Victor Campenaerts (Team Qhubeka Assos) has won Stage 15 of the 104th Giro d’Italia, 147km from Grado to Gorizia. Breakaway companions Oscar Riesebeek (Alpecin-Fenix) and Nikias Arndt (Team DSM) finished second and third, respectively.
Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) retains the Maglia Rosa and leads the general classification.
1 – Victor Campenaerts (Team Qhubeka Assos) – 147km in 3h25’25”, average speed 42.937km/h
2 – Oscar Riesebeek (Alpecin-Fenix) s.t.
3 – Nikias Arndt (Team DSM) at 7”
1 – Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers)
2 – Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange) at 1’33”
3 – Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious) at 1’51”
Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the stage winner Victor Campenaerts said: “It was just an amazing day for the team. As we don’t have climbers for the next few stages in the mountains, we decided to go all in today. We rode as one: ubuntu – ‘I am because we are’. We gave everything from the first few kilometers, what a fantastic day. We did a great job and I am so happy I could finish it off. Now we have three victories in the Giro, which is simply fantastic for a team that struggled to stay alive. We’re making an important statement as we are racing for the greater purpose of changing lives with bicycles: to provide bicycles in Africa for better education and better lives.”