Team Ineos’ British rider Tao Geoghegan Hart rode to victory in the 15th stage of the Giro d’Italia on Sunday after a tough climb to the summit of Piancavallo. With a week left to race, Portugal’s Joao Almeida holds the overall leader’s pink jersey which had been under threat after Dutch rival Wilco Kelderman finished the stage in second position.
Kelderman closed to 15 seconds behind Deceuninck-Quick Step’s Almeida with the race finishing in Milan on October 25.
Former two-time winner Vincenzo Nibali and Dane Jakob Fuglsang, both among the race favorites struggled on the final climb before Monday’s rest day.
The Giro returned to altitude, leaving the Rivolto Air Base in Udine, covering 185km before the final gruelling climb to the Piancavallo ski resort in the Friulian Dolomites.
Geoghegan Hart, 25, crossed the line alone 2 seconds ahead of Kelderman with Australian Jai Hindley, who had set the pace in the final kilometers, third 4 seconds back.
Almeida was fourth 37 seconds off the pace.
It is the fifth stage win for Ineos after losing Welsh team leader Geraint Thomas after stage four with a broken pelvis.
|1||GEOGHEGAN HART Tao||INEOS Grenadiers||4:58:52|
|2||KELDERMAN Wilco||Team Sunweb||0:02|
|3||HINDLEY Jai||Team Sunweb||0:04|
|4||ALMEIDA João||Deceuninck – Quick Step||0:37|
|5||MAJKA Rafał||BORA – hansgrohe||1:22|
|6||KONRAD Patrick||BORA – hansgrohe||1:29|
|7||KNOX James||Deceuninck – Quick Step||1:36|
|8||BILBAO Pello||Bahrain – McLaren||,,|
|9||FUGLSANG Jakob||Astana Pro Team||,,|
|10||NIBALI Vincenzo||Trek – Segafredo||,,|
|1||ALMEIDA João||Deceuninck – Quick Step||59:27:38|
|2||KELDERMAN Wilco||Team Sunweb||0:15|
|3||HINDLEY Jai||Team Sunweb||2:56|
|4||GEOGHEGAN HART Tao||INEOS Grenadiers||2:57|
|5||BILBAO Pello||Bahrain – McLaren||3:10|
|6||MAJKA Rafał||BORA – hansgrohe||3:18|
|7||NIBALI Vincenzo||Trek – Segafredo||3:29|
|8||POZZOVIVO Domenico||NTT Pro Cycling||3:50|
|9||KONRAD Patrick||BORA – hansgrohe||4:09|
|10||MASNADA Fausto||Deceuninck – Quick Step||4:12|
RBA/AFP Photos: Bettini