2019 Giro d'Italia

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2019 Giro d'Italia
2019 UCI World Tour, race 23 of 38
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Race details
Dates11 May – 2 June
Distance3,578.8 km (2,224 mi)
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The 2019 Giro d'Italia is a three-week Grand Tour cycling stage race organised by RCS Sport that is currently taking place mainly in Italy, between 11 May and 2 June 2019.[1] The race is the 102nd edition of the Giro d'Italia and is the first Grand Tour of the 2019 cycling season. The race started with an individual time trial in Bologna.[2]


All 18 UCI WorldTeams were automatically invited and were obliged to attend the race. Four wildcard UCI Professional Continental teams were also selected. Because of an agreement between RCS Sport and the organisers of the Coppa Italia di ciclismo (the Italian Road Cycling Cup) one of the four wildcards is traditionally reserved for the overall cup winner. One of the wildcards was therefore awarded to Androni Giocattoli–Sidermec. On 25 January 2019, the race organisers announced that the other three wildcards were awarded to Bardiani–CSF, Israel Cycling Academy and Nippo–Vini Fantini–Faizanè. All of the wildcard teams had previously participated in the Giro, and three out of the four teams participated in the previous year. The one exception was Nippo-Vini Fantini, whose last participation in the Giro was in 2016.[3] Each team started with eight riders. The on-stage presentation of the teams took place in Bologna on 9 May, two days before the opening stage.[4]

The teams entering the race were:

UCI WorldTeams

UCI Professional Continental teams

Pre-race favourites[edit]

Two previous Giro d'Italia champions, Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain–Merida) and Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb), are considered to be among the favorites for the Maglia Rosa, together with Miguel Ángel López (Astana), Mikel Landa (Movistar Team), Primož Roglič (Team Jumbo–Visma) and Simon Yates (Mitchelton–Scott).

Other riders believed to be competitive in the general classification were Richard Carapaz (Movistar Team), Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton–Scott), Davide Formolo (Bora–Hansgrohe), Ion Izagirre (Astana), Bob Jungels (Deceuninck–Quick-Step), Rafal Majka (Bora–Hansgrohe), Bauke Mollema (Trek–Segafredo), Ben O'Connor (Team Dimension Data) and Ilnur Zakarin (Team Katusha–Alpecin).

Riders believed to be the main contenders for victories on the sprint stages are the current German national champion Pascal Ackermann (Bora–Hansgrohe), Frenchman Arnaud Démare (Groupama–FDJ), Australian rider Caleb Ewan (Lotto–Soudal), Colombia's Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates), and the defending winner of the points classification, Italian Elia Viviani (Deceuninck–Quick-Step).[5][6]

Route and stages[edit]

The race started on 11 May with an 8 km cronoscalata, a mountain time trial, in Bologna. The stage concluded with a 2.1 km climb to the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca. The steep (average gradient 9.7%)[7] climb, which is regularly used as a finish in the Italian autumn classic Giro dell'Emilia, made its debut in the Giro in 1956 in a time trial stage won by Charly Gaul, and had now made its fourth appearance in the Giro.[8][9][10] The race is then planned to head south, with the 2nd stage crossing the Apennines into Tuscany honoring the Tuscan cyclist Gino Bartali, with a stage finish in Fucecchio. The following stage will start in Vinci, celebrating the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, and finish in Orbetello which will also act as the start location for the following stage, where the race will leave Tuscany for the Lazio region with a stage finish in Frascati. Continuing south, the peloton will then leave Frascati for a stage finish in Terracina. Following a short transfer to Cassino, the race is then to cross the country on a hilly stage to the Apulian region on eastern coast, finishing in the town of San Giovanni Rotondo. The race will then head north, with stage finishes in L'Aquila and Pesaro. With the exception of the opening stage, the first part of the race is considered to be dominated by the sprinters and potential breakaways. The battle for the overall win is expected to start during stage nine's individual time trial in San Marino. The stage in San Marino will be the last stage before the rest day, and the only occasion this edition of the Giro leaves Italy.[11][12]

