Tadej Pogačar in pink bows as he celebrates winning stage 20 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia.

Giro stage 20 report: Pogačar is having himself a good time with sixth stage win

He's a shooting star leaping through the sky, Like a tiger, defying the laws of gravity. He's a racing car passing by, like Lady Godiva. "I'm gonna go, go, go there's no stopping me!"

Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) celebrates winning stage 20 of the 2024 Giro d’Italia. Photo: © Cor Vos

Kit Nicholson
by Kit Nicholson 25.05.2024 Photography by
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There’s a song playing in my head: “Don’t stop me now. I’m having such a good time, I’m having a ball …”

Anyway. Stage 20 of the Giro? Yeah, Pogačar won. Again. It was his sixth stage victory of the race, sealing the pink jersey by a margin of just under 10 minutes.

“I’m a rocket ship on my way to Mars on a collision course
I am a satellite, I’m out of control … “
Pellizzari has been the breakout rider of the Giro’s third week, making short work of bridging from the peloton to the leaders and leading the race onto the final climb of the Giro.
One last attack (probably) of the 2024 Giro d’Italia.
“Oh, you again.”
Valentin Paret-Peintre wins the sprint for second from a small group of GC riders on stage 20 of the Giro d'Italia.
The sprint for second on the stage.



Quotes of the day:

“This was a good test for the summer.”

Pogačar said after his sixth stage victory, looking ahead to the Tour de France where he hopes to win a third yellow jersey despite his unconventional run-up.

Geraint Thomas was one of four riders in the Giro peloton celebrating his birthday on stage 20, and for the now-38-year-old Welshman it was a tough day out that saw him lose touch on the Monte Grappa while Majka was on the front, about to launch Pogačar’s attack. Mercifully for Thomas, the gap between he and the riders Pogačar left behind was not huge, and Thomas had the company of both Ben O’Connor and Decathlon-AG2R super-domestique Valentin Paret-Peintre, who were determined to regain contact and cement the Australian’s fourth-place finish at the end of a tough final week.

“Everyone’s always gone on about my age for quite a while now, and I’ve never really seen the fuss. But now I’m 38 and pretty old for a professional cyclist. I’m feeling every one of my 38 years now.”

Valentin Paret-Peintre, Geraint Thomas and Ben O'Connor ride up a narrow path through the crowd near the top of the Monte Grappa climb on stage 20 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia.
“On the climb I had to let the boys go when UAE lit it up and Pog went for it, just because I couldn’t go with them,” Thomas said. “I had to ride at my own pace. Fortunately, I was with Ben O’Connor and his teammate, who did a really good ride to the top.”

Thomas went on to add:

“I’d bet a lot of money that Pogačar won’t be racing when he’s 38, so at least I’ve got that on him. He’s the best I’ve raced with and I’ve raced with a lot of good guys. He’s so versatile and aggressive all year round as well. It’s not just like me, for a couple of months a year where you’re good. It’s insane how talented he is.”

Brief analysis

Laengen hands over to Bjerg a kilometre or so into the second ascent of Monte Grappa having already jettisoned a few more riders including Fortunato and Quintana. If you watch closely, you can spot a friendly tap of thanks from the pink jersey as the big Norwegian slips down the left side of the pack.

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