The GC standings at the Giro d'Italia

Tadej Pogačar wears the pink jersey after 18 stages, 7:42 ahead of Dani Martínez and 8:04 up on Geraint Thomas

ClockUpdated 17:39, Thursday 23rd May 2024. Published 11:16, Tuesday 7th May 2024
Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) currently wears the Giro d'Italia pink leader's jersey

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Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) currently wears the Giro d'Italia pink leader's jersey

Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) is currently leading the general classification at the Giro d’Italia with an advantage of 7:42 after 19 stages in Italy.

Pogačar has gained time throughout the race and the latest addition to the haul came on stage 17, where the stage win had already gone to a breakaway but the pink jersey couldn't resist attacking and leaving his rivals behind once again.

After blitzing the queen stage on stage 15 and then picking up his fifth stage win almost by accident on stage 16, this was the third day in a row Pogačar had gained time on his rivals, taking his lead out towards the eight-minute mark.

With two stages remaining, Pogačar leads the Giro by 7:42 over Dani Martínez (Bora-Hansgrohe), with Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) a further 22 seconds back. Ben O'Connor (Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale) is fourth overall but has conceded time on the past two stages and now lies at 9:47 down on Pogačar and 42 seconds ahead of fifth-placed Antonio Tiberi (Bahrain Victorious), who wears the white jersey as best young rider.

Pogačar took the pink leader’s jersey on stage 2 with a commanding win on the summit finish to Oropa, dropping all of his rivals to seize his first maglia rosa. He then extended his lead with a stage-winning performance in the stage 7 time trial, putting over a minute and a half into most of his rivals. The following day, on stage 8, he won again, this time sprinting to victory at the summit finish of Prati di Tivo.

Read more: Giro d’Italia: Ranking the top 10 contenders

The summit finish on stage 10 didn't offer up many big changes, the biggest shuffle coming from Cian Uijtdebroeks' (Visma-Lease a Bike) abandon whilst he was in fifth overall. However, the second week rounded out with two key stage and big GC movement, first with the stage 14 time trial and then the queen stage in the mountains. Pogačar settled for second in the time trial but added over a minute to his advantage, as Thomas nipped ahead of Martínez into second overall. Stage 15, however, was where the race looked to have ended as any sort of contest for the pink jersey, as Pogačar soared clear to put another three minutes into his rivals.

He started the third and final week in much the same fashion, adding almost another 40 seconds to his lead on stage 16, where Martínez nipped back ahead of Thomas. There was no real need to attack on stage 17, but Pogačar added another 20 seconds, as Thomas and Martínez were deadlocked but found another 40 seconds on O'Connor.

Stage 18 was a bunch sprint finish, while the medium mountains on stage 19 saw all the GC contenders arrive together once more, but the race heads back into the high mountains on stage 20 for one final showdown before the ceremonial finale in Rome on Sunday.

The jersey wearers at the Giro d'Italia after stage 19

  • Pink jersey (general classification): Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates)
  • Blue jersey (mountains classification): Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) - but loaned to second-placed Giulio Pellizzari (VF-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè)
  • Ciclamino jersey (points classification): Jonathan Milan (Lidl-Trek)
  • White jersey (best young rider): Antonio Tiberi (Bahrain Victorious)
  • Teams classification: Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale

Read more: The jerseys of the Giro d’Italia explained

Giro d’Italia overall standings after stage 19:

  1. Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) 71:24:03
  2. Dani Martínez (Bora-Hansgrohe) +7:42
  3. Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) +8:04
  4. Ben O’Connor (Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale) +9:47
  5. Antonio Tiberi (Bahrain Victorious) +10:29
  6. Thymen Arensman (Ineos Grenadiers) +11:10
  7. Romain Bardet (dsm-firmenich PostNL) +12:42
  8. Einer Rubio (Movistar) +13:33
  9. Filippo Zana (Jayco AlUla) +13:52
  10. Jan Hirt (Soudal Quick-Step) +14:44
  11. Lorenzo Fortunato (Astana Qazaqstan) +16:37
  12. Michael Storer (Tudor Pro Cycling) +18:27
  13. Davide Piganzoli (Polti Kometa) +22:38
  14. Simon Geshcke (Cofidis) +27:55
  15. Luca Covili (VF Group-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè) +31:56
  16. Rafal Majka (UAE Team Emirates) +33:16
  17. Valentin Paret-Peintre (Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale) +41:12
  18. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) +44:52
  19. Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious) +44:55
  20. Domenico Pozzovivo (VF Group-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè) +46:25

Find the full Giro d’Italia GC standings here.

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