Giro d'Italia 2017

May 5-28, 2017, Alghero, Italy, Road - WorldTour

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Patrick Fletcher

Full live coverage of stage 19 of the Giro d'Italia, where a first-category summit finish at Piancavallo will provide a further test to Tom Dumoulin's grip on the maglia rosa. 

 

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Stage 18 report: Van Garderen wins in St. Ulrich

Dumoulin: I really hope Quintana and Nibali lose their podium spots

Nibali annoyed by Dumoulin's 'cocky' criticism of tactics

Giro d'Italia: Quintana not impressed with Dumoulin's criticism

 

 

  1. 11:35:35 CEST

    Good morning, and welcome to Cyclingnews’ live race centre for full live coverage of stage 19 of the Giro. This is the penultimate mountain stage, and the penultimate chance for the likes of Nairo Quintana and Vincenzo Nibali to put time into Tom Dumoulin ahead of the final-day time trial. Coming up: a summit finish on the first-category ascent to Piancavallo.

  2. 11:36:51 CEST

    Here's the scene in San Candido this morning. The riders have arrived and are signing on. Roll-out is a 12pm CET.

     

  3. 11:43:32 CEST

    No more Mr Nice Guy

     

    Up until now Tom Dumoulin had been his mild-mannered self, waiting for Quintana when he crashed on stage 15 and refusing to blame anyone for pushing on while he answered an emergency nature call ahead of the Umbrailpass on stage 16. Yesterday, however, a bit of needle and polemica was injected into the race as Dumoulin said he would be “really happy” if Quintana and Nibali lost their podium spots.

     

    Why? Fourth-placed Thibaut Pinot and others slipped up the road yesterday and Quintana and Nibali remained glued to Dumoulin’s wheel, with the trio all looking at each other. "They are only focusing on me and trying to make me lose instead of trying to win,” said Dumoulin. “I really hope that riding like this they will lose their podium spot in Milan.”

     

    Nibali has called Dumoulin cocky... Quintana’s not impressed either... This is what we needed. Dumoulin's words have reinvigorated the battle for the maglia rosa, even if his legs have suggested it's all over. 

     

  4. 11:44:26 CEST

    You can read the full story on Dumoulin's comments at the link below.

     

    Dumoulin: I really hope Quintana and Nibali lose their podium spots

     

  5. 11:52:28 CEST

    On the subject, this short clip is essential viewing. Dumoulin and Quintana are in the podium area after yesterday's stage. They shake hands, but then Dumoulin asks 'why didn't you ride'... Quintana shakes his head, not even turning to look at Dumoulin, and climbs onto his bike for a warm-down. The tension is palpable.

     

    I can't embed the clip here but you can see it on the Giro's Twitter feed, right here

  6. 11:54:04 CEST

    Here's how things stand on GC

     

    1 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb 80:00:48
    2 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:00:31
    3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 0:01:12
    4 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 0:01:36
    5 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin 0:01:58
    6 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:07
    7 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 0:03:17
    8 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:05:48
    9 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott 0:07:06
    10 Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors 0:07:34
    11 Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac 0:07:59

     

  7. 12:00:05 CEST

    Tejay van Garderen arrives for sign-on. He won yesterday's stage from the break - it was his first Grand Tour stage win and a huge pressure-lifter after what has been a miserable Giro and, in truth, a miserable couple of years for the American. 

     

    You can catch up on his win with our stage 18 report, or have a read of Barry Ryan's piece on what this means in the context of Van Garderen's career. Or both.

     

  8. 12:02:32 CEST

    Italian TV channel, Rai, makes the risky move of getting Dumoulin and Nibali together for a pre-stage chat. All smiles for now - for the cameras at least. 

     

  9. 12:04:27 CEST

    The riders have rolled out of San Candido. We have a short neutralised section and then the race will be underway. 

  10. 12:12:07 CEST

    We're off

     

    The flag drops and we have plenty of attacks as the road rises almost instantly for the first climb of the day. It's the third-category Kreuzbergpass. 

  11. 12:15:18 CEST

    Five out front with a slim gap. 

     

    Pello Bilbao (Astana), Giulio Ciccone (Bardiani-CSF), Maciej Paterski (CCC Sprandi Polkowice), Lars Bak (Lotto Soudal) and Daniel Teklehaimanot (Dimension Data). 

     

  12. 12:16:11 CEST

    The GC riders were on the rollers this morning. The opening climb might only be third-category but no one wants to be caught off-guard. 

     

  13. 12:26:43 CEST

    The five escapees are failing to increase their advantage. They only have around 15 seconds. 

     

  14. 12:30:23 CEST

    Ciccone and Bak are dropped from the group. Here come more attacks from the peloton. 

