Joao Almeida uses time trial in Prosecco country to stretch lead in pink jersey

Surprise leader Joao Almeida prolonged his overall guide at the Giro d’Italia as Flippo Ganna romped to one more time-trial victory.

Almeida [Deceuninck-QuickStep], 22, has been the massive find of this year’s race. Driving in the initially grand tour of his profession, the Portuguese has held the guide considering that a powerful exertion up Mount Etna on stage a few. 

Only 1 more 7 days now stays right before the race finishes in Milan subsequent weekend, although Almeida himself has admitted he has no concept how his overall body will respond to a third consecutive 7 days of racing, in particular with some huge climbs, which includes the infamous Stelvio Pass and the Colle dell’Agnello and Col d’Izoard, all well above 2000m, to arrive. 

Almeida nonetheless appears extremely robust, nonetheless. And with pre-race favourites Geraint Thomas and Simon Yates obtaining deserted owing to harm and Covid-19 respectively, it feels like a wide-open race. 

There is also the risk the race could be named off prior to we achieve Milan due to climbing Covid fees across Europe. Two groups have presently pulled out and a variety of riders and groups have expressed fears.

Almeida finished sixth in Saturday’s 34.1km effort towards the clock via Prosecco vineyards from Conegliano to Valdobbiadene, getting 16 seconds out of the person driving him in the total classification, Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb), who came ninth on the working day. 

Almeida’s lead more than Kelderman now stands at 56 seconds, with Pello Bilbao [Bahrain-McLaren] 3rd, 2min 11sec back again. British rider Tao Geoghegan Hart [Ineos Grenadiers] moved up to 11th general forward of the return to the mountains on Sunday. 

No a single could contact Ganna on Saturday, on the other hand. The recently-crowned environment time trial champion has been in sensational sort in this race. The 24 yr-previous gained the prologue time demo in Sicily a fortnight in the past in advance of successful solo on stage 5. 

And he was far too great for absolutely everyone once yet again, his Ineos Grenadiers teammate Rohan Dennis the only male to end within just a moment of him, at 26 seconds.

“Each and every victory is critical for me and in this Giro we have a really powerful group, we are winning from in all places and we are genuinely satisfied,” Ganna mentioned. “In the start off I felt Ok, we had a a person kilometre climb, but it was five minutes of climbing and it was not straightforward, but at the time I bought past the climb the legs felt very good and as I obtained closer to the stop they felt much better and greater.

“In the remaining 7 days I hope the climbs will be sunny and not way too chilly – but the intention will be to preserve electricity and recuperate perfectly as there is continue to one particular a lot more time demo remaining in Milan.” 

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