a final time trial to decide the ultimate winner… Follow the 20th stage
If the Giro ends on the streets of Rome on Sunday, the great winner will be unofficially known after a time trial with an impressive climb at the finish on Saturday evening.
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Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers), Primoz Roglic (Jumbo Visma), even Joao Almeida (UAE Team Emirates). Barring an unlikely about-face, the winner of the 2023 edition of the Giro is expected to be chosen from among the Welsh, Slovenian and Portuguese on Saturday 27 May during an 18.6-kilometre time trial between Tarvisio and Monte Lussari.
With 26 seconds ahead of Roglic, Thomas has a slight margin, but the Final’s percentages, up to 22%, in the middle of a 7.3km climb at 12.1% average, could very well create significant deviations in case of yielding. But beware of Joao Almeida. Lurking at 59 seconds, the Portuguese dreams of the spoilsport. Among the French, Thibaut Pinot will fight to maintain sixth place overall, with him only three seconds ahead of Thymen Arensman.
This stage promises to be complicated also from a logistical point of view for the teams and the organizers. The runners will have to change bikes after about ten kilometers to switch from a time trial bike to a more classic uphill one. Due to the narrowness of the Monte Lussari mule track, the teams will not be able to follow their riders by car, but only by motorbike, and the technicians will therefore have to carry a spare bike on their shoulders. Finally, the riders are divided into three groups for the starts, with a 45-minute break between each group to allow the assistance bikes to descend from above.
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