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Victory for Tiralongo as Deignan tires

Posted 27 May 2011

Paolo Tiralongo (Astana) won stage 19 of the Giro d’Italia after Philip Deignan (Radioshack) lost contact with the front group in the final eight kilometres of the summit finish to Macugnaga.
The 211 kilometre stage from Bergamo came down to a race between the favourites after the peloton regrouped on the third category climb just 12 kilometres from the finish.
The stage was animated by an attack from Jerome Pineau (Quickstep), Matteo Rabottini (Farnese Vini-Neri Sotolli) and Lars Bak (HTC-Highroad) who jumped away after 51 kilometres.
They chalked up a lead of almost 12 minutes en route to the first category climb of the Mottarone but their advantage tumbled over the 6.2% average gradient.
The Aqua & Sapone team of mountains classification leader Stefano Garzelli pushed hard to secure points for the Italian and the deficit to the leaders was a mere 1’36” at the summit after 14 kilometres of climbing.
Garzelli made contact on the descent with Johann Tschopp (BMC Racing) and Mikael Cherel (AG2R La Mondiale) also bridging across to provide the lead group with renewed vigour.
Their lead crept back up to 4’50” with 50 kilometres to go but the efforts of the Katusha team brought the race back together with 13 kilometres to go.
The Katusha team continued to work on the front and the peloton was strung out when the Astana team lent their support to the pace setting. Tiralongo attacked five kilometres from home and Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) chased in a bid to ensure that his team’s exertions were not for nothing.
Race leader Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-Sungard) attacked twice inside the closing 1.5 kilometres which his second effort pulling him past Rodriguez and up to the Tiralongo’s wheel as they reached the final 400 metres.
The Spaniard sat on as Tiralongo celebrated the stage win with top five GC riders Nibali (Liquigas- Cannondale) and John Gadret (AG2R La Monidle) fighting hardest to limit their losses to three and six seconds respectively.
Deignan finished 20’19 down in 115th position. He is now 52nd in the GC 1’38’03” behind Contador as the race heads into the final mountain stage which features another summit finish, this time on the first category Sestriere.
2011 Giro d’Italia
Stage 19: Bergamo – Macugnaga, 211 kilometres
1. Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Pro Team Astana 5:26:27        
2. Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard             
3. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale at 0:00:03        
4. John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale at 0:00:06             
5. Joaquím Rodríguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team             
6. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team             
7. Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre – ISD at 0:00:08         
8. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Pro Team Astana at 0:00:21
9. Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale at 0:00:29
10. Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Blr) HTC-Highroad at 0:00:34

115. Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Radioshack at 20 minutes, 19 seconds
General classification after stage 19:

1.  Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard 77:11:24        
2.  Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre – ISD at 0:05:18             
3.  Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale at 0:05:52             
4.  John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale at 0:07:53             
5.  Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Blr) HTC-Highroad at 0:09:58
6.  Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskade at 0:10:08
7.  Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Pro Team Astana at 0:10:20
8.  Joaquin Rodriguez (Esp) Katusha Team at 0:10:43
9.  Denis Menchov (Rus) GeoxTMC at 0:10:51
10. Jose Rujano Guillen (Ven) Androni-Giocattoli at 0:11:50

52. Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Radioshack at 1 hours, 38 minutes, 03 seconds

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