Ganna to the third stage victory, Tratnik tenth, and the outstanding Almeida increased the advantage in the overall standings. Are we promised a sensation?
In the 14th stage, two fights took place; one for the stage win and the other more important for the pink jersey. After 13 stages, Almeida (Deceuninck-Quick-step) had a 40-second advantage over his closest pursuer, the Dutchman. Wilcom Keldermanom (Sunweb) and 49 before the Spaniard Pellom Bilbaom (Bahrain-McLaren).
The balance of power has changed dramatically after just under 45 minutes on the varied terrain from Conegliano to Valdobbiadene, with the American gaining the most Brandom McNulty (UAE Team Emirates), which with a brilliant chronometer and final third place in the stage in the overall standings advanced from 11th to fourth place.
Almeida kept the pink shirt in sixth place and increased the advantage over their rivals. Closest to him is still Kelderman, who was ninth in the ninth stage just before Tratnik, and 56 seconds behind the 22-year-old from Caldas da Rainha before Sunday’s mountain stage. Third is still Bilbao, which, however, has lost more than a minute compared to the leading Portuguese and is now two minutes and 11 seconds behind.
Fifth in the total is home up Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo), hoping for an Italian turnaround in the final week of the Gira. In the overall standings, the “shark from Messina” is two and a half minutes behind, and McNulty has an advantage over him by seven seconds.
In the fight for the stage victory, teammates from Ineos Grenadiers, Ganna and the Australian competed Rohan Dennis. The last world champion in the time trial was separated by only five seconds after half of the route, and this year’s world champion from Imola then pressed the gas and reached the finish line with a time of 42:40 and overtook Dennis by 26 seconds for the third stage victory in the first Giro in his career. .
“Every stage victory is important to me. Here on the Giro we have a really good team and we got stages on all terrains. The ascent was really steep, only one kilometer, which lasted, I don’t know, five minutes. I jumped over the ascent and accelerated. in the second part. It went better and better all the way to the finish line, “ the test was described by the 24-year-old Italian, who is already looking towards the final stage and the third time trial.
Even earlier, the world champion in time trial will face high passes in the Alps. “I hope we race in the sun, but it will be hard. We will save strength and hope to get to Milan. I have another chance in the chronometer there,” said Ganna in a quick statement at the end of the stage.
Tratnik also did very well in the stage. The Slovenian time trial specialist came in third in the Bahrain-McLaren jersey, then lost seven more places and finished tenth with exactly two minutes behind Ganna. Another Slovenian Domen Novak (Bahrain-McLaren) was far behind in 120th place with a time of 50:11.
In the overall standings, Tratnik has made some progress and now occupies 75th place, while Novak remained at 98th with more than two hours behind the leader.
On Sunday, there will be a stage with a mountain finish at Piancavallo (185 km). It will start at the Italian Air Force base, home to the Frecce Tricolori aerobatic group, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary next year.
The route will take cyclists through numerous ascents, followed by an ascent to Piancavallo, 14.5 kilometers long with an average slope of 7.8 percent. Ahead of Monday’s break, fireworks are expected among the candidates for a joint victory in Milan next Sunday. Can a young Portuguese create a new sensation?
* Izidi, 14. etapa (Conegliano - Valdobbiadene, 34,1 km): 1. Filippo Ganna (Ita/Ineos Grenadiers) 42:40 2. Rohan Dennis (Avs/Ineos Grenadiers) + 0:26 3. Brandon McNulty (ZDA/UAE Team Emirates) 1:09 4. Thomas De Gendt (Bel/Lotto Soudal) 1:11 5. Josef Černy (Češ/CCC Team) 1:16 6. Joao Almeida (Por/Deceuninck-Quick-step) 1:31 7. Tanel Kangert (Est/EF Pro Cycling) 1:33 8. Jonathan Castroviejo (Špa/Ineos Grenadiers) 1:44 9. Wilco Kelderman (Niz/Sunweb) 1:47 10. Jan Tratnik (Slo/Bahrain-McLaren) 2:00 ... 120. Domen Novak (Slo/Bahrain-McLaren) 7:31 - skupno: 1. Joao Almeida (Por/Deceuninck-Quick-step) 54:28:09 2. Wilco Kelderman (Niz/Sunweb) + 0:56 3. Pello Bilbao (Špa/Bahrain-McLaren) 2:11 4. Brandon McNulty (ZDA/UAE Team Emirates) 2:23 5. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/Trek-Segafredo) 2:30 6. Rafal Majka (Pol/Bora-Hansgrohe) 2:33 7. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita/NTT Pro Cycling) isti čas 8. Fausto Masnada (Ita/Deceuninck - Quick-step) 3:11 9. Patrick Konrad (Avt/Bora-Hansgrohe) 3:17 10. Jai Hindley (Avs/Sunweb) 3:33 ... 75. Jan Tratnik (Slo/Bahrain-McLaren) 1:37:54 98. Domen Novak (Slo/Bahrain-McLaren) 2:05:48