Movistar Team leader waves doubts away, claims victory in Monte Grappa uphill TT after exciting fight against Aru (AST). Urán (OPQ) now 3' behind Nairo in GC.

(Brief) Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) reasserted on top of the Monte Grappa, finish of the 2014 Giro d'Italia's uphill TT, his dominating condition in the Corsa Rosa by adding a second stage win to the historic triumph earned atop Val Martello. The Colombian rider from the telephone squad, who chose to use time trial bike and helmet in the opening 7km -out of a total 26- of flat through the top of the ascent, switched for conventional gear after losing barely 16" to Urán (OPQ), his biggest rival for the maglia rosa, in the intermediate check.

From that point on, Quintana proved himself unbeatable. Only Fabio Aru (AST), who made an excellent effort to dispute Nairo the victory, could overshadow his success, the man from Boyacá alread 36" quicker than Urán with 7k from the finish and more than minute over the rest of the GC contenders. At the top, and with a splendid pace in the closing ramps, he outclassed Aru by 17", put 1'26" on Urán and left the rest more than two minutes behind, increasing his overall lead to 3'07" on Urán, with Aru now in 3rd at 3'48".

Quintana claims his 19th pro victory and takes Movistar Team's season tally up to 16, in a dream Giro for the lads directed by Eusebio Unzué, who will now head into the penultimate battle on Sunday, over the slopes of the infamous Monte Zoncolan (Cat-1; 10km at 11.9% avg). The 167km stage twenty will start in Maniago and feature another two climbs, the Passo del Pura (Cat-2) and Sella Razzo (Cat-2).

Giro d'Italia

Results / Stage 19


Stage results

Riders overall

  • 1st    Quintana   (MOV)   1.05.37
  • 2nd    Aru   (AST)   0.17
  • 3rd    Uran   (OPQ)   1.26
  • 4th    Rolland   (EUC)   1.57
  • 5th    Pozzovivo   (ALM)   2.24

Movistar Team results

  • 1st    Nairo Quintana   1.05.37
  • 52nd    José Herrada   7.42
  • 78th    Igor Antón   9.30
  • 92nd    Gorka Izagirre   10.15
  • 94th    Adriano Malori   10.22
  • 100th    Eros Capecchi   10.49
  • 101st    Andrey Amador   10.53
  • 139th    Jonathan Castroviejo   13.22
  • 148th    Fran Ventoso   14.52