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Giro d'Italia 2019: Carapaz extends overall lead as Peters wins Stage 17

Joe Robinson
29 May 2019

Carapaz extends pink jersey lead by seven seconds as Nans Peters proves strongest in breakaway to win stage

Movistar's Richard Carapaz extended his lead at the top of the General Classification on Stage 17 of the 2019 Giro d'Italia to Anterselva as AG2R La Mondiale took their first Giro d'Italia stage since 2011 thanks to a clever attack by Nans Peters.

Carapaz attacked in the final kilometres of the stage to drop Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and take further seven seconds on his closest rivals with only four stages reamaining.

Meanwhile, Carapaz's teammate Mikel Landa also went on the attack, scrounging 19 seconds back from Roglic in his own pursuit of a podium finish.

As for the stage, Peters attacked before the final climb with 16km. Managing the fatigue better than the rest, he held off the chase of Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott) to secure the first professional victory of his career.

Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe) finished third on the stage and also saw his breakaway bravery rewarded as he re-entered the top 10 on GC.

Back to the mountains they go

It's probably good that the Giro d'Italia skipped the Gavia yesterday because it was brutal enough without it.

It the steep slopes of the Mortirolo were not enough to crack you, the freezing rain was. Some poured hot tea over their legs to stay warm, others such as Nibali and Carapaz just went on the attack.

They put time into Roglic who struggled and ended up losing almost a minute, dropping to third on the General Classification.

Stage 17 remained in the mountains although not on the same scale of 24 hours previous. Instead, it was 181km in the 'medium' mountains with a Category 3 summit finish to Anterselva and the Stadio del Biathlon, home of next year's Biathlon World Championships.

It was tough territory but probably best suited to a strong breakaway rather than the General Classification boys.

It's to some extent what explained the escape group that formed. Many tried and eventually with 18 getting away with plenty of fan favourites involved. 

Formolo, Chaves, Tanel Kangert, Bob Jungels and, of course, Thomas De Gendt were all involved.

They worked well and the peloton failed to properly chase. With 60km left and two categorised climbs to cover, the gap dangled around eight minutes with Jan Bakelants (Team Sunweb) slightly ahead of the rest of the break.

Bakelants's move drew out the break's strongest riders as the original move split apart. At the head of affairs, De Gendt and Formolo drove the pace of the first group as Jungels and Chaves chased behind, eventually catching back up.

As the final climb came, the attacks began. Former race leader Valerio Conti was first then Peters followed by Chaves.

Peters - who is an avid cross-country skier - was soon alone off the front. His face told a world of pain but his legs didn't seem to waver, the stage victory was in the bag.

The question was: Who from the GC group was going to attack on the final climb?