The 2020 Giro d'Italia saw the emergence of young rider Tao Geoghegan Hart and showed, as Peter Sagan said, the 'reports of my demise are greatly exaggerated'. Both riders have been talking about the Italian Grand Tour and their future.
A very exciting Giro d'Italia finished on Sunday in Milano with a decisive time trial, although the Italian Grand Tour was probably won in the mountains on the previous days with battles between eventual winner, Tao Geoghegan Hart, Jai Hindley and Wilco Kelderman. But there was much more to the final week. Ed Hood takes up the story.
Unsurprisingly Filippo Ganna won the final Giro'20 individual time trial. But it was his young British INEOS Grenadiers teammate, Tao Geoghegan Hart who stunned with a TT showdown against Sunweb's Jai Hindley to take the final pink jersey in Milan.
The strange bike racing year that is 2020 has seen some confusing things like races with no spectators and Spring Classics in autumn but the weirdest is the overlapping of two Grand Tours as the Giro's final week coincides with the Vuelta's first. But in 1981 only three days separated the two races and Giovanni Battaglin, in the new book “48 Days,” tells the astonishing story of how he won both.
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Stage 20 of the Giro d'Italia turned the podium upside down as the climb of Sestriere put INEOS Grenadiers' Tao Geoghegan Hart across the finish-line first and Jai Hindley (Sunweb) into the pink jersey. Wilco Kelderman couldn't hold the pace and dropped to third. Sunday's time trial will decide this year's Italian Grand Tour.
Stage 19 was first lengthened and then shortened due to a rider strike. But Josef Cerny was a deserving winner, taking a Grand Tour stage for the soon to disappear CCC team. Victor Campenaerts (NTT) was second and Jacopo Mosca (Trek-Segafredo) third. Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) finished in the peloton to hold the overall lead.
Giro d'Italia stage 18 saw the race blown apart over the Stelvio. At the line it was Jai Hindley who took the stage and his Sunweb teammate, Wilco Kelderman pulled on the leader's pink jersey. There was also INEOS Grenadiers' Tao Geoghegan Hart in second place on the stage and now third overall. The top three are all within 15 seconds.
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.