Giro d'Italia: Jungels best in Bergamo

Bob Jungels took the sprint win in Bergamo to claim the 15th stage of the Giro d’Italia. The Quick-Step Floors rider beat out a small select group which had formed in the final kilometres of the stage. It was a hard fought sprint with a surprising second place for Nairo Quintana (Movistar), and Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) in third.

The result for Quintana pulls back six seconds in the overall classification in time bonuses, but Tom Dumoulin was in the group as well, finishing seventh, and so successfully defended his overall lead going into the final rest day. He now leads Quintana by 2:41 and Pinot by 3:21.

The day saw several serious crashes, with the victims including 10th ranked Tanel Kangert (Astana), who hit an unmarked sign in the middle of the road. Quintana also hit the ground in a separate incident but was obviously uninjured.

The decisive move was initiated by Jungels after much work in the final kilometres by Vincenzo Nibali and his Bahrain-Merida team. He closed down the early breakaway, then led over the Bergamo Alto before being joined by the majority of the other top GC candidates. Dumoulin initially missed the split and had to chase across inside the final 2km.

Jungels led under the flamme rouge, then waited as Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) attacked with Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R La Mondiale), but the pair were swept up in the sprint, which Jungels won handily.

"It's pretty good. At the moment it's not so easy to realise but I'm super happy with this victory of course," Jungels said on Eurosport. "I knew that I had good legs today; I was good in the climbs. Also in the final climb, I tried but it was a bit longer than I expected but then in the downhill, I was in a good position. The sprint was perfect. I was on the wheel of Pozzovivo and I started the sprint in the perfect position."

Jungels is the first Luxembourger to win a stage in the Giro d'Italia in some 56 years, but he was more excited to win his first Grand Tour stage.

"Actually, it was the first sprint I've won in a race like this. It's great and a stage in the Giro is incredible and in front of these guys is incredible."

How he will handle the final week still remains to be seen. He has a lead in the young riders classification of 2:25 over Adam Yates (Orica-Scott), and 2:51 on Cannondale-Drapac's Davide Formolo.

"I think I showed the first week that the shape is good. I think I developed myself a little more compared with last year, but I also have to say the level is higher than last year. I'm curious about the last week now if everybody will still be so fresh."

Dumoulin made it through yet another hectic stage of the Giro d'Italia in the maglia rosa, and once again remained unusually calm and confident in his team and his own abilities.

"It was a very fast day, a high average [speed]. We had a breakaway in the front but a lot of teams were not happy with it and they kept on attacking. After 110km, the real breakaway went. It was crazy. It was a really hard final. There were a lot of favourites attacking but we stayed calm," Dumoulin said.

How it unfolded

A longer and easier day than the one before, although it featured two climbs instead of one, stage 15 of the Giro d'Italia, a 199km jaunt from Valdengo to Bergamo's old city looked as if made for a long breakaway, possibly staying away until the end. After about 10 m, a group of five was set: Jeremy Roy (FDJ), Dries Devenyns (Quick-Step Floors), Moreno Hofland (Lotto Soudal), Jan Barta (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Eugert Zhupa (Wilier Triestina).

They got away, but never far. The gap ranged from seven to just over 30 seconds. Numerous riders tried to jump from the field but none was successful. 98km in, Devenyns took off from the group. Only Barta tried to follow but he and the other three faded back into the peloton. After only seven kilometers alone, and never much of a gap, Devenyns was caught as well.

The pace was scorching, as the field covered over 50km in each of the first two hours. The disappearance of the first break group naturally led to the emergence of another. This time it was Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors), Phil Deignan (Sky), Julien Amezqueta (Wilier Triestina), Enrico Battaglin (LottoNL-Jumbo), Jacques Janse van Rensburg (Dimension Data), Silvan Dillier (BMC), Enrico Barbin (Bardiani CSF), Rudy Molard (FDJ), Evgeny Shalunov (Gazprom-Rusvelo) and Simone Petilli (UAE Emirates).

This group pleased the peloton and particularly Sunweb, which massed at the head of the field to control the tempo. Gaviria led the new group to a larger gap, but still barely more than two minutes.

