Giro d'Italia: Filippo Ganna wins stage 14 time trial in Valdobbiadene

Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) destroyed the competition to take his third victory at the Giro d’Italia, winning the stage 14 time trial in a blistering time of 42:40. The world champion was 26 seconds quicker than his teammate Rohan Dennis in second place.

Brandon McNulty (UAE Team Emirates) was by far the best performer of the GC contenders, finishing in third at 43 seconds behind Dennis and rocketing himself into fourth place overall. Having started the day in 11th place, McNulty is now just 12 seconds off a podium position after Pello Bilbao gave away more than a minute to the top GC riders.

Aside from McNulty’s ride, there was no huge shake-up in the overall standings. Maglia rosa João Almeida (Deceuninck-QuickStep) gained time on all his nearest rivals. Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) lost just 16 seconds to remain within one minute of the Portuguese rider. Meanwhile, Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo) is now 2:30 away from the pink jersey after giving away 1:23 on Almeida.

The day belonged to Ganna, though, who looked on course for victory right from the start. The 24-year-old has appeared adept on nearly all terrains at this Giro d’Italia but he was in his domain on stage 14. He and Dennis were just a second apart at the first time check on the top of the Muro di Ca’ del Poggio. As the road flattened out the young Italian applied the power and stretched his lead over his more experienced teammate, eventually crossing the line with a 26-second advantage.

It is Ganna’s third win in the opening two weeks and the fourth for Ineos Grenadiers, after Jhonatan Narváez won on stage 12, with another time trial to come on the final day in Milan.

“Every victory is important for me and in this Giro we have a really strong team, we win everywhere and we are really happy,” Ganna said after the stage. “In the start I felt OK, we had one kilometre, five minutes climb that was not very easy, but the finish leg was really, really well and I felt better and better.”

How it unfolded

Unlike the opening time trial test, stage 14 from Conegliano to Valdobbiadene got underway in calm and dry conditions in Italy’s prosecco region. As often is the case in Grand Tour chronos, the day would feature two battles – one for the stage win and the other between the general classification contenders.

The rolling 34.1km stage had two major stings in it with the brutal fourth category Muro di Ca’ del Poggio coming just over six kilometres into the stage and another uphill challenge within the final 10km.The former would be the sternest test with gradients of up to 19 per cent on its 1.1km distance.

The list of early starters was packed with strong time triallists and it was Mathias Brandle (Israel Start-Up Nation) that set the early benchmark with a time of 45:23, but his time on the hotseat was already numbers as Victor Campanaerts (NTT Pro Cycling) and set the fastest times at the checkpoints out on course.

The Belgian Hour Record holder took almost 40 seconds out of Brandle, setting the new fastest time of 44:46. Like Brandle before him, the next stage contender was already out on course and claiming the top spot at each of the time checks. Dennis (Ineos Grenadiers) had a difficult time of it in the opening time trial but he looked on-song as he powered through the course. Behind him, his teammate, and time trial world champion, Filippo Ganna was already picking off the riders ahead of him with ruthless efficiency.  

Dennis crossed the line with a new best time of 43:06 but he was only keeping the hot seat warm for his Italian teammate. Ganna didn’t miss a pedal stroke at any point, sailing up the climbs as if they were not there. The world champion blew away the rest of his rivals as he crossed the line in a time of 42:40. With the general classification contenders still to come, Ganna could sit back and relax in relative comfort that his time would not be bested.

As the stage reached its denouement, McNulty set out with a mission, losing just 15 seconds to Ganna by the second check point. The American held his nerve throughout to post a time of 43:49, to take third on the stage and propel himself up the standings and within touching distance of a podium place.

MucNulty was the only member of the top 10 to gain time on Almeida, who looked assured in his maglia rosa skinsuit. The Deceuninck-QuickStep rider was unable to gain the same margins on some of his rivals in Valdobbiadene as he had done on the opening day of racing but he still increased his advantage at the top of the overall classification. After a rocky start to the Giro d’Italia, Kelderman put in a strong performance to keep himself well in contention for the overall classification ahead of a difficult mountain test.

Jai Hindley (Sunweb) was the biggest loser from the top 10, losing over two minutes to Almeida and dropping to 10th overall. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) had also a bad day on the time trial bike, slipping down to 12th in the general classification.

