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2020 Giro d'Italia

103rd edition: May 9 - 31 Oct 3 - 25, 2020
Stage 7: Friday, October 9, 2020

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Friday, October 9: Stage 7, Matera - Brindisi, 143 km

Stage 7 map & profile | Stage 7 photos

Arnaud Demare

That makes three stage wins this Giro for Arnaud Demare. RCS Sport photo

Weather at the finish city of Brindisi at 1:50 PM, local time: 21C (70F), fair, with the wind from the north at 24 km/hr (15 mph). No rain is forecast.

The race: The stage started about 1:17. Because of the strong winds, the peloton soon formed into groups of echelons

The previous record of 49.429 kmph, set in the San Vito di Cadore-Vedelago stage of the 2012 Giro d’Italia d’Italia, won by Andrea Guardini, was broken today.

Here's the report from GC leader Joao Almeida's Deceuninck-Quick Step team:

Stage 7 of the Giro d’Italia, a completely flat one between Matera and Brindisi, was supposed to be also a quiet one, but soon after the start it got battered by heavy crosswinds, and that completely changed its dynamic. Sensing an opportunity, Deceuninck – Quick-Step amassed at the front of the peloton and turned into one of the main instigators, our team’s huge forcing creating a select 30-man group which caught off-guard many GC riders, who found themselves trailing by a minute.

A mad pursuit of those caught out in the echelons ensued, and it was only when the peloton changed direction and the wind dropped that the chasers bridged across, with around 100 kilometers to go. The Wolfpack – who rallied around overall leader João Almeida – remained focused and at the front of the bunch, which didn’t have quite the armchair ride until the finish, as the threat of crosswinds was still present.

The closing kilometers were very technical, featuring several roundabout, tight corners and narrow roads in Brindisi, a stage finish for the first time in the race’s history. For Grand Tour debutant Alvaro Hodeg, it was the first opportunity to go for a good result, and the 24-year-old Colombian didn’t disappoint, taking a solid fifth place as Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) claimed the victory in a hectic sprint.

João Almeida finished in the pack and continues to lead the general classification with a 43-second gap over his closest pursuer. Just 22 years of age, the Portuguese is now the youngest rider in 41 years to collect at least five pink jerseys at a single Giro d’Italia edition.

“The stage was very fast and nervous because of the wind, but I had a perfect team around me, who protected me and made sure I was always at the front, and thanks to them everything went smoothly today. I was a bit nervous at the start due to the echelons, because I don’t have that much experience of racing in these conditions, but when you have such a strong squad around you, you grow in confidence. I am delighted that I could keep the maglia rosa, but now a really hard weekend awaits, and I hope to have the same good legs to overcome the obstacles lying ahead”, Almeida said at the finish.

Complete results:

Stage 7 photos

143 kilometers raced at a record Giro stage speed of 51.234 km/hr.

