Stage 15 of the Giro d’Italia – the day after a heavy duty stage and the day before a rest day. What would it bring? Well, it brought mixed emotions in the peloton, who let the break duo of Dario Cataldo (Astana) and Mattia Cattaneo (Androni Giocattoli) have over 16min before they went for a hard chase over the climbs in the last third of the race. In the end, it was Cataldo who won the two-up sprint, with a Shark-fuelled maglia rosa quartet bearing down on him and Cattaneo. It was the first solo stage win for the Astana rider at the Giro – a fine reward for all his domestique duties through the years. Richard Carapaz (Movistar) extended his lead over Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) and stays pretty in pink.
Stage 14 of the Giro d’Italia simmered for a while but came to a spectacular crescendo. Richard Carapaz (Movistar) rode a spectacular solo attack all the way to victory in Courmayeur and surprised many (including possibly Primoz Roglic) by bagging himself the race leader’s pink jersey. It’s a tight GC battle now, folks!
Richard Carapaz (Movistar) took a flyer from a handful of riders on Stage 4 of the 2019 Giro d’Italia and no one could catch him, not even a fast-closing Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) who finished runner-up. Diego Ulissi, whose two UAE Emirates teammates had shredded the leading group that had profited from a pile-up in the peloton, rounded out the podium. Race leader Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) was the only GC rider in that leading group and he put further time (16 secs) into his rivals. This leaves him still looking pretty in pink jersey, socks, helmet and bar tape.