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