Race report: Buitrago soars to victory on Giro stage 19

Buitrago wins from the break as Roglič picks up three seconds on Thomas and Almeida loses time.

Santiago Buitrago en route to victory on stage 19 of the Giro d’Italia. Photo: Ilario Biondi/SCA/Cor Vos © 2023

Dane Cash
by Dane Cash 26.05.2023 Photography by
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Santiago Buitrago (Bahrain Victorious) won stage 19 of the Giro d’Italia from the break on Friday at Tre Cime di Lavaredo as Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) grabbed three seconds on race leader Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers).

Buitrago soloed across the line 51 seconds ahead of Derek Gee (Israel-Premier Tech), with Magnus Cort (EF Education-EasyPost) taking third.

Behind, Roglič picked up a bit of time on Thomas, and they both collected more time on the rest of the field.

Brief results:

  1. Santiago Buitrago (Bahrain Victorious)
  2. Derek Gee (Israel-Premier Tech) @ :51
  3. Magnus Cort (EF Education-EasyPost) @ 1:46
  4. Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) @ same time
  5. Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) @ 1:49

New GC:

  1. Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers)
  2. Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) @ :26
  3. João Almeida (UAE Team Emirates) @ :59
  4. Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious) @ 4:11
  5. Eddie Dunbar (Jayco-AlUla) @ 4:53

Roglič vs. Thomas moment:

Roglic and Thomas
Primož Roglič picks up time on Geraint Thomas on stage 19 of the Giro d’Italia. Photo: Roberto Bettini/SCA/Cor Vos © 2023


Landscape appreciation moment:

There’s nothing quite like racing in the Dolomites. Photo: Luca Bettini/SCA/Cor Vos © 2023

Next stage:

Saturday’s stage 20 time trial will decide the general classification at this Giro d’Italia. An 18.6 km stage with a brutal climb, the looming TT has been in the back of everyone’s mind over the past few days, and it’s finally here. The first 10.5 km are mostly flat, but then the road kicks upward in the form of a Cat. 1 climb to Monte Lussari, 7.8 km at a 11.2 percent average gradient. The gaps could be significant. Whoever stands atop the GC at the end of the day will have, for all intents and purposes, won the Giro.

Quote of the day:

Derek Gee described his motivations, his emotions, and how the finale played out after stage 19:

“I mean, I just wanted to go in the break for the ciclamino points so I could secure second at 65 but they just gave us a bigger and bigger gap. … I just had to wrap my head around the finish because the legs were done. I had no idea where I was. … I knew Buitrago was gone once he caught me, the acceleration was ridiculous. I didn’t know where they GC guys were so I just went full gas. There isn’t much oxygen here.

I think it’s going to take a while to sink in, I can’t even wrap my head around it. I’m glad I’ve moved into second in azzuro, that’s cool. If I stay in the peloton there’s no chance I win, so I might have gotten second a lot but at least I gave myself a shot.”

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