Geraint Thomas is still on course to be the oldest Giro d’Italia champion despite having his lead cut slightly by Primoz Roglic on the race’s ‘queen’ stage.
Thomas lead cut slightly by Roglic after Giro thriller
Geraint Thomas has maintained his bid to become the oldest Giro d’Italia champion despite having his lead trimmed slightly by his closest rival Primoz Roglic on the toughest stage of the race.
Slovenian Roglic crossed the summit finish of the so-called “Queen Stage” three seconds ahead of Thomas at the end of the race’s final mountain road leg on Friday.
There were no flat sections and five tough, classified climbs on the 183km route from Longarone to the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, which has gradients of up to 18 percent.
The 19th stage was won by Santiago Buitrago, who finished 51 seconds ahead of Derek Gee and one minute 46 seconds clear of Magnus Cort and Roglic, who just missed out on bonus seconds.