Following the first rest day on 20 May, the riders will tackle two flat stages with finishes in Modena and Novi Ligure.[13] The twelfth stage from Cuneo is believed to be the first stage more suited for climbers, as it will include a climb up the Montoso [it], 1248 meters above sea level. The relatively short (146 km) stage will finish with a very short, but steep climb in the town of Pinerolo with gradients reaching 20%.[14] The thirteenth stage has been considered to become the first big test for the riders aiming for the general classification and will include the race's first summit finish, at Lago Serrù, close to Ceresole Reale, 188 km from the start in Pinerolo. Two other categorized climbs are included in the stage, namely the Colle del Lys, near Turin, and the Pian del Lupo.[15]

Following the second, and last, rest day on 27 May, the riders will face what has been dubbed as the queen stage of the race. The stage, which will start in Lovere, will include several categorized climbs, including the Passo di Gavia and the Passo del Mortirolo, before finishing in Ponte di Legno. Passo di Gavia was last featured in 2014, in a stage won by Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team), who later won the overall classification.[16][17] Mortirolo was first included in the race in 1990, and has since then made many appearances in the race, most recently on the 16th stage at the 2017 won by Nibali.[18] The race is scheduled to finish with a 17 km time trial in Verona on 2 June.[19]

List of stages[2][20]
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
1 11 May Bologna to Bologna (San Luca) 8 km (5 mi) Time Trial.svg Individual time trial  Primož Roglič (SLO)
2 12 May Bologna to Fucecchio 205 km (127 mi) Hilly stage  Pascal Ackermann (GER)
3 13 May Vinci to Orbetello 220 km (137 mi) Flat stage  Fernando Gaviria (COL)[N 1]
4 14 May Orbetello to Frascati 235 km (146 mi) Flat stage  Richard Carapaz (ECU)
5 15 May Frascati to Terracina 140 km (87 mi) Flat stage  Pascal Ackermann (GER)
6 16 May Cassino to San Giovanni Rotondo 238 km (148 mi) Hilly stage  Fausto Masnada (ITA)
7 17 May Vasto to L'Aquila 185 km (115 mi) Hilly stage  Pello Bilbao (ESP)
8 18 May Tortoreto Lido to Pesaro 239 km (149 mi) Hilly stage  Caleb Ewan (AUS)
9 19 May Riccione to San Marino (San Marino) 34.8 km (22 mi) Mountain Time Trial Stage.svg Individual time trial  Primož Roglič (SLO)
20 May Rest day
10 21 May Ravenna to Modena 145 km (90 mi) Flat stage  Arnaud Démare (FRA)
11 22 May Carpi to Novi Ligure 221 km (137 mi) Flat stage  Caleb Ewan (AUS)
12 23 May Cuneo to Pinerolo 158 km (98 mi) Hilly stage  Cesare Benedetti (ITA)
13 24 May Pinerolo to Ceresole Reale (Serrù Lake) 196 km (122 mi) Mountain stage  Ilnur Zakarin (RUS)
14 25 May Saint-Vincent to Courmayeur (Skyway Monte Bianco) 131 km (81 mi) Mountain stage
15 26 May Ivrea to Como 232 km (144 mi) Intermediate stage
27 May Rest day
16 28 May Lovere to Ponte di Legno 226 km (140 mi) Mountain stage
17 29 May Commezzadura (Val di Sole) to Anterselva/Antholz 181 km (112 mi) Intermediate stage
18 30 May Valdaora/Olang to Santa Maria di Sala 222 km (138 mi) Flat stage
19 31 May Treviso to San Martino di Castrozza 151 km (94 mi) Mountain stage
20 1 June Feltre to Croce d’Aune-Monte Avena 194 km (121 mi) Mountain stage
21 2 June Verona to Verona 17 km (11 mi) Time Trial.svg Individual time trial
Total 3,578.8 km (2,224 mi)
  1. ^ Elia Viviani was originally listed as the stage winner. Viviani was later relegated by the race officials.[21]

Race overview[edit]

Primož Roglič (pictured on the 2018 Tour of Britain) became the first wearer of the pink jersey after winning the first stage.

