Canadian Derek Gee’s remarkable run continues with 4th 2nd-place finish at Giro d’Italia | CBC Sports
Canadian Derek Gee’s remarkable run at the Giro d’Italia continued Friday with his fourth second-place finish of the race, runner-up to Colombian Santiago Buitrago in a gruelling Stage 19 in Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Italy.
Buitrago finished 51 seconds ahead of Gee and one minute 46 seconds ahead of Magnus Cort and Primož Roglič, who just missed out on bonus seconds. Buitrago caught Gee, the lone Canadian in the race, with 1.5 kilometres to go.
The 25-year-old from Ottawa, in his first Grand Tour event, has posted six top-five finishes in the 19 stages to date — four seconds and two fourths.
Gee stands 22nd in the overall standings. He is second behind Italy’s Jonathan Milan in the points race and second behind France’s Thibaut Pinot in the King of the Mountain standings.
“I think that one will take a while to sink in, to be able to fight for the win on a stage like today was something I never imagined coming into this Giro,” said Gee. “Four second places hurts for sure, but it makes me hungrier moving forward to get that first win.
“I’m super proud of the team at this Giro. We showed what we are made of and even if we didn’t get that stage win, I think we gave ourselves the best chance to do it almost every day.”
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Geraint Thomas maintained his bid to become the oldest Giro d’Italia champion although he saw his lead cut slightly by Roglič, his closest rival, on Friday on the toughest stage of the race.
The 37-year-old Thomas, who rides for Ineos Grenadiers, is 26 seconds ahead of Roglič going into what will be a decisive penultimate stage on Saturday. Third-place João Almeida lost more time and was 59 seconds behind Thomas.
Roglič crossed the summit finish of the so-called “Queen Stage” three seconds ahead of Thomas at the end of the race’s final mountain road leg.
Roglič changed his bicycle shortly before the start of the penultimate climb and he made his move inside the final kilometre. However, Thomas was able to stick to his wheel and the British cyclist made his own attack in the final 500 metres and looked to have slightly distanced his rival.
But Roglič came back and gained what could be a vital few seconds.
The winner will likely be decided in Saturday’s mountain time trial that ends in a demanding climb up Monte Lussari, with an elevation of over 1,000 metres and gradients of up to 22 per cent.
The race ends Sunday in a mostly ceremonial finish in Rome, where Thomas could beat the age record held by Fiorenzo Magni, who was 34 when he won in 1955.
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