Giro 2024: Pogacar underlines omnipotence with sixth stage win

Tadej Pogacar giro - Giro 2024: Pogacar underlines omnipotence with sixth stage winfoto: Cor VosGiulio Pellizzari attacks from the peloton in the first of two ascents up the brutal Monte Grappa. The young Italian is caught by Tadej Pogacar with 4.7 kilometres to go in the second ascent. The pink jersey powers on to win his sixth stage and seal the GC triumph with a 10 minutes lead. (Slideshow route/profile)

Results 20th stage 2024 Giro

1. Tadej Pogacar (slo)
2. Valentin Paret-Peintre (fra) + 2.07
3. Daniel Felipe Martínez (col) s.t.
4. Antonio Tiberi (ita) s.t.
5. Einer Rubio (col) s.t.
6. Giulio Pellizzari (ita) s.t.
7. Geraint Thomas (gbr) s.t.
8. Ben O’Connor (aus) s.t.
9. Michael Storer (aus) + 2.31
10. Rafal Majka (pol) + 3.08

12. Thymen Arensman (nld) + 3.10
13. Jan Hirt (cze) s.t.
15. Romain Bardet (fra) + 7.37
21. Filippo Zana (Itap + 9.54

GC after stage 20
1. Tadej Pogacar (slo)
2. Daniel Felipe Martínez (col) + 9.57
3. Geraint Thomas (gbr) + 10.26
4. Ben O’Connor (aus) + 12.09
5. Antonio Tiberi (ita) + 12.52
6. Thymen Arensman (nld) + 14.33
7. Einer Rubio (col) + 15.56
8. Jan Hirt (cze) + 18.05
9. Romain Bardet (fra) + 20.32
10. Michael Storer (fra) + 21.11

Race report
After almost 10 kilometres of racing, Davide Ballerini and Lorenzo Germani are the first riders to open up a gap. Nicola Conci, Jimmy Janssens, Henok Mulubhran, Andrea Vendrame, Edward Theuns, Andrea Pietrobon, Rubén Fernández, Pelayo Sánchez, and Alessandro Tonelli set of in pursuit and make the catch roughly 30 kilometres later. They tackle the Monte Grappa for the first time 4 minutes ahead of the peloton.

Janssens, Mulubhran, and Sánchez distance their companions early on the climb, while Tonelli, Conci, Fernández and Vendrame regain contact. Eventually, Janssens, Tonelli and Sánchez are the last men standing.

Giulio Pellizzari opens the chase in the last few kilometres and he overhauls the three just under the summit. Then he takes most KOM points to move up to second place in the mountains classifaction. Tadej Pogacar is the winner of that competition

Janssens loses contact in the descent, while the other three widen their lead over the peloton to 2.40 minutes.

Pellizzari heads out alone with 16 kilometers to go on the second ascent of Monte Grappa. His lead falls to 1 minute with 6 kilometers remaining, while Thymen Arensman, Ben O’Connor, and Geraint Thomas are dropped from the GC group as Rafal Majka pulls at the front. Moments later, his leader Tadej Pogacar accelerates.

The pink jersey makes the catch with 4.7 kilometres left to climb and reaches the summit 2 minutes ahead of Giulio Pellizzari, Antonio Tiberi, Daniel Felipe Martínez, and Einer Rubio. During the descent, the four are rejoined by Geraint Thomas, Ben O’Connor, Valentin Paret-Peintre, and Michael Storer before Martínez strikes on the steep Il Pianaro halfway down the mountain. Rubio and Tiberi go with him.

While Pogacar solos to an impeccable victory, Paret-Peintre outsprints Martínez to take second place.

Another interesting read: route 20th stage Giro 2024.

Giro d’Italia 2024 stage 20: video, route, profiles

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