Filippo Ganna won the 14th stage of the Giro d'Italia 2020, from Conegliano to Valdobbiadene. After Palermo and Camigliatello Silano, and the sixth seasonal victory of an incredible 2020. An important stage in the general classification, where Joao Almeida distances all direct rivals: 16 "to Wilco Kelderman, 1'23" to Vincenzo Nibali and 1'30" to Domenico Pozzovivo.
Last stages in which the cronomans tried to save the leg, to give everything today. In the first phase, many alternate in the chair that belongs to the provisional best time. First a revived Victor Campenaerts (NTT Pro Cycling team), Belgian time record holder, then a surprising Josef Cerny (CCC Team).
Until the sumptuous performance of Rohan Dennis (Ineos Grenadiers), who at the finishing line in Valdobbiadene stops the clock at 43'06 " But at 14.20 the time comes for Filippo Ganna, with the livery of reigning world champion.
And it's a show, thanks to a fight on the edge of the second with the Australian teammate. At the first intermediate the Piedmontese has just 1 "advantage, at the next 6"
Giro d'Italia: Filippo Ganna wins again
Also worth mentioning is the excellent performance of the blue Matteo Sobrero.
The Piedmontese of NTT Pro Cycling, engaged to Filippo's sister, is eleventh, just outside the top ten, at 2'06 " There is no time to admire the performance of Ganna, who immediately presses on the fight for the pink jersey.
Vincenzo Nibali starts cautiously, giving the impression of having a hard time increasing the pace. At the finish line he trims 19 "in Fuglsang, 7" in Pozzovivo and loses 1 "to Pello Bilbao, more specialist than him.
Who really surprises is the American Brandon McNulty (UAE Emirates), third overall, who from eleventh recovers to fourth position in general classification. Wilco Kelderman is also strong, gaining 1'07 "on Nibali, and becomes a serious candidate for the final success, given his solidity when the road climbs.
But after Ganna, the great protagonist of the day is Joao Almeida: with a sprint start, the Deceuninck-Quick-Step rider sets the record straight from the Muro di Ca 'del Poggio. He struggles in the central part, but resists the return of his rivals, and then opens the gas in the last sector, finishing sixth overall and giving Kelderman a further 16 "
In the general classification the Portuguese now leads with 56" on the Dutchman of the Sunweb, second, and 2'11 "on the Spanish Pello Bilbao, third. The Shark, who remains in fifth position, is at 2'30 " Very demanding time trial, of 34.1 km, from Conegliano to Valdobbiadene.