Dates: Saturday October 3 – Sunday October 25 Stages: 21 Length: 3,495.8km Start: Monreale Finish: Milan TV Coverage (UK): Eurosport
Giro d’Italia recap
Jai Hindley wins stage 18 of the Giro d’Italia 2020 (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images,)
The queen stage of the Giro d’Italia 2020 was an unforgettable battle over the Stelvio.
Stage honours went to Jai Hindley (Sunweb), who outsprinted Tao Geoghegan Hart (Ineos Grenadiers) in the final 150 metres to take the win, while Hindley’s team-mate Wilco Kelderman narrowly took the race lead after struggling through the stage.
General classification after stage 18
1. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Sunweb, at 77-46-56
2. Jai Hindley (Aus) Sunweb, at 12s
3. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers, at 15s
4. Pello Bilbao (Esp) Bahrain-McLaren, at 1-19
5. João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck- Quick-Step, at 2-16
6. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana, at 3-59
7. Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe, at 5-40
8. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo, at 5-47
9. Fausto Masnada (Ita) Deceunicnk – Quick-Step, at 6-46
10. Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) Bahrain-McLaren, at 7-23
Ben O’Connor (NTT Pro Cycling) returned for redemption on stage 17 of the Giro, escaping the peloton in the day’s 19-rider breakaway and attacking 8km from the finish.
The Australian rode to the line solo to take the biggest win of his career, as the GC group rode into together five minutes behind, with no major time gaps.
João Almeida closed down Sunweb’s sole attack on the final climb and led the race heading into stage 18.
Jan Tratnik (Bahrain-McLaren) took an impressive victory on stage 16 of the Giro d’Italia, going clear of the day’s breakaway before beating Ben O’Connor (NTT) to the finish after dropping him on the final ascent ahead of the line.
João Almeida (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) extended his overall lead by two seconds to 17 seconds over Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) after a late attack.
After extending his overall lead on stage 14, João Almeida found himself fighting to stay in pink on a tough mountain day on stage 15 from Rivolto to Piancavallo.
The stage was taken by Ineos Grenadiers rider Tao Geoghegan Hart, who made it back-to-back wins for Ineos, while Wilco Kelderman very nearly stole the race lead from Almeida by finishing second.
But Almeida put in an outstanding ride to hold onto the pink jersey, his overall lead cut to just 15 seconds with a brutal week of racing left.
The second time trial of the Giro d’Italia 2020 was the longest of the race at 34.1km, and was a tough proposition with two climbs to tackle on the way.
Victory went to Ineos Grenadiers rider Filippo Ganna once again, who took the stage with a 26-second buffer to his team-mate Rohan Dennis.
João Almeida put in a phenomenal ride to finish sixth on the stage and extend his advantage to all of his rivals, most importantly drawing out the gap to Wilco Kelderman in second.
Stage 13 of the Giro d’Italia unexpectedly turned into a stage for the GC contenders as a group of the favourites along with the pink jersey João Almeida (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) got away from the sprinters on the final climb.
Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) was able to win a sprint from that group ahead of Almeida, who extended his overall lead to 40 seconds ahead of the stage 14 time trial.
A brutal day of up and down climbing at the Giro d’Italia was made all the more difficult by horrendous conditions, but Ineos’ Jhonatan Narvaez was able to survive from the day’s main breakaway to beat Mark Padun (Bahrain-McLaren) to the win. The victory is Ineos’ third of the 2020 Giro.
João Almeida (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) maintained his 34-second lead over Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) heading towards a testing weekend that includes a time trial and a huge summit finish.
The riders of the Giro d’Italia faced a more straightforward day on stage 11 of the race, with a flat stage almost certain to end in a bunch gallop for the line. Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) once again proved he’s king of the sprints at the 2020 Giro, taking his fourth victory of the race ahead of Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe).
The pink jersey stays in the hands of João Almeida (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) after not changes in the GC top-10.
The racing returned at the 2020 Giro d’Italia after the race’s first rest day, with a lumpy route on the Adriatic coast. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) was able to take his maiden Giro d’Italia stage win, soloing from the remains of the breakaway with just over 12km to go.
