Nans Peters of AG2R La Mondiale has won stage 17 of the Giro d’Italia.  The Frenchman survived the break of the day to take his first professional victory ahead of Esteban Chaves of Mitchelton-SCOTT and Davide Formolo of BORA-Hansgrohe.

Commezzadura to Aterselva/Antholz comprised stage 17 of the Giro d’Italia.  The 181km trek featured no category 1 climbs but still had a summit finish on the menu.  It was a day for the GC contenders to be wary, if not placed at full stretch.  It was a day that would be attractive to a breakaway and with that in mind it took a number of attacks over some 40km of racing before a breakaway finally stuck.  

A number of breakaway faithfuls were once again present with Fausto Masnada and teammate Andrea Vendrame of Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec, Thomas De Gendt of Lotto Soudal, Davide Formolo of BORA-Hansgrohe, former maglia rosa Valerio Conti of UAE Team Emirates, Gianluca Brambilla and Nicola Conci of Trek-Segafredo, Bob Jungels of Deceuninck-Quick Step, Koen Bouwman of Jumbo-Visma, Esteban Chaves of Mitchelton-SCOTT, Nans Peters of AG2R La Mondiale, Amaro Antunes and Victor De La Parte of CCC Team, Krists Neilands of Israel Cycling Academy, Jan Bakelants and Chris Hamilton of Team Sunweb, Tanel Kangert of EF Education First and Mirco Maestri of Bardiani-CSF.

The break steadily built up their advantage to almost 2 minutes with 113km covered, with no GC threats Movistar were happy to let the break go and build a lead that went up over 6 minutes with 90km to go and almost nudged passed the 7 minute mark with 70km to go.  Despite, or maybe because of, the firepower in the break Jan Bakelants decided to launch a long-range attack on the lower slopes of the Elvas.  He quickly built a 30 second lead to the rest of the break, with the peloton now 7.20mins behind and dropping further back.

Simon Yates lost more time in the GC battle, but still maintains his top 10 position on GC, photo Sirotti

Bakelants’ attack was audacious, with plenty of climbing still left, but the Belgian was undeterred, building a minute’s lead over his former companions with 50km remaining.  Steadily, and possibly inevitably, that gap dropped and Bakelants’ efforts weren’t helped by an attack by Neilands and Thomas De Gendt; the latter driving the pace with an attack that broke up the breakaway group and spelled the end of allegiances.  

With 46km to go a group of eight riders had formed at the head of the race with Neilands, De Gendt, Formolo, Hamilton, Masnada, Brambilla and Peters joining Bakelants at the front of the race and cresting the penultimate climb of the day with a reasonable advantage over the rest of the break.  Back in the peloton Team Ineos weren’t far away from the front, with one of their delegates at the front of the peloton alongside one from Bahrain Merida.  Mitchelton-SCOTT were towards the front and on the left side of the road, with Jack Bauer in his customary position for early on in a mountain stage, at the head of his team train.

With 40km to go the break’s lead over the remnants of the move had come down to 38 seconds and continued to steadily decline to 19 seconds with 30km remaining.  In the end the two groups reunited once again, with a 6.20min lead to the peloton with 26km to go.  The road to the finish from here was virtually all uphill, gradual in places and drastic in others.  It was a case of when and not if more attacks would be fired, an it was Valerio Conti who launched the next attack, once again stretching the will of the rest of the break, but gradually being pulled back with 21km to go.

16km from the finish Nans Peters made his move.  The Frenchman, with his laboured style on the bike, looked far from comfortable as he attacked but he managed to form an advantage of 30 seconds inside of 2km; uncomfortable but effective.  The rest of the break at this point appeared calm, possibly thinking that the 25 year old who was yet to take a victory in professional cycling, might fade; but the opposite was true.

Peters made good use of the false flats and gradual rises to built a near 50 second lead with 10km to go, and with 9km to go his lead had crested the minute margin.  Back in the break the attacks weren’t done, with Valerio Conti again going on the attack but again he found no leeway from the break who were onto him rapidly.  Eventually a small group did form off the front of the break, with Conti again in the move alongside Neilands and Esteban Chaves.  But they had 55 seconds to make up on Peters as the Frenchman went through 5km to go.  The lone leader kept up the intensity as behind him it was carnage among the chasers who found themselves strewn along the road, riding as individuals now rather than in a group.  Esteban Chaves was the fastest of the chasers, dropping Neilands and going in pursuit of Peters on his own.

