Andrea Vendrame climbs past cheering fans on the way to winning stage 19 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia. The road is wet and the sky behind him dark with rain.

Giro stage 19 report: Vendrame outwits an elite break

The Italian outfought four stage winners to take his second career victory at the Giro d'Italia.

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by Joe Lindsey 24.05.2024 Photography by
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Andrea Vendrame (Decathlon-Ag2r la Mondiale) outlasted, outrode, and outwitted an elite breakaway to take his second career Giro d’Italia stage win on a wet, unsettled day of weather and racing. Vendrame joined an early move that made up in firepower what it lacked in size, three stage winners among its initial five riders. After a second group joined later and amid a shifting cast of companions, Vendrame broke clear alone with 28 km to race to gradually build an unassailable lead and solo to victory. Overall leader Tadej Pogačar and his UAE Team Emirates squad were content to let the break fight it out and he crossed the line almost 16 minutes behind in a group of around 20. There were no changes to the top 10 overall.

Dwindling opportunities



Brief analysis

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It’s last call for breakaways with stage 20, a 184 km jaunt through the southern Dolomites, from Alpago to Bassano del Grappa. There are more than 4,500 meters of climbing, mostly in two ascents of the Category 1 Monte del Grappa (1,671 meters). The descent to the finish is twisty and technical, so expect a spicy finish as the almost-certain breakaway dukes it out for a last win before the expected sprint finish in Rome on Sunday.

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