Covi Stage Winner, Captain Bora in Pink
Jay Hendley (Bora-Hansgrohe) won the pink jersey at the Giro’s stage 20 and is on the cusp of an all-out victory. | Photo: Cor Vos
05/28/2022 | (rsn) – In the 20th stage of the Giro d’Italia 105th Giro, Jay Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe) hit the big kick and pushed Richard Carapaz (Enios Grenadier) off the overall lead before the final trial. The Australian took 1:28 minutes, so the pink jersey from the former leader on the final kilometers of the final climb to Paso Vidaya and now has the best chance of being the first professional in his country to win the Giro d’Italia.
The prestigious victory in Paso Fedaya went to Alessandro Coffey (UAE team Emirates), who, two days after the departure of his captain Joao Almeida, was able to complete his team a happy conclusion to the Tour of Italy. After 168 kilometers between Belluno and Marmolada, the Italian as a soloist defeated Slovenian Domin Novak (victor of Bahrain) by 32 seconds.
His compatriot Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) came in third, with a difference of 37 seconds. Hindley finished sixth by 2:30 minutes behind the stage winner. His fellow German Leonard Komna, who previously provided valuable assistance in the final, took 10th place.
I worked out Bora’s plan perfectly
“Unbelievable, everything came together perfectly today. Our tactic was that I had to join the renegade group and wait about 3.5 km from the finish line,” said the Bremen native. Only Carabaz was able to follow through on the initial attack by his commander, who, however, fell victim to the Germans’ speed shortly thereafter, until Hindley was finally able to withdraw.
“Lennard gave me an incredible boost and when I heard that Carapaz was left behind, I gave it my all,” said the new commander in chief, who was able to step up his lead by second in the last metres. Today is going to be the defining phase of the tour, it was a rough finale and if you have good legs you can get some time here, Hindley added.
A powerful splinter group set the stage punctuated by an altitude of more than 4,500 metres, as Kofi had already withdrawn at Paso Bordeaux. The 23-year-old extended his lead to 2:30 at times and was able to defend, although Novak was still close to him, thus celebrating his first Giro stage win after finishing second and third last year.
Hindley before the time trial 1:25 by Carabaz
“In 2021 I was really close. This time, of course, I wanted to win a stage, but we had Almeida for the general classification and I was supposed to help him,” Kofi explained. But after the Portuguese left because of Corona, circumstances changed. “During the last three stages I got free rides and once at least I wanted to use them. I wasn’t the best climber at the top and had to go up the last by a long margin, which is why I attacked early,” he explained his successful tactics in the end interview.
Before the final stage, Hindley was now a relatively comfortable 1:25 ahead of Carapaz, whose chances of a second Giro win were slim. As in 2020, Hindley entered the final trial in the pink jersey, but at that time he was practically on the same level with Tao Geogegan Hart (Ineos Grenadiers), who snatched the overall win from him at the time. “I don’t know if the lead on Carapaz is big enough for the time trial. We’ll see how it goes. You never know how the time trial will be on the last day of a three-week tour, but I’ll give everything,” said the first runner, then cautiously.
Aside from the top two places, nothing had changed in the upper regions of the overall standings. Jan Hirt (Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert) came within twelve seconds of Pello Bilbao (victor of Bahrain), who finished fifth in the overall standings. The fight for ninth place promises to be exciting as Stage Eight Hugh Carthy (EF Education – EasyPost) beat Juan Pedro López (Trek – Segafredo) by over a minute. The two separated just 27 seconds before Verona’s trial.
Buchmann is still the best German
The gap between Carapaz II and his chaser Mikel Landa (the Bahrain victor) is one second smaller. Landa (Bahrain Victorious) is the weakest time in the trial, but also beat the Olympic champion in the very tough final of the 20th stage. .
Emmanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) also slipped in the last few kilometres, but was still able to secure his seventh overall place. From a German point of view, the man of the day was his teammate Kamna, who not only effectively supported Hindley’s successful attack in the pink jersey, but also left Karapaz behind in the last kilometer.
Quinn Bowman (Jumbo-Visma) was already the mountain jersey winner after the 19th stage. The same applies to Arnaud Démare (Grouama – FDJ) in the points classification. Lopez defended his lead in the junior ranking. Bahrain Team Victorious is ahead of Bora – Hansgrohe is the best team in the Giro.
This is how the race went:
In the final mountain stage of this Giro d’Italia, Roger Kluge (Loto Soudal) opened the battle for the day’s group of 150 riders who left the race after a sharp start. It is clear that Lotto Soudal had big plans, because after arresting the experienced German, his teammates attacked Sylvain Moniquet, Matthew Holmes and Thomas de Gendt.
After driving ten kilometres, the field calmed down for a while before further failed breakaway attempts were followed by the first raindrops. On the first unclassified climb, Giulio Ciccone (Trek – Segafredo) attacked another group and finally started after 20 kilometers, and the field also split into many groups here. Emirati duo Davide Formolo and Alessandro Coffey used their home country’s preliminary work and sprinted at an appalling pace over the mountainous terrain.
