Giro d’Italia, 20th stage: large breakaway, the group controls | the Direct

Alpine hamlet with over 3500 meters in altitude, 190 km from Alba to Sestriere. Last uphill confrontation between the big names before the Milan time trial

14.47 – Full descent

Great action by Davide Ballerini (Deceuninck-Quick-Step), who gained over 40 “over the other forwards in the descent. Maglia rosa group at 4’30”.

14.42 – 45 km to the finish

Tread plate and downhill jersey group. Wide and dry road. Platoon of the big comeback, advantage around 4 ‘. There is great curiosity around Jai Hindley, according to many the strongest on the climb. We listen to his opinion.

2.36 pm – 51 km to the finish

The blue Filippo Fiorelli (Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè) passes first at the GPM. Second Davide Ballerini (Deceuninck-Quick-Step), third the French Geoffrey Bouchard (Ag2r La Mondiale). Treads that launch downhill. Pink jersey group consisting of less than 50 units.

2.33 pm – 52 km to the finish

We remember the names of the 17 outriders: Davide Ballerini, the Danish Mikkel Honoré and the Belgian Pieter Serry (Deceuninck-Quick-Step), Andrea Vendrame and the French Geoffrey Bouchard (Ag2r La Mondiale), the Slovenian Jan Tratnik (Bahrain-Merida), Filippo Fiorelli (Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè), the Polish Kamil Malecki (CCC), the Estonian Tanel Kangert (EF), the French Simon Guglielmi (Groupama-FDJ), the British Matthew Holmes (Lotto Soudal), the American Brandon McNulty (UAE-Emirates), Davide Villella and the Spanish Einer Augusto Rubio (Movistar), the Eritrean Amanuel Gebreigzabhier, the French Julien Bernard and Nicola Conci (Trek-Segafredo).

14.28 – 55 km to the finish

Matteo Sobrero (NTT Pro Cycling) also detaches from the group of treads, which is located about 3 km from the GPM (second category). 17. There was also a good selection in the Maglia rosa group. They gave up all those riders who today have no ambitions for success or for the general classification.

2.21 pm – 57 km to the finish

We are uphill, along the first climb towards Sestriere. Again detached the three pure sprinters present among the treads: Cimolai, Viviani and Démare. At the head of the race remain 18. Now the Ineos Grenadiers leads the group of the pink jersey. Puccio in front, behind him Ganna.

2.15 pm – 60 km to the finish

At the Astana there is only one man left in the lead of the pink jersey. Then it will be the Ineos Grenadiers, already deployed, to take over the reins of the race.

14.09 – 65 km to the finish

Démare, Viviani and Cimolai have returned. Leading group again formed by 21 riders.

13.59 – 69 km to the finish

Today the Kelderman pink jersey will have to defend itself from attacks by Ineos Grenadiers, in particular by Tao Geoghegan Hart, third in the standings, just 15 “from the Dutchman of the Sunweb. Let’s listen to the opinion of Davide Cassani, head of the national cycling team.

13.52 – 71 km to the finish

It seems that the big names want to keep the race closed. Both the group and the treads are uphill, but the first ascent to Sestriere will begin in Pragelato, when there will be about 63 km to go to the finish. Meanwhile, among the 21 fugitives, the selection begins and Viviani, Démare and Cimolai break away.

1.45 pm – 75 km to the finish

The Maglia rosa group is 5’30 “from the squad of 21 fugitives. In the lead the Astana team, whose captain is the Danish Fuglsang, makes a good pace.

13.38 – 78 at the finish line

5’54 “the advantage of the escape when there are 78 km to go and the road starts to climb. These are the 21 leaders: Davide Ballerini, the Danish Mikkel Honoré and the Belgian Pieter Serry (Deceuninck-Quick-Step), Andrea Vendrame and the French Geoffrey Bouchard (Ag2r La Mondiale), the Slovenian Jan Tratnik (Bahrain-Merida), Filippo Fiorelli (Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè), the Polish Kamil Malecki (CCC), Elia Viviani (Cofidis), the Estonian Tanel Kangert ( EF), Frenchman Arnaud Démare and compatriot Simon Guglielmi (Groupama-FDJ), Davide Cimolai (Israel Start-Up Nation), British Matthew Holmes (Lotto Soudal), American Brandon McNulty (UAE-Emirates), Davide Villella and the Spanish Einer Augusto Rubio (Movistar), the Eritrean Amanuel Gebreigzabhier, Matteo Sobrero (NTT), the French Julien Bernard and Nicola Conci (Trek-Segafredo).