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Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Filippo Ganna (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers 0:42:40
2Rohan Dennis (Aus) Ineos Grenadiers 0:00:26
3Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Team Emirates 0:01:09
4Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:01:11
5Josef Cerny (Cze) CCC Team 0:01:16
6Joao Almeida (Por) Deceuninck-Quickstep 0:01:31
7Tanel Kangert (Est) EF Pro Cycling 0:01:33
8Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Ineos Grenadiers 0:01:44
9Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:01:47
10Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain McLaren 0:02:00
11Matteo Sobrero (Ita) NTT Pro Cycling 0:02:06
12Victor Campenaerts (Bel) NTT Pro Cycling 0:02:06
13Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 0:02:24
14Mikkel Bjerg (Den) UAE Team Emirates 0:02:32
15Kamil Gradek (Pol) CCC Team 0:02:34
16Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:02:37
17Joseph Rosskopf (USA) CCC Team 0:02:39
18Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) CCC Team 0:02:40
19Matthias Brändle (Aut) Israel Start-Up Nation 0:02:43
20Alex Dowsett (GBr) Israel Start-Up Nation 0:02:49
21Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 0:02:50
22Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain McLaren 0:02:53
23Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:02:54
24Attila Valter (Hun) CCC Team 0:02:59
25Lawrence Warbasse (USA) AG2R la Mondiale 0:03:00
26Fausto Masnada (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:03:00
27Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) NTT Pro Cycling 0:03:01
28Aurélien Paret Peintre (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale 0:03:06
29Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:03:13
30Dario Cataldo (Ita) Movistar Team 0:03:25
31James Knox (GBr) Deceuninck-Quickstep 0:03:25
32Miles Scotson (Aus) Groupama-FDJ 0:03:27
33Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:03:31
34Jai Hindley (Aus) Team Sunweb 0:03:39
35Andrea Vendrame (Ita) AG2R la Mondiale 0:03:45
36Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) Bahrain McLaren 0:03:47
37Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis 0:03:47
38Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:03:56
39Ben Swift (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 0:04:02
40Fabio Felline (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:04:10
41Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:04:29
42Davide Ballerini (Ita) Deceuninck-Quickstep 0:04:32
43Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bahrain McLaren 0:04:33
44Ruben Guerreiro (Por) EF Pro Cycling 0:04:34
45Victor De la Parte (Spa) CCC Team 0:04:37
46Simone Ravanelli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:04:38
47Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:04:39
48Geoffrey Bouchard (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale 0:04:40
49Kamil Malecki (Pol) CCC Team 0:04:41
50Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:04:47
51Danilo Wyss (Swi) NTT Pro Cycling 0:04:48
52Kilian Frankiny (Swi) Groupama-FDJ 0:04:48
53Iljo Keisse (Bel) Deceuninck-Quickstep 0:04:48
54Matteo Fabbro (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:04:56
55Nathan Haas (Aus) Cofidis 0:04:56
56Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:04:59
57James Whelan (Aus) EF Pro Cycling 0:05:01
58Mikkel Frølich Honoré (Den) Deceuninck-Quickstep 0:05:01
59Jhonatan Manuel Narvaez Prado (Ecu) Ineos Grenadiers 0:05:03
60Ben O'Connor (Aus) NTT Pro Cycling 0:05:06
61Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Vini Zabu' KTM 0:05:08
62Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:05:11
63Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Lotto Soudal 0:05:12
64Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar Team 0:05:24
65Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis 0:05:25
66Eros Capecchi (Ita) Bahrain McLaren 0:05:25
67Pieter Serry (Bel) Deceuninck-Quickstep 0:05:25
68Carl Fredrik Hagen (Nor) Lotto Soudal 0:05:26
69Simone Bevilacqua (Ita) Vini Zabu' KTM 0:05:27
70Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane' 0:05:36
71Simon Clarke (Aus) EF Pro Cycling 0:05:38
72Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain McLaren 0:05:39
73Chad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb 0:05:42
74Christopher Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb 0:05:49
75Marco Mathis (Ger) Cofidis 0:05:50
76Stefano Oldani (Ita) Lotto Soudal 0:05:55
77Manuele Boaro (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:05:57
78Elia Viviani (Ita) Cofidis 0:05:57
79Matthew Holmes (GBr) Lotto Soudal 0:05:57
80Simone Consonni (Ita) Cofidis 0:06:01
81Jonathan Caicedo (Ecu) EF Pro Cycling 0:06:02
82Davide Villella (Ita) Movistar Team 0:06:05
83Mathias Le Turnier (Fra) Cofidis 0:06:06
84Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:06:07
85Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal 0:06:08
86Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Vini Zabu' KTM 0:06:09
87Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers 0:06:09
88Oscar Rodriguez Garaicoechea (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:06:10
89Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:06:11
