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2020 Giro d'Italia

103rd edition: May 9 - 31 Oct 3 - 25, 2020
Stage 18: October 22, 2020

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Thursday, October 22: Stage 18, Pinzolo - Laghi di Cancano, 207 km

Stage 18 map & profile | Stage 18 photos

Jai Hindley

Jai Hindley wins the 18th stage and moves up to second in the GC. RCS Sport photo

Weather near the finish at Valdidentro at 1:55 PM, local time: 9C (49F), mostly cloudy, with the wind from the southwest at 11 km/hr (7 mph). There is a 5% chance of rain.

The race: 135 riders started at 10:23. The peloton will go over the legendary Stelvio, first included in the 1953 Giro. Fausto Coppi won that day, giving him his fifth Giro win.

Here is the report from stage winner Jai Hindley & GC leader Wilco Kelderman's Team Sunweb:

After a phenomenal team ride throughout the stage, Team Sunweb continued their successful year as Jai Hindley sprinted to a Giro d’Italia stage win at Laghi di Cancano and Wilco Kelderman moved into the race lead.

At over 200 kilometres long and with 5800 metres of climbing, today the riders were faced with the queen stage of this year’s Giro d’Italia. Featuring the ascent of Campo Carlo Magno, the famous Passo dello Stelvio and a brand new finish climb to Laghi di Cancano, it was set to be a brutal day in the saddle.

Right from the flag drop the riders immediately hit the opening climb of the day and the attacks flew from the bunch, with the peloton drastically reducing in size. Eventually a 15 rider breakaway got clear, with all Team Sunweb riders in the bunch. Biding their time, the team took over the pacing on the next climb with Nico Denz, ensuring the leading group didn’t get too large of an advantage.

Denz continued to lay down the power throughout the valley, with the peloton and the rest of the team lined out behind him as they approached the famous Stelvio climb. One-by-one the team took their turn on the peloton, with Denz handing over to Chad Haga, to Martijn Tusveld to Sam Oomen and to finally Chris Hamilton. The strong pace set by the team completely decimated the peloton, dropping the pink jersey halfway up the Stelvio. Sensing a moment to continue to apply the pressure, Ineos increased the pace even further with only Jai Hindley and Wilco Kelderman able to follow the tempo set by Rohan Dennis at the front.

Kelderman eventually succumbed to the pace but fought hard, riding at his own rhythm over the remainder of the climb. Hindley stayed out front to mark danger-man on GC Tao Geoghegan Hart, with the Ineos duo continuing to apply the pressure. Over the final 30 kilometres the gap slowly grew out to Kelderman but he kept at a steady pace and rode within himself, not making sure to go into the red, holding onto the virtual Maglia Rosa throughout the stage.

Ahead, Hindley closely followed Geoghegan Hart on the final climb, not allowing him any leeway at all. Coming into the last few hundred metres, Hindley was poised and ready, springing out of the saddle and dancing on the pedals to take a magnificent stage win after a brilliant team effort throughout the day. Kelderman showed his fighting spirit and dug deep all the way to the line, taking the Maglia Rosa in Laghi di Cancano.

A truly great day for the team was rounded off as the results were tallied, as Hindley moved up to second place on GC, 12 seconds behind teammate Kelderman, and also taking the lead of the best young rider’s competition in the process.

“To get a win for the team it’s massive and a win for me personally, it’s a huge step forward in my career,” explained an awestruck Hindley at the finish. “I’m over the moon to take the win today. I’ve ridden around in this area a fair bit and I knew the climbs, it’s a stunning part of the world and yeah, it’s just amazing.”
“It was a crazy stage, I think it was the hardest day of my life,” continued race-leader Kelderman. “It was a big fight all day but the stage win for Jai is super nice. We dropped Almeida on the Stelvio and from then the race was on. Ineos were super strong with two guys and I couldn’t hold onto them so I just had to race at my own pace behind. I was just counting down the kilometres and going full gas to the line. I’m happy with today, now we’ll recover and make plans and see what happens on the weekend. I think in the end it’s good we have two riders up there.”

