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.
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.
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Marc Hirschi won the 2020 Flèche Wallonne, but rider of the day was young rider, Mauri Vansevenant who was out front all day and crashed before the last climb. The top men were together for the tough last 1K, and it was the young Swiss star, Hirschi who jumped with 500 metres to go to take the day.
For some riders, stage 19 was a pre-time trial rest day, but the battle for the green jersey caused another day of excitement. Sunweb's Søren Kragh Andersen went solo in the finalé for his second Tour stage win after his stage 14 victory. The GC men rode home at their leisure to stay in the same positions.