After about 30 kilometres, the splinter group of 15 passengers finally settled in the rain, now heavier at times, as Leonard Kamna and Brian Victorious were represented by Domaine Novak. On the other hand, Carabaz had no assistants in the leading group, which, in addition to Ciccone, Formolo, Covi, Kämna, Novak and Moniquet, also included Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin – Fenix), Sam Oomen and Gijs Leemreize (each counted From Jumbo – Visma), Davide Ballerini, Mauri Vansevenant (both Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl), Eduardo Zardini (Drone Hopper – Androni Giocattoli), Antonio Pedriro (Movistar), Thymen Aensman (DSM), Andrea Vendrame (AG2R Citroën).
Bauhaus and Sütterlin set the pace in this field
In the field, where all the drivers left behind in the meantime found their way, Bahrain Victorious took to the fast action – now again in the sun – with two Germans Gasha Suterlin and Phil Bauhaus. However, the splinter group’s advance grew rapidly and it was already more than six minutes after 50 kilometers.
In the first intermediate race at the 63.5 kilometer, which Ballerini got without a fight in front of Vansevenant, the chasers had narrowed the gap slightly. In the immediately following Paso San Pellegrino mountain range, the first of today’s challenging mountains, there was a brief split in the leading group. Novak, Landa’s assistant, did not take part in the work, after which Kamna had to fill in the resulting void and then complained to the Slovenian about his passivity. There was also an exchange of words between Van der Poel and Ciccone.
On the other hand, there was unity in the field: the Sprinter Bauhaus presented himself in strong shape and led his navigators to the greater part of Pellegrino nearly ten kilometers long and eight percent before handing it over to Sütterlin about three kilometers before the summit. Ballerini continued to set the pace in front, but at 1,145 metres, Formolo was the first to cross Pellegrino.
Covi gets Cima Coppi in Passo Pordoi
In the subsequent 12-kilometre ascent to Paso Bordeaux, with its 2,236-meter roof over the Giro this year, nothing in the constellation has changed at first, except that Wute Boys, Santiago Buitrago and Belo Bilbao have now provided speed ahead of Landa, with the distance remaining relatively constant at about five minutes. At the foot of the Bordeaux Pass, Vendrami, fifth on the 19th Giro stage, backed away from the rising group, while sprint specialist Ballerini set the pace relentlessly before Kofi slid 53km away.
As a result of the attack, the group leader finally collapsed, with Kamna, Novak, Arinesmann and Will Formolo and Pederero chasing Kofi, but the Italian was able to steadily increase his lead and confidently take Cima Coppi before 1:25 minutes into the Chasing group, which jumbo duo Oomen and Leemreize once again returned. The pitch followed nearly six minutes behind the captain, who was able to extend the gap to Kämna’s group to about 2:30 in the long touchdown.
Shortly before the final ascent, the tireless Ballerini also managed to catch the chase group, from which he quickly fell again after Ciccone increased his pace. On the field that tackled this final Giro ascent six minutes after Kofi, Bahrain Victorious continued to work with Landa, while Inoues and Bora Hensgrohe remained with their captains Carabaz and Hindley at the back.
Hindley rocks Karapaz in Paso Fedaya
Shortly after the bonus race, which Kofi reached 2:30 minutes before the first runners, Omen, Limerez and Kamna lost contact with Arinsmann, Secon, Pederero and Novak as the steep five-kilometer finish began. Having not previously been involved in the pace of work, Novak then went in pursuit of Covi, whose lead was quickly reduced to about a minute.
In the candidate teams, Ineos Grenadiers increased his pace through Pavel Sivakov, causing Buchmann, Nibali and Valverde, among others, to fall behind. The group soon dwindled to six horsemen: along with Sivakov and his captain Karabaz, Hindley, Landa, Hugh Carthy (EF Education – EasyPost) and Jean Hurt (Intermareché – Wanty – Gobert).
But when Captain Bora took the first step, only those in the pink jersey followed him. The duo met Kamna, who was waiting for his captain and immediately put himself at the service of his colleague. Hindley realized that Carabaz was in big trouble, so he immediately attacked and easily escaped. Kamna was able to grab the rear wheel of the Ecuadorean, who was desperately trying to defend his pink jersey.
Kofi is able to block Novak’s late attack
But Hindley, driving like an unleashed, was able to increase his meter by a meter, while Carabaz had to let Carthy and Landa, who had to miss out first, skip it. In the end, the 2019 Giro winner was about 1:30 minutes behind Hindley and ended up one place behind Kamna in 11th.
At this point, Kofi was already celebrating her coup. His lead at the start of the last two kilometers was only 30 seconds, but then Novak couldn’t get close to him and had to gain second place, ahead of Ciccone, who in turn missed his second Giro stage win. of the year.