Team Sky ward off late threat as Pavel Sivakov takes maiden GC win in the Tour of the Alps

Fausto Masnada eventually took the stage win after threatening Sivakov's GC lead

Pavel Sivakov wins the 2019 Tour of the Alps (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

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Team Sky staved off a late assault on their GC ambitions in the 2019 Tour of the Alps as Pavel Sivakov claimed his maiden stage race win.

For a while it looked like Fausto Masnada (Androni Giocattoli - Sidermic) could snatch the leader's jersey, as he opened up a virtual lead of over three minutes in the overall classification as the Italian went in the day's break and exploded the leading group on the final climb.

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