Giro 2023: McNulty wins in Bergamo, Armirail still in pink

Brandon McNulty - Giro 2023: McNulty wins in Bergamo, Armirail still in pinkfoto: Cor VosBen Healy and Brandon McNulty leave their fellow-attackers behind in the last big climb of the day, while Marco Frigo tracks down the duo inside the last 10 kilometres. It comes down to a three-up sprint in Bergamo with McNulty taking the spoils. Bruno Armirail loses some time, but he keeps the maglia rosa. (Slideshow route/profile)

Results 15th stage 2023 Giro

1. Brandon McNulty (usa)
2. Ben Healy (irl) s.t.
3. Marco Frigo (ita) s.t.
4. Bauke Mollema (nld) + 1.51
5. Einer Rubio (col) s.t.
6. Simone Velasco (ita) + 2.26
7. Andrea Pasqualon (ita) s.t.
8. Laurens Huys (bel) + 3.10
9. Vincenzo Albanese (ita) + 4.13
10. François Bidard (fra) s.t.

13. João Almeida (por) + 6.53
14. Ilan Van Wilder (bel) s.t.
15. Geraint Thomas (gbr) s.t.
17. Damiano Caruso (ita) s.t.
18. Primoz Roglic (slo) s.t.
19. Eddie Dunbar (irl) s.t.
20. Andreas Leknessund (nor) s.t.

21. Thibaut Pinot (fra) + 6.55
24. Lennard Kämna (ger) s.t.
27. Laurens De Plus (bel) s.t.
28. Hugh Carthy (gbr) s.t.
30. Thymen Arensman (nld) s.t.

32. Bruno Armirail (fra) + 7.26

GC after stage 15
1. Bruno Armirail (fra)
2. Geraint Thomas (gbr) + 1.08
3. Primoz Roglic (slo) + 1.10
4. João Almeida (por) + 1.30
5. Andreas Leknessund (nor) + 1.50
6. Damiano Caruso (ita) + 2.36
7. Lennard Kämna (ger) + 3.02
8. Eddie Dunbar (irl) + 3.40
9. Thymen Arensman (nld) + 3.55
10. Laurens De Plus (bel) + 4.18

11. Thibaut Pinot (fra) + 4.23
12. Hugh Carthy (gbr) + 4.26

Race report
Ben Healy initiates the breakaway at kilometre 5 and Simone Velasco goes with him. A group with Bauke Mollema and Brandon McNulty rejoins the duo after a 15 kilometres chase. Einer Rubio and Martin Marcellusi are the last riders to bridge across in the Valico di Valcava climb, while Healy is the first rider to reach the summit.

The lead group – Ballerini, Dainese, Pasqualon, Albanese, Velasco, Gavazzi, Frigo, Bonifazio, Bidard, Huys, Berwick, Rojas, Mollema, McNulty, Marcellusi, Rubio, Healy – carves out a 7 minutes gap.

Dainese and Marcellusi can’t follow the pace in the Selvino climb. Once again, Healy pockets maximum points at the summit, but Rubio outsprints him for the Miragolo San Salvatore KOM.

Bonifazio jumps off the front in the run-up to the climb to Roncola Alta. Frigo overhauls his compatriot in the climb before McNulty tracks him down. Healy regains contact also before he continues on his own in the last kilometres of the climb.

Healy reaches the summit 13 seconds ahead of McNulty, while Frigo is 30 seconds in arrears.

McNulty rejoins Healy on descent, while Frigo tracks down the duo inside the last 10 kilometres.

Healy attacks in the last few hundred metres of the Colle Aperto. McNulty follows the move before Frigo makes it back in the home straight. He uses his speed to open a gap, which Healy closes. McNulty powers past the two to take the win.

Armirail loses contact in the GC group in the Colle Aperto, but he stays in pink.

Another interesting read: route 15th stage 2023 Giro 2023.

Giro d’Italia 2023 stage 15: route, profile, more

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