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Treviso - San Martino di Castrozza
Giro d'Italia • Stage19

Treviso - San Martino di Castrozza
Giro d'Italia - 31 May 2019

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New top 10 as Lopez moves within 26 seconds of Bauke Mollema's fifth place.


Today's stage 19 result...


Lovely scenes as Estaban Chaves celebrates his win with his parents, who have come over especially from Colombia.


Over the finish goes Lopez, who comes home 5'44" down on today's winner Chaves. Roglic leads the others over the line at 6'27". Nibali and Carapaz are there so there won't be any change in the top 10 save for Lopez.


Roglic now attacks! Nibali, Carapaz and Landa close it down. Then the others ride over. Yates is there and another Mitchelton-Scott rider - they'll know that Chaves has won.


No time gaps have been given so we don't know what Lopez's advantage is. He has 800m left. Zakarin is also with the favourites as is another Ineos rider, perhaps Dunbar.


Meanwhile, back with Lopez, and the Colombian continues his solo ride to the line. He'll gain some time back but it won't be enough for any big changes. Behind, the likes of Landa, Carapaz, Nibali, Pozzovivo, Yates, Sivakov, Mollema and Roglic are in the main group of favourites. Carthy, too, who puts in a dig, then Majka has a pop.


The escapees arriving in dribs and drabs. It looks like Carboni was fourth ahead of Bidard and Serry and Canola...


Andrea Vendrame takes second for Androni at eight seconds with Amaro Antunes third a couple of seconds back.


Victory for Esteban Chaves of Mitchelton-Scott! Whatever it was, it's a smile now - relief, glory and that trademark smile!


Chaves starts to smile - or is it a grimace? - as he approaches the finish...


Antunes is the man chasing down the Colombian now, but it's too late.


Under the flamme rouge goes Chaves. With the road now flattening out, the win is surely his.


Chaves has 16 seconds on Bidard, who has Vendrame and Antunes closing in.


ATTACK: Lopez throws down the hammer from the main pack! Landa starts to follow and then sits up when Carapaz doesn't join him. Nibali and Roglic are there with Landa...


Big gap now for Chaves so it looks like Mitchelton-Scott will get their stage win after all.


Another attack from Chaves! This time it looks like he's going to drop the others. Finally he has a gap over Bidard and Serry. He made his move just as Antunes and Carboni were rejoining the leaders...


Chaves, Serry and Bidard lead with 3km to go. Behind we have Antunes and Carboni, who are closing in, while Vendrame and Canola are further back.


Mechanical for Andrea Vendrame! He needs a news to sort out his chain, which has come off, and that's his chances of the win gone!


Carboni and Antunes join the leaders so we now have six out in front.


Back with the peloton ans Astana have now come to the front for their man Miguel Angel Lopez, the white jersey. No attacks to report as yet.


Just as Antunes, Carboni and Canola bridge over, Chaves puts in another attack and takes Serry, Bidard and Vendrame with him. Boaro isn't too far back, either. I wouldn't discount any of these guys...


Another acceleration sees Canola drop back again. The Colombian won't want to let Antunes back in - the Portuguese is not far back and riding with Carboni, the rider who caused all that beef when he joined the breakaway what seems like an eternity ago.


But such is the gentle gradient, it's hard to make any of these attacks stick because riders can return with east. Canola and Bidard are back in the mix!


Just as Canola rejoins the leaders, Chaves puts in another dig to drop the Italian and despatch Bidard. Chaves, Vendrame and Serry ride clear.


That acceleration by Chaves sees the end of Canola's chances but Bidard, Vendrame and Serry are back with him. Meanwhile, the peloton has hit the bottom of this climb. It's hard to see this one making any impact in the battle for pink because it's just not steep enough.


Canola has now been caught so we have a group of five - and Chaves urges them to work together rather than attack each other. When he gets no reaction, he just attacks.


Chaves and Vendrame have bridged over to Serry and Bidard. Chaves looks like he rides right past them but the Colombian is eventually joined by the others. Canola is still out ahead with a 12-second gap.


Bidard and Serry have pilled out a nice gap over the others. Chaves looks very frustrated and pulls off to the right of the road and looks at the other escapees. This coaxes a move from Antunes who steps on the pedals and forces a reaction.


Vendrame now attacks, with Bidard and Serry in pursuit. Antunes and Chaves ride over with the others although Santaromita has been dropped.


Chaves has a pop but he's covered. The Colombian is the danger man in the break in that he's the only one who's won a stage before - and on Mount Etna, at that. He's a strong climber battling back from a period of difficulty and still finding his feet. He was second two days ago and so the legs are there.


Le Gac is reeled in and it's the Portuguese Antunes who is next to have a dig. It comes to nothing and they're all following each other across the road playing cat and mouse while Canola continues up the road.


Serry puts in the first move form the chasers, with Chaves, Antunes and Boaro closing it down. It comes back together before Olivier Le Gac zips clear.


