VALDOBBIADENE, Italy (Reuters) – Italian Filippo Ganna claimed his third victory on this 12 months’s Giro d’Italia when he received the 14th stage on Saturday, a 34.1km particular person time trial from Conegliano to Valdobbiadene, as Joao Almeida prolonged his general lead.
The time trial world champion powered by way of the undulating course in 42 minutes 40 seconds to beat his Ineos-Grenadiers staff mate Rohan Dennis by 26 seconds and American Brandon McNulty of UAE Workforce Emirates by 1:09.
Ganna received the opening time trial in Palermo and the fifth stage in Camigliatello Silano.
“Each victory is essential for me and on this Giro we’ve got a extremely robust staff. We’re profitable from in every single place and we’re actually joyful,” mentioned Ganna after the staff’s fourth stage win on this 12 months’s Giro.
“Firstly I felt okay, we had a one kilometre climb, it was 5 minutes of climbing and it was not simple. However as soon as I obtained previous the climb the legs felt good and as I obtained nearer to the top they felt higher and higher.
“Within the last week I hope the climbs shall be sunny and never too chilly — however the intention shall be to avoid wasting power and recuperate properly as there’s nonetheless another time trial remaining in Milan.”
Portugal’s Almeida of Deceuninck-Fast Step clocked the very best time of the general contenders in 44:11 to stretch his lead over Wilco Kelderman of the Netherlands to 56 seconds.
Spain’s Pello Bilbao (Bahrain-McLaren) stayed third, 2:11 off the tempo, with McNulty breaking into the highest 5 in fourth place, 2:23 behind Almeida.
Double Giro champion Vincenzo Nibali (Trek Segafredo) is fifth, 2:30 off the tempo.
This 12 months’s race remains to be broad open with 4 summit finishes to come back earlier than the ultimate time trial in Milan on Oct. 25.
Organisers mentioned all riders and workers members had examined destructive for COVID-19 on Thursday and Friday after two groups left the race this week following optimistic circumstances, elevating hopes that the three-week grand tour shall be accomplished.
The highest weapons are anticipated to battle it out on Sunday when the 15th stage takes the peloton to a mountain-top end in Piancavallo.
The ultimate climb is a 14.5km effort at a mean gradient of seven.8%.
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