As it happened: Roglic grabs 3 seconds on Thomas on Giro d'Italia stage 19 (2023)


Hello and welcome to our live coverage of stage 19 of the Giro d'Italia!

We kick off our live report with some major news as Hugh Carthy (EF Education-EasyPost) is a DNS this morning. The British rider, who dropped from 11th to 14th overall on stage 18, has been suffering from stomach problems

51 riders out of the race so far with 125 set to start today, pending further withdrawals.

Hugh Carthy won’t be able to start today’s stage of the Giro d’Italia. He has been struggling with stomach issues for a few days so he’ll return home to rest and recover. Great effort, Hugh.May 26, 2023

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We're just over 40 minutes from the start of a big day at the Giro and stage 19.

A look at the map and profile of today's stage...

As it happened: Roglic grabs 3 seconds on Thomas on Giro d'Italia stage 19 (1)

As it happened: Roglic grabs 3 seconds on Thomas on Giro d'Italia stage 19 (2)

Racing kicks off at 11:35 local time with a 8.2km ride through the neutral zone and the start proper 15 minutes later.

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As it happened: Roglic grabs 3 seconds on Thomas on Giro d'Italia stage 19 (3)

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As it happened: Roglic grabs 3 seconds on Thomas on Giro d'Italia stage 19 (4)

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As it happened: Roglic grabs 3 seconds on Thomas on Giro d'Italia stage 19 (5)

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As it happened: Roglic grabs 3 seconds on Thomas on Giro d'Italia stage 19 (6)

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Thibaut Pinot is riding the last few days of his final Giro d'Italia. After finishing second on Crans-Montana he was second again yesterday, though he did ride back into the blue jersey of the mountain classification lead.

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As it happened: Roglic grabs 3 seconds on Thomas on Giro d'Italia stage 19 (7)

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Away from the GC battle and a potential breakaway fight for the stage win, the battle for the blue jersey.

166 points are up for grabs today across two second-category climbs (Passo Campolongo, Passo Tre Croci), two first-category climbs (Passo Valparola, Passo Giau), and a HC summit finish with the Cima Coppi at Tre Cime di Lavaredo.

Four men are still in with a shout of winning the jersey –Thibaut Pinot on 227 points, Ben Healy on 164, Davide Bais on 144, and Einer Rubio on 118.

Pinot is now seventh overall at 4:43 down on Thomas today so might have a hard time getting in the breakaway again. The rest are further back, so it'll be interesting to see who makes the break of the day.

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As it happened: Roglic grabs 3 seconds on Thomas on Giro d'Italia stage 19 (9)

The riders have rolled out to start the neutral zone!

Here's where the riders are racing towards – the famous dolomitic rock peaks of Tre Cime di Lavaredo. The finish line is at Rifugio Auronzo in the shadow of the highest parts of the mountain.

As it happened: Roglic grabs 3 seconds on Thomas on Giro d'Italia stage 19 (10)

We'll get into the day's climbs more later but first the start of the stage is coming up fast. Just a few minutes before the flag drops and the battle for the break begins.

We're still waiting for the start of the stage. A slight delay in the neutral zone as the TV helicopters were delayed in getting off the ground.

We're still waiting for the start...

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183km to go

Here we go! The flag drops.

Attacks flying straight away on the flattest roads of the day.

179km to go

A small group off the front but nothing concrete yet.

The peloton is strung out in a line at the back with the high pace set early on.

175km to go

Larry Warbasse (AG2R Citroën) and Veljko Stojnić (Corratec-Selle Italia) out front with a small gap.

Laurens Rex (Intermarché-Circus-Wanty) going solo across to Warbasse and Stojnić.

45 seconds from the two leaders back to the peloton.

169km to go

Rex still battling at just a few seconds up on the peloton.

Rex caught now and more riders push on at the front.

Now Mark Cavendish (Astana Qazaqstan) is at the front trying to make a move!

161km to go

Still the moves flow at the front. Green Project-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè very active.

Warbasse and Stojnić still off the front, 28 seconds up on the rest.

Astana and Jayco now making moves at the head of the peloton.

The riders are about to start the gradual uphill run towards the first climb of the day.

Movistar, Eolo, Bardiani, Cofidis, Israel, AG2R, Arkéa also with riders at the front trying to move.

155km to go

Warbasse and Stojnič still battling away off the front.

Maglia ciclamino Jonathan Milan at the rear of the peloton. No surprise there as it's not a day for him.

KOM contenders Thibaut Pinot and Ben Healy also towards the back. They haven't been involved in any moves so far.

Still nothing going at the front of the peloton. Jumbo-Visma heavily involved in recent attacks and now Michel Hessman tries.

Warbasse and Stojnič have done really well to get away and hold this gap with all the attacks going behind.

As it happened: Roglic grabs 3 seconds on Thomas on Giro d'Italia stage 19 (11)

148km to go

Still no moves clear.

The riders racing through a tunnel at the moment so no TV coverage for a few minutes.

A few more riders off the front after the tunnel.

Derek Gee (Israel-Premier Tech) has made it across to the two leaders! Alex Baudin joins his AG2R teammate Warbasse out front, too.

Neo-pro Derek Gee has been one of the revelations of the Giro with three second places so far along with two fourth places. He's in second place in the points classification and has won the combativity prize twice!

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As it happened: Roglic grabs 3 seconds on Thomas on Giro d'Italia stage 19 (12)

Pinot and Healy moving up in the peloton as the attacking continues.

