Briton Tao Geoghegan Hart received his first Grand Tour stage to climb to fourth place general on the Giro d’Italia.
His win on stage 15 gave Ineos Grenadiers their fifth stage victory on the 2020 Giro, whereas Deceuninck-Quick Step’s Joao Almeida held onto the chief’s pink jersey.
Several of the principle contenders misplaced time on the 153km route from Base Aerea Rivolto to Piancavallo north of Venice.
Two-time winner Vincenzo Nibali misplaced over two minutes on the ultimate climb.
An emotional first win
Geoghegan Hart, 25, powered previous one other contender for pink in Sunweb’s Wilco Kelderman for the win within the remaining few metres of the class one summit end, regardless of the Dutchman having team-mate Jai Hindley in help.
Geoghegan Hart devoted the victory to Nico Portal, Ineos’ sporting director who died of a coronary heart assault aged 40 in March this yr.
“This is something incredible for me. I don’t know about [the GC], I haven’t seen the results – but crossing the line first is something truly incredible.
“This one is for Nico Portal. We misplaced him this spring and it has been actually tough for the staff – this season has had nice highs and lows, within the Tour [de France] and for me personally, and likewise on this race.
“We just have to foster the Grenadier spirit in this team and keep fighting back like we know we can.”
More to observe.