Giulio Ciccone wins Stage 15 of the Giro d’Italia. Richard Carapaz retains the Maglia Rosa

Giulio Ciccone wins Stage 15 of the Giro d’Italia. Richard Carapaz retains the Maglia Rosa

 Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) has won Stage 15 of the 105th Giro d’Italia, the 178km-long Rivarolo Canavese-Cogne route. Santiago Buitrago Sanchez (Bahrain Victorious) and Antonio Pedrero (Movistar Team) finished second and third respectively. Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) retains the Maglia Rosa.

STAGE RESULTS
1 – Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) –  178km in 4h’37’41″, average speed 38.245 km/h
2 – Santiago Buitrago Sanchez (Bahrain Victorious) at 1’31”
3 – Antonio Pedrero (Movistar Team) at 2’19”

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1 – Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers)
2 – Jai Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe) at 7″
3 – João Pedro Almeida Gonçalves (UAE Team Emirates) at 30″

Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the stage winner, Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo), said: “This is my most beautiful win, it is better than the yellow jersey at the Tour de France, better than my first wins at the Giro because I went through difficult times in the past two years, with crashes, illnesses and Covid. Today I felt strong. I chose to attack solo with 19km to go because it was the steepest part of the climb and I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to drop everyone later on.”

The Maglia Rosa,Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers), said: “I had a small crash at the beginning of my first day in the Maglia Rosa but with no consequence at all. I just had to change bike. Then it went smoothly. The scenario of the race was pretty good. The first part was hard. Then we had it under control.”