Stage 21, 26 May 2013, Start 11:40
Riese Pio X - Brescia
The sprinters once again come into their own on the final stage between Riese Pio X and Brescia, Lombardy's second largest town, and can set their sights on victory in the concluding stage.
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Sunday, 26. May 2013 Brescia sees Nibali crowned the victor. Last stage goes to Cavendish Read more... Close news
The British rider also wins the last sprint on the great day of Astana’s Sicilian leader. Cav also takes home the red jersey. Betancur best young rider, Pirazzi wins the mountains classification.
Five group sprints, five victories. Mark Cavendish is untouchable when it comes to sheer speed. In a Giro that offered few opportunities for sprinters, he goes home with five victories and the red jersey for winning the points classification. But in Brescia it was the great day of Vincenzo Nibali, as he was crowned at the end of a Giro he dominated, in which no one seriously believed there was ever going to be any other winner. Neither the rivals who went home after endless problems (Wiggins, Hesjedal), nor those who continued the race ever gave the impression they could rattle him.
THE STAGE The last stage, 197 km from Riese to Pio X, was the classic parade, with the group progressing at tourist pace until they entered the Brescia circuit, when the teams pulled out the stops for their sprinters. It was touching to see the send-off given to the 40-year-old Stefano Garzelli, visibly moved when the group let him cross the finish line first on the opening lap of the circuit.
THE JERSEYS After today’s stage, the red jersey also changes hands, with Nibali surrendering it to Cavendish. Great celebrations for Pirazzi, blue jersey for the best climber, and Betancour, white jersey for the best young rider, a thoroughbred colt who could soon be a contender for the pink version.
Sunday, 26. May 2013 Nibali: "I can't believe it; this is the dream of a lifetime come true” Read more... Close news
The pink jersey: "I've worked so hard to get here, and now it's time to enjoy my triumph with my family". Cavendish: "Thanks to my teammates"
He dominated the Giro. After the finish line at Brescia, it's time for Vincenzo Nibali to relax and give way to his emotions, with tears in his eyes.
FAMILY CELEBRATIONS "This is the dream of a lifetime come true," Vincenzo admits. "This is a goal I've worked so long for and is the result of great sacrifices. I've never stopped working through the years, and I think I've grown a bit at a time, maturing with experience. This Giro I've tried to take each day at a time. I thought it was important to concentrate on recuperating energy, and I knew it was the best thing I could do to crown this dream. My preparation began months ago, with a lot of time spent away from home, periods in the mountains with my teammates, and trial races. I don't think it's really hit me yet, but now I will have all the time I need to enjoy this victory with my wife and family. I don't wish for anything else. It's an unforgettable day, one of the best of my life, yet I find it hard to explain - I’m at a loss to describe what I feel in front of all these people. That's why I shook my head. I'm just full of emotion, and the image of my teammates on the stage will stay with me forever. I don't know how it will change my life, since things weren't exactly quiet beforehand!”
NIBALI STORY The Sicilian went over the journey that brought him to Brescia: "Mastromarco has been my second home, my second family. I grew up in Tuscany, after a childhood in Sicily. And today there were lots of friends who came from there to cheer for me. It was wonderful to see them from up on the stage. In the early stages I was suffering from an allergy, and at Marina d'Ascea I wasn't feeling my best, but my teammates kept me at the front, trying to protect me from falls. This gave me confidence, and meant I was never afraid. The rain helped me cope with my allergy, but then I slid twice because of the wet tarmac. The trophy? It's as beautiful as it is heavy; it really is spectacular".
HIS WIFE Vincenzo was joined in Brescia by his wife Rachele, a key figure in his life. "It's a fantastic day for us, and what I love about Vincenzo is that he is stubborn, proud and carefree at the same time. Now we’ll go for a few days holiday by the sea. We've had enough of mountains for a while…”. It's hard not to agree with her.
COLUMBIAN PARTY In front of the stage in Brescia, there were dozens of Colombian flags, waving for Rigoberto Uran, second in the general classification, and for Carlos Betancur. "Even without Wiggins, we raced a great Giro,” said Uran, “and my aim is to continue growing, and one day win major stage races like this one". The young climber of the Ag2R team, white jersey at the Giro, just like Uran a year ago, is even more ambitious: "I hope I can win this race one day, and the world Championships too. One thing’s for sure – Colombian cycling is back".
