Still the fifth stage Gira Ineosu, the Portuguese barely kept the pink shirt

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The winner of the 15th stage of the Tour de Italy, a 185-kilometer test with a finish at Piancavallo, is the British Tao Geoghegan Hart, who won his team the Ineos Grenadiers the fifth stage victory at this year’s Giro. The pink jersey of the leader was kept by the Portuguese Joao Almeida (Deceuninck – QuickStep), but his advantage melted to just 15 seconds.

Second in the overall standings, Dutchman Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb) crossed the finish line in second place today, 35 seconds ahead of fourth-placed Almeida, who tried to mitigate the damage caused by Geoghegan Hart’s attack on the finish line to Piancavallo. Kelderman and Australian Jai Hindley (Team Sunweb). He took third place today and climbed to the top in the overall standings.

Both Slovenian cyclists, Domen Novak in Jan Tratnik (both Bahrain-McLaren) led to the finish line at 32nd and 33rd place with a lag of nine minutes and 12 seconds, in the overall standings they continue to be in the background with more than an hour and a half behind.

Movements in the total

The stage, which began at the base of the Italian Air Force, which is also home to their famous acrobatic group “Frecce Tricolori”, after more than 4,000 meters of altitude, was expected to bring new shifts in the total.

After Saturday’s time trial, Kelderman was not expected to take over the T-shirt of the leading cyclist on the Giro before a free Monday, but he came very close to that.

The 29-year-old from Amersfoort is only 15 seconds behind the 22-year-old Almeida (Deceuninck-Quick-step), the third is now third in the stage, the Australian Jai Hindley (Sunweb), who is two minutes and 56 seconds behind the captain of his team. Geoghegan Hart is one second behind in fourth place.

“This year’s season in the big three-week races is full of ups and downs for us”

“It’s a special win. This season in the big three-week races is full of ups and downs for us. But here at the Giro we have the outstanding Filippo Ganno and Rohan Dennis. We were all in the top four in our team so far, I’m proud to I have added a part to these successes and that I am part of this team, “said the 25-year-old Briton.

He admitted that he was on the Giro in the role of assistant to Geraint Thomas, who had to leave Italy quickly due to injury. “We were here to help Geraint and I believe he would be at the top of the podium for winners. But I myself have won a few races in my career, so this one is even more important. With these successes we are trying to raise the atmosphere in the team,” he said. added by Geoghegan Hart.

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

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The favorites dropped out one by one

The Sunweb team was especially numerous for Kelderman, who became the first favorite for the final victory after Saturday’s time trial. Rhythm, however, quickly shot up both before this stage of third in the overall standings, Spaniard Pell Bilbao and Dane Jakob Fuglsang, while leading Almeida still kept in touch with the best.

Then, in the first, steepest part of the climb, Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo) dropped out, causing the hopes of Italian cycling fans to finally float on the water after Domenico Pozzovivo (NTT Pro Cycling) had already fallen.

Kelderman’s first assistant Hindley continued to break rivals, and the pink Almeida also dropped out, trying to limit the damage in the last six kilometers, which were more gentle. He did enough to wear a pink T-shirt for the 13th day in a row on Tuesday.

Cyclists and the Gira caravan today and on Monday, when there will be a day off, are waiting for new tests for the new coronavirus, which could further complicate the final week of the race, which brings many long alpine ascents.

Izidi 15. etape (Rivolto Air Base – Piancavallo, 185 km):

1. Tao Geoghegan Hart (VBr/Ineos Grenadiers)                     4:58:52

2. Wilco Kelderman (Niz / Sunweb) + 0:02

3. Jai Hindley (Avs/Sunweb)                           0:04

4. Joao Almeida (By / Deceuninck-Quick-step) 0:37

5. Rafal Majka (Paul / Bora-Hansgrohe) 1:22

6. Patrick Konrad (Avt / Bora-Hansgrohe) 1:29

7. James Knox (VBr/Deceuninck-Quick-step)             1:36

8. Pello Bilbao (Špa / Bahrain-McLaren) 2:11

9. Jakob Fuglsang (Dan / Astana)

10. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita / Trek-Segafredo) 2:30

32. Domen Novak (Slo / Bahrain-McLaren) 9:12

33. Jan Tratnik (Slo / Bahrain-McLaren) at the same time

Common order:

1. Joao Almeida (Por / Deceuninck-Quick-step) 54; 28: 09

2. Wilco Kelderman (Niz / Sunweb) + 0:15

3. Jai Hindley (Avs/Sunweb)                           2:56

4. Tao Geoghegan Hart (VBr/Ineos Grenadiers)          2:57

5. Pello Bilbao (Špa / Bahrain-McLaren) 3:10

6. Rafal Majka (Paul / Bora-Hansgrohe) 3:18

7. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita / Trek-Segafredo) 3:29

8. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita / NTT Pro Cycling) 3:50

9. Patrick Konrad (Avt / Bora-Hansgrohe) 4:09

10. Fausto Masnada (Ita / Deceuninck – Quick-step) 4:12

61. Jan Tratnik (Slo / Bahrain-McLaren) 1:46:29

79. Domen Novak (Slo / Bahrain-McLaren) 2; 14:23

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