Giro 2018 Stage 20: Nieve’s birthday win; Froome unstoppable

The final mountain stage, the final summit finish – and once again the GC was shaken. This time, it was Thibaut Pinot who bonked something fierce and lost nearly an hour. A sad farewell to a podium place for a rider who helped animate this year’s Giro. Tom Dumoulin did his best to attack Chris Froome in the final 10km but couldn’t get a gap to take back those 40sec. Froome only needs to get over the finish line safely tomorrow to win his first Giro d’Italia. But the good news story of the day was a birthday solo stage win for Mitchelton Scott’s Mikel Nieve.

Riders of the Race

Flying in the face of the opinion of Lance Armstrong* (and who wouldn’t?), I’m going to give my Rider of the Race to Thibaut Pinot’s teammates, who stuck with him as he blew up on the climb and saw his podium place disappear. Weaving all over the road, retching every time he tried to get some sustenance down him, his teammates stayed with him. Chapeau #ClassActs

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Translation: none of your teammates, do not regret the sacrifices, the efforts made to try to reach our goal. For the same result we would have signed to accompany you. Our human adventure is worth more than a podium … it’s still sport! 

Unnecessary sprinting

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With just 200m to go, Chris Froome and Wout Poels sprinted to the finish line in a display of the most ungracious behaviour towards the defending champion who just left everything on the road. #Unclass Just an FYI, Tom Dumoulin looks like someone who never forgets … and who plots some seriously hard cold revenge.

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Carrots not down!

If you’re going to give yourself a birthday present, why not a stage win? A lot better than a gift card from Marks & Sparks!

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I want I want I want

And purely because it’s Carlos looks like a pop idol pin-up from my tweenie years when I read Tiger Beat and 16 magazine. Ah, those heady days of youth.

Stage results

1 Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott) 5:43:38

2 Robert Gesink (LottoNL-Jumbo) +2.17

3 Felix Grossschartner (Bora-hansgrohe) +2.41

4 Giulio Ciccone (Bardiani CSF) +3.45

5 Gianluca Brambilla (Trek-Segafredo) +5.23

GC Top 10

1 Chris Froome (Sky) 86:11;50

2 Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) +0.46

3 Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) +4.57

4 Richard Carapaz (Movistar) +5.44

5 Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida) +8.03

6 Pello Bilbao (Astana) +11.08

7 Patrick Konrad (Bora-hansgrohe) +12.19

8 George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo) +12.35

9 Sam Oomen (Sunweb) +14.18

10 Davide Formolo (Bora-hansgrohe) +15.16

All the jerseys

Leader’s jersey Chris Froome (Sky)

Points jersey Elia Viviani (QuickStep Floors)

KOM jersey Chris Froome (Sky)

Young rider’s jersey Miguel Angel Lopez (Movistar)

For full results cyclingnews.com

Header image: ©GETTY/Velo/Tim de Waele 

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