Race Report: After a terrible year, Esteban Chavez is back and he gave Mitchelton-Scott their first stage win in the 2019 Giro d’Italia. At the finish of stage 19 in San Martino di Castrozza he won from the early break. Andrea Vendrame (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) had a bad luck on the final climb, but nevertheless finished second. Richard Carapaz (Movistar) kept the pink leader’s jersey going into the final decisive days.
Happy to return to winning ways
The Giro d’Italia’s all-deciding final weekend is on its way, and kicked off with the penultimate mountain stage to San Martino di Castrozza. Only 151 kilometres for the riders with a sting in the tail. The profile had the Passo di San Boldo (after 66.6km) and the climb to Lamon (after 116.5km) and the final climb to San Martino di Castrozza (13.6 km long).
New bike for Ackermann
Stage 19 – Treviso-San Martino di Castrozza 151km – total elevation 2,850m
A short mountain stage with rolling undulations in the first part, as far as the Passo di San Boldo categorised climb. The closing ascent is short, yet punchy in the final kilometres, and the last five hairpins are inside a tunnel. The route then descends and levels out all the way to Feltre. After an uncomplicated cat. climb in Lamon, the stage travels across the Val Cismon (with a series of tunnels) as far as Fiera di Primiero, at the foot of the closing ascent.
After the Passo Rolle-Passo Cereda intersection, and past the town of Siror, two hairpins mark the actual beginning of the climb. The road, wide and well surfaced, climbs to San Martino di Castrozza in a succession of mild curves circling the mountainside, with two pairs of hairpins in-between. Gradients hover steadily around 5%, with just very short stretches sloping at 10%, mid-climb. The final kilometre winds its way through the centre of San Martino di Castrozza, and eventually levels out 100m from the finish. The home stretch is 200m long, on 5m wide tarmac.
Richard Carapaz and his fans
All the jerseys line up at the start
Under sunny conditions and at 22°C the starting signal was given in Treviso for the nineteenth Giro’19 stage. The course was perfect for a long escape and the expectation was that a fierce battle would be fought between the riders who wanted to be out front. However, the first attempt by eleven riders was immediately successful and the teams of the GC riders shut down the peloton.
Another big day ahead
The early escape was: Amaro Antunes, François Bidard, Manual Boaro, Marco Canola, Esteban Chaves, Olivier Le Gac, Marco Marcato, Ivan Santaromita, Manuel Senni, Pieter Serry and Andrea Vendrame. The Italian ProContinental Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizanè who took a sensational stage win yesterday with Damiano Cima, today had Canola and Santaromita in the break.
They make a lot of wine up here
EF Education First and Israel Cycling Academy had missed the break and tried to cross with Nathan Brown and Guillaume Boivin. Unfortunately for them they failed. The only rider who managed to join was Giovanni Carboni. Pieter Serry (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) was the best placed on the overall at more than an hour of the pink jersey. So no problem.
The break of the day
All of Italy is pink
Movistar set the pace for the peloton
At the foot of the Passo di San Boldo after 66.6 kilometres, the leading group had more than seven and a half minutes, Vendrame was the first to the top. In the run-up to the climb to Lamon after 116.5 kilometres, the time difference grew to more than eight minutes. Shortly before the summit, Boaro attacked. The experienced Italian was not so much on the hunt for mountain points, but wanted to test his break companions. With 25 kilometres to go he had 15 seconds. 5 kilometres later, he was caught.
Climbs and tunnels
Chaves wanted the win
The climb to San Martino di Castrozza started at 13.6 kilometres from the finish, but in the run-up to the base, the attacks started from the break. Serry pulled the leading group into a thin line and entering the last 15 kilometres, Canola tried to go solo. He started the last 10 kilometres with a 17 second lead.
Chaves goes solo
Enjoying every second of the win
Serry seemed eager to make the jump to Canola and went on the chase with Bidard. Then Chaves and Vendrame also jumped. These four riders connected with Canola 8 kilometres from the finish line, giving us five leaders. Chaves then tried again, causing Canola to be dropped. There was extra pressure for Serry and Chaves, as their teams; Deceuninck – Quick-Step and Mitchelton-Scott don’t have a stage win yet.