The first stage, an 8 km mountain time trial in Bologna, was won by Primož Roglič (Team Jumbo–Visma) who therefore became the first wearer of the maglia rosa, the pink jersey identifying the leader of the general classification. Roglič also took the lead in the points classification. Giulio Ciccone (Trek–Segafredo) took the lead in the mountains classification and became the first wearer of the blue jersey, while Miguel Ángel López (Astana) finished as the fastest young rider and became the leader of the young rider classification.[22] Stage 2, the first bunch sprint stage, was taken by Pascal Ackermann (Bora–Hansgrohe), who benefited from a mistake by Elia Viviani (Deceuninck–Quick-Step) in the setup for the sprint. Roglič held the maglia rosa for another day, while Ackermann took the points classification. Ciccone also went into the breakaway and maintained his lead in the mountains classification.[23] The third stage was once again a group sprint, but this one had much more controversy. In the leadup to the sprint, Elia Viviani (Deceuninck–Quick-Step) pulled out of line and bumped Matteo Moschetti (Trek–Segafredo) out of the way. Viviani won the stage, but judges later relegated him for an illegal sprint, which handed the win and points classification to Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates). No other changes in the jerseys occurred.[24]. Richard Carapaz (Movistar Team) won the fourth stage after a late attack. Multiple crashes with only a few kilometers left of the stage saw several riders go down. One of those affected was favorite Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb), who eventually finished the stage four minutes after many other favorites had crossed the line. Roglič extended his general classification lead out to 35 seconds, and Ackermann took back the points classification.[25] Stage five was a drenched one, with a neutralized bunch sprint at the end. Pascal Ackermann (Bora–Hansgrohe) took the win after nearly colliding with a Groupama-FDJ rider. Gaviria took a close second.[26] Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) officially withdrew after only a few kilometers of the stage, stating that the pain was too much to continue.[27]

The first shakeup of the race occurred on stage six, where the breakaway took the stage. Fausto Masnada (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) beat Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) to the line, beating the peloton by a full seven minutes. Conti was handed over the maglia rosa with the rest of the breakaway riders between him and Roglič because of this. Giovanni Carboni (Bardiani-CSF) gained the young rider classification also.[28]

Classification leadership[edit]

In the Giro d'Italia, four different jerseys are awarded. The first and most important is the general classification, calculated by adding each rider's finishing times on each stage. Riders receive time bonuses (10, 6 and 4 seconds respectively) for finishing in the first three places on each stage. Smaller time bonuses are also given to the top three riders at the last intermediate sprint on each stage (3, 2 and 1 seconds respectively). The rider with the lowest cumulative time is awarded the pink jersey (Italian: maglia rosa),[29] and is considered the winner of the Giro d'Italia.[30][31]

Points for the points classification
Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Flat stages Finish 50 35 25 18 14 12 10 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Intermediate Sprint 12 8 6 5 4 3 2 1 0
Hilly stages Finish 25 18 12 8 6 5 4 3 2 1 0
Intermediate Sprint 12 8 6 5 4 3 2 1 0
Other stages Finish 15 12 9 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0
Intermediate Sprint 12 8 6 5 4 3 2 1 0

Additionally, there is a points classification. Riders win points for finishing in the top placings on each stage or by being within the first cyclists to reach intermediate sprint locations along each mass-start stage. Flat stages award more points than mountainous stages, meaning that this classification tends to favour sprinters. The leader of the points classification wore the cyclamen jersey.[29]

Points for the mountains classification
Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Points for Cima Coppi 50 30 20 14 10 6 4 2 1
Points for Category 1 40 18 12 9 6 4 2 1 0
Points for Category 2 18 8 6 4 2 1 0
Points for Category 3 9 4 2 1 0
Points for Category 4 3 2 1 0

There is also a mountains classification, for which points were awarded for reaching the top of a climb before other riders. Each climb was categorised as either first, second, third or fourth-category, with more points available for the more difficult, higher-categorised climbs. For first-category climbs, the top eight riders earned points; on second-category climbs, six riders won points; on third-category climbs, only the top four riders earned points with three on fourth-category climbs. The leadership of the mountains classification was marked by a blue jersey.[29] The Cima Coppi, the race's highest point of elevation, awards more points than the other first-category climbs, with nine riders scoring points.

