Giro d'Italia

Stage 1) Monreale - Palermo

IT Italy, Saturday 03 October 2020
15 km

Phenomenal result for Almeida on opening Giro d’Italia stage

Phenomenal result for Almeida on opening Giro d’Italia stage

One of Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s two Grand Tour debutants, João Almeida put in an incredible exhibition of stage 1 of the 103rd Giro d’Italia and finished in second place, after holding the fastest provisional time for almost two hours. Almeida was one of the early starters, when the sirocco that blew from the Mediterranean was an extra challenge, but thanks to a combination of skills, aggressive riding and , he covered the demanding 15.1km-long course between Monreale and Palermo in 15:46, averaging 57.46km/h in the process.

Of the many pink jersey contenders and time trial specialists that left the start ramp after him, only Filippo Ganna, who won the discipline’s world title last month, could improve Almeida’s time. A podium finisher at this year’s Vuelta a Burgos, Giro dell’Emilia and Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali, João sits in second overall following this complicated opening stage, which means that on Sunday he will get on loan the race’s prestigious maglia ciclamino.

“The wind was very strong today, and just tackling that climb in the beginning, which had also a cobbled section, wasn’t easy at all. I struggled a bit, but I remained focused and rode at my own pace, and even later, on that technical descent and on the flat, I didn’t take any risks, especially as the wind was coming from the left and then from the right.”

“The corners were also a bit slippery, but I managed it well and was blown away at the finish when I saw that I had the best time. It was a real honour to stay in the hot seat for so long, it felt great. Taking second on my very first Grand Tour stage is a perfect start that makes me very happy and feeds my confidence for the next three weeks”, said the second Portuguese rider in history, and the first in 31 years, to sport a Giro d’Italia distinctive jersey.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
15:24
2 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:22
3 Mikkel Bjerg
UAE-Team Emirates
,,
4 Geraint Thomas
INEOS Grenadiers
0:23
5 Tobias Foss
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:31
6 Josef Černý
CCC Team
0:36
7 Matteo Sobrero
NTT Pro Cycling
0:40
8 Lawson Craddock
EF Pro Cycling
0:41
9 Miles Scotson
Groupama - FDJ
0:42
10 Matthias Brändle
Israel Start-Up Nation
,,
20 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:51
32 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:06
37 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:08
43 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
66 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
103 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
164 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
1 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
15:24
2 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:22
3 Mikkel Bjerg
UAE-Team Emirates
,,
4 Geraint Thomas
INEOS Grenadiers
0:23
5 Tobias Foss
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:31
6 Josef Černý
CCC Team
0:36
7 Matteo Sobrero
NTT Pro Cycling
0:40
8 Lawson Craddock
EF Pro Cycling
0:41
9 Miles Scotson
Groupama - FDJ
0:42
10 Matthias Brändle
Israel Start-Up Nation
,,
20 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:51
32 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:06
37 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:08
43 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
66 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
103 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
164 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
1 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
15 pt
2 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12 pt
3 Mikkel Bjerg
UAE-Team Emirates
9 pt
4 Geraint Thomas
INEOS Grenadiers
7 pt
5 Tobias Foss
Team Jumbo-Visma
6 pt
6 Josef Černý
CCC Team
5 pt
7 Matteo Sobrero
NTT Pro Cycling
4 pt
8 Lawson Craddock
EF Pro Cycling
3 pt
9 Miles Scotson
Groupama - FDJ
2 pt
10 Matthias Brändle
Israel Start-Up Nation
1 pt
1 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
15:24
2 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:22
3 Mikkel Bjerg
UAE-Team Emirates
,,
4 Tobias Foss
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:31
5 Matteo Sobrero
NTT Pro Cycling
0:40
6 Chris Hamilton
Team Sunweb
0:55
7 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
0:59
8 Ben O'Connor
NTT Pro Cycling
1:00
9 James Whelan
EF Pro Cycling
1:06
10 Sean Bennett
EF Pro Cycling
,,
11 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:08
13 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:13
47 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
1 Rick Zabel
Israel Start-Up Nation
3 pt
2 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
2 pt
3 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 INEOS Grenadiers 47:23
2 Team Jumbo-Visma 1:05
3 Deceuninck - Quick Step 1:08
4 Team Sunweb 1:16
5 UAE-Team Emirates 1:19
6 EF Pro Cycling 1:25
7 NTT Pro Cycling 1:36
8 Mitchelton-Scott 1:40
9 CCC Team 1:41
10 Bahrain - McLaren 2:07

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