Biking: Ganna takes third stage win as Almeida extends Giro lead

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VALDOBBIADENE, Italy (Reuters) – Italian Filippo Ganna claimed his third victory on this yr’s Giro d’Italia when he received the 14th stage on Saturday, a 34.1km particular person time trial from Conegliano to Valdobbiadene, as Joao Almeida prolonged his general lead.

The time trial world champion powered by way of the undulating course in 42 minutes 40 seconds to beat his Ineos-Grenadiers crew mate Rohan Dennis by 26 seconds and American Brandon McNulty of UAE Workforce Emirates by 1:09.

Ganna received the opening time trial in Palermo and the fifth stage in Camigliatello Silano.

“Each victory is necessary for me and on this Giro we now have a very sturdy crew. We’re successful from all over the place and we’re actually comfortable,” stated Ganna after the crew’s fourth stage win on this yr’s Giro.

“At first I felt okay, we had a one kilometre climb, it was 5 minutes of climbing and it was not straightforward. However as soon as I obtained previous the climb the legs felt good and as I obtained nearer to the top they felt higher and higher.

“Within the ultimate week I hope the climbs will likely be sunny and never too chilly — however the goal will likely be to avoid wasting power and get well effectively as there may be nonetheless yet one more time trial remaining in Milan.”

Portugal’s Almeida of Deceuninck-Fast Step clocked the perfect time of the general contenders in 44:11 to stretch his lead over Wilco Kelderman of the Netherlands to 56 seconds.

Spain’s Pello Bilbao (Bahrain-McLaren) stayed third, 2:11 off the tempo, with McNulty breaking into the highest 5 in fourth place, 2:23 behind Almeida.

Double Giro champion Vincenzo Nibali (Trek Segafredo) is fifth, 2:30 off the tempo.

This yr’s race remains to be vast open with 4 summit finishes to return earlier than the ultimate time trial in Milan on Oct. 25.

Organisers stated all riders and workers members had examined unfavorable for COVID-19 on Thursday and Friday after two groups left the race this week following constructive circumstances, elevating hopes that the three-week grand tour will likely be accomplished.

The highest weapons are anticipated to battle it out on Sunday when the fifteenth stage takes the peloton to a mountain-top end in Piancavallo.

The ultimate climb is a 14.5km effort at a median gradient of seven.8%.

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