Piancavallo (AP) – Portugal’s Joao Almeida defended his pink jersey at the Giro d’Italia for professional cyclists, but lost important seconds to rival Wilco Kelderman in the Dolomites.
In the 185 kilometers from Aerea Rivolto base in Piancavallo, Almeida was left behind in the final climb by a trio around Dutchman Kelderman and took fourth place on the day. In the general standings, however, he is 15 seconds ahead of his opponent. The stage was handled by Briton Tao Geoghegan Hart of the Ineos team, Kelderman came second in the final sprint.
Almeida’s leadership could become even more important in the next two days. If there are further positive Corona tests on the rest day, the tour in Italy threatens to end prematurely before continuing on Tuesday. Teams Jumbo-Visma and Mitchelton-Scott left the team after the first day of rest after internal team infections. The duo Rafal Majka (Poland) and Patrick Konrad (Austria) of the German racing team Bora-hansgrohe finished fifth and sixth on the day.