Georg Steinhauser on stage 17 of the Giro d'Italia.

Giro stage 17 report: Grand Tour debutant Steinhauser climbs to victory

Georg Steinhauser wins from the break on a grueling day in the mountains.

Dane Cash
by Dane Cash 22.05.2024 More from Dane +

Riding in his first ever Grand Tour, Georg Steinhauser (EF Education-EasyPost) claimed his maiden Grand Tour stage victory on Wednesday’s stage 17 of the Giro d’Italia.

The 22-year-old German got clear with a breakaway move that formed in the early goings of the mountainous stage in the Dolomites. He later joined Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (Lidl-Trek) in attacking the break before leaving the Eritrean behind to continue on solo. Steinhauser would be the only surviving breakaway rider, winning 1:24 ahead of Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates).

Antonio Tiberi (Bahrain Victorious) led a group that included Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) and Daniel Martínez (Bora-Hansgrohe) over the line further 17 seconds back. Ben O’Connor (Decathlon-AG2R la Mondiale) was dropped from the GC group earlier on the final climb and lost time on the day.

A breakaway rider actually stays clear



Brief analysis

Quote of the day

Today already when I rode to the sign-on, I thought to myself, ‘F—, I have good legs. Maybe I will win today.’ I went from the beginning in the break. It was a little bit strange because we got caught by the peloton again, but at one moment I decided I have to try again, and I did, and it worked out.

—Georg Steinhauser after his stage 17 victory.

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