Peters storms to Giro 17th stage win as Carapaz extends lead


Nans Peters claimed his first professional victory by winning the 17th stage of the Giro d’Italia on Wednesday, while Richard Carapaz celebrated his birthday by extending his overall lead.

The AG2R La Mondiale rider used a late solo breakaway to win the 181-kilometer stage from Commezzadura to Anterselva, near the Austrian border.

”My Giro was already a success but it’s incredible to get my first pro win in a Grand Tour,” Peters said. ”In the breakaway, I promised myself to attack only once and the timing proved to be right.”

Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott) was second, 1:34 behind Peters as Davide Formolo (Bora-hansgrohe) won the sprint for third. They had all been part of a large breakaway before Peters attacked with 16 kilometers remaining.

Carapaz, who turned 26 on Wednesday, extended his lead to 1:54 over home favorite Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and 2:16 over Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma).

His teammate, Mikel Landa, attacked with three kilometers remaining to cut the gap to the top three. Landa remained fourth but is now 3:03 behind Carapaz.

”Mikel Landa felt good in the finale and decided to attack to gain some time for the final podium,” Carapaz said. ”I also felt good and I did my best to profit from Mikel’s attack. I couldn’t have asked for a better 26th birthday than with the Maglia Rosa.”

Thursday’s 18th stage is a mainly downhill route on the 222-kilometer ride from Valdaora to Santa Maria di Sala.

Giro d’Italia 2019 – stage 17 results (Commezzadura – Anterselva):

1Nans Peters (AG2R La Mondiale)


2Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott)


3Davide Formolo (Bora-hansgrohe)


4Fausto Masnada (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec)


5Krists Neilands (Israel Cycling Academy)


6Tanel Kangert (EF Education First)


7Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates)


8Gianluca Brambilla (Trek-Segafredo)


9Christopher Hamilton (Team Sunweb)


10Andrea Vendrame (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec)


11Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal)


12Koen Bouwman (Jumbo-Visma)


13Victor De La Parte (CCC)


14Amaro Antunes (CCC)


15Jan Bakelants (Team Sunweb)


16Nicola Conci (Trek-Segafredo)


17Mirco Maestri (Bardiani-CSF)


18Bob Jungels (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


19Mikel Landa (Movistar)


20Richard Carapaz (Movistar)



Giro d’Italia 2019 – general classification after stage 17:

1Richard Carapaz (Movistar)


2Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida)


3Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)


4Mikel Landa (Movistar)


5Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)


6Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)


7Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe)


8Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)


9Pavel Sivakov (Team Ineos)


10Davide Formolo (Bora-hansgrohe)


11Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates)


12Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin)


13Hugh Carthy (EF Education First)


14Joe Dombrowski (EF Education First)


15Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ)


16Fausto Masnada (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec)


17Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo)


18Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott)


19Victor de la Parte (CCC)


20Tanel Kangert (EF Education First)



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