139km to go

Gee, Baudin, Warbasse, Stojnić still out front.

More attacks from Bora, Astana, Bardiani, AG2R.

Another tunnel now.

134km to go

Magnus Cort (EF Education-EasyPost) is across to the leaders!

Nicolas Prodhomme (AG2R Citroën), Patrick Konrad (Bora-Hansgrohe), Davide Gabburo (Green Project-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè), and Vadim Pronskiy (Astana Qazaqstan) now battling to come across.

And still more moves go off the front.

The riders are heading uphill now, around 15km to go until they hit the intermediate sprint at Caprile.

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Konrad, Gabburo, Prodhomme, Pronskiy make it across to the leaders.

25 seconds from the leaders to the peloton.

Thibault Guernalec (Arkéa-Samsic) now moving clear of the peloton.

Santiago Buitrago (Bahrain Victorious), Stefano Oldani (Alpecin-Deceuninck), Michael Hepburn (Jayco-AlUla) among the latest attackers from the peloton.

The leading group is 22 seconds up the road.

127km to go

It looks like a slowdown in the peloton. Ineos and Jumbo are at the front and the peloton is bunched up.

Movistar pair José Joaquín Rojas and Carlos Verona now making a move.

AG2R have five men left in the race following the abandons of Lapeira, Vendrame, and Cherel. Three of them are in the breakaway!

A big slowdown in the peloton here as Buitrago gets across to the leaders. 10 in front now.

Mattia Bais (Eolo-Kometa) is also among the various riders chasing the lead group.

All of a sudden it's 3:30 back to the peloton.

Oldani and Hepburn are seven seconds down on the leaders.

120km to go

Oldani and Hepburn are across now. 12 men up front.

A real slowdown in the peloton and the gap is growing and growing.

Stojnić beats Gee to the intermediate sprint. The Canadian is now on 148 points to Milan's 215 in the race for the maglia ciclamino.

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Stojnić takes 12 points and is now a point down on Toms Skujins and Thomas Champion in the intermediate sprint classification.

1:30 from the break to the chase group of Bais, Rojas, and Verona.

Ineos Grenadiers in charge at the head of the peloton now with UAE Team Emirates and Jumbo-Visma lined up behind.

Derek Gee is the only threat from the breakaway in the mountain classification. He's on 66 points, 161 points down on maglia azzurra Pinot.

There are 166 points up for grabs today!

116km to go

The chasers closing to a minute down. 5:30 back to the peloton.

It's still uphill here as the riders race towards the Passo Campolongo.

The two Movistar men in the chase. 35 seconds now.

As it happened: Roglic grabs 3 seconds on Thomas on Giro d'Italia stage 19 (13)

112km to go

Ben Healy attacks!

The Irishman may be over five minutes down on the break but he's going for it here. It's the last chance to win the blue jersey from Thibaut Pinot today.

Pinot is chasing with a teammate at the head of the peloton.

Meanwhile, Rojas, Verona and Bais are 20 seconds behind the break now.

Now the peloton is all lined out as Healy continues his attack.

There's a split in the peloton. The front – around 40 riders – has a gap on the rest of the group.

Rojas, Verona, and Bais are in the break! 15 men out front.

Pinot is with Healy now.

Four minutes up to the break after that. It looks like they'll drop back to the peloton.

Up front, Konrad is on the attack already.

A look at today's breakaway.

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Konrad was just going off the front to grab a musette from his soigneur the feed zone.

108km to go

Healy attacks again as the peloton passes the feed zone!

Pinot is right on him.

Healy and Pinot back in the peloton. Rohan Dennis is chatting and laughing with the Irishman.

In front of them Pinot shakes his head.

Ineos Grenadiers back in charge at the front of the peloton.

4:30 to the breakaway.

Gee and Pinot on the attack earlier.

As it happened: Roglic grabs 3 seconds on Thomas on Giro d'Italia stage 19 (15)

100km to go

The riders coming up to the first climb of the day, the Passo Campolongo (3.9km at 7%).

As it happened: Roglic grabs 3 seconds on Thomas on Giro d'Italia stage 19 (16)

It's not 5:15 from the break back to the peloton now.

Ineos Grenadiers, UAE Team Emirates, Jumbo-Visma lined up at the head of the peloton.

5:40 for the break as they ride up the Campolongo.

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It's a secon-category climb so 18 points up for grabs in the breakaway.

Gabburo jumps out to take 18 over the top. Bais and Gee take eight and six.

That means that Gee can't now take the blue jersey today, though he would've had to have led the race over every mountain on the stage to do so anyway.

The 15 men of the breakaway descend into the valley 5:40 up on the peloton. Ineos Grenadiers letting the gap grow out.

85km to go

Winding their way down the descent, no drama yet after that long battle for the breakaway.

Great scenery today.

As it happened: Roglic grabs 3 seconds on Thomas on Giro d'Italia stage 19 (17)

Onto the Valparola now and the gap to the peloton is still growing.

A look at the climb the break are racing up now –it's the longest of the day at 14.1km and an average of 5.6%.

As it happened: Roglic grabs 3 seconds on Thomas on Giro d'Italia stage 19 (18)

Stojnić drops from the breakaway.

76km to go

We've just seen a replay of Carlos Verona getting going and heading to the medical car after a crash further down the climb. He looks to be OK.

7:50 for the breakaway now.

Now a split in the breakaway but only a few seconds.

