Tour of Italy: Frenchman Nans Peters Wins the 17th Stage of the Giro

Frenchman Nans Peters wins the 17th Giro stage at the Anterselva Biathlon Stadium on May 29, 2019

The Frenchman, Nans Peters who participates for the first time in the Tour of Italy, wins his first victory in the professional peloton.

Nans Peters (AG2R La Mondiale) won the 17th stage of the Giro , Wednesday 29th May, 2019, at the Anterselva Biathlon Stadium, the second victory of a French rider since the start.

Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz (Movistar) kept the pink leader’s jersey four days before the finish.

Carapaz has even increased his advantage by a few seconds over his dolphin, the Italian Vincenzo Nibali, after accelerating in the last kilometre.

His first in the Tour of Italy

Nans Peters, who had never won in the professional peloton, concluded alone a long breakaway in this 181-kilometre stage, arriving in Northern Italy near the Austrian border.

The French, who is 25 years old (pro since 2017), participates for the first time in the Tour of Italy. The former captain of France’s hopes team has signed the second French success after that of Arnaud Démare, in Modena, in the 10th stage.

Already ahead in the 6th stage, on the road to San Giovanni Rotondo (south), the Isérois could not then conclude. But he had made a good operation that allowed him to endorse the white jersey of best young person for three days.

Conclusion Sunday

After the rain and the cold of the Mortirolo, the favourites were observed until the finish that allowed the Spaniard Mikel Landa to take the lead and nibble about twenty seconds compared to Nibali and Slovenian Primoz Roglic.

After a very lively start to the stage, a breakaway finally formed with a group of 18 riders remotely controlled by the teams of Carapaz and Nibali, due to the presence of the Italian Davide Formolo at the front.

Peters cleared 16 kilometres from the finish. He was one minute ahead of his companions at the foot of the final climb, 5.5 kilometres to facilities that host the World Championships next winter.

Counter-attackers (Conti, Neilands, Chaves) even conceded time to finish. Second place went to Colombian Esteban Chaves, more than a minute and a half away.

Thursday, the sprinters have their only chance to win before the conclusion Sunday of the Giro. The race descends to sea level in the 18th stage (222 km) which leaves from Valdaora to reach Santa Maria di Sala, in the hinterland of Venice, where the finish is judged at the end of a straight line of almost 2 kilometres.

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