João Almeida (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) continues to impress as he once again extended his lead in the maglia rosa by grabbing the four-second time bonus for his third place finish on the stage.
The day’s big news came before the stage however, with two teams, Jumbo-Visma and Mitchelton-Scott, quitting the race over coronavirus positives as well as Michael Matthews (Sunweb).
The breakaway took the victory again at the Giro d’Italia as Ruben Guerreiro (EF Pro Cycling) beat Jonathan Castroviejo (Ineos Grenadiers) to the win on the stage nine summit finish.
João Almeida (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) carries the race lead into the rest day as the GC contenders only saw small gaps between them with very late attacks on the stage.
Opinions were split before stage eight on whether the breakaway would escape or if the sprint teams would try to control proceedings.
As it turned out, the bunch gave up the chase half-way through the day to let the six-rider breakaway decide the stage winner amongst themselves.
Britain’s Alex Dowsett (Israel Start-Up Nation) emerged as the victor, attacking for the first time 30km from the finish and striking again 17km, finally making it clear and soloing to the line to take a massive win for his career.
The peloton opted not to race for the rest of the stage as João Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick-Step held the race lead for another day.
Stage seven of the Giro d’Italia was a phenomenally fast day with crosswinds disrupting the peloton on the flat roads in southern Italy. Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) came out on top again to take his third victory of the race, with Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) trailing behind him to take second.
João Almeida (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) retains the overall lead heading into the weekend stages before Monday’s first rest day.
Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) doubled up on stage wins with a dominant victory on stage six of the 2020 Giro d’Italia. The Frenchman came from nowhere in the chaotic finale of the stage to win by a massive margin in the final sprint.
João Almeida (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) held onto pink for another day after finishing safely in the main group.
Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) took his second stage win of the 2020 Giro d’Italia after putting in a monster ride in the mountains to solo to victory. The Italian attacked the remaining breakaway riders on the final climb of the day to hold on and win the stage.
João Almeida (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) once again extended his lead in the overall lead after finishing third on the stage and taking four bonus seconds.
Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) took the first sprint victory of the 2020 Giro d’Italia in a photo finish with Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe). The French champion took the victory by just the width of a tyre on the line in a chaotic finale.
João Almeida (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) extended his lead in the pink jersey after taking bonus seconds in the second intermediate sprint and finishing safely in the peloton.
Jonathan Caicedo (EF Pro Cycling) won the first mountain stage of the Giro d’Italia holding on from the day’s early breakaway to win with the main GC contenders coming in 51 seconds behind to the summit of Mount Etna.
That is all the GC contenders aside from British favourites Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and Geraint Thomas (Ineos). Thomas crashed in the neutralised zone of the stage and eventually lost over 12 minutes, while Yates appeared to crack on the final climb and lose over four minutes.
João Almeida (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) took over the pink jersey from Filippo Ganna (Ineos) after finishing 11th on the stage.
Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) took victory on the uphill finish to stage two of the 2020 Giro d’Italia, beating Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) in the final sprint to line.
Filippo Ganna (Ineos) finished safely in the main bunch to retain his overall lead in the pink jersey, while his team-mate Geraint Thomas remains the best placed of the GC contenders with no significant changes in the positions of those looking to win the Giro overall.
The 2020 Giro d’Italia kicked off with a fast individual time trial on the island of Sicily, with world champion Filippo Ganna (Ineos) smashing the competition to win the stage and take the overall lead.
Geraint Thomas (Ineos) was the best placed of the GC contenders in fourth, with Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) finishing 26 seconds behind his compatriot. The other GC contenders, Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo), Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), and Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) all lost over a minute to Thomas.
Richard Carapaz finishing stage 15 of the Giro d’Italia 2019 (Luk Benies/AFP/Getty Images)
The Giro d’Italia is one of cycling’s three Grand Tours, along with the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España. It is the first of the three week races of the cycling season, usually taking place in May into early June. Due to the global coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 edition of the race was moved to October 3 to 25.
As you might expect, the race predominantly takes place within its home country of Italy, but has frequently visited other nations in its 102 editions so far – the 103rd edition in 2020 was meant to start in Hungary until the coronavirus postponement.
