Cycling: Ganna takes third stage win as Almeida extends Giro lead


October 17, 2020

VALDOBBIADENE, Italy (Reuters) – Italian Filippo Ganna claimed his third victory in this year’s Giro d’Italia when he won the 14th stage on Saturday, a 34.1km individual time trial from Conegliano to Valdobbiadene, as Joao Almeida extended his overall lead.

The time trial world champion powered through the undulating course in 42 minutes 40 seconds to beat his Ineos-Grenadiers team mate Rohan Dennis by 26 seconds and American Brandon McNulty (UAE Team Emirates) by 1:09.

Ganna won the opening time trial in Palermo and the fifth stage in Camigliatello Silano.

Portugal’s Almeida of Deceuninck-Quick Step clocked the best time of the overall contenders in 44:11 to stretch his lead over Wilco Kelderman of the Netherlands to 56 seconds.

Spain’s Pello Bilbao (Bahrain-McLaren) stayed third, 2:11 off the pace, with McNulty breaking into the top five in fourth position, 2:23 behind Almeida.

Double Giro champion Vincenzo Nibali (Trek Segafredo) is fifth, 2:30 off the pace.

This year’s race is still wide open with four summit finishes to come before the final time trial in Milan on Oct. 25.

Organisers said all riders and staff members had tested negative for COVID-19 on Thursday and Friday after two teams left the race this week following positive cases, raising hopes that the three-week grand tour will be completed.

The top guns are expected to battle it out on Sunday when the 15th stage takes the peloton to a mountain-top finish in Piancavallo.

The final climb is a 14.5km effort at an average gradient of 7.8%.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ed Osmond)





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Sagan wins Giro Stage 10, Almeida extends overall lead



Cycling – Giro d’Italia – Stage 10 – Lanciano to Tortoreto, Italy – October 13, 2020. Picture taken October 13, 2020 A spectator wearing a protective face mask speaks to a police officer REUTERS/Stringer

October 14, 2020

(Reuters) – Triple world champion Peter Sagan of Bora-Hansgrohe earned his first stage victory in the Giro d’Italia after he claimed the 10th stage in wet conditions on Tuesday, hours after two teams pulled out due to positive COVID-19 cases.

Slovak Sagan, 30, won the 177km mountain trek between Lanciano and Tortoreto in a time of just over four hours with UAE Team Emirates’ American rider Brandon McNulty finishing second, 19 seconds behind.

Portuguese Joao Almeida of Deceuninck-Quickstep extended his lead at the top of the general classification as he finished third.

Earlier, the Mitchelton-Scott team withdrew after four staff members tested positive following top rider Simon Yates pulling out last week while Jumbo-Visma, whose leader Steven Kruisjwijk tested positive, said they would not start the 10th stage.

Wednesday’s 11th stage is a 182km route from Porto Sant’Elpidio to Rimini.

(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond)





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