Tao wins stage 20 to set up Giro showdown

24 Oct 2020

Tao wins stage 20 to set up Giro showdown

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Giro d'Italia - Stage 20 » Alba › Sestriere, 190km

Tao Geoghegan Hart struck a blow in the fight for Giro d’Italia victory by winning stage 20 atop Sestriere.
 
The Brit showed his class on the race’s final day of climbing to out-sprint chief rival Jai Hindley at the line, with bonus seconds meaning the pair head into the final time trial level on time.
 
In what looks set to be one of the closest Giro finishes in history, Tao’s second stage win (and the team’s sixth) sets up a final-day, winner-takes-all showdown in Milan. Just tenths of a second separate the two riders, with Hindley (Team Sunweb) narrowly pulling on the maglia rosa.
 
Once again the INEOS Grenadiers impressed in the mountains, with Salvatore Puccio, Filippo Ganna and Jonathan Castroviejo upping the tempo, before Rohan Dennis once again detonated the peloton on the second ascent of Sestriere. 

Mirroring his performance of two days earlier, only Geoghegan Hart and Hindley were able to follow the Aussie, as overnight leader Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb) was quickly dropped, eventually losing 1:35. For his efforts, Dennis was also able to finish third on the stage, raising his arms as he crossed the line. 
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Reaction

- Tao Geoghegan Hart

"It was a spectacular day in the sun with an amazing team. We stuck to our plan and I think it went pretty well. I’m pretty happy. It was about finishing off the work the boys have done and I’m super happy to have done that. 
 
"I felt good the whole way [up the final climb]. I was pretty focused on the bonus seconds at the end and my race.
 
"It’s a bike race. Anything can happen [tomorrow], especially after 20 days of racing in tough conditions. We’ll see how it goes – I’ll do my best and I can’t change anything beyond that."
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Stage 20 result:

1. Tao Geoghegan Hart (INEOS Grenadiers) 4:52:45
2. Jai Hindley (Team Sunweb) s.t.
3. Rohan Dennis (INEOS Grenadiers) +25"
4. Joao Almeida (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) +1:01"
5. Andrea Vendrame (AG2R-La Mondiale) +1:34"

Overall standings:

1. Jai Hindley (Team Sunweb) 85:22:07
2. Tao Geoghegan Hart (INEOS Grenadiers) s.t.
3. Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb) +1:32"
4. Pello Bilbao (Bahrain-McLaren) +2:51"
5. Joao Almeida (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) +3:14"