This year’s edition of the race has attracted some serious talent despite plenty of riders opting to target the Tour de France in August/September and the Classics in October.
The Giro is well known for its long, high mountain stages in the Alps and Dolomites, making famous names of climbs like the Passo dello Stelvio, Passo Gavia, Monte Zoncolan, Passo di Mortirolo, and Passo Giau among others. But the Giro is often decided by it’s testing time trials, with the 2020 edition featuring three, including one on the final day.
Anyone hoping to win the Giro overall will also need to navigate numerous sprint stages and medium mountain stages, which offer up opportunities to riders looking for prestigious individual stage wins that can define careers.
Giro d’Italia contenders
Geraint Thomas will aim for Giro d’Italia victory (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
Team Ineos will be sending 2018 Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas to the Giro d’Italia, but he’ll face stiff competition if he is to win a maiden pink jersey.
The route suits the Welshman however; an accomplished time triallist and climber, he should thrive over the three individual efforts against the clock and be able to hold his own against the pure climbers in the high mountains.
Thomas’ fellow Brit Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) will return to the Giro after he came so close to victory in 2018. Yates won the Giro prelude race Tirreno-Adriatico, so is entering the race in good form and will look to attack in his trademark style in the gruelling mountain stages.
A two-time winner of the Giro will also be present in Sicily for the start, with home favourite Vincenzo Nibali lining up for his first Grand Tour with Trek-Segafredo. At 35, Nibali is no longer at his dominant best, but should never be counted out. It’ll be a tough ask for the Italian to take a third victory, but his second place in 2019 shows he can still mix it with the in-form riders.
Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) and Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) will look to take their first career Grand Tour victories at this year’s Giro and will be supported by strong teams. Fuglsang will have a former podium finisher in Miguel Ángel López to support him, while Kruijswijk will have a squad eager to go one better than the Tour de France and put their leader on the top step of the podium.
Other outside contenders include Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) and Rafał Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe), while Britain’s James Knox (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) has the potential for a top-10 finish overall.
Giro d’Italia sprinters
Peter Sagan will make his debut at the 2020 Giro d’Italia (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
With some favourable stages throughout the race, the Giro sees an impressive line-up of sprinters for the 103rd edition.
The biggest name is three-time world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), who makes his debut at the race and will miss the Classics. After failing to win a stage at the Tour de France, Sagan will be keen to secure victories in Italy.
There’ll be some fierce competition though from riders with some previous wins here. Michael Matthews rides his final Grand Tour for Sunweb, while Arnaud Démare leads the line for Groupama-FDJ. Fernando Gaviria will be the fast man for UAE Team Emirates.
Elia Viviani will hope to secure his first victory for Cofidis since joining them at the start of 2020, while his former team Deceuninck-Quick-Step will hope Colombian sprinter Álvaro Hodeg will be able to take a stage win on his Grand Tour debut.
Giro d’Italia 2020 route
San Boldo pass on stage 20 of the Giro d’Italia 2019 (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
This year’s Giro d’Italia route begins in Italy with four stages on the island of Sicily, including an opening 65km time trial which will see gaps between the GC contenders from the off. The first mountain stage of the race comes on stage three, with a summit finish to the top of Mount Etna.
As the race moves to the mainland, the sprinters and punchers will get their chance at stage victories before the next mountain day on stage nine ahead of the rest day.
There are some tricky stages to come in the second week ahead of a big weekend for the GC contenders, which includes a 34.1km individual time trial and a huge summit finish ahead of the second rest day.
The final week features a brutal set of stages, with three huge summit finishes. Even the stage 19’s flat profile covers a massive 251km, which will be a drain on riders so late in the race. The race then culminates with a 16.5km time trial to Milan, which could see the lead change hands on the final day of the 2020 Giro.
The stages of the 2020 Giro are typically long this year, adding up to a total distance of 3,495.8km (2,172 mi) over the 21 stages, meaning the average distance of each stage is 166.4km. There are eight stages of over 200km this year though, with the longest the 251km flat route on stage 19. Excluding the individual time trials, the shortest stage of this year’s Giro is stage four to Villafranca Tirrena at 140km.