The gap dropped to about 45 seconds as the climbing started. Maglia rosa Dumoulin moved up to the front of the field as his team led the chase. The climb split the group, with sprinter Gaviria giving in and falling back, and soon taking his place in the gruppetto.

Deignan, Moinard, Janse van Rensburg, Amezqueta and Barbin were able to stay away, with the others trailing for a while before being swallowed up. With 42.5 km to go, Pierre Rolland (Cannondale Drapac) jumped from the field and tried to make his way up to the lead group, which had a one minute lead.

The climb took its toll on that lead group and it was Molard, Deignan and Janse van Rensburg at the summit of the cat. 2 Miragolo San Salvatore.

Barbin, Rolland and Amezqueta joined forces in chasing the leading trio. Luis Leon Sanchez escaped the peloton to join them, 34 seconds back with the peloton at another 21 seconds.

There was a moment's scare when Nairo Quintana hit the ground taking a curve on the descent. Sunweb immediately took the speed out and the Colombian was quickly up and going again - as were a couple riders who nearly crashed into the back of the Movistar team car, which parked itself on the wrong side of the road to service Quintana. He soon had to stop again though and get a new bike. Meanwhile, the group around Dumoulin eased up.

"I don't want to take time on competitors when they crash or have a flat tyre or whatever," Dumoulin said. "In that moment it was not really a moment to go full gas. It was a tricky descent. I think the Movistar guy made the mistake himself, he took to the front and he missed the corner and that's why Quintana crashed. It was not really smart of them, but we decided to wait for Quintana to come back."

Quintana made it back with the help of his teammates before racing kicked off again. Orica-Scott and Bahrain-Merida led the way up this second climb, the Selvino (Cat. 3), while up ahead, Rolland took the points at the top. The GC group crossed over only 37 seconds later.

It was a long, dangerous and technical descent, with too many switchbacks to count. The tempo stayed high and fortunately, everyone stayed upright – almost. One curve took out two Cannondale riders, Formolo and Michael Woods, who both got going again, and Kenny Elissonde (Sky), who took much longer to restart.

Arriving at the bottom, the group only had 30 seconds on the peloton. Sanchez again pushed the pace, with Rolland and Deignan working to stay up with the others.

With just over 10km to go, Kangert struck an unprotected sign on an island in the middle of the road, sending him tumbling, and out of the race with a broken elbow.

The lead group took only 16 seconds with them on to the cobblestone roads of Bergamo. There was one final, short but steep climb with about 4 km to go, and Rolland took off as the others were caught. Jungles led the charge to catch the Frenchman and then kept on going, with the streets again lined with fans.

Nibali finally made a move, jumping to join Jungels, along with Pinot, Yates, Pozzovivo Mollema and others. Dumoulin had been caught on the wrong foot but was able to make his way up with 2km to go.

