McNulty outpaces Healy to emerge victorious in stage 15:
The Giro d’Italia witnessed an enthralling sprint finish as America’s Brandon McNulty won stage 15 after a head-to-head battle with Ireland’s Ben Healy, who rides for EF Education-Easypost. While the latter had clinched a stage win earlier in the race, he narrowly missed out this time around as McNulty pulled ahead near the finishing line in Bergamo.
Armirail holds on to pink jersey despite losing time:
Bruno Armirail continues to lead the overall classification despite France’s Groupama-FDJ rider losing some precious seconds towards the end. Britain’s Geraint Thomas was among those who made significant gains and is currently second, trailing Armirail by just over one minute.
Roglic and Thomas launch late attacks:
Former Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas has steadily been making up lost ground as he seeks redemption at this year’s Giro. In tandem with other key contenders like Slovenia’s Primoz Roglic of Jumbo-Visma, Thomas launched an attack towards the closing stages but failed to significantly close the gap with Armirail or change his position on GC standings.
Cavendish finishes lower down for Astana Qazaqstan team:
British rider Mark Cavendish, celebrating his 38th birthday on the same day, had a disappointing outing in stage 15 as he finished further down for Astana Qazaqstan team. The sprinter is set to hold a press conference on Monday amid rumours about making an announcement related to his future.
Giro d’Italia marred by bad weather and injuries:
The Giro d’Italia has experienced some tough times this year with riders struggling due to heavy rain causing health issues, crashes and other difficulties. Several top riders have been forced out of the race due to Covid-19, with Belgian Remco Evenepoel being one of them who left after stage nine.
Thomas hits back at retired cyclists over race-shortening comments:
A few former professional cyclists criticised organisers’ decision to shorten Friday’s stage citing safety concerns. Geraint Thomas defended this call while also pointing out that the sport has evolved substantially from past practices such as doping which were rampant until recently.
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