Whole Movistar Team takes hearts out for Nairo Quintana at incredibly-paced day 19 in Giro: early attack into Sappada descent creates wear and tear before Dumoulin (SUN) cracks at final climb; Dutchman now 38" behind Nairo, with six riders within 1'30".

It was many stages in one, and another true show of dedication and consistency by the Movistar Team. Nairo Quintana got back to the first place of the Giro d'Italia after extraordinary work from the telephone squad, and now wears pink just 48 hours before the race ends in Milan. Stage 19 - 191km from San Candido to the Cat-1 Piancavallo climb, including three other ascents and its fast, tricky descents in the beginning of the race - made race leader Tom Dumoulin (SUN) crack and saw all big GC contenders suffer. From that suffering emerged the 'Cóndor' to get the Maglia Rosa back, almost two weeks after his solid display on the Blockhaus.

The Movistar Team pushed hard with several of their members at the descent of the non-rated Cima Sappada, 65km into the stage, taking advantage from bad positioning from Dumoulin inside the bunch at the downhill. A furious fight between all GC teams in the forthcoming 40 kilometers ended up well after the foot of the Cat-2 Sella Chianzutan climb, where a 20-rider group, including Dumoulin and rivals Nairo,  Nibali (TBM), Pinot (FDJ), slowed their pace again and left room for most of the original, early escapees to continue with their action.

José Joaquín Rojas and José Herrada joined a breakaway which included eventual stage winner Mikel Landa (SKY), the Movistar Team duo dropping back at the climb to support Nairo. Víctor de la Parte and Winner Anacona pushed hard from the bottom of the Piancavallo and made Dumoulin crack, the Dutchman losing meter by meter to end up with more than a minute at the top. Ahead, Quintana resisted thanks to Herrada and Rojas, and only conceded 12" to Pinot, first GC contender over the line, and 6" to Pozzovivo (ALM) and Zakarin (KAT), who jumped away from the field a couple of kilometers after the Frenchman.

The overall classification remains a tight game as Quintana, Dumoulin (+38"), Nibali (+43"), Pinot (+53"), Zakarin (+1'21") and Pozzovivo are within a minute and a half's distance before the Milano TT (Sunday) and the last mountain stage on Saturday: 190km between Pordenone and Asiago, which will feature the infamous Monte Grappa (Cat-1), 68km from the end, and the Foza (Cat-1) ascent, crested just 15km from the finish.