Giro d'Italia

Stage 13) Cervia - Monselice

IT Italy, Friday 16 October 2020
192 km

Almeida increases Giro d’Italia GC margin

Almeida increases Giro d’Italia GC margin

Deceuninck – Quick-Step put in again a huge exhibition of panache at the Giro d’Italia, shaping the race inside the final 20 kilometers and helping João Almeida rack up his fourth top 3 finish and thus cement the overall lead. The Caldas da Rainha native continued to defy expectations while writing history at his debut Grand Tour, which he leads since the summit of Mount Etna.

Stage 13 was on paper one for the sprinters, but the GC contenders had other plans and set an relentless tempo that dropped all the fast men. Deceuninck – Quick-Step had the numbers in the newly-formed group and positioned Almeida at the front, controlling the attacks that came before the top. Mikkel Honoré and James Knox were again outstanding in the way they kept things together and pushed hard on the descent and the flat final part, increasing the gap over the chasers and setting up João for the finish in Monselice.

Fausto Masnada also chipped in to the remarkable effort of the Wolfpack, who helped the group stay away despite being outnumbered by the chasers. Coming out from the final turn, Honoré led out the maglia rosa, who demonstrated again demonstrated both calmness and a fast turn of speed as he took second, behind Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates), for his fourth top 3 finish at the race. The bonifications gained helped Almeida – who equalled the record for the most days spent in pink by a rider before turning 23 – extend his advantage over the closest pursuer to 40 seconds.

“I want to begin by saying a big thank you to my teammates, who did an incredible job for me today, just like in the past two weeks. The group was quite small after the final descent, I had three guys with me and we planned to go for the stage win. They rode their heart out in the closing kilometers, we would have loved to win, but one guys was faster on the line”, João explained before taking to the podium to receive the pink the pink and white jerseys. “Overall, it was a good stage for us and we can be satisfied. We took another top 3, I gained some bonus seconds and we showed an incredible team spirit. It’s incredible to have the maglia rosa on my shoulders for the 11th consecutive day and this boosts my confidence ahead of the weekend.”

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
4:22:18
2 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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3 Patrick Konrad
BORA - hansgrohe
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4 Tao Geoghegan Hart
INEOS Grenadiers
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5 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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6 Sergio Samitier Samitier
Movistar Team
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7 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana Pro Team
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8 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - McLaren
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9 Vincenzo Nibali
Trek - Segafredo
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10 Jai Hindley
Team Sunweb
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19 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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20 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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21 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:23
60 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:51
91 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
10:51
127 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
53:43:58
2 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
0:40
3 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - McLaren
0:49
4 Domenico Pozzovivo
NTT Pro Cycling
1:03
5 Vincenzo Nibali
Trek - Segafredo
1:07
6 Patrick Konrad
BORA - hansgrohe
1:17
7 Jai Hindley
Team Sunweb
1:25
8 Rafał Majka
BORA - hansgrohe
1:27
9 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:42
10 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana Pro Team
2:26
15 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6:02
23 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
32:04
35 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
45:58
78 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:36:29
139 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:49:59
140 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:51:31
1 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
221 pt
2 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
184 pt
3 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
78 pt
4 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
77 pt
5 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
51 pt
6 Patrick Konrad
BORA - hansgrohe
51 pt
7 Simon Pellaud
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
50 pt
8 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
40 pt
9 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
39 pt
10 Andrea Vendrame
AG2R La Mondiale
37 pt
13 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
36 pt
88 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
89 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
53:43:58
2 Jai Hindley
Team Sunweb
1:25
3 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
2:45
4 Tao Geoghegan Hart
INEOS Grenadiers
2:51
5 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6:02
6 Sergio Samitier Samitier
Movistar Team
8:49
7 Aurélien Paret-Peintre
AG2R La Mondiale
19:49
8 Sam Oomen
Team Sunweb
23:36
9 Matteo Fabbro
BORA - hansgrohe
23:51
10 Attila Valter
CCC Team
25:23
11 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
32:04
43 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:49:59
1 Ruben Guerreiro
EF Pro Cycling
87 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
44 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
50 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
54 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 INEOS Grenadiers 161:11:31
2 Deceuninck - Quick Step 7:12
3 Team Sunweb 8:35
4 BORA - hansgrohe 17:05
5 Bahrain - McLaren 34:55
6 Movistar Team 39:48
7 Trek - Segafredo 43:53
8 Astana Pro Team 55:30
9 CCC Team 1:03:06
10 UAE-Team Emirates 1:10:51

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