Giro d'Italia
19th stage: Longarone - Tre Cime di Lavaredo (183 km)

The Dolomites and cycling have always walked hand in hand looking into each other’s eyes. Like two lovers it seems they cannot do without each other. Here the most beautiful pages of the sport have been written, here Giro d’Italia have been decided, here the beauty of the landscape blends every time with the fatigue of the riders and the hardness of its climbs.

Even today, in a stage that put on the plate the climb to Passo Giau and the arrival at the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, the spectacle fed the desire and desires of fans along with the eyes of those who love the most beautiful corners of the world in which we live. Queen stage of the Giro, a stage perhaps decisive to understand who will win this Giro (but no, it will all be decided tomorrow in the Mount Lussari time trial), a stage that saw Santiago Buitrago win the last survivor of a 15-rider breakaway that saw among the protagonists also our Mattia Bais. Very good at staying with the strongest until the first Giau ramps and then breaking away on those very hard slopes. A day in front, in the most important stage: applause.

Our Lorenzo Fortunato stayed with the maglia rosa group until the Passo Giau climb before breaking away to continue at his own pace. The grand finale in Rome is now only two days away: tomorrow it will be decided who will win the Giro, on Sunday EOLO KOMETA will try to take another wonderful satisfaction in a finish that tickles Vincenzo Albanese’s fancy.

Lorenzo Fortunato – photo Ilario Biondi/SprintCyclingAgency©2023

Stefano Zanatta: “Today was another very challenging stage, this morning we started with the idea of putting someone in the breakaway that took a long time to get away. But when, after about 70 km, the breakaway started, our Mattia was good to catch it before the Passo Campolongo: he made a good stage. Behind the group always controlled with Ineos, Fortunato broke away from the best on the Giau. Now we think about tomorrow’s time trial and wait for the last stage in Rome.”

Mattia Bais: “It wasn’t easy to catch the breakaway, because right from the start the group went strong. I was good at getting into the group of attackers, and I held on trying to hold on as long as I could: unfortunately on the toughest ramps of Giau my legs were a bit lacking and I dropped off, then the Maglia Rosa group caught me but they had an impossible pace for me. I’m happy though, because I have bronchitis that bothers me a lot and I have a hard time breathing so to have caught the breakaway was a good thing.”

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