Rojas drops from the break as the TV moto zooms in on Verona's road rash on right hip.

Magnus Cort has some kind of mechanical problem at the front of his bike. He's bouncing it off the road trying to see what's going on.

Meanwhile Rojas is yo-yoing off the rear of the group.

AG2R are driving the break. No surprise given they have three men in the move.

Alberto Contador reports from the in-race moto that Verona crashed after the AG2R car touched his wheel. No video of the incident, however.

72km to go

8:20 for the break now and Buitrago is up to fifth overall in the virtual GC. He was 17th at the start of the day.

Gabburo goes for the 40 points at the top of the climb. He has the beating of Bais.

But then Gee comes up fast from behind and nips through to lead the way across the top.

Gee has now added 46 points to his KOM total. He's now on 112 at 115 down on Pinot. 108 points remain on the stage.

The breakaway working their way uphill.

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As it happened: Roglic grabs 3 seconds on Thomas on Giro d'Italia stage 19 (19)

Downhill for them now, though. A long ride into the valley ahead of the Passo Giau.

Ineos, UAE, Jumbo still at the head of the peloton.

60km to go

Now the peloton head over the top and onto the descent.

Jayco-AlUla on the front over the top.

Buitrago is threatening Eddie Dunbar's GC place, of course.

Mark Cavendish has made his way to the back of the peloton on the descent. Not a furious pace set in the main group over the first two climbs of the day.

The break are down in the valley now and they're heading back uphill over a small rise in the road before the Passo Giau.

54km to go

14 riders in the breakaway after Stojnić dropped away.

A great shot of the breakaway out on the roads in the Dolomites.

As it happened: Roglic grabs 3 seconds on Thomas on Giro d'Italia stage 19 (20)

The Passo Giau is next on the menu. 9.9km at an average of 9.3%!

Jose Manuel Fuente, Leonardo Piepoli, Emanuele Sella, Stefano Garzelli, Domenico Pozzovivo, and Egan Bernal have all led the race over the climb through the years.

As it happened: Roglic grabs 3 seconds on Thomas on Giro d'Italia stage 19 (21)

In 2007, Piepoli and Riccardo Riccò led the way with an attack that led to a one-two at Tre Cime di Lavaredo. The following year, Sella won his second stage in a row with a massive breakaway effort where he led over all six climbs of the day.

In 2011, the retiring Garzelli claimed the Cima Coppi before finishing second on the epic stage to Gardeccia. Two years ago, Bernal led the race over the top on the way to winning the shortened stage.

48km to go

Back to this year's race and Gee is pushing the pace on the lower slopes of the Giau.

RAI reports that AG2R Citroën have had one of their cars kicked out of the race after hitting Verona earlier on.

Riders dropping out the rear of the peloton now.

The gruppetto forming at the rear as Ineos Grenadiers lead the way at the front.

6:50 from peloton to breakaway currently.

Pascal Ackermann waves to the camera as he goes backwards from the peloton.

46km to go

Up in the break it's breaking apart as Verona goes on the attack.

Gee reacts but others are struggling.

Buitrago with Gee as they come across to Verona. The remainder of the break a few seconds further back.

Hepburn and Cort make an effort and they're across the gap, too.

44km to go

Pronskiy and Prodhomme the next men on the road now at 22 seconds down.

No movement in the peloton –Ineos Grenadiers still leading.

Buitrago pushes on at the front. Hepburn sticks with him. Cort having trouble at the rear of the lead group.

42km to go

2km to the top of the climb for the break.

Cort hangs in there.

1km to go until the top and now Prodhomme and Pronskiy are closing in on the leaders.

Hepburn now pushing on at top. He's going unexpectedly strong on the climb here.

40km to go

Only Buitrago is able to go with him!

Gee and Verona fight their way back. The Canadian leads the way over the top.

86 KOM points for Gee now. Over the 2,236-metre summit he takes his total to 152 points, 75 down on Pinot.

Another long descent now, this time into Cortina d'Ampezzo.

It's been raining in Cortina d'Ampezzo and the roads are wet.

35km to go

Still no movement in the peloton as Ineos Grenadiers continue to lead the way.

The breakaway on the Giau.

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The peloton crosses the top of the climb. Around 40 or so in the group.

Prodhomme and Pronskiy are at the front of the race with Gee, Verona, Cort, Hepburn, Buitrago now.

Warbasse, Gabburo, Konrad, and Oldani are 40 seconds down on the leaders.

30km to go

A small ascent in the middle of the descent.

Ineos Grenadiers at the head of the peloton. Nothing from Jumbo or UAE so far so the British squad are content with the lack of action.

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Now the break resumes the descent to Cortina d'Ampezzo.

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Warbasse, Konrad, Gabburo, Oldani are back on at the front.

11 men at the head of the race.

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22km to go

Down into Cortina d'Ampezzo and we're into the endgame.

A look at the finale as the break hits the Passo Tre Croci (7.9km at 7.2%).

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Warbasse jumps at the front.

A bike change for Primož Roglič. This one has a SRAM 1x gravel groupset with a 40 or 42 front ring and a 10-44 cassette. Jumbo-Visma had said that the bike was for tomorrow's mountain time trial.

Thrilling stuff...

It's raining on the Passo Tre Croci.

Ben Healy out the rear of the peloton on the climb.

18km to go

Buitrago and Cort attack from the break behind Warbasse.

The peloton haven't hit the rain yet.

6:20 up to the break.

