Canadian Derek Gee's remarkable run at the Giro d'Italia continued Friday with his fourth second-place finish of the race, runner-up to Colombian Santiago Buitrago in a gruelling Stage 19 in Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Italy.
Buitrago finished 51 seconds ahead of Gee and one minute 46 seconds ahead of Magnus Cort and Primož Roglič, who just missed out on bonus seconds.
Buitrago caught Gee, the lone Canadian in the race, with 1.5 kilometres to go. The 25-year-old from Ottawa, in his first Grand Tour event, has posted six top-five finishes in the 19 stages to date — four seconds and two fourths.
Gee stands 22nd in the overall standings. He is second behind Italy's Jonathan Milan in the points race and second behind France's Thibaut Pinot in the King of the Mountain standings. "I think that one will take a while to sink in, to be able to fight for the win on a stage like today was something I never imagined coming into this Giro," said Gee. "Four second places hurts for sure, but it makes me hungrier moving forward to get that first win. "I'm super proud of the team at this Giro.Read more on cbc.ca