Dunne and Dunbar get job done on another huge day at Giro d’Italia

Posted on: May 25th, 2019

Conor Dunne is winning his battle at the Giro; helping his team and then surviving on the high mountain stages in sufficient shape to do it all again the next day.

Conor Dunne and Eddie Dunbar have continued their battles at the Giro; Dunbar seeking to climb well in the high mountains and Dunne playing the survival game.

Irish champion Dunne (Israel Cycling Academy) is in his second Grand Tour and has already been up the road, as well as supporting his team leaders.

Today he got himself into the large group at the back of the race that stays together to ensure it makes the time cut; or features too many riders to exclude if it misses that cut.

After 131 mountainous kilometres on stage 14 today from Saint Vincent to Courmayeur, Dunne was 148th man home of the 149 left in the race.

His group, numbering some 30 riders, was 40:55 down on stage winner and new race leader Richard Carapaz (Movistar).

The Banteer Bullet Eddie Dunbar tucked into the back of the group as Nibali and Roglic got head to head at the front, driving it on at Giro stage 14.
Carapaz was physically impressive but also rode with great bravery; attacking from a long way out and then getting every ounce out of himself all the way to the line.

Eddie Dunbar, the younger of the Irish duo in the Giro and riding for Team Ineos, enjoyed another very solid day today.

He was with the favourites group until about halfway up the big final climb with about 35km remaining; the Colle San Carlo

When the large select group numbered about 25 riders, Dunbar was still there and was only distanced as the very strongest men in this race, about 10 in all, dropped everyone else.

Carapaz took flight on that large climb climb, from a long way out, and seized his chance with everything he had.

The Ecuadorian climber seemed to ride every kilometre like it was his last, never relaxing and being sure to drive all the way right to the line.

In the end he won by a significant 1:32 from a somewhat rejuvenate Simon Yates (Mitchelton Scott); the Briton attacking the select group to get back some time on them.

And some 22 seconds after Yates finished today came the group of Primoz Roglic (Jumbo Visma), Vicenzo Niabli (Bahrain Merida) and the other main favourites.

Nibali sprinted in at the front of the group to take 3rd on the stage, and the four seconds time bonus that went with it. He’s clearly up for the fight.
Carapaz took the lead in the race today, aged 25 years and with only two full seasons at WorldTour level in his legs.

Movistar and Nibali tried to attack an isolated Roglic several times on the climbs but he rode defensively and, apart from Carapaz, they couldn’t shake Roglic.

Race leader this morning, Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates), lost 7:41 to the stage winner. That meant Carapaz took both victory on the day and the race lead.

He holds the Maglia Rosa by just seven seconds from Roglic, with Nibali another 1:40 back in 3rd place.

There is still stage after stage of climbing to come, not to mention the final day’s TT into Verona.

And while Roglic is still favourite for the overall title, Nibali and Movistar’s Carapaz or Mikel Landa could still win it outright.

After being distanced by the favourites group today, Eddie Dunbar continued to ride well.

And by the finish line he was 22nd on the stage; some 7:20 down on Carapaz and 5:26 off the Roglic-Nibali group.

The 22-year-old Grand Tour debutant is now in a very solid 24th overall and will be looking to improve that, though Pavel Sivakov is now Team Ineos’s clear priority rider.

The 21-year-old Russian was 7th today and is now 9th overall and still in the white young rider classification leader’s jersey.

Tomorrow’s 232km stage 15 is another hilly one, though the climbs are smaller. A cat 3 ascent crested 9km from the finish in Como could prove decisive.

It is the kind of route that favours a breakaway and the short sharp climbs can also suit Dunbar, if afforded another chance by his team to get up the road.