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Men's Cycling Pogacar extends Giro d’Italia lead with victory on stage 15

TADEJ POGACAR secured his fourth victory of this year’s race as he breezed to a commanding win on stage 15 of the Giro d’Italia.

The queen stage of the Giro posed 222km of tarmac alongside more than 5,000 metres of climb, but that did not seem to faze the Slovenian, who blew the field away in convincing fashion from Manerba del Garda to Livigno.

After tracking down everyone in his sights, Nairo Quintana was the only one ahead of Pogacar and was finally caught on the steep climb with 2km left, and proceeded to lose a further half a minute by the finish line.

Two minutes later, EF Education–EasyPost rider Georg Steinhauser, who was also a solo leader until the penultimate climb, came home to take the final spot on the podium in third.

Pogacar said afterwards: “Today was a really good route with nice climbs. I’m super happy that we kept it under control.

“We had to be smart all day. It was a strong breakaway, but I gave it my all for the last 10k, and I’m super happy to win the queen stage in Livigno, one of my favourite places in Italy.”

Pogacar’s stunning triumph has given him a lead of six minutes and 41 seconds ahead of Welshman Geraint Thomas as he closes in on his maiden Giro d’Italia title.

The riders had a rest day today but will resume stage 16 tomorrow from Livigno to Monte Pana and will travel 206 kilometres with an elevation gain of 4,350 metres.

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