Epic Alpine battle finishes with victory of Tao Geoghegan Hart and Jai Hindley in Pink
Oct 24 2020 10:14 pm CET

Epic Alpine battle finishes with victory of Tao Geoghegan Hart and Jai Hindley in Pink
Epic Alpine battle finishes with victory of Tao Geoghegan Hart and Jai Hindley in Pink
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Tao Geoghegan Hart (Ineos Grenadiers) has taken the victory of the 20th stage of the Giro d'Italia after a mountainous stage reshaped the General Classification. Jai Hindely took the Pink Jersey ahead of the last stage of the race.

The penultimate stage of the Italian grand tour was 190 kilometres long between Alba and Sestriere and took the peloton over a route that featured one climb of the second category and two of the first category, including the mountain finish. The day promised surprises as the General Classification was tight on top, and it didn't disappoint.

The stage started with the escape of a large group that included riders like Mikkel Honore, Davide Cimolai, Davide Villella and Nicola Conci, among others. This group built a gap of more than seven minutes with the peloton but after the 100-kilometre mark, it started getting reduced by the speed of the teams interested in the overall win of the race.

At around 30 kilometres to go, Rohan Dennis once again started setting a high pace for his Ineos Grenadiers' teammate Tao Geoghegan Hart and while Sunweb's Jai Hindley -number two of the General Classification- could follow, the wearer of the Pink Jersey Wilco Kelderman couldn't and was dropped in a second group.

On the first slopes of the last climb of the day, they caught and dropped the rest of the escapees while the Maglia Rosa group was more than a minute behind them. With three kilometres to go, Hindley tried to attack but was soon neutralised by Dennis, but half a kilometre later the Australian tried again and this time managed to drop the former time trial world champion but took Geoghegan Hart with him.

Some metres later Dennis returned to the front but a new movement from Hindley left him struggling behind again and the duo faced the last kilometre by themselves. Geoghegan Hart launched an attack in the last metres and crossed the finish line ahead of the Australian.

Hindley took the lead of the General Classification and dressed in Pink at the end of the stage, but he shares the same time with Geoghegan Hart ahead of the last stage of the race: an individual time trial of 15.7 kilometres between Cernusco sul Naviglio and Milan.



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