1 Arnaud Démare Groupama-FDJ 2hr 47min 28sec
2 Peter Sagan Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
3 Michael Matthews Team Sunweb s.t.
4 Ben Swift INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
5 Alvaro Hodeg Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
6 Rudy Barbier Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
7 Davide Ballerini Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
8 Enrico Battaglin Bahrain-McLaren s.t.
9 Filippo Fiorelli Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè s.t.
10 Elia Viviani Cofidis s.t.
11 Fernando Gaviria UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
12 Giovanni Lonardi Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè s.t.
13 Mikkel Bjerg UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
14 Josef Černý CCC Team s.t.
15 Sam Oomen Team Sunweb s.t.
16 Joao Almeida Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
17 Wilco Kelderman Team Sunweb s.t.
18 Brandon McNulty UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
19 Rafal Majka Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
20 Christoph Pfingsten Jumbo-Visma s.t.
21 Steven Kruijswijk Jumbo-Visma s.t.
22 Maximiliano Richeze UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
23 Jacopo Guarnieri Groupama-FDJ s.t.
24 Patrick Konrad Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
25 Domenico Pozzovivo NTT Pro Cycling s.t.
26 Jacopo Mosca Trek-Segafredo s.t.
27 Vincenzo Nibali Trek-Segafredo s.t.
28 Jai Hindley Team Sunweb s.t.
29 Rick Zabel Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
30 Pello Bilbao Bahrain-McLaren s.t.
31 Francesco Romano Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè s.t.
32 Fabio Felline Astana s.t.
33 Chris Harper Jumbo-Visma s.t.
34 Jakob Fuglsang Astana s.t.
35 Ilnur Zakarin CCC Team s.t.
36 Antonio Pedrero Movistar s.t.
37 Lucas Hamilton Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
38 Fausto Masnada Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
39 Dario Cataldo Movistar s.t.
40 James Knox Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
41 Salvatore Puccio INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
42 Harm Vanhoucke Lotto-Soudal s.t.
43 Mark Padun Bahrain-McLaren s.t.
44 Hermann Pernsteiner Bahrain-McLaren s.t.
45 Sander Armee Lotto-Soudal s.t.
46 Simon Yates Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
47 Joe Dombrowski UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
48 Lawrence Warbasse Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
49 Tao Geoghegan Hart INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
50 Sergio Samitier Movistar s.t.
51 Simone Consonni Cofidis s.t.
52 Aurélien Paret-Peintre Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
53 Koen Bouwman Jumbo-Visma s.t.
54 Eduardo Sepulveda Movistar s.t.
55 Diego Ulissi UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
56 Josip Rumac Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec s.t.
57 Miles Scotson Groupama-FDJ s.t.
58 Jhonatan Restrepo Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec s.t.
59 Nico Denz Team Sunweb s.t.
60 Jonathan Castroviejo INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
61 Carl Fredrik Hagen Lotto-Soudal s.t.
62 Ramon Sinkeldam Groupama-FDJ s.t.
63 Andrea Vendrame Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
64 Albert Torres Movistar s.t.
65 Matteo Spreafico Vini Zabú-KTM s.t.
66 Jos Van Emden Jumbo-Visma s.t.
67 Yukiya Arashiro Bahrain-McLaren s.t.
68 Sebastian Molano UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
69 François Bidard Ag2r La Mondiale @ 23sec
70 Daniel Navarro Israel Start-Up Nation 0:28
71 Geoffrey Bouchard Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
72 Attila Valter CCC Team s.t.
73 Victor De La Parte CCC Team s.t.
74 Joey Rosskopf CCC Team s.t.
75 Tobias Foss Jumbo-Visma s.t.
76 Giovanni Carboni Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè s.t.
77 Ben Gastauer Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
78 Jaakko Hänninen Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
79 Jesper Hansen Cofidis s.t.
80 Danilo Wyss NTT Pro Cycling s.t.
81 Victor Campenaerts NTT Pro Cycling s.t.
