Almeida in a pink T-shirt even after the ascent to Piancavallo

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22-year-old Joao Almeida will be wearing a pink T-shirt for the thirteenth time in a row on Tuesday. Photo: AP

Geoghegan Hart was the strongest in the finish finish a trio who rode together to the top of the first category climb. The Dutchman was two seconds behind Wilco Kelderman, two more seconds Australian Jai Hindley.

Almeida was 37 seconds behind the winner. In total, he has another 15 seconds advantage over Basement manom.

This is a special victory. This year’s season of big three-week races is full of ups and downs for us. But here on the Giro we have an exceptional Philip Ganno, and Rohan Dennis. All of us in our team have been among the top four in the stages so far, I am proud to have added a bit to these successes and to be part of this team, “said the 25-year-old Briton after Ineos’ fifth victory at the Giro.

The 185 km long stage, which started at the Italian Air Force base, after more than 4,000 meters of altitude, was expected to bring new shifts in the overall standings. After Saturday chronometer it was not expected to be Kelderman already before the free Monday he took over the shirt of the leading cyclist on the Giro, but he came very close to that.

At first, the majority dropped 11 fugitives, but with a not very big advantage, they chased more points to rank the best hribolazca. The world champion v. Remained in the forefront for the longest time chronometer in 2019, Australian Rohan Dennis. At the foot of the last ascent, a group of the best caught him and began to dictate a strong rhythm.

The team was mostly numerous Sunweba for Cellarmana, which took place after Saturday chronometer turned into the first favorite for the final victory. Rhythm quickly shot both ahead of this stage of third in the overall standings, the Spaniard Pella Bilbaa as a Dane Jacob Birdsong, while the leading Almeida still kept in touch with the best.

In the first, steepest part of the climb, it fell off again Vincenzo Nibali, with the hopes of Italian cycling fans for a final victory on the Giro floating on the water after it had already fallen away Domenico Pozzovivo.

Cellarmanov first assistant Hindley continued to break rivals. The pink Almeida, who tried to limit the damage in the last six more gentle kilometers, also dropped out. He did enough to wear a pink T-shirt for the 13th day in a row on Tuesday after the day of the break.

Cyclists and the Gira caravan are now awaiting new testing for the new coronavirus, which could further complicate the final week of the race, bringing many long alpine climbs.

DIRKA PO ITALIJI, 15. etapa            
                                       
Base Area Rivolto - Piancavallo, 185 km
 1. T. GEOGHEGAN HART  VB/IGD  4:58:52 
 2. W. KELDERMAN      NIZ/SUN    +0:02 
 3. J. HINDLEY        AVS/ING     0:04 
 4. J. ALMEIDA        POR/DQT     0:37 
 5. R. MAJKA          POL/BOH     1:22 
 6. P. KONRAD         AVT/BOH     1:29 
 7. J. KNOX            VB/DQT     1:36 
 8. P. BILBAO         ŠPA/TBM      vsi 
 9. J. FUGLSANG       DAN/AST     isti 
10. V. NIBALI         ITA/TFS      čas 
...                                    
32. D. NOVAK          SLO/TBM     9:12 
33. J, TRATNIK        SLO/TBM  isti čas
Skupni vrstni red po 15. etapi:       
  1. J. ALMEIDA         POR   59:27:38
  2. W. KELDERMAN       NIZ      +0:15
  3. J. HINDLEY         AVS       2:56
  4. T. GEOGHEGAN HART  VB        2:57
  5. P. BILBAO          ŠPA       3:10
  6. R. MAJKA           POL       3:18
  7. V. NIBALI          ITA       3:29
  8. D. POZZOVIVO       ITA       3:50
  9. P. KONRAD          AVT       4:09
 10. F. MASNADA         ITA       4:12
 11. B. McNULTY         ZDA       4:29
 12. J. FUGLSANG        DAN       5:07
 ...                                  
 61. J. TRATNIK         SLO    1:46:29
 79. D. NOVAK           SLO    2:14:23

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