Giro 2024: biggest risers

Sunday 2 June 2024 • Stats

Fleur Kok

The first Grand Tour of 2024 is behind us - a suitable moment to take a look at the rider cards of this year's Giro d'Italia participants. Which cyclists have shown the most progress throughout those three weeks of cycling around Italy? We're diving into the following skill categories:

  • Hill
  • Mountain
  • ITT
  • Sprint
  • GC

Biggest risers: hill

  1. Jhonatan Narváez (+6)
  2. Max Schachmann (+5)
  3. Jan Hirt (+4)
  4. Michael Valgren (+4)
  5. Geraint Thomas (+4)

Where many expected Pogačar to be the first guy to wear the maglia rosa, it was Narváez who was able to leave Schachmann and Pogačar behind him in a sprint uphill. It was a first sign of a great form of the Ecuadorian rider, who often showed his great legs in the breakaway and finished second in the stage that was won by Alaphilippe.

Hill progress: Jhonatan Narváez

Biggest risers: mountain

  1. Georg Steinhauser (+30)
  2. Alex Baudin (+24)
  3. Nicola Conci (+23)
  4. Giulio Pellizzari (+19)
  5. Valentin Paret-Peintre (+18)

During this Giro, quite a few youngsters have shown their talent. Among them: Georg Steinhauser. In the stage towards Livigno, he gave everyone a great show and made it to the podium. Three days later, it was bulls-eye for the German cyclist, as he went on a little adventure with Ghebreigzabhier and eventually turned that into an impressive solo win. That didn't take anything away from his eagerness though, as he managed to claim another podium spot in stage 19. To top it off, the bold racing style of Steinhauser brought him towards a third spot in the mountain classification.   

Mountain progress: Georg Steinhauser

Biggest risers: ITT

  1. Filippo Zana (+18)
  2. Antonio Tiberi (+15)
  3. Lucas Plapp (+13)
  4. Ben O’Connor (+12)
  5. Lorenzo Milesi (+11)

Filippo Zana was in a great GC position throughout this Giro, for which the ITTs can make or break your final classification. It seems like the Italian rider doesn't need to worry about a race against the clock, as he managed to do well during both the time trials, which has resulted in an improvement in his ITT skill.

ITT progress: Filippo Zana

Biggest risers: sprint

  1. Tim van Dijke (+9)
  2. Giovanni Lonardi (+8)
  3. Davide Ballerini (+7)
  4. Stanislaw Aniolkowski (+6)
  5. Enrico Zanoncello (+6)

You'd say Visma – Lease a Bike has had their portion of bad luck by now. The team selection had been cut in half after the first rest day already, which meant the four remaining guys had to continue without their leaders Uijtdebroeks and Kooij. Kooij's leadout Laporte had dropped out of this Giro in the first week (due to the results of a crash), so when Kooij didn't start on the first race day after his stage win, it looked like the bees didn't have much to play for in the remaining sprint stages. Tim van Dijke proved the contrary, as he managed to individually position himself very well, which led to a great fourth and fifth place for the Dutchman. Since the participation field was very strong this Giro, Van Dijke sees his sprint skill increase significantly. 

Not shown on the rider cards is the skill category 'leadout', which Van Dijke now has a score of 91(!) at, thanks to his impressive leadout that led to the victory of Kooij. 

Sprint progress: Tim van Dijke

Biggest risers: GC

  1. Daniel Felipe Martínez (+15)
  2. Simon Geschke (+15)
  3. Davide Piganzoli (+15)
  4. Jan Hirt (+12)
  5. Antonio Tiberi (+12)

Martínez is one of the greatest GC risers of this Giro. The Colombian rider of BORA-Hansgrohe was 'the best of the rest', which is equal to a second place in the general classification. He's now put himself in the top 20 of best GC-riders; does that mean we'll now see him fight for a podium spot more frequently? 

Geschke, who was mainly focused on the blue jersey and a potential stage win, ended up with a 14th spot in the GC. His best result this Giro was a sixth place, as he chased down the eventual winner Valentin Paret-Peintre. The German cyclist hasn't particularily acted as a GC rider this Giro, but his GC score increases nonetheless. 

Hirt might have been the biggest surprise in the final top 10; his GC score also increases significantly. 

GC progress: Daniel Felipe Martínez

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