Tao Geoghegan Hart claimed a fifth stage win for Ineos Grenadiers in this year’s Giro d’Italia when he won the 15th stage on Sunday, a 185km mountain stage, as Joao Almeida’s overall lead was whittled down to just 15sec.
Briton Geoghegan Hart was the freshest man at the end of the final ascent, a punishing 14.5-km effort at an average gradient of 7.8%, to beat Dutchman Wilco Kelderman by two seconds.
Kelderman’s Sunweb team mate Jai Hindley of Australia was third, four seconds off the pace, after pacing the leading trio up the climb.
Portuguese Almeida came home fourth, 37 seconds behind the winner. He retained the overall race leader’s Maglia Rosa jersey, with a 15-second lead over Kelderman.
The Giro continues on Tuesday with the 228km run from Udine to San Daniele del Friuli and concludes on October 25 in Milan.