Geraint Thomas and Primož Roglič set for 'super-close' final time trial after Giro d'Italia Queen stage showdown

Santiago Buitrago wins stage 19 at Tre Cime di Lavaredo as GC riders exchange blows on the super steep slopes

Primoz Roglic Geraint Thomas
(Image credit: Stuart Franklin / Getty)

The Giro d'Italia's general classification is poised on a knife-edge, after neither Geraint Thomas nor Primož Roglič was able pull out a definitive gap on the Queen stage to Tre Cime di Lavaredo on Friday.

The 183km outing from Longarone to Tre Cime di Lavaredo was won by Colombia's Santiago Buitrago (Bahrain Victorious), who had been part of the early break. Derek Gee (Israel-Premier Tech) recorded a heartbreaking fourth second place, having attacked but ultimately failing to fend off Buitrago on the final climb.

  1. Geraint Thomas (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers, in 81-55-47
  2. Primož Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma, at 26s 
  3. João Almeida (Por) UAE Team Emirates, at 59s 
  4. Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain Victorious, at 4-11
  5. Eddie Dunbar (Ire) Jayco-AIUla, at 4-53
  6. Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) at 5-10
  7. Thymen Arensman (Ned) Ineos Grenadiers, at 5-13
  8. Lennard Kämna (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe, at 5-54
  9. Andreas Leknessund (Nor) DSM, at 6-08
  10. Laurens De Plus (Bel) Ineos Grenadiers, at 5-52

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