Voigt allows Garate to claim stage
Garate took the victory when Voigt allowed him to race clear.
PASSO DI SAN PELLEGRINO, Italy -- Spaniard Juan Manuel Garate won the 19th stage of the Giro dictation Passo di San Pellegrino on Friday, with some help from German Jens Voigt.
Ivan Basso retained a large lead in the overall standings, with only one more tough mountain stage before the race concludes Sunday in Milan.
Garate was part of a long breakaway and rode the final few kilometers with Basso's CSC teammate Voigt.
Garate, a better climber than Voigt, worked harder on the steep road and Voigt returned the favor by tapping Garate on the back a few hundred meters from the finish, indicating the Spaniard could have the victory.
Voigt is a stronger sprinter and could have won.
"I didn't deserve the victory today. He worked for it," Voigt said.
Garate covered the grueling 221-kilometer (137-mile) ride from Pordenone to Passo Di San Pellegrino, with four major climbs, in seven hours 13 minutes 36 seconds, for his fifth career win.
"I didn't have the legs this year to be with the top riders and I really wanted to win a stage," said Garate, who rides for the Belgian Quick Step team.
Voigt finished four seconds behind and Spain's Francisco Vila was third, 1:21 back.
Basso finished 2:15 behind in eighth, just behind Gilberto Simoni.
Jose Gutierrez Cataluna was 2:39 back in 11th, losing 24 seconds to Basso in the overall standings.
Basso leads Gutierrez Cataluna by 6:07, with Simoni third overall at 10:34.
Basso's second child, Santiago, was born before the stage began.
"In these situations, cycling comes second. My happiness was unbelievable this morning," he said.
Jan Ullrich, who is expected to challenge Basso at the Tour de France, withdrew five kilometers from the end of the stage. The German was only using the Giro to prepare for the Tour de France.
He told the Bild website: "I feel a bit tired after three weeks and don't want to endanger my build-up of form ahead of the Tour de France.
"The (Giro) penultimate stage (on Saturday) will be really tough and I didn't want to overstretch myself any more."
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