82 Manuele Boaro Astana s.t.
83 Martijn Tusveld Team Sunweb s.t.
84 Marco Mathis Cofidis s.t.
85 Michael Hepburn Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
86 Tanel Kangert EF Pro Cycling s.t.
87 Matthias Brändle Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
88 Adam Hansen Lotto-Soudal s.t.
89 Julien Bernard Trek-Segafredo s.t.
90 Mikkel Honore Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
91 Chad Haga Team Sunweb s.t.
92 Maciej Bodnar Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
93 Eros Capecchi Bahrain-McLaren s.t.
94 Pawel Poljanski Bora-hansgrohe 0:36
95 Simone Bevilacqua Vini Zabú-KTM 0:39
96 Stéphane Rossetto Cofidis 0:46
97 Alessandro Bisolti Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec s.t.
98 Simon Pellaud Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec s.t.
99 Kamil Gradek CCC Team s.t.
100 Ignatas Konovalovas Groupama-FDJ 0:50
101 Iljo Keisse Deceuninck-Quick Step 0:55
102 Nathan Haas Cofidis s.t.
103 Chris Hamilton Team Sunweb 0:58
104 Ruben Guerreiro EF Pro Cycling s.t.
105 Oscar Rodriguez Astana 1:08
106 Davide Cimolai Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
107 Alexander Cataford Israel Start-Up Nation 1:10
108 Guy Sagiv Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
109 Davide Villella Movistar 1:15
110 Giovanni Visconti Vini Zabú-KTM s.t.
111 Filippo Zana Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè s.t.
112 Simon Clarke EF Pro Cycling s.t.
113 Jack Haig Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
114 Kamil Malecki CCC Team s.t.
115 Jonathan Caicedo EF Pro Cycling s.t.
116 Thomas De Gendt Lotto-Soudal s.t.
117 Giulio Ciccone Trek-Segafredo s.t.
118 Cameron Meyer Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
119 Alessandro Tonelli Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè s.t.
120 Stefano Oldani Lotto-Soudal s.t.
121 Gianluca Brambilla Trek-Segafredo s.t.
122 Fabio Mazzucco Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè s.t.
123 Matteo Sobrero NTT Pro Cycling s.t.
124 Nicola Conci Trek-Segafredo s.t.
125 Kilian Frankiny Groupama-FDJ s.t.
126 Pavel Kochetkov CCC Team s.t.
127 Jhonnatan Narvaez INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
128 Simone Ravanelli Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec s.t.
129 Mattia Bais Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec s.t.
130 Simon Guglielmi Groupama-FDJ s.t.
131 Jan Tratnik Bahrain-McLaren s.t.
132 Hector Carretero Movistar s.t.
133 Antonio Nibali Trek-Segafredo s.t.
134 Einer Rubio Movistar 1:47
135 Nicolas Edet Cofidis 1:51
136 Alex Dowsett Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
137 Pieter Serry Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
138 Antwan Tolhoek Jumbo-Visma s.t.
139 Mathias Le Turnier Cofidis s.t.
140 Etienne Van Empel Vini Zabú-KTM s.t.
141 James Whelan EF Pro Cycling 1:55
142 Ben O'Connor NTT Pro Cycling s.t.
143 Louis Meintjes NTT Pro Cycling s.t.
144 Cesare Benedetti Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
145 Lachlan Morton EF Pro Cycling s.t.
146 Valerio Conti UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
147 Matteo Fabbro Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
148 Alexander Cepeda Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec s.t.
149 Luca Chirico Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 2:06
150 Edoardo Affini Mitchelton-Scott 2:17
151 Filippo Ganna INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
152 Tony Martin Jumbo-Visma 2:21
153 Lawson Craddock EF Pro Cycling 2:33
154 Marco Frapporti Vini Zabú-KTM 2:39
155 Lorenzo Rota Vini Zabú-KTM s.t.
156 Edoardo Zardini Vini Zabú-KTM 2:52
157 Jonas Gregaard Astana 3:03
158 Jonathan Dibben Lotto-Soudal s.t.
159 Rohan Dennis INEOS Grenadiers 3:24
160 Damien Howson Mitchelton-Scott 5:44
161 Domen Novak Bahrain-McLaren 5:45
162 Patrick Gamper Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
163 Rodrigo Contreras Astana s.t.
164 Sean Bennett EF Pro Cycling 7:33
165 Matthew Holmes Lotto-Soudal 10:57
166 Dylan Sunderland NTT Pro Cycling 15:10
167 Amanuel Gebreigzabhier NTT Pro Cycling 17:37
168 Tony Gallopin Ag2r La Mondiale 21:27

