Ben Healy (EF Training–EasyPost) appeared to concede defeat in his mountain classification duel with Thibaut Pinot (Groupama–FDJ) on Stage 19 on the Giro d’Italia – solely to drop one other assault simply moments after shaking his rival’s hand.
Nevertheless, each Healy and Pinot missed out on the day’s 15-man breakaway, that means all of the early mountain factors have been more likely to be hoovered up by these on the entrance of the race.
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The lead group had a bonus of virtually 5 minutes when Healy determined to launch a wildly audacious transfer to affix them up the highway with 113km remaining – leaving Pinot with little possibility however to trip away from the peloton in pursuit of his rival.
Pinot finally caught his rival 3km later, prompting the Irishman to supply his hand in an obvious concession of defeat as his tempo slowed.
“The shake of the hand with the top turned away from Thibaut Pinot. Unsure how a lot we will learn into that, in all probability not an excessive amount of,” mentioned Dan Lloyd on Eurosport commentary.
“Sadly for us as viewers, it seems like Ben Healy has conceded defeat to Thibaut Pinot.”
However Healy was not fairly able to concede defeat. As an alternative, moments after the pair have been swallowed up by the principle bunch, Healy danced off the entrance of the principle pack once more as Pinot was pressured to chase once more.
“It’s a case of ‘I’ll shake your hand however I’ll take your wristwatch!’” joked 12-time Giro stage winner Robbie McEwen.
Healy’s second cost was shortly snuffed out by Pinot because the tempo belatedly settled forward of the intense climbs later within the stage.
“Any more Pinot might be glued to Healy’s wheel, that’s all he has to do for the remainder of the day,” added Jens Voigt.
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