Giro d'Italia: Chaves wins stage 19

Esteban Chaves resurrected both his career and Mitchelton-Scott's Giro d'Italia with a well-deserved victory on stage 19 of the race. The 29-year-old Colombian, who had been plagued by illness and a lack of form for the last year, attacked repeatedly on the final climb to San Martino di Castrozza before dropping his breakaway companions and sealing an emotional win ahead of Andrea Vendrame (Androni) and Amaro Antunes (CCC Team).

"It's unbelievable, I don't really have words for this," Chaves said following the stage. "A lot of work has been put in together, all my family, my team, my friends, everyone knows how hard we've worked but I never gave up. The climb today showed that, I attacked many, many times until I dropped everyone and life is like that as well. You have to keep attacking, attacking, attacking until the line because you never know how close you are until everyone arrives at the finish line. I'm really happy, I cannot describe in words especially in English. It's unbelievable, you're crying, everyone is crying, it's a beautiful day.

"Last couple of years I've had a lot of difficult moments but I have a beautiful family, friends and people by my side. We all worked together and this is a victory for everyone who supported me. Thank you very much everyone."

Chaves' last win came on stage 6 at the 2018 Giro d'Italia but that victory came on the cusp of a huge dip in form and confidence owing to a virus that was only diagnosed months later. He failed to race again in 2018 and spent the first part of this season fighting to rekindle the sort of form that had seen him compete for Grand Tours.

Although not quite at that level these days Chaves was the strongest rider in the 11-man break that escaped earlier in the stage. With a substantial lead over the Movistar-controlled peloton at the foot of the final ascent, all eyes were on Chaves. The climb to the finish may have been long but it lacked the steep terrain on which Chaves would typically thrive. However, a series off accelerations from the Colombian whittled down the opposition before he made his telling attack 2.7km from the line. This time there was no response – with Francois Bidard (AG2R La Mondiale) and Pieter Serry (Deceuninck-QuickStep) the last riders to offer any opposition.

By the time Chaves crossed the line, the maglia rosa group were still several kilometres from the summit but there was time for Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) to launch a stinging attack that sent several contenders into a panic. Mikel Landa was forced to chase for his leader Richard Carapaz, while Vincenzo Nibali followed. Primoz Roglic offered enough to suggest his overall challenge still had some life in it with a late attack once the road flattened but Lopez would gain around 45 seconds by the time Roglic, Carapaz and Nibali eventually crossed the line.

While the battle for the maglia rosa somewhat stalled, this was a day of unbridled emotion for Chaves. The popular climber has never been too far away from joy or disaster, his career a series of abrupt waves rather than a sea of calm, but on stage 19, over a year since his last triumph this was a day for him and his supporters to finally savour.

For the GC contenders Saturday's stage will be a far more grueling test than today. Carapaz leads Nibali by a healthy 1:54, with Roglic third and Landa fourth.

How it unfolded

With so many breaks having succeeded in this year's race and so few chances left before the finish on Sunday, there was no shortage of riders willing or able to make up the early assault on stage 19.

Marco Canola, Ivan Santaromita (both Nippo-Vini Fantini), Manuele Boaro (Astana), Marco Marcato (UAE Team Emirates), Oliver Le Gac (Groupama-FDJ), Bidard, Vendrame, Manuele Senni (Bardiani-CSF), Serry, Chaves and Amaro Antunes (CCC Team) quickly established a lead with no threats on GC and Movistar willing to let the escapees decide the outcome of the stage honours.

The break had a gap of 7:50 at the summit of the Passo San Boldo and they extended that advantage to 9:23 when they reached the fourth-category climb of Lamon. At the summit, Boaro put in a clever dig, and his knowledge of the local roads saw him establish a lead of 20 seconds on the descent. However, the break was in no mood to be generous and the veteran was brought back some 10 kilometres later.

At the foot of the final climb, Le Gac strung out the break but it was Canolo who attacked first and built up a lead of 18 seconds as Chaves calmly looked around to observe his rivals.

