De Gendt shows GC credentials on Stelvio

Thomas De Gendt, Giro d'Italia stage 20

For Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil-DCM), there could have been no better stage than the snow-banked theatre of the Passo dello Stelvio to prove his potential as an overall contender in the Grand Tours.

The Belgian, who started the day in eighth position overall and 5'40" down on maglia rosa Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha), led up the Passo dello Stelvio after his attack on the penultimate climb of the Mortirolo meant he recorded the fastest ascent of the day: just under 47 minutes.

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