THIRD The Australian Cadel Evans, who climbed on the stage with his son Robel, was satisfied with the result. "In the third week I found the legs I needed. I rode really well, and this gives me hope for the Tour de France. I need some time to recover, but I'm stronger after this Giro”.
JOY FOR CAV The Briton celebrates a great result in Brescia: 5 sprints, 5 victories. "I'm really happy; the team did a fantastic job. My team is full of gentlemen, but the finish is never easy. Modolo pulled off an incredible sprint and put me to the test, but I'm happy with the result”.
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Saturday, 25. May 2013 Nibali fabulous on the Three Peaks. Uran now in second Read more... Close news
The pink jersey holder broke away three km from the finish and stayed out in front. "Exciting day" Fight for the podium: Uran gains on Evans and Scarponi.
Vincenzo Nibali had promised a great show on the Three Peaks of Lavaredo. And the Shark didn't disappoint, winning an epic, stirring stage, with riders looking skeletal, with snow on their eyebrows and unable to speak. The bad weather continued to pound the racers on Saturday, despite the cancellation of Giau and Costalunga. They were hit by quite some storm on the final climb. At 3 km from the finish Vincenzo Nibali decided to add to his victory in the 2013 Giro with yet another feat. He powered ahead leaving all his rivals trailing helplessly. He was followed by the three Colombians, Duarte, Rigoberto and Uran who took a decisive step towards the second place, and an outstanding Carlos Betancur, who overcame his bike's mechanical troubles and holds the white jersey.
THE STAGE The first attack came after a thirty kilometres, with Popovych, Ermeti and Hansen, winner in Pescara, and Brutt. The Russian was out alone on the Three Peaks, only caught at the foot of the last climb by Capecchi, Weening and Brambilla. Then Nibali put on a show that now leaves him 4'43" in front of Uran and 5'52" ahead of Evans. Michele Scarponi lags outside the podium places.
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Friday, 24. May 2013 Nibali: "I've taken a big step, now I can control things" Read more... Close news
The Sicilian of the Astana team: "Great time trial but I expected more from Evans. No Gavia or Stelvio on Saturday, they'll be replaced by the Tonale and the unchartered Castrin Pass before the arrival in Val Martello.
A clenched fist in the air, in the rain, in the cold. A pink ink spot that continues to grow. Barring any unexpected surprises, unimaginable events, the Giro belongs to Vincenzo Nibali. "It was a fist of anger, I was determined to do well", says the man from Messina, his smiling face covered in the lipstick of the hostesses. "We've taken another big step. Now I can control the advantage more calmly. This is just what we wanted and I also really wanted to win this stage. I felt really good during the practice, I was confident. Then I had a point of reference like Cadel (who left three minutes before, ed.) and when I saw him in front of me I pushed even harder. Evans's time trial? He's blended in with the group in the last few days but I was expecting him to do better."
BIG GAPS It was the final nail for his adversaries. The Australian lost 2'36" plummeting to +4'02", Scarponi finished 1'21" behind, gaining 5 seconds on Uran, 5'14" behind. "I'm happy for the public too, there have been increasing numbers by the road in the last three days and this means we are doing well and that Italian cycling is improving as we hoped. At this time I think of the entire days spent working on the time trial, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., which are now bearing fruit", added the pink jersey holder, described as an 'Italian diamond' by Vinokourov, the top dog of Astana who arrived at the Giro to enjoy the success.
THE BAD WEATHER WINS, fewer mountains Tomorrow should have been a big mountain stage including the Gavia, the Stelvio and Val Martello. Given that the weather conditions are due to get worse, not for the first time during this Giro, at 7 p.m. the organisers decided to modify the course. No more Stelvio, the race's "Cima Coppi", no Gavia, on whose slopes at over 2000 metres it has already been snowing for several hours. Plan B includes a start at Ponte di Legno, the Tonale, the Castrin Pass, new to the Giro d'Italia (8.4 km with peaks of 13%), and the final climb at Val Martello, with the finishing line at an altitude of 2059 metres for an overall length of 160 km. Less tricky as a stage but no walk in the park.
