Race report

Wilco Kelderman claims 9th place in testing Giro time trial as he and Jai Hindley hold onto GC double top ten

Giro d'Italia

Stage 14 at the Giro d’Italia saw the peloton take on a testing 34 kilometre long time trial. Rolling down the start ramp in Conegliano the opening kilometres of the route were almost pan-flat, albeit on a slight drag. However, the riders were soon faced with the incredibly steep climb of Muro di Cà del Poggio – an ascent that averaged over 12% for a kilometre. Once over the top, the remaining 25 kilometres took on rolling parcours, which included yet more climbing before the riders crossed the line in Valdobbiadene.

With a tough day of climbing ahead tomorrow, the team set out to conserve as much energy as possible throughout the difficult course, with only GC riders Jai Hindley and Wilco Kelderman going full-gas. Starting the day in seventh place on GC, Hindley set solid intermediate times throughout the course, keeping within touching distance of the GC riders around him. Giving it his all over the rolling terrain, Hindley stopped the clock in Valdobbiadene for a credible finish time of 46 minutes and 19 seconds.

Penultimate rider off the ramp, Kelderman rode a strong time trial over the undulating parcours. A consistent effort saw him place in the top ten at every intermediate checkpoint, gaining time on the majority of the other GC candidates. Pushing on the pedals all the way to the finish, Kelderman crossed the line in a time of 44 minutes and 27 seconds which saw him claim a good ninth place on the stage.

As the dust settled once all of the riders had finished their efforts, there was a small shake up in the GC standings. Kelderman maintains his second place on GC for the team, now 56 seconds behind race leader Almeida, while Hindley occupies tenth spot in the overall standings ahead of tomorrow’s mountain-top finish.

“With the big mountains still to come I’m satisfied with the result from today,” explained Kelderman at the finish. “I’m surprised with myself actually, the whole Giro is going better than I expected so I’m super happy with how it is going so far. I was focused on the time trial and I was looking forward to it before the Giro. It’s always a special day where it’s also hard to suffer so much. From the beginning of the season we prepared for here by focusing a lot on my time trial, training on the bike a bit more. When I look at myself I feel I did a nice time trial and compared to a lot of the other GC riders I set a good time. There are hard days still to come, with big mountains tomorrow and then a hard last week, so in the end it will probably come down to minutes and not seconds.”

Hindley added: “It was full gas for me out there. The team did everything they could to get me ready for it and I laid it all out there. I tried not to go out too hard in the first five kilometres and then hold power on the first climb before then on the other drags I tried to go over the top and maintain the speed. It was a pretty brutal course but it was also stunning too, through the vineyards and on some beautiful roads.”

Team Sunweb coach Luke Roberts continued: “We had a very challenging time trial today. There was a steep one kilometre long climb early in the race and a longer climb in the final. It was a really nice parcours over the 34 kilometres. We had Jai and Wilco there, aiming to secure their positions on the GC. Both of them have done solid rides and it’s good to see Wilco maintain that second place on GC and still within reach of the lead. Jai also did a good ride and maintains his top ten place overall. Good performances from both guys and we’re looking forward to tomorrow’s big day in the mountains.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 GANNA Filippo INEOS Grenadiers 42:40 100
2 DENNIS Rohan INEOS Grenadiers 0:26 40
3 MCNULTY Brandon UAE-Team Emirates 1:09 20
9 KELDERMAN Wilco Team Sunweb 1:47 -
34 HINDLEY Jai Team Sunweb 3:39 -
41 OOMEN Sam Team Sunweb 4:29 -
56 TUSVELD Martijn Team Sunweb 4:59 -
73 HAGA Chad Team Sunweb 5:42 -
74 HAMILTON Chris Team Sunweb 5:49 -
133 DENZ Nico Team Sunweb 8:03 -