Complete results:

Stage 18 photos

207 kilometers raced at an average speed of 34.210 km/hr

1 Jai Hindley Team Sunweb 6hr 3min 3sec
2 Tao Geoghegan Hart INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
3 Pello Bilbao Bahrain-McLaren @ 46sec
4 Jakob Fuglsang Astana 1:25
5 Wilco Kelderman Team Sunweb 2:18
6 Patrick Konrad Bora-hansgrohe 4:04
7 Joao Almeida Deceuninck-Quick Step 4:51
8 Vincenzo Nibali Trek-Segafredo s.t.
9 Hermann Pernsteiner Bahrain-McLaren s.t.
10 Fausto Masnada Deceuninck-Quick Step 4:55
11 Rafal Majka Bora-hansgrohe 6:43
12 Domen Novak Bahrain-McLaren 8:15
13 Domenico Pozzovivo NTT Pro Cycling 8:17
14 Rohan Dennis INEOS Grenadiers 8:33
15 Ben O'Connor NTT Pro Cycling 11:48
16 Ben Swift INEOS Grenadiers 14:48
17 Lawrence Warbasse Ag2r La Mondiale 15:01
18 Aurélien Paret-Peintre Ag2r La Mondiale 15:01
19 Sergio Samitier Movistar 16:22
20 Sam Oomen Team Sunweb 20:43
21 Fabio Felline Astana s.t.
22 Daniel Navarro Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
23 Filippo Ganna INEOS Grenadiers 21:08
24 Sander Armee Lotto-Soudal 24:15
25 Ilnur Zakarin CCC Team 26:56
26 François Bidard Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
27 Carl Fredrik Hagen Lotto-Soudal s.t.
28 James Knox Deceuninck-Quick Step 26:58
29 Martijn Tusveld Team Sunweb s.t.
30 Joe Dombrowski UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
31 Amanuel Gebreigzabhier NTT Pro Cycling s.t.
32 Pieter Serry Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
33 Chris Hamilton Team Sunweb s.t.
34 Jonathan Castroviejo INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
35 Alessandro Tonelli Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè s.t.
36 Ruben Guerreiro EF Pro Cycling s.t.
37 Antonio Pedrero Movistar 28:38
38 Stéphane Rossetto Cofidis 29:37
39 Brandon McNulty UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
40 Jonas Gregaard Astana s.t.
41 Matthew Holmes Lotto-Soudal 29:46
42 Thomas De Gendt Lotto-Soudal 31:41
43 Antonio Nibali Trek-Segafredo s.t.
44 Louis Meintjes NTT Pro Cycling s.t.
45 Simon Pellaud Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 32:13
46 Mikkel Honore Deceuninck-Quick Step 33:55
47 Diego Ulissi UAE-Team Emirates 34:51
48 Mathias Le Turnier Cofidis 37:15
49 Enrico Battaglin Bahrain-McLaren s.t.
50 Oscar Rodriguez Astana s.t.
51 Matteo Fabbro Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
52 Victor Campenaerts NTT Pro Cycling s.t.
53 Matteo Sobrero NTT Pro Cycling s.t.
54 Alexander Cepeda Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec s.t.
55 Einer Rubio Movistar 39:15
56 Tanel Kangert EF Pro Cycling s.t.
57 Chad Haga Team Sunweb 40:09
58 James Whelan EF Pro Cycling 41:03
59 Dario Cataldo Movistar 47:05
60 Davide Ballerini Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
61 Salvatore Puccio INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
62 Eros Capecchi Bahrain-McLaren s.t.
63 Kamil Gradek CCC Team s.t.
64 Kamil Malecki CCC Team s.t.
65 Victor De La Parte CCC Team s.t.
66 Eduardo Sepulveda Movistar s.t.
67 Danilo Wyss NTT Pro Cycling s.t.
68 Joey Rosskopf CCC Team s.t.
69 Josef Cerny CCC Team s.t.
70 Peter Sagan Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
71 Pawel Poljanski Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
72 Marco Frapporti Vini Zabú-KTM s.t.
73 Jesper Hansen Cofidis s.t.
74 Jan Tratnik Bahrain-McLaren s.t.
75 Hector Carretero Movistar s.t.
76 Geoffrey Bouchard Ag2r La Mondiale 47:41
77 Josip Rumac Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec s.t.
78 Dylan Sunderland NTT Pro Cycling s.t.
79 Attila Valter CCC Team s.t.
80 Rick Zabel Israel Start-Up Nation 48:15
81 Alex Dowsett Israel Start-Up Nation 49:03
82 Matthias Brändle Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
83 Jaakko Hänninen Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
84 Mark Padun Bahrain-McLaren s.t.
85 Adam Hansen Lotto-Soudal s.t.
86 Yukiya Arashiro Bahrain-McLaren s.t.
87 Mattia Bais Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec s.t.
88 Nico Denz Team Sunweb s.t.
89 Simon Clarke EF Pro Cycling s.t.
90 Lachlan Morton EF Pro Cycling s.t.
91 Jacopo Mosca Trek-Segafredo 50:18
92 Julien Bernard Trek-Segafredo s.t.
93 Miles Scotson Groupama-FDJ 50:58
94 Arnaud Démare Groupama-FDJ s.t.
95 Nathan Haas Cofidis s.t.
96 Filippo Zana Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè s.t.
97 Elia Viviani Cofidis s.t.
98 Simone Consonni Cofidis s.t.
99 Lorenzo Rota Vini Zabú-KTM s.t.
100 Valerio Conti UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
101 Jacopo Guarnieri Groupama-FDJ s.t.
102 Giovanni Carboni Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè s.t.
103 Simone Bevilacqua Vini Zabú-KTM s.t.
104 Matteo Spreafico Vini Zabú-KTM s.t.
105 Davide Cimolai Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
106 Luca Chirico Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec s.t.
107 Jonathan Caicedo EF Pro Cycling s.t.
108 Andrea Vendrame Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
109 Rodrigo Contreras Astana s.t.
110 Stefano Oldani Lotto-Soudal s.t.
111 Filippo Fiorelli Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè s.t.
112 Nicola Conci Trek-Segafredo s.t.
113 Simone Ravanelli Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec s.t.
114 Cesare Benedetti Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
115 Giovanni Lonardi Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè s.t.
116 Marco Mathis Cofidis s.t.
117 Alessandro Bisolti Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec s.t.
118 Francesco Romano Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè s.t.
119 Guy Sagiv Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
120 Edoardo Zardini Vini Zabú-KTM s.t.
121 Fabio Mazzucco Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè s.t.
122 Kilian Frankiny Groupama-FDJ s.t.
123 Mikkel Bjerg UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
124 Jhonatan Restrepo Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec s.t.
125 Alvaro Hodeg Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
126 Etienne Van Empel Vini Zabú-KTM s.t.
127 Jonathan Dibben Lotto-Soudal s.t.
128 Davide Villella Movistar s.t.
129 Albert Torres Movistar s.t.
130 Iljo Keisse Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
131 Simon Guglielmi Groupama-FDJ s.t.
132 Harm Vanhoucke Lotto-Soudal s.t.
133 Ignatas Konovalovas Groupama-FDJ s.t.
134 Maciej Bodnar Bora-hansgrohe s.t.