     

  15. 177km remaining from 191km

    12:34:38 CEST

    Bilbao takes the KOM points as he crests the climb first. Sky's Diego Rosa and UAE's Rui Costa are on the move behind. 

     

  16. 12:43:15 CEST

    From here, it's mostly downhill to the second-category climb of Sella Chianzutan. With 70km separating it from the foot of the final climb, it's unlikely to play a major role. So this stage could be a case of a straight shoot-out on the Piancavallo climb, and we know how well Dumoulin copes with otherwise moderate stages that finish with one intense effort. 

     

  17. 12:43:33 CEST

    Half a minute for our leading trio. Costa and Rosa are back in the bunch. 

     

  18. 12:58:36 CEST

    The lead group swells on the descent as more riders go on the attack. The peloton is not far behind, though. 

     

  19. 13:00:02 CEST

    Here are the 14 riders now at the front of the race.

     

    Clément Chevrier (Ag2r La Mondiale), Pello Bilbao (Astana), Nicola Boem (Bardiani-CSF), Gregor Mühlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe), Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac), Maciej Paterski (CCC Sprandi Polkowice), Tobias Ludvigsson (FDJ), Evgeny Shalunov (Gazprom-Rusvelo), José Herrada (Movistar), Dries Devenyns (Quick-Step Floors), Daniel Teklehaimanot (Dimension Data), Jurgen Van den Boreck (LottoNL-Jumbo), Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) and Ilia Koshevoy (Wilier-Selle Italia).

     

  20. 13:05:26 CEST

    Dumoulin and Nibali shook hands at the start this morning. Stephen Farrand is sending in a story shortly on that moment of respect, but until then, here's a reminder of Nibali's comments. 

     

    Nibali annoyed by Dumoulin's 'cocky' criticism of tactics

     

  21. 156km remaining from 191km

    13:06:23 CEST

    The 14 riders are opening up a handy lead now as the road pitches uphill towards the first intermediate sprint point at Sappada. 

     

  22. 13:10:24 CEST

    Here's a first shot of the break

     

    Photo: @giroditalia

     

  23. 13:15:44 CEST

    The 14-strong lead group now has an advantage of more than four minutes over the peloton.

     

  24. 13:22:18 CEST

    As promised, here's the story on Dumoulin and Nibali. 

     

    Giro d’Italia: Dumoulin and Nibali kiss and make up after war of words

     

     

  25. 13:31:16 CEST

    Dries Devenyns bags maximum points at the intermediate sprint. He's the teammate of maglia ciclamino wearer, Fernando Gaviria, who has an unassailable lead in that points classification. 

     

  26. 13:32:34 CEST

    The gap between the break and the bunch goes out to 6 minutes as the riders continue this long, gentle descent. 

     

  27. 13:37:42 CEST

    Action

     

    Here we go. The peloton is splitting here, and Dumoulin has been caught out. Big moment here. 

  28. 13:38:25 CEST

    Bahrain, Movistar and FDJ are giving it full gas on the front of the bunch. We haven't got a time check on Dumoulin but he's stuck behind. 

  29. 13:39:04 CEST

    Dumoulin has teammates with him and they're frantically trying to drag him back into contention. 

     

  30. 13:40:11 CEST

    It's unclear what happened to Dumoulin there and how these splits have formed. It wasn't captured on TV. 

  31. 13:40:38 CEST

    We're hearing that Dumoulin is over a minute back...

     

  32. 13:42:03 CEST

    This is a huge moment at the 100th Giro. 

     

    Dumoulin has teammates but it's just Sunweb fighting against three full teams (Bahrain, Movistar, FDJ), so even though there are still 123km to the finish, this is very very dangerous. 

     

  33. 13:43:21 CEST

    It looks like all the other main favourites have made the front group. Adam Yates seems the only other GC rider to miss out. Will Orica help Sunweb?

     

  34. 13:44:02 CEST

    The gap grows to 1:40. As it stands, Dumoulin is out of pink and off the podium. 

     

  35. 13:47:32 CEST

    Rumours circulating that it was another nature break for Dumoulin...

     

  36. 13:48:30 CEST

    Dumoulin is limiting the damage, it seems. He's only half a minute back now. 

     

  37. 13:49:29 CEST

    Was there a problem with the GPS? It's difficult to see how a two-minute gap can come down so quickly with teams giving it full gas. 20 seconds now.

     

  38. 13:49:49 CEST

    Kruijswijk has obviously missed the split as LottNL are working in the Dumoulin group. 

     

  39. 13:52:43 CEST

    I think the time gaps we're getting should be taken with a pinch of salt. It's back up to a minute according to the official GPS.