SCARPONI, URAN, EVANS Of those trailing Nibali, the most determined rider ahead of the final two days of mountain stages is Michele Scarponi. "I thought I'd do better - says the man from the Marche, fourth in the GC - but the Giro isn't over yet and I've still got plenty to give". Which, translated, means that he will attack, even from a distance, in a bid to get on the podium. And while Uran doesn't seem too disappointed "because that's how you had to approach this time trial, with a regular rhythm given that the finish was tough. I couldn't do any more", Evans looks back without too many recriminations: "I came to the Giro with high hopes, not expectations. It isn't that I lost one or two minutes because I didn't do enough. I made a few mistakes but nothing too serious. I've given it my best and my conscience is clear. Second place isn't such a bad result".
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Friday, 24. May 2013 The 19th stage is cancelled. Snow on the Tonale pass Read more... Close news
The bad weather won't let up, after Gavia and Stelvio even the Tonale pass is not impassable. The riders agree: "A tough but wise decision".
The snow is falling on the Tonale passNo go. The 19th stage of the Giro d'Italia has been cancelled. It's already snowing at the foot of the Tonale pass, snow on the Castrin pass, a negative forecast for the finish in val Martello. The organizer's decision was inevitable despite all their efforts and their constant communication with the authorities. Impossible to salvage even a a part of the route that had already been modified compared to the initial layout which included the Gavia and the Stelvio. The riders would have had a hard time riding down the Tonale for over 10 kilometres, hard to imagine negotiating the 160 km the entire stage.
COMMUNIQUE' Due to the adverse weather conditions and the presence of snow along the entire race route, the 19th stage of the Giro d'Italia, Ponte di Legno - Val Martello has been cancelled" is the wording of the official communiqué. The focus now shifts to tomorrow's stage with the finish line set at the Three Lavaredo Peaks: the Giau pass is closed, and there's a snow warning also for the other passes, from Costalunga to San Pellegrino to the Tre Croci finish line, placed at a height of 2304 metres.
RIDERS UNITED These were the first comments. Rigoberto Uran (Sky): "I think it's the right decision, it's really impossible to ride in this cold". Via Twitter Jerome Pineau (Omega-QuickStep): "Congratulations to the organizers, it's best to look out for the athlete's safety, although I realise the fans will be disappointed". Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Cannondale: "A tough but wise decision". Daniel Oss (Bmc): "We'll make amends with a spectacular stage tomorrow".Updates to follow
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Thursday, 23. May 2013 Awesome Nibali: he wins the time trial to close in on Giro title Read more... Close news
The Sicilian pink jersey holder produces the time trial of his life to destroy his rivals with Sanchez 58" behind. Bad day for Evans, Uran and Scarponi cling on
He looked like the favourite for this year's Giro right from the start and in even in the third week he continues to stand head and shoulders above the rest. Vincenzo Nibali has dominated the 2013 Giro. The mountain time trial from Mori to Polsa, 20.6 km, was an extraordinary show of strength. In a speciality, time trials, that in theory shouldn't favour Vincenzo. Stage runner-up Samuel Sanchez came in 58" behind even though the Sicilian of the Astana team, unlike the Spaniard, had to ride in the pouring rain.
EXTRAORDINARY Nibali led from the first intermediate split. He didn't even appear to notice the mountains such was the smoothness of his pedalling. Among those challenging for the GC, Michele Scarponi put in a good performance while Cadel Evans had an awful day and Rigoberto Uran managed to cling on thanks to an excellent second half. The fight for the podium hots up: Nibali now has a 4'02" lead over Evans and a 4'12" lead over Uran. Also battling for a podium finish is Scarponi, 5'14" behind. A Giro that is pretty much done and dusted although the white jersey for the best youngster is still a well-balanced duel between Carlos Betancur and Rafal Majka.
FINISHING ORDER 1. Nibali (Ita/Astana) in 44'29"; 2. Samuel Sanchez (Spa/Euskaltel) +58"; 3 Damiano Caruso (Ita/Cannondale) +1'20"; 4. Scarponi (Ita/Lampre) +1"21"; 5. Majka (Pol/Saxo-Tinkoff) +1'25"; 6. Uran Col/ Sky) +1'26"; 7. Betancur (Col/ Ag2r) +1"32; 8. Clement (Holl/Blanco) +1"36; 9. Cataldo (Ita/ Sky +1'41"; 10. Di Luca (Ita/Fantini) +1'52".
