Ben O'Connor turned the tables in the Giro d'Italia. Second on Tuesday and first on Wednesday. On stage 16 O'Connor was beaten by Bahrain-McLaren's Jan Tratnik, but on stage 17 he had his revenge by beating Hermann Pernsteiner. The peloton came in over 5 minutes down for Joāo Almeida to hold the pink jersey for the fifteenth day. Tomorrow the Stelvio.
Primoz Roglič won the opening stage of the Vuelta a España. The Jumbo-Visma rider escaped on the descent of the Alto de Arrate in sight of the finish, and stayed ahead of what was left of the peloton. Richard Carapaz was second. Tom Dumoulin and Chris Froome both lost time on the first day.
Jan Tratnik (Bahrain-McLaren) sprinted away from Ben O'Connor (NTT Pro Cycling) on the final uphill metres in San Daniele del Friuli for the stage win. The peloton wanted an extra rest day and finished well down on the day's winner. Joāo Almeida (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) put in a late attack for a couple of extra seconds on the overall lead.
Teo Geoghegan Hart put the fifteenth stage of the 2020 Giro d'Italia on his palmarès. On the mountain stage to the ski resort of Piancavallo he beat the Sunweb tandem of Jai Hindley and Wilco Kelderman, who, including bonuses, took 43 seconds back on the pink jersey, João Almeida (Deceuninck - Quick-Step).
Three of the best riders of the season where together for for the victory in the 2020 Ronde van Vlaanderen. World champion, Julian Alaphilippe was taken out by a motorbike leaving the old enemies, Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert to sprint it out at the line for the Dutch champion to take the victory.
It has been a very strange 2020 season, but some things never change - La Vuelta a España will be the last Grand Tour of the year and, as is the norm, it's full of mountainous climbs. Ed Hood breaks down the Spanish Tour and has a good look at the course and riders.
Philippo Ganna has taken another stage win in the 2020 Giro d'Italia. With a phenomenal ride over 34 hilly TT kilometres, the big Italian took 26 seconds out of his second placed teammate, Rohan Dennis. João Almeida took time out of the others, except young American, Brandon McNulty, who moved up to fourth place and 3rd on the stage.
The flat stage 13 to Monselice had a sting in the tail, actually a double sting. In the end it was the GC men who fought out the sprint aster a strong ride from the Deceuninck - Quick-Step team to split the race. At the line it was Diego Ulissi who won from the pink jersey, Joāo Almeida, and Patrick Konrad in third.