|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)
|2.||May 7||Teramo–San Salvo||201||plane||Jonathan Milan (Italian, Bahrain-Victorious),|
|Evenepoel, …74. Fetter|
|3.||May 8||Vasto–Melfi||216||hilly||Michael Matthews (Australian, Jayco AlUla)|
|Evenepoel, …130. Fetter|
|4.||May 9||Venosa–Lago Laceno||175||hilly||Aurélien Paret-Peintre (France, AG2R Citroën Team)|
|Andreas Leknessund (Norway, Team DSM)|
|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)|
|Leknessund, …111. Fetter|
|7.||May 12||Capua-Gran Sasso d’Italia||218||heavy mountain||Davide Bais (Italian, EOLO-Kometa)|
|8.||May 13||Terni–Fossombrone||207||hilly||Ben Healy (Irish, EF Education-EasyPost)|
|9.||May 14||Savignano sul Rubicone-Cesena||35||time trial||Even Epoel|
|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|
|ALTOGETHER||3448.2||THE COMPOSITE WINNER|