Almeida extends Giro d’Italia lead

Almeida extends Giro d’Italia lead

Wednesday 07 October 2020 - 18:25

The Wolfpack and the Giro d’Italia sent a message of support to Fabio Jakobsen and Remco Evenepoel after the stage.

João Almeida gained his place in the race’s history books Wednesday afternoon, when he safely retained the overall lead in Camigliatello Silano, overtaking countryman Acacio da Silva and becoming the Portuguese rider with the most pink jerseys, which on stage 6 he will wear for the third consecutive day.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step moved to the front of the bunch soon after the start in Mileto, setting a moderate tempo behind the eight escapees and making sure was Almeida was at all times protected. The likes of Davide Ballerini and Iljo Keisse worked tirelessly before James Knox, Fausto Masnada and Pieter Serry took over on the long Valico Montescuro climb (24.2km, 5.6%), pulling for João, who remained well placed and focused as the weather worsened and the roads became wet and slick. Five kilometers from the summit, other teams took the reins and pulled hard in an attempt to reel in the attackers, but Filippo Ganna (Ineos) managed to stay at the front and claim the win at the race’s first visit since 1982 in Camigliatello Silano.

The maglia rosa wearer found the short uphill drag to the line very much to his liking and sprinted to third place, the bonifications he earned helping him widen his margin in the general classification to 43 seconds. At the end of the stage, João went to the podium to collect both pink and white jerseys in a special ceremony set up by the team and the organisers, who sent a collective message of support to Fabio Jakobsen and Remco Evenepoel, who are on the mend after the injuries sustained two months ago.

“I was prepared for the worst today, including losing the maglia rosa, but at the end of the day I had good legs and an amazing team supporting me, who did a tremendous job. On the climb it was cold and on the descent a bit crazy, but I managed it well. Then, in the last 150 meters, I went for the bonifications and I’m glad I could get some, because they helped me extend my advantage on the general classification. So far I have two top 3 finishes in the first five stages of the race, two jerseys and my confidence is going up with each day, which bodes well for the coming stages”, said the youngest rider in eight years to don the maglia rosa.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
5:59:17
2 Patrick Konrad
BORA - hansgrohe
0:34
3 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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4 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
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5 Lucas Hamilton
Mitchelton-Scott
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6 Jai Hindley
Team Sunweb
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7 Harm Vanhoucke
Lotto Soudal
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8 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - McLaren
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9 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana Pro Team
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10 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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35 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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63 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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68 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13:00
100 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
22:50
133 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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165 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17:06:23
2 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - McLaren
0:43
3 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
0:48
4 Harm Vanhoucke
Lotto Soudal
0:59
5 Vincenzo Nibali
Trek - Segafredo
1:01
6 Domenico Pozzovivo
NTT Pro Cycling
1:05
7 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana Pro Team
1:19
8 Steven Kruijswijk
Team Jumbo-Visma
1:21
9 Patrick Konrad
BORA - hansgrohe
1:26
10 Rafał Majka
BORA - hansgrohe
1:32
12 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:38
20 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:26
55 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
23:15
57 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
24:25
107 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
48:48
162 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:07:41
163 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:08:41
1 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
57 pt
2 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
52 pt
3 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
45 pt
4 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
29 pt
5 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
27 pt
6 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
25 pt
7 Jonathan Klever Caicedo Cepeda
EF Pro Cycling
23 pt
8 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
20 pt
9 Patrick Konrad
BORA - hansgrohe
18 pt
10 Andrea Vendrame
AG2R La Mondiale
18 pt
19 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12 pt
57 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17:06:23
2 Harm Vanhoucke
Lotto Soudal
0:59
3 Jai Hindley
Team Sunweb
1:33
4 Sergio Samitier Samitier
Movistar Team
2:12
5 Lucas Hamilton
Mitchelton-Scott
2:47
6 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
2:57
7 Tao Geoghegan Hart
INEOS Grenadiers
3:18
8 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:26
9 Aurélien Paret-Peintre
AG2R La Mondiale
4:31
10 Sam Oomen
Team Sunweb
8:12
19 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
24:25
48 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:08:41
1 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
41 pt
2 Jonathan Klever Caicedo Cepeda
EF Pro Cycling
40 pt
3 Edoardo Zardini
Vini Zabù - KTM
18 pt
4 Domenico Pozzovivo
NTT Pro Cycling
18 pt
5 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana Pro Team
18 pt
6 Giovanni Visconti
Vini Zabù - KTM
18 pt
7 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
15 pt
8 Harm Vanhoucke
Lotto Soudal
12 pt
9 Vincenzo Nibali
Trek - Segafredo
11 pt
10 Simon Pellaud
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
9 pt
26 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
27 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Deceuninck - Quick Step 51:23:32
2 Team Sunweb 1:22
3 INEOS Grenadiers 3:34
4 Team Jumbo-Visma 4:22
5 Mitchelton-Scott 6:03
6 BORA - hansgrohe 7:51
7 AG2R La Mondiale 11:30
8 Movistar Team 14:20
9 Trek - Segafredo 17:35
10 Bahrain - McLaren 18:12

Top results

1 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
5:59:17
2 Patrick Konrad
BORA - hansgrohe
0:34
3 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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