The Colombian rider Esteban Chaves (Orica Greenedge) has won Stage 14 of the 99th Giro d’Italia, 210km from Alpago (Farra) to Corvara (Alta Badia). Steven Kruijswijk (Team Lotto NL – Jumbo) and Georg Preidler (Team Giant – Alpecin) finished second and third respectively.
Thanks to his second place, Steven Kruijswijk (Team Lotto NL – Jumbo) is the new race leader overall and takes over the Maglia Rosa.
1 – Esteban Chaves (Orica Greenedge) – 210km in 6h06’16”, average speed 34.401km/h
2 – Steven Kruijswijk (Team Lotto NL – Jumbo) s.t.
3 – Georg Preidler (Team Giant – Alpecin) s.t.
Seconds after the stage finish, the stage winner said: “To win a stage at the Giro d’Italia was my dream since I started my pro career with Team Colombia, based in Italy. I love this race! To win the hardest stage is even better. I thank all the people who have helped me reach this point. Thank you also to my sport director Matt White who gave me precious information from the car, which helped me win today”.
The Maglia Rosa said: “I was feeling really good. I asked my sport director if I should save energy for tomorrow’s time trial or not. We decided that we wouldn’t. I felt I was a little bit better than Vincenzo Nibali so it was the right day to take advantage of it. Luckily a strong guy came with me. It’s an enormous satisfaction to take the Maglia Rosa, especially in such a wonderful setting as the Dolomites”.