Canola still has 18 second on the break as the road starts to edge a bit steeper uphill after that leisurely 2.4% opening section.

San Martino di Castrozza climb, Giro d'Italia 2019

The penultimate summit finish of this year's Giro is under way. We're onto the Cat.2 climb to San Martino di Castrozza (13.6km at 5.6% and a maximum of 10%).


The break is starting to fragment on the approach to this climb as the mind games begin. With the gap up to 9'25" now it's clear that the win will come from one of these escapees. And there it is: Marco Canola puts in a dig - perhaps mindful of Nans Peters's move a couple of days ago - and he builds up a small gap.


It's all over for Boaro, who never managed to pick up more than 20-odd seconds a gap there. We're not yet onto the final climb proper, although it's been heading uphill since the descent after that previous climb.


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Video - San Martino Castrozza recon with Eurosport's top-secret agent, Juan Antonio Flecha


Manuele Boaro went on the attack near the summit of that climb and hits the apron of the final decisive climb with a 15 second lead over the rest of the break.


The leaders are on the Cat 4 climb to Lamon and the scenery is frankly disgustingly beautiful. The sun is finally shining on the Giro and Italy is delivering in spades.


The break are out to nine minutes now, so this is very much two races as the mountains get ever closer.


With 50km remaining the break still has well over eight minutes and it's a very talented group. This is looking good for them, particularly with climbers of the calibre of Esteban Chaves among their number.


Is Matt Stephens on for yet another correct prediction of the stage winner? He seems best placed as it stands.


It seems like there are two races out there today, one for the stage and one for the GC. The break has a lead out at over eight minutes, which should be enough even with the big closing climb of the day. The peloton and main GC contenders have been keeping it fairly steady so far today, no doubt with half-an-eye on tomorrow's monster of a mountain stage.


Esteban Chaves is part of the 12-man break. That's twice in the last three days that the Colombian has attacked and gone for the stage, but it didn't come as a surprise given that Matt White essentially told us what the team were going to try today.

Video - Matt White: Mitchelton-Scott came here for the GC and that hasn't changed ... but we want a stage


The pace is high for the break as they continue this slight descent down into this lush green valley, surrounded by snow-capped Dolomiti peaks. The intermediate sprint is coming up and the gap is 7'55".


Pascal Ackermann is off the back of the peloton to get some attention. He's still bandaged up from that crash in stage 10 and that's what he's having looked at now - the road rash on his right knee. The German took back the maglia ciclamino yesterday and he's already on a custom-painted purple Specialized bike. He'll just need to get through the next day and a half of mountains now - and given the leisurely pace so far, he's not going to have any trouble today.


It's local rider Andrea Vendrame who dances clear of the break to take maximum points over the summit. It's a token gesture, of course, for the maglia azzurra KOM competition has already been wrapped up by Italy's Giulio Ciccone of Trek-Segafredo. It's Canola, Carboni and Santaromita who take the remaining points after Vendrame, in that order.


It's "piano, piano" back in the peloton with Movistar's Jasha Sutterlin, not renowned for his climbing, setting the tempo for his GCV men Carapaz and Landa.


It's the Italian wildcard teams on the front now with Senni, Canola and Vendrame setting the pace as the break pushes on towards those tunnels. Back with the pack, Davide Cimolai has passed some of his pals on the side of the road so is milking the applause.


This is what the riders - and us fans - can expect near the summit of this climb, with a series of hairpin bends enclosed within tunnels. Nicknamed the "Road of 100 Days", this road was built in only three months to supply the Piave front at the end of the First World War, with prisoners of war, the elderly, women and children all pressed into helping with the contruction. According to Wikipedia, there is a speed limit of 30 km/h and a height limit of 3.2m, after buses were repeatedly stuck in the tunnel. There are five tunnels blasted into the rock with hairpin turns or loops, and six bridges. Let's hope the Mitchelton-Scott (former GreenEdge) bus driver isn't on duty today...


Marcos Canola and Marcato are on the front of the break on the nursury slopes of this climb, keeping the gap at 7'25".

Passo San Boldo, stage 19 of the Giro d'Italia 2019

The break is now onto the first categorised climb of the day, the Cat.3 Passo San Boldo (6.3km at 6.8% and peaking near the top at 10%).


There's a huge seven kilometres now separating the break from the peloton. Carboni, incidentally, is still on the back of the break, although two other riders have dropped back to their team cars. Movistar continue to set the tempo on the front of the pack. None of the escapees are a threat to Richard Carapaz's pink jersey, the best placed rider more than an hour down on the standings.


We're on some rolling roads along a series of ridges that cut through small hilltop towns interspersed with vineyards as the race approaches the first categorised climb of the day. The gap is around the 7'30" mark for our 12 leaders.


