Giro d’Italia 2020, stage 21 — live updates

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02:22 PM

Dennis the menace?

Rohan Dennis is on the road. Ordinarily the Australian would be the biggest threat to Filippo Ganna. However, the two-time world time trial champion put in some huge efforts in the mountains on behalf of Tao Geoghegan Hart so it will be interesting to see how he gets on. 

Speaking to Orla Chennaoui on Eurosport earlier, Dennis explained how he and his team-mates have been doing their best to keep Geoghegan Hart believing in himself ahead of today’s final test for the Londoner.

“We’ll do our best to give him [Geoghegan Hart] as many tips as possible. It is only 15km. Technically, Tao is a better time trialist but anything can happen. We have to keep everything light-hearted, keep Tao really believing in himself and try not to put that pressure on him.

“Everything has gone absolutely amazingly for him so far and we have to keep doing what we’re doing. Whatever the result, we can still take a lot from this Tour. After losing Geraint Thomas, everything almost went out the window but now we’re joint first. We’re just ecstatic about everything that’s happened these last 21 days.”

02:12 PM

Ganna sets new benchmark

Filippo Ganna appears set fare to win his fourth stage at this, his debut outing at the Giro d’Italia, having set a new fastest time of 17min 16sec, that’s a massive 31sec faster than Victor Campenaerts.

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02:09 PM

Clocking off . . .

Stage eight winner Alex Dowsett is once again on top Twitter form.

02:07 PM

Ganna is flying 

It will surprise nobody to discover that local lad Filippo Ganna is absolutely flying. He was 20 seconds faster than Victor Campenaerts at the one and only timecheck in this final-day time trial. 

02:05 PM

Close, but no cigar for Haga

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Chad Haga (Sunweb), whose last time trial win was in the final stage of last year’s Giro d’Italia, has just completed his race. The American did a decent ride, though was unable to dislodge&nbsp;Victor Campenaerts from his top spot with a time of 18min 00.90sec.” data-reactid=”72″>Chad Haga (Sunweb), whose last time trial win was in the final stage of last year’s Giro d’Italia, has just completed his race. The American did a decent ride, though was unable to dislodge Victor Campenaerts from his top spot with a time of 18min 00.90sec.

02:02 PM

Wiggins: ‘Tao, you are a hero now’

Talking on his latest podcast ‘The Bradley Wiggins Show’, the former Tour de France champion heaped praise upon Tao Geoghegan Hart who can win the Giro d’Italia here today if he beats Jai Hindley by more than 86 hundredths of a second and, of course, he doesn’t lose a stack of time to those behind him on general classification.

“He’s a fan of the sport, modest, a real gentleman and a privilege to have as a British rider in this team. [Geoghegan Hart] sent me a message the other day and said: ‘thanks for being an inspiration, if it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t be here.’ I think that’s too generous. We’ve all got a part to play. Without Sean Yates and Robert Millar, there’s no Bradley Wiggins. Without Barry Hoban and Tommy Simpson there’s be no Sean Yates and Robert Millar. It’s part of a trail, it’s part of a line of British stars that go and try and take on the European scene.

“You’re now one of them. You’re on the verge of greatness. You’re already great, you’ve come of age, you’ve proved your talent. You’re about to win the Giro d’Italia. You’ve surpassed me in so many ways. In some ways you’re a better version of everything that I wanted to be. My son’s fifteen – he looks up to you. You’re now his hero. You’ve made it mate, you’re on top of the world.”

01:55 PM

Ganna out on the course 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Jan Tratnik (Bahrain-McLaren), a stage winner earlier this week, is out on the road and the Slovenian was followed by&nbsp;Filippo Ganna a minute later. The Italian, of course, has already won three stages at this year’s Giro, including both of the two time trials.” data-reactid=”84″>Jan Tratnik (Bahrain-McLaren), a stage winner earlier this week, is out on the road and the Slovenian was followed by Filippo Ganna a minute later. The Italian, of course, has already won three stages at this year’s Giro, including both of the two time trials.

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<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="As it stands, world hour record holder&nbsp;Victor Campenaerts (NTT) has set the fastest time, teh Belgian is sitting in the hotseat with a time of 17min 48.08sec.” data-reactid=”105″>As it stands, world hour record holder Victor Campenaerts (NTT) has set the fastest time, teh Belgian is sitting in the hotseat with a time of 17min 48.08sec.

01:50 PM

Ganna almost ready to roll . . .

Filippo Ganna, the world time trial champion, is just minutes away from getting his race under way. The popular Italian is scheduled to start at 1.52pm, while Rohan Dennis (Ineos Grenadiers), a two-time world time trial champion, rolls down the starting ramp at 2.17pm. Here’s the schedule of the final 10 riders today. 

01:40 PM

Geoghegan Hart can join the immortals in ultimate race of truth

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Having already won two stages at the Giro d’Italia, Tao Geoghegan Hart can become a legend of the sport if he takes home the maglia rosa” data-reactid=”111″>Having already won two stages at the Giro d’Italia, Tao Geoghegan Hart can become a legend of the sport if he takes home the maglia rosa

Just 15.7 kilometres now stand between Tao Geoghegan Hart and the young man from east London joining cycling’s immortals.

Having navigated his way the length and breadth of Italy, from the rough roads of Sicily that did for his team leader Geraint Thomas, to the mythical climbs in the north, Geoghegan Hart has not only coped admirably, but excelled beyond belief. He is now in Milan unscathed.

As Geoghegan Hart knows to his cost, simply making it through a grand tour is no easy feat. At last year’s race the Ineos Grenadiers rider crashed on the unluckiest of days, forcing him to abandon during stage 13. On Sunday, however, he can bounce back from that disappointment in the best possible manner: by winning the toughest of the three grand tours.

01:00 PM

Afternoon

Hello everybody and welcome to the final stage of the Giro d’Italia, the 15.7km individual time trial from Cernusco sul Naviglio to Milan. Seeing as you are here then you probably know the drill, but for those who are relatively new to the sport here’s how today will work.

Riders will set out from the starting ramp in reverse order of the general classification and so Jonathan Dibben (Lotto-Soudal) who is last in the standings was the first man to set off at 12.40pm (GMT), while Jai Hindley (Sunweb) will be the last, getting his race under way at 3.12pm. 

Each rider will start a minute after the other, though those in the top 10 will be separated by three minutes.

The stage itself is relatively straightforward, with just a couple of twists and turns that may cause the riders any issues, 

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As you can see, the stage is incredibly flat and so it will be very fast. 

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<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="World time trial champion Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) is the overriding favourite to win the stage, although most of the focus today will be on Hindley and&nbsp;Tao Geoghegan Hart&nbsp;(Ineos Grenadiers)&nbsp;who are separated at the top of the general classification by just&nbsp;86 hundredths of a second. It is the narrowest margin ever between the top two riders going into the final stage of a grand tour.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”164″>World time trial champion Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) is the overriding favourite to win the stage, although most of the focus today will be on Hindley and Tao Geoghegan Hart (Ineos Grenadiers) who are separated at the top of the general classification by just 86 hundredths of a second. It is the narrowest margin ever between the top two riders going into the final stage of a grand tour.