Buitrago won the last difficult mountain stage, to Roglic

Buitrago won the last difficult mountain stage, to Roglic
Buitrago won the last difficult mountain stage, to Roglic
Santiago Buitrago took his second career stage win at the Giro (Photo: Getty Images)

The field of the Giro d’Italia embarked on its last difficult mountain stage on Friday, the 183-kilometer distance between Longarone and Tre Cime di Lavaredo awaited the cyclists.

Hugh Carthy, EF Education-EasyPost’s 14th overall competitor, did not start due to stomach problems, so the field started without him shortly before noon.

It took about an hour for the escapees to establish their advantage, while overall leader Geraint Thomas and his chaser Primoz Roglic were in the field.

The leading group of 12 people continued to crumble in the middle of the stage, with only five escapees left 40 kilometers before the finish line, but they kept closing in on them.

The rain stopped, and by the last ten kilometers it seemed that one of the four of Santiago Buitrago, Magnus Cort, Derek Gee, and Michael Hepburn would win Friday’s stage.

The Colombian made a move with his Canadians, but Gee was able to shake off Buitrago a bit, but he got tired at the end. Buitrago overtook him, pulled away at the end and won the stage with a relatively comfortable lead of 50 seconds – already on dry asphalt. This is the second victory of the Colombian in his career at the Giro, he triumphed for the first time a year ago. Gee finished second again, already fourth in this year’s circuit.

The last kilometer also brought a serious battle to those at the top of the group. Primoz Roglic and Geraint Thomas, who have been relatively far back in the field so far, started with the latter’s lead and started to hold on. Joao Almeida also joined them, but the Portuguese was the least able to endure the end. Although Thomas was ahead of Roglic until the last meters, he tired himself out at the end, so the Slovenian was able to overtake him and gain three seconds over him in the overall.

So Thomas remained in the lead, with Roglic behind him by a minimal margin, and Almeida was still third, whose disadvantage increased with two stages to go.

On Saturday, the final mountain time trial awaits the field, 18.6 kilometers between Tarvisio and Monte Lussari.

Stage 19, Longarone to Tre Cime di Lavaredo, 183 km

1. Santiago Buitrago (Colombia, Bahrain-Victorious) 5:28:07
2. Derek Gee (Canada, Israel-Premier Tech) +51 second disadvantage
3. Magnus Cort (Denmark, EF Education-EasyPost) +1:46 p h.

1. Geraint Thomas (Great Britain, Ineos Grenadiers) 81:55:47
2. Primoz Roglic (Slovenia, Jumbo-Visma) +26 sec h.
3. Joao Almeida (Portugal, UAE) +59 sec h.

Platoon Distance (km) Nature
Section winner
The leader of the composite
1. May 6 Fossacesia Marina–Ortona 19.6 individual time trial Remco Evenepoel (Belgian, Soudal-Quick Step)
…70. Erik Fetter (EOLO-Comet)
Even Epoel
…70. Fetter
2. May 7 Teramo–San Salvo 201 plane Jonathan Milan (Italian, Bahrain-Victorious),
…109. Fetter
Evenepoel, …74. Fetter
3. May 8 Vasto–Melfi 216 hilly Michael Matthews (Australian, Jayco AlUla)
…175. Fetter
Evenepoel, …130. Fetter
4. May 9 Venosa–Lago Laceno 175 hilly Aurélien Paret-Peintre (France, AG2R Citroën Team)
…115. Fetter
Andreas Leknessund (Norway, Team DSM)
…121. Fetter
5. May 10 Atripalda-Salerno 171 plane Kaden Groves (Australian, Alpecin-Deceuninck), …120. Fetter Leknessund, …124. Fetter
6. May 11 Naples-Naples 162 hilly Mads Pedersen (Denmark, Trek-Segafredo)
…105. Fetter
Leknessund, …111. Fetter
7. May 12 Capua-Gran Sasso d’Italia 218 heavy mountain Davide Bais (Italian, EOLO-Kometa)
…147. Fetter
…126. Fetter
8. May 13 Terni–Fossombrone 207 hilly Ben Healy (Irish, EF Education-EasyPost)
…131. Fetter
…125. Fetter
9. May 14 Savignano sul Rubicone-Cesena 35 time trial Even Epoel
…57. Fetter
Even Epoel
…125. Fetter
May 15 rest day
10. May 16 Scandiano-Viareggio 196 medium mountain Magnus Cort (Denmark, EF)
Fetter gave up
Thomas (UK, Ineos)
11. May 17 Camaiore-Tortona 219 hilly Pascal Ackermann (Germany, UAE) Thomas
12. May 18 Bra-Rivoli 179 medium mountain Nico Denz (German, BORA-hansgrohe) Thomas
13. May 19 Borgofranco d’Ivrea-Crans-Montana 75 (206) heavy mountain Einer Augusto Rubio (Colombian, Movistar) Thomas
14. May 20 Sierre-Cassano Magnano 194 medium mountain Denz Bruno Armirail (French, Groupama-FDJ)
15. May 21 Seregno-Bergamo 195 heavy mountain Brandon McNulty (USA, UAE Team Emirates) Armirail
May 22 rest day
16. May 23 Sabbio Chiese-Monte Bondone 203 heavy mountain Joao Almeida (Portugal, UAE) Thomas
17. May 24 Pergine Valsugana-Caorle 195 plane Alberto Dainese (Italian, DSM) Thomas
18. May 25 Oderzo–Val di Zoldo 161 medium mountain Filippo Zana (Italian, Team Jayco-AlUla) Thomas
19. May 26 Longarone-Tre Cime di Lavaredo 183 heavy mountain Santiago Buitrago (Colombian, Bahrain-Victorious) Thomas
20. May 27 Tarvisio-Monte Lussari 18.6 mountain time trial
21. May 28 Rome-Rome 135 plane

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