GC after stage 7:

1,010.1 kilometers raced so far at an average speed of 40.717 km/hr

1 Joao Almeida Deceuninck-Quick Step 24hr 48min 29sec
2 Pello Bilbao Bahrain-McLaren @ 43sec
3 Wilco Kelderman Team Sunweb 0:48
4 Harm Vanhoucke Lotto-Soudal 0"59
5 Vincenzo Nibali Trek-Segafredo 1:01
6 Domenico Pozzovivo NTT Pro Cycling 1:05
7 Jakob Fuglsang Astana 1:19
8 Steven Kruijswijk Jumbo-Visma 1:21
9 Patrick Konrad Bora-hansgrohe 1:26
10 Rafal Majka Bora-hansgrohe 1:32
11 Jai Hindley Team Sunweb 1:33
12 Fausto Masnada Deceuninck-Quick Step 1:38
13 Ilnur Zakarin CCC Team 1:44
14 Hermann Pernsteiner Bahrain-McLaren 1:48
15 Antonio Pedrero Movistar 1:56
16 Sergio Samitier Movistar 2:12
17 Lucas Hamilton Mitchelton-Scott 2:47
18 Brandon McNulty UAE-Team Emirates 2:57
19 Tao Geoghegan Hart INEOS Grenadiers 3:18
20 James Knox Deceuninck-Quick Step 3:26
21 Simon Yates Mitchelton-Scott 3:52
22 Aurélien Paret-Peintre Ag2r La Mondiale 4:31
23 Chris Harper Jumbo-Visma 4:57
24 Koen Bouwman Jumbo-Visma 5:17
25 Jonathan Castroviejo INEOS Grenadiers 6:49
26 Joe Dombrowski UAE-Team Emirates 7:15
27 Lawrence Warbasse Ag2r La Mondiale 7:38
28 Sam Oomen Team Sunweb 8:12
29 Attila Valter CCC Team 9:35
30 Stéphane Rossetto Cofidis 9:46
31 Martijn Tusveld Team Sunweb 10:37
32 Tanel Kangert EF Pro Cycling 10:38
33 Jack Haig Mitchelton-Scott 12:36
34 Gianluca Brambilla Trek-Segafredo 12:39
35 Matteo Fabbro Bora-hansgrohe 12:50
36 Daniel Navarro Israel Start-Up Nation 16:08
37 Fabio Felline Astana 16:26
38 Jaakko Hänninen Ag2r La Mondiale 16:31
39 Jonathan Caicedo EF Pro Cycling 17:41
40 Ruben Guerreiro EF Pro Cycling 18:32
41 Davide Villella Movistar 18:57
42 Giovanni Carboni Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè 19:11
43 Tobias Foss Jumbo-Visma 19:43
44 Oscar Rodriguez Astana 19:49
45 Antonio Nibali Trek-Segafredo 20:11
46 Einer Rubio Movistar s.t.
47 Jacopo Mosca Trek-Segafredo 22:24
48 Filippo Ganna INEOS Grenadiers 22:47
49 Victor De La Parte CCC Team 22:50
50 Pavel Kochetkov CCC Team 22:51
51 Mikkel Honore Deceuninck-Quick Step 24:53
52 Carl Fredrik Hagen Lotto-Soudal 25:14
53 Dario Cataldo Movistar 25:17
54 Giulio Ciccone Trek-Segafredo 25:34
55 Ben Swift INEOS Grenadiers 26:17
56 Diego Ulissi UAE-Team Emirates 26:22
57 Sander Armee Lotto-Soudal 26:29
58 Christoph Pfingsten Jumbo-Visma 26:35
59 Pieter Serry Deceuninck-Quick Step 26:38
60 Mark Padun Bahrain-McLaren 27:15
61 Jan Tratnik Bahrain-McLaren 27:39
62 Giovanni Visconti Vini Zabú-KTM 27:59
63 Tony Gallopin Ag2r La Mondiale 29:00
64 Pawel Poljanski Bora-hansgrohe 30:14
65 Julien Bernard Trek-Segafredo 30:30
66 Jonas Gregaard Astana 30:33
67 François Bidard Ag2r La Mondiale 30:54
68 Enrico Battaglin Bahrain-McLaren 30:56
69 Jesper Hansen Cofidis 31:24
70 Edoardo Zardini Vini Zabú-KTM 31:49
71 Ben Gastauer Ag2r La Mondiale 31:56
72 Geoffrey Bouchard Ag2r La Mondiale 32:01
73 Nicola Conci Trek-Segafredo 33:20
74 Damien Howson Mitchelton-Scott 33:30
75 Thomas De Gendt Lotto-Soudal 34:23
76 Salvatore Puccio INEOS Grenadiers 34:30
77 Joey Rosskopf CCC Team 34:38
78 Chad Haga Team Sunweb 36:12
79 Andrea Vendrame Ag2r La Mondiale 36:34
80 Chris Hamilton Team Sunweb 37:07
81 Louis Meintjes NTT Pro Cycling 37:18
82 Amanuel Gebreigzabhier NTT Pro Cycling 37:46
83 Hector Carretero Movistar 38:02
84 Eduardo Sepulveda Movistar 38:05
85 Francesco Romano Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè 38:17
86 Antwan Tolhoek Jumbo-Visma 40:20
87 Jhonnatan Narvaez INEOS Grenadiers 40:58
88 Ben O'Connor NTT Pro Cycling 41:14
89 Eros Capecchi Bahrain-McLaren 41:17
90 Alessandro Tonelli Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè 41:45
91 Kilian Frankiny Groupama-FDJ 42:02
92 Josip Rumac Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 42:12
93 Matteo Sobrero NTT Pro Cycling 43:42
94 Simone Ravanelli Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 43:56
95 Alexander Cepeda Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 44:44
96 Lorenzo Rota Vini Zabú-KTM 45:28
