Sivakov holds steady on stage 19

31 May 2019

Sivakov holds steady on stage 19

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Pavel Sivakov rode strongly to hang with the General Classification contenders and retain ninth overall on stage 19 at the Giro d’Italia.

With the impressive Eddie Dunbar for company, Sivakov covered off a dangerous move from Hugh Carthy (EF Education First) in the final five kilometres, before hanging tough as Primoz Roglic (Jumbo Visma) launched a late move.

He crossed the line six seconds back on the Slovenian and maglia rosa Richard Carapaz (Movistar) while extending his advantage in ninth place over Davide Formolo (Bora-hansgrohe), who now sits over a minute and a half back in 10th.

Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott) took the stage win from the day’s break, attacking late on the San Martino di Castrozza climb, as once again the peloton let the escapees build an unassailable lead. Behind it was a comfortable day for the Movistar-led peloton on one of the easier mountain tests of the race’s final week, before the attacks begun midway up the final climb.

Nicolas Portal, Sport Director: "Eddie did a really solid ride today and was key for Pavel. He was in control and he was talking on the radio until the last kilometre more or less. The climb suited him really well. And you can see he is recovering really well every day. It’s his first Grand Tour, yet he can still put in a really high level of performance like today and the Giro is nearly finished, so chapeau to Eddie. Sebastian and Ivan had some tired legs today but managed to support Pavel until around three kilometres to race. 

"I think the team did well. The plan was to make sure they didn’t expend too much energy because tomorrow is such a key day in this last part of the Giro. You can crack on tomorrow’s stage and obviously we don’t want that. We want to stabilise Pavel’s place on GC.

"The idea will be to support Pavel again tomorrow. It’s such a hard stage that there may be a different way for us to support Pavel. We will talk to the guys. You will have to wait and see! It will be brutal out there."
Sivakov eyes up race leader Richard Carapaz

Sivakov eyes up race leader Richard Carapaz

What's next?

Stage 20 of the 2019 Giro d'Italia is not for the faint hearted. With over 5,000m of climbing - the most of the race - and five categorised climbs to contend with, anything could happen on the road up to Monte Avena. Expect changes on the GC.

General classification after stage 19:
1. Richard Carapaz (Movistar) 83:52:22
2. Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida) +1:54”
3. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) +2:16”
4. Mikel Landa (Movistar) +3:03”
5. Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) +5:07”
9. Pavel Sivakov (Team INEOS) +8:27”

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