Giro d’Italia: Almeida racks up sixth day in pink

Giro d’Italia: Almeida racks up sixth day in pink

Saturday 10 October 2020 - 16:02

Our 22-year-old remains in the lead ahead of the race’s second summit finish.

The season’s second Grand Tour went ahead Saturday afternoon with a lumpy 200km stage that took off from Giovinazzo, passed through Barletta – the small town located just 15 kilometers from Cannae, where Hannibal inflicted on Rome its worst military defeat – hugged the Adriatic coast and finished in Vieste. Lying at the eastern tip of the Gargano promontory, this charming marine resort returned on the Giro d’Italia 32 years from the previous visit, when it hosted a team time trial.

It took just a few skirmishes in the opening kilometers for a breakaway to form, and when it did, six men built enough of a lead to put them in the driving seat for victory. The peloton’s lack of interest in the stage honours became even more obvious on the categorised climb of Monte Sant’Angelo, where the escapees stretched their lead to a hefty ten minutes.

As on the previous days, the Deceuninck – Quick-Step riders took over pace-setting duties after the break established and swapped pulls at the front, with João Almeida – resplendent in his pink jersey – safely tucked on his teammates’ wheel and at all times out of trouble. The Portuguese, who tops the Giro d’Italia general classification since the start of the week, enjoyed a stress-free day in the bunch, maybe the quietest since donning the maglia rosa.

The peloton rolled home some 14 minutes behind Alex Dowsett (Israel Start-Up Nation), who took the win from the breakaway after attacking inside 20 kilometers to go, and overall leader Almeida made his way again to the podium, where both the maglia rosa and the maglia bianca were awaiting him.

“Today was a quiet day, during which we could rest our legs for tomorrow, as nobody wanted to chase the attackers. The last seven days have been pretty hard and stressful, so the teams wanted to have an easier stage ahead of Sunday, which will be quite a hard day with a lot of climbing. It’s going to be an important stage for the general classification and I’m sure riders will go on the offensive in order to gain time, while I will try to defend my maglia rosa. Together with the team we’ve worked very hard in this past week and I’ll give my best to keep the jersey”, said João, who is now the Portuguese rider with the most days (six) in the lead at a specific Grand Tour.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

 

Race details

1 Alex Dowsett
Israel Start-Up Nation
4:50:09
2 Salvatore Puccio
INEOS Grenadiers
1:15
3 Matthew Holmes
Lotto Soudal
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4 Joey Rosskopf
CCC Team
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5 Matthias Brändle
Israel Start-Up Nation
2:10
6 Simone Ravanelli
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
2:13
7 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
13:56
8 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE-Team Emirates
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9 Mikkel Bjerg
UAE-Team Emirates
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10 Andrea Vendrame
AG2R La Mondiale
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11 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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17 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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20 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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29 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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63 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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70 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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91 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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159 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
29:52:34
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
52 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
24:53
60 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
26:38
101 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
48:46
158 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:20:18
159 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:23:33
1 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
163 pt
2 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
107 pt
3 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
87 pt
4 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
45 pt
5 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
40 pt
6 Andrea Vendrame
AG2R La Mondiale
31 pt
7 Alex Dowsett
Israel Start-Up Nation
29 pt
8 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
29 pt
9 Marco Frapporti
Vini Zabù - KTM
28 pt
10 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
27 pt
17 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
22 pt
31 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14 pt
70 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
29:52:34
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
24:53
45 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:20:18
1 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
41 pt
2 Jonathan Klever Caicedo Cepeda
EF Pro Cycling
40 pt
3 Matthew Holmes
Lotto Soudal
20 pt
4 Domenico Pozzovivo
NTT Pro Cycling
19 pt
5 Edoardo Zardini
Vini Zabù - KTM
18 pt
6 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana Pro Team
18 pt
7 Giovanni Visconti
Vini Zabù - KTM
18 pt
8 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
15 pt
9 Harm Vanhoucke
Lotto Soudal
12 pt
10 Vincenzo Nibali
Trek - Segafredo
11 pt
31 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
33 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 INEOS Grenadiers 89:32:58
2 Deceuninck - Quick Step 9:07
3 Team Sunweb 10:29
4 Team Jumbo-Visma 13:29
5 Mitchelton-Scott 16:08
6 BORA - hansgrohe 16:58
7 CCC Team 20:36
8 AG2R La Mondiale 20:37
9 Movistar Team 24:04
10 Trek - Segafredo 27:10

Top results

1 Alex Dowsett
Israel Start-Up Nation
4:50:09
2 Salvatore Puccio
INEOS Grenadiers
1:15
3 Matthew Holmes
Lotto Soudal
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