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC at 6:41
12. Ben O’Connor (Aus) Dimension Data at 7:12
13. Sam Oomen (Ned) Sunweb at 7:27
14. Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar at 8:00
15. Alexandre Geniez (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 9:00
16. Wout Poels (Ned) Sky at 9:38
17. Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale at 9:49
18. Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe at 9:56
19. Sergio Henao (Col) Sky at 13:15
20. José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin at 15:20
21. Mikel Nieve (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott at 19:39
22. Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 25:14
23. Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 26:55
24. Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) Groupama-FDJ at 31:37
25. Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 32:17.

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