The fourth jersey represents the young rider classification. This is decided the same way as the general classification, but only riders born after 1 January 1994 are eligible. The winner of the classification is awarded a white jersey.[30] There are also two classifications for teams. In the Trofeo Fast Team classification, the times of the best three cyclists per team on each stage are added up; the leading team is one with the lowest total time. The Trofeo Super Team is a team points classification, with the top 20 riders of each stage earning points for their team.[30]

The first additional award is the intermediate sprint classification. Each road stage has two sprints – the Traguardi Volanti. The first 5 riders across the intermediate sprint lines are awarded points (10, 6, 3, 2 and 1 points respectively); the rider with the most points at the end of the race wins the classification. Another classification – the combativity prize (Italian: Premio Combattività) – involves points awarded to the first riders at the stage finishes, at intermediate sprints, and at the summits of categorised climbs. There is also a breakaway award (Italian: Premio della Fuga). For this, points are awarded to each rider in any breakaway smaller than 10 riders that escapes for at least 5 kilometres (3.1 mi). Each rider is awarded a point for each kilometre that the rider was away from the peloton. The rider with the most points at the end of the Giro wins the award. The final classification is a "fair play" ranking for each team. Teams are given penalty points for infringing various rules. These range from half-point penalties, for offences that merit warnings from race officials, to a 2000-point penalty, for a positive doping test. The team that has the lowest points total at the end of the Giro wins the classification.

Furthermore, there are three minor classifications for riders: the intermediate sprint classification, the combativity classification and the breakaway classification. Riders can score points at intermediate sprints in all stages, adding up to a number of points in this classification. This classification is separate of the points classification. In the combativity classification, riders can score points according to their combativity. The breakaway classification is a classification that sums up the amount of kilometres a rider has been in a breakaway.

Classification leadership by stage
Stage Winner General classification
Jersey pink.svg
Points classification
Jersey violet.svg
Mountains classification
Jersey blue.svg
Young rider classification
Jersey white.svg
General Super Team Intermediate sprint classification Combativity classification Breakaway classification
1 Primož Roglič Primož Roglič Primož Roglič[a] Giulio Ciccone Miguel Ángel López Team Jumbo–Visma not awarded Primož Roglič not awarded
2 Pascal Ackermann Pascal Ackermann Damiano Cima Damiano Cima Łukasz Owsian
3 Fernando Gaviria Fernando Gaviria Arnaud Démare Arnaud Démare
4 Richard Carapaz Pascal Ackermann Bora–Hansgrohe Damiano Cima Damiano Cima Marco Frapporti
5 Pascal Ackermann Arnaud Démare
6 Fausto Masnada Valerio Conti Giovanni Carboni Movistar Team
7 Pello Bilbao Pascal Ackermann
8 Caleb Ewan
9 Primož Roglič Nans Peters
10 Arnaud Démare Arnaud Démare
11 Caleb Ewan Arnaud Démare
12 Cesare Benedetti Jan Polanc Gianluca Brambilla Hugh Carthy Androni Giocattoli–Sidermec
13 Ilnur Zakarin Giulio Ciccone Pavel Sivakov Movistar Team
  1. ^ In stage 2, Simon Yates, who was second in the points classification, wore the cyclamen jersey, because Primož Roglič (in first place) wore the pink jersey as leader of the general classification during that stage.