GC after stage 18:

3,031.2 kilometers raced so far at an average speed of 38.970 km/hr

1 Wilco Kelderman Team Sunweb 77hr 46min 56sec
2 Jai Hindley Team Sunweb @ 12sec
3 Tao Geoghegan Hart INEOS Grenadiers 0:15
4 Pello Bilbao Bahrain-McLaren 1:19
5 Joao Almeida Deceuninck-Quick Step 2:16
6 Jakob Fuglsang Astana 3:59
7 Patrick Konrad Bora-hansgrohe 5:40
8 Vincenzo Nibali Trek-Segafredo 5:47
9 Fausto Masnada Deceuninck-Quick Step 6:46
10 Rafal Majka Bora-hansgrohe 7:28
11 Hermann Pernsteiner Bahrain-McLaren 7:43
12 Domenico Pozzovivo NTT Pro Cycling 9:34
13 Sergio Samitier Movistar 26:12
14 Brandon McNulty UAE-Team Emirates 33:12
15 James Knox Deceuninck-Quick Step 34:49
16 Antonio Pedrero Movistar 40:59
17 Aurélien Paret-Peintre Ag2r La Mondiale 41:11
18 Lawrence Warbasse Ag2r La Mondiale 44:45
19 Ben Swift INEOS Grenadiers 49:11
20 Ilnur Zakarin CCC Team 51:18
21 Sam Oomen Team Sunweb 53:45
22 Ben O'Connor NTT Pro Cycling 1:00:12
23 Matteo Fabbro Bora-hansgrohe 1:00:58
24 Jonathan Castroviejo INEOS Grenadiers 1:05:03
25 Fabio Felline Astana 1:16:58
26 Martijn Tusveld Team Sunweb 1:19:38
27 Chris Hamilton Team Sunweb 1:23:39
28 Pieter Serry Deceuninck-Quick Step 1:27:38
29 Attila Valter CCC Team 1:27:47
30 Mikkel Honore Deceuninck-Quick Step 1:28:46
31 François Bidard Ag2r La Mondiale 1:38:08
32 Tanel Kangert EF Pro Cycling 1:46:23
33 Jacopo Mosca Trek-Segafredo 1:46:52
34 Victor De La Parte CCC Team 1:47:36
35 Antonio Nibali Trek-Segafredo 1:48:08
36 Thomas De Gendt Lotto-Soudal 1:54:07
37 Ruben Guerreiro EF Pro Cycling 1:55:43
38 Louis Meintjes NTT Pro Cycling 1:57:13
39 Oscar Rodriguez Astana 1:58:55
40 Davide Villella Movistar 2:01:52
41 Diego Ulissi UAE-Team Emirates 2:03:09
42 Rohan Dennis INEOS Grenadiers 2:04:35
43 Enrico Battaglin Bahrain-McLaren 2:05:01
44 Carl Fredrik Hagen Lotto-Soudal 2:07:53
45 Daniel Navarro Israel Start-Up Nation 2:09:33
46 Joe Dombrowski UAE-Team Emirates 2:09:54
47 Jonas Gregaard Astana 2:10:28
48 Alessandro Tonelli Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè 2:13:04
49 Jesper Hansen Cofidis 2:13:59
50 Sander Armee Lotto-Soudal 2:14:33
51 Salvatore Puccio INEOS Grenadiers 2:23:06
52 Harm Vanhoucke Lotto-Soudal 2:26:26
53 Julien Bernard Trek-Segafredo 2:29:28
54 Domen Novak Bahrain-McLaren 2:32:33
55 Nicola Conci Trek-Segafredo 2:34:50
56 Amanuel Gebreigzabhier NTT Pro Cycling 2:36:36
57 Eduardo Sepulveda Movistar 2:36:49
58 Andrea Vendrame Ag2r La Mondiale 2:37:33
59 Geoffrey Bouchard Ag2r La Mondiale 2:41:23
60 Filippo Ganna INEOS Grenadiers 2:46:38
61 Einer Rubio Movistar 2:47:48
62 Mark Padun Bahrain-McLaren 2:52:03
63 Stéphane Rossetto Cofidis 2:52:23
64 Dario Cataldo Movistar 2:52:42
65 Pawel Poljanski Bora-hansgrohe 2:53:04
66 Chad Haga Team Sunweb 2:55:38
67 Jan Tratnik Bahrain-McLaren 2:58:55
68 Joey Rosskopf CCC Team 3:00:58
69 Jaakko Hänninen Ag2r La Mondiale 3:05:46
70 Jonathan Caicedo EF Pro Cycling 3:05:47
71 Simone Ravanelli Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 3:08:54
72 Simon Pellaud Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 3:09:09
