Giro d’Italia Level 18 – Live coverage | Cycling news

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2020-10-22T08: 38: 47.726Z
This climb, the Campo Carlo Magno, is just a second cat climb, but it is already causing some cracks in the race. Pray for the sprinters and the walking wounded today because they will be climbing over 5,000 meters out there.

2020-10-22T08: 36: 48.731Z
The first 14 km of the stage go completely uphill until we reach the top of the first climb.

2020-10-22T08: 34: 08.132Z
And we have started the 18th stage of the Giro d’Italia and immediately the road begins to tilt upwards. No attacks have made it so far, but some drivers are certainly trying to break free.

2020-10-22T08: 24: 32.429Z
We are still rolling through the neutralized zone, but as soon as the flag falls we immediately race uphill. At the beginning of this morning we saw a lot of drivers warming up on the rollers.

2020-10-22T08: 19: 27.384Z
Giovanni Visconti, another experienced rider and possible candidate for the stage, is out! The former KOM winner in the Giro has tendinitis. It’s a big blow for him and his team.

2020-10-22T08: 17: 04.499Z
One rider desperately looking for a good day in the saddle is Vincenzo Nibali. If he has any hope of winning he needs good legs and has to leave this morning. Here he is speaking after level 17 (yesterday).

“On today’s stage [Wednesday]There was a lot of expectation and the start was full, “he explained.” There were a lot of attacks in the first part of the day – and then we climbed at a regular pace. I expected the race to explode any minute, but it didn’t happen. On the last climb the pace was too fast and there was little opportunity to attack.

“Given the changes on Saturday and today’s result [Almeida defending his lead]Tomorrow’s stage will become the “Queen’s Stage” and gain in importance, “said Nibali.

“The profile of the stage is clear, but it all depends on the speed at which it is confronted. Expectations are high, but making predictions is a gamble when you consider how far this Giro has gone so far. ”

The whole story is here.

(Photo credit: Bettini Photo)
2020-10-22T08: 12: 36.432Z
Here’s what Almeida had to say after level 17.

“I really like the climb. I know that I can be dropped off there, but I like the climb, ”said Almeida about the Stelvio Pass. “I think it’s a great climb. In the end, I just hope that the strongest driver wins. ”

The whole story is here.

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2020-10-22T08: 07: 26.506Z
The riders are now rolling through the neutralized zone, with 207 km and four major climbs ahead of them.

2020-10-22T08: 06: 36.059Z
Some breaking news before the start of the race and an Astana employee tested positive for COVID-19. Here is a statement from the UCI.

A total of 484 tests were carried out

No driver tested positive for Covid-1

A member of the Astana Pro team tested positive for Covid-19. He was referred to his team doctor, who organized isolation measures and, in accordance with World Health Organization (WHO) rules, took the necessary measures in relation to contact cases.

2020-10-22T08: 00: 52.871Z
That’s how things stand after yesterday’s stage on GC.
General classification according to level 17
Pos. Driver name (country) team Result
1 João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck-Quickstep 71:41:18
2 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:00:17
3 Jai Hindley (Aus) Team Sunweb 0:02:58
4 Tae Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Ineos Grenadiere 0:02:59
5 Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain McLaren 0:03:12
6 Rafal Majka (Paul) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:03:20
7 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:03:31
8 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) NTT Pro Radfahren 0:03:52
9 Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:04:11
10 Fausto Masnada (Ita) CCC-Team 0:04:26

2020-10-22T07: 59: 50.025Z
We are about 20 minutes from the official start, but the drivers are already there after registering this morning. There is Almeida who looks pretty relaxed in pink, but a lot of drivers will try to put pressure on the young QuickStep driver today. It’s a big test for the Grand Tour debutant.

2020-10-22T07: 57: 58.976Z
Today the Giro d’Italia reaches the most critical GC stage of the entire race. It is the Queen’s stage when we climb the legendary Stilfserjoch.

Climbing starts from the beginning in Pinzolo, the Campo Carlo Magno of the second category via Madonna di Campiglio, the first test of the day. If the riders fall away from it, they will arrive in Val di Sole, but will soon climb away from there via a recently opened pass that appears for the first time on the route. The Passo Castrin / Hohmandjoch stretches for 8.8 kilometers and is not long, but consistently steep. At its 1,704-meter-high summit, the average is over 9 percent.

The descent leads over the race into Val d’Ultimo, past Merano and west. Follow the Adige upstream to the bottom of the Val Venosta and turn off here to approach Passo Stelvio from the Prato side. From this small town, the mythical climb is nearly 25 km long and climbs an average of 7.5 percent through 48 hairpins, many of which are taller majestically constructed with the corners on high walls of cut stone. The last third of the ascent is over 2,000 meters, whereby the height exacerbates the difficulty, which already results from the length and the gradient of the Stilfserjoch.

The riders descend most of the way towards Bormio and turn off at Premadio to undertake the climb to Laghi di Cancano. With an average of 6.8 percent over 8.7 kilometers, it is not comparable to the Stilfserjoch, but when the weather is nice it is characterized by both the spectacular view and the beauty of the road, especially with these serpentines in the direction of Die Spitze, from from which the riders emerge in two kilometers flat to the finish next to the Cancano dam and the lake.

(Photo credit: Bettini Photo)

2020-10-22T07: 53: 23.855Z
Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of the 18th stage of the Giro d’Italia.

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