Cataldo wins Giro stage 15 as Roglic crashes on borrowed bike


Dario Cataldo (Astana) has won the 15th stage of the Giro d’Italia on a nightmare day for race favorite Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma).

Richard Carapaz, the overall leader, finished 11 seconds behind with Simon Yates and Vincenzo Nibali, but Primoz Roglic, who came off his bike on the final descent, lost 40 seconds to the Ecuadorean.

While Cataldo and Mattia Cattaneo (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) played cat and mouse up the final straight for the stage victory, the heavyweight contenders were fighting a desperate battle for seconds behind them at the end of the 232-kilometre stage.

Nibali attacked throughout the closing stages and only Carapaz and two Britons, Yates and Hugh Carthy (Education First), managed to stay with the Italian. They finished just 11 seconds behind Cataldo. Yates snatched third to pick up a four-second bonus.

“I wanted to see how the others responded,” Nibali said at the finish adding he was happy he was “able to do something.”

Carapaz increased his lead to 47 seconds over Roglic. Nibali is another minute further back in third.

“Among those in contention for the victory, there is also Carapaz,” the Ecuadorian said but accepted Nibali had taken the initiative on the stage. “It was a mistake, on my part and on Roglic’s part, to give him so much space.”

“I think he’s very strong,” Carapaz said. “I think I’m going to be seeing a lot of him this week. We both want to finish on the podium, so it should be quite a spectacle for the people watching on the TV.”

Roglic, who started the day seven seconds behind Carapaz, rode into a barrier taking a corner too wide as the contenders took terrifying risks on the final descent. He had to exchange bikes with a team mate and came in 51 seconds behind the winner in a trio that also contained Trek-Segafredo’s Bauke Mollema.

Tuesday’s 16th stage is a potential turning point in the race as it features the gruelling ascent of the Mortirolo pass, even if the climb up the equally demanding Gavia pass has been cancelled because of avalanche risks.

Giro d’Italia 2019 – stage 15 results (Ivrea – Como):

1Dario Cataldo (Astana)


2Mattia Cattaneo (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec)


3Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)


4Hugh Carthy (EF Education First)


5Richard Carapaz (Movistar)


6Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida)


7Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)


8Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe)


9Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida)


10Mikel Landa (Movistar)


11Davide Formolo (Bora-hansgrohe)


12Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)


13Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)


14Ion Izagirre (Astana)


15Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates)


16Pavel Sivakov (Team Ineos)


17Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin)


18Jan Hirt (Astana)


19Eddie Dunbar (Team Ineos)


20Jai Hindley (Team Sunweb)



Giro d’Italia 2019 – general classification after stage 15:

1Richard Carapaz (Movistar)


2Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)


3Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida)


4Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe)


5Mikel Landa (Movistar)


6Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)


7Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates)


8Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)


9Pavel Sivakov (Team Ineos)


10Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)


11Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin)


12Davide Formolo (Bora-hansgrohe)


13Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ)


14Hugh Carthy (EF Education First)


15Joe Dombrowski (EF Education First)


16Victor de la Parte (CCC)


17Alexis Vuillermoz (AG2R La Mondiale)


18Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates)


19Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo)


20Eddie Dunbar (Team Ineos)



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