Team Ineos save Sivakov's ninth place after rivals' aggression at Giro d'Italia

Team Ineos's Pavel Sivakov tries to limit his losses at the end of stage 17 of the 2019 Giro d'Itali

Team Ineos were forced into a pursuit on stage 17 of the Giro d'Italia on Thursday to ensure that Pavel Sivakov retained his ninth place in the general classification, while Astana's Miguel Angel Lopez put more daylight between him and Sivakov in the white jersey competition by attacking in the final 3km. The British team seemed content to initially let Bora-Hansgrohe's Davide Formolo form part of the day's main 18-rider breakaway , which mid-way through the 181km stage from Commezzadura to Anterselva had over six minutes' advantage over the peloton. But once it was clear that the Italian – who'd started the day in 12th place overall – posed a threat to Sivakov's ninth place on the GC, Ineos came to the front to assist race leader Richard Carapaz's Movistar team in ensuring that the gap remained reasonable, with Ineos riders Salvatore Puccio and Christian Knees particularly active. While the ...

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