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Examples of Froome, Basso and Nibali: The last week can gain several minutes



Part 1005 of the Sports SOS column

The Race of Italy features three key mountain stages. The history of the Giro in this century shows that in the last week it is possible to cancel even a gap of almost five minutes in the fight for the final victory.

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2139. In this century, how common are the reversals in the last week of the Tour of Italy?Klemen Pahor

If we focus on the last century, we have seen 22 completed Giros, in which there were a total of 15 changes of the pink jersey after the 15th stage.

If we break the last 22 years into two periods of 11 years each, it is interesting that in the first half (i.e. 2001-2011) there were not very many changes (only four in total), but there were much more in the second half (2012-2022) namely 11. The trend is clearly visible here, that the last week is increasingly difficult.

Title of infographic: Giro changes leadership

Corona year 2020 was very special, when the shirt changed hands three times. They carried her João Almeida (led after stages 15, 16 and 17), Wilco Kelderman (18th, 19th), Jay Hindley (20th), and in the end he conquered it Tao Geoghegan Hart.

2140. At that time, how much was the biggest gap that the winner of the race had after the 15th stage?Klemen Pahor

The biggest gap he ever had was 4 minutes and 52 seconds Chris Froome in 2018 behind his compatriot Simon Yates. Details are in the table below.

A year Leading after the 15th stage The ultimate winner The difference
2018 Simon Yates Chris Froome (7th) 4:52 am
2010 David Arroyo Ivan Basso (3rd) 3:33 am
2020 João Almeida Tao Geoghegan Hart (4th) 2:57
2016 Steven Kruijswijk Vincenzo Nibali (3rd) 2:51 am
2014 Rigoberto Uranus Nairo Quintana (5th) 2:40 am
2002 Jens Heppner Paolo Savoldelli (8th) 1:49
2004 Jaroslav Popovič Damiano Cunego (6th) 1:48
2012 Joaquim Rodriguez Ryder Hesjedal (2nd) 0:30
2022 Richard Carapaz Jai Hindley (2nd) 0:07

Notes:– In brackets for the final winner is their ranking after the 15th stage.− Difference: gap of the final winner behind the leader after the 15th stage.

I mentioned ten upheavals, but there are nine listed, namely in 2017 there was a double upheaval. Tom Dumoulin was leading after the 15th stage, second Nairo Quintana was 2:41 behind. The Colombian managed to attack the lead, before the last stage he had a lead of 53 seconds over the then fourth Dumoulin, who closed the gap in the time trial and finally celebrated by 31 seconds.

Let’s also mention the Giro in 2016, when it Vincenzo Nibali even after the 18th stage for Steven Kruijswijk almost five minutes behind (exactly 4:43), but the Dutchman lost as much as 4:54 in that crucial stage and ultimately finished the Giro in fourth place.

Source: Rtvslo

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