Now Buitrago and Cort make it across to Warbasse.

It's pouring rain up in the break.

Derek Gee is back! He passes Warbasse and makes it across to Buitrago and Cort.

Laurens De Plus on the front for Thomas as the peloton rides into the storm.

Arensman is also there for Ineos. Jumbo-Visma have I think five men left.

16km to go

Now it's Hepburn's turn to bridge across.

Buitrago, Cort, Gee, Hepburn.

Six riders for Jumbo-Visma in there, actually.

Jay Vine is dropped in the peloton.

Hail falling on the riders now.

15km to go

5:35 for the break now.

Still no movement from Jumbo-Visma. With three riders more than Ineos you'd think they might have made a move before the final 15km.

Gee leads the breakaway quartet. Buitrago, Hepburn, Cort behind.

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Formolo drops from the peloton. João Almeida won't have much help on the final climb.

Now Jumbo-Visma riders are dropping away. Hessmann and now Bouwman.

De Plus setting a hard pace up the climb.

Bouwman hanging in at the back.

11km to go

And now Bouwman is dropped.

Gee picked up 18 points over the top of Tre Croci. 170 now. 57 down on Pinot with 50 up for grabs at the finish.

Now the break has come back together on the descent. Verona, Konrad, Warbasse, Prodhomme, Pronskiy back on.

A few lumps in the road before the climb to the finish.

9km to go

Hepburn pushes on at the front. Buitrago follows.

Here's a reminder of the final today.

7.2km at 7.6% with the final 3.25km averaging 11.7%.

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Tre Cime di Lavaredo has been visited by the Giro seven times before, each time hosting the summit finish. Felice Gimondi, Eddy Merckx, Jose Manuel Fuente, Beat Breu, Luis Herrera, Riccardo Riccò, and Vincenzo Nibali have all won there.

Nibali won in a blizzard during his dominant second Giro victory 10 years ago and the race hasn't visited since. He beat Colombian trio Fabio Duarte, Rigoberto Urán, and Carlos Betancur to the line on the penultimate day of the race.

As it happened: Roglic grabs 3 seconds on Thomas on Giro d'Italia stage 19 (26)

Now Gee is at the front. He's with Hepburn, Buitrago, and Cort once again.

8km to go

Those four look the strongest in the break.

De Plus and Arensman continue on the front for Thomas.

Gee attacks!

Tre Cime di Lavaredo...

As it happened: Roglic grabs 3 seconds on Thomas on Giro d'Italia stage 19 (27)

Just 3:35 back to the peloton now.

6km to go

Buitrago leads the chase behind Gee. Hepburn on his wheel. Cort dropped.

Now Buitrago is riding away from Hepburn.

Buitrago is off to hunt down Gee.

5.5km to go

Around 10 seconds from Gee to Buitrago.

Rohan Dennis done in the peloton now. Roglič only has Kuss left.

De Plus and Arensman are still there for Thomas.

De Plus drops away and Thomas has let the wheel go to Arensman.

Kuss, Almeida, Roglič, Dunbar behind Thomas.

Caruso and Zana lead the group across to Arensman.

Around 15 men left in the GC group.

4km to go

Gee still solo as he approaches the steepest section of the climb.

3:25 back to the peloton. Buitrago isn't closing the gap yet.

3.5km to go

Arensman still on the front of the GC group.

Pinot, Paret-Peintre, Van Wilder, Rubio, Leknessund, Kämna are in there with Arensman, Thomas, Almeida, Zana, Caruso, Roglič, Kuss.

Buitrago can see Gee just up ahead. Now he's closing the gap a little.

3km to go

Buitrago gets encouraged from the team car by Bahrain DS Franco Pellizotti.

Now De Plus is back in the GC group.

A short flat section here for the GC group before the steepest section to the top.

Gee suffering here as he pushes on. Buitrago looks to be edging closer and closer.

2.5km to go

De Plus and Arensman still leading the GC group.

Almeida moves up in the group alongside Thomas.

Dunbar and Zana also up there. Jumbo-Visma's pair just behind.

Now the GC men head uphill again.

De Plus putting in a huge ride for Thomas today.

Aurelien Paret-Peintre is out the rear of the group now. Van Wilder at the back.

Up front, Buitrago seems to be the same distance behind Gee every time we cut back to him. The gap is very small.

Van Wilder almost losing touch at the rear of the GC group as they pass the 3km mark.

Zana and Kämna also at the back.

De Plus is still going here!

Gee on the attack.

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2km to go

2km for the leaders as De Plus ends his job on the front.

Buitrago still with the same gap up to Gee seemingly...

Arensman leads Thomas, Almeida, Dunbar, Roglič at the front.

Zana dropping away now.

Van Wilder and Kämna now struggling.

Rubio and Caruso at the back of the group.

Up front Buitrago is just a few bike lengths behind Gee!

10 men in the GC group.

Arensman, Almeida, Thomas, Roglič, Kuss, Pinot, Leknessund, Rubio, Caruso, Dunbar.

Buitrago catches Gee!

1.5km to go

So close to the top but the gradients are brutal.

Buitrago has taken off at the front. Poor Gee.

The Colombian is clear of Gee, who now looks set for a fourth second place at his debut Giro d'Italia.

Leknessund having trouble at the rear of the peloton now as the GC group catches the remnants of the breakaway.

Gabburo, Verona are caught and passed.

Dunbar drops!

Rubio, Pinot, Caruso, Roglič, Kuss, Almeida, Thomas, Arensman left.

