Giro d'Italia: Simon Yates takes his third stage win in Sappada

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) became the first man since Gilberto Simoni in 2003 to win three stages while wearing the maglia rosa at the Giro d'Italia, riding into Sappada solo to extend his overall race lead. Miguel Ángel López (Astana) took second, 41 seconds behind, while Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) rounded off the top three and salvaged four bonus seconds.

After a fast-paced day it was Yates who once again took the initiative in the finale, attacking on the final classified climb of day, 17km from the line. As Chris Froome (Team Sky) dropped away - eventually losing 1:32 after yesterday’s efforts on Monte Zoncolan - nobody had an answer for Yates as he rode away with apparent ease.

A disorganised chase among the select GC group only meant that Yates piled on the seconds out front. Meanwhile, his main rival Dumoulin was dropped before working his back for the sprint. The flatter final kilometres saw a stronger chase, and some time taken back, but the damage was done as far as Yates was concerned.

“It was a bit of instinct,” said Yates of his stage-winning attack. “When we came off the descent I saw there was a bit of a gap to a few guys, so I asked Jack [Haig] to really push the pace. It was basically very hard from the bottom and I still felt good so I chose my moment to go.”

“They responded the first time, and then I gave everything the second time and managed to get away.”

“It’s a good gap, but he [Dumoulin] could take two minutes out of me in the TT in one stage,” he added. “I’ve been fighting since Israel to have a good gap. I have a good gap now - I’m happy with that gap. But it could vanish in 35km, so we’ll see.”

Today’s result means that Yates heads into the Giro’s final rest day leading Dumoulin by 2:11, with Domenico Pozzovivo lying in third, 2:28 down. Chris Froome’s bad day leaves him in seventh, 4:52 behind his compatriot.

How it happened

After yesterday’s fearsome finish on Monte Zoncolan, more mountains were on the menu for stage 15 as the race headed into the Dolomites for a day. Rather than face the biggest names of the Dolomites (there was no Fedaia, Giau, Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Gardena, Pordoi), three second category climbs and one third category climb filled out the 176km stage.

First up came the third category Passo della Mauria at 48.4km (8.9km at 4.4 per cent), then after two intermediate sprints the Passo Tre Croci (8km at 7.3 per cent) at 110.6km. The final 40km then featured the Passo di Sant’Antonio (8.4km at 7.5 per cent) after 146.9km and finally the Costalissio (3.8km at 9 per cent), just 15.4km from the line. An unclassified climb featured before the finish in Sappada, with 4km at 6.6 per cent, before a rolling final 2.5km.

A busy, fast-paced start to the stage saw several groups of riders attempt a breakaway before Quentin Jauregui (AG2R La Mondiale) got away over the first climb of the day, 45km into the stage. Over the next 20 or so kilometres, there were waves of attacks out of the peloton as dozens of riders tried to get away.

After 70km the day’s break was finally established, with 25 riders up the road. Giulio Ciccone (Bardiani-CSF), Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain-Merida), Dayer Quintana (Movistar), Alessandro De Marchi (BMC) and Diego Ulissi (UAE-Team Emirates) were among the notable names to make the large group.

EF-Drapac set up a long-range Michael Woods attack on Tre Croci, bringing the three-minute gap to the break down to around a minute. He would be caught just 25km later though, as Mitchelton-Scott took up the work.

Up front the break had fractured, with Ciccone, Quintana, Nico Denz and Mickaël Cherel (both AG2R La Mondiale) forming a lead group as Ciccone led over the top of the climb. After the descent Visconti bridged across, making it a group of five.

Fabio Aru (UAE-Team Emirates) was an early casualty in the GC group, dropping 30km from the end on the Sant’Antonio. On the Costalissio, an upping of the pace saw Zoncolan victor Chris Froome (Team Sky) dropped as last man from the break Denz was finally caught.

Yates went on the irregular Costalissio, attacking with 18km to go before going solo a kilometre later. At the top of the climb his advantage was 25 seconds, with Froome languishing over a minute behind. On the final unclassified rise to Sappada, Yates stretched his advantage even further as the chase group struggled to organise.

Richard Carapaz (Movistar) tried an attack in the final 4km, dropping Dumoulin - who had done much of the work to that point. Then came a regrouping but the damage had been done, and Yates was able to savour yet another Giro stage victory.


Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott4:37:56
2Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team0:00:41
3Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb
4Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
5Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team
6Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
7Alexandre Geniez (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:20
8Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe
9Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro Team
10Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb
11Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) Groupama-FDJ
12Mikel Nieve (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott
13Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
14George Bennett (NZl) LottoNL-Jumbo
15Ben O'Connor (Aus) Dimension Data
16Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team
17Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky0:01:32
18Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky
19Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team0:02:11
20Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:03:33
21José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin0:04:13
22Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
23Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
24Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky
25Felix Grossschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
26Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale0:06:09
27Georg Preidler (Aut) Groupama-FDJ0:06:46
28Robert Gesink (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo
29Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
30Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Team Sky
31Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Fix All0:07:30
32Kilian Frankiny (Swi) BMC Racing Team
33Jan Hirt (Cze) Astana Pro Team
34Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:09:48
35Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain-Merida
36Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:11:15
37Benjamin King (USA) Dimension Data0:13:37
38Enrico Battaglin (Ita) LottoNL-Jumbo
39Victor De La Parte (Spa) Movistar Team
40Steve Morabito (Swi) Groupama-FDJ
41Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data
42Ruben Plaza (Spa) Israel Cycling Academy
43Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Mitchelton-Scott
44Domen Novak (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:19:02
45Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:19:31
46Davide Ballerini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
47Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
48Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
49Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
50Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
51Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Mitchelton-Scott
52Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
53Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
54Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step Floors
55Eros Capecchi (Ita) Quick-Step Floors
56Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Fix All
57Christopher Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb
58Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
59Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
60Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-Alpecin
61Chad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb
62Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy
63Davide Villella (Ita) Astana Pro Team
64Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
65Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Team Sunweb
66Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky
67Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team
68Manuele Mori (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
69Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
70Darwin Atapuma (Col) UAE Team Emirates
71Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
72Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar Team0:19:39
73Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar Team
74Sacha Modolo (Ita) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
75Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Fix All0:25:27
76Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Cycling Academy0:26:14
77Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy
78Alex Turrin (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia
79Joe Dombrowski (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
80Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
81Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
82Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
83François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
84David De La Cruz (Spa) Team Sky
85Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky
86Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Movistar Team0:26:43
87Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:28:02
88Antonio Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
89Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
90Anthony Roux (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:29:15
91Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data
92Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky
93Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Sunweb
94Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Katusha-Alpecin
95Niklas Eg (Den) Trek-Segafredo
96Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe
97Francisco Ventoso (Spa) BMC Racing Team
98Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) LottoNL-Jumbo
99Danny van Poppel (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo
100Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team
101Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
102Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek-Segafredo
103Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott
104Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-Segafredo
105Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
106Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension Data
107Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team
108Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step Floors
109Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Team Sunweb
110Nathan Brown (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
111Jaco Venter (RSA) Dimension Data
112Louis Meintjes (RSA) Dimension Data
113Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
114Manuele Boaro (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
115Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF
116Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin
117Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo
118Jos van Emden (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo
119Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
120Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF
121Koen Bouwmam (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo
122Sam Bewley (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott
123Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team
124Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick-Step Floors0:35:49
125Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Quick-Step Floors
126William Bonnet (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
127Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
128Jérémy Roy (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
129Marco Coledan (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia
130Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy
131Rodolfo Torres (Col) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
132Ryan Mullen (Irl) Trek-Segafredo
133Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo
134Florian Senechal (Fra) Quick-Step Floors
135Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
136Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Quick-Step Floors
137Guy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy
138Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) BMC Racing Team
139Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Fix All
140Michael Mørkøv (Den) Quick-Step Floors
141Liam Bertazzo (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia
142Lars Bak (Den) Lotto Fix All
143Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
144Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-Segafredo
145Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia
146Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia
147Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates
148Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe
149Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Sunweb
150Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Israel Cycling Academy
151Boy van Poppel (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
152Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Fix All
153Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin
154Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Lotto Fix All
155Mitchell Docker (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
156Svein Tuft (Can) Mitchelton-Scott
157Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin
158Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF
159Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia
160Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin0:40:47
161Alex Dowsett (GBr) Katusha-Alpecin
DNFAlessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF
DNFIgor Anton (Spa) Dimension Data
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Sprint 1 - Vale di Cadore, 75km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step Floors10pts
2Sacha Modolo (Ita) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale6
3Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJ3
4Davide Ballerini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec2
5Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Fix All1
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Sprint 2 - Cortina D'Ampezzo, 102km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Davide Ballerini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec10pts
2Sacha Modolo (Ita) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale6
3Manuele Mori (Ita) UAE Team Emirates3
4Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step Floors2
5Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy1
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Finish - Sappada, 176km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott15pts
2Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team12
3Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb9
4Davide Ballerini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec8
5Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step Floors8
6Sacha Modolo (Ita) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale8
7Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida7
8Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team6
9Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ5
10Alexandre Geniez (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale4
11Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe3
12Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro Team2
13Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb1
14Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJ1
15Manuele Mori (Ita) UAE Team Emirates1
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Mountain 1 - Passo Della Mauria, 48km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale7pts
2Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy4
3Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale2
4Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar Team1
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Mountain 2 - Passo Tre Croci, 110km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Bardiani CSF15pts
2Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale8
3Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar Team6
4Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale4
5Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy2
6Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates1
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Mountain 3 - Passo Di Sant'Antonio, 146km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Bardiani CSF15pts
2Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale8
3Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky6
4Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team4
5Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky2
6Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky1
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Mountain 4 - Costalissoio, 160km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott15pts
2Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida8
3Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ6
4Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team4
5Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb2
6Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team1
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott9pts
2Sacha Modolo (Ita) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale8
3Davide Ballerini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec7
4Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step Floors7
5Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Bardiani CSF6
6Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team5
7Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida5
8Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb4
9Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJ3
10Manuele Mori (Ita) UAE Team Emirates3
11Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team2
12Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ2
13Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale2
14Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2
15Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2
16Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky1
17Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Fix All1
18Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy1
19Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar Team1
20Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy1
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
3Team Sky0:02:24
5Astana Pro Team0:04:38
6AG2R La Mondiale0:06:49
7Movistar Team0:11:36
8Team Sunweb0:16:39
10Dimension Data0:23:41
12BMC Racing Team0:33:12
13EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:45:13
14Lotto Fix All0:47:35
16Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:53:40
17UAE Team Emirates
18Israel-Cycling Academy0:54:29
19Quick-Step Floors1:03:24
21Bardiani CSF1:03:39
22Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia1:32:59
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