Stage 18 results

Australian Jai Hindley said Sunweb’s strategy was “perfect” as he won Thursday’s grueling Giro d’Italia stage over the Stelvio pass in the northern Italian Alps.

“Winning here is such an incredible feeling,” said 24-year-old Hindley.

“It’s a big step forward in my career and a double success for the team with Wilco Kelderman now wearing the Maglia Rosa. The tactics were perfect for our team today.”

The effort helped teammate Wilco Kelderman take the leader’s pink jersey. Dutchman Kelderman struggled on the final two climbs but his fifth-place finish was enough to overtake Joao Almeida three days before the race finishes in Milan.

Kelderman took the lead from Portugal’s Almeida of Deceuninck Quick-Step who had been in pink for more than two weeks since stage three in Sicily. Three riders are battling at the top of the overall standings with Hindley 12 seconds behind his teammate and Britain’s Tao Geoghegan Hart third 15 seconds off the pace, after finishing second on the day.

Joao Almeida (POR – Deceuninck – Quick Step

“The hardest stage of my life,” said 29-year-old Kelderman.

“We had a goal and we achieved it. Wearing the Maglia Rosa is a dream after so many difficult years, I’m really happy to be leading the overall standings.”

Almeida drops to fifth place at 2:16, after finishing the stage in 48th position after the 207km run from Pinzolo to the Cancano Lakes in the Stelvio National Park.

Hindley and Geoghegan Hart outpaced Kelderman with 8km to go towards the summit of the snow-capped Stelvio at an altitude of 9000 feet. Kelderman was overtaken by Spaniard Pello Bilbao and Dane Jakob Fuglsang on the final 8.7km climb with a gradient of 6.8 percent to the Cancano Lakes. Hindley crossed just ahead of Ineos’ Geoghegan Hart with Spaniard Pello Bilbao of Bahrain-McLaren third at 46 seconds.

It was a first WorldTour success for Hindley who had already impressed last Sunday at Piancavallo in the Dolomites.

Friday’s 19th stage returns to the plains with a 253km run from Morbegno to Asti in Piedmont.

Giro d’Italia 2020 – 103rd Edition – 18th stage Pinzolo – Rohan Dennis (AUS – Ineos Grenadiers) – Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBR – Ineos Grenadiers)


1  HINDLEY Jai Team Sunweb 6:03:03
2  GEOGHEGAN HART Tao INEOS Grenadiers ,,
3  BILBAO Pello Bahrain – McLaren 0:46
4  FUGLSANG Jakob Astana Pro Team 1:25
5  KELDERMAN Wilco Team Sunweb 2:18
6  KONRAD Patrick BORA – hansgrohe 4:04
7  ALMEIDA João Deceuninck – Quick Step 4:51
8  NIBALI Vincenzo Trek – Segafredo ,,
9  PERNSTEINER Hermann Bahrain – McLaren ,,
10  MASNADA Fausto Deceuninck – Quick Step 4:55


Giro d’Italia 2020 – 103rd Edition – 18th stage -Wilco Kelderman (NED – Team Sunweb)


1  KELDERMAN Wilco Team Sunweb 77:46:56
2  HINDLEY Jai Team Sunweb 0:12
3  GEOGHEGAN HART Tao INEOS Grenadiers 0:15
4  BILBAO Pello Bahrain – McLaren 1:19
5  ALMEIDA João Deceuninck – Quick Step 2:16
6  FUGLSANG Jakob Astana Pro Team 3:59
7  KONRAD Patrick BORA – hansgrohe 5:40
8  NIBALI Vincenzo Trek – Segafredo 5:47
9  MASNADA Fausto Deceuninck – Quick Step 6:46
10  MAJKA Rafal BORA – hansgrohe 7:28


RBA/AFP Photos: Bettini

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