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GIRO’22 Stage 20: Hindley Hits Hard on the Marmolada!

Alessandro Covi takes the stage win

Giro Stage 20 Race Report: On a day that might have been a game of chess from the GC men, turned out to be a stunning day in the mountains for Jai Hindley as he dealt a killed blow to Richard Carapaz. The stage win went to Alessandro Covi who attacked the break of the day and stayed clear to the finish on the Passo Fedaia.


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The final kilometre of stage 20

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It was a tough win for Alessandro Covi and much needed by UAE

Alessandro Covi won the twentieth stage of the Giro d’Italia with the finish on the top of the Passo Fedaia. The Italian had pulled away from the early break 53 kilometres from the finish. Jai Hindley dropped the overall leader, Richard Carapaz, on the final climb and is now the new pink jersey wearer.

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Giro stage winner and KOM – Koen Bouwman

The Route:
A colossal stage through the Dolomites, and the last summit finish of the 2022 Giro d’Italia. Starting in Belluno, and taking a short diversion across the valley of the Piave river through Sedico, Santa Giustina and Sospirolo, the route passes Agordo and Cencenighe, crossing the Val Cordevole upstream. The stage finale features three consecutive climbs, Passo di San Pellegrino (with gradients exceeding 15% past Falcade), Passo Pordoi (the 2022 Cima Coppi), and Passo Fedaia, where the gradients hover steadily above 10%, topping out at 18% in the 6km after Malga Ciapela.

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Final kilometres
The ramps are steep over the last 14km. After a technical ascent from Caprile to Rocca Pietore, the route becomes an ascending 2% false-flat. The gradients go up again past Sottoguda, then the road dips a little before Malga Ciapela (passing through a curved, well-lit tunnel). The average gradient over the final 6km is around 12%, with an 18% peak, mid-climb.

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Not a day for Mark Cavendish, but he will be a Giro’22 finisher – Tour der France next?

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‘Old Man’ Alejandro Valverde at the start

The climbs of the Passo San Pellegrino, Passo Pordoi and the Passo Fedaia ensured that the penultimate day in the Giro d’Italia was a very tough one. Jai Hindley did everything he could in the final kilometres to take the leader’s jersey from Richard Carapaz and eventually succeeded.

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Vincenzo Nibali’s last Giro bunch stage

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The leaders ready for one of the hardest days

Before any attacks took place, the riders had to ride 150 kilometres through the Alps. A leading group broke away early in the stage and they knew that they would be competing for the stage win.

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Leaving Belluno

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The break of the day – Would it go all the way?

The break of the day included Mathieu van der Poel, who had wanted to save himself for Sunday’s final time trial, Andrea Vendrama, Domen Novak, Lennard Kämna, Edoardo Zardini, Gijs Leemreize, Sam Oomen, Sylvan Moniquet, Antonio Pedrero, Davide Ballerini, Mauri Vansevenant, Thymen Arensman, Giulio Ciccone, Alessandro Covi and Davide Formolo. None of them were a danger to the overall lead. Kämna was the best placed rider at over 42 minutes.

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Through the trees on the lower slopes

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Salvatore Puccio looking after the overall leader Richard Carapaz

The leading group remained intact for a long time on the Passo San Pellegrino, and on most of the Passo Pardoi. Vendrame was the first to be dropped, Van der Poel, Leemreize and Vansevenant followed shortly after Zardini lifted the pace.

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No time to look at the view


Mathieu van der Poel was in the break again, but it wasn’t a wining move for the Dutchman

Covi would eventually go solo. The Italian started his move at 53 kilometres from the finish. Novak, Kämna, Pedrero, Arensman, Ciccone and Formolo formed a chase group, which lost more and more time.

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Stunning!

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Bahrain Victorious took control of the peloton

Covi took the Cima Coppi and looked to be well on his way to the stage victory. On the Passo Fedaia he was initially able to defend his lead well, but Novak came after him and was getting closer. However, the Slovenian could not close the last 30 seconds, and the Italian took the stage.

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Covi went solo from the break

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Bahrain kept the pressure on

All the focus was then on the GC riders. Four kilometres from the finish, Hindley’s first attack finally came, and he closed on his teammate, Kämna, who eased off to wait for his Australian leader. Carapaz was on Hindley’s wheel, but when Kämna put in a strong pull the Ecuadorian was in trouble.

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Big win for Covi

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Carapaz was in trouble

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Hindley hammered it home

Landa couldn’t follow. At first it seemed Carapaz could save his second Giro win, but the INEOS rider had nothing left and had to let Hindley go. The Giro was turned upside down, because by dropping Carapaz, Hindley took over the pink leader’s jersey from the Ecuadorian. Carapaz would eventually 1:25 to the Australian.

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Carapaz had nothing left in the tank

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1:25 should be enough for Hindley to make history – Australia’s first Giro d’Italia winner

Stage winner, Alessandro Covi (UAE Team Emirates): “I came close to winning a stage of the Giro on two occasions last year. I wanted to win this year as well but I was racing for Joao Almeida who unfortunately had to leave the race. Today was an opportunity. I attacked from far away because I am not a climber. I rode pretty well in the last climb. It’s fantastic for the team to win a stage and particularly this one in the mythical mountains.”

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Wilco Kelderman congratulates his BORA-hansgrohe teammate Jai Hindley at the finish

Maglia Rosa, Jai Hindley (BORA-hansgrohe): “I knew it was gonna be the crucial stage with a brutal finish. If I had the legs, I could make a difference and I did. We saved ourselves for today and it went perfect. We had Lenny Kämna in the front. He was a great help when we caught him. He couldn’t have timed it better when he dropped back. It was an epic stage. It’s hard to say how a time trial will go at the end of three weeks of racing but I’ll die for the Maglia Rosa.”

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Hindley in pink going into the final time trial

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Giro d’Italia Stage 20 Result:
1. Alessandro Covi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 4:46:34
2. Domen Novak (Slov) Bahrain-Victorious at 0:32
3. Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 0:37
4. Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar at 1:36
5. Thymen Arensman (Ned) DSM at 1:50
6. Jai Hindley (Aus) BORA-hansgrohe at 2:30
7. Gijs Leemreize (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 3:04
8. Hugh Carthy (GB) EF Education-EasyPost at 3:19
9. Mikel Landa (Spa) Bahrain-Victorious
10. Lennard Kämna (Ger) BORA-hansgrohe at 3:39.

Giro d’Italia Overall After Stage 20:
1. Jai Hindley (Aus) BORA-hansgrohe in 86:07:19
2. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:25
3. Mikel Landa (Spa) Bahrain-Victorious at 1:51
4. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Qazaqstan at 7:57
5. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain-Victorious at 8:55
6. Jan Hirt (CZ) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux at 9:07
7. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) BORA-hansgrohe at 11:18
8. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux at 16:04
9. Juan Pedro López (Spa) Trek-Segafredo at 17:29
10. Hugh Carthy (GB) EF Education-EasyPost at 17:56.


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