Esteban Chaves fought valiantly but had to settle for second, photo Sirotti

Ordinarily Chaves would typically be the fancied rider, but the Colombian had left himself a lot to do and Peters was indefatigable; continuing to pile on the pressure and hold his ground.  Back in the peloton Team Ineos set the tempo and began to apply pressure in what was still a large peloton, they were succeeded by a rapid acceleration by Astana that splintered the large group.  Carapaz and Movistar were wise to the move, but Jumbo-Visma’s Primož Roglič opted to simply mark Vincenzo Nibali.  Interestingly, though, Lopez then completely cracked as Mikel Landa went on the offensive under the 3km to go banner.  Carapaz didn’t need to bridge across, with Hugh Carthy of EF Education First the only rider to try and go across.

Up the road, however, Peters even managed to extend his advantage up through 1.20mins with 1km to go.  Through the final turns on the narrow roads Peters wouldn’t be caught, but nevertheless the Frenchman sprinted towards the line, unrelenting in his pursuit of the finish and unwilling to celebrate until about 25m to go.  It was sheer ecstasy for AG2R at the finish after the disappointment of losing Tony Gallopin.  Chaves crossed the line for second place 1.34mins later, with Davide Formolo leading home a small group for 4th.

Down the road Landa managed to drop Carthy, going solo towards the finish in pursuit of a podium place in the GC standings.  In the GC group Yates again found himself dropped as a small group formed with Richard Carapaz attacking Roglič, Bauke Mollema and Vincenzo Nibali in the company of Miguel Angel Lopez in the closing kilometre.  It was a smart move by the maglia rosa, and saw him gain 7 more seconds on Nibali et all.  Simon Yates finished 20 seconds behind the Nibali group.

Stage results:

