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Giro d’Italia: 'Shake your hand, take your watch!' – Ben Healy’s cheeky attack after Thibaut Pinot handshake

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Ben Healy (EF Education–EasyPost) appeared to concede defeat in his mountain classification duel with Thibaut Pinot (Groupama–FDJ) on Stage 19 at the Giro d’Italia – only to drop another attack just moments after shaking his rival's hand.

The Irishman began the day ranked second in the maglia azzurra standings on 164 points, 63 adrift of Frenchman Pinot. But with Friday’s queen stage featuring five classified climbs, there were still enough points up for grabs for the blue jersey to change hands.

Ad However, both Healy and Pinot missed out on the day’s 15-man breakaway, meaning all the early mountain points were likely to be hoovered up by those at the front of the race.

Giro d'ItaliaZana 'pretty rapid', Pinot should have 'played cards more cleverly' on Stage 1821 HOURS AGO The lead group had an advantage of almost five minutes when Healy decided to launch a wildly audacious move to join them up the road with 113km remaining – leaving Pinot with little option but to ride clear of the peloton in pursuit of his rival.

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