2:30 up to Buitrago.

Gee battles his way through the massed fans in the road.

A look at the GC group.

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1km to go

1km for Buitrago. Almeida goes to the front as Arensman drops off the head of the GC gorup.

Thomas and Roglič next in line.

2:30 up to Buitrago.

Roglič attacks!

Almeida can't match him.

Thomas goes around the Portuguese rider and gets across.

Almeida fighting back now. Everyone else dropped.

Roglič and Thomas catch Oldani and Konrad from the break.

500m to go

Buitrago closes in on the win.

The GC men are a kilometre from the line.

Almeida edging his way back.

No big moves since Roglič's jump.

Almeida is back!

He goes to the front of the group. Thomas at the rear of the trio.

800m to go for the podium trio.

They catch Pronskiy.

Arensman has battled his way back! Wow.

Caruso is with him.

Up front, Buitrago rounds out five-and-a-half hours in the saddle.


Santiago Buitrago (Bahrain Victorious) wins stage 19 of the Giro d'Italia!

A 33.5kph average speed today.

Roglič leads the group into the final 500 metres.

Thomas goes!

Roglič reacts!

Nobody else can match them as Gee finishes in second almost a minute down.

Thomas is dropping Roglič inside the final 300 metres.

He's done! Thomas is away.

They catch Cort in the final metres.

Roglič gets a second wind and comes past!

Maybe a second or two at the line for Roglič.

Almeida leads Caruso and Arensman home at around 20 seconds down.

Pinot another 7 or 8 seconds down.

Rubio next.

Roglič reportedly took three seconds on Thomas at the line.

Dunbar pushing on now.

He finishes around three minutes down so something like 1:15 down on Thomas and Roglič.

Santiago Buitrago celebrates his win, his second at WorldTour level after winning at Lavarone last May.

As it happened: Roglic grabs 3 seconds on Thomas on Giro d'Italia stage 19 (30)

Eurosport comms saying "Tre Cime di Lavaredo didn't disappoint". I don't know about that... This hasn't been a Giro for the ages.

Roglič is reportedly 26 seconds down on Thomas heading into tomorrow's time trial. A three-second gain.

Here's what one of the heroes of the Giro, Derek Gee, said after the stage and another second place...

"I just wanted to go in the break for the ciclamino points so I could secure second. They gave us a bigger and bigger gap. I thought for sure it was a GC day. Then I had to try and wrap my head around going to the finish again because the legs were done.

"I knew Buitrago was gone as soon as he caught me. The acceleration was ridiculous. I didn't know where the GC guys were so I just went full to the line. It's high up here, not a lot of oxygen, so it hurt, for sure.

"I think it's going to take a while to sink in. I can't even wrap my head around it. I'm glad I moved into second in azzurra, that's cool. If I sit in the peloton there's no chance I won, so I might have gotten second a lot but at least I gave myself a shot."

As it happened: Roglic grabs 3 seconds on Thomas on Giro d'Italia stage 19 (31)

Roglič and Thomas battling to the finish.

As it happened: Roglic grabs 3 seconds on Thomas on Giro d'Italia stage 19 (32)

Here's what stage 19 winner Santiago Buitrago had to say after his win...

"I'm really happy with this victory. It was the most difficult moment of a difficult Giro for me personally. I wanted to try and raise my arms before the end and coming at Tre Cime di Lavaredo is amazing.

"This is the recompense for all the work that I've done. It's been a good Giro for the team. Every day we have tried hard for those results and to get another victory for the team is fantastic. There's a lot of motivation for all of us having seen the fruits of our labours.

"I had Gee in front of me, like a reference point. I wanted to keep him just ahead so I could see. In the end, at 1.5km to go, I decided to give it everything. It was really hard."

Roglič leads Thomas through the crowds on the climb.

As it happened: Roglic grabs 3 seconds on Thomas on Giro d'Italia stage 19 (33)

The top 20 on the stage.

As it happened: Roglic grabs 3 seconds on Thomas on Giro d'Italia stage 19 (34)

Insightful stuff from Primož Roglič at the finish...

"Tomorrow we go full again. It's good. We got a bit of legs back, so tomorrow we go full, eh?

"If I wasn't confident then I wouldn't start."

A look at the new GC standings.

As it happened: Roglic grabs 3 seconds on Thomas on Giro d'Italia stage 19 (35)

Giro d'Italia: Buitrago wins mountaintop battle on stage 19 to Tre Cime Lavaredo

Gee and Cort complete queen stage podium while GC battle remains in play with Roglic gaining a few seconds on Thomas

Giro d'Italia stage 19 GC standings: Primoz Roglic steals seconds from maglia rosa

The Queen stage put the GC contenders on the limit

As it happened: Roglic grabs 3 seconds on Thomas on Giro d'Italia stage 19 (36)

Santiago Buitrago celebrates his stage win on the podium.

As it happened: Roglic grabs 3 seconds on Thomas on Giro d'Italia stage 19 (37)

Another day in pink for Thomas –will we say the same tomorrow evening? He's 26 seconds up on Roglič.

As it happened: Roglic grabs 3 seconds on Thomas on Giro d'Italia stage 19 (38)

Pinot back in blue, this time for good unless he leaves the race before Rome.

He's 28 points up on Gee in second place. To win blue, the Canadian would have to win tomorrow's mountain time trial with Pinot finishing lower than third.