A pink jersey Denotes the leader of the general classification A blue jersey Denotes the leader of the mountains classification
A purple jersey Denotes the leader of the points classification A white jersey Denotes the leader of the young rider classification

General classification[edit]

General classification (1-10)
Rank Rider Team Time
1  Jan Polanc (SLO) Jersey pink.svg UAE Team Emirates 48h 49' 40"
2  Primož Roglič (SLO) Team Jumbo–Visma + 4' 07"
3  Valerio Conti (ITA) UAE Team Emirates + 4' 51"
4  Eros Capecchi (ITA) Deceuninck–Quick-Step + 5' 02"
5  Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) Bahrain–Merida + 5' 51"
6  Bauke Mollema (NED) Trek–Segafredo + 6' 02"
7  Rafał Majka (POL) Bora–Hansgrohe + 7' 00"
8  Richard Carapaz (ECU) Movistar Team + 7' 23"
9  Andrey Amador (CRC) Movistar Team + 7' 30"
10  Hugh Carthy (GBR) Jersey white.svg EF Education First + 7' 33"

Points classification[edit]

Points classification (1-10)
Rank Rider Team Points
1  Arnaud Démare (FRA) Jersey violet.svg Groupama–FDJ 194
2  Pascal Ackermann (GER) Bora–Hansgrohe 183
3  Richard Carapaz (ECU) Movistar Team 50
4  Davide Cimolai (ITA) Israel Cycling Academy 50
5  Damiano Cima (ITA) Nippo–Vini Fantini–Faizanè 44
6  Primož Roglič (SLO) Team Jumbo–Visma 42
7  Rudiger Selig (GER) Bora–Hansgrohe 38
8  Giacomo Nizzolo (ITA) Team Dimension Data 38
9  Marco Frapporti (ITA) Androni Giocattoli–Sidermec 34
10  Manuel Belletti (ITA) Androni Giocattoli–Sidermec 33

Mountains classification[edit]

Mountains classification (1-10)
Rank Rider Team Points
1  Gianluca Brambilla (ITA) Jersey blue.svg Trek–Segafredo 40
2  Giulio Ciccone (ITA) Trek–Segafredo 32
3  Primož Roglič (SLO) Team Jumbo–Visma 22
4  Damiano Caruso (ITA) Bahrain–Merida 19
5  Fausto Masnada (ITA) Androni Giocattoli–Sidermec 18
6  Antonio Pedrero (ESP) Movistar Team 18
7  Marco Frapporti (ITA) Androni Giocattoli–Sidermec 15
8  Eros Capecchi (ITA) Deceuninck–Quick-Step 12
9  Eddie Dunbar (IRL) Team Ineos 9
10  Valerio Conti (ITA) UAE Team Emirates 8

Young rider classification[edit]

General classification (1-10)
Rank Rider Team Time
1  Hugh Carthy (GBR) Jersey white.svg EF Education First 48h 57' 13"
2  Miguel Ángel López (COL) Astana + 35"
3  Pavel Sivakov (RUS) Team Ineos + 45"
4  Giovanni Carboni (ITA) Bardiani–CSF + 48"
5  Sam Oomen (NED) Team Sunweb + 2' 20"
6  Eddie Dunbar (IRL) Team Ineos + 2' 38"
7  Valentin Madouas (FRA) Groupama–FDJ + 3' 53"
8  Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBR) Team Ineos + 4' 16"
9  Ben O'Connor (AUS) Team Dimension Data + 7' 38"
10  Nans Peters (FRA) AG2R La Mondiale + 7' 46"

General Super Team[edit]

General Super Team classification (1–10)
Rank Team Time
1 Androni Giocattoli–Sidermec 146h 38' 47"
2 Movistar Team + 2' 30"
3 Deceuninck–Quick-Step + 9' 30"
4 UAE Team Emirates + 11' 24"
5 Bora–Hansgrohe + 11' 26"
6 Astana + 12' 37"
7 Bahrain–Merida + 12' 39"
8 Team Ineos + 13' 05"
9 Trek–Segafredo + 13' 24"
10 Mitchelton–Scott + 16' 09"


On 15 May 2019, the UCI announced that they had provisionally suspended Kristijan Koren (Bahrain–Merida), part of his squad for the 2019 Giro, for his alleged involvement in the Operation Aderlass doping case.[32] The team subsequently pulled Koren out of the race.[33]


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