Giro d'Italia

Stage 7) Matera - Brindisi

IT Italy, Friday 09 October 2020
143 km

Almeida defends Giro d’Italia maglia rosa in the crosswinds

Almeida defends Giro d’Italia maglia rosa in the crosswinds

Stage 7 of the Giro d’Italia, a completely flat one between Matera and Brindisi, was supposed to be also a quiet one, but soon after the start it got battered by heavy crosswinds, and that completely changed its dynamic. Sensing an opportunity, Deceuninck – Quick-Step amassed at the front of the peloton and turned into one of the main instigators, our team’s huge forcing creating a select 30-man group which caught off-guard many GC riders, who found themselves trailing by a minute.

A mad pursuit of those caught out in the echelons ensued, and it was only when the peloton changed direction and the wind dropped that the chasers bridged across, with around 100 kilometers to go. The Wolfpack – who rallied around overall leader João Almeida – remained focused and at the front of the bunch, which didn’t have quite the armchair ride until the finish, as the threat of crosswinds was still present.

The closing kilometers were very technical, featuring several roundabout, tight corners and narrow roads in Brindisi, a stage finish for the first time in the race’s history. For Grand Tour debutant Alvaro Hodeg, it was the first opportunity to go for a good result, and the 24-year-old Colombian didn’t disappoint, taking a solid fifth place as Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) claimed the victory in a hectic sprint.

João Almeida finished in the pack and continues to lead the general classification with a 43-second gap over his closest pursuer. Just 22 years of age, the Portuguese is now the youngest rider in 41 years to collect at least five pink jerseys at a single Giro d’Italia edition.

“The stage was very fast and nervous because of the wind, but I had a perfect team around me, who protected me and made sure I was always at the front, and thanks to them everything went smoothly today. I was a bit nervous at the start due to the echelons, because I don’t have that much experience of racing in these conditions, but when you have such a strong squad around you, you grow in confidence. I am delighted that I could keep the maglia rosa, but now a really hard weekend awaits, and I hope to have the same good legs to overcome the obstacles lying ahead”, Almeida said at the finish.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
2:47:28
2 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
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3 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
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4 Ben Swift
INEOS Grenadiers
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5 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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6 Rudy Barbier
Israel Start-Up Nation
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7 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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8 Enrico Battaglin
Bahrain - McLaren
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9 Filippo Fiorelli
Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè
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10 Elia Viviani
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
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16 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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38 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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40 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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90 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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101 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:55
137 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
24:48:29
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
51 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
24:53
59 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
26:38
103 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
48:46
164 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:20:13
165 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:20:18
1 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
161 pt
2 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
106 pt
3 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
83 pt
4 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
45 pt
5 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
40 pt
6 Andrea Vendrame
AG2R La Mondiale
30 pt
7 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
29 pt
8 Marco Frapporti
Vini Zabù - KTM
28 pt
9 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
27 pt
10 Elia Viviani
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
26 pt
14 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
22 pt
25 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14 pt
70 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
24:48:29
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
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
26 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
28 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Deceuninck - Quick Step 74:29:50
2 Team Sunweb 1:22
3 INEOS Grenadiers 3:34
4 Team Jumbo-Visma 4:22
5 Mitchelton-Scott 6:31
6 BORA - hansgrohe 7:51
7 AG2R La Mondiale 11:30
8 Movistar Team 14:57
9 Trek - Segafredo 18:03
10 Bahrain - McLaren 18:12

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