Giro 2019 Favourites stage 15: Nibali’s Day

Vincenzo Nibali - Giro 2019 Favourites stage 15: Nibali's DayThe 15th stage on the Giro d'Italia serves a race on the climbs of the Tour of Lombardy. In 2015 and 2017 Vincenzo Nibali won the Race of the Falling Leaves after a similar finale. (Slideshow route/profile)

The first 160 kilometres are played out on the flat before the Giro enters Il Lombardia. The race serves the Madonna del Ghisallo (8.6 kilometres at 6.2%) and Colma di Sormano (9.6 kilometres at 6.5%) inside the last 60 kilometres. A technical descent drops down to Nesso before the riders continue along the lake-shore to Como. A harsh climb to Civiglio – 4.2 kilometres with steady 10% gradients – is supposed to be decisive. A flying descent leads to fat run-in of 3 kilometres on the broad avenues of Como.

In 2015 and 2017, Nibali attacked just before the top of the Civiglio climb to extend his lead in the descent.

Obviously, how the race unfolds depends on the GC. We will update this post in a while.

Favourites 15th stage 2019 Giro d’Italia
*** Vincenzo Nibali, Bob Jungels, Davide Formolo
** Alexis Vuillermoz, Davide Villella, Tao Geoghegan Hart
* Bauke Mollema, Thomas De Gendt, Valerio Conti, Hugh Carty

Check out the route of stage 15.

Giro d’Italia 2019 stage 15: profiles, finish

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