     

  40. 113km remaining from 191km

    13:53:21 CEST

    Sunweb have three men at the head of the chase group. LottNL, Orica, and, weirdly, UAE, all helping the chase. 

     

  41. 13:57:11 CEST

    Dumoulin seems to have prevented this form spiralling into total crisis, but even so, he'll be panicking, he may even be angry, and that disturbance to the world of calm he had previously maintained in this race may take its toll on today's climbs. 

  42. 110km remaining from 191km

    13:58:22 CEST

    The frantic action has seen the breakaway's lead cut to 2 minutes. They're far from the centre of attention today, though, as all eyes are on this Dumoulin group, which still seems to be almost a minute behind. 

  43. 14:02:54 CEST

    Well, well, well. We saw the handshake between Dumoulin and Nibali this morning. The maglia rosa also went to apologise to Quintana, apparently. But that pair have shown no mercy here.

     

    We've not yet had confirmation that they did attack while Dumoulin was having a nature break. If that does turn out to be true, you can be sure the war of words will resume with renewed intensity after the finish line. 

  44. 14:05:49 CEST

    Eurosport's Brian Smith has spoken to a team DS in the race and he says there was no mention of a nature break on race radio, and no sign of Dumoulin stopped at the roadside.

     

    So was he just badly positioned, and caught napping?

     

  45. 14:08:11 CEST

    This could be full gas all the way to the foot of the final climb. Movistar and FDJ have riders in the break who can help drive it on when the break is caught - at the rate this is going, that's inevitable. 

     

  46. 14:10:20 CEST

    Dumoulin's deficit is down to 25 seconds. He's back as the maglia rosa on the road. 

     

  47. 14:12:29 CEST

    We're coming towards what now looks like a very important second-category climb of Sella Chianzutan. 

     

  48. 14:14:34 CEST

    Siutsou leads the Quintana/Nibali group onto the climb. Nibali second wheel, Quintana just behind. 

     

  49. 14:15:13 CEST

    Dumoulin, meanwhile, sits calmly behind two LottoNL-Jumbo riders. The Dutchman can be mightily relieved he has found himself with plenty of allies. 

     

  50. 14:16:42 CEST

    It's almost over for the break.

     

  51. 96km remaining from 191km

    14:18:22 CEST

    The Nibali/Quintana group reaches the breakaway and continues on. A shame for the break, as it looked like they might have a shot at the stage win before it all kicked off behind. 

     

  52. 14:18:51 CEST

    Herrada does indeed slight right in on the nose of that group. 

     

  53. 14:20:28 CEST

    Sunweb team manager Iwan Spekenbrink has claimed Dumoulin was on a nature break and was attacked by Movistar and Bahrain. 

  54. 14:20:43 CEST

    The Dumoulin group is 20 seconds back now.

     

  55. 14:22:09 CEST

    There are around 25 riders in the Dumoulin group. I can't see a single Sunweb rider in there. LottoNL still setting the pace. 

     

  56. 14:23:30 CEST

    Mollema hits the front in the chase group, with Yates, Dumoulin and Kruijswijk occupying the first four positions. So it's no longer a case of their teammates limiting the damage. 

     

  57. 92km remaining from 191km

    14:24:08 CEST

    Meanwhile it seems Movistar have also burned their matches. Quintana seems isolated, though Nibali still has a man on the nose. 

     

  58. 14:25:24 CEST

    The groups are coming together...

     

  59. 14:25:47 CEST

    Yates gets out of the saddle and the Dumoulin group is back. 

     

  60. 14:26:11 CEST

    Let's see if the maglia rosa rides up to Quintana or Nibali for an exchange of words. 

     

  61. 91km remaining from 191km

    14:27:10 CEST

    So, the GC favourites are back together as one. The only thing is, hardly any of them have teammates. Only Nibali and Pinot, it seems. 

     

    With 91km left to race, what happens now?

     

  62. 14:28:42 CEST

    It's Pinot's teammate, Sebastien Reichenbach, who leads the way. He's setting a steadier tempo but it hasn't eased up completely. 

     

  63. 14:29:55 CEST

    Some of the original breakaway riders hung onto the back of the GC group as it came past, and now's there chance to try and get out front again. Rolland, Bilbao, and Costa are on the move. 

  64. 14:30:45 CEST

    Luis Leon Sanchez has gone solo, while the others fall back. 

     

  65. 14:31:11 CEST

    We're coming to the top of the climb and it's Devenyns who has come to the front for Jungels. 

     

  66. 14:33:07 CEST

    Quintana drops back to his team car to grab a bidon. No one there to help him do that. There's barely been chance to take a drink in the last 50km.

     

  67. 88km remaining from 191km

    14:35:51 CEST

    Rolland, Costa et al ride up to Sanchez now. So we have a new six-man breakaway. 