73 Kamil Malecki CCC Team 3:15:49
74 Kilian Frankiny Groupama-FDJ 3:16:30
75 Davide Ballerini Deceuninck-Quick Step 3:18:35
76 Matteo Sobrero NTT Pro Cycling 3:21:36
77 Simon Clarke EF Pro Cycling 3:23:27
78 Danilo Wyss NTT Pro Cycling 3:34:05
79 Nico Denz Team Sunweb 3:34:17
80 Alexander Cepeda Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 3:34:28
81 Eros Capecchi Bahrain-McLaren 3:35:40
82 Alessandro Bisolti Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 3:37:06
83 Hector Carretero Movistar 3:40:32
84 Yukiya Arashiro Bahrain-McLaren 3:40:56
85 Josef Cerny CCC Team 3:42:10
86 Giovanni Carboni Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè 3:45:12
87 Etienne Van Empel Vini Zabú-KTM 3:47:29
88 Peter Sagan Bora-hansgrohe 3:48:21
89 Francesco Romano Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè 3:48:50
90 Cesare Benedetti Bora-hansgrohe 3:48:56
91 Luca Chirico Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 3:49:46
92 Mathias Le Turnier Cofidis 3:51:06
93 Lorenzo Rota Vini Zabú-KTM 3:53:33
94 Edoardo Zardini Vini Zabú-KTM 3:54:16
95 Mikkel Bjerg UAE-Team Emirates 3:57:02
96 Matthew Holmes Lotto-Soudal 3:58:00
97 Stefano Oldani Lotto-Soudal 3:59:32
98 Josip Rumac Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 3:59:53
99 Victor Campenaerts NTT Pro Cycling 4:03:57
100 Valerio Conti UAE-Team Emirates 4:10:00
101 Filippo Zana Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè 4:15:24
102 Mattia Bais Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 4:19:48
103 Jhonatan Restrepo Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 4:20:47
104 Kamil Gradek CCC Team 4:21:24
105 James Whelan EF Pro Cycling 4:28:55
106 Maciej Bodnar Bora-hansgrohe 4:29:10
107 Marco Frapporti Vini Zabú-KTM 4:30:15
108 Albert Torres Movistar 4:32:07
109 Rodrigo Contreras Astana 4:34:03
110 Simone Consonni Cofidis 4:40:17
111 Lachlan Morton EF Pro Cycling 4:42:05
112 Adam Hansen Lotto-Soudal 4:42:22
113 Elia Viviani Cofidis 4:42:26
114 Dylan Sunderland NTT Pro Cycling 4:44:33
115 Miles Scotson Groupama-FDJ 4:45:44
116 Arnaud Démare Groupama-FDJ 4:49:56
117 Davide Cimolai Israel Start-Up Nation 4:50:30
118 Filippo Fiorelli Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè 4:53:05
119 Nathan Haas Cofidis 4:54:35
120 Rick Zabel Israel Start-Up Nation 4:55:18
121 Alex Dowsett Israel Start-Up Nation 4:57:59
122 Ignatas Konovalovas Groupama-FDJ 4:59:21
123 Simon Guglielmi Groupama-FDJ 5:00:11
124 Iljo Keisse Deceuninck-Quick Step 5:04:10
125 Giovanni Lonardi Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè 5:05:59
126 Matthias Brändle Israel Start-Up Nation 5:06:17
127 Matteo Spreafico Vini Zabú-KTM 5:07:53
128 Jacopo Guarnieri Groupama-FDJ 5:08:30
129 Fabio Mazzucco Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè 5:09:59
130 Simone Bevilacqua Vini Zabú-KTM 5:11:29
131 Alvaro Hodeg Deceuninck-Quick Step 5:18:01
132 Marco Mathis Cofidis 5:19:27
133 Guy Sagiv Israel Start-Up Nation 5:34:29
134 Jonathan Dibben Lotto-Soudal 5:36:23

