Filippo Ganna also won the second time trial of the Giro on Saturday. A fantastic Thomas De Gendt was two seconds short for a place on the podium. Joao Almeida is even stronger in pink. The Portuguese from Deceuninck-Quick-Step – except Wilco Kelderman – smeared all other competitors for more than a minute.
Roze trui: João Almeida
Purple sweater: Arnaud Démare
Blue sweater: Giovanni Visconti
Jongerentrui: João Almeida
How did victory come about?
World time trial champion Filippo Ganna fulfilled his role as a favorite on the hilly 34.1 kilometer course. After the first climb, the Muro di Cà del Poggio, his lead over the competition was still limited, but on the flatter sections the INEOS Grenadiers speeder made the difference. The only one who could stay within a minute of Ganna was teammate and former world champion Rohan Dennis. The Australian eventually conceded 26 seconds to the line. For Ganna it is already his third stage victory in this Giro. He also won the opening time trial and surprised the GC riders on their way to Camigliatello Silano in the fifth stage.
Of the top favorites, the number one and two of the rankings did the best thing. Pink jersey João Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) more than held up. The Portuguese set a better time than all his competitors and extends his lead a day before a difficult mountain stage. Wilco Kelderman is also more firmly in second place in the rankings. The Dutchman of Team Sunweb is currently the only one who can keep a bit in Almeida’s trail. He is 56 seconds behind Almeida, all other favorites are more than two minutes behind.
What did the Belgians do?
Victor Campenaerts was allowed to take a seat in the hot seat for a while, but it soon became clear that he would not be driving for the prizes. The former European time trial champion was ultimately more than two minutes slower than Filippo Ganna and finished twelfth. The best Belgian was by far Thomas De Gendt. The Lotto-Soudal speeder had predicted in advance that he could be on the podium if he had super legs. De Gendt clearly had those super legs, but in the end came two seconds short for a place on the podium. The rest of the Belgians did not finish in the top fifty.
Who was in the spotlight?
Brandon McNulty did an excellent job in the fight for the top ten. The barely 22-year-old American of UAE Team Emirates was in eleventh place before the start, but set the third fastest time of all participants and rose to fourth place in the standings.
Anything else you should know?
Giulio Ciccone no longer appeared at the start. The Italian is ill, but his team Trek-Segafredo emphasizes that he repeatedly tested negative for corona this Giro. The 25-year-old Ciccone, who was wearing a yellow jersey for two days in the 2019 Tour and also twice won the stage in his Giro past, suffered from COVID-19 at the beginning of September. “His physical condition was still good enough to start the Giro, but not optimal. The past days have been wet and cold, and have affected him, ”his team reports. Hospital visit Saturday morning confirmed that it is bronchitis and not COVID-19. Vincenzo Nibali has to do less with an important teammate in his hunt for the overall victory in the Giro.
1 Filippo Ganna (INEOS Grenadiers) 42:40
2 Rohan Dennis (INEOS Grenadiers) +26
3 Brandon McNulty (UAE Team Emirates) +1:09
4 Thomas De Gendt (Lotto – Soudal) +1: 11
5 Josef Cerný (CCC Team) +1:16
6 Joao Almeida (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) +1:30
7 Tanel Kangert (EF Pro Cycling) +1: 33
8 Jonathan Castroviejo (INEOS Grenadiers) +1:44
9 Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb) +1: 47
10 Jan Tratnik (Bahrain – McLaren) +2: 00
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