Alessandro Covid won stage 20 of the Giro d’Italia, which was held this Saturday between Belluno and La Marmolada, of 168 km, which included great ascents in the Dolomites, those of three historical ports, and in which the Australian Jai Hindley dethroned Richard Carapaz from the leadership.
The San Pellegrini, the Pordoi (to reach the highest point of this edition, at 2,239 meters above sea level) and the Fedaia to conclude. That last ascent (14 km at 7.6 percent) led to the heart of the Marmolada massif, in the Dolomites, through a spectacular climb, with a steep gradient in its last 5,400 meters (11.2 percent).
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Key was the day for the general classification, which is still very close between Richard Carapaz, the leader, Jai Hindley, second, and Mikel Landa, third.
covid on the run
The Colombian Santiago Buitrago was important for Landa, who was looking to climb more in a general that was very close.
The stage was marked by a breakaway by 12 riders, including Mathieu van der Poel, Alessandro CoviLennard Kamna, Giulio Ciccone, Andrea Vendrame, Antonio Pedrero, Davide Ballerini, among others.
When he crossed for the first mountain prize, the escape was over the leader’s lot by 5 minutes and 53 seconds.
On the second climb of the day, the pace of the pointers was stronger. Covi was one of those who announced an attack and that hurt men like Van der Poel and the same Ballerini, who lost the wheel.
In the passage of the second high of the day, Covid increased the difference: he had 1 min 12 s on his pursuers and 5 min 52 s to the leading batch.
The 23-year-old Italian runner from the UAE Emirates team won the Cima Coppi, the highest step of the Giro. Covid was launched on the descent and 43 km from the finish line.
Covi increased the distance, it took his followers 2 min 18 s and the leading group, which always commanded Bahrain de Landa, came 6 min 18 s, 17 km from the finish line.
At the start of the last first category climb of the Giro, Covid was the pointer and behind the pace of the lot was strong, thanks to the passage of Bahrain. Buitrago, always by Landa’s side.
the key moment
Buitrago led the group during the first kilometers of the final climb, but then Ineos took the lead.
Juan Pedro López, who was the leader and is the first of the youngsters, also gave in, as did Hirt., who was sixth overall. Carthy, tenth, hold on
And at 2 km, Novak caught up with Covid at the top. Ineos put a strong step, but Landa, Hindley and Carthty endure.
Hindley attacked with 4km to go, Landa stays with Carthty. Kamna gives his leader a hand.
Carapaz struggled with 3 km to go, Hindley left and the Ecuadorian suffered. The Ineos leader lost much of his chance to win the second Giro.
Covid left for the stage and Hindley for the pink shirt and put the title in his pocket.
The difference between the Australian and the Ecuadorian was 1 min 29 s, he is second, but Landa approaches him.
This Sunday, the final time trial of 17 kilometers.
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