Stage 18 map & profile:

2020 Giro d'Italia stage 18 map

Stage 18 map

2020 Giro d'Italia stage 18 profile

Stage 18 profile

Stage 18 photos by Fotoreporter Sirotti:

Stelvio

The Stelvio.

Vincenzo Nibali

Vincenzo Nibali climbs the Stelvio.

Joao Almeida

GC leader Joao Almeida working to limit the damage on the Stelvio.

Wilco Kelderman

Wilco Kelderman making his way up the giant mountain.

Jai Hindley

Stage winner Jai Hindley trying to stay warm on the Stelvio.

Stelvio descent

Hauling on down the Stelvio

Jai Hindley

Jai Hindley wins stage eighteen. That's Tao Geoghegan Hart hidden behind him.

Tao Geoghegan Hart

Tao Geoghegan Hart was second.

Pello Bilbao

Pello Bilbao finishes third.

Jakob Fuglsang

Fourth-place Jakob Fuglsang

Wilco Kelderman

Wilco Kelderman's fifth place was good enough to make him the new leader of the 2020 Giro d'Italia.

Patrick konrad

Patrick Konrad was sixth.

Joao Almeida

Joao Almeida's last moments in pink. His excellent 7th place was not good enough for him to keep the lead.

Jai Hondley

Stage winner Jai Hindley

Wilco kelderman

Wilco Kelderman is the new GC leader with just three stages to go.

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