If you want just the facts, ma’am, Stage 15 of this year’s Tour de France was won by Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), and the maillot jaune still rests on the shoulders of Julian Alaphilippe. But if you want to know what really happened, we will work backwards from the time the riders came over the finish line on the Prat d’Albis in the pouring rain. The GC standings held just 15sec between the second and fourth rider, and the entire sport’s camera crews were filming the yellow jersey crying and vomiting over the barriers, after yet another gruelling, unpredictable and unbelievably exciting stage.
A grand tour is always about more than just the final podium – there are battles within battles within battles. And there are always one or two heartwarming stories that restore your faith in whatever you’ve lost faith in … The 2019 Giro d’Italia was no exception. It had it all – including some horrific weather – and while it might not have been the most exciting Giro on record, it certainly had something interesting, confusing or astonishing every day.
The 2019 Giro d’Italia ends on a feel-good note, with its final stage being won by Sunweb’s Chad Haga who was in the ITT hot seat for a looooooong time before he could celebrate his first GT victory – a very popular win with fans. Richard Carapaz (Movistar) made history as the first Ecuadorian Grand Tour champion as he sacrificed only 49sec to second-placed Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida). Mikel Landa lost his place on the podium by a heartbreaking 8sec, which flipped back to Primoz Roglic.