Tight on time: Five occasions the general classification battle was incredibly close at Grand Tours

Richard Carapaz leads Jai Hindley by just three seconds ahead of stage 19

Richard Carapaz
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As the riders rolled out of Marano Lagunare on stage 19 of the Giro d'Italia, just three seconds separated Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) and Jai Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe), in first and second place on general classification. 

Hindley was lucky not to lose any time on Thursday, after puncturing at an inopportune time, but was saved by the 3km rule. So, it is just three seconds for the final three days, a tight battle awaits us.

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.