Ben O’Connor will get revenge on stage 17 of the Giro d’Italia 2020

Ben O’Connor took redemption on stage 17 of the Giro d’Italia 2020, profitable from the breakaway after coming cruelly finish the day outdated to this.

The NTT Educated Biking rider it made it into the day’s breakaway once more within the highway from Bassano del Grappa to Madonna di Campiglio, attacking on the final climb 8km from the manufacture and by no design making an attempt serve.

João Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) neutralised the related assault from his Sunweb rivals on the climb and carried out safely for one different day within the pink jersey, his earnings unchanged.

The way it took place

Stage 17 of the Giro d’Italia marked the return to the extreme mountains, with 4 categorised climbs scattered alongside the highway from Bassano del Grappa to Madonna di Campiglio and 203km to deal with. 

The primary half of of the stage was dominated by two monumental ascents – first the Forcella Valbona (21.4km at 6.7 per cent), which began 40km into the stage, adopted shortly after by the Monte Bondone (20.5km at 6.6 per cent) at 98km into the day. 

Riders then confronted a a lot much less daunting space at he 155km designate, the class three Passo Durone, a ten.6km-prolonged, 5.8 per cent frequent gradient climb, sooner than the final mountain rise to the manufacture.

That closing climb, Madonna di Campiglio, was 11.9km in size, at a median gradient of 6.7 per cent , with a most ramp of 9 per cent – not the hardest of the day nonetheless quiet a aggravating manufacture after the earlier climbs. 

The urge exploded into life on the early slopes of the primary climb, because the sprinters had been dropped practically immediately and a 19-rider breakaway escaped up the highway, quickly pulling the earnings out to over a minute. 

With some critical stage contenders making it into the spoil out, together with Thomas De gendt (Lotto-Soudal), Rohan Dennis (Ineos Grenadiers), Ilnur Zakarin (CCC Staff) and Ben O’Connor (NTT Educated Biking), the peloton had been tickled to allow the spoil a protracted leash, and the hole grew out to 6 minutes and remained fixed for most of the stage. 

Assist in the bunch, it was Deceuninck – Quick-Step who had been tickled to govern the tempo for his or her urge chief João Almeida, with the GC urge ultimate tame proper by the primary three climbs of the day. 

The urge then hit the foot of the final climb to Madonna di Campiglio, with the breakaway, now whittled the entire method right down to 14 riders together with Dennis, De Gendt and O’Connor, retaining a six-minute earnings over the breakaway with 18km to the road, whereas the GC group comfortably stayed collectively. 

With 10km to the summit, De Gendt was essentially the most motivated within the spoil and the group usually started to shrink, with riders quiet in rivalry.

Rohan Dennis was the primary rider to position in a significant assault from the breakaway, accelerating out of the saddle to shed only a few further riders, with Ben O’Connor inserting in a large counter assault 8km out. 

Dennis was dropped shortly after as O’Connor powered sure of the rest of the spoil, with dependable Herman Pernsteiner (Bahrain-McLaren) left to breeze, spherical 20 seconds behind. 

Nonetheless O’Connor disappeared up the highway to take the dependable carry of his career,  31-seconds earlier than Pernsteiner and larger than a minute up on De Gendt.  

Inside the peloton, 5 minutes further down the highway, Ineos, Certain-Segafredo and Deceuninck all made their intentions sure, positioning themselves on the entrance of the bunch. 

Ineos had been utilizing in unison to house Tao Geoghegan Hart, who confronted a possible podium on the waste of the climb.

The GC group quickly thinned under the tempo, sooner than Sunweb’s Jai Hindley attacked on a six per cent ramp and his crew chief Wilco Kelderman adopted practically immediately, forcing Almeida to finish down the hole alone.

Nonetheless the group slowed as quickly as further and got here to the manufacture glued collectively.

Tao Geoghegan Hart sprinted for the road to try to take a 2nd to change onto the podium, nonetheless Jai Hindley was alert to the menace and the GC group carried out with out a adjustments within the normal classification.

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The urge continues with a big GC day on stage 18, overlaying 207km from Pinzolo to Laghi di Cancano, and that includes the dreaded Stelvio because the penultimate climb.  


Giro d’Italia 2020, stage 17: Bassano del Grappa to Madonna di Campiglio (203km)

1. Ben O’Connor (Aus) NTT Educated Biking, in 5-50-59

2. Herman Pernsteiner (Aut) Bahrain-McLaren, at 31s

3. Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto-Soudal, at 1-10

4. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) CCC Staff, at 1-13

5. Kilian Frankiny (Sui) Groupama-FDJ, at 1-55

6. Grief Vanhoucke (Bel) Lotto-Soudal, at 2-49

7. Davide Villela (Ita) Movistar, at 3-29

8. Óscar Rodríguez (Esp) Astana, at similar time

9. Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (Eri) NTT Educated Biking, at 3-30

10. Jesper Hansen (Den) Cofidis, at 4-32

Conventional classification after stage 17

1. João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck – Quick-Step, in 71-41-18

2. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Sunweb, at 17s

3. Jai Hindley (Aus) Sunweb), at 2-58

4. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers, at 2-59

5. Bilbao Pello (Esp) Bahrain-McLaren, at 3-12

6. Rafał Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe, at 3-20

7. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Certain-Segafredo, at 3-31

8. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) NTT Educated Biking, a 3-52

9. Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe, at 4-11

10. Fausto Masnada (Ita) Deceuninck – Quick-Step, at 4-24

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