After a Stage 18 that was supposed to culminate in a bunch sprint was won from the break, what can we expect of Stage 19?
Dries De Bondt (Alpecin-Fenix) led home a four-man break to defy the peloton as the Belgian took a first Grand Tour stage win on Thursday. He came in ahead of Edoardo Affini (Jumbo-Visma), Magnus Cort (EF Education-EasyPost) and Davide Gabburo (Bardiani-CSF).
The pulsating finish to the last flat stage of the race saw the sprinters' teams fail to reel the escapees in as Arnaud Demare and Mark Cavendish were left disappointed, and now attentions turn to the general classification battle with a mountainous foray into Slovenia on Friday, a 178km ride from Marano Lagunare to Santuario di Castelmonte.
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There was late GC drama on Stage 18 with Jai Hindley (Bora - Hansgrohe) finishing a minute down on pink jersey rival Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers), owing to a puncture. However, as the incident happened in the last 3km, he was given the same time as his maglia rosa rivals.
The challenging mountain Stage 19 finishes with a summit finish and compromises four categorised climbs - so expect fireworks.

HOW CAN I WATCH THE GIRO ON TV AND LIVE STREAM?

Each and every stage will be broadcast in its entirety on Eurosport, discovery+ and GCN+, bookended by The Breakaway, presented by Orla Chennaoui and Dan Lloyd. Rob Hatch and Hannah Walker will be in the commentary box with regular contributions from pundits Robbie McEwen, Sean Kelly and Adam Blythe, with Bradley Wiggins doing his thing on the back of a motorbike.

WHEN IS STAGE 19?

Tune in from 10:50 to watch Stage 19 of the Giro d'Italia. Watch uninterrupted coverage on eurosport.co.uk and discovery+, or watch the action from 11:00 on Eurosport 2.

STAGE 19 PROFILE AND ROUTE MAP

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