April 19, 2018
Nieve takes solo win in Cervinia, Froome resists all out assualts by Dumoulin to retain race lead
Stage 20: Susa to Cervinia, 214km
The Spanish rider Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott) won solo the 214km Stage 20 of the 101st Giro d’Italia, from Susa to Cervinia. Robert Gesink (Team Lotto NL-Jumbo) and Felix Grosschartner (Bora-Hansgrohe) finished second and third.
Mikel Nieve salvaged disappointment for Mitchelton-Scott with a brilliant solo win to Cervinia, arriving beneath the looming presence ofthe Matterhorn 2'17" ahead of his nearest rival. Chris Froome and Sky resisted attack after attack by Tom Dumoulin to all but seal an historic overall win. The Sunweb rider attacked four times in attempt to close the gap to the Brit but each time Froome rode back up to his wheel.
Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the stage winner Mikel Nieve said: “After what happened yesterday, it was very important for our team to make it up with a stage victory. Five stage wins are a lot! I couldn’t have dreamt of a better birthday.”
The race leader Chris Froome said: “When Dumoulin attacked, I wasn’t exactly worried but I wanted to stay in control of everything. This Giro is brutal, look at what happened to Pinot today. I sprinted to the finish line to make sure that I retained the Maglia Azzurra as much as the Maglia Rosa.”
Race Results - Stage 20 and GC