Video - Matt White: Mitchelton-Scott came here for the GC and that hasn't changed ... but we want a stage


Poor Carboni - he's made the split and is now acting like a bull in a china shop. His fellow escapees are ganging up on his because he's taking a breather off the back - but both Boaro and Antunes have given him a piece of their mind, resulting in some grade-A Italian gesticulations from the 12th man of the break. In fact, it gets so tense that the racy jury car drives up and urges the riders to calm down.


Here he is! Carboni finally makes the connection, slingshotting himself in anger from the Groupama-FDJ car just before he latches onto the break, then spitting on the ground at the foot of the TV camera moto. Charming. Someone's not a happy camper.


Manuel Senni of Bardiani-CSF has been at the back of this breakaway for a long time, contributing nothing to the pace-setting. That's because he's waiting for his teammate Giovanni Carboni, who is still riding in pursuit. He's within 30 seconds now but still have ground to make up. But Damiano Cima's unexpected win yesterday for Nippo-Vini Fantini has given the Italian wildcard teams fresh hope - and Bardiani are the only one who have yet to snare a stage. Fauso Masnada of Androni, remember, won a stage in the opening week, the day Valerio Conti went into pink.


The peloton is all strung out with Movistar and Bahrain now setting quite a fast tempo with the gap stretching out to almost seven minutes for the leaders.


The lead has ballooned to over six minutes now for the 11 escapees. Giovanni Carboni is about 45 seconds down while the Israel Cycling Academy rider who was with him, Guillaume Boivin, is three minutes back and so very much stuck in no-man's land.


The gap's over four minutes now as Movistar set the tempo back in the pack. It's a sunny day in north-east Italy, which makes a welcome change from all that rain we've had in this Giro.


Right, it's time for the first climb. This one isn't categorised but the narrow road up to Santa Marisa della Vittoria is pretty steep. The leaders now have 1'07" behind the chasing duo and 2'55" over the peloton, which is bring driven by Movistar and Lotto Soudal now.


The gap is up to 1'15" now for the 11 leaders who have those two chancers trying to bridge over. No Arnaud Demare here - the Frenchman is 13pts behind Ackermann in the maglia ciclamino competition and his only hope now is to pick up intermediate sprint points. Probably realistic there - he can't climb for toffee and the sprint comes after the first big climb of the day.


And that seems to be that: Mitchelton-Scott and Movistar have riders blocking the front of the peloton by riding flat across the road - forcing a Bardiani rider to bunny hop onto the pavement and then zip clear to join the break. It's Giovanni Carboni and he's been joined by a rider from Israel Cycling Academy.


Just 30 seconds for the break with many teams behind not happy with the state of play. Trek and Bora, for instance, missed the move and are trying to pilot men across.


The 11 leaders are: Francois Bidard (Ag2R-La Mondiale), Andre Vendrame (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec), Manuele Boaro (Astana), Manuel Senni (Bardiani-CSF), Amaro Antunes (CCC Team), Pieter Serry (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Olivier Le Gac (Groupama-FDJ), Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott), Marco Canola and Ivan Santaromita (both Nippo-Vini Fantini), and Marco Marcato (UAE Team Emirates).


Video - Hugh Carthy - 'We got wrapped up in the GC race for a bit so a stage win would be nice'


We have about 10 riders out ahead now while Israel Cycling Academy are pushing on in the peloton - they clearly missed the move.


Attacks from the outset as half a dozen riders zip clear and numerous others ping off the front in an attempt to bridge over.


They're under way! The remaining 143 riders get the show on the road...


Oddly, the riders have stopped so Mauro Vegni, the race director, can take a photo with some chap who is probably a local politician goofing in front of the peloton...


The riders are currently rolling through the neutral zone ahead of the official start. The fans could like a victory for Vincenzo today - or at the very least a Shark attack. Remember, it was the corresponding stage in 2016 when the Nibali, trailing Steven Kruijswijk by almost five minutes in the standings, won the stage with a brutal solo attack before securing the pink one day later in the penultimate stage of the race.


Here's today's profile - an undulating 151km ride which slow-builds to that Cat.2 climb - the first climb ever used by the Giro in the Dolomites back in the day.

Giro d'Italia 2019 stage 19 profile

There were no changes in the GC yesterday but the maglia ciclamino changed shoulders after Pascal Ackermann took second place and Arnaud Demare only eighth.


Yesterday, breakaway hero Damiano Cima of Italy produced the seemingly impossible to hold off the rampaging peloton to take a sensational win ahead of Germany's Pascal Ackermann in Stage 18 of the Giro d’Italia. Cima was the only rider from a three-man break not to be caught on the home straight, the 25-year-old Giro debutant pulling a proverbial rabbit out of a hat to take the biggest win of his career and deliver a first ever Giro scalp for his second-tier Nippo-Vini Fantini team.


Ciao ragazzi! Welcome to live coverage of stage 19 of the Giro d'Italia - the first of three stages that will decide the outcome of the 102nd edition of La Corsa Rosa.