Giro d'Italia, extraordinary feat by Andrea Vendrame: escape downhill and victory in Sappada


By John

Andrea Vendrame (Decathlon AG2R) he won the 19th stage of the 107th edition of the Giro d'Italia, the 157 kilometer Mortegliano-Sappada after a solitary breakaway. The pink jersey group is currently about 16 minutes behind. Vendrama's escape lasted about thirty kilometres. Behind him, completing the podium, separated by about a minute, were Pelayo Sanchez (Movistar Team), second and Georg Steinhauser.

«I'm a bit crazy, they call me Joker, I attacked on the descent and it went wellI kept a regular pace and arrived alone at the finish”: to the microphones of Rai Sport Andrea Vendrame comments on his stage victory at the Giro d'Italia after a 30 kilometer breakaway.

«There are many emotions, because we are close to my home, so I cared even more about doing well – the words of the Vicenza native who reached the finish line in Sappada with his arms raised – Today I cared because I was almost at home. I had imagined the stage a bit like this, I tried and I took home the victory. I marked this stage from the start of the Giro, the important thing was to be able to be present in the day's breakaway, then I managed to manage the last kilometers in the best way.”