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Giro d'Italia: Nibali wins stage 19 as Chaves takes over race lead

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By Euronews
Giro d'Italia: Nibali wins stage 19 as Chaves takes over race lead

<p>Overnight leader Steven Kruijswijk lost his race lead following a disastrous stage 19 of the Giro d’Italia on Friday.</p> <p>The Dutch rider held a three minute lead heading into the day’s ride.</p> <p>He crashed heavily into a snow bank at the highest point of the race with 50 kilometres to go and then needed a new bike on the descent.</p> <p>He struggled on the final climb and eventually lost almost five minutes on his rivals.</p> <p>Those rivals were now out in front.</p> <p>2013 champion Vincenzo Nibali and Colombia’s Esteban Chaves continued to push on with the assistance of Orica-GreenEdge rider Ruben Plaza and Astana’s Michele Scarponi.</p> <p>Nibali’s first attack on Chaves fell short but his second proved decisive as he soloed to victory which has lifted him to second in the general standings</p> <p>Kruijswijk meanwhile could only watch the pink jersey slip from his grasp and onto the back of rival Chaves who with two stages left is 44 seconds clear of Nibali.</p>