Geoghegan Hart wins stage 15 at Giro

Briton Tao Geoghegan Hart won his first Grand Tour stage to climb to fourth place overall at the Giro d’Italia.

His win on stage 15 gave Ineos Grenadiers their fifth stage victory at the 2020 Giro, while Deceuninck-Quick Step’s Joao Almeida held onto the leader’s pink jersey.

Several of the main contenders lost time on the 153km route from Base Aerea Rivolto to Piancavallo north of Venice.

Two-time winner Vincenzo Nibali lost over two minutes on the final climb.

An emotional first win

Geoghegan Hart, 25, powered past another contender for pink in Sunweb’s Wilco Kelderman for the win in the final few metres of the category one summit finish, despite the Dutchman having team-mate Jai Hindley in support.

Geoghegan Hart dedicated the victory to Nico Portal, Ineos’ sporting director who died of a heart attack aged 40 in March this year.

“This is something incredible for me. I don’t know about [the GC], I haven’t seen the results – but crossing the line first is something truly incredible.

“This one is for Nico Portal. We lost him this spring and it’s been really difficult for the team – this season has had great highs and lows, in the Tour [de France] and for me personally, and also in this race.

“We just have to foster the Grenadier spirit in this team and keep fighting back like we know we can.”

More to follow.

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