Nans Peters (Ag2r-La Mondiale) soloed to victory on Stage 17 of the 2019 Giro d’Italia today after launching a bold attack with 16 kilometers to go. The Frenchman took his win in the biathlon stadium at Anterselva after building a 1:34 margin over the next best man, Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott).
Peters and Chaves were both member of a 18-man break that got away early in the stage and which despite various attacks stayed together until very late in the day.
Chaves, Krists Neilands (Israel Cycling Academy) and Valerio Conti (UAE-Emirates) tried to put a chase together at the foot of the final 6km climb, but Peters, with an incredible effort, continued to open up the gap instead.
There were a few small changes for the GC group back in the peloton as well. Most notably, Mikel Landa attacked and edged his way a little closer to the top three. Movistar had a great day of racing, race leader Richard Carapaz gained seven more seconds on his closest rivals as the main group split apart during the final 2km.
That effort puts Carapaz in the overall lead by 1:54 from Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), with Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) third at 2:16.