There has been a lot of pasta eaten since last week and the Giro d'Italia action has been 'al dente' - Firm to the bite. Ed Hood has followed every pedal stroke to give us his low-down on stage 10 through 15.
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.
Time trial specialist and stage 1 winner, INEOS Grenadiers Filippo Ganna surprise everyone by winning the hilly stage 5 to Camigliatello Silano. The young Italian went with the early break and then left them to solo to the finish. Behind; João Almeida held the pink jersey, finishing in third as the GC men looked at each other.
Jonathan Caicedo won the first mountain stage of the 2020 Giro d'Italia, finishing on Mount Etna. The Ecuadorian champion was the best on the final climb. The big losers of the day were Geraint Thomas and Simon Yates. Filippo Ganna was replaced in the pink jersey by João Almeida with Caicedo on the same time.
Diego Ulissi won the second stage of the Giro d'Italia. After 149 kilometres he was the best on the hilly finish in Agrigento. Ulissi beat Peter Sagan and Mikkel Honoré in a sprint just ahead of the peloton as the three had escaped in the last hard meters. Filippo Ganna held the overall lead.
The second Grand Tour of the Covid-19 adjusted season, the Giro d'Italia, rolled down the starting ramp in Palermo on Saturday afternoon. No surprise as World time trial champion, Filippo Ganna won the stage and pulled on the first pink jersey of 2020.
The 103rd edition of the Corsa Rosa was launched in the unique setting of the Segesta Archaeological Park, with the Temple hosting the presentation ceremony of all the teams that, starting from Saturday, will be protagonists on the roads of the Giro d'Italia. Includes quotes of some of the riders.
The WINNERS & LOSERS: The 2020 World championships may have been restricted to just the elite riders, but all four races were well worth the hours in-front of the TV. One man who didn't miss a pedal stroke was Ed Hood, PEZ's most experienced Worlds watcher - Normally roadside.
Filippo Ganna won the World championship time trial for men in his home land of Italy. The time trial specialist was by far the fastest in the time trial of 31.7 kilometres, starting and finishing on the Imola circuit. Wout van Aert took the silver medal after a very strong ride in the second part of the test. Bronze for Stefan Küng.