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

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Hope Kelderman will do well. He always did really well in time trials, even if he wasn't in form. For some reason that stopped about 2 years ago, quite odd, no idea why.
 
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Fuglsang made a point on his blog last night, which was that due to the importance of the Sunday stage, the GC riders cannot spend themselves entirely on the TT, as that may cost them more time tomorrow.

It will be interesting to see who manages the combination of the two days best.
Someone has to tell Fuglsang that if mountain stages made bigger gaps among GC contenders than ITTs, GT routes would be very different from what they are.
 
.Someone has to tell Fuglsang that if mountain stages made bigger gaps among GC contenders than ITTs, GT routes would be very different from what they are.
Mountain stages won't make bigger gaps between most of the top contenders but it's quite possible that if you empty the tank today to finish 15s better than you otherwise would you may blow tomorrow and take a minute or more.

It's the more boring side of racing but sometimes GT riding is about making sure you simply aren't the guy taking a packet.
 
Mountain stages won't make bigger gaps between most of the top contenders but it's quite possible that if you empty the tank today to finish 15s better than you otherwise would you may blow tomorrow and take a minute or more.

It's the more boring side of racing but sometimes GT riding is about making sure you simply aren't the guy taking a packet.
My brain hurts to believe that fhe difference between empty the tank or not in an ITT that lasts over 45 min can be 15s.
 
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It wasn't the exact same route though. It was shorter and hillier with the finish being at the top of the "fake" Poggio climb.
I do expect Almeida to get a really good time today, but I think Bjerg will beat him this time.

it also wasn't really a "normal" time trial, but kind of a pursuit race, with Vlasov (race leader) starting first from the top 15 GC guys, and the others chasing. Everyone behind (including Bjerg) did a normal ITT before. So that may have influenced the overall result as well.
 
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Hope Kelderman will do well. He always did really well in time trials, even if he wasn't in form. For some reason that stopped about 2 years ago, quite odd, no idea why.
His Tirreno TT was decent though. And he's now at least in the same form as Vuelta 2017 when he was 2nd behind Froome in the ITT. There is hope that he does a good one today. But Kelderman is not a certainty in TT's. Even when in good shape
 
Among top 12:
Tao
Almedia, 11
McNulty, 16
Kelderman, 29
Hidley, 40
Bilbao, 1:20
Konrad, 1:26
Nibali, 1:30
Masnada, 1:33
Fuglsang, 1:40
Pozzo, 2:10
Majka, 2:30

Mark my words, Tao will win this Giro.
Among top 12:
Kelderman
McNulty +10
Nibali +20
Almeida +25
Tao +40
Bilbao +1:00
Konrad +1:10
Fuglsang +1:10
Majka +1:20
Masnada +1:30
Pozzo +1:40
Hindley +1:45
 

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