Giro d'Italia

Stage 20) Alba - Sestriere

IT Italy, Saturday 24 October 2020
198 km

Giro d’Italia: Phenomenal Deceuninck – Quick-Step on last mountain day

Giro d’Italia: Phenomenal Deceuninck – Quick-Step on last mountain day

Saturday witnessed one of the best races of the year, on the penultimate day of the Corsa Rosa, and Deceuninck – Quick-Step were among the main protagonists from start to finish, displaying the unique Wolfpack spirit that has made our squad one of the best and most exciting in the peloton. Right from the gun, Davide Ballerini, Mikkel Honoré and Pieter Serry attacked and joined a sizeable breakaway group that padded out their lead to a maximum of seven minutes ahead of the three scheduled ascents of the mythical and taxing Sestriere.

The race properly exploded the second time it went up there, by which moment Ballerini was already alone at the front, having attacked his fellow escapees on the descent. The bunch was thinned out to just a handful of riders, including former leader João Almeida, who showed again a maturity and composure well beyond his years when the it came to crunch time and he lost contact with the main group. Showing incredible resilience and fighting spirit, James Knox came from behind closing the gap and immediately assumed pace-setting duties, putting in a towering work in the service of the Portuguese.

At the same time, Pieter Serry – still up the road – was joined by the small favourites group and managed to stay there until with five kilometers to go, despite the relentless tempo. Despite getting dropped, the experienced Belgian didn’t end his day there and waited for Almeida, who attacked the maglia rosa on the steepest part of Sestriere. João linked up with his teammate, who emptied himself for the 22-year-old, who then accelerated again once Pieter’s job was done.

Up ahead, Tao Geoghegan Hart (Ineos) outsprinted Jai Hindley (Sunweb), while behind Almeida got out of the saddle and kept pushing through the pain, sensing he had a chance of gaining a significant chunk of time on all the chasers. The revelation of this year’s Giro d’Italia concluded the stage in fourth place – for his tenth top 10 finish at the race – exhausted but satisfied after having made inroads in the general classification ahead of Sunday’s flat individual time trial and cementing his fifth place on the general classification.

“We rode aggressively and we can be proud of our day at the front, we showed to everyone why we are the Wolfpack. Our first plan was to have many guys in the break and try to go for the stage win with them, but we were also ready to support João in what we were expecting to be a very demanding final. The victory eluded us, but the guys were so strong and made the most out of this tough stage on a day people will remember for many years to come. Almeida proved again what an incredible fighter he is and even gained some time on the last climb, and this could prove vital in Milan, at the end of the race”, said Deceuninck – Quick-Step sports director Klaas Lodewyck.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Tao Geoghegan Hart
INEOS Grenadiers
4:52:45
2 Jai Hindley
Team Sunweb
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3 Rohan Dennis
INEOS Grenadiers
0:25
4 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:01
5 Andrea Vendrame
AG2R La Mondiale
1:34
6 Einer Augusto Rubio Reyes
Movistar Team
1:35
7 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - McLaren
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8 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
,,
9 Attila Valter
CCC Team
1:48
10 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:00
14 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:25
20 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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25 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:50
45 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11:46
119 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
132 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Jai Hindley
Team Sunweb
85:22:07
2 Tao Geoghegan Hart
INEOS Grenadiers
,,
3 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
1:32
4 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - McLaren
2:51
5 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:14
6 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana Pro Team
6:32
7 Vincenzo Nibali
Trek - Segafredo
7:46
8 Patrick Konrad
BORA - hansgrohe
8:05
9 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9:24
10 Hermann Pernsteiner
Bahrain - McLaren
10:08
14 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
36:46
28 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:30:00
30 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:34:33
72 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:30:18
122 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:29:23
131 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:52:55
1 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
233 pt
2 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
184 pt
3 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
101 pt
4 Andrea Vendrame
AG2R La Mondiale
78 pt
5 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
77 pt
6 Josef Černý
CCC Team
73 pt
7 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
72 pt
8 Simon Pellaud
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
70 pt
9 Tao Geoghegan Hart
INEOS Grenadiers
66 pt
10 Patrick Konrad
BORA - hansgrohe
61 pt
13 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
49 pt
18 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
39 pt
21 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
36 pt
58 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14 pt
76 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
95 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
102 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Jai Hindley
Team Sunweb
85:22:07
2 Tao Geoghegan Hart
INEOS Grenadiers
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3 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:14
4 Sergio Samitier Samitier
Movistar Team
34:12
5 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
36:46
6 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
38:22
7 Aurélien Paret-Peintre
AG2R La Mondiale
44:49
8 Ben O'Connor
NTT Pro Cycling
1:02:37
9 Sam Oomen
Team Sunweb
1:03:10
10 Matteo Fabbro
BORA - hansgrohe
1:12:47
13 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:34:33
42 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:52:55
1 Ruben Guerreiro
EF Pro Cycling
234 pt
2 Tao Geoghegan Hart
INEOS Grenadiers
157 pt
3 Thomas De Gendt
Lotto Soudal
122 pt
4 Rohan Dennis
INEOS Grenadiers
119 pt
5 Ben O'Connor
NTT Pro Cycling
71 pt
6 Jai Hindley
Team Sunweb
71 pt
7 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
55 pt
8 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
48 pt
9 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolás
INEOS Grenadiers
45 pt
10 Einer Augusto Rubio Reyes
Movistar Team
44 pt
20 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
21 pt
21 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
21 pt
28 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18 pt
58 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4 pt
72 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 INEOS Grenadiers 256:22:40
2 Deceuninck - Quick Step 20:37
3 Team Sunweb 27:43
4 Bahrain - McLaren 30:22
5 BORA - hansgrohe 1:09:29
6 NTT Pro Cycling 1:48:39
7 AG2R La Mondiale 2:01:45
8 Movistar Team 2:02:59
9 Astana Pro Team 2:26:49
10 Trek - Segafredo 2:37:51

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