The climb itself never reached a high enough gradient for Chaves to exploit his true explosive nature as a climber but he slowly chipped away and when Bidard and Serry attacked with 9.5km to go the Mitchelton rider was fast on their heels. Those three WorldTour riders looked set to compete for the stage when they caught and dropped Canolo but with Serry content to set his own pace and Bidard marking Chaves the likes of Antunes and Vendrame were never out of contention.

Chaves reduced the group to four with another attack with 7.7km to go and he pushed again at 5.6km and 5.2km. Another strong attack followed with 4.4km to go but each acceleration was matched by Bidard and Serry. A cruel mechanical saw Vendrame lose contact but with 2.7km to go Chaves launched his strongest attack yet.

Bidard held the gap at just a few metres initially but even he had to relent eventually and when the Frenchman sat down in the saddle and Chaves looked back he could see that the gap was only widening.

Further down the climb Lopez took it upon himself to at least remind everyone that there was still a race for the maglia rosa but that battle will surely develop over the final two days.


Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott4:01:31
2Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:00:10
3Amaro Antunes (Por) CCC Team0:00:12
4Giovanni Carboni (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:00:24
5Pieter Serry (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:00:32
6François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:35
7Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane0:01:02
8Manuele Boaro (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:01:37
9Manuel Senni (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:01:53
10Olivier Le Gac (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:02:33
11Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:03:59
12Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane0:04:47
13Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team0:05:45
14Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma0:06:29
15Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team
16Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
17Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar Team
18Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe
19Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
20Hugh John Carthy (GBr) EF Education First
21Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
22Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin0:06:33
23Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott
24Edward Dunbar (Irl) Team Ineos0:06:35
25Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Team Ineos
26Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
27Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:06:48
28Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:07:27
29Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:07:29
30Victor De La Parte (Spa) CCC Team
31Joe Dombrowski (USA) EF Education First0:07:36
32Tanel Kangert (Est) EF Education First
33Christopher Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb
34Mikel Nieve (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott
35Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates
36Jai Hindley (Aus) Team Sunweb
37Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
38Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe
39Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
40Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
41Ben O'Connor (Aus) Dimension Data
42Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma0:07:59
43Jan Bakelants (Bel) Team Sunweb0:08:45
44Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:09:25
45Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar Team
46Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:09:52
47Ruben Plaza (Spa) Israel Cycling Academy
48Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSF
49Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:11:02
50Sepp Kuss (USA) Team Jumbo-Visma
51Jack Bauer (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott0:11:04
52Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Ineos0:11:43
53Ivan Sosa (Col) Team Ineos
54Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal
55Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:13:23
56Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team
57Jan Hirt (Cze) Astana Pro Team0:14:50
58Davide Villella (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:14:57
59Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
60Nicola Conci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
61Luca Covili (Ita) Bardiani CSF
62Eros Capecchi (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep
63Bob Jungels (Lux) Deceuninck-QuickStep
64Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Mitchelton-Scott
65José Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team
66Luke Durbridge (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
67Matteo Montaguti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
68Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
69Larry Warbasse (USA) AG2R La Mondiale
70Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
71Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal
72Antonio Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
73Miles Scotson (Aus) Groupama-FDJ
74Awet Andemeskel (Eri) Israel Cycling Academy
75Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma
76Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro Team
77Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team
78Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Katusha-Alpecin
79Dmitrii Strakhov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin
80Jay Mc Carthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe
81Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe
82Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe0:15:19
83Hector Carretero (Spa) Movistar Team0:16:48
84Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:18:01
85Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:18:30
86Francisco Ventoso (Spa) CCC Team
87Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Dimension Data
88Grega Bole (Slo) Bahrain-Merida
89Mikkel Frølich Honoré (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep
90Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Team
91Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Ineos
92Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data
93Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy
94Christian Knees (Ger) Team Ineos
95Scott Davies (GBr) Dimension Data
96Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
97Danilo Wyss (Swi) Dimension Data
98Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
99Miguel Eduardo Florez Lopez (Col) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
100Paul Martens (Ger) Team Jumbo-Visma
101Michael Gogl (Aut) Trek-Segafredo
102Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale
103Jos van Emden (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma
104Jonathan Caicedo (Ecu) EF Education First
105Jonnathan Narvaez (Ecu) Team Ineos
106Andrea Garosio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:21:41
107Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF
108Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-Segafredo
109Nathan Brown (USA) EF Education First
110Sean Bennett (USA) EF Education First
111Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Groupama-FDJ
112Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-Alpecin
113Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Lotto Soudal
114Thomas Leezer (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma
115Tom Bohli (Swi) UAE Team Emirates
116Josef Cerny (Cze) CCC Team
117Luis Mas Bonet (Spa) Movistar Team
118Will Clarke (Aus) Trek-Segafredo
119Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:22:39
120Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
121Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale
122Guy Niv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy
123Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (Eri) Dimension Data
124Chad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb0:23:11
125Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy
126Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy
127Kamil Gradek (Pol) CCC Team
128Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Groupama-FDJ0:23:26
129Damiano Cima (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane0:23:48
130Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF
131Sho Hatsuyama (Jpn) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane
132Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane
133Conor Dunne (Irl) Israel Cycling Academy0:24:09
134Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-Alpecin0:27:24
135Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin
136Davide Cimolai (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy
137Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Groupama-FDJ
138Florian Senechal (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep
139Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:27:39
140Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
141Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
142Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team
143Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
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Stage points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott21pts
2Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec12
3Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates12
4Giovanni Carboni (Ita) Bardiani CSF11
5Manuele Boaro (Ita) Astana Pro Team11
6Amaro Antunes (Por) CCC Team9
7Pieter Serry (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep7
8Manuel Senni (Ita) Bardiani CSF7
9François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale5
10Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane4
11Olivier Le Gac (Fra) Groupama-FDJ3
12Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane3
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Mountain 1 - Passo di San Boldo
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec9pts
2Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane4
3Giovanni Carboni (Ita) Bardiani CSF2
4Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane1
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Mountain 2 - Lamon
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Manuele Boaro (Ita) Astana Pro Team3pts
2Manuel Senni (Ita) Bardiani CSF2
3Amaro Antunes (Por) CCC Team1
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Mountain 3 - San Martino di Castozza
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott18pts
2Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec8
3Amaro Antunes (Por) CCC Team6
4Giovanni Carboni (Ita) Bardiani CSF4
5Pieter Serry (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep2
6François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1
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Sprint 1 - Lentlal
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates10pts
2Manuele Boaro (Ita) Astana Pro Team6
3Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott3
4Manuel Senni (Ita) Bardiani CSF2
5Giovanni Carboni (Ita) Bardiani CSF1
6Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane
7Olivier Le Gac (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
8Pieter Serry (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep
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Sprint 2 - Fonzaso
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Pieter Serry (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep10pts
2Olivier Le Gac (Fra) Groupama-FDJ6
3Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec3
4Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane2
5Amaro Antunes (Por) CCC Team1
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott12pts
2Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec12
3Pieter Serry (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep7
4Amaro Antunes (Por) CCC Team6
5Manuele Boaro (Ita) Astana Pro Team5
6Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates5
7Giovanni Carboni (Ita) Bardiani CSF4
8Olivier Le Gac (Fra) Groupama-FDJ4
9Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane3
10Manuel Senni (Ita) Bardiani CSF2
11François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Manuele Boaro (Ita) Astana Pro Team14pts
2Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane11
3Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott8
4Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec5
5Pieter Serry (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep5
6François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale5
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bardiani CSF12:16:42
3Astana Pro Team0:04:38
6EF Education First0:09:32
7Movistar Team0:10:14
8UAE Team Emirates0:10:28
9Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:10:34
10AG2R La Mondiale0:10:50
11Team Sunweb0:11:48
12Team Ineos0:12:44
14Team Jumbo-Visma0:13:21
15CCC Team0:14:02
17Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane0:17:28
20Lotto Soudal0:24:23
21Israel Cycling Academy0:31:10
22Dimension Data0:32:27
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General classification after stage 19
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team83:52:22
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 Team0:05:33
7Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe0:06:48
8Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott0:07:17
9Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Team Ineos0:08:27
10Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe0:10:06
11Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates0:10:27
12Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin0:10:36
13Hugh John Carthy (GBr) EF Education First0:14:51
14Joe Dombrowski (USA) EF Education First0:16:51
15Valentin Madouas