     

    Pello Bilbao and Luis León Sánchez (Astana), Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac), Evgeny Shalunov (Gazprom-Rusvelo), Sebastian Henao (Sky) and Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates).

     

  68. 86km remaining from 191km

    14:40:15 CEST

    22 riders in the maglia rosa group as they come over the top of the climb. 

     

  69. 14:41:50 CEST

    Dumoulin cuts an inscrutable figure in that group. No sign of anger or tension on his face as he sits mid-way down the group, calmly working away on the pedals. 

     

  70. 14:42:57 CEST

    The six leaders open up a lead of 45 seconds now as they tear down the descent. 

  71. 14:48:33 CEST

    The slight lull in pace combined with this descent has meant that some domestiques are coming back. Quintana now has Amador, it seems. Doesn't look like Dumoulin has support, though.  

  72. 14:52:28 CEST

    Italian TV put forward the theory that Quintana's teammate JJ Rojas was by Dumoulin when he was on a nature break, and that he radio-ed his teammates to tell them to turn on the burners. 

     

    Again, that's not confirmed - just one side of the story. If true, though, there'll be a massive fall-out post-stage. 

     

  73. 14:57:25 CEST

    Dumoulin unclips and pulls over for another comfort break. Yes, really. Quintana rises out of the saddle and gives it full gas. No, not really. 

     

  74. 14:58:51 CEST

    The pink jersey group has been taking on some food and more of the non-GC riders who got back in have clipped off in pursuit of the six leaders. Landa is in there, while Nibali and Quintana both have teammates in there. 

     

  75. 15:01:59 CEST

    Dumoulin is back at the front of the peloton now after his trip to the team car. He shook out his right quad a bit - could he be having some cramping?

    Up ahead, Luis Leon Sanchez gets a sandwich from the team car.

  76. 15:05:26 CEST

    There's a group chasing the leaders that includes mountains classification jersey holder Mikel Landa, some FDJ riders, one Bahrain-Merida, one Movistar and some Wilier Triestina riders - still waiting on the official composition. They've closed in as the maglia rosa group sat up for visits to the team cars. The GPS is saying over four minutes to the Dumoulin group, with the chasers within a minute of the Sanchez group.

  77. 63km remaining from 191km

    15:07:31 CEST

    The regrouping in the maglia rosa group has meant that Dumoulin now has teammates to set the pace, and they're setting such a gentle tempo that the leaders now have over five minutes - and it's going up rapidly. Landa's group still dangles just over a minute behind the group of Sanchez.

  78. 61.3km remaining from 191km

    15:09:28 CEST

    The chasers are closing in - 39 seconds now as Bardiani CSF leads the effort.

  79. 15:11:52 CEST

    This chasing group has two FDJ riders, and they'll want to be up ahead on the Piancavallo to help Thibaut Pinot should he attack to threaten Nibali's podium spot.

    Pinot will want to get at least a minute, if not more, on Nibali before the time trial, if his performance goes like the stage 10 TT on the final day, if he wants to be on the podium.

  80. 57.8km remaining from 191km

    15:15:50 CEST

    It's a beautiful day in Northern Italy, the peloton is snaking down a short descent, well behind the race leaders.

  81. 15:20:59 CEST

    The chasing group is nearly there. 

     

    It contains: Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain-Merida), Clément Chevrier (Ag2r La Mondiale), Nicola Boem, Lorenzo Rota (Bardiani-CSF), Rudy Molard (FDJ), José Herrada, José Joaquin Rojas (Movistar), Ruben Plaza (Orica-Scott), Eros Capecchi (Quick-Step Floors), Mikel Landa (Team Sky), Matteo Busato and Ilia Koshevoy (Wilier-Southeast).

     

  82. 15:22:22 CEST

    Sunweb lead the peloton down a short section of downhill. All calm out there now. 

     

  83. 15:22:54 CEST

    But as I write that Dumoulin pulls over and calls for a new wheel. He's had a front puncture but is back on his bike pretty quickly.

     

  84. 51km remaining from 191km

    15:26:09 CEST

    The chasers make the junction, giving us a big group out front with a lead of 7 minutes, and just over 50km left to race. 

     

  85. 15:31:05 CEST

    We're hearing that a Sunweb DS has told Italian TV that Dumoulin was not taking a comfort break when the other teams split the race, seemingly contradicting the earlier suggestions of Spekebrink. 

     

  86. 15:41:48 CEST

    The gap between the break and the peloton goes out towards the nine-minute mark. It looks like today's stage winner will be coming from that 18-man front group.

  87. 36km remaining from 191km

    15:52:32 CEST

    The breakaway riders come to the intermediate sprint point and Eros Capecchi accelerates to mop up the points. 

