Giro d’Italia 2020: Results & News

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MADONNA DI CAMPIGLIO ITALY OCTOBER 21 Arrival Ben Oconnor of Australia and NTT Pro Cycling Team Celebration during the 103rd Giro dItalia 2020 Stage 17 a 203km stage from Bassano del Grappa to Madonna di Campiglio 1514m girodiitalia Giro on October 21 2020 in Madonna di Campiglio Italy Photo by Stuart FranklinGetty Images

Ben O’Connor (NTT Pro Cycling) wins stage 17 at the Giro d’Italia (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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PIANCAVALLO ITALY OCTOBER 18 Arrival Tao Geoghegan Hart of The United Kingdom and Team INEOS Grenadiers Celebration during the 103rd Giro dItalia 2020 Stage 15 a 185km stage from Base Aerea Rivolto Frecce Tricolori to Piancavallo 1290m girodiitalia Giro on October 18 2020 in Piancavallo Italy Photo by Stuart FranklinGetty Images

Stage 15 a Grand Tour first for Tao Geoghegan Hart of Ineos Grenadiers (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Team Ineos rider Italys Filippo Ganna rides during the fourteenth stage of the Giro dItalia 2020 cycling race a 341kilometer individual time trial between Conegliano and Valdobbiadene on October 17 2020 Photo by Luca BETTINI AFP Photo by LUCA BETTINIAFP via Getty Images

Filippo Ganna wins stage 14 TT, his third stage victory of 2020 Giro d’Italia (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates)

Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) won stage 13, his second of the 2020 Giro d’Italia (Image credit: Getty Images)
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CESENATICO ITALY OCTOBER 15 Podium Jhonnatan Narvaez Prado of Ecuador and Team INEOS Grenadiers Celebration Mask Covid safety measures during the 103rd Giro dItalia 2020 Stage Twelve a 204km stage from Cesenatico to Cesenatico girodiitalia Giro on October 15 2020 in Cesenatico Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Jhonatan Narváez (Ineos Grenadiers) won stage 12 of the Giro d’Italia. (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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TOPSHOT Team GroupamaFDJ rider Frances Arnaud Demare wearing the best sprinters mauve jersey celebrates after winning the 11th stage of the Giro dItalia 2020 cycling race a 182kilometer route between Porto SantElpidio and Rimini on October 14 2020 Frenchman Arnaud Demare of the GroupamaFDJ team powered to his fourth stage win in this years Giro dItalia winning stage 11 at Rimini on October 14 2020 Photo by Fabio FERRARI POOL AFP Photo by FABIO FERRARIPOOLAFP via Getty Images

Arnaud Demare of Groupama-FDJ gets his fourth Giro win of 2020 on stage 11 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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TORTORETO ITALY OCTOBER 13 Podium Peter Sagan of Slovakia and Team Bora Hansgrohe Celebration Flowers Miss Hostess during the 103rd Giro dItalia 2020 Stage 10 a 177km stage from Lanciano to Tortoreto girodiitalia Giro on October 13 2020 in Tortoreto Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) won stage 10, his inaugural Giro d’Italia (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ROCCARASO ITALY OCTOBER 11 Podium Ruben Guerreiro of Portugal and Team EF Pro Cycling Celebration Champagne during the 103rd Giro dItalia 2020 Stage 9 a 207km stage from San Salvo to Roccaraso Aremogna 1658m girodiitalia Giro on October 11 2020 in Roccaraso Italy Photo by Stuart FranklinGetty Images

Ruben Guerreiro (EF Pro Cycling) wins stage 9 (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Team Israel StartUp Nation rider Englands Alex Dowsett celebrates as he crosses the line for victory during the 8th stage of the Giro dItalia 2020 cycling race a 200kilometer route between Giovinazzo and Vieste on October 10 2020 Photo by Luca Bettini AFP Photo by LUCA BETTINIAFP via Getty Images

Alex Dowsett claimed an emotional solo victory in a contract year on stage 8 (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Giro dItalia 2020 103rd Edition 7th stage Matera Brindisi 143km 09102020 Arnaud Demare FRA Groupama FDJ photo POOL Fabio FerrariBettiniPhoto2020

Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) won stage 7 in Brindisi (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Giro dItalia 2020 103th Edition 6th stage Castrovillari Matera 188km 08102020 Arnaud Demare FRA Groupama FDJ photo Dario BelingheriiBettiniPhoto2020

Stage 6 was second win of week for Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Fillippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) wins stage 5 of the 2020 Giro d'Italia

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Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) beats Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Davide Ballerini (Deceuninch-QuickStep) to line for stage 4 win

Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) beats Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Davide Ballerini (Deceuninch-QuickStep) to line for stage 4 win (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Team Education First rider Ecuadors Jonathan Caicedo celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win on October 5 2020 the 3rd stage of the Giro dItalia 2020 cycling race a 150kilometer route between Enna and volcano Etna LinguaglossaPiano Provenzana Sicily Photo by Luca Bettini AFP Photo by LUCA BETTINIAFP via Getty Images

Jonathan Caicedo (EF Pro Cycling) won stage 3 of the 2020 Giro d’Italia on Mount Etna (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Giro dItalia 2020 103rd Edition 2nd stage Alcamo Agrigento 149 km 04102020 Diego Ulissi ITA UAE Team Emirates photo Dario BelingheriBettiniPhoto2020

Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) won the second stage of the 2020 Giro d’Italia (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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PALERMO ITALY OCTOBER 03 Podium Filippo Ganna of Italy and Team INEOS Grenadiers World Champion Jersey Celebration Champagne Mask Covid safety measures during the 103rd Giro dItalia 2020 Stage 1 a 151km Individual Time Trial stage from Monreale to Palermo ITT girodiitalia Giro on October 03 2020 in Palermo Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

World champion Filippo Ganna (Ineos) won the opening time trial (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Profile of the 2020 Giro d'Italia

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Giro d’Italia resources

Stage 17 recap

Ben O’Connor (NTT Pro Cycling) secured his first Grand Tour victory on stage 17 of the Giro d’Italia atop the Madonna di Campiglio. 

