Giro d'Italia 2020, stage 14: Conegliano – Valdobbiadene 34.1 km ITT

At last, the GC battle is finally here ladies and gents

Stage 14: Conegliano – Valdobbiadene 34.1 km ITT
Saturday, October 17th, 12:35 CEST





Technical Overview:
The long ITT of the race is not exactly long, but in these days and age that’s what we get. From Conegliano to Valdobbiadene, start and finish are exactly the same as the ITT of the Giro 2015, except that that one was 59 km long… and we are talking about 5 years ago, not a century. But I digress. The route of this year starts with 6.3 km flat before entering the only climb of the day, Ca’ del Poggio (GPM4, 1.1 km at 12.3%), a climb that the Giro seems contractually obliged to ride every damn year. At the top there will be the first checkpoint. The next sector measures 10 km of twisty but flattish roads up to the second checkpoint in Pieve di Soligo, after which the road gets easier until the third checkpoint in Col S.Martino. The final sector of 9 km features some rolling terrain, with some decent ramps (5-6% max).



The Climbs:
Ca’ del Poggio: GPM4, 1.1 km at 12.3%

Short and steep, it’s been climbed a lot recently. Never made any difference, as it was always far from the finish.


What to expect:
Overall, it’s an ITT for specialists but not as much as the first one, in particular if it rains. Gaps should still be large though.


Valdobbiadene
 
I really have a hard time seeing Almeida in the top5.

4 of the top9 at the WC ITT are here + some very good TTers like Bjerg, Tratnik, McNulty, Cerny, Brandle. Most of these guys have been saving energy the last few days.
 
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How hilly is the parcours really? It's a bit difficult to judge from the profile.

Let's see if Pozzovivo can repeat that miracle time trial he did in the Giro a few years ago.
 
From Conegliano to Valdobbiadene, start and finish are exactly the same as the ITT of the Giro 2015, except that that one was 59 km long… and we are talking about 5 years ago, not a century..
also the field has changed quite a bit since back then. From the top 50 that day, only Kangert, Felline, Haga, Boaro, Ulissi, Visconti and Viviani are still around.
 
How hilly is the parcours really? It's a bit difficult to judge from the profile.

Let's see if Pozzovivo can repeat that miracle time trial he did in the Giro a few years ago.
2013 Vuelta a Espana & 2014 Tour of Switzerland it was!

He might seriously repeat. Both him and Rujano are probably one of the best time trialers around, but you simply cannot beat physics with their height and weight.
 
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2013 Vuelta a Espana & 2014 Tour of Switzerland it was!

He might seriously repeat. Both him and Rujano are probably one of the best time trialers around, but you simply cannot beat physics with their height and weight.
ToS as well, you are right! And I remember him being decent in Barolo (Giro 2015) as well, but I need to check.

Edit: indeed, he lost only 6 secs to Kelderman in 42.2kms! Easily beating Quintana, Aru, and Michael Rogers.
 

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