PLAN B Tomorrow is a big mountain stage that includes the Gavia, the Stelvio and Val Martello. Given that the weather conditions are due to get worse, the organisers have readied an alternative course that includes Tonale and the unchartered climb of the Passo del Castrin before the final climb. A final decision will be taken tomorrow morning.
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Wednesday, 22. May 2013 Visconti wins, Nibali retains his pink jersey Read more... Close news
The Sicilian Movistar rider, winner on top of the Galibier, breaks away on the Crosara climb and reaches Vicenza alone. Mountain stages tomorrow but the weather forecast could pose problems
"It's all in the mind". Giovanni Visconti's first words after crossing the finish line in Vicenza tell the whole story about how the Sicilian Movistar rider is feeling. With a move reminiscent of the great one-day race riders, he earns himself his second win in the seventeenth stage: from Caravaggio to Vicenza, 214 km. After a very problematic year. No change at the top of the overall standings while we await the upcoming and very fearsome three alpine stages. Where the uncertain weather forecast could play a big part and lead to serious route changes.
THE STAGE The day's attackers made their move from the outset: Rubiano Chavez of Androni, Katusha's Belkov, Dockx of Lotto Belisol and Durbridge of Orica Greenedge. The group never let them gain too much of a lead and, as expected, the final Crosara climb enlivened the race. The first to make his move was Danilo De Luca, before a quite sensational Giovanni Visconti caught up with him and crossed the fourth category King of the Mountain finish alone. Mark Cavendish was unable to stay with the pack up the last climb and had to bow out from the stage along with Elia Viviani and the other surviving dash specialists. After the climb the pack never managed to organise a proper chase: Visconti, in tip-top condition, handled the chasing rider's attempts to catch him easily and won with arms held aloft. The group finish went to Navardauskas in front of Mezgec and Pippo Pozzato.
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Tuesday, 21. May 2013 Victory for Intxausti, Nibali in pink, bad day for Santambrogio Read more... Close news
The Spaniard, pink jersey holder in Pescara, wins ahead of Kangert and Niemec. The Sicilian remains in control, the Fantini rider loses 2'09"
Intxausti celebrates, Nibali edges closer to winning the Giro. And Mauro Santambrogio sees his chances of climbing the podium reduce dramatically. The sixteenth stage, from Valloire to Ivrea with Moncenisio and the tricky climb at Andrate in the final stretch, was extremely exciting with Betancur the first to lay down the gauntlet. In the end Santambrogio loses 2'09" on Nibali.
THE STAGE The route favoured attackers and a breakaway duly came with 22 riders - including Navardauskas, Damiano Caruso, Sella and Pirazzi - making a move around the 30-km mark. As expected, it all kicked off on the climb at Andrate. Firstly all of the attackers were reeled in and then Carlos Alberto Betancur, in superb condition, sprung away 500 metres after the KOM. A sudden burst that broke up the pack. Vincenzo Nibali was quick to react though and was one of the first down the hill together with team mates Kangert and Aru. It was the Estonian that ended up competing for the stage win with Niemec and Intxausti after Samuel Sanchez's attempts came to nothing with the front three developing a slight gap. In the end the Spaniard, who had worn the pink jersey in Pescara, beat the Estonian and the Pole quite comfortably in the final sprint. The leading group finished 14" behind with Nibali always in control.
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Monday, 20. May 2013 Evans challenges Nibali: "The third week could change everything Read more... Close news
Sun for the last rest day: the Sicilian, the Australian and Scarponi have breakfast and lunch together, and share communal areas. The Shark: "There are three difficult days ahead; I’ll defend myself and if possible try and extend my lead". The BMC rider: "An unpredictable, incredibly difficult Giro"
First, second and fifth, altogether, in the same hotel. These things happen in Giro d'Italia, where the last day of rest is spent in the sunshine, a small blessing after what the riders have had to put up with on Jafferau and Galibier.