RankLast NameFirst NameCountryTeamResult
1PETERSNansFRA       AG2R LA MONDIALE 4:41:34
2CHAVES RUBIOJhoan EstebanCOL       MITCHELTON – SCOTT 4:43:08
3FORMOLODavideITA       BORA – HANSGROHE 4:43:25
4MASNADAFaustoITA       ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC 4:43:25
5NEILANDSKristsLAT       ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY 4:43:25
6KANGERTTanelEST       EF EDUCATION FIRST 4:43:36
7CONTIValerioITA       UAE TEAM EMIRATES 4:43:42
8BRAMBILLAGianlucaITA       TREK – SEGAFREDO 4:43:42
9HAMILTONChristopherAUS       TEAM SUNWEB 4:43:56
10VENDRAMEAndreaITA       ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC 4:44:08
11DE GENDTThomasBEL       LOTTO SOUDAL 4:44:11
12BOUWMANKoenNED       TEAM JUMBO – VISMA 4:44:22
13DE LA PARTEVictorESP       CCC TEAM 4:44:39
14ANTUNESAmaroPOR       CCC TEAM 4:44:39
15BAKELANTSJanBEL       TEAM SUNWEB 4:45:03
16CONCINicolaITA       TREK – SEGAFREDO 4:45:09
17MAESTRIMircoITA       BARDIANI CSF 4:45:15
18JUNGELSBobLUX       DECEUNINCK  –  QUICK – STEP  4:45:23
19LANDA MEANAMikelESP       MOVISTAR TEAM 4:46:01
20CARAPAZRichardECU       MOVISTAR TEAM 4:46:13
21LOPEZ MORENOMiguel AngelCOL       ASTANA PRO TEAM 4:46:13
22CARTHYHugh JohnGBR       EF EDUCATION FIRST 4:46:17
23MOLLEMABaukeNED       TREK – SEGAFREDO 4:46:20
24POZZOVIVODomenicoITA       BAHRAIN – MERIDA 4:46:20
25ROGLIČPrimožSLO       TEAM JUMBO – VISMA 4:46:20
26NIBALIVincenzoITA       BAHRAIN – MERIDA 4:46:20
27HAMILTONLucasAUS       MITCHELTON – SCOTT 4:46:40
28NIEVE ITURRALDEMikelESP       MITCHELTON – SCOTT 4:46:40
29YATESSimon PhilipGBR       MITCHELTON – SCOTT 4:46:40
30SIVAKOVPavelRUS       TEAM INEOS 4:46:43
31ZAKARINIlnurRUS       TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN 4:46:43
32HIRTJanCZE       ASTANA PRO TEAM 4:46:43
33SOSA CUERVOIvan RamiroCOL       TEAM INEOS 4:46:43
34O’CONNORBenAUS       TEAM DIMENSION DATA 4:46:57
35DOMBROWSKIJoseph LloydUSA       EF EDUCATION FIRST 4:47:05
36DUPONTHubertFRA       AG2R LA MONDIALE 4:47:16
37CARUSODamianoITA       BAHRAIN – MERIDA 4:47:16
38MAJKARafalPOL       BORA – HANSGROHE 4:47:21
39POLANCJanSLO       UAE TEAM EMIRATES 4:47:27
40MADOUASValentinFRA       GROUPAMA – FDJ 4:47:37
41CICCONEGiulioITA       TREK – SEGAFREDO 4:47:44
42HENAO GOMEZSebastianCOL       TEAM INEOS 4:47:44
43DUNBAREdwardIRL       TEAM INEOS 4:47:44
44FLOREZ LOPEZMiguel EduardoCOL       ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC 4:47:53
45WARBASSELawrenceUSA       AG2R LA MONDIALE 4:47:55
46HINDLEYJaiAUS       TEAM SUNWEB 4:48:25
47BIDARDFrançoisFRA       AG2R LA MONDIALE 4:48:40
48PLAZARubenESP       ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY 4:49:02
49VUILLERMOZAlexisFRA       AG2R LA MONDIALE 4:49:08
50GEBREIGZABHIER WERKILULAmanuelERI       TEAM DIMENSION DATA 4:49:10
51PEDREROAntonioESP       MOVISTAR TEAM 4:49:13
52MONTAGUTIMatteoITA       ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC 4:49:46
53CAPECCHIErosITA       DECEUNINCK  –  QUICK – STEP  4:49:53
54SERRYPieterBEL       DECEUNINCK  –  QUICK – STEP  4:49:53
55ULISSIDiegoITA       UAE TEAM EMIRATES 4:50:13
56GOGLMichaelAUT       TREK – SEGAFREDO 4:50:40
57SENNIManuelITA       BARDIANI CSF 4:50:40
58GASTAUERBenLUX       AG2R LA MONDIALE 4:50:40
59VAN DER SANDEToshBEL       LOTTO SOUDAL 4:50:40
60BROWNNathanUSA       EF EDUCATION FIRST 4:51:05
61ZEITSAndreyKAZ       ASTANA PRO TEAM 4:52:04
62BENEDETTICesareITA       BORA – HANSGROHE 4:52:04
63POLJANSKIPawelPOL       BORA – HANSGROHE 4:52:04
64BATTAGLINEnricoITA       TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN 4:52:23
65COVILILucaITA       BARDIANI CSF 4:52:23
66ROJASJoséESP       MOVISTAR TEAM 4:52:25
67AMADORAndreyCRC       MOVISTAR TEAM 4:52:25
68CARRETEROHectorESP       MOVISTAR TEAM 4:52:25
69CATALDODarioITA       ASTANA PRO TEAM 4:53:05
70IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTIIonESP       ASTANA PRO TEAM 4:53:05
71HANSENAdam JamesAUS       LOTTO SOUDAL 4:53:05
72DENZNicoGER       AG2R LA MONDIALE 4:53:54
73TOLHOEKAntwanNED       TEAM JUMBO – VISMA 4:54:54
74KUSSSeppUSA       TEAM JUMBO – VISMA 4:54:54
75BOAROManueleITA       ASTANA PRO TEAM 4:55:25
76VILLELLADavideITA       ASTANA PRO TEAM 4:55:25