97 Simon Clarke EF Pro Cycling 45:32
98 Danilo Wyss NTT Pro Cycling 45:38
99 Michael Matthews Team Sunweb 46:57
100 Valerio Conti UAE-Team Emirates 47:18
101 Alexander Cataford Israel Start-Up Nation 48:11
102 Yukiya Arashiro Bahrain-McLaren s.t.
103 Davide Ballerini Deceuninck-Quick Step 48:46
104 Manuele Boaro Astana 50:55
105 Peter Sagan Bora-hansgrohe 51:21
106 Mikkel Bjerg UAE-Team Emirates 51:39
107 Alessandro Bisolti Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 51:53
108 Simon Pellaud Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 52:02
109 Stefano Oldani Lotto-Soudal 52:12
110 Rohan Dennis INEOS Grenadiers 52:38
111 Kamil Malecki CCC Team 52:44
112 Josef Černý CCC Team 54:53
113 Cameron Meyer Mitchelton-Scott 55:04
114 Matthew Holmes Lotto-Soudal 55:34
115 Miles Scotson Groupama-FDJ 56:21
116 Filippo Fiorelli Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè 57:45
117 Luca Chirico Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 57:51
118 Maciej Bodnar Bora-hansgrohe 58:14
119 Sean Bennett EF Pro Cycling 58:39
120 Mathias Le Turnier Cofidis 59:33
121 Jos Van Emden Jumbo-Visma 1:00:29
122 Simone Consonni Cofidis 1:00:34
123 Rodrigo Contreras Astana 1:00:43
124 Tony Martin Jumbo-Visma 1:00:44
125 Victor Campenaerts NTT Pro Cycling 1:01:50
126 Jhonatan Restrepo Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 1:02:05
127 Kamil Gradek CCC Team 1:02:06
128 Mattia Bais Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 1:02:08
129 Arnaud Démare Groupama-FDJ 1:02:22
130 Lawson Craddock EF Pro Cycling 1:02:27
131 Rick Zabel Israel Start-Up Nation 1:04:09
132 Filippo Zana Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè 1:05:24
133 Marco Frapporti Vini Zabú-KTM 1:06:22
134 Jacopo Guarnieri Groupama-FDJ 1:06:27
135 Nathan Haas Cofidis 1:06:59
136 Michael Hepburn Mitchelton-Scott 1:07:09
137 Ignatas Konovalovas Groupama-FDJ 1:07:15
138 Davide Cimolai Israel Start-Up Nation 1:07:52
139 Simon Guglielmi Groupama-FDJ 1:08:09
140 Nico Denz Team Sunweb 1:08:23
141 Fernando Gaviria UAE-Team Emirates 1:08:36
142 Lachlan Morton EF Pro Cycling 1:08:42
143 Cesare Benedetti Bora-hansgrohe 1:09:09
144 Nicolas Edet Cofidis 1:09:16
145 James Whelan EF Pro Cycling 1:09:39
146 Etienne Van Empel Vini Zabú-KTM 1:10:00
147 Fabio Mazzucco Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè 1:10:06
148 Sebastian Molano UAE-Team Emirates 1:10:08
149 Adam Hansen Lotto-Soudal 1:11:21
150 Giovanni Lonardi Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè 1:11:41
151 Edoardo Affini Mitchelton-Scott 1:12:01
152 Albert Torres Movistar 1:12:36
153 Dylan Sunderland NTT Pro Cycling 1:13:24
154 Simone Bevilacqua Vini Zabú-KTM 1:14:13
155 Domen Novak Bahrain-McLaren s.t.
156 Maximiliano Richeze UAE-Team Emirates 1:14:19
157 Alex Dowsett Israel Start-Up Nation 1:14:32
158 Elia Viviani Cofidis 1:15:24
159 Matthias Brändle Israel Start-Up Nation 1:15:34
160 Ramon Sinkeldam Groupama-FDJ 1:16:41
161 Matteo Spreafico Vini Zabú-KTM 1:16:50
162 Marco Mathis Cofidis 1:18:24
163 Patrick Gamper Bora-hansgrohe 1:20:05
164 Iljo Keisse Deceuninck-Quick Step 1:20:13
165 Alvaro Hodeg Deceuninck-Quick Step 1:20:18
166 Guy Sagiv Israel Start-Up Nation 1:28:14
167 Rudy Barbier Israel Start-Up Nation 1:28:18
168 Jonathan Dibben Lotto-Soudal 1:31:28

Stage 7 map & profile:

Stage map

Stage 7 map

Giro stage 7 profile

Stage 7 profile

Stage 7 photos by Fotoreporter Sirotti:

Matera

The stage started in Matera

Lotto Soudal

The Lotto-Soudal boys get their bikes.

Arnaud Demare

Super sprinter (and points classification leader) Arnaud Demare gets his bike.

Matera

Riding a bike in Matera should be done with care.

Arnaud Demare

Here they come...

Arnaud Demare

The stage is Arnaud Demare's with Peter Sagan finsihing second.

Arnaud Demare

Demare is clearly pleased, but Peter Sagan must be tired of second places by now.

Arnaud Demare

Stage winner Arnaud Demare

Joao Almeida

And another day in pink for Joao Almeida

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