Giro 2024: Vendrame wins from breakaway, Pogacar almost home

Andrea Vendrame - Giro 2024: Vendrame wins from breakawayfoto: Cor VosAndrea Vendrame attacks from the breakaway during a descent with 30 kilometres to go. He continues to push and solos to victory. The GC riders finish 16 minutes later and Tadej Pogacar remains in pink. (Slideshow route/profile)

Results 19th stage 2024 Giro

1. Andrea Vendrame (ita)
2. Pelayo Sánchez (spa) + 0.54
3. Georg Steinhauser (ger) + 1.07
4. Jhonatan Narváez (col) + 2.27
5. Luke Plapp (aus) s.t.
6. Simone Velasco (ita) + 2.30
7. Jan Tratnik (slo) s.t.
8. Michael Valgren (den) s.t.
9. Julian Alaphilippe (fra) + 2.32
10. Quinten Hermans (bel) + 3.52

GC after stage 19
1. Tadej Pogacar (slo)
2. Daniel Felipe Martínez (col) + 7.42
3. Geraint Thomas (gbr) + 8.04
4. Ben O’Connor (aus) + 9.47
5. Antonio Tiberi (ita) + 10.29
6. Thymen Arensman (nld) + 11.10
7. Romain Bardet (fra) + 12.42
8. Einer Rubio (col) + 13.33
9. Filippo Zana (ita) + 13.52
10. Jan Hirt (cze) + 14.44

Race report
Attacks are flying from the gun. Magnus Sheffield, Simone Velasco, Ryan Mullen, Alex Baudin, Daan Hoole, Lorenzo Milesi, Giovanni Lonardi, Edoardo Affini, and Attila Valter are the first riders to open up a gap, which they widen to 30 seconds.

Yet, the peloton keeps chasing and the attackers are brought back after 30 kilometres. Then Julian Alaphilippe initiates the second breakaway. Jhonatan Narváez, Nicola Conci, Andrea Vendrame, and Pelayo Sánchez follow his move, while Luke Plapp closes the gap a little later.

The six open a 45 seconds lead, but the peloton brings the gap down to 15 seconds. Enzo Paleni, Jasper Stuyven, Edward Theuns, and Mattia Bais bridge across with just under 100 kilometres remaining, while Simone Velasco, Mikkel Honoré, Georg Steinhauser, Michael Valgren, Dries De Pooter, Alessandro De Marchi, Jan Tratnik, Tim van Dijke, and Manuele Tarozzi round out the lead group with 82 kilometres left to race. By then, the peloton is 5 minutes in arrears – a gap that will only extend further.

Narváez, Steinhauser, Sánchez, and Alaphilippe head out together on the Passo Duron. Hermans and Vendrame bridge across in the last kilometre.

When a chasing group closes in on the Sella Valcalda, Alaphilippe gives it another dig. Narváez and Steinhauser follow his move straight away, while Sánchez claws back later. In the background, Plapp rejoins Hermans and Vendrame, and the three regain contact before the summit.

Vendrame distances the others on the descent. Alaphilippe and Narváez go after him, without closing down the gap, and Sánchez, Steinhauser, Plapp, and Hermans regain contact in the valley. The cooperation is non-existent and Vendrame widens his lead to over 1 minute.

Steinhauser leaves the others behind with 11 kilometres to go before Sánchez rejoins him on a steep uphill kicker inside the last 8 kilometres. The Spaniard leaves the young German behind.

Vendrame crests the last summit, Cima Sappada, 1 minute ahead of the chaser. The 29-year-old Italian solos to his second ever win in a Giro stage.

The GC riders take it easy. Just two days, and Tadej Pogacar has won the Giro d’Italia.

Another interesting read: route 19th stage 2024 Giro.

Giro d’Italia 2024 stage 19: video, route, profiles

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