13.26 – 6’22 “the advantage

84 km to the finish, the 21 forwards have a 6’22 “margin on the pink jersey group. 46.7 km / h the average of the race. These are the words of Matteo Fabbro (Bora – Hansgrohe) before the start.

13.09 – 94 at the finish

6’58 “the advantage of the 21 leaders when 94 km to go to the finish. The Astana of Fuglsang took the lead of the group with the pink jersey to pull. Panini for the big names in the mixed zone, protagonists the Wilco Kelderman pink jersey and his teammate Jai Hindley (second overall at 12 “).

Ore 13.05 – McNulty

Among the forwards the rider placed better in the general classification is the American Brandon McNulty, 14th at 33’12 “. These are the words of the national team coach Davide Cassani on Vincenzo Nibali’s Giro.

13.00 – the group

At the head of the group to pull the pace are Jakob Fuglsang’s Astana and Pello Bilbao’s Bahrain-McLaren, both possible protagonists on today’s climbs. These are the words of the Ruben Guerreiro blue jersey before the start.

12.53 – 103 at the finish

7’14 “the advantage of the 21 fugitives when there are 103 km to go to the finish line. The climbs are approaching, today three GPM in a stage of over 3500 meters in altitude.

12.48 – the attackers

The complete list of the 21 leaders: Davide Ballerini, the Danish Mikkel Honoré and the Belgian Pieter Serry (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Andrea Vendrame and the French Geoffrey Bouchard (Ag2r La Mondiale), the Slovenian Jan Tratnik (Bahrain-Merida), Filippo Fiorelli (Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè), the Polish Kamil Malecki (CCC), Elia Viviani (Cofidis), the Estonian Tanel Kangert (EF), the French Arnaud Démare and compatriot Simon Guglielmi (Groupama-FDJ), Davide Cimolai ( Israel Start-Up Nation), the British Matthew Holmes (Lotto Soudal), the American Brandon McNulty (UAE-Emirates), Davide Villella and the Spanish Einer Augusto Rubio (Movistar), the Eritrean Amanuel Gebreigzabhier, Matteo Sobrero (NTT), the French Julien Bernard and Nicola Conci (Trek-Segafredo). At the flying finish line in Saluzzo, the first to pass was Arnaud Démare in cyclamen jersey in front of Ballerini and Vendrame. The Frenchman is now sure to remain leader of the points classification until the end of the Giro.

12.43 – 21 on the run

At 111 km from the finish there are 21 runners on the run with a 7’07 “advantage over the pink jersey group.

Rain and controversy

The 19th stage of the 103rd edition of the pink race was marked by controversy, with the route reduced due to the protest of the runners, worried about bad weather. Cerny rejoiced at the finish line in Asti, while the general classification has not changed, Kelderman remains the leader with 12 “ahead of Hindley and 15” over Geoghegan Hart. The big names will measure the residual energy on the climbs of the penultimate fraction before the final time trial.

Path

Alpine stage with over 3500 meters in altitude, 190 km. The Alba-Sestriere stage has been modified with the cancellation of Agnello, Izoard and Monginevro, alternatively there will be the triple climb to Sestriere. After a phase of approach from Alba to Pinerolo, the very long, pedalable climb begins for the first passage in Sestriere (second category GPM, you do not cross the finish line). Descent to Cesana Torinese to go up to Sestriere through Sauze di Cesana. We then cross the finish line, first category GPM. New descent on Cesana Torinese for a second lap of the circuit and uphill arrival in Sestriere (again first category GPM).

I big

Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) is first in the overall standings with his teammate Jai Hindley at 12 “and Tao Geoghegan Hart (Ineos) at 15”. The first of the Italians is Vincenzo Nibali, eighth at 5’47 “.

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