Sport Giro d'Italia: Which GC contenders lost time on stage 18
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A brutal day in the Dolomites on the road to Laghi di Cancano saw the general classification of theupended over the Passo dello Stelvio on .
After 15 days in the maglia rosa, Deceuninck-QuickStep neo-profinally ceded the race lead to Team Sunweb's , with an entirely new situation at the top of the rankings as we head into the final three stages.
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The Portuguese 22-year-old lost contact with the Sunweb-driven lead group 48 kilometres from the end of the stage and nine from the top of the Stelvio.
He had teammate Fausto Masnada for company but had no answer to the power of Sunweb and Ineos, crossing the finish line at the top of Torri di Fraele 4:51 down on stage winner(Sunweb), falling to fifth overall, 2:16 down.
Hindley rode himself into overall contention along with the man he beat to the line,(Ineos Grenadiers). The pair were the cream of the crop after being towed by Ineos' Rohan Dennis to the top of the Stelvio, down the freezing descent and through the valley.
They finished first and second on the stage and now lie second and third on GC, with Hindley just 12 seconds down and Geoghegan Hart 15 seconds back. Kelderman holds that slender lead, benefitting from gaining 2:33 on Almeida to jump up into first overall with just a sprint stage, the triple-Sestriere day, and the Milan time trial between him and overall victory.
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Watch Ben O'Connor win atop Madonna di CampiglioThe Australian soloed to the victory after attacking the day's breakaway on the final climb. He finished 31 seconds ahead of chasers Hermann Pernsteiner (Bahrain McLaren) in second and 1:10 ahead of Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) in third.
A resurgent(Bahrain McLaren) took third place, 46 seconds behind the two leaders, with the Spaniard and (Astana) working well as the third group on the road before overhauling Kelderman on the final climb.
The Dane finished fourth at 1:25 and moves up six places into sixth overall, 3:59 down. Bilbao, meanwhile, is in striking distance of the podium – or even overall victory depending on the events of stage 20 – at 1:19 down on Kelderman.
Further back,(Bora-Hansgrohe) left co-team leader behind on the final climb to finish sixth at 4:04. The Austrian moves up two spots to seventh overall, 5:40 down, while Majka, who lost almost seven minutes, fell five spots to 10th overall.
Other losers on the stage included(Trek-Segafredo) and (NTT Pro Cycling), the two Italians losing contact on the Stelvio, eventually losing 4:51 and 8:17 at the line. They are now in eighth and 12th overall – Pozzovivo the last man on the general classification within 20 minutes of the lead.
Geoghegan Hart eyes Giro d'Italia podium after Ineos attack on the Stelvio
'We can almost smell Milan now. We'll stay focused and see what happens,' says British riderGeoghegan Hart was beaten by Jai Hindley (Team Sunweb) in the two-rider sprint near the Laghi di Cancano above Bormio and across from the summit of the mighty snow-covered Stelvio.
Finally,and (Bahrain McLaren) occupy ninth and 11th after riding to the final spots in the top 10 of stage 18.
|Pos.||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb||77:46:56|
|2||Jai Hindley (Aus) Team Sunweb||0:00:12|
|3||Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers||0:00:15|
|4||Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain McLaren||0:01:19|
|5||Joao Almeida (Por) Deceuninck-Quickstep||0:02:16|
|6||Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team||0:03:59|
|7||Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe||0:05:40|
|8||Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo||0:05:47|
|9||Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo||0:06:46|
|10||Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe||0:07:28|
|11||Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) Bahrain McLaren||0:07:43|
|12||Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) NTT Pro Cycling||0:09:34|
Geoghegan Hart, Ineos top prize winners in Giro d'Italia .
Team takes home €430,693 with €314,781 won by Geoghegan HartIneos Grenadiers took home roughly €430,693 - excluding the daily Intergiro sprints and combativity bonuses. In comparison, the top team in the Tour de France, UAE Team Emirates, won almost €200,000 more.