Passo dello Stelvio changes Giro d'Italia GC: Kelderman seizes Pink but is closely followed by Hindley and Geoghegan Hart
Oct 22 2020 10:39 pm CET

Passo dello Stelvio changes Giro d'Italia GC: Kelderman seizes Pink but is closely followed by Hindley and Geoghegan Hart
Passo dello Stelvio changes Giro d'Italia GC: Kelderman seizes Pink but is closely followed by Hindley and Geoghegan Hart
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Jay Hindley (Sunweb) has taken the victory of the 18th stage of the Giro d'Italia on a day that changed the General Classification of the race. Wilco Kelderman took the lead of the General Classification.

The 18th stage of the Italian grand tour was bound to be one of the most exciting with a route that featured the iconic Passo dello Stelvio and a finish on a first category climb. The escape of the day featured riders like Fabio Felline, Thomas De Gendt and Filippo Ganna, among others, but the climbs of the day didn't allow it to last for long.

On the first slopes of the Passo dello Stelvio, the breakaway was caught and things changed radically in the General Classification. The wearer of the Pink Jersey Joao Almeida couldn't keep up with the pace set by Sunweb on the first part of the climb.

Other GC favourites like Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo), Pello Bilbao (Bahrain-McLaren) and Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) were left behind while Ineos Grenadiers took the lead in the front with Rohan Dennis and Tao Geoghegan Hart. On the last part of that ascent, the pace set by Dennis -who was the winner of the Cima Coppi 2020, left Wilco Kelderman struggling behind while his teammate Jai Hindley could keep up with the Ineos' riders.

With 10 kilometres to go, Dennis was dropped and only Geoghegan Hart and Hindley remained in front, while Bilbao kept going and overtook Kelderman to try to catch the frontmen. The stage was decided in a sprint between the two leaders of the day and the Australian managed to take the victory.

Kelderman took the Pink Jersey at the end of the day, but the differences with Hindley and Geoghegan Hart are slim ahead of the upcoming stages of the competition.






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