Friday’s 19th Giroux stage is the third final chance in the battle for overall victory – two Mountain Finals and one last time experience yet to come.
Today the route first heads north and then turns into Slovenia in an arc around Udine to the final ascent. After the flat start, four mountain classifications await, two in Category Three and two in Category One.
The hardest part is Kolovrat in Slovenia with a ten-kilometer climb at a gradient of about 10% – even if the height of this mountain is only 1,145 meters, it will be very difficult.
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The last ascent to the Santuario River is seven kilometers long and contains walkways with slopes of up to 14%.
Jiro in the tape: the nineteenth stage
Live tape, Giro nineteenth stage: field reaction
Now the field is lined up, Bora and Eneos extend themselves in front of the peloton and begin to control the distance. Just over ten minutes now the distance. Meanwhile, the group’s lead came through the first two middle races, which Gaviria won ahead of Theon and Ballerini.
Jiro Live: 1:30 PM – 124 kilometers to go
12 drivers are on top again in the overview:
Koen Bouwman (NED), Edoardo Affini (ITA/Jumbo) Fernando Gaviria (COL/UAE), Austrian Tobias Bayer (Alpecin), Swiss Mauro Schmid and Davide Ballerini (ITA/Quick-Step), Andrea Vendrame (ITA/ag2r), Alessandro Tonelli (ITA/Bardiani), Magnus Cort (DEN/EF), Attila Valter (HUN) and Clement Davy (FRA/Groupama), and Edward Theuns (BEL/Trek). Nobody is a threat in the overall standings or the quick rank, the leader in the mountains (Baumann) is himself in the lead.
Giro 19th stage right in the tape: two-digit lead
The gap is now close to ten minutes: this greatly increases the chances of the 12 captains to win the stage, because closing this gap will cost a lot of energy, who would be willing to do it after three difficult weeks? So nine teams can hope for victory in the end – but the battle for the overall standings will still be exciting today.
Live tape, Jiro’s nineteenth stage: the distance increases dramatically
Progress keeps growing, now six minutes. It would be exciting to have the field start again – at least the Ineos doesn’t make any moves to keep up the pace: the drivers around Richard Carapaz in the pink jersey are still chewing and hardening themselves for the tough kilometers still to come today.
Jiro 19th live stage: 1:00 pm – 147 kilometers to go
The field is now out of pursuit – the road is now “closed” in a wide area, the distance is rapidly increasing. There was no German driver at the top and also from the point of view of the overall standings, neither Bora nor Ineos nor Bahrain put a professional there among the breakaways. The progress now increased to over three minutes.
Giro live tape, stage 19: 12 riders in front
The 12 drivers at the top in the overview:
Quinn Bowman and Eduardo Avigne (Jumbo), Fernando Gaviria (UAE), Austrian Tobias Baer (Alpecin), Swiss Mauro Schmid and David Ballerini (Quick Step), Andrea Vendram (ag2r), Alessandro Tonelli (Pardiani), Magnus Corte (EF) , Attila Walter and Clement Davey (Grupama), Edward Theon (Trek).
The gap is now at 30 seconds – but the field now appears to be stopping the chase for now.
Live in the Ticker: Giro Stage 19 – Group Breakup
Now you open a gap and put a larger group several seconds between it and the field. But from there, individual drivers keep trying to make the leap forward. The battle has not yet been decided, the pace is still very high.
Queen Bowman (Jumbo) in a mountain jersey is represented in the leading twelve-passenger group, along with sprint star Fernando Gaviria (UAE) as well as Austrian Tobias Baer (Alpecin) and Switzerland’s Mauro Schmid (Quick Step). The lead is 20 seconds, but the DSM and Israel teams chase them out onto the field.
Giro Live Tape, Phase 19: Chain Attacks
It’s not easy for the strikers here on the straight, no chance of escaping the peloton’s look, and on the flat track, a short incline doesn’t help breaking up with a tough start. At 27 degrees, the speed chase that takes place here is pretty sweaty. No group can pull out yet, although drivers are constantly trying.
Stage 19 of the tape: Start in the sun at 12:25 p.m.
Let’s move on to the Giro’s nineteenth stage, the weather is good, but the tension is high: it’s about winning the stage, the overall standings – and reversing the slack, depending on the driver. The start of this 178 km is now across flat terrain, and the first third of the stage is almost flat – but then it gets more difficult.
The green splash flag waves and attacks begin immediately!
The nineteenth stage of Jiro: Today’s favorite
Is Mikel Landa going into the attack early today? Who’s more explosive in the final short climb: Richard Karapaz (Inios Grenadiers) or Jay Hindley (Bora Hansgrohe)? Will we see a great leadership group again with Jan Hirt (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert) and Hugh Carthy (EF Education – EasyPost)? There are still many unanswered questions before the end of the last week, and some of them will likely be clarified today. The focus today is particularly on the UAE riders, who, after Joao Almeida’s exit, have a free ride towards winning the stage – so all eyes are on Costa, Formula, Ulisse & Co!
Welcome to the live tape of the 19th Giro stage!
The first 65 kilometers after the start at Marano Lagunare were going flat in the outback of Friuli. The first sprint race will take place in Buja after 55 kilometres. Then at Vilanova Grote (Category III: 3.7 km; 8%) and at Paso de Tanamía (Category III: 10 km; 5%) the vertical meters are collected. The next landing leads across the Slovenian border.
The hardest climb today is Kolovrat (1st category: 10.3 km; 9.2%). From there, it’s another 34 kilometers to get to the second race at Cividale del Friuli, where the final climb to Santuario di Castelmonte begins (Class two: 7.1 kilometers; 7.8%). The total stage length is 178 kilometers.
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