Giro d’Italia Stage 19: Volcanic victory for Sastre at the Giro

Giro d’Italia Stage 19: Volcanic victory for Sastre at the Giro

2008 Tour de France champion Carlos Sastre took his second stage win of this year’s Giro on Friday, slipping off the front of the peloton in the final 8km of the 19th stage.

The 164km stage finished with a climb up the legendary Vesuvius volcano. Sastre took off about halfway up the climb, bridging to Ivan Basso and then dropping him.

Rabobank’s Denis Menchov marked second-placed Danilo Di Luca on the finish, not letting the Italian get out of his sight, despite repeated attacks.

In the end, Di Luca outsprinted Menchov for third, getting an 8-second bonus but no time gap. A disappointed Di Luca was only able to close his gap to Menchov from 26 seconds to 18, heading into the final two stages.

 

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