He crowned the breakaway! Italian Andrea Vendrame (Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale Team) emerged victorious in the nineteenth stage of the Giro d’Italia after riding 157 kilometers between Mortegliano and Sappada. His breakaway companions Pelayo Sanchez of Spain and Georg Steinhauser of Germany finished second and third, respectively.

The riders in the general classification arrived relaxed at more than 15 minutes, saving their strength for Saturday’s very tough mountain stage. The bunch was led by Austrian Felix Großschartner (UAE Team Emirates).

The first attackers of the day were Julian Alaphilippe (Soudal Quick-Step), Andrea Vendrame (Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale), Jhonatan Narváez (INEOS Grenadiers), Luke Plapp (Jayco AlUla), Quinten Hermans (Alpecin-Deceuninck) and Pelayo Sánchez (Movistar).

After a few kilometers, these first escapees were joined by Edward Theuns, Jasper Stuyven (both Lidl-Trek), Enzo Paleni (Groupama-FDJ), Mattia Bais (Polti Kometa), Tim van Dijke, Jan Tratnik (both Visma | Lease a Bike), Andrea Piccolo, Mikkel Frølich Honoré, Georg Steinhauser (all EF Education-EasyPost), Simone Velasco (Astana Qazaqstan), Dries De Pooter (Intermarché-Wanty), Alessandro De Marchi (Jayco AlUla) and Manuele Tarozzi (Polti Kometa).

After the last group made the jump after 70 kilometers of racing, the peloton finally decided to slow down. The lead group built a big lead, which made it clear that the winner was clearly in the breakaway.

In the end, Italian Andrea Vendrame was the strongest of the breakaway, who held strong on the steepest sections. Despite some counterattacks by Steinhauser and Sanchez, Vendrame reached the summit with a lead of more than a minute. In the final kilometers, the Italian did not give up his victory, the Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale rider entered the finish in Sappada alone. Sanchez had to settle for second place and Steinhauser was third.

As for the Colombians, Daniel Felipe Martínez (BORA-hansgrohe) came in 23rd, Einer Rubió (Movistar Team) in 25th place and Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) in 43rd place, closing the group of favorites. The rest of the nationals arrived in the group further behind.

The Italian round will continue this Saturday, May 25, with its 20th stage, a mountainous fraction of 184 kilometers between Alpago and Bassano del Grappa, which includes two first category passes.

Giro d’Italia 2024 (2.UWT)
Results Stage 19 | Mortegliano – Sappada (157 km)

1 Andrea VendrameDecathlon AG2R La Mondiale Team3:51:05
2 Pelayo SánchezMovistar Team0:54
3 Georg SteinhauserEF Education – EasyPost1:07
4 Jhonatan NarváezINEOS Grenadiers2:27
5 Luke PlappTeam Jayco AlUla,,
6 Simone VelascoAstana Qazaqstan Team2:30
7 Jan TratnikTeam Visma | Lease a Bike,,
8 Michael ValgrenEF Education – EasyPost,,
9 Julian AlaphilippeSoudal Quick-Step2:32
10 Quinten HermansAlpecin – Deceuninck3:52

Ranking General

1 Tadej PogačarUAE Team Emirates71:24:03
2 Daniel Felipe MartínezBORA – hansgrohe7:42
3 Geraint ThomasINEOS Grenadiers8:04
4 Ben O’ConnorDecathlon AG2R La Mondiale Team9:47
5 Antonio TiberiBahrain – Victorious10:29
6 Thymen ArensmanINEOS Grenadiers11:10
7 Romain BardetTeam dsm-firmenich PostNL12:42
8 Einer RubioMovistar Team13:33
9 Filippo ZanaTeam Jayco AlUla13:52
10 Jan HirtSoudal Quick-Step14:44

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