Kelderman: Giro d'Italia is going better than I expected

Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb)
Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb) finished ninth in TT on stage 14 and remained second overall (Image credit: Getty Images)

After crossing the finish line in Valdobbiadene, Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) paused by a television screen near the mixed zone and watched intently as maglia rosa João Almeida (Deceuninck-QuickStep) negotiated the final kilometres of the Giro d’Italia’s stage 14 time trial.

Kelderman had rolled down the start ramp in Conegliano with legitimate aspirations of divesting the neo-professional of the pink jersey, even if his priority was to gain time on the more battle-hardened candidates for final overall victory, men like Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo) and Jakob Fuglsang (Astana Pro Team).

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.