Vendrame Secures Dominant Victory in Giro d'Italia Stage 19.

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Vendrame Secures Dominant Victory in Giro d'Italia Stage 19.

Andrea Vendrame displayed remarkable endurance, clinching a spectacular win on stage 19 of the Giro d'Italia while representing Decathlon–AG2R La Mondiale.

Andrea Vendrame, aged 29, showcased his endurance by claiming victory in stage 19 of the Giro d'Italia, riding for Decathlon–AG2R La Mondiale. 

The Italian rider surged ahead from the survivors of a lengthy breakaway with 30km remaining in the challenging 157km route from Mortegliano to Sappada.

Meanwhile, British cyclist Geraint Thomas faced a tense moment in his quest for third place overall as he crashed after clipping another rider's rear wheel with just 6km to go. 

Although Thomas required a swift bike change, overall leader Tadej Pogacar and other top contenders slowed down and waited for him to recover, ensuring he didn't lose any time.

Pogacar expressed, 'I think it showed that everyone has respect. Nobody in the group wanted to pass Thomas in that manner. I hope he's OK after the crash.'

Vendrame surged across the finish line 55 seconds ahead of Spain's Pelayo Sanchez (Movistar), with Georg Steinhauser of Germany (EF Education-EasyPost) claiming third place, seven seconds further behind.

Despite finishing 15 minutes behind Vendrame, Slovenian rider Pogacar still maintains a comfortable lead with two stages remaining.

Vendrame remarked, 'I had been targeting this stage since the beginning of the Giro. It was crucial to join the day's breakaway, and I tried to conserve energy throughout the day.'