As it happened: Roglic grabs 3 seconds on Thomas on Giro d'Italia stage 19 (39)

Jonathan Milan has the maglia ciclamino in the bag. He battled home in 117th from 125 today.

His points lead, also over Gee, is 55.

As it happened: Roglic grabs 3 seconds on Thomas on Giro d'Italia stage 19 (40)

João Almeida might just have seen his chances of winning the Giro slip away today. He lies at 59 seconds down on Thomas.

However, he'll surely take home the white jersey as best young rider. He's 4:14 up on Thymen Arensman.

As it happened: Roglic grabs 3 seconds on Thomas on Giro d'Italia stage 19 (41)

A look at the test that awaits the riders on tomorrow's penultimate stage.

As it happened: Roglic grabs 3 seconds on Thomas on Giro d'Italia stage 19 (42)

11km over largely flat and rolling roads give way to the final climb of the race, the monstrous Monte Lussari.

It's the first time the climb has ever been used in the Giro, and it's the steepest of this year's race. The opening 4.95km average 15.3%. There's a short spell on the false flat after that before another kilometre or so at 11.9% before the final run to the line.

Maximum gradients of 22% during both steep sections will prove the biggest test of the riders. With the top of the GC still close – Thomas, Roglič, and Almeida are separated by 59 seconds – it's going to be the big decider a day before Rome.

As it happened: Roglic grabs 3 seconds on Thomas on Giro d'Italia stage 19 (43)

Of course, there's still plenty of news and reaction coming in from our men on the ground in Italy, Barry Ryan and Stephen Farrand. Look out for stories from all the big hitters of the Giro coming in through the evening.

But for now that's stage 19 wrapped. Check back tomorrow for more full live coverage of the stage 20 time trial to Monte Lussari!


Is Giro d Italia harder than Tour de France? ›

The Giro ain't what it used to be. One of the top reasons the double is more difficult is that the Giro d'Italia is now a much harder race, both physically and mentally. Back in the day, the first hour or so of the Giro was raced, as the Italians call it, “tutto piano,” at a much slower pace compared to the Tour.

Who won stage 19 Giro d Italia? ›

Santiago Buitrago (Bahrain Victorious) claimed a breakaway victory on stage 19 of the Giro d'Italia, as Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) snatched three seconds back from race leader Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) at Tre Cime di Lavaredo.

Did Geraint Thomas win the Giro d Italia? ›

'Devastated' Geraint Thomas set to finish second in Giro d'Italia after falling 14 seconds behind Primoz Roglic in penultimate stage; British rider Thomas, bidding to become race's oldest winner at 37, had led Slovenian Roglic by 26 seconds; final processional stage in Rome on Sunday.

Who has abandoned the Giro d Italia? ›

6th overall Aleksandr Vlasov abandons at the Giro d'Italia

Andrea Vendrame and Stefano Gandin have also not taken to the start of the stage because of Covid-19 positives, whilst Jonathan Caicedo and Natnael Tesfatsion abandoned with non-Covid illnesses.

What is the hardest stage of the Giro d Italia? ›

We think the hardest stage of the Giro d'Italia 2023 and the battle for the Maglia Rosa will be Stage 19, on the 26 May 2023. It features 3 formidable summits that will test the mettle of the riders in this year's Giro, across terrain well known to cyclists who have completed the Maratona dles Dolomites.

What is the hardest stage in Tour de France history? ›

Some of the most challenging stages in the Tour de France include: The "Queen stage" or the stage with the highest elevation, often in the mountain ranges, like the Tourmalet, the Galibier, the Alpe d'Huez, the Ventoux.

Who is the only American to win the Giro d Italia? ›

The only American to win the Giro d'Italia is Andy Hampsten, who won the race in 1988 while riding for the U.S.-based 7-Eleven Hoonved team. The race's decisive moment came on June 5 over the Gavia Pass in the Italian Alps.

Has anyone won Tour de France and Giro d Italia? ›

Coppi was the first rider in the history of the sport to win the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France in the same year which he did twice in 1949 and 1952. At the World road race championships in 1949 Coppi came third behind Rik Van Steenbergen of Belgium and Ferdi Kübler of Switzerland.

Did Lance Armstrong ever win the Giro d Italia? ›

Armstrong has never won the Giro d'Italia--he has never even raced it.

What is the prize money for the Giro d Italia? ›

Prize money for the overall winner has also fallen to just EUR2,000, less than even the EUR8,000 on offer for the 2021 race. It is just over the minimum mandated amount by the UCI, which is 20 percent of the total cumulative prize money for each stage -- which would be about EUR1,300.

Who has won the most stage Giro d Italia? ›

Eddy Merckx, with 64 victories, has won the most stages at the Grand Tours. Mario Cipollini is second with 57, Mark Cavendish is third with 54. Merckx and Cavendish have won the most Tour stages with 34, while Cipollini leads the tally for career stage wins at the Giro d'Italia with 42 to his name.

What races has Geraint Thomas won? ›

On the track, he has won three World Championships (2007, 2008, and 2012), and two Olympic gold medals (2008 and 2012), while on the road he won the 2018 Tour de France becoming the first Welshman and third British rider to win it.

Why is the Jersey Pink for Giro d Italia? ›

General classification - pink jersey

It was introduced in 1931 and is pink because La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Italian sports newspaper which created the race, is printed on pink paper.