     

  88. 15:56:27 CEST

    The gap is up to 11:45 as the peloton continues to stroll along casually. 

     

  89. 16:00:27 CEST

    So, who's your pick for the stage win?

     

    Will Rolland double up? Third time lucky for Landa? Let us know your thoughts via Twitter @cyclingnewsfeed.

     

  90. 16:04:32 CEST

    Whoever does win, and whichever of the GC contenders wants to take time behind, will have to conquer this climb to Piancavallo.

     

    It's a fairly long ascent at over 15km, and it is tough, especially the first half. It does, however, ease in the final 5km and considerably so in the final 2km. 

     

     

  91. 26km remaining from 191km

    16:05:27 CEST

    The breakaway is now just over 25km from the finish. The peloton are a good bit further back but they're starting to get organised for the run-in. The pace has been pedestrian for some time now but Bahrain-Merida have moved men towards the front to pick up the pace. 

     

  92. 16:08:59 CEST

    And now the breakaway riders start to attack each other. A couple of digs are followed by a lull, and that's going to see their lead come down. 

     

  93. 21km remaining from 191km

    16:11:43 CEST

    Luis Leon Sanchez attacks the break now. Molard follows. 

     

  94. 16:13:14 CEST

    Shouts for Sanchez for the stage win have come in from Peter Woodrow and Evangelos C Gatseos. Before he made his attack, I might add. 

     

  95. 16:13:54 CEST

    Molard and Sanchez trade turns as the rest of the break lines out. Who's going to take responsibility to chase it down?

     

  96. 16:14:47 CEST

    With such a big climb coming up, the likes of Landa and Rolland aren't going to be overly concerned here. 15 seconds the gap. 

     

  97. 16:17:51 CEST

    30 seconds isn't ideal, though, and Landa orders Henao to the front of the chase group. 

     

  98. 15km remaining from 191km

    16:18:15 CEST

    Sanchez and Molard hit the climb. 

     

  99. 16:19:16 CEST

    Sanchez pushes on without Molard. 

  100. 16:21:44 CEST

    Luis Leon Sanchez has looked strong this Giro and has had plenty of time in breaks. He was third in Peschici on stage 8. 

     

  101. 13.5km remaining from 191km

    16:22:36 CEST

    Henao continues the chase and is about to catch Molard. Rolland is second wheel, Landa just behind. Sanchez has 45 seconds now. 

     

  102. 16:23:40 CEST

    It's on in the peloton behind. We have GC teams forming trains as they look to keep their riders in a strong position for the final climb. 

     

  103. 16:24:34 CEST

    FDJ are on the right-hand side of the road, Trek-Segafredo are on the left. Lotto Soudal, weirdly, are dead centre. 

     

  104. 16:25:28 CEST

    The breakaway has thinned considerably as Henao leads the pursuit of Sanchez. Just six in there. 

     

  105. 16:26:16 CEST

    Rui Costa attacks. Henao follows - Landa on the wheel. The other riders there are Rolland, Shalunov, and one of the Wiliers. 

     

  106. 16:26:54 CEST

    Back in the peloton, a Trek rider picks up a bidon and throws it, hard, into the back of a Movistar rider. What was all that about?!

     

  107. 16:29:12 CEST

    It was Eugenio Alafaci who threw the bottle. It seems Movistar's Rory Sutherland swerved and cut him up, hence the anger. These could be Alafaci's last pedal strokes in this Giro. 

     

  108. 16:30:15 CEST

    Rui Costa has caught Sanchez. 

  109. 16:30:22 CEST

    Dumoulin dropped

     

  110. 16:30:55 CEST

    The peloton are on the early slopes of the climb and the race leader is slipping back. He has a teammate there. 

     

  111. 16:31:23 CEST

    Movistar sense weakness and Winner Anacona hits the front. 

     

  112. 16:32:20 CEST

    We said we couldn't see much weakness in the legs of Dumoulin, but there are a couple of danger signs here. He has two teammates now as he hangs on the back of the group. 

     

  113. 10.5km remaining from 191km

    16:32:58 CEST

    Sanchez goes pop. Costa is alone out front. 

     

  114. 16:34:13 CEST

    The first half of this climb is crucial. The steepest ramps come near the mid-way point, and Quintana and Nibali surely nearly need to use them. 

     

  115. 16:34:54 CEST

    It's on up the road, too. Landa has attacked and has joined Costa. Rolland is chasing. 

     

  116. 9.8km remaining from 191km

    16:35:53 CEST

    And Landa attacks Costa now. The Portuguese rider has no response. Landa dances out of the saddle - is this finally to be his day? Still a long way to go but Landa needs to use the steepest part of the climb. 