BREAKFAST TOGETHER Vincenzo Nibali, Cadel Evans and Michele Scarponi are staying at Valloire, where they eat breakfast and lunch together and share the communal areas. Moreover, this morning they left within minutes of each other to go training. But this is not unusual: it happens in cycling races with mountain stages, but it’s always strange to see great rivals chat or have a coffee at the hotel bar together without support riders, technicians and team cars.
THE PROGRAMME just after 11 o’clock, the Lampre-Merida and BMC teams left Valloire, to go out for a couple of hours. At midday it was the turn of the pink jersey’s Astana team, that headed for Col du Telegraph, part of yesterday’s stage that gave Giovanni Visconti the most important victory in his career. In the afternoon, after lunch, there were press conferences and time to rest, vital for the riders with six stages still to go before the Giro concludes in Brescia.
WHAT THE MAN IN PINK HAS TO SAY Nibali and Evans talked one after each other, as if their positions in the rankings influenced the rules of communication. The rider from Messina spoke first: "I don’t feel like the winner yet. There are some tough climbs in the last week, with three very difficult days: the uphill time trial, the Val Martello stage, and the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. My plan is to try and defend myself, and if there’s an opportunity perhaps gain more of an advantage over my rivals. There’s no need to worry, I’m not going to bust a gut to win a stage. Evans is the closest [just 1:26” behind the pink jersey], and is dangerous. He has great experience, knows his body well, and how to manage himself, and he is a great fighter as well as being a champion". The Astana team leader, who in the last few days has also received messages from Ivan Basso, has only words of respect for Scarponi, despite his big lead: "He’s a few minutes behind, but he was there on Galibier, and also tried to break away. I always see him as a threat".Exhausted, Michele Scarponi in the last stage.
Bettini EVANS The Australian of the BMC team has the advantage of knowing that he is already doing better than expected. "The Giro wasn’t one of my targets for the year, so I’m happy with the way things are going". The world champion from Mendrisio, the first aussie to win the Tour de France, still hasn’t given up on the idea of winning the Giro, however. Also because "The third week is on a different level, in another dimension; your strength starts to wane and the way your body reacts is not always predictable. Vincenzo knows this, because he has experience on the Tour de France. And the Giro is an unpredictable, incredibly difficult race: the climbs, the bad weather, the falls, the narrow roads and this year the wind too. It’s nothing like the Tour, which is more regular, with wider roads. Here, you race differently. Wiggins was penalised in the first week also because of this". As for possible alliances, Evans answers sincerely: "Uran may have my same intentions, but what is his goal? The podium or the pink jersey?". Lets see what Team Sky have to say.
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Saturday, 18. May 2013 And now for the mountains. Weather permitting Read more... Close news
Climbing: today Sestriere and Jafferau, where Merckx won. Tomorrow the Galibier: weather alert, the decision later this morning
We’re off. But the weather is an unknown. The Giro d’Italia gets ready for a great weekend in the mountains and at the same time hopes the sky will be a lot brighter than it has been so far.
Route As far as Pinerolo (at 66 km), today’s Cervere-Bardonecchia stage is a smooth ride, and gives no warning of what’s in store. And then comes Sestriere: not incredibly tough, but long (16.2 km with inclines of up to 9%), that will take the group for the first time this year to altitudes of over 2000 m (2035, to be precise). This is the classic appetiser before the main dish, the final ascent of Bardonecchia, the climb up Jafferau: 7 km with average inclines of 9%, and up to 14% in the initial section. Something for the riders to get their teeth into, which has been part of the Giro on only two other occasions: in 1984, when the stage was won by the Norwegian Dag Erik Pedersen); and in 1972, when Eddy Merckx took victory. Sunday, meanwhile, is one of the giant stages of this edition, with the Stelvio, the Gavia, and the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. On Sunday there is also the historic finish line (the first time) at an altitude of 2642 m on the Galibier, preceded by the Télégraphe with riders climbing up the steep slopes (18.1 km and a climb of 1237 m, with average inclines of 6.8%, reaching up to 11%). This is where Pantani was the hero of the day on 27 July 1998, demolishing Ullrich to take victory and the yellow jersey at Les Deux Alpes.
