The Italian rider Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro Team) has won Stage 19 of the 99th Giro d’Italia, 162km from Pinerolo to Risoul. Mikel Nieve (Team Sky) finished second, with Esteban Chaves (Orica Greenedge) third.
Esteban Chaves (Orica Greenedge) is the new race leader overall and takes the Maglia Rosa.
1 – Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro Team) – 162km in 4h19’54”, ave. 37.398km/h
2 – Mikel Nieve (Team Sky) at 51″
3 – Esteban Chaves (Orica Greenedge) at 53″
Seconds after the stage finish, the stage winner said: “I’ve won by rage today. It hasn’t been easy to handle everything that has happened over the past few days. I dedicate this victory to Rosario [a young pupil of his who accidentally died two weeks ago]. I’m very happy. It’s been a terribly hard stage. I want to keep my feet on the ground. There’s another hard stage to contest tomorrow”.
The Maglia Rosa said: “It’s been difficult. I’m happy to have the Maglia Rosa and be so close to winning the Giro but there’s another hard stage tomorrow. I’m sorry for Steven Kruijswijk. He made a small mistake in the downhill but he defended himself very courageously. I’ve tried to stay with Nibali but he was too strong for me today”.