     

  117. 16:36:38 CEST

    Dumoulin remains at the back of the GC group, alongside Simon Geschke. He's not cracking, but the maglia rosa doesn't usually ride right at the back of the group. 

     

  118. 16:39:20 CEST

    Winner Anacona, in his characteristic low position, continues to apply the pressure on the front of the GC group. Nibali's teammate, Pellizotti, is second wheel, Quintana just behind. 

     

  119. 8.3km remaining from 191km

    16:39:51 CEST

    Landa makes his way up the climb on his own. Costa is at 25 seconds now. 

  120. 16:40:04 CEST

    Dumoulin is gapped again. 

     

  121. 16:40:35 CEST

    Geschke is on the front for the race leader but a gap has opened to Jungels, now the last man in that group.

     

  122. 16:40:54 CEST

    Surely the attacks will come soon, with the maglia rosa visibly suffering. 

     

  123. 16:41:46 CEST

    Anacona is done now. Pellizotti continuing the charge. Quintana swings to the side of the road, but waits for now. 

     

  124. 16:43:05 CEST

    Dumoulin is distanced but he's not cracking. The gap is still small. We've seen Dumoulin take a steady approach to climbs before, but if he had the legs he showed on Oropa, for example, he wouldn't let a gap open in the first place. 

     

  125. 16:44:13 CEST

    Quintana and co are approaching the 14% ramps. Surely an attack will come there. 

  126. 6.8km remaining from 191km

    16:44:32 CEST

    Landa has nearly a minute on Costa now. 

     

  127. 16:45:16 CEST

    Still Pellizotti leads. Nibali tucked in behind. Mollema is up there with Pinot. Then it's Quintana. 

  128. 16:46:05 CEST

    Pozzovivo, Zakarin, Jungels, Yates, Formolo all in there, too. Kruijswijk is in trouble and is getting dropped by Dumoulin now. 

     

  129. 16:46:51 CEST

    Dumoulin is 20 seconds back now. 

     

  130. 16:47:37 CEST

    Rolland is up with Costa now, but they're 1:05 down on Landa. 

     

  131. 16:48:06 CEST

    Geschke is done. The maglia rosa is completely alone, and this is now an individual fight to hold onto the lead of the race. 

  132. 16:48:52 CEST

    Dumoulin can still see the back of this group. He's not shipping time here. 

     

  133. 5km remaining from 191km

    16:49:45 CEST

    Rolland grimaces but 1:10 up the road Landa is out of the saddle soaring up the mountain. After two recent second-place finishes, and one third place earlier in the race, could this be Landa's day to salvage his Giro?

     

  134. 16:50:46 CEST

    Pellizotti is setting a strong pace and the effort is etched across the faces of the GC favourites. 

     

  135. 16:50:53 CEST

    Pinot attacks!

     

  136. 16:51:32 CEST

    Zakarin leads the chase but the Frenchman is getting away. They're looking at each other now, and that allows Pellizotti to come back to the front. 

     

  137. 16:51:52 CEST

    Any lull, of course, only plays into the hands of Dumoulin. 

     

  138. 16:52:37 CEST

    But Dumoulin is 32 seconds behind now. Quintana is the virtual maglia rosa. 

     

  139. 3.3km remaining from 191km

    16:52:58 CEST

    1:30 now for Landa. This stage is surely his. 

     

  140. 16:53:57 CEST

    Pinot receives some encouragement from Didi the Devil. He still has a decent gap. After yesterday, there is pressure on Nibali's third place. When will the Italian go?

     

  141. 16:54:25 CEST

    The answer is now. Nibali is away, Quintana on the wheel. 

     

  142. 16:55:03 CEST

    That group thins to 7 now. Nibali, Quintana, Pozzovivo, Yates, Zakarin, Mollema, and Jan Hirt.

     

  143. 16:55:13 CEST

    Zakarin attacks

     

  144. 16:55:21 CEST

    Quintana in trouble!

     

  145. 16:55:49 CEST

    That was a worrying moment for Quintana as he is momentarily distanced. He's back up, though, as the group comes back together. 

     

  146. 16:56:21 CEST

    Pinot is 45 seconds ahead of Dumoulin. No time check for the Quintana/Nibali group.

     

  147. 16:57:07 CEST

    Quintana links up with Rojas, who was in the break before. Those GC riders are looking at each other though, and that's only going to play into the hands of two men: Pinot and Dumoulin. 

     

  148. 16:57:33 CEST

    The group reaches Visconti now, so Nibali also has a teammate. 

     

  149. 16:57:58 CEST

    Meanwhile Landa is approaching the flamme rouge with a lead of 1:45

     

  150. 16:58:32 CEST

    Jungels and a couple of others are back with Nibali/Quintana. A clear let-up in the pace. 

