It took a year and a day for Santiago Buitrago to win again in the Giro d’Italia. He did it this May 26 with a time of 5 hours, 28 minutes and 7 seconds, leaving almost a minute difference with the Canadian Derek Gee, who was the one who fought the most with the Colombian to stay with the victory. However, the strength and conviction of the Bahrain rider prevailed against the wear and tear of the Israel Premier Tech cyclist. The country already has 34 stage victories in this competition, the first being in 1973 by Martín ‘Cochise’ Rodríguez.
“Spend all the bullets today”, Santiago Buitrago’s slogan, who from the start of the stage was attentive to break away with 10 other runners who kept up the pace in the first ascents. Little by little, the Colombian was taking down rivals until he was with Derek Gee in the final 5 km to define the day. It is his second victory in the Giro d’Italia after having done so in the previous version.
Colombia already has two stage victories in the Giro d’Italia 2023
Santiago Buitrago joins Einer Rubio, the one from the Movistar Team had already achieved stage 13 and today the one from the Bahrain Victorious did it, showing that ours are still valid on the mountain of the big races. First it was Cras Montana and then in Tre cime di Lavaredo, the two riders showed their class to leave their rivals without options.
There are 2 stages left to finish the Giro d’Italia and three Colombians in competitionthe only one who has not yet won is Fernando Gaviria, who has the last option on Sunday in Rome, after several failed attempts in the sprints.
Colombia’s 34 stage victories in the history of the Giro d’Italia