|1||2||▲1||GEOGHEGAN HART Tao||INEOS Grenadiers||850||400||85:40:21|
|2||1||▼1||HINDLEY Jai||Team Sunweb||680||290||0:39|
|3||3||–||KELDERMAN Wilco||Team Sunweb||575||240||1:29|
|4||5||▲1||ALMEIDA João||Deceuninck – Quick Step||460||220||2:57|
|5||4||▼1||BILBAO Pello||Bahrain – McLaren||380||200||3:09|
|6||6||–||FUGLSANG Jakob||Astana Pro Team||320||190||7:02|
|7||7||–||NIBALI Vincenzo||Trek – Segafredo||260||180||8:15|
|8||8||–||KONRAD Patrick||BORA – hansgrohe||220||170||8:42|
|9||9||–||MASNADA Fausto||Deceuninck – Quick Step||180||160||9:57|
|10||10||–||PERNSTEINER Hermann||Bahrain – McLaren||140||150||11:05|
The last day drama of the 2020 Giro D’Italia was only a part of the race long narrative that saw excitement and attacking racing.
There was also confirmation of the changing of the guard at the top of stage racing with Vicenzo Nibali joining the ranks of also ran along side the other cast offs of the season.
It looked for so long like the British challenge was over before the race made the mainland with Geraint Thomas crashing on a bidon a losing time before quitting.
Ineos Grenadiers changed tack at this point smashing riders into all breakaways and proving that the Michal Kwiatkowski/Richard Carapaz tandem from the Tour de France was no fluke.
Fillipo Ganna was a revelation of the race, unbeatable in time trials and showing that his ability to finish off moves in bad weather marks him out as a possible classics rider of the future.
Rohan Dennis proved his can be famous for more than an Instagram post showing him breaking lockdown in Girona by guiding Tao Geoghagan-Hart back into contention after he’d lost time nursing Thomas.
Despite getting deeper and deeper into the race whilst wearing the pink jersey, Joao Almeida started to look flaky in the mid race mountain stages before hitting the buffers for good on the Stelvio.
It was there that perennial grand tour contender Wilco Kelderman seemed to fall into the jersey. However he looked weak in taking the race lead with Geoghagan-Hart and his own team mate Jai Hindley riding away to contest the stage.
Kelderman said all the right things about being in the race lead with 2 days to go but he was clearly beaten.
He fell away totally on the final Saturday of the race leaving Hindley to follow and take the pink jersey. It’s third occupant in three days of racing.
Hindley was on the same time as Tao going into the final days time trial after a trade of stage wins and time bonuses across the previous 48 hours.
It was Roglic-Pogcar and LeMond-Fignon but with no head start for any rider and with only fractions of a second from previous time trials used to decide who was race leader.
The destiny of the 2020 Giro was perfectly balanced, however this one wasn’t quite an exciting as the Tours mentioned above.
Tao was 10 seconds up according to GPS very early in the stage and by the official time check it was a situation where barring accident or misfortune, he would win the race.
And that he did. It was great to see local rider to us Hannah Barnes greet him after the finish as his partner. They are cyclings Posh and Becks!
He is a rider who is still young and fresh faced but whose time has now come. He saw his leader fall out of the race and then took his time to find his feet as leader, chipping back time as and when he could.
With the new Ineos style of attacking racing suiting him more than wattage based mountain trains, this was a case of right rider, right time and right place.
Well done Tao!