Nov 16, 2020: The bulls of Spain are a memory, but still cyclocross. Video from Leuven and Euro track champs. Lefevere's safety plan. Groenewegen case, Pogačar after Tour, Evenepoel in Spain, Viviani disappointed, Carapaz dreams, Nibali, Androni sponsor. Contract news. Dowsett Hour Record. Ciccone and Zoetemelk recover and present for Tao.
We now only have one Grand Tour to watch in this very strange 2020 season. Will the Vuelta a España follow the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia and fall to a 'Young Gun'? Too soon to tell, but Ed Hood takes a different look at the 'primera semana' of the Spanish Tour.
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.
Ion Izagirre (Astana) won the mountain stage to Aramón Formigal in the Vuelta on Sunday. The Astana rider escaped from a group of leaders on the final climb. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) lost time on a stage characterised by bad weather conditions and had to pass the leader's jersey to Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers).
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.
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.
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).
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.
A crazy day on the home roads of Marco Pantani, saw many riders suffer from the cold and wet conditions that split the race to pieces. The stage victory went to Jhonatan Narváez ahead of an unlucky Mark Padun. The pink jersey of João Almeida was safe after strong work from the Deceuninck - Quick-Step team.