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Giro 2020 - Stage 21: Cernusco sul Naviglio – Milano 15.7 km ITT *spoilers*

blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 17,350
edited October 2020 in Pro race
Stage 21: Cernusco sul Naviglio – Milano 15.7 km ITT
Sunday, October 25th, 12:20 GMT.

The final stage on the Giro d'Italia is a flat ITT between Cernusco di Naviglio and Milan. The route amounts to 16.5 kilometres. Unlike last year’s this one is pan flat, on long straights that will hugely favour specialists and could make a few climbers struggle.



The last time that the race finished in the capital of Lombardy was 2017, when Tom Dumoulin won the final maglia rosa by finishing second in a flat ITT of 29.3 kilometres. His compatriot Jos van Emden took the day honours.



The stage starts in the outskirts of Milan and the only checkpoint will be at km 10.3, two thirds of the way and already in the city. The finish will be in front of the famous Duomo.







Last year’s Giro finished with an individual time trial also. Chad Haga took the spoils, while Richard Carapaz sealed the overall victory on a lumpy route in and around Verona.
However this year, it will be the final time trial that decides who becomes the 2020 Giro champion. For the first time in cycling history, every second counts............literally, but will it ultimately top this table?

1948

1. Fiorenzo Magni (I) 124:51:52
2. Ezio Cecchi (I) at 11 seconds
1974

1. Eddy Merckx (B) 113:08:13
2. Gianbattista Baronchelli (I) at 12 seconds
1955

1. Fiorenzo Magni (I) 108:56:12
2. Fausto Coppi (I) at 13 seconds
2012

1. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) 91:39:02
2. Joaquim Rodriguez (Sp) at 16 seconds
1976

1. Felice Gimondi (I) 119:58:15
2. Johan De Muynck (B) at 19 seconds
1957

1. Gastone Nencini (I) 104:45:06
2. Louison Bobet (F) at 19 seconds
1960

1. Jacques Anquetil (F) 94:03:54
2. Gastone Nencini (I) at 28 seconds
2005

1. Paolo Savoldelli (I) 91:25:51
2. Gilberto Simoni (I) at 28 seconds
2017

1. Tom Dumoulin (Nl) 90:34:54
2. Nairo Quintana (Col) at 31 seconds

Cernusco sul Naviglio

Cernusco sul Naviglio is located 16km east of Milan (Lombardy), with about 35,000 inhabitants. There are more than 2,200 companies located there.
Cernusco sul Naviglio has been awarded as ‘European City of Sport 2020’ from Aces Europe last December 2019 in Brussels at the European Parliament.
Some numbers: 46 sports associations with 7,500 estimated athletes engaged in 38 different sports disciplines.

Milano

World capital of fashion and design, Milan lives poised between a centuries-long historical and cultural tradition and a creative stance looking forward to innovation and the world at large.
From the 18th century to the present Milan has never ceased to renew its look, from the Neo-Classical lines of Teatro alla Scala to the sumptuous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele and finally to the high-rise of its skyscrapers that, from Gio Ponti to the international archistars, have re-drawn its skyline.



Food

Tradition and innovation also co-exist in the Milan of taste, between ancient recipes and contemporary gourmet versions. History is represented by risotto alla milanese.



mondeghili (fried meatballs), rostin negàa (roast doused in white wine).



The typical Christmas cake is Panettone, now famous throughout the world.

Points of interest

A textbook visit to the city can only start from its centre: the Duomo, with its marbles, its spires, its great windows and its five centuries of history; the elegant Galleria Vittorio Emanuele; Piazza della Scala, with the Theatre and the monument to Leonardo da Vinci.



With a short metro or tramcar trip one can reach the charming alleyways of the Brera district, take an evening stroll by the romantic Navigli, window-shop across fashion streets like via Montenapoleone or via della Spiga, breathe freely in Parco Sempione or in another of the many parks and gardens.



While the new Milan soars in the Porta Nuova district, with Piazza Gae Aulenti and the Bosco Verticale; and in the CityLife area, with its three towers.



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  • ProssPross Posts: 27,098
    I had it in my head that there was a climb at the end. I think I must have confused it with the Vuelta TT.
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 24,911
    I went on a guided tour around Teatro alla Scala and the tour guide was explaining how the crowd would boo the performers if they were displeased. She then asked why we thought that was. We didn't say anything. Then she said 'it is because the Milanese are horrible people'. (She was from near Rome)
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  • ddraverddraver Posts: 22,111
    Am I right in thinking that we all think Tao has got this sewn up but none of us want to say it cos Tour?
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  • These threads have been fantastic as always.
  • ProssPross Posts: 27,098
    I can't speak for anyone else but I'm not counting on anything as neither have experience of being in this situation. Both have done brilliantly when turning up as domestiques albeit Tao took the team leader role early on. The only thing I hope for is that neither has a mishap and it's decided by their legs on the day. Very fitting for it to be decided one on one like this though.
  • DeVlaeminckDeVlaeminck Posts: 6,824
    Yeah think he's favourite but there's always the thing that riders often don't go all out in a TT unless they have something to gain - we've seen some riders reputed to be poor TTers suddenly pull one out if the bag when things are at stake.
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  • ProssPross Posts: 27,098
    Imagine if tomorrow was a road race stage. We could see the two GC leaders trying for sprints if there were time bonuses.
  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 15,277
    ddraver said:

    Am I right in thinking that we all think Tao has got this sewn up but none of us want to say it cos Tour?

