Round up: Geoghegan Hart holds firm ahead of Giro GC battle

23 Oct 2020

Round up: Geoghegan Hart holds firm ahead of Giro GC battle

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Giro d'Italia stage 19: Abbiategrasso › Asti, 124.5km Vuelta a Espana stage four: Garray › Ejea de los Caballeros, 191.7km

Tao Geoghegan Hart safely navigated a truncated stage 19 of the Giro d’Italia as Josef Cerny (CCC Team) won from the breakaway.

Geoghegan Hart finished the stage with his teammates in the peloton, as the bunch was unable to catch a strong early break which escaped in the early stages of the shortened stage. 

Originally slated to be 258km, stage 19 was reduced in length following discussions between riders and the race organisers. After riding the first eight kilometres, the riders retuned to the bus to travel to the new start in Abbiategrasso.

After the re-start, a large break quickly escaped the peloton and despite an early concerted effort to bring them back, the break prevailed with the INEOS Grenadiers finishing together in the bunch.
 
Giro d’Italia overall standings:

1. Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb) 80:29:19
2. Jai Hindley (Team Sunweb) +12"
3. Tao Geoghegan Hart (INEOS Grenadiers) +15"
4. Pello Bilbao (Bahrain-McLaren) +1:19"
5. Joao Almeida (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) +2:16"
Richard Carapaz finished safely in the bunch at the Vuelta

Richard Carapaz finished safely in the bunch at the Vuelta

Richard Carapaz maintained third overall following a tricky finale on stage four of the Vuelta a Espana as Sam Bennett (Deuceunick-Quickstep) won a bunch sprint.

Carapaz was well-positioned by his teammates as the pace in the peloton picked up with 20 kilometres remaining and the Ecuadorian navigated a high-paced end to the stage as finished safely in the bunch. 

With no climbs on the stage,  the Ecuadorian retained his lead in the mountains classification and will wear the blue polka dot jersey on stage five.

Vuelta a Espana overall standings:

1. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) 16:30:53
2. Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) +5"
3. Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) +13"
4. Enric Mas (Movistar) +32"
5. Hugh Carthy (EF Pro Cycling) +38"