After the high drama in the high mountains this last week, it came down to a time trial to settle the maglia rosa. It should come as no surprise to anyone that the winner of the stage – by a smackdown 32sec – was Filippo Ganna (Ineos). And, as much as there were people out there who wanted a Jai Hindley win (although you wouldn’t know if you were listening to Eurosport), it was no surprise that Tao Geoghegan Hart unseated the Sunweb rider to raise the beautiful Trofeo Senza Fine. Wilco Kelderman took the third step of the podium.
We knew it was going to be close. Three weeks of racing in the 2020 Giro d’Italia – chills and spills and thrills – and we have the maglia rosa decided on the final day. It is all up for grabs. At the end of Stage 20, it was mano a mano between Tao Geoghegan Hart from Ineos and Jai Hindley from Sunweb. Jai took some intermediate sprint seconds and TGH won the stage. And it is now a dead heat going into tomorrow’s ITT.
We’ve waited for more than two weeks but today, the GC finally caught fire at Stage 18 of the Giro d’Italia. On a monster 207km-long stage packed with four categorised climbs, including the famed Passo dello Stelvio, INEOS and Sunweb brought the race to life. After masterful work by teammates, Tao Geoghegan Hart and Jai Hindley were left to battle it out on the final climb for the stage. In the sprint to the line, Hindley sailed to victory. Behind, Hindley’s teammate Wilco Kelderman clawed his way to the finish with only 12 seconds in hand to claim the maglia rosa.