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Sagan, Almeida, Team Ineos Grenadiers and Sunweb among the principal protagonists in the Giro’s second week


Week 2 of the 103rd Giro d’Italia began with a bang thanks to the exploits of Peter Sagan. Having been denied a series of bunch sprint victories, the three-time World Champion instead soloed to the win in Tortoreto on Stage 10.

In the battle for the Maglia Ciclamino, French National Champion Arnaud Démare responded immediately, taking a fourth stage win in Rimini the next day. Diego Ulissi crossed the line first on Stage 13, depriving João Almeida of his first pro win in a close sprint.

Stage win or not, João Almeida remains in the lead as we enter week 3, after 13 consecutive days wearing the Maglia Rosa. This is thanks, in part, to a strong performance in the Prosecco Superiore Wine Stage TISSOT ITT that saw the young Portuguese rider extend his advantage in the General Classification. On Stage 15, however, second-place Wilco Kelderman reduced Almeida’s lead back down to just 15 seconds ahead of the second rest day, with Jai Hindley third at 2’56”.

In week 1, Team Ineos Grenadiers made the most of their strength in depth after the withdrawal of their road captain Geraint Thomas, who left the Giro after crashing out on Stage 3. In week 2, the British outfit claimed a further three stage victories. These came courtesy of Jhonatan Narvaez, Filippo Ganna – who has claimed 3 stage wins to date – and Tao Geoghegan Hart – who currently lies fourth overall in a GC race that, in his own words, is set to be spectacular.

1 – João Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick-Step)
2 – Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb) at 15”
3 – Jai Hindley (Team Sunweb) at 2’56”
4 – Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Ineos Grenadiers) at 2’57”
5 – Pello Bilbao (Bahrain – McLaren) at 3’10”
6 – Rafal Majka (Bora – Hansgrohe) at 3’18”
7 – Vincenzo Nibali (Trek – Segafredo) at 3’29”
8 – Domenico Pozzovivo (NTT Pro Cycling) at 3’50”
9 –  Patrick Konrad (Bora – Hansgrohe) at 4’09”
10 – Fausto Masnada (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) at 4’12”



  • Maglia Rosa (pink), general classification leader, sponsored by Enel – João Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick-Step)
  • Maglia Ciclamino (cyclamen), sprinter classification leader, sponsored by Segafredo Zanetti – Arnaud Démare (Groupama – FDJ)
  • Maglia Azzurra (blue), King of the Mountains classification leader, sponsored by Banca Mediolanum – Giovanni Visconti (Vini Zabu’ – Brado – KTM)
  • Maglia Bianca (white), young rider general classification leader, sponsored by Eurospin – João Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick-Step), to be worn by Jai Hindley (Team Sunweb)


The stage has a very wavy profile. For the first 150km, the route undulates continuously, taking in three fairly challenging categorised climbs, all the way to the closing circuit. The first climb, Madonnina del Domm, is the longest and steepest one, whereas the following ones (Monte Spig and Monteaperta), despite reaching double digit peaks, are shorter. In Majano, the route enters the closing circuit and covers almost one full lap before passing over the finish line. The peloton takes in the steep ramp leading to the castle of Susans then climbs up Monte di Ragogna which will be crested twice more during the two laps. After a short, steep descent, the route approaches the finish following the wavy profile.


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