Oscar Riesebeek just failed to win the fifteenth stage of the Giro d'Italia on Sunday.

The Dutchman, who was part of the early breakaway, was outpaced in a sprint-à-deux by the Belgian Victor Campenaerts.

In the fifteenth stage the peloton drove 147 kilometers from Grado to Gorizia.

Along the way, the Gornje Cerovo, a fourth category col in Slovenia, had to be conquered three times.

Shortly after the official start, there was a big crash, which meant that Jos van Emden and Emanuel Buchmann, among others, had to give up.

This neutralized the game for about twenty minutes.

After the stage had resumed, a leading group of fifteen riders soon formed.

This company included Bauke Mollema, Lars van den Berg and Riesebeek.

The leading group got all the space from the peloton and took a lead of about twelve minutes.

With 25 kilometers to go, the difference was still the same and it became clear that the escapees were going to compete for the stage victory.

Even before the last passage of the Gornje Cerovo, Riesebeek jumped out of the leading group together with Campenaerts and Albert Torres and made a hole.

While it started to rain heavily, Riesebeek and Campenaerts drove away from Torres at the top of the climb.

With 10 kilometers to go, the duo had a lead of half a minute on a chasing group with Mollema.

The two stayed ahead and were allowed to fight for the stage victory in the streets of Gorizia.


Campenaerts

proved to be

the strongest

in the sprint

.