     

  151. 16:58:43 CEST

    Here comes Landa as the road flattens out. 

     

  152. 16:59:23 CEST

    Landa raises his arm as he comes into the final few hundred metres. He's going to enjoy this one. 

     

  153. 16:59:34 CEST

    Mikel Landa (Team Sky) wins stage 19 of the Giro d'Italia

     

  154. 17:00:11 CEST

    The Spaniard sits up, stretches his arms out, raises them up in the air, and crosses the line. Finally, it pays off. 

     

  155. 17:00:39 CEST

    The gentler gradients of the end of this climb are going to be a welcome relief to Dumoulin.

     

  156. 17:01:38 CEST

    Rolland and Costa come to the line together. Costa opens the sprint and Rolland doesn't respond. Costa 2nd, Rolland 3rd. 

  157. 17:02:01 CEST

    And now we return to the GC race down the road. 

     

  158. 17:02:32 CEST

    Dumoulin is 30 seconds behind Quintana/Nibali.

     

  159. 17:03:00 CEST

    It's lethargic in the favourites' group. With 3km to go, no one is committing to a big attack. 

     

  160. 17:03:18 CEST

    Zakarin does so now. Pozzovivo follows. No immediate response. 

     

  161. 17:03:59 CEST

    Visconti is on the front trying to drag this one back. 

     

  162. 17:04:52 CEST

    Zakarin flicks his elbow to usher Pozzovivo through for a turn. After an initial refusal, the Italian does so. The dup have a decent gap as Visconti pulls over. 

     

  163. 17:05:26 CEST

    Seven riders in this Quintana/Nibali group. Pinot, we remind you, is still up the road. 

     

  164. 17:05:54 CEST

    We haven't got any time gaps here, so we'll only get them on the line. 

     

  165. 17:06:07 CEST

    Nibali attacks!

     

  166. 17:06:37 CEST

    Quintana goes with him. Mollema, Yates, Jungels and Hirt are in the group and they get on the wheel. 

     

  167. 17:06:59 CEST

    Nibali is pushing on, Quintana taking the ride. He could be riding into pink.

  168. 17:07:21 CEST

    The gradients are much flatter in the final couple of kilometres as we see Pinot come towards the finish. 

     

  169. 17:07:54 CEST

    Pinot gives it everything as he comes to the line. He gained time yesterday and he's doing it again today. Another strong display from the Frenchman.

     

  170. 17:08:13 CEST

    Here come Zakarin and Pozzovivo. They're 6 seconds back on Pinot. 

     

  171. 17:08:26 CEST

    A few seconds later we have Quintana and Nibali et al.

     

  172. 17:08:42 CEST

    And now Dumoulin. He's knackered but he's fighting. 

     

  173. 17:08:59 CEST

    He's going to lose the jersey.

     

  174. 17:09:30 CEST

    He crosses the line and he's lost a minute to Quintana. 

     

  175. 17:09:49 CEST

    Nairo Quintana is the new leader of the Giro d'Italia

  176. 17:10:36 CEST

    Quintana leads the race by 38 seconds from Dumoulin. Nibali is third at 43 seconds. 

     

  177. 17:10:50 CEST

    What a day...

     

  178. 17:13:56 CEST

    Dumoulin was in trouble right from the start of that climb, so to limit the damage was a great effort. The pain was etched on his face, though, and he faded towards the top of that climb on the relatively benign gradients. 

     

  179. 17:14:24 CEST

    Stage top 10

     

    1 Mikel Landa (Spa) Team Sky 4:53:00
    2 Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates 0:01:49
    3 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale-Drapac 0:01:54
    4 Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:02:12
    5 Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky 0:03:06
    6 Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo 0:03:51
    7 Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team
    8 Matteo Busato (Ita) Wilier Triestina 0:05:05
    9 Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSF
    10 Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Wilier Triestina 0:06:44

     

  180. 17:18:26 CEST

    Pinot should now be around 10 seconds off Nibali. We'll have the new GC for you very shortly. 

     

  181. 17:19:19 CEST

    We'll also be bringing you all the instant reaction from the mountain, and there is a lot to dissect today... So stick around. 

  182. 17:24:08 CEST

    General classification after stage 19



    1 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 85:02:40
    2 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:00:38
    3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 0:00:43
    4 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 0:00:53
    5 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin 0:01:21
    6 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:30
    7 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 0:02:48
    8 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott 0:06:35
    9 Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors 0:07:03
    10 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:07:37

  183. 17:29:08 CEST

    So, where does that leave us? 

     

    We have a final mountain stage tomorrow - not quite a summit finish, but near enough - and a final chance for Quintana et al to put time into Dumoulin ahead of the final-day time trial. And Quintana will need more time - 38 seconds isn't, on paper, enough in a 30km time trial. 

