Giro d'Italia

Stage 12) Cesenatico - Cesenatico

IT Italy, Thursday 15 October 2020
204 km

Giro d’Italia: Pink jersey remains in the hands of Almeida

Giro d’Italia: Pink jersey remains in the hands of Almeida

João Almeida retained the overall lead after a miserable 204km stage, which featured heavy rain and strong winds that shattered the peloton with more than 70 kilometers to go, leaving around 25 riders in the maglia rosa group for the last part of the day. Not just the horrible weather conditions made for a brutal Thursday afternoon, but also the parcours, which numbered five tough classified climbs spread along the 204km route around Cesenatico.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step rallied again around the young Portuguese, keeping him out of the wind and fending off the pressure applied by some teams more than 100 kilometers from the finish, when they upped the tempo and significantly reduced the field. Another selection was made on the San Giovanni in Galilea climb, as several riders got caught out, but Almeida was present and remained calm and composed, having with him three companions – Mikkel Honoré, James Knox and Fausto Masnada – who set a moderate tempo and guided the 22-year-old over the top of the hill and on the wet descents.

Almeida eventually concluded the stage in ninth place – some eight minutes down on Jhonatan Narvaez (Ineos), who took the victory from the day-long breakaway – and nabbed his sixth top 10 finish since the start of the race. The Grand Tour debutant tops the general classification by 34 seconds, but leads also the youth standings, and on Friday will don the iconic maglia rosa for the tenth consecutive day.

“I have to say that it was another hard stage. We spent almost six hours in the saddle, had a lot of rain and low temperatures, but at the end of the day we retained the pink jersey, which is the most important thing. Despite everything this stage threw at us, I was very calm because I knew there was such a strong and committed team around me, an amazing bunch of guys who gave everything out there. Having such a great squad around me motivated me to do my best and keep the jersey for as long as possible. I never thought I would wear it for so many days when I pulled it on for the first time and I’m happy that I could do it for more than a week”, explained João after Thursday’s stage.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Jhonatan Narváez Prado
INEOS Grenadiers
5:31:24
2 Mark Padun
Bahrain - McLaren
1:08
3 Simon Clarke
EF Pro Cycling
6:50
4 Joey Rosskopf
CCC Team
7:30
5 Simon Pellaud
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
7:43
6 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
8:25
7 Patrick Konrad
BORA - hansgrohe
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8 Ruben Guerreiro
EF Pro Cycling
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9 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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10 Tao Geoghegan Hart
INEOS Grenadiers
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11 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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18 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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27 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8:49
34 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
16:00
37 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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139 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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143 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
49:21:46
2 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
0:34
3 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - McLaren
0:43
4 Domenico Pozzovivo
NTT Pro Cycling
0:57
5 Vincenzo Nibali
Trek - Segafredo
1:01
6 Patrick Konrad
BORA - hansgrohe
1:15
7 Jai Hindley
Team Sunweb
1:19
8 Rafał Majka
BORA - hansgrohe
1:21
9 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:36
10 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana Pro Team
2:20
15 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:56
26 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
31:58
37 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
45:01
84 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:36:00
139 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:36:33
140 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:40:34
1 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
220 pt
2 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
184 pt
3 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
51 pt
4 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
43 pt
5 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
40 pt
6 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
39 pt
7 Simon Pellaud
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
38 pt
8 Andrea Vendrame
AG2R La Mondiale
37 pt
9 Jhonatan Narváez Prado
INEOS Grenadiers
36 pt
10 Marco Frapporti
Vini Zabù - KTM
36 pt
28 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
22 pt
83 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
84 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
49:21:46
2 Jai Hindley
Team Sunweb
1:19
3 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
2:39
4 Tao Geoghegan Hart
INEOS Grenadiers
2:45
5 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:56
6 Sergio Samitier Samitier
Movistar Team
8:43
7 Aurélien Paret-Peintre
AG2R La Mondiale
19:02
8 Matteo Fabbro
BORA - hansgrohe
23:04
9 Sam Oomen
Team Sunweb
23:30
10 Attila Valter
CCC Team
24:36
12 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
31:58
43 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:36:33
1 Ruben Guerreiro
EF Pro Cycling
84 pt
2 Giovanni Visconti
Vini Zabù - KTM
76 pt
3 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
45 pt
4 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolás
INEOS Grenadiers
45 pt
5 Jonathan Klever Caicedo Cepeda
EF Pro Cycling
40 pt
6 Simon Pellaud
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
39 pt
7 Matthew Holmes
Lotto Soudal
20 pt
8 Domenico Pozzovivo
NTT Pro Cycling
20 pt
9 Larry Warbasse
AG2R La Mondiale
20 pt
10 Kilian Frankiny
Groupama - FDJ
20 pt
47 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
51 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 INEOS Grenadiers 148:03:33
2 Deceuninck - Quick Step 8:16
3 Team Sunweb 9:39
4 BORA - hansgrohe 17:46
5 Bahrain - McLaren 34:37
6 Movistar Team 40:11
7 Trek - Segafredo 43:35
8 Astana Pro Team 55:04
9 CCC Team 1:02:07
10 AG2R La Mondiale 1:10:16

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