    Pretty much, but a puncture and it can be all flipped on it's head.
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  • Pross said:

    Imagine if tomorrow was a road race stage. We could see the two GC leaders trying for sprints if there were time bonuses.

    Wouldn't Hindley expect to have the usual laurel wreath parade?

    It certainly adds weight to the argument that GTs should not finish with such stages.
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  • On the other side, Jon Dibben will probably be relieved just to have survived the mountains. He'll be the maglia nera unless Guy Sagiv pulls off the magic trick of shipping 2:46 to him and making the time limit simultaneously.
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 24,911
    I was concerned that Jai is an Indian word for Victory. But then I remembered that Winner Anacona rarely lives up to his name.
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  • Ineos will probably end the race with 7 stage wins, the pink and white jumpers.
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  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 24,911
    edited October 2020
    Start times (Italian time)



    Ganna at 14.52, Dennis at 15.17
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  • ProssPross Posts: 27,098
    Do the clocks change in Italy as well or will they be 2 hours ahead tomorrow?
  • jam1ejam1e Posts: 1,053
    At the risk of being a bit premature the best thing about this giro has been the fact that once the tier 1 favourites disappeared it hasn't been the usual Majka, Fuglsang, Pozzovivo et al gang stepping up but the fact that more of the new generation have slotted in above them in terms of GC ability and, God help me, panache.
  • mrb123mrb123 Posts: 3,110
    I think Majka, Fuglsang and Pozzovivo would manage to finish in mid table obscurity regardless of what opposition was put in front of them.
  • It's too early to come up with a marginal gains pun but that seems like money well spent.
  • DeadCalmDeadCalm Posts: 3,759
    Nibali the best placed Italian in 7th and unlikely to improve on that in the TT. Italy's worst ever Giro? I suppose they can take consolation in 4 (probably 5) stage wins but I don't think their best-placed rider has ever finished so far down on GC. Can anyone confirm or deny?
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  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 16,280
    Imagine for a moment you're the mechanic tasked with setting up each rider's bike for today.

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    Is reachable from here.
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  • gsk82gsk82 Posts: 2,917
    TGH would be the 5th Brit to win a grand tour in the last 10 years. That compares with 3 Italians, 2 Columbians and Slovenians and a few others with 1, Spain, Netherlands, Canada, Australia, Ecuador, USA.

    I never realised how domestic the giro and vuelta used to be. The giro was won by an Italian every year from 1997 to 2007, with the vuelta won by a Spaniard from 2000 to 2005.
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  • fleshtuxedofleshtuxedo Posts: 1,838
    Wonder if there'll be significant last minute changes to their TT bikes given the situation. Didn't Sastre have a very different from normal setup for his TDF showdown with Evans?
  • bm5bm5 Posts: 182
    Got to say that Ineos helicopters thing sums up my sadness for the end of this giro.
  • mrfpbmrfpb Posts: 4,483
    Is there a record for the number of Pink Jesey wearers at the sharp end of a Giro?
    If TGH takes, it'll be 4 in 5 days.
  • phreakphreak Posts: 2,360

    Ineos will probably end the race with 7 stage wins, the pink and white jumpers.

    I don't think they've had a very good 18 months by their own standards, but they've absolutely monstered this Giro. What's more, they've done so with a degree of panache we haven't seen in a long time, with the race winning moves made long before the finale of each stage. The unusual nature of the race probably made this possible, but it's been great to watch.
  • DeVlaeminckDeVlaeminck Posts: 6,824
    Its been a really good race, close on GC for a long time, great last week has really made it and 3-4 riders in it up until the last road stage.

    If TGH wins it must be the latest a rider has been a main focus of his team and finished top of a grand tour podium - even after Thomas crashed out they were more about stage wins than winning the race. Backloading the mountain stages to the last week has really allowed both Hindley and TGH to fly under the radar a bit until the real tests and it appears even their own teams weren't fully aware of the form they were in.
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  • That stat about Ineos not having won a grand tour stage for however many races has reverted to the mean in the most ridiculous way, hasn't it?

    TGH favourite today, but we've seen so many accidents, slips and mechanicals this year that nothing is over until it's over, and count me amongst those that are trying very hard not to tempt fate. On a rational level I know my actions change nothing, but...

    Ta for the stage previews, Blazing - excellent work as ever.
  • gsk82gsk82 Posts: 2,917
    bm5 said:

    Got to say that Ineos helicopters thing sums up my sadness for the end of this giro.

    They rent a large space in everyone's heads.
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  • mrfpbmrfpb Posts: 4,483
    Pross said:

    Do the clocks change in Italy as well or will they be 2 hours ahead tomorrow?

    Still one hour comparing to the countdown clock on the Giro website to my clock.
    First rider sets off 'about' 12:20 UK time acoording to the posted reace itineary.

    https://www.giroditalia.it/en/tappe/stage-21-cernusco-sul-naviglio-milano/
  • ProssPross Posts: 27,098
    Yep just checked and their daylight saving ended today.
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