What riders have abandoned the Tour de France? ›

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What is the red jersey in Giro d Italia? ›

From 1967 to 1969 the leader wore a red jersey but in 1970 it was changed to mauve, and named the maglia ciclamino (from Italian: mauve jersey), the name of the colour in Italian being derived from the alpine flower the cyclamen. The red jersey was re-introduced in 2010, as the maglia rosso passione.

Who is the youngest winner of Giro d Italia? ›

Coppi is the youngest winner of the Giro; he was 20 years, 158 days old when he won the 1940 Giro d'Italia. The oldest winner of the Giro is Fiorenzo Magni, who was 34 years old, 180 days when he won the 1955 Giro d'Italia.

What is the prestigious bicycle race d italia? ›

Giro d'Italia (Tour of Italy) is described as the toughest race in the world's most beautiful place. From 1909, is the annual Italian bicycle race, one of the most prestigious in the world (with Tour de France e la Vuelta a España).

How many days do cyclists ride in the Giro d Italia? ›

The race lasts roughly three weeks, and though start and end dates vary depending on the year it typically begins in early May. It's one of three Grand Tours, together with the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España in Spain.

What is the toughest grand Tour? ›

Travel around Andorra, the mountain principality high in the Pyrenees between Spain and France, and you'll be hard pressed to find a single centimetre of flat road. The Vuelta a España visited this year, for an intense rollercoaster stage that some were calling the hardest Grand Tour stage ever.

Who is the oldest man to win Tour de France? ›

Firmin Lambot is the oldest winner, having been 36 years, 4 months old when he won in 1922. French cyclists have won the most Tours; 21 cyclists have won 36 Tours among them.

What is the fewest riders to finish Tour de France? ›

The record for the lowest number of finishers at a Tour de France, though, remains the surely unbeatable 10 that made it through the 1919 race, which was also the slowest Tour ever, running at a speed of just 24.056 kph.

Who was the first black man to win the Giro d Italia? ›

Biniam Girmay makes history at the Giro d'Italia by becoming first black African winner of a Grand Tour stage... but his celebrations are cut short after a wine cork hits him in the EYE on the podium and he is taken to hospital.

Is the Giro d Italia televised in the US? ›

How can I watch the Giro d'Italia 2023 live in the US? Much of the early-season racing was covered in the US by Flobikes, but the Giro d'Italia will be shown on GCN+.

How many Giro d Italia are there? ›

Giro d'Italia
Race details
Editions105 (as of 2022)
First winnerLuigi Ganna ( ITA )
Most winsAlfredo Binda ( ITA ) Fausto Coppi ( ITA ) Eddy Merckx ( BEL ) (5 wins each)
Most recentJai Hindley ( AUS )
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Has anyone won the Tour de France without winning a stage? ›

Walkowiak became only the second rider, after Firmin Lambot in the 1922 Tour de France, to win without taking a single stage.

Who has won all 3 Grand Tours in the same year? ›

No cyclist has won all three Grand Tours in the same calendar year, but Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Chris Froome have won all three in succession (thus holding all titles at the same time); the only other cyclists to win all three Grand Tours at some point in their career are Jacques Anquetil, Felice Gimondi, ...

How many times did Lance Armstrong win the Tour de France? ›

Lance Armstrong, seven-time Tour de France winner, finally admitted what everyone on the planet already knew. And the sports world is apoplectic.

How rich is Lance Armstrong now? ›

Lance Armstrong Net Worth
NameLance Armstrong
Net Worth (2023)$55 Million
ProfessionAmerican former professional road racing cyclist
Monthly Income And Salary$0.3 Million +
Yearly Income And Salary$4 Million +
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What does Lance Armstrong do today? ›

Business Ventures. Lance Armstrong owns a coffee shop in downtown Austin, Texas called Juan Pelota Cafe, named after his battle with testicular cancer. In the same building, the former cyclist owns a bike shop called Mellow Johnny's, named after the Tour term Maillot Jaune.

Why is Peter Sagan not in Giro d Italia? ›

Giro d'Italia 2021 - Peter Sagan fined for "intimidation, improper conduct against other riders"

How many cyclists runners make up a team in the Giro d Italia? ›

While most of the teams have up to 30 men registered to ride for them through the calendar year, they can select just eight riders to compete in the Giro. None of the teams finalize their Giro squads until a few days before the actual start.

Who was the winner of the inaugural Giro d Italia? ›

The battle for victory

However, it was Luigi Ganna, a 26-year-old bricklayer-turned-cyclist, who emerged victorious after a strong performance in the final stages. Ganna claimed the title of the first Giro d'Italia champion, winning three stages and finishing with a total time of 94 hours, 33 minutes, and 14 seconds.

Who won stage 4 Giro d Italia? ›

Giro d'Italia 2023: Aurelien Paret-Peintre takes Stage 4 win as Andreas Leknessund usurps Remco Evenepoel in GC - Eurosport.

Who won stage 20 Giro d Italia? ›

Primoz Roglic wins stage 20 of the Giro d'Italia, despite the mechanical. A huge hug between Primoz Roglic and his teammates. He's en route to his fourth Grand Tour victory.

Who was the winner of Giro of Italy in 2003? ›

Nineteen teams entered the race that was won by the Italian Gilberto Simoni of the Saeco Macchine per Caffè team. Second and third were the Italian Stefano Garzelli and Ukrainian Yaroslav Popovych. It was Simoni's second win in the Giro.

Did Bradley Wiggins win Giro d Italia? ›

Wiggins competed in the Giro d'Italia, finishing 123rd overall. He came seventh in the time trial at the road world championships in Madrid, one minute and 31 seconds down on winner Michael Rogers of Australia.

