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Hirt & Pozzovivo conserve their position in GC


The climbers of the Belgian team, Jan Hirt et Domenico Pozzovivo, conserved their position in the general classification of the Tour of Italy (2.UWT) in the nineteenth stage with a summit finish.

Both men were protected by their teammates from the start in Marano Lagunare and began the unprecedented final climb towards Santuario di Castelmonte in the maglia rosa group, almost nine minutes behind the early breakaway

Despite several accelerations in the group of favorites in the final kilometers, all of them finished within a 20 second time gap at the end of the 178 kilometer stage. Jan Hirt, who crossed the line in 12th position, stays sixth in the general classification and Domenico Pozzovivo remains in eight position with one stage in the Dolomites and a time trial to come.

« I'm happy that I managed to keep my position in the provisional classification today, because honestly, I felt tired after yesterday's stage because of all accelerations and the nervousness. In the end, the doubts weren't necessary because I had good legs. Usually my condition gets better throughout the third week and it looks like this is confirmed once more this year. Last year, I obtained my best results in both the Giro and the Vuelta in the last stage, by attacking. Tomorrow I'll probably won't receive this liberty, I'm aware that my position in the general classification threatens my competitors. No matter what, I'll start this day in the Dolomites with confidence. We'll try our best tomorrow, it is the final day with possible big time gaps. »

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