90François Bidard (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale 0:06:16
91Josip Rumac (Cro) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:06:17
92Einer Augusto Rubio Reyes (Col) Movistar Team 0:06:20
93Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Groupama-FDJ 0:06:21
94Jaakko Hanninen (Fin) AG2R la Mondiale 0:06:24
95Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Groupama-FDJ 0:06:27
96Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:06:29
97Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo 0:06:29
98Dylan Sunderland (Aus) NTT Pro Cycling 0:06:29
99Jhonatan Restrepo Valencia (Col) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:06:30
100Jesper Hansen (Den) Cofidis 0:06:31
101Matteo Spreafico (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:06:32
102Louis Meintjes (RSA) NTT Pro Cycling 0:06:37
103Marco Frapporti (Ita) Vini Zabu' KTM 0:06:38
104Alvaro Jose Hodeg Chagui (Col) Deceuninck-Quickstep 0:06:39
105Davide Cimolai (Ita) Israel Start-Up Nation 0:06:42
106Amanuel Gebreigzabhier (Eri) NTT Pro Cycling 0:06:45
107Rodrigo Contreras Pinzon (Col) Astana Pro Team 0:06:45
108Rick Zabel (Ger) Israel Start-Up Nation 0:06:47
109Fernando Gaviria Rendon (Col) UAE Team Emirates 0:06:47
110Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Vini Zabu' KTM 0:06:51
111Jonas Gregaard Wilsly (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:06:54
112Joe Dombrowski (USA) UAE Team Emirates 0:06:55
113Filippo Zana (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane' 0:06:58
114Simon Guglielmi (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:07:03
115Harm Vanhoucke (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:07:11
116Mattia Bais (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:07:14
117Hector Carretero (Spa) Movistar Team 0:07:18
118Filippo Fiorelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane' 0:07:26
119Francesco Romano (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane' 0:07:29
120Domen Novak (Slo) Bahrain McLaren 0:07:31
121Antonio Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:07:40
122Nicola Conci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:07:41
123Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 0:07:44
124Albert Torres Barcelo (Spa) Movistar Team 0:07:45
125Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Israel Start-Up Nation 0:07:46
126Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:07:52
127Giovanni Lonardi (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane' 0:07:55
128Guy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Start-Up Nation 0:07:57
129Luca Chirico (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:07:57
130Mark Padun (Ukr) Bahrain McLaren 0:07:59
131Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:08:00
132Lachlan Morton (Aus) EF Pro Cycling 0:08:02
133Nico Denz (Ger) Team Sunweb 0:08:03
134Jefferson Alexander Cepeda (Ecu) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:08:03
135Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Movistar Team 0:08:05
136Etienne Van Empel (Ned) Vini Zabu' KTM 0:08:06
137Simon Pellaud (Swi) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:08:09
138Sergio Samitier Samitier (Spa) Movistar Team 0:08:11
139Giovanni Carboni (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane' 0:08:20
140Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg) UAE Team Emirates 0:09:05
141Fabio Mazzucco (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane' 0:09:24
142Juan Sebastian Molano Benavides (Col) UAE Team Emirates 0:15:51
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Finish
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Filippo Ganna (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers 15
2Rohan Dennis (Aus) Ineos Grenadiers 12
3Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Team Emirates 9
4Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal 7
5Josef Cerny (Cze) CCC Team 6
6Joao Almeida (Por) Deceuninck-Quickstep 5
7Tanel Kangert (Est) EF Pro Cycling 4
8Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Ineos Grenadiers 3
9Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb 2
10Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain McLaren 1
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Mountain - Muro Di Ca' del Poggio
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Filippo Ganna (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers 3
2Rohan Dennis (Aus) Ineos Grenadiers 2
3Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Team Emirates 1
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Team
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ineos Grenadiers 2:10:10
2CCC Team 0:04:19
3UAE Team Emirates 0:04:21
4NTT Pro Cycling 0:05:03
5Deceuninck-Quick-Step 0:05:46
6Bahrain McLaren 0:06:30
7AG2R la Mondiale 0:07:41
8Team Sunweb 0:07:45
9Bora-Hansgrohe 0:07:54
10EF Pro Cycling 0:08:58
11Lotto Soudal 0:09:24
12Israel Start-Up Nation 0:10:04
13Groupama-FDJ 0:10:52
14Astana Pro Team 0:11:10
15Cofidis 0:11:58
16Movistar Team 0:12:44
17Trek-Segafredo 0:13:02
18Vini Zabu' KTM 0:14:34
19Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:15:15
20Bardiani CSF Faizane' 0:17:50
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General classification after stage 14
