Almeida maintains Giro d’Italia lead on Madonna di Campiglio

Almeida maintains Giro d’Italia lead on Madonna di Campiglio

Wednesday 21 October 2020 - 19:29

The 22-year-old is set to wear the maglia rosa on the race’s queen stage.

João Almeida enjoyed a surprisingly quiet day at the Corsa Rosa, which Wednesday afternoon travelled from Bassano del Grappa to Madonna di Campiglio, taking on four classified climbs – including the mythical Monte Bondone – where Charly Gaul turned the race on its head 64 years ago, surging to victory and the pink jersey with a long-range attack.

This time, as the peloton started the 20.2km-long climb, Deceuninck – Quick-Step was at the front, doing the same superb job they have for the past couple of weeks for the young leader of the season’s second Grand Tour. Iljo Keisse put in a huge pull at the front and controlled affairs, while Almeida was flanked by five more teammates, all ready to take over the reins and continue the pace-setting. On Madonna di Campiglio, James Knox stepped in until a big attack with five kilometers to go shed out the back many riders, leaving about twelve men in what became the pink jersey group, which was trailing eventual winner Ben O’Connor (NTT Pro Cycling) by five minutes.

Fausto Masnada then made sure no one would try to unseat the 22-year-old Portuguese, who swiftly closed a gap opened by his rivals before moving onto the wheel of the experienced Italian. Masnada expertly paced him on the last kilometers of the climb and João crossed the line – after six hours in the saddle and over 5500 vertical meters – together with all the other general classification contenders, maintaining his 17-second advantage over the nearest opponent.

“Knowing the gap was small at the start of this long stage packing four classified ascents, I was thinking that I could lose the jersey today, but I surprised myself. I felt very good and I could rely again on a huge team, who did an excellent work controlling the bunch and rode their hearts out for me. Towards the final, my opponents tested me, but I felt good and immediately marked them.”

“Now it’s time to recover and prepare for Thursday’s stage. It will be very hard, especially as the temperature will be low at over 2700 meters, but at the end of the day it’s the same for everybody. I am ready to fight and honour this iconic jersey on the iconic climb that is the Stelvio. I know it, as I did it before, I’m confident and I am ready for anything”, added Almeida, who now has 15 consecutive stages in the maglia rosa.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Ben O'Connor
NTT Pro Cycling
5:50:59
2 Hermann Pernsteiner
Bahrain - McLaren
0:31
3 Thomas De Gendt
Lotto Soudal
1:10
4 Ilnur Zakarin
CCC Team
1:13
5 Kilian Frankiny
Groupama - FDJ
1:55
6 Harm Vanhoucke
Lotto Soudal
2:49
7 Davide Villella
Movistar Team
3:29
8 Óscar Rodríguez Garaicoechea
Astana Pro Team
,,
9 Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier Egerzeigzaarhka
NTT Pro Cycling
3:30
10 Jesper Hansen
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
4:32
15 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
21 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:13
24 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6:30
34 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11:02
54 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
82 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
26:39
91 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
37:15
132 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
1 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
71:41:18
2 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
0:17
3 Jai Hindley
Team Sunweb
2:58
4 Tao Geoghegan Hart
INEOS Grenadiers
2:59
5 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - McLaren
3:12
6 Rafał Majka
BORA - hansgrohe
3:20
7 Vincenzo Nibali
Trek - Segafredo
3:31
8 Domenico Pozzovivo
NTT Pro Cycling
3:52
9 Patrick Konrad
BORA - hansgrohe
4:11
10 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:26
14 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
10:26
27 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
57:26
32 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:03:15
76 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:34:05
126 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:15:47
133 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:29:38
1 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
221 pt
2 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
184 pt
3 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
90 pt
4 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
77 pt
5 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
66 pt
6 Andrea Vendrame
AG2R La Mondiale
66 pt
7 Patrick Konrad
BORA - hansgrohe
56 pt
8 Simon Pellaud
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
50 pt
9 Ben O'Connor
NTT Pro Cycling
41 pt
10 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
40 pt
11 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
40 pt
13 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
39 pt
18 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
36 pt
75 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5 pt
95 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
71:41:18
2 Jai Hindley
Team Sunweb
2:58
3 Tao Geoghegan Hart
INEOS Grenadiers
2:59
4 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
6:10
5 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
10:26
6 Sergio Samitier Samitier
Movistar Team
12:25
7 Matteo Fabbro
BORA - hansgrohe
26:18
8 Aurélien Paret-Peintre
AG2R La Mondiale
28:45
9 Sam Oomen
Team Sunweb
35:37
10 Attila Valter
CCC Team
42:41
12 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
57:26
42 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:29:38
1 Ruben Guerreiro
EF Pro Cycling
198 pt
2 Giovanni Visconti
Vini Zabù - KTM
148 pt
3 Thomas De Gendt
Lotto Soudal
82 pt
4 Ben O'Connor
NTT Pro Cycling
59 pt
5 Rohan Dennis
INEOS Grenadiers
53 pt
6 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
48 pt
7 Tao Geoghegan Hart
INEOS Grenadiers
45 pt
8 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolás
INEOS Grenadiers
45 pt
9 Jonathan Klever Caicedo Cepeda
EF Pro Cycling
40 pt
10 Simon Pellaud
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
39 pt
31 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9 pt
49 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4 pt
66 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
69 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 INEOS Grenadiers 214:56:18
2 Deceuninck - Quick Step 21:33
3 BORA - hansgrohe 27:04
4 Team Sunweb 28:57
5 Bahrain - McLaren 37:30
6 Movistar Team 1:04:36
7 CCC Team 1:18:51
8 Astana Pro Team 1:23:34
9 AG2R La Mondiale 1:25:48
10 NTT Pro Cycling 1:32:10

Top results

1 Ben O'Connor
NTT Pro Cycling
5:50:59
2 Hermann Pernsteiner
Bahrain - McLaren
0:31
3 Thomas De Gendt
Lotto Soudal
1:10
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