SAN MARTINO DI CASTROZZA, Italy (AP) — Esteban Chaves secured an emotional victory on the 19th stage of the Giro d’Italia on Friday, and Ecuadorian cyclist Richard Carapaz remained in the overall lead.
It was Chaves’ first win since being diagnosed with Epstein-Barr virus while competing in last year’s Giro and taking eight months off from racing.
“This is pure happiness,” Chaves said. “It takes a heavy weight off my back. It’s a relief to be a winner again. It shows I can do it.”
Chaves, a Colombian who rides for Mitchelton-Scott, crossed the line 10 seconds ahead of Italian cyclist Andrea Vendrame, who had two mechanical failures in the final four kilometers of the uphill finish to San Martino di Castrozza.
Amaro Antunes was third, 12 seconds behind Chaves at the end of the 151-kilometer route from Treviso.