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30 May 2019

Cima wins Stage 18 of the Giro d'Italia, Carapaz retains the Maglia Rosa

The Italian rider Damiano Cima (Nippo – Vini Fantini – Faizané) won Stage 18 of the 102nd Giro d’Italia, 222km from Valdaora / Olang to Santa Maria di Sala. Pascal Ackermann (Bora – Hangrohe) and Simone Consonni (UAE Team Emirates) finished second and third, respectively.

Richard Carapaz remains the race General Classification leader, wearing the Maglia Rosa.

FINAL RESULT
1 – Damiano Cima (Nippo – Vini Fantini – Faizané) – 222km in 4h56’04”, average speed 44.989km/h
2 – Pascal Ackermann (Bora – Hangrohe) s.t.
3 – Simone Consonni (UAE Team Emirates) s.t.

JERSEYS

  • Maglia Rosa (pink), general classification leader, sponsored by EnelRichard Carapaz (Movistar Team)
  • Maglia Ciclamino (cyclamen), sprinter classification leader, sponsored by SegafredoPascal Ackermann (Bora – Hangrohe)
  • Maglia Azzurra (blue), King of the Mountains classification leader, sponsored by Banca MediolanumGiulio Ciccone (Trek – Segafredo)
  • Maglia Bianca (white), young rider general classification leader, sponsored by EurospinMiguel Angel Lopez (Astana Pro Team)

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1 – Richard Carapaz (Movistar Team)
2 – Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain – Merida) at 1’54”
3 – Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo – Visma) at 2’16”
4 – Mikel Landa (Movistar Team) at 3’03”
5 – Bauke Mollema (Trek – Segafredo) at 5’07”

Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the stage winner Damiano Cima said: “I can’t believe what just happened. I’ve spent so many kilometres in breakaways during this Giro. I thought I’d never make it but I’ve won today. It’s insane. It’s the dream of a lifetime.

The race leader Richard Carapaz said: “It’s been a quiet stage but a long one, intense at the beginning only. I’ve had a good support from my team again. Tomorrow will be an important test but I’m confident to keep the Maglia Rosa.

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