Giro d'Italia

Stage 6) Castrovillari - Matera

IT Italy, Thursday 08 October 2020
188 km

Giro d’Italia: Almeida retains pink jersey

Giro d’Italia: Almeida retains pink jersey

João Almeida continues to write history at the Giro d’Italia, despite this 103rd edition being his first outing in a three-week race. Thursday afternoon, after crossing the line in Matera – a stage finish for the seventh time in history – the Portuguese took to the podium to collect another maglia rosa, as well as the white jersey, for the best young rider of the race. By doing this, he became the first 22-year-old since 1979 to wear the pink jersey for at least four days, a breakthrough performance which speaks volumes about his potential.

The only scare for João on this 188km-long trek to the former European Capital of Culture came inside 35 kilometers to go, when he stopped to change his radio and zip the jersey, and a rider coming from behind crashed into him. Fortunately, the incident was without consequences, and the overall leader was paced back to the peloton by his teammates, who up until that moment controlled the escapees’ advantage from the start of the day.

On the long drag to the finish, the Wolfpack was again prominent with several riders, and it was Mikkel Honoré who got in the mix for our squad. Third a few days ago in Agrigento, the young Dane confirmed the good condition which he brought into the race and took a solid seventh, as Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) sailed to victory.

“It was a pretty quiet stage, except for that moment when I stopped together with Iljo because of a radio problem and a rider hit me in the back and send me to the ground. Fortunately, everything seems to be ok, and I’m glad I could tick off another day in the pink jersey. I am grateful to the team, because they did again a superb job for me and brought me safely to the finish. Each day I spend in the maglia rosa is a dream, one I hope it won’t end soon”, said an elated João Almeida in Matera.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
4:54:38
2 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
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3 Fabio Felline
Astana Pro Team
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4 Juan Sebastián Molano Benavides
UAE-Team Emirates
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5 Davide Cimolai
Israel Start-Up Nation
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6 Andrea Vendrame
AG2R La Mondiale
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7 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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8 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
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9 Enrico Battaglin
Bahrain - McLaren
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10 Jhonatan Narváez Prado
INEOS Grenadiers
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11 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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25 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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30 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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36 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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82 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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154 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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163 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
22:01:01
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
54 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
24:25
55 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
24:47
104 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
48:48
164 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:19:18
165 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:20:18
1 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
106 pt
2 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
67 pt
3 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
55 pt
4 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
45 pt
5 Andrea Vendrame
AG2R La Mondiale
30 pt
6 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
30 pt
7 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
29 pt
8 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
27 pt
9 Fabio Felline
Astana Pro Team
25 pt
10 Davide Cimolai
Israel Start-Up Nation
24 pt
12 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
22 pt
65 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
22:01:01
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
1:20:18
1 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
41 pt
2 Jonathan Klever Caicedo Cepeda
EF Pro Cycling
40 pt
3 Domenico Pozzovivo
NTT Pro Cycling
19 pt
4 Edoardo Zardini
Vini Zabù - KTM
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
27 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
28 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Deceuninck - Quick Step 66:07:26
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 15:34
9 Trek - Segafredo 17:35
10 Bahrain - McLaren 18:12

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