Covi claims the Queen Stage, Hindley takes the Maglia Rosa

Covi claims the Queen Stage, Hindley takes the Maglia Rosa

Alessandro Covi (UAE Team Emirates) has won Stage 20 of the 105th Giro d’Italia, the 168km-long Belluno-Marmolada (Passo Fedaia). Domen Novak (Bahrain Victorious) and Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) finished second and third respectively.

Jai Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe) is the new Maglia Rosa.
1 – Alessandro Covi (UAE Team Emirates) –  168km in 4h’46’34″, average speed 35.175 km/h
2 – Domen Novak (Bahrain Victorious) at 32″
3 – Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) at 37”

1 – Jai Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe)
2 – Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) at 1’25”
3 – Mikel Landa Meana (Bahrain Victorious) at 1’51”

Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the stage winner, Alessandro Covi (UAE Team Emirates) said: “I came close to winning a stage of the Giro on two occasions last year. I wanted to win this year as well but I was racing for Joao Almeida who unfortunately had to leave the race. Today was an opportunity. I attacked from far away because I am not a climber. I rode pretty well in the last climb. It’s fantastic for the team to win a stage and particularly this one in the mythical mountains.”

The Maglia Rosa,Jai Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe) said: “I knew it was gonna be the crucial stage with a brutal finish. If I had the legs, I could make a difference and I did. We saved ourselves for today and it went perfect. We had Lenny Kamna in the front. He was a great help when we caught him. He couldn’t have timed it better when he dropped back. It was an epic stage. It’s hard to say how a time trial will go at the end of three weeks of racing but I’ll die for the Maglia Rosa.”