Overview

Giro d'Italia

Stage 18) Valdaora / Olang - Santa Maria di Sala

IT Italy, Thursday 30 May 2019
221 km

Giro d’Italia: Fourth for Sénéchal as breakaway denies the bunch

Giro d’Italia: Fourth for Sénéchal as breakaway denies the bunch

A largely downhill course was on the cards for the 222km-long stage 18, which started in Valdaora and concluded in Santa Maria di Sala, the hometown of Antonio Bevilacqua, the 1951 Paris-Roubaix champion and winner of eleven stages at the Giro d’Italia. On paper, it wasn’t a route suitable to a breakaway, and that was why only three riders escaped from the peloton’s clutches after a rapid start to the stage.

The trio took their margin north of six minutes after 50 kilometers, but despite that, the field took it easy and didn’t look too worried, starting the chase only with 80 kilometers to go. As they passed through the second intermediate sprint, the clock showed a gap of just 2:20, but inexplicably, it went up again to three minutes, encouraging the escapees to keep pushing.

A couple of 90-degree left-handers inside the last ten kilometers helped the three leaders to hold their advantage over the peloton at one minute, but a late injection of pace eventually reduced the gap to 17 seconds under the flamme rouge. A cat-and-mouse game between the three helped the chasers make inroads, but just as they looked on the verge of catching them, Damiano Cima (Nippo-Vini Fantini) opened his sprint and nabbed the stage honours.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step got in the mix with Florian Sénéchal, who despite being boxed in as he was preparing to kick out, found some space and had the strength to sprint in the hectic finale, coming just outside the podium. The 25-year-old Frenchman, who is riding his fifth Grand Tour, took his sixth top 10 finish of a season which saw him score a maiden pro victory in March, at Le Samyn.

 

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Race details

1 Damiano Cima
Nippo Vini Fantini Faizanè
4:56:04
2 Pascal Ackermann
BORA - hansgrohe
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3 Simone Consonni
UAE-Team Emirates
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4 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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5 Ryan Gibbons
Team Dimension Data
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6 Manuel Belletti
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
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7 Davide Cimolai
Israel Cycling Academy
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8 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
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9 Sean Bennett
EF Education First
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10 Mirco Maestri
Bardiani - CSF
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47 Fabio Sabatini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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77 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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78 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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86 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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119 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:48
1 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
Movistar Team
79:44:22
2 Vincenzo Nibali
Bahrain Merida
1:54
3 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
2:16
4 Mikel Landa Meana
Movistar Team
3:03
5 Bauke Mollema
Trek - Segafredo
5:07
6 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
6:17
7 Rafał Majka
BORA - hansgrohe
6:48
8 Simon Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
7:13
9 Pavel Sivakov
Team INEOS
8:21
10 Davide Formolo
BORA - hansgrohe
8:59
27 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
50:23
34 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:06:17
37 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:09:37
90 Fabio Sabatini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:53:23
101 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:17:32
103 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:17:58
1 Pascal Ackermann
BORA - hansgrohe
226 pt
2 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
213 pt
3 Damiano Cima
Nippo Vini Fantini Faizanè
104 pt
4 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
Movistar Team
83 pt
5 Fausto Masnada
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
81 pt
6 Davide Cimolai
Israel Cycling Academy
60 pt
7 Mirco Maestri
Bardiani - CSF
54 pt
8 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
49 pt
9 Manuel Belletti
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
45 pt
10 José Joaquín Rojas Gil
Movistar Team
44 pt
15 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
38 pt
42 Fabio Sabatini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13 pt
56 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9 pt
62 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7 pt
68 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
1 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
79:50:39
2 Pavel Sivakov
Team INEOS
2:04
3 Hugh Carthy
EF Education First
8:34
4 Valentin Madouas
Groupama - FDJ
13:28
5 Giulio Ciccone
Trek - Segafredo
19:09
6 Eddie Dunbar
Team INEOS
31:03
7 Lucas Hamilton
Mitchelton-Scott
56:42
8 Ben O'Connor
Team Dimension Data
56:46
9 Chris Hamilton
Team Sunweb
1:03:06
10 Iván Ramiro Sosa Cuervo
Team INEOS
1:07:50
26 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:11:15
1 Giulio Ciccone
Trek - Segafredo
229 pt
2 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
Movistar Team
66 pt
3 Fausto Masnada
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
57 pt
4 Mattia Cattaneo
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
53 pt
5 Damiano Caruso
Bahrain Merida
48 pt
6 Ilnur Zakarin
Team Katusha Alpecin
42 pt
7 Gianluca Brambilla
Trek - Segafredo
40 pt
8 Dario Cataldo
Astana Pro Team
39 pt
9 Mikel Nieve Iturralde
Mitchelton-Scott
37 pt
10 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
30 pt
23 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12 pt
51 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Movistar Team 239:38:17
2 Bahrain Merida 27:01
3 Astana Pro Team 28:04
4 EF Education First 31:47
5 Team INEOS 35:20
6 Mitchelton-Scott 49:55
7 Trek - Segafredo 1:15:06
8 BORA - hansgrohe 1:15:17
9 Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec 1:15:32
10 UAE-Team Emirates 1:34:46

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