Giro d'Italia

Stage 4) Catania - Villafranca Tirrena

IT Italy, Tuesday 06 October 2020
140 km

Giro d’Italia: Almeida enjoys first day in pink

Giro d’Italia: Almeida enjoys first day in pink

The ninth different rider in the history of our team to wear the iconic maglia rosa, João Almeida was resplendent in his prestigious tunic at the start of the race’s fourth stage, which travelled from Catania to Villafranca Tirrena, a small Sicilian town making its debut at the Corsa Rosa. The peloton took it quite easy in the first part of the day, allowing a three-man breakaway to zip clear as soon as the flag was dropped, before ramping up the pace on the Portella Mandrazzi climb, where several sprinters were spat out the back.

On the wet descent, the pace didn’t abate as several teams continues to push so that those distanced wouldn’t return in the pack. Protected at all times by his Deceuninck – Quick-Step teammates, Almeida remained near the front of the bunch, and with 25 kilometers to go he got in the mix at the intermediate sprint. A perfect lead-out of Davide Ballerini helped the 22-year-old claim bonifications and increase his lead in the overall standings to two seconds, ensuring another day in the maglia rosa.

“It was a nice day out there, but it was made a bit complicated by the big tempo some of the teams drove on the climb. I remained attentive and fortunately I had a great team around me, which kept me out of the wind and was of big help on the tricky descent. Knowing I was tied on the GC with Caicedo, I went for the intermediate sprints and those two seconds I bagged in made me calmer before the final. I am happy to have retained my jersey, it was really special to have it on my shoulders today, and we will continue to take it one stage at a time and see what happens”, a smiling João said.

The bunch sprint was very hectic, a series of tight corners making it very difficult for a team to control affairs. Davide Ballerini expertly surfed wheels as the finish drew closer, despite an unexpected challenge, and kicked out with 150 meters to go, giving it his all in a mad dash to the line. For a matter of centimeters, the 26-year-old Italian finished third, behind Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) and Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe), taking his first ever podium in a Grand Tour.

“The sprint was incredible, so close. I couldn’t believe how small the gap was. I felt good, but unfortunately, my position was ruined with two kilometers to go, when I had to avoid a stray dog. That cost me several places, and I had to use some valuable energy to come back, but despite everything I am content and confident for the upcoming stages”, Ballerini explained.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
3:22:13
2 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
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3 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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4 Andrea Vendrame
AG2R La Mondiale
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5 Elia Viviani
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
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6 Stefano Oldani
Lotto Soudal
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7 Davide Cimolai
Israel Start-Up Nation
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8 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
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9 Filippo Fiorelli
Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè
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10 Enrico Battaglin
Bahrain - McLaren
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18 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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20 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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25 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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46 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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123 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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143 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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146 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11:06:36
2 Jonathan Klever Caicedo Cepeda
EF Pro Cycling
0:02
3 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - McLaren
0:39
4 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
0:44
5 Harm Vanhoucke
Lotto Soudal
0:55
6 Vincenzo Nibali
Trek - Segafredo
0:57
7 Domenico Pozzovivo
NTT Pro Cycling
1:01
8 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
1:13
9 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana Pro Team
1:15
10 Steven Kruijswijk
Team Jumbo-Visma
1:17
14 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:34
16 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:42
51 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11:55
57 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12:51
113 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
26:28
161 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
39:24
163 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
40:24
1 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
57 pt
2 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
52 pt
3 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
27 pt
4 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
25 pt
5 Jonathan Klever Caicedo Cepeda
EF Pro Cycling
23 pt
6 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
20 pt
7 Andrea Vendrame
AG2R La Mondiale
18 pt
8 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17 pt
9 Giovanni Visconti
Vini Zabù - KTM
16 pt
10 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
15 pt
15 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12 pt
1 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11:06:36
2 Harm Vanhoucke
Lotto Soudal
0:55
3 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
1:13
4 Jai Hindley
Team Sunweb
1:29
5 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:42
6 Sergio Samitier Samitier
Movistar Team
2:08
7 Lucas Hamilton
Mitchelton-Scott
2:43
8 Tao Geoghegan Hart
INEOS Grenadiers
3:14
9 Aurélien Paret-Peintre
AG2R La Mondiale
4:13
10 Giovanni Carboni
Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè
4:27
17 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11:55
48 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
40:24
1 Jonathan Klever Caicedo Cepeda
EF Pro Cycling
40 pt
2 Giovanni Visconti
Vini Zabù - KTM
18 pt
3 Harm Vanhoucke
Lotto Soudal
12 pt
4 Simon Pellaud
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
9 pt
5 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
9 pt
6 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana Pro Team
6 pt
7 Rafał Majka
BORA - hansgrohe
4 pt
8 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
4 pt
9 Marco Frapporti
Vini Zabù - KTM
4 pt
10 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
3 pt
17 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
19 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Deceuninck - Quick Step 33:22:19
2 Team Sunweb 3:02
3 Trek - Segafredo 5:08
4 INEOS Grenadiers 5:34
5 Team Jumbo-Visma 5:48
6 NTT Pro Cycling 7:05
7 Mitchelton-Scott 7:43
8 AG2R La Mondiale 9:16
9 BORA - hansgrohe 9:17
10 EF Pro Cycling 9:30

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