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The Portuguese still in pink

When João Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) donned the pink jersey on Mount Etna, no-one really expected him to last 12 stages in the lead. But he’s done it. The 22-year-old is riding his first-ever Grand Tour, which makes his performance all the more impressive. Almeida needs to be considered a serious GC contender now but stage 15 showed that it won’t be easy for him. Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb) left him behind with 5 km to the summit of Piancavallo and gained 30 seconds on Almeida. It took a lot of effort for the Portuguese to minimise the losses. The question now stands: can he make it till the end with just a 15-second lead? What do you think? The last week should provide a very good show.

Giro d’Italia stage 15 results

1. Tao Geoghegan Hart (Ineos Grenadiers) – 4:38:52
2. Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb) + 2s
3. Jai Hindley (Team Sunweb) + 4s
4. João Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) a+ 37s
5. Rafał Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) + 1:22
6. Patrick Konrad (Bora-Hansgrohe) + 1:29
7. James Knox (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) + 1:36
8. Pello Bilbao (Bahrain-McLaren)
9. Jakob Fuglsang (Team Astana)
10. Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo)

General classification

1. João Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) – 59:27:38
2. Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb) + 15s
3. Jai Hindley (Team Sunweb) ) + 2:56
4. Tao Geoghegan Hart (Ineos Grenadiers) + 2:57
5. Bilbao Pello (Bahrain-McLaren) + 3:10
6. Rafał Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) + 3:18
7. Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo) + 3:29
8. Domenico Pozzovivo (NTT Pro Cycling) + 3:50
9. Patrick Konrad (Bora-Hansgrohe) + 4:09
10. Fausto Masnada (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) + 4:12

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