Victory of Tao Geoghegan Hart in Giro d'Italia stage 15, Almeida keeps GC lead but loses time
Oct 18 2020 10:41 pm CET

Victory of Tao Geoghegan Hart in Giro d'Italia stage 15, Almeida keeps GC lead but loses time
Victory of Tao Geoghegan Hart in Giro d'Italia stage 15, Almeida keeps GC lead but loses time
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Ineos-Grenadiers' Tao Geoghegan Hart has taken the win of the 15th stage of the Giro d'Italia on a day in which Joao Almeida lost time but kept the Pink Jersey and Wilco Kelderman extended his advantage over other GC candidates.

A tough course awaited the riders for the 15th stage of competition in the Italian race. The 185-kilometre route featured three climbs of the second category and a finish on the first-category ascent of the Piancavallo.

A group of 12 riders broke free early on the stage and included riders like Rohan Dennis, Thomas De Gendt, Daniel Navarro and Manuele Boaro, among others. With around 65 kilometres to go, Jefferson Cepeda, Jhonatan Narvaez and Nicolas Edet crashed on the descent and the two latter had to withdraw from the race.

The tough conditions of the route left the front group very diminished and Dennis took advantage of this and launched an attack with around 50 kilometres to go that nobody could follow. In the peloton, Sunweb and Deceuninck-Quick-Step took turns to lead the peloton and protect the positions of their leaders Joao Almeida and Wilco Kelderman.

On the last climb of the day, the Pink Jersey group caught the chasers and also Dennis with ten kilometres to go. Sunweb set a hard pace for Kelderman and this broke the already reduced peloton, leaving behind riders like Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo) and Pello Bilbao (Bahrain-McLaren).

With seven kilometres to go, Jai Hindley, Kelderman and Tao Geoghegan Hart (Ineos-Grenadiers) left Almeida struggling behind and continued at a good pace, increasing the gap with the other GC candidates. The trio arrived together to the final kilometre and the Briton of Ineos took the victory while the Dutchman got some bonification seconds that work for his GC aspirations.

Almeida crossed the finish line 37 seconds after the front trio and managed to keep the Pink Jersey for another day, but his advantage has been radically reduced and now he leads the General Classification by only 15 seconds over Kelderman. Bilbao and Nibali lost two positions on the overall standings and sit now in the 5th and 7th positions respectively, three minutes and ten seconds and three minutes and 29 seconds behind Almeida.






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