Pogacar dominates on climb once again to win Giro stage 15 as riders welcome rest day

Pogacar dominates on climb once again to win Giro stage 15 as riders welcome rest day



UAE Team Emirates’ Tadej Pogacar celebrates on the podium wearing the maglia azzurra jersey after winning stage 15 of Giro d’Italia from Manerba del Garda to Livigno on Sunday. (Reuters)

Turin: Tadej Pogacar underlined his climbing credentials in the Italian Alps on Sunday when the Giro d’Italia leader won stage 15, the longest and arguably toughest of the race which involved an altitude gain of 5,400 metres.On the 222km ride from Manerba del Garda to Livigno, Pogacar attacked on the climb with a 14km solo ride to chase down the breakaway riders and leader Nairo Quintana, overtaking the Colombian with 1.9km to go on the Mottolino ascent.Pogacar then dropped Quintana, a Giro d’Italia winner in 2014 who he had watched race as a child, and the 25-year-old Slovenian raced to the summit, leaving the chasing pack far behind to almost double his overall lead with one week to go.“Today was one of the best days for me... it was a really nice stage, really good route with nice climbs. The team did a good job. We had this stage in mind since December,” Pogacar said.“I’m super happy that we kept it under control. It was a really strong breakaway