Almeida is very serious

The Portuguese extended his lead in the Giro leadership. Bilbao continues third overall. Ganna took her third partial win of the edition.


Joao Almeida is very serious about the 2020 Giro d'Italia. Second by second, bonus after bonus and with two excellent times, the inaugural and Valdobbiadene, the Portuguese achieved differences with his rivals practically from day one ... and consolidates the pink jersey at every stage since it was donned on Etna. The route through the Veneto vineyards, 34.1 kilometers winding, technical and powerful, motivated him and adapted well to his characteristics, as he argued in the previous one. And boy did he fulfill: "You had to give up, and I gave up." It took Wilco Kelderman, the other winner from the time trial, 56 seconds away, and everyone else by more than two minutes.

Pello Bilbao retained provisional third place, 2:11 behind Almeida. True to his philosophy of not saving anything for what could happen due to the virus or the weather, the Basque finished 22nd in the finish line. A discreet performance compared to previous timed sessions, “the maximum” at what he pedaled and his legs allowed, which he hopes will not weaken him because he has the Tour on him. In the fight for the box, he has 12 seconds of income over McNulty, 19 with respect to Nibali and 22 against Majka and Pozzovivo. Scarce cushion, although it will depend on how far the forces reach and whether or not the full race is completed.

Filippo Ganna scored his third victory in this Giro, second against the clock. The rainbow of the specialty did not leave even the crumbs. He took 26 seconds from his teammate Rohan Dennis, the world champion in 2018 and 2019 (who still has not released his record of triumphs with the Ineos jersey) ... and from the tenth classified he sent the rest to more than two minutes. “A dream and a wonder”, he describes it.

The men of the general classification will face another battle this Sunday, this time in the mountains, with the final ascent to Piancavallo: 14.5 km at 7.8% of average elevation gain, with 14% ramps. Ground to try and not look back, lest the PCR tests bring unpleasant surprises on the rest day (the 512 rapid analyzes carried out between Thursday and Friday all gave negative results). However, Almeida has not shown any cracks so far.

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