Giro d'Italia: Nans Peters wins stage 17

Nans Peters (AG2R La Mondiale) took his first professional win with victory during stage 17 of the Giro d'Italia in Anterselva. The Frenchman attacked from the day's break with some 16 kilometres remaining and finished more than a minute behind the second-placed Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott).

Benefiting from a lack of cohesion in the group behind, Peters was quickly able to build a substantial lead. With three kilometres to go, he had a minute on the chasing Chaves and he managed to expand that to 1:34 by the finish line.

Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe) won the sprint from a three-man group to take third close to two minutes further back, taking a few bonus seconds for his efforts. He gained over two minutes on most of the other general classification contenders and moved himself into the top 10 overall.

"It's huge. It's my first professional victory, and to do it at a Grand Tour is magic," Peters said of his win. "On the first climb eight of us went away, with guys like De Gendt and Bakelants, and then more came across including Jungels and Formolo, so only big names. I tried not to wear myself out. I knew I needed to save some freshness for the finale, to respond to the attacks from those guys with the big palmares. So I didn't do any more work than the others. I wanted to focus on the finale, and didn't want to go after people on the first climbs, so when the attacks came I was happy to follow. Then I put in one big attack and behind they looked at each other a little. I managed my effort well and that was it.

"With 1.5km to go, I said to myself I could do it. My director was shouting that there was no one behind and I knew that in the final kilometre it flattened out and then was technical so it would be hard for anyone to come back there. So I felt confident from 1500 metres."

It proved to be a day of two stages, with the bulk of the general classification riders duking it out a few minutes behind the breakaway. Movistar continued to take the race from the front and Mikel Landa attacked with three kilometres to go, leaving the race leader Richard Carapaz with the other favourites, showing that they did not plan on imposing team orders on their two leaders just yet. Carapaz was soon on the move too, following an attack from Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana).

So aggressive on Tuesday's stage over the Mortirolo, Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) was unable to respond to the attack from Lopez and Carapaz, and had to rely on Domenico Pozzovivo to try and close the gap. A lone Roglic was happy to benefit from the efforts of his rivals with none of his team there to help him.

In the end, Landa was able to take 12 seconds on his Carapaz and Lopez and 19 on Roglic and Nibali, moving him to within a minute of the podium. Meanwhile, Carapaz now has a 1:54 gap over Nibali in the standings. It proved to be another bad day for Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), who lost 20 seconds to the Nibali group, though he maintained his eighth place in the overall standings.

How it happened

After the previous day's trip to the Mortirolo, there were some tired legs in the peloton as they rolled out of Commezzadura. While the brutality had been turned down a notch, it would still be a tough day out with an early unclassified climb followed by three classified ascents, including the third category summit finish at Anterselva.

With some more big mountain stages to come, there was every chance that the peloton would allow the breakaway to go clear and there was a lot of interest in making it into the day's move. The break would go in a series of moves with a group of 11 initiating it after almost 40 kilometres of racing, before a group of chasers joined them.

The first 11 were: Andrea Vendrame and Fausto Masnada (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec), Nans Peters (AG2R La Mondiale), Amaro Antunes and Victor De La Parte (CCC Team), Tanel Kangert (EF Education First), Krists Neilands (Israel Cycling Academy), Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal), Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott), Nicola Conci (Trek-Segafredo), Koen Bouwman (Jumbo-Visma).

Following a furious chase, Bob Jungels (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe), Gianluca Brambilla (Trek-Segafredo), Chris Hamilton and Jan Bakelants (Sunweb), Mirco Maestri (Bardiani-CSF) and former race leader Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) made it across to increase the size of the leading group to 18 with 125 kilometres of the 181-kilometre stage remaining.

At 11:51, Formolo would be a worry for several teams in the bunch behind, but with Movistar controlling the pace the gap was allowed to grow gradually up to just over six minutes with 90 kilometres remaining.

As the stage approached the first of the intermediate sprints, Bakelants decided to strike out early. By the time he got to the first classified climb of the day, just a couple of kilometres later, he had a 30-second lead over the chasers while the gap to the peloton was now some seven minutes. Worried by the gap with Formolo still up the road a number of other teams began to move up the peloton to help Movistar, who had been setting the pace for most of the day. Ineos appeared to be the most concerned for their general classification rider Pavel Sivakov, who started the day just four minutes ahead of the Italian in the overall standings.

