Chaves makes early move on stage 19 of Giro d'Italia

Fri 29 May 2015

Colombian climber Esteban Chaves represented ORICA-GreenEDGE in the early breakaway on stage 19 of the Giro d’Italia.

Chaves made a move of nine riders after another intense start to racing and remained in the lead five over the first of three category one climbs before losing touch of the second.

In the finale, the general classification players came to the fore, Fabio Aru (Astana Pro Team) launching an unchallenged solo attack on the final climb for victory.

“These last two mountain stages were always going to be in the hands of the general classification teams to determine if the breakaway was going to be successful or not,” sport director Matt White said. “It’s not so much about who made the break or how hard they went.”

“Because there was so much flat before the big climbs, Astana didn’t let the break so too far and then had the numbers to control the final two climbs and bring it back together.

“Esteban had a really good go today and that’s all you can do. It was a good group of guys to get into but Astana just didn’t come to the party on what was a long long day on the road.”

How it unfolded

Racing was again fierce in the first hour on stage 19, the peloton covering over 50km despite the three category one climbs that awaited them towards today’s finale.

Towards the end of the first hour of racing, the day’s breakaway eventually formed with nine riders including ORICA-GreenEDGE’s Chaves.

Astana Pro Team headed the peloton and didn’t allow the group too much room to room, the advantage never exceeding four minutes.

As the nine began the first category one ascent, they split into pieces. Over the top Chaves was joined at the front of proceedings by Giovanni Visconti (Movistar), Vasil Kiryienka (Team Sky) Pavel Kochetkov (Team Katusha) and Marek Rutkiewicz (CCC Sprandi Polkowice).

The five stayed together along the descent and into the second tough climb, when Chaves and Rutiewicz lost touch.

Visconti was the longest survivor of the early move, riding solo from the penultimate climb before he was eventually caught on the final climb as the general classification players came to the fore.

After a number of attacks for stage honours, it was that of Aru that proved successful.