Giro d'Italia

Stage 14) Conegliano - Valdobbiadene

IT Italy, Saturday 17 October 2020
34.1 km

Giro d’Italia: João Almeida straight into the history books

Giro d’Italia: João Almeida straight into the history books

João Almeida will lead the general classification of the Giro d’Italia for the 12th consecutive day, after putting in a stunning ride during Saturday’s hilly individual time trial between Conegliano and Valdobbiadene. Unfazed by the fact it was the longest stage against the clock in his career (34.1km), Almeida found his rhythm immediately after the start and crested Muro di Ca’ del Poggio – the main difficulty of the day (1.1km, 12.3%) – with one of the best times.

Tucked over the aero bars to save watts and keep speed, the 22-year-old continued to gain time on most of the other GC contenders between the first and second intermediate before losing some of his advantage by the time he hit the base of the last climb. João regained the momentum on San Pietro di Barbozza and produced a flying ride, from the top diving down to the finish, where he stopped the clock in 44:11, enough for a solid sixth place.

This spectacular performance that confirmed Almeida’s TT prowess helped Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s Portuguese Grand Tour debutant strengthen his grip on the pink jersey, with just one rider within two minutes of him ahead of the third summit finish, on Piancavallo, which will bring down the curtain over the second week of the Corsa Rosa. João isn’t the only rider of the Wolfpack inside the top 10 overall, with newcomer Fausto Masnada sitting in eighth place after punching above his weight in Saturday’s demanding time trial.

“It was better than I expected and I don’t think I could have been faster today. I had a really strong start and everything went as planned on the Muro, then I struggled a bit for a few kilometers but I recovered and on the last climb I felt good. Knowing there was a descent to the finish I went deep, but without taking any risks, and seeing the time I gained on all these GC favourites after this effort makes me very happy”, Almeida explained after donning his 12th maglia rosa. “I love time trials and I liked this course and being able to put in such a solid performance gives me a lot of confidence. Of course, the road to Milan is still long and many tough climbs await, but every day spent in pink is a bonus which I fully enjoy.”

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
42:40
2 Rohan Dennis
INEOS Grenadiers
0:26
3 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
1:09
4 Thomas De Gendt
Lotto Soudal
1:11
5 Josef Černý
CCC Team
1:16
6 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:31
7 Tanel Kangert
EF Pro Cycling
1:33
8 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolás
INEOS Grenadiers
1:44
9 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
1:47
10 Jan Tratnik
Bahrain - McLaren
2:00
26 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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31 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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42 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:32
53 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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58 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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67 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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104 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6:39
1 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
54:28:09
2 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
0:56
3 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - McLaren
2:11
4 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
2:23
5 Vincenzo Nibali
Trek - Segafredo
2:30
6 Rafał Majka
BORA - hansgrohe
2:33
7 Domenico Pozzovivo
NTT Pro Cycling
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8 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:11
9 Patrick Konrad
BORA - hansgrohe
3:17
10 Jai Hindley
Team Sunweb
3:33
14 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7:56
24 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
35:34
36 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
49:52
78 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:39:30
137 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:54:48
138 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:55:07
1 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
221 pt
2 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
184 pt
3 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
83 pt
4 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
77 pt
5 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
66 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 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
37 pt
14 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
36 pt
90 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
91 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
54:28:09
2 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
2:23
3 Jai Hindley
Team Sunweb
3:33
4 Tao Geoghegan Hart
INEOS Grenadiers
3:44
5 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7:56
6 Sergio Samitier Samitier
Movistar Team
15:29
7 Aurélien Paret-Peintre
AG2R La Mondiale
21:24
8 Sam Oomen
Team Sunweb
26:34
9 Attila Valter
CCC Team
26:51
10 Matteo Fabbro
BORA - hansgrohe
27:16
11 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
35:34
43 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:55:07
1 Ruben Guerreiro
EF Pro Cycling
87 pt
2 Giovanni Visconti
Vini Zabù - KTM
76 pt
3 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
48 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
52 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
55 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 INEOS Grenadiers 163:21:41
2 Deceuninck - Quick Step 12:58
3 Team Sunweb 16:20
4 BORA - hansgrohe 24:59
5 Bahrain - McLaren 41:25
6 Movistar Team 52:32
7 Trek - Segafredo 56:55
8 Astana Pro Team 1:06:40
9 CCC Team 1:07:25
10 UAE-Team Emirates 1:15:12

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