The Australian soloed to the victory after attacking the day’s breakaway on the final climb. He finished 31 seconds ahead of chasers Hermann Pernsteiner (Bahrain McLaren) in second and 1:10 ahead of Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) in third.

The day’s breakaway included Ruben Guerreiro (EF Pro Cycling), who picked up enough points to move into the lead in the mountain competition. Also in the breakaway were Mattia Bais (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec), Geoffrey Bouchard (AG2R La Mondiale), Óscar Rodríguez (Astana), Hermann Pernsteiner (Bahrain McLaren), Victor de la Parte and Ilnur Zakarin (CCC Team), Jesper Hansen (Cofidis), Kilian Frankiny (Groupama-FDJ), Thomas De Gendt, Harm Vanhoucke (Lotto Soudal), Héctor Carretero, Dario Cataldo, Eduardo Sepúlveda (Movistar), Louis Meintjes, Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier, Ben O’Connor (NTT Pro Cycling), Rohan Dennis (Ineos Grenadiers) and Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates).

The gap stretched out to a maximum of eight minutes but that was reduced to just over five minutes at the base of the final 12.5km climb to the finish line. 

O’Connor attacked with eight kilometres to go and while there was a desperate chase from Zakarin, Pernsteiner and De Gendt, they weren’t strong enough bring him back. O’Connor took the stage win, while Pernsteiner crossed the line in second, and De Gendt out-paced Zakarin for third.

João Almeida (Deceuninck-QuickStep) was able to stay close to rival GC favourites on the final climb and crossed the line with a select group 5:11 behind the stage winner. He maintained his lead in the overall lead for another day, with 17 seconds on Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb) and 2:58 on Jai Hindley (Team Sunweb).

Route

The postponed Giro d’Italia gets underway in Monreale on October 3 with a 15.1km individual time trial, having moved from its normal May time slot to the autumn because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Rather than start in Budapest, as originally planned, the Giro d’Italia will start with four days in Sicily – site of the start of the 2021 race – before reaching the mainland on stage 5 and the race then winds its way northwards and into the high mountains.

The Giro d’Italia starts in Palermo on Saturday October 3 with a mostly downhill 15.1km time trial from the hill-top village of Monreale and finishes in Milan on Sunday October 25 with a 15.7km time trial to the spectacular Duomo.

As well as featuring three individual time trials that total almost 70km in distance, the Giro d’Italia will include a series of high-altitude mountain passes in its third week. The penultimate stage will bring the gruppo from Alba to Sestriere by way of the mighty Colle dell’Agnello, Col d’Izoard and Col de Montgenèvre. 

To balance out the amount of time trial kilometers the race organisers RCS have also including a whopping 40,000 meters of climbing across 50 classified climbs and five summit finishes. That amount of climbing in the mountains will ensure that the Giro d’Italia is a close-fought race, with pre-race favorite Geraint Thomas facing stiff opposition from the climbers. 

The 2019 Giro was won by Richard Carapaz, who seized the maglia rosa after claiming stage victory at Courmayeur. The Ecuadorian rode with assurance in the final week to repel the challenges of Vincenzo Nibali and Primoz Roglic, and he was feted as the Giro champion in the Arena in Verona.  Carapaz will not return to defend his crown in 2020 having raced the Tour de France earlier this year.

Team-by-team analysis

Giro d’Italia: Race favourites

Vincenzo Nibali will return to the Giro d’Italia in 2020 in the colours of his new team Trek-Segafredo, while Peter Sagan will make his Giro d’Italia debut. Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers), having been omitted from his team’s squad for the Tour de France, will start as one of the overall favourites but he will have to take on the likes of Nibali, Jacob Fuglsang (Astana), and Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) to win the coveted maglia rosa. 

Yates won three stages in 2018 and wore the maglia rosa until he cracked with just a handful of stages remaining. This time around he has said that he has learned from his mistakes, and he certainly looked in form in September, when he won Tirreno-Adriatico, ahead of Geraint Thomas. 

Other potential GC contenders for the overall include Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) and Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) but the Giro d’Italia almost always throws up a few surprises in the race for the maglia rosa and even though Remco Evenepoel is missing through injury, there are a number of young riders making their debuts who are worth watching over the three-week Italian Grand Tour. 

Kruijswijk also missed the Tour de France through injury but the Dutch  rider came close to winning the Giro d’Italia back in 2016 and this year’s route certainty suits him. Majka has a strong Bora-hansgrohe team around him and is riding for a new contract for next year, so should be highly motivated to perform. 

The Sprinters

The race has a number of high-profile sprinters on the start list, despite news that Caleb Ewan would no longer be at the race. Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) leads  the line but the Colombian fast man will face stiff competition from Arnaud Demare (Groupama FDJ), Elia Viviani (Cofidis), Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe), and Alvaro Hodeg (Deceuninck – Quick Step). Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) is also on the start list and will be targeting stage wins before his move to Mitchelton-Scott in 2020.

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