Giro 2022 – 20th stage: Jai Hindley takes the pink jersey the day before the finish, the stage for Alessandro Covi

Giro 2022 – 20th stage: Jai Hindley takes the pink jersey the day before the finish, the stage for Alessandro Covi

And suddenly, everything changed. While the favorites had not been able to decide between themselves so far, the 20th stage of the Giro changed everything with the takeover of Jai Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe). On the attack in the final climb of the Passo Fedaia, the Australian blew up the pink jersey Richard Carapaz, who had rolled his team before experiencing a major failure. Before the final time in Verona, Hindley is now 1’25” ahead of Carapaz and 1’51” over Mikel Landa (Bahrain-Victorious). The stage victory again went to the breakaway, for the 7th consecutive day, with the solo success of Alessandro Covi (UAE Team Emirates).

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And to say that we were disappointed for a long time by this 20th stage… With the sequence of Passo San Pellegrino and Passo Pordoi (Cima Coppi of this edition) before the final climb to Passo Fedai, we hoped to witness the big maneuvers far from arrival, but nothing happened. There were not enough gaps between the favorites and too much descent. This benefited the breakaway, which again went to the end despite the work of the Bahrain-Victorious to limit – in vain – the gap. And the Giro surprised us again.

Despite the presence of climbers like Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) or Thymen Arensman (DSM), it was ultimately a duel between Domen Novak (Bahrain-Victorious) and Alessandro Covi (UAE Team Emirates) that we witnessed. The Italian anticipated by leaving Pordoi more than 50 kilometers from the finish and took advantage of the misunderstanding behind to count more than 2’30” ahead at the foot of Fedaia. Enough to resist the return of Novak, who stumbled about twenty seconds behind the young rider from UAE Team Emirates, who offered himself the first success of his career in the Grand Tour.

Alessandro Covi (UAE Team Emirates)

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Carapaz followed, but Carapaz exploded

Behind, after seeing the Bahrain-Victorious ride all day behind the breakaway, it was finally the INEOS-Grenadiers who picked up the pace in the final portion of the Passo Fedai, which offered 5km at 11%. A section that saw Mikel Landa (Bahrain-Victorious) be the first of the cadors to let go, 3km from the summit, on Hindley’s first acceleration. But the Spaniard had the lucidity to put himself at his tempo to limit the breakage on the Australian (+49”), quite the opposite of Richard Carapaz. The Ecuadorian didn’t want to let go of his main rival but the difference in level this Saturday was too great and the pink jersey ended up completely exploding.

The moment the Giro changed: Carapaz dropped by Hindley on the final climb

Not only has the winner of the 2019 edition lost his leader’s tunic, but he now has no chance, barring a major incident for Hindley, of winning this Giro. Overtaken by Carthy and Landa, even dropped by Kämna who was in the breakaway before serving as support for Hindley, the leader of the INEOS-Grenadiers lost everything in the Fedaia. Now 2nd in the general classification on the eve of the 17km final time trial in Verona, Carapaz is pushed back 1’25” from Hindley, far too much to hope for a final reversal of the situation.

No change in the top 10

He will even have to be wary of Mikel Landa (+1’51”) in the race for this certainly anecdotal 2nd place, the podium being assured. The rest of the top 10 did not move, even if Hugh Carthy (EF-EasyPost) got closer to 9th place Juan Pedro Lopez (Trek-Segafredo), assured of the white jersey. Far, very far from this reversal of the situation certainly expected, but not in such proportions.

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