What size bike does Geraint Thomas ride? ›

Thomas is known to ride a size 56cm frame with his stem slammed relatively low at the front of the bike. Unsurprisingly for a Shimano sponsored team, Thomas's bike featured the new Shimano Dura-Ace R9200 12-speed groupset with a power meter integrated into the front crank.

Which rider has won the most Tour de France stage? ›

Stage wins per rider
1Mark Cavendish34
Eddy Merckx34
3Bernard Hinault28
4André Leducq25
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What glasses does Geraint Thomas wear? ›

British performance eyewear brand, SunGod, has launched the SunGod GTs Signature Series, which were worn exclusively by INEOS Grenadiers rider and Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas at this year's Giro d'Italia.

Why do they wear a green jersey in Tour de France? ›

Created in 1953 on the occasion of the Tour de France's 50th anniversary, the green jersey, which is sponsored by Skoda, rewards the rider who is leading the points classification each day. Points are awarded at stage finishes and at the intermediate sprints in line stages.

Why do cyclists wear jerseys? ›

Wearing a cycling jersey isn't just about the right look. A cycling jersey can help keep you warmer in cold weather and cooler in warm weather and generally more comfortable. Because they're shaped to fit right when you're riding, cycling jerseys help exclude drafts and keep the sun off.

What does Maglia Rosa mean? ›

General classification – Maglia rosa

The maglia rosa – the pink jersey – is the grand prize and the icon of the Giro d'Italia.

Has there ever been a black rider in Tour de France? ›

The day Yohann Gene became the first black cyclist to compete in Tour de France.

Which Tour de France rider is paralyzed? ›

His team made the announcement of him retiring from the race later that day. "Additional examinations revealed a fracture of a cervical vertebra requiring immobilization for a few weeks," read a tweet from the official Team TotalEnergies account. "Daniel Oss is therefore forced to leave the Tour de France."

Which Tour de France rider broke his neck? ›

'Daniel Oss is therefore forced to leave the Tour de France. The whole team wishes you a good recovery Daniel. '

Is the Tour de France the most difficult bike race? ›

What is Tour de France? Tour de France is considered to be the world's “most prestigious and most difficult” bicycle race. It is an annual men's event, which is primarily held in France. The race also occasionally passes through neighbouring countries.

Is the Tour de France the hardest sporting event? ›

The riders who compete in the Grand Tours (Italy, France, Spain) are at the very top of the endurance world, and the Tour de France is generally regarded as the single hardest sporting event in the world, because it amounts to not just a single race, but an all-out race every day for three weeks.

What is the hardest competition in France? ›

Tour de France, the world's most prestigious and most difficult bicycle race. Of the three foremost races (the others being the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a España), the Tour de France attracts the world's best riders.

Has a woman ever ridden in the Tour de France? ›

The 640-mile stage race features two mountain stages and ends in the Vosges Mountains. In the 119-year existence of the men's tour, women have competed in the official Tour de France only five times.

Why don t they use TT bikes in Tour de France? ›

Normally, the brake levers on a TT bike are positioned at the "normal handlebar" while the gears are positioned at the extension bars. The result of that configuration is that you can not brake while in the more aerodynamically position, which makes it extremely dangerous to ride such bikes in the peloton.

What is the hardest one day cycling race? ›

One need look no further than the nickname of Paris-Roubaix to understand just how hard the race is, even for the best riders in the world. Widely referred to as “the Hell of the North,” Paris-Roubaix runs from the outskirts of Paris to the city of Roubaix in Northern France over a grueling course of around 160 miles.

Do Tour de France riders drink alcohol? ›

Essentially, world-class athletes would run into a café and demand the proprietor give them beer, wine, champagne, or whatever other alcoholic beverages were available during the middle of the race. They would then hop back on their bikes and chase after the peloton with their pockets loaded with booze.

How many hours a day do Tour de France riders ride? ›

With riders spending up to six hours a day on the bike with minimal time for recovery and just two rest days over the entire event, feeding the world's greatest riders during a Grand Tour is no mean feat. “To fuel the journey riders need to consume an average of 5,000-plus calories per stage.

Who is the best cyclist that never was? ›

Jan Ullrich: The Best There Never Was is the first biography of Jan Ullrich, arguably the most naturally talented cyclist of his generation, and also one of the most controversial champions of the Tour de France.

What is the hardest gear to cycle? ›

High Gear = Hard = Good for Descending: The “highest” gear on your bike is the largest chain ring in the front and the smallest cog on your cassette (rear gears). In this position, the pedaling will be the hardest and you'll be able to accelerate while traveling downhill.

Who has ridden the most Grand Tour stages? ›

Eddy Merckx

What is the number 1 sport in France? ›

Football. Football (soccer) is the most popular sport in France, with 1,993,270 licensed players in the leagues. The sport was imported from England at the end of the 19th century, under the name of association football.

What is the biggest rivalry in France? ›

1- PSG vs Marseille

The rivalry between Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique de Marseille is arguably the biggest in French football. These two teams represent the two biggest cities in France, and their rivalry goes beyond football.

Who was the oldest Tour de France competitor? ›

Henri Paret (1854–?) was a French cyclist. He is notable for being the oldest cyclist to ever ride in the Tour de France, riding the 1904 Tour de France at age 50.
Henri Paret (cyclist, born 1854)
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