This Saturday, the twentieth stage of the Giro d’Italia (2.UWT) showed the final battle between the GC riders in the Dolomites, with a finish on top of the Passo Fedaia.
The 164 kilometer stage also contained the Passo San Pellegrino and the Passo Pordoi, which was the highest point of this 105th edition with its summit at 2200 meter of altitude.
The climbers of the World Team, Jan Hirt and Domenico Pozzovivo, took the start in sixth and eighth position in the general classification and accompanied the maglia rosa group until the foot of the final climb.
It was on the ramps of this last difficulty (13km at 7.8%) that the favorites battled man against man, with the survivors from the breakaway racing for the stage win. Thanks to his fourteenth place in the stage, Jan Hirt did not only keep his eighth position in the classification, he also reduced the gap to the fifth place of Pello Bilbao to 12 seconds.
Without giving up, Domenico Pozzovivo stays in eight position of the general classification at the end of this stage. Tomorrow, the Giro will be concluded by an individual time trial of 17.4 kilometer around Verona which contains the Torricellla Massimiliana climb (4 km à 5.4%) halfway through the parcours.