     

    The question is, how will Dumoulin's legs respond tomorrow. He looked knackered at the end there, and if that continues tomorrow he's certainly vulnerable. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

  184. 17:31:18 CEST

    Quintana, of course, has to worry about Nibali, who would surely put a decent chunk of time into him in a time trial. So even if they can put Dumoulin to the sword tomorrow, Quintana needs to find something special to put time into Nibali. 

     

    And then there's Pinot who is arguably the strongest time triallist in the top 10 apart from Dumoulin. He's only 10 seconds back on Nibali and 15 on Quintana. And he's looked strong the last two days. 

     

    This Giro, in other words, is wide open. 

     

  185. 17:34:35 CEST

    Dumoulin speaks

     

    "I had bad legs from the start and I made a rookie mistake at the beginning, sitting at the back of the bunch on the downhill. Then Bahrain and Movistar split the bunch and I was in the second group and needed, with my bad legs, to go to the maximum to come back, in the middle of the stage. So that was really unnecessary.

     

    "In the final I tried to limit my losses and I did that very well. My team was really strong today, thye saved me a couple of times, so I have to thank them otherwise it would have been a much worse day. Bad legs today, but I hope they’ll be better tomorrow."
     

  186. 17:37:20 CEST

    Dumoulin, then, dispels the rumours that his rivals attacked him on a comfort break. He was simply caught off-guard, out of position. That split didn't prove crucial, but it certainly contributed to the softening-up process ahead of the final climb. 

     

    Bad legs and cracks in the armour of the Dutchman. A one-off? Or symptom of fatigue setting in towards the end of an arduous Giro? Tomorrow is a big day for Tom Dumoulin. 

     

  187. 17:38:34 CEST

     

  188. 17:42:22 CEST

    And now we hear from Landa

     

    "It’s been difficult moments in the last month. And now also here, I know, we started well, but we had the crash and we have to regroup. I feel very happy - also the emotion was because my family is here - I’m really happy.

     

    "I had a teammate in the breakaway, and this was key for my win today. I’m very happy and proud. Maybe it’s not what we expected at the beginning, but I’m very proud."

  189. 17:43:04 CEST

    Quintana is back in pink

     

     

  190. 17:45:24 CEST

    And here are Quintana's thoughts

     

    "I was feeling very good. It was a hard stage, but thanks to my team I managed to get back into the maglia rosa.

     

    "The advantage is a big complicated, but we’ll take it day by day. Tomorrow there will be another hard one, and then the time trial will be very important. There we will play for the win."

     

  191. 17:51:05 CEST

    Adam Yates, who was caught behind in that early split with Dumoulin, retains his white jersey for best young rider. Bob Jungels finished alongside him today, in the Quintana group, and remains one place behind at 28 seconds. With the time trial looming, then, Yates needs more time tomorrow. 

     

    "At the beginning it was a bit of a drag race between a couple of teams," he says. "The boys did a good job to look after me. We had to do a big chase, but there were a couple of GC guys who missed it like Kruijswijk and Mollema and Dumoulin - we were all in the second group behind. We had a big chase, but in the end we got back together - it’s not been too bad. In the end there were a couple of guys stronger than me, that’s all there is to it."

  192. 17:59:14 CEST

    We've gathered all the snap post-stage reaction into one handy place:

     

    Giro d'Italia: Stage 19 finish line quotes

     

  193. 18:07:15 CEST

    And here is out stage report, with full results and photos. We'll have video highlights on the way soon, too. 

     

    Giro d'Italia: Landa finally gets his win in Piancavallo

     

  194. 18:09:14 CEST

    This is what lies in store tomorrow. 

     

  195. 18:17:20 CEST

    After Dumoulin's weakness today, it's a really open one, even if the finish line is positioned some 15km from the top of the final climb. 

     

    Things will surely come to life on Monte Grappa. From there it's a fast descent and a short stint in the valley before another first-category ascent. Dumoulin's rivals will want to expose him on that first climb. It all depends on the Dutchman's legs, and that's just so unpredictable now. 

     

  196. 18:22:13 CEST

    That right there is the final climb of the 100th Giro d'Italia. It's 14km long and is worth every bit of its first-category status. 

     

  197. 18:27:14 CEST

    A finish line shot of the stage winner

     

     

  198. 18:42:18 CEST

    We have video highlights of today's dramatic stage. You can find them in our report page

     

  199. 18:52:30 CEST

    That's it from us today, and what a day it has been. We'll have all the in-depth reaction and news shortly on Cyclingnews.com

     

    And we'll be back here tomorrow morning to do it all again. As I said, it's such a huge day, and it's so open - not one to be missed. Thanks for your company today. Ciao!

     

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