Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) broke the competition to claim his third victory in the Giro d’Italia, winning the 14-stage stage with a time of 42:40. The world champion is 26 seconds faster than his teammate Rohan Dennis in second place.
Brandon McNulty (UAE Emirates Team) was the best performer of the GC opponents, finishing third in 43 seconds behind Dennis and placing himself in fourth place overall. Starting the day in 11th place, McNulty is just 12 seconds away from the podium position after giving more than a minute to GC riders.
Aside from the McNulty ride, there was no big shake in the general positions. Maglia rosa Joao Almeida (Deceuninck-QuickStep) got time with all of her closest rivals. Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) lost just 16 seconds to stay within a minute from the Portuguese rider. Meanwhile, Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo) is 2:30 away from the pink jersey after giving 1:23 to Almeida.
The day is owned by Ganna, though, who has looked of course for success from the start. The 24-year-old appeared to be used to almost all the terrain in this Giro d’Italia but he was in the domain on stage 14. He and Dennis were only a second away from the first time checking the top of Muro di Ca ‘del Poggio. As the road ejected the young Italian applied force and stretched his lead on his more experienced teammate, who eventually crossed the line with a 26-second advantage.
This is Ganna’s third win in the opening two weeks and fourth for the Ineos Grenadiers, after Jhonatan Narváez wins on stage 12, with another trial period to come on the final day in Milan.
“Every success is important to me and in this Giro we have a really strong team, we win anywhere and we are really happy,” Ganna said after the stage. “At first I felt OK, we had a one-kilometer, five-minute climb that wasn’t that easy, but the end of the leg was really, really well and I felt good.”
How it unfolded
Unlike the test at the time of trial opening, stage 14 from Conegliano to Valdobbiadene introduced calm and dry conditions in the Italian prosecco region. As is often the case with the Grand Tour, the day will feature two battles – one for the stage winner and another between the general opponents in the classification.
The 34.1km round stage has two major ailments here in the brutal fourth category Muro di Ca ‘del Poggio coming over six kilometers on stage and another uphill challenge within the last 10km. The first is the toughest test with gradients of up to 19 percent at its 1.1km distance.
The list of early starters is packed with strong time triallists and it was Mathias Brandle (Israel Start-Up Nation) who set an early benchmark at 45:23, but his hotseat time was already as Victor Campanaerts (NTT Pro Cycling) and set the fastest time at course checkpoints.
The Belgian Hour Record holder took about 40 seconds from Brandle, setting a new fastest time of 44:46. Like Brandle before him, the next stage of the opponent is already in the course and claims the top spot in every time check. Dennis (Ineos Grenadiers) had a hard time with it in the opening hours of the trial but he looked at in-song as he ran the course. Behind him, his teammate, and world time trial champion, Filippo Ganna is catching the riders ahead of him with brutal efficiency.
Dennis crossed the line with a new best time of 43:06 but he only kept the hot seat for his teammate in Italy. Ganna did not miss a pedal stroke at any time, sailing climbs as if they were not there. The world champion defeated his remaining rivals when he crossed the line at 42:40. With the general opponents of the classification coming, Ganna can sit down and relax with relative comfort that her time will not be given.
When the stage reached its denouement, McNulty finished with a mission, losing just 15 seconds to Ganna in the second check point. The American held his root throughout the post an hour of 43:49, to get third on the stage and promote himself the standings and within the handle distance of a podium spot.
MucNulty is the only member of the top 10 to make time for Almeida, who looks confident in her maglia rosa skinsuit. The Deceuninck-QuickStep rider did not get the same margins as some of his rivals in Valdobbiadene as he did in the opening day of the race but he still increased his advantage at the top of the overall classification. After a stern start to the Giro d’Italia, Kelderman put in a strong performance to keep himself in contention for the overall classification before a difficult mountain trial.
Jai Hindley (Sunweb) was the biggest loser from the top 10, losing more than two minutes to Almeida and falling to 10th overall. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) also had a bad day on the time trial bike, which dropped to 12th in the overall classification.
|Pos.||Rider Name Team (Country)||Results|
|1||Filippo Ganna (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers||0:42:40|
|2||Rohan Dennis (Aus) Ineos Grenadiers||0:00:26|
|3||Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Team Emirates||0:01:09|
|4||Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal||0:01:11|
|5||Josef Cerny (Cze) CCC Team||0:01:16|
|6||João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck-Quickstep||0:01:31|
|7||Tanel Kangert (Est) EF Pro Cycling||0:01:33|
|8||Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Ineos Grenadiers||0:01:44|
|9||Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb||0:01:47|
|10||Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain McLaren||0:02:00|
|Pos.||Rider Name Team (Country)||Results|
|1||João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck-Quickstep||54:28:09|
|2||Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb||0:00:56|
|3||Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain McLaren||0:02:11|
|4||Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Team Emirates||0:02:23|
|5||Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo||0:02:30|
|6||Rafal Majka (Paul) Bora-Hansgrohe||0:02:33|
|7||Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) NTT Pro Cycling|
|8||Fausto Masnada (Ita) CCC Team||0:03:11|
|9||Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe||0:03:17|
|10||Jai Hindley (Aus) Team Sunweb||0:03:33|