77BILBAO LOPEZ DE ARMENTIAPelloESP       ASTANA PRO TEAM 4:55:25
78STRAKHOVDmitriiRUS       TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN 4:55:25
79CATTANEOMattiaITA       ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC 4:55:25
80FRAPPORTIMarcoITA       ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC 4:55:25
81GASPAROTTOEnricoITA       TEAM DIMENSION DATA 4:55:25
82SBARAGLIKristianITA       ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY 4:56:36
83CARBONIGiovanniITA       BARDIANI CSF 4:56:36
84DURBRIDGELukeAUS       MITCHELTON – SCOTT 4:57:28
85BAUERJackNZL       MITCHELTON – SCOTT 4:57:28
86JUUL JENSENChristopherDEN       MITCHELTON – SCOTT 4:57:28
87NIBALIAntonioITA       BAHRAIN – MERIDA 4:57:28
88NARVAEZ PRADOJhonatan ManuelECU       TEAM INEOS 4:57:28
89OWSIANLukaszPOL       CCC TEAM 4:57:34
90PUCCIOSalvatoreITA       TEAM INEOS 4:58:58
91BENNETTSeanUSA       EF EDUCATION FIRST 4:58:58
92NIVGuyISR       ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY 4:58:58
93SABATINIFabioITA       DECEUNINCK  –  QUICK – STEP  5:06:02
94HONORÉMikkel FrølichDEN       DECEUNINCK  –  QUICK – STEP  5:06:02
95SÜTTERLINJashaGER       MOVISTAR TEAM 5:06:02
96MARTENSPaulGER       TEAM JUMBO – VISMA 5:06:02
97DAVIESScottGBR       TEAM DIMENSION DATA 5:06:02
98GIBBONSRyanRSA       TEAM DIMENSION DATA 5:06:02
99VAN EMDENJosNED       TEAM JUMBO – VISMA 5:06:02
100CAICEDOJonathanECU       EF EDUCATION FIRST 5:06:02
101ANDEMESKELAwetERI       ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY 5:06:02
102HAGAChadUSA       TEAM SUNWEB 5:06:02
103GAVAZZIFrancescoITA       ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC 5:06:02
104WYSSDaniloSUI       TEAM DIMENSION DATA 5:06:02
105ROTALorenzoITA       BARDIANI CSF 5:06:07
106BELLETTIManuelITA       ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC 5:06:07
107VENTOSO ALBERDIFrancisco JoseESP       CCC TEAM 5:06:07
108LEEZERThomasNED       TEAM JUMBO – VISMA 5:06:34
109BOLEGregaSLO       BAHRAIN – MERIDA 5:08:00
110LOBATO DEL VALLEJuan JoseESP       NIPPO – VINI FANTINI – FAIZANE’ 5:08:57
111CAMPENAERTSVictorBEL       LOTTO SOUDAL 5:10:38
112HOLLENSTEINRetoSUI       TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN 5:10:38
113KNEESChristianGER       TEAM INEOS 5:10:38
114LUDVIGSSONTobiasSWE       GROUPAMA – FDJ 5:10:38
115AGNOLIValerioITA       BAHRAIN – MERIDA 5:10:38
116BOHLITomSUI       UAE TEAM EMIRATES 5:10:38
117MARCATOMarcoITA       UAE TEAM EMIRATES 5:10:42
118SINKELDAMRamonNED       GROUPAMA – FDJ 5:10:59
119GRADEKKamilPOL       CCC TEAM 5:10:59
120IRIZAR ARAMBURUMarkelESP       TREK – SEGAFREDO 5:10:59
121HALLERMarcoAUT       TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN 5:11:43
122BIERMANSJentheBEL       TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN 5:11:43
123HATSUYAMAShoJPN       NIPPO – VINI FANTINI – FAIZANE’ 5:11:46
124GAROSIOAndreaITA       BAHRAIN – MERIDA 5:11:46
125BOIVINGuillaumeCAN       ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY 5:11:46
126CIMADamianoITA       NIPPO – VINI FANTINI – FAIZANE’ 5:11:46
127SCOTSONMilesAUS       GROUPAMA – FDJ 5:11:46
128DEMAREArnaudFRA       GROUPAMA – FDJ 5:11:46
129LE GACOlivierFRA       GROUPAMA – FDJ 5:11:46
130SANTAROMITAIvanITA       NIPPO – VINI FANTINI – FAIZANE’ 5:11:50
131MAS BONETLuis GuillermoESP       MOVISTAR TEAM 5:11:54
132SIMIONPaoloITA       BARDIANI CSF 5:12:02
133DUNNEConorIRL       ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY 5:12:02
134SENECHALFlorianFRA       DECEUNINCK  –  QUICK – STEP  5:12:05
135CIMOLAIDavideITA       ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY 5:12:34
136CONSONNISimoneITA       UAE TEAM EMIRATES 5:12:34
137GUARNIERIJacopoITA       GROUPAMA – FDJ 5:12:43
138CLARKEWilliamAUS       TREK – SEGAFREDO 5:12:45
139MC CARTHYJayAUS       BORA – HANSGROHE 5:12:45
140ČERNÝJosefCZE       CCC TEAM 5:13:04
141SCHWARZMANNMichaelGER       BORA – HANSGROHE 5:13:24
142SELIGRüdigerGER       BORA – HANSGROHE 5:13:37
143ACKERMANNPascalGER       BORA – HANSGROHE 5:13:37
144CANOLAMarcoITA       NIPPO – VINI FANTINI – FAIZANE’ 5:13:37

KUZNETSOVViacheslavRUS       TEAM KATUSHA ALPECINDNF

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