Initially, Ineos' efforts did little to change the deficit but they would eventually start to bring the gap back, with the help of Movistar and Bahrain-Merida. As they approached the second climb of the Terento, they had brought it down to six minutes. Meanwhile, Bakelants now had a minute over his former breakaway companions. But the chasers weren't going to let him go that easily and the attacks began to fly off the front of the second group on the road.

The attacks split up the large breakaway group and they quickly began closing down Bakelants, who had been on the attack alone for close to 30 kilometres. With 45 kilometres remaining, Bakelants was caught by a small chase group that caught by a diminished leading group, but it would grow back to the full complement of 18 with 30 kilometres remaining. Attacks continued to come from the breakaway, but nothing stuck until Peters decided to have a go with 16 kilometres to go. A slow reaction from the chasers gave the Frenchman a 30-second advantage in quick order.

Peters gap would only grow as the chasing group failed to put in a coherent effort behind. A number of riders, including Chaves, jumped clear as they tried to track down Peters, but it proved to be too little too late and he could not stop the Frenchman from taking the biggest result of his career so far.

Back in the group of favourites, the action lit up as Landa attacked under the three kilometres to go banner. Initially, there was no reaction and Landa was able to slip up the road with relative ease. Lopez was the next to go, taking Carapaz with him as Pozzovivo tried to minimise the loses for his leader Nibali. After a big effort the previous day, it was perhaps an off-day for the Italian and he'll be hoping to recover for the tougher days at the end of this week.


Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale4:41:34
2Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott0:01:34
3Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe0:01:51
4Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
5Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy
6Tanel Kangert (Est) EF Education First0:02:02
7Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:02:08
8Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
9Christopher Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb0:02:22
10Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:02:34
11Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:02:37
12Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma0:02:48
13Victor De La Parte (Spa) CCC Team0:03:05
14Amaro Antunes (Por) CCC Team
15Jan Bakelants (Bel) Team Sunweb0:03:29
16Nicola Conci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:03:35
17Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:03:41
18Bob Jungels (Lux) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:03:49
19Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar Team0:04:27
20Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team0:04:39
21Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team
22Hugh John Carthy (GBr) EF Education First0:04:43
23Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo0:04:46
24Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
25Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma
26Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
27Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:05:06
28Mikel Nieve (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott
29Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott
30Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Team Ineos0:05:09
31Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin
32Jan Hirt (Cze) Astana Pro Team
33Ivan Sosa (Col) Team Ineos
34Ben O'Connor (Aus) Dimension Data0:05:23
35Joe Dombrowski (USA) EF Education First0:05:31
36Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:05:42
37Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
38Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe0:05:47
39Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates0:05:53
40Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:06:03
41Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:06:10
42Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Ineos
43Edward Dunbar (Irl) Team Ineos
44Miguel Eduardo Florez Lopez (Col) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:06:19
45Larry Warbasse (USA) AG2R La Mondiale0:06:21
46Jai Hindley (Aus) Team Sunweb0:06:51
47François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:07:06
48Ruben Plaza (Spa) Israel Cycling Academy0:07:28
49Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:07:34
50Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (Eri) Dimension Data0:07:36
51Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar Team0:07:39
52Matteo Montaguti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:08:12
53Eros Capecchi (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:08:19
54Pieter Serry (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep
55Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:08:39
56Michael Gogl (Aut) Trek-Segafredo0:09:06
57Manuel Senni (Ita) Bardiani CSF
58Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale
59Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal
60Nathan Brown (USA) EF Education First0:09:31
61Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:10:30
62Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe
63Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe
64Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Katusha-Alpecin0:10:49
65Luca Covili (Ita) Bardiani CSF
66José Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team0:10:51
67Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team
68Hector Carretero (Spa) Movistar Team
69Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:11:31
70Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro Team
71Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal
72Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale0:12:20
73Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma0:13:20
74Sepp Kuss (USA) Team Jumbo-Visma
75Manuele Boaro (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:13:51
76Davide Villella (Ita) Astana Pro Team
77Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro Team
78Dmitrii Strakhov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin
79Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
80Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
81Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Dimension Data
82Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy0:15:02
83Giovanni Carboni (Ita) Bardiani CSF
84Luke Durbridge (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:15:54
85Jack Bauer (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott
86Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Mitchelton-Scott
87Antonio Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
88Jonnathan Narvaez (Ecu) Team Ineos
89Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Team0:16:00
90Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Ineos0:17:24
91Sean Bennett (USA) EF Education First
92Guy Niv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy
93Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:24:28
94Mikkel Frølich Honoré (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep
95Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team
96Paul Martens (Ger) Team Jumbo-Visma
97Scott Davies (GBr) Dimension Data
98Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data
99Jos van Emden (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma
100Jonathan Caicedo (Ecu) EF Education First
101Awet Andemeskel (Eri) Israel Cycling Academy
102Chad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb
103Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
104Danilo Wyss (Swi) Dimension Data
105Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:24:33
106Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
107Francisco Ventoso (Spa) CCC Team
108Thomas Leezer (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma0:25:00
109Grega Bole (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:26:26
110Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane0:27:23
111Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:29:04
112Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-Alpecin
113Christian Knees (Ger) Team Ineos
114Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Groupama-FDJ
115Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
116Tom Bohli (Swi) UAE Team Emirates
117Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:29:08
118Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Groupama-FDJ0:29:25
119Kamil Gradek (Pol) CCC Team
120Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-Segafredo
121Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-Alpecin0:30:09
122Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin
123Sho Hatsuyama (Jpn) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane0:30:12
124Andrea Garosio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
125Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy
126Damiano Cima (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane
127Miles Scotson (Aus) Groupama-FDJ
128Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
129Olivier Le Gac (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
130Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane0:30:16
131Luis Mas Bonet (Spa) Movistar Team0:30:20
132Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:30:28
133Conor Dunne (Irl) Israel Cycling Academy
134Florian Senechal (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:30:31
135Davide Cimolai (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy0:31:00
136Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
137Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Groupama-FDJ0:31:09
138Will Clarke (Aus) Trek-Segafredo0:31:11
139Jay Mc Carthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe
140Josef Cerny (Cze) CCC Team0:31:30
141Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:31:50
142Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:32:03
143Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
144Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane
DNFViacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin
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Stage points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale15pts
2Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec15
3Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott12
4Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF12
5Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe10
6Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy6
7Jan Bakelants (Bel) Team Sunweb6
8Tanel Kangert (Est) EF Education First5
9Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal5
10Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates4
11Amaro Antunes (Por) CCC Team4
12Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo3
13Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec3
14Bob Jungels (Lux) Deceuninck-QuickStep3
15Christopher Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb2
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Mountain 1 - Elvas
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jan Bakelants (Bel) Team Sunweb3pts
2Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec2
3Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe1
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Mountain 2 - Terento
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec9pts
2Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal4
3Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy2
4Jan Bakelants (Bel) Team Sunweb1
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Mountain 3 - Anterselva
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale9pts
2Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott4
3Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe2
4Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec1
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Sprints 1 - Bressanone
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF10pts
2Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec6
3Jan Bakelants (Bel) Team Sunweb3
4Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal2
5Amaro Antunes (Por) CCC Team1
6Bob Jungels (Lux) Deceuninck-QuickStep
7Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
8Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe
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Sprints 2 - Brunico
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec10pts
2Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal6
3Jan Bakelants (Bel) Team Sunweb3
4Nicola Conci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo2
5Christopher Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb1
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec14pts
2Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale8
3Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal7
4Jan Bakelants (Bel) Team Sunweb7
5Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott6
6Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF5
7Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe4
8Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy2
9Nicola Conci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo2
10Tanel Kangert (Est) EF Education First1
11Christopher Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb1
12Amaro Antunes (Por) CCC Team1
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jan Bakelants (Bel) Team Sunweb43pts
2Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale41
3Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec23
4Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy23
5Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal23
6Nicola Conci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo19
7Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe17
8Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo17
9Christopher Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb17
10Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates13
11Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott6
12Tanel Kangert (Est) EF Education First6
13Victor De La Parte (Spa) CCC Team6
14Amaro Antunes (Por) CCC Team6
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
2Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:00:15
4AG2R La Mondiale0:01:34
5EF Education First0:01:47
6Team Sunweb0:02:13
8Team Ineos0:05:59
9UAE Team Emirates0:06:11
10Movistar Team0:06:16
12Astana Pro Team0:09:49
14Team Jumbo-Visma0:10:25
15CCC Team0:11:41
16Lotto Soudal0:12:45
17Bardiani CSF0:13:07
18Israel Cycling Academy0:13:52
19Dimension Data0:16:21
22Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane1:17:18
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General classification after stage 17
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team74:48:18
2Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:01:54
3Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma0:02:16
4Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar Team0:03:03
5Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo0:05:07
6Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team0:06:17
7Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe0:06:48