A spin on the edge

This Tuesday the results of the PCR will be known, although the weather also threatens the mountain stages that remain to be disputed.


The "committed" bubble of the Giro, in the words of the peloton after the positives of Simon Yates, Michael Matthews and Steven Kruijswijk, will know this Tuesday the results of the PCR tests of the second day of rest. According to sources consulted by AS of the organization itself, in RCS Sport there was a “moderate optimism” that all the tests were negative, as in the 512 rapid analyzes carried out last week to technicians and cyclists as a reinforcement of the health protocol. The round went ahead without the Jumbo or Mitchelton after the first day of rest.

Apart from the incidence of the coronavirus at the peak of infections in Italy, another factor generates uncertainty: the weather. Four peaks exceed 2,000 meters in altitude: Stelvio (2,758), on Thursday, and Agnello (2,744), Izoard (2,360) and Sestriere (2,035), on Saturday. The good weather made a lot of snow disappear in the last hours, which again invites us to think about the “planned development within the maximum normality”. If no conditions come into play, Wilco Kelderman is in an ideal position to aspire to his first big game, 15 seconds behind Joao Almeida.

Almeida, 13 stages clad in the pink jersey, considers that he can “only” win the race if he arrives at the Milan time leader as leader: “There is a lack of demanding days, with very hard passes and very long kilometers. Overcoming these difficulties will be a challenge, but challenges drive me. Of course: if I don't wear pink on the last day, I don't think I will have the option of winning the title. Kelderman seems to me a bit stronger on the mountain, he has a powerful team (Sunweb), in which he is even helped by third place (Hindley), and he also performs phenomenally in the time trial. Although I trust in my strength and in my guys from Deceuninck ”.

The 22-year-old Portuguese clings to his “dream”. Kelderman, Dutch, 29, represents the experience of the emergence of this NextGen. At the time he was a promising climber who finished seventh in the Italian event at 23. In 2020 he faces “a unique occasion”. In the 2017 Vuelta he achieved his best position in a three-week competition: fourth. Pello Bilbao (fifth, at 3:10) would like to enter the Milan box, but he is beginning to notice the wear of the Tour-Giro double. Meanwhile, Tao Geoghegan Hart (fourth, at 2:57) appears as an asset for Ineos on the podium. We will see what happens from the morning of this Tuesday, when the PCR tests are published.

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