The group came through the 1km marker and set up to sprint. Yates was the first to go but was overtaken with Jungels raising his arms in joy as he crossed the finish line first. Quintana, never known as a sprinter, finished a surprising second.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors4:16:51
2Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJRow 2 - Cell 2
4Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-ScottRow 3 - Cell 2
5Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 4 - Cell 2
6Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 5 - Cell 2
7Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 6 - Cell 2
8Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team SunwebRow 7 - Cell 2
9Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 8 - Cell 2
10Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 9 - Cell 2
11Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team EmiratesRow 10 - Cell 2
12Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 11 - Cell 2
13Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJ0:00:14
14Mikel Landa (Spa) Team SkyRow 13 - Cell 2
15Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-DrapacRow 14 - Cell 2
16Laurens De Plus (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:00:25
17Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 16 - Cell 2
18Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 18 - Cell 2
20Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar TeamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 20 - Cell 2
22Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 21 - Cell 2
23Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Katusha-AlpecinRow 22 - Cell 2
24Simon Geschke (Ger) Team SunwebRow 23 - Cell 2
25Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:40
26Jan Hirt (Cze) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 25 - Cell 2
27Jesper Hansen (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
28Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 27 - Cell 2
29Rudy Molard (Fra) FDJRow 28 - Cell 2
30Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension DataRow 29 - Cell 2
31Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale-Drapac0:00:54
32Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:01:01
33José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin0:01:07
34Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 33 - Cell 2
35Stef Clement (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:01:10
36Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Trek-SegafredoRow 35 - Cell 2
37Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:25
38Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky0:01:30
39Sebastian Henao (Col) Team SkyRow 38 - Cell 2
40Manuele Boaro (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:01:44
41Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-Segafredo0:01:54
42Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 41 - Cell 2
43Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Team Sunweb0:02:17
44Victor De La Parte (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:34
45Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJRow 44 - Cell 2
46Michal Schlegel (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:03:41
47Cristian Rodriguez (Spa) Wilier TriestinaRow 46 - Cell 2
48Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data0:04:19
49Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac0:04:23
50Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-SegafredoRow 49 - Cell 2
51Joey Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 50 - Cell 2
52François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 51 - Cell 2
53Ruben Plaza (Spa) Orica-Scott0:04:30
54Bram Tankink (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 53 - Cell 2
55Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-DrapacRow 54 - Cell 2
56Carlos Verona (Spa) Orica-Scott0:04:44
57Eros Capecchi (Ita) Quick-Step Floors0:06:04
58Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates0:08:54
59Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
60Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 59 - Cell 2
61Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 61 - Cell 2
63Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 62 - Cell 2
64Simone Petilli (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:10:05
65Julen Amezqueta (Spa) Wilier Triestina0:11:53
66Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 65 - Cell 2
67Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team SkyRow 66 - Cell 2
68Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 67 - Cell 2
69Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 68 - Cell 2
70Simone Ponzi (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:13:04
71Georg Preidler (Aut) Team SunwebRow 70 - Cell 2
72Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) FDJRow 71 - Cell 2
73Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Bahrain-MeridaRow 72 - Cell 2
74Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 73 - Cell 2
75Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 74 - Cell 2
76Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-SegafredoRow 75 - Cell 2
77Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 76 - Cell 2
78Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 77 - Cell 2
79Jose Rojas (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 78 - Cell 2
80José Mendes (Por) Bora-HansgroheRow 79 - Cell 2
81Pieter Serry (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 80 - Cell 2
82Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
83Clement Chevrier (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 82 - Cell 2
84Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto SoudalRow 83 - Cell 2
85Adam James Hansen (Aus) Lotto SoudalRow 84 - Cell 2
86Matvey Mamykin (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 85 - Cell 2
87Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-DrapacRow 86 - Cell 2
88Alexander Foliforov (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 87 - Cell 2
89Jose Herrada (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 88 - Cell 2
90Alberto Losada (Spa) Katusha-AlpecinRow 89 - Cell 2
91Rory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar TeamRow 90 - Cell 2
92Ángel Vicioso (Spa) Katusha-AlpecinRow 91 - Cell 2
93Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 92 - Cell 2
94Matteo Busato (Ita) Wilier Triestina0:13:44
95Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 94 - Cell 2
96Diego Rosa (Ita) Team SkyRow 95 - Cell 2
97Martijn Keizer (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 96 - Cell 2
98Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Team Sky0:14:50
99Luka Pibernik (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:16:49
100Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 99 - Cell 2
101Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 100 - Cell 2
102Davide Martinelli (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 101 - Cell 2
103Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 102 - Cell 2
104Edward Ravasi (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 103 - Cell 2
105Aleksei Tcatevich (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 104 - Cell 2
106Daniel Martinez (Col) Wilier TriestinaRow 105 - Cell 2
107Igor Anton (Spa) Dimension DataRow 106 - Cell 2
108Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJRow 107 - Cell 2
109Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Quick-Step FloorsRow 108 - Cell 2
110Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 109 - Cell 2
111Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step FloorsRow 110 - Cell 2
112Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier Triestina0:19:05
113Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier TriestinaRow 112 - Cell 2
114Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 113 - Cell 2
115Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension DataRow 114 - Cell 2
116Francisco Ventoso (Spa) BMC Racing TeamRow 115 - Cell 2
117Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJRow 116 - Cell 2
118Moreno Hofland (Ned) Lotto SoudalRow 117 - Cell 2
119Chad Haga (USA) Team SunwebRow 118 - Cell 2
120Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 119 - Cell 2
121Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto SoudalRow 120 - Cell 2
122Benoit Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJRow 121 - Cell 2
123Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Dimension DataRow 122 - Cell 2
124Michal Golas (Pol) Team SkyRow 123 - Cell 2
125Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 124 - Cell 2
126Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension DataRow 125 - Cell 2
127Omar Fraile (Spa) Dimension DataRow 126 - Cell 2
128Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team SkyRow 127 - Cell 2
129Iljo Keisse (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 128 - Cell 2
130Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 129 - Cell 2
131Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 130 - Cell 2
132Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 131 - Cell 2
133Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 132 - Cell 2
134Sindre Skjøstad Lunke (Nor) Team SunwebRow 133 - Cell 2
135Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 134 - Cell 2
136Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team SunwebRow 135 - Cell 2
137Twan Castelijns (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 136 - Cell 2
138Pavel Brutt (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 137 - Cell 2
139Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team SunwebRow 138 - Cell 2
140William Bonnet (Fra) FDJRow 139 - Cell 2
141Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 140 - Cell 2
142Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 141 - Cell 2
143Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 142 - Cell 2
144Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 143 - Cell 2
145Ivan Rovny (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 144 - Cell 2
146Felix Großschartner (Aut) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 145 - Cell 2
147Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 146 - Cell 2
148Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 147 - Cell 2
149Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 148 - Cell 2
150Jan Bárta (Cze) Bora-HansgroheRow 149 - Cell 2
151Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-HansgroheRow 150 - Cell 2
152Dmitriy Kozontchuk (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 151 - Cell 2
153Marcin Bialoblocki (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 152 - Cell 2
154Branislau Samoilau (Blr) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 153 - Cell 2
155Johann Van Zyl (RSA) Dimension DataRow 154 - Cell 2
156Joe Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale-DrapacRow 155 - Cell 2
157Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-DrapacRow 156 - Cell 2
158Hugh Carthy (GBr) Cannondale-DrapacRow 157 - Cell 2
159Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 158 - Cell 2
160Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 159 - Cell 2
161Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Orica-ScottRow 160 - Cell 2
162Matej Mohoric (Slo) UAE Team EmiratesRow 161 - Cell 2
163Roberto Ferrari (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 162 - Cell 2
164Sacha Modolo (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 163 - Cell 2
165Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 164 - Cell 2
166Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Wilier TriestinaRow 165 - Cell 2
167Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 166 - Cell 2
168Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Wilier TriestinaRow 167 - Cell 2
169Jan Tratnik (Slo) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:19:42
170Zhandos Bizhigitov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:19:46
171Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:19:53
172Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe0:20:21
173Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-SegafredoRow 172 - Cell 2
174Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-Scott0:22:02
175Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale-DrapacRow 174 - Cell 2
176Alexander Edmondson (Aus) Orica-ScottRow 175 - Cell 2
177Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-ScottRow 176 - Cell 2
178Luka Mezgec (Slo) Orica-ScottRow 177 - Cell 2
DNFRüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 178 - Cell 2
DNFIvan Savitckii (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 179 - Cell 2
DNFCaleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-ScottRow 180 - Cell 2
DNFBart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 181 - Cell 2
DNFTanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro TeamRow 182 - Cell 2
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Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors25pts
2Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team18Row 1 - Cell 3
3Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ12Row 2 - Cell 3
4Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors10Row 3 - Cell 3
5Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier Triestina10Row 4 - Cell 3
6Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott8Row 5 - Cell 3
7Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale6Row 6 - Cell 3
8Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF6Row 7 - Cell 3
9Jan Bárta (Cze) Bora-Hansgrohe6Row 8 - Cell 3
10Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe5Row 9 - Cell 3
11Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida4Row 10 - Cell 3
12Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb3Row 11 - Cell 3
13Simone Petilli (Ita) UAE Team Emirates3Row 12 - Cell 3
14Moreno Hofland (Ned) Lotto Soudal3