After the last mountain stage of Giro d’Italia Jan Hirt climbed up to 12th place overall, finishing in 11th in Asiago.
Info: Stage 20, May 27th, Pordenone – Asiago, 190km
Course: mountain stage (Monte Grappa – 24,1km, avg. 5,3%, max. 11%, cat.1, Foza – 14km, 7%, max. 11%, cat. 1)
How it unfolded?
6-man breakaway was formed early in the stage and included Dylan Teuns (BMC), Tom-Jelte Slagter (Cannondale-Drapac), Matthieu Ladagnous (FDJ), Dries Devenyns (Quick Step Floors), Maxim Belkov (Katusha Alpecin) and Filipo Pozzato (Wilier Triestina – Selle Italia). For some time they were being chased by peloton, since few teams also wanted to have their riders in the front.
Eventually the bunch sat up and let the 6-man group go away. They established 8-minute gap, but it was cut more than a half on Monte Grappa, when pace of pursuit picked up significantly. Jan Hirt was well protected at the beginning of the climb, as his teammates were sitting at the head of the field. The closer it was to the top, the smaller the main group got. In the end of the ascent Katusha put pressure on their rivals, reducing the field. Jan Hirt was in some difficulties, but managed to close the gap before the summit. Also breakaway was shattered and Devenyns and Teuns hit the top in the lead.
In the descent another riders joined the pink jersey group, creating 45-man peloton. They approached final climb 2:40 after the leading duo.
Jan Hirt wanted to take as much from the final mountain stage of this year’s Giro d’Italia and covered the entire climb with the strongest. He was not able to follow Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Ilnur Zakarin (Karusha Alpecin) and Domenic Pozzovivo (Ag2R), but stayed with Tom Dumoulin’s group in the finale and finished the stage in 11th place. He moved up to 12th overall after passing Maxime Monfort (Steven Kruisjvijk didn’t start stage 20).
Pinot won the stage, besting Zakarin and Nibali. Quintana retained pink jersey and will defend it on tomorrow’s, nearly 30-kilometer time trial. All CCC Sprandi Polkowice will take on the race against the clock.