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Joao Almeida (Por) Deceuninck-Quickstep 54:28:09
2Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:00:56
3Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain McLaren 0:02:11
4Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Team Emirates 0:02:23
5Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:02:30
6Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:02:33
7Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) NTT Pro Cycling
8Fausto Masnada (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:03:11
9Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:03:17
10Jai Hindley (Aus) Team Sunweb 0:03:33
11Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 0:03:44
12Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:04:08
13Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar Team 0:06:57
14James Knox (GBr) Deceuninck-Quickstep 0:07:56
15Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) Bahrain McLaren 0:08:13
16Sergio Samitier Samitier (Spa) Movistar Team 0:15:29
17Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) CCC Team 0:17:10
18Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Ineos Grenadiers 0:19:54
19Aurélien Paret Peintre (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale 0:21:24
20Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:26:34
21Attila Valter (Hun) CCC Team 0:26:51
22Matteo Fabbro (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:27:16
23Lawrence Warbasse (USA) AG2R la Mondiale 0:34:24
24Mikkel Frølich Honoré (Den) Deceuninck-Quickstep 0:35:34
25Ruben Guerreiro (Por) EF Pro Cycling 0:37:19
26Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:37:35
27Fabio Felline (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:38:00
28Ben Swift (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 0:42:31
29Tanel Kangert (Est) EF Pro Cycling 0:43:08
30Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:45:41
31Christopher Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb 0:46:04
32Harm Vanhoucke (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:46:56
33Jhonatan Manuel Narvaez Prado (Ecu) Ineos Grenadiers 0:46:59
34Davide Villella (Ita) Movistar Team 0:48:07
35Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 0:49:42
36Pieter Serry (Bel) Deceuninck-Quickstep 0:49:52
37Victor De la Parte (Spa) CCC Team 0:56:53
38François Bidard (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale 0:57:44
39Antonio Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:57:53
40Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 1:00:49
41Oscar Rodriguez Garaicoechea (Spa) Astana Pro Team 1:06:22
42Ben O'Connor (Aus) NTT Pro Cycling 1:06:40
43Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe 1:06:52
44Joseph Rosskopf (USA) CCC Team 1:08:04
45Mark Padun (Ukr) Bahrain McLaren 1:10:33
46Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers 1:12:15
47Jonas Gregaard Wilsly (Den) Astana Pro Team 1:12:35
48Louis Meintjes (RSA) NTT Pro Cycling 1:12:37
49Jesper Hansen (Den) Cofidis 1:13:26
50Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Israel Start-Up Nation 1:14:22
51Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal 1:16:16
52Joe Dombrowski (USA) UAE Team Emirates 1:16:31
53Nicola Conci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 1:17:18
54Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bahrain McLaren 1:17:46
55Jaakko Hanninen (Fin) AG2R la Mondiale 1:19:47
56Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo 1:21:29
57Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Movistar Team 1:21:35
58Einer Augusto Rubio Reyes (Col) Movistar Team 1:21:45
59Carl Fredrik Hagen (Nor) Lotto Soudal 1:22:22
60Filippo Ganna (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers 1:22:33
61Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal 1:23:13
62Andrea Vendrame (Ita) AG2R la Mondiale 1:26:01
63Jonathan Caicedo (Ecu) EF Pro Cycling 1:30:22
64Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Vini Zabu' KTM 1:30:24
65Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis 1:30:33
66Mikkel Bjerg (Den) UAE Team Emirates 1:32:31
67Chad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb 1:32:43
68Giovanni Carboni (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane' 1:32:46
69Simon Clarke (Aus) EF Pro Cycling 1:33:05
70Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 1:33:22
71Matteo Sobrero (Ita) NTT Pro Cycling 1:33:44
72Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane' 1:35:39
73Manuele Boaro (Ita) Astana Pro Team 1:35:44
74Kilian Frankiny (Swi) Groupama-FDJ 1:37:54
75Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain McLaren
76Geoffrey Bouchard (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale 1:38:10
77Dario Cataldo (Ita) Movistar Team 1:38:11
78Davide Ballerini (Ita) Deceuninck-Quickstep 1:39:30
79Simone Ravanelli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 1:41:31
80Kamil Malecki (Pol) CCC Team 1:44:11
81Francesco Romano (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane' 1:44:24
82Josip Rumac (Cro) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 1:45:05
83Simon Pellaud (Swi) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 1:46:01
84Rohan Dennis (Aus) Ineos Grenadiers 1:46:32
85Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Vini Zabu' KTM