Properly then. The final day of the Giro d’Italia, and it’s extra poised than Grace Kelly at a tea social gathering. Or one thing. Tao Geoghegan Hart, the Londoner with a reputation that’s not as unique because it seems to be, is degree on the prime of the standings with Jai Hindley however is reckoned to be a greater time triallist. Each have accomplished the primary 20 phases in an official time of 85 hours, 22 minutes and 7 seconds. So who will find yourself as champion? Time will inform, what little of it’s taken by the 15.7km route into Milan, ending on the Piazza del Duomo.
Firstly, then, welcome! Secondly, right here’s some data which will are available in helpful, beginning with the route profile:
Right here’s the highest 10 within the normal classification because it stood this morning:
1. Jai Hindley (Aus) Sunweb 85” 22’ 07s
2. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GB) Ineos Grenadiers =
3. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Sunweb +1m32s
4. Bilbao Pello (Es) Bahrain-McLaren +2m51s
5. Joao Almeida (Por) Deceuninck–Fast-Step +3m14s
6. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana +6m 32s
7. Vincenzo Nibali (It) Trek-Segafredo +7m46s
8. Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe +8m05s
9. Fausto Masnada (It) Deceuninck–Fast-Step +9m24s
10. Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) Bahrain McLaren +10m08s
The primary rider acquired going at 1.40pm (12.40pm GMT), but it surely’ll take some time to get to the leaders. Right here then are the begin occasions for these final 10 riders (in native time, so subtract one for BMT):
3.45pm Hermann Pernsteiner
3.48pm Fausto Masnada
3.51pm Patrick Konrad
3.54pm Vincenzo Nibali
3.57pm Jakob Fuglsang
4.00pm Joao Almeida
4.03pm Pello Bilbao
4.06pm Wilco Kelderman
4.09pm Tao Geoghegan Hart
4.12pm Jai Hindley
And right here’s William Fotheringham’s report on yesterday’s motion, which additionally tees up at this time’s:
Tao Geoghegan Hart is on the brink of Giro d’Italia victory going into Sunday’s time trial stage into Milan. After successful Saturday’s mountain stage on the Sestriere ski resort, the 25-year-old, London-born Scot is degree on time with the brand new race chief, Jai Hindley of Australia, an unprecedentedly tight and tense scenario after greater than 85 hours of racing.
No Grand Tour has been this shut going into the ultimate day, however Geoghegan Hart is a stronger time triallist; a single second’s benefit would suffice, that means that he will likely be anticipated to offer Nice Britain its second Giro d’Italia win in three years after Chris Froome’s last-ditch victory in 2018.
For a rider who had anticipated to assist both Richard Carapaz or Geraint Thomas in an try for general victory, it’s an astonishing twist of fortune.
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