Chaves accelerated after another 6 kilometres and Vendrame and Serry managed to take his wheel. Bidard eventually managed to rejoin. For Vendrame, fate struck 3 kilometres from the finish when he had to stop with mechanical problem. From behind, Carboni and Antunes were able to fight their way back to Chaves, Serry and Bidard, but the pair only just rejoined when Chaves went on yet another attack.
Chaves crosses the line
Those Colombians get everywhere
This turned out to be the decisive attack, because Bidard and Serry couldn’t hold on. Bidard tried again on his own, but the Colombian had no strength left. Chaves was the strongest rider of the day in the break and he did not disappoint and crossed the line with enthusiasm. Vendrame came back strong and took second place at 0:10, Antunes was third, Carboni fourth and Serry eventually finished fifth.
Lopez jumped away for 44 seconds
The final climb also brought out a battle among the favourites: Miguel Ángel López attacked and took a got a gap on his competitors, who seemed to want to save their gunpowder for Saturday’s stage. Hugh Carthy, Pavel Sivakov and Rafał Majka also jumped, but they did not get away. Primož Roglič went for a long up-hill sprint, but Carapaz and Vincenzo Nibali were not surprised by his move to finish on his wheel.
A late attack from Roglic
Roglic tried to take some time in the finalé
Stage winner, Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott): “This is pure happiness. It takes a heavy weight off my back. It’s a relief to be a winner again. It shows I can do it. Because the last climb wasn’t very steep, I had to attack many many times. A big thank you to everyone who supported me when I had a hard time.”
Chaves – A very happy Colombian
Overall Race leader, Richard Carapaz (Movistar): “I was expecting Miguel Angel Lopez to attack but we dealt with it the best possible way with Mikel Landa. It’s another good day for us and we’re looking forward to tomorrow. We’re ready to defend the Maglia Rosa in a harder stage than today.”
Carapaz – Two days to go…
Giro d’Italia Stage 19 Result:
1. Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott in 4:01:31
2. Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec at 0:10
3. Amaro Antunes (Por) CCC at 0:12
4. Giovanni Carboni (Ita) Bardiani-CSF at 0:24
5. Pieter Serry (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:32
6. François Bidard (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 0:35
7. Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane at 1:02
8. Manuele Boaro (Ita) Astana at 1:37
9. Manuel Senni (Ita) Bardiani-CSF at 1:53
10. Olivier Le Gac (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 2:33
11. Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 3:59
12. Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane at 4:47
13. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana at 5:45
14. Primoz Roglic (Slo) Jumbo-Visma at 6:29
15. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar
16. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
17. Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar
18. Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe
19. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
20. Hugh John Carthy (GB) EF Education First
21. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
22. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin at 6:33
23. Simon Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott
24. Edward Dunbar (Irl) Ineos at 6:35
25. Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Ineos.
Giro d’Italia Overall After Stage 19:
1. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar in 83:52:22
2. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida at 1:54
3. Primoz Roglic (Slo) Jumbo-Visma at 2:16
4. Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar at 3:03
5. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo at 5:07
6. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana at 5:33
7. Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe at 6:48
8. Simon Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott at 7:17
9. Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Ineos
10. Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe at 20:06
11. Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates at 10:27
12. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin at 10:36
13. Hugh John Carthy (GB) EF Education First at 14:51
14. Joe Dombrowski (USA) EF Education First at 16:51
15. Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 20:52
16. Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec at 24:50
17. Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 26:26
18. Victor De La Parte (Spa) CCC at 27:12
19. Mikel Nieve (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott
20. Tanel Kangert (Est) EF Education First at 29:49
21. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida at 32:42
22. Edward Dunbar (Irl) Ineos at 37:26
23. Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain-Merida at 44:09
24. Sebastian Henao (Col) Ineos at 51:59
25. Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana at 52:24.