Michael Rogers emerged victorious during today’s stage 20 of the 2014 Giro d’Italia, after a solo finish atop the infamous Monte Zoncolan.
Rogers was part of a 20 man breakaway group, that got underway earlier on in today’s stage. However, as the escapees tackled the brutal climb of the Zoncolan, the compliment of riders began to diminish greatly.
From there, the race unfolded into a battle between Rogers and Francesco Bongiorno, with both riders experiencing interference from an overzealous crowd.
Indeed, during the final 3 kilometers, a fan attempted to push Bongiorno, which resulted in the Italian rider almost crashing. In fact, he had to unclip from his pedals in order to prevent himself from falling. This in turn, caused him to lose ground with Rogers, who continued onward oblivious to what had happened.
Additionally, fans were equally overzealous with riders in the maglia rosa group, wherein a fan wrapped in the Colombian flag proceeded to bear hug race leader Nairo Quintana along the climb.
Fortunately, Quintana managed to survive the episode, and continued along undeterred to defend his grip on the overall race lead.
Meanwhile, Rigoberto Urán remains in second place in the overall general classification, while Fabio Aru held onto his third spot on the podium.
Stage 20 Results AUS 1 ROGERS, Michael (TINKOFF-SAXO) 4:41:55 ITA 2 PELLIZOTTI, Franco (ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI) + 38 ITA 3 BONGIORNO, Francesco Manuel (BARDIANI CSF) + 49 IRL 4 ROCHE, Nicolas (TINKOFF-SAXO) + 1:35 USA 5 BOOKWALTER, Brent (BMC RACING) + 1:37 COL 6 CHALAPUD GOMEZ, Robinson Eduardo (COLOMBIA) + 1:46 AUT 7 PREIDLER, Georg (GIANT-SHIMANO) + 1:52 BEL 8 MONFORT, Maxime (LOTTO BELISOL) + 2:12 ITA 9 CATALDO, Dario (SKY) + 2:24 GER 10 GESCHKE, Simon (GIANT-SHIMANO) + 2:37 ITA 11 CATTANEO, Mattia (LAMPRE – MERIDA) VEN 12 MONSALVE, Yonattah (NERI SOTTOLI) + 3:03 AUT 13 ZOIDL, Riccardo (TREK FACTORY RACING) + 3:14 FRA 14 DOMONT, Axel (AG2R LA MONDIALE) + 3:21 RUS 15 BELKOV, Maxim (KATUSHA) + 3:46 ITA 16 ZARDINI, Edoardo (BARDIANI CSF) COL 17 QUINTANA ROJAS, Nairo Alexander (MOVISTAR) + 4:45 COL 18 URAN URAN, Rigoberto (OMEGA PHARMA – QUICK-STEP) BEL 19 WELLENS, Tim (LOTTO BELISOL) + 4:51 NED 20 POELS, Wouter (OMEGA PHARMA – QUICK-STEP) + 4:59
General Classification after Stage 20 COL 1 QUINTANA ROJAS, Nairo Alexander (MOVISTAR) 83:50:25 COL 2 URAN URAN, Rigoberto (OMEGA PHARMA – QUICK-STEP) + 3:07 ITA 3 ARU, Fabio (ASTANA) + 4:04 FRA 4 ROLLAND, Pierre (EUROPCAR) + 5:46 ITA 5 POZZOVIVO, Domenico (AG2R LA MONDIALE) + 6:41 POL 6 MAJKA, Rafal (TINKOFF-SAXO) + 7:13 NED 7 KELDERMAN, Wilco (BELKIN) + 11:09 AUS 8 EVANS, Cadel (BMC RACING) + 12:00 CAN 9 HESJEDAL, Ryder (GARMIN SHARP) + 13:35
CRO 10 KISERLOVSKI, Robert (TREK FACTORY RACING) + 15:49
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