Nico Denz (Bora – Hansgrohe) has won Stage 14 of the 106th Giro d’Italia, the 196km long Sierre-Cassano Magnago. Derek Gee (Israel – Premier Tech) and Alberto Bettiol (EF Education-EasyPost) finished second and third respectively.
Bruno Armirail (Groupama – FDJ) is the new Maglia Rosa.
1 – Nico Denz (Bora – Hansgrohe) – 196 km in 4h37’30″, average speed 41.946 km/h
2 – Derek Gee (Israel – Premier Tech) s.t.
3 – Alberto Bettiol (EF Education-EasyPost) s.t.
1 – Bruno Armirail (Groupama – FDJ)
2 – Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) at 1’41”
3 – Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) at 1’43”
Speaking seconds after the finish, the stage winner Nico Denz said: “I felt supergood today and so I managed to get again into the breakaway. We were lucky to close the gap just inside the final km. I felt very good and when Bettiol launched his sprint I followed him and then I went full gas until the line. It was a very tough day but it ended well for me.”
The Maglia Rosa Bruno Armirail said: “The plan this morning was more about the stage win. We had spoken with my team-mate Rudy Molard. We thought one day the Maglia Rosa could be up for grabs. But we didn’t think it would be today. I had tried on stage 4 and I was disappointed that I wasn’t on a good day. Only once Geraint Thomas crossed the line, it became a reality in my mind but it’s hard to realise. It’s nice for the team after Thibaut Pinot’s second place yesterday.”