Giro D’Italia – Stage 19

Michele Scarponi has won the 19th stage to Aprica of the Giro d’Italia and Ivan Basso now wears the Maglia Rosa. The Giro served up another incredible day of racing with a dramatic tug-of-war of time over four climbs finishing on the ascent of Aprica. The real drama began on the Motirolo when Ivan Basso unleashed a pace that few could follow dropping all the favorites but teammate Vincenzo Nibali and compatriot and eventual winner Michele Scarponi. David Arroyo, the Maglia Rosa, at one point trailed by over two minutes.

Then, with an incredible display of defense and bike handling, Arroyo stormed the descent and passed most of his rivals closing the deficit to the lead three to within 40 seconds. But after all, this is a bike race happening on the Motirolo and Aprica, and proving once again to not only Gibo, but to the world, there is no honor amongst thieves. When that theft is of time, then every second counts, and in two sour displays of time-snatching Scarponi stole the win at the line after being towed along by Liquigas for much of the break. As well, Vinokourov, snatched a small gap over the second group after refusing to work on the chase over the final kilometers. David Arroyo, and the Maglia Rosa, deserved much better as the group of five – Arroyo, Evans, Sastre, Gadret and Vino spent more time arguing than working and although Sastre, Arroyo and Evans charged hard, they couldn’t prevent the massive bleeding of time to Liquigas, with Gadret and Vino taking a back seat for the final 10km.

Watch the last km: RAI Sport

Stage 19 Top Three
1. Michele Scarponi (AND)_________5:27:04
2. Ivan Basso (Liquigas)___________s.t.
3. Vinceno Nibali (Liquigas)_________s.t.

Stage 19 Results
1. Michele Scarponi (AND)_________5:27:04
2. Ivan Basso (Liquigas)___________s.t.
3. Vinceno Nibali (Liquigas)_________s.t.
4. Alexander Vinokourov (Astana)____+3:05
5. John Gadret (AG2R)_____________+3:05
6. Cadel Evans (BMC)______________+3:06
7. David Arroyo (Caisse D’Epargne)___+3:06
8. Carlos Sastre (Cervelo)__________+3:06

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GC Standings after 19 stages

1. Ivan Basso (Liquigas)_______________81:55:56
2. David Arroyo (Caisse D’Epargne)______+0:51
3. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas)__________+2:30
4. Michele Scarponi (AND)____________+2:49
5. Cadel Evans (BMC)_________________+4:00
6. Carlos Sastre (Cervélo)______________+ 5:32
7. Richie Porte (Saxo Bank)_____________+6:00
8. Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana)______+6:02

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