Forecasts On the Pirata’s day of glory, it rained. But what about today and tomorrow? Bad weather risks conditioning the race, more tomorrow than today, according to the Giro’s director, Mauro Vegni, who was in a meeting until late last night with his assistants and the jury. "As far as regards Bardonecchia, everything is in order. The provincial authorities are on alert, but there’s no snow at all on the final climb". It’s the Galibier stage that is cause for concern, and a decision will be taken by midday today, after a meeting with the French authorities. And they will be taking into account that, as Vegni stresses, "safety is the main priority. We don’t intend to expose any of the group to risks". But what is the problem exactly? The weather forecasts for Saturday night predict worsening conditions. And before reaching Galibier, comes Moncenisio, a long climb of over 25 km up to an altitude of 2094 m. The danger is of snowslides, due to the snow that has accumulated during the winter. Galibier has the same problem, although road clearing machinery is available. We’ll do what the French authorities decide. The Prefect will tell us where it’s best to end the stage, and we will respect and apply his decision".
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Saturday, 18. May 2013 Santambrogio brings home a tough victory in the snow, with Nibali still in pink Read more... Close news
Bad weather marks the 14th stage with the finish on Jafferau. The Fantini rider keeps the pink jersey and triumphs in the snow, leaving behind Uran, Evans and Scarponi
The first stage in the Western Alps perfectly reflects the two leitmotifs of this Giro - bad weather, and Vincenzo Nibali’s supremacy. Cold, wind, rain and snow caused the climb to Sestriere to be cancelled. At the finish line on Jafferau, above Bardonecchia, victory went to Mauro Santambrogio, who in the final stretch of the last climb, also thanks to excellent work from Danilo Di Luca, held his own against Vincenzo Nibali, who had broken away from the group with determination 1800 m from the finish line. The duo caught up with the attackers, and Santambrogio won with the “blessing” of the pink jersey, who decided not to sprint, contenting himself with earning precious seconds. Uran came in 30" later, with Evans at 33", while Scarponi (at 1:29") and Gesink fared worse. Vincenzo now has a 1:26" lead on Evans and 2:46" on Uran, who is one second ahead of Santambrogio.
HEROES The breakaway by the day’s four attackers - Pietropolli (Lampre), Colbrelli (Bardiani), Paolini (Katusha) and Trentin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), began 14 km out. Trentin, penalised by two punctures, was the first to be reeled in at the foot of Jafferau. The last two to surrender were Paolini and Colbrelli, just over a kilometre from the finish, when the incline was around 10%.
GALIBIER In the light of the terrible weather forecasts for tomorrow, the organisers will decide this evening how to change Sunday’s stage, which was to include the ascent of Moncenisio and arrival on the Galibier. The stage is unlikely to be cancelled, but the organisers are assessing how to change the route.
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Friday, 17. May 2013 Cavendish triple, Wiggins drowns under the deluge Read more... Close news
The British rider wins the sprint - his third success at this Giro and his 100th career victory. Nibali retains the pink jersey, Wiggins loses ground once more and is out of the standings.
No quiet stages in the 2013 Giro. Even Longarone - Treviso, a 134 km stage with no apparent difficulties, was turned into an ordeal by the pouring rain, a constant feature of this Giro. The sprint finish was won by Mark Cavendish, his third this Giro and means he tops the hundred victory mark in his career. He beat the frenchman Bouhanni and the Slovenian rider Mezgec. Cannonball, who has won the three sprint finishes so far, shows no mercy. His win rate is sensational: besides reaching the 100 career victory mark, the win in Treviso means he has won thirteen stages in the Giro and this is his tenth win this season.
BRAVE For a long time the stage was dominated by a 5 man breakaway: Marcato, Lammertink, Felline, De Backer and Belkov, the winner of the Florence stage. The attachers were caught 350 metres from the finish line after 100 km out in the lead.
WIGGINS CRUMBLES The twelth stage saw Bradley Wiggins crash out of the race standings, after coming in way past the leaders. Wiggo, who wasn't at his best physically, suffered the rain and the crosswind formations that formed in the last stretch after the descent of the Montello, the last difficulty of the day. He lost 3'34 from Nibali's group, who retains the pink jersey At this point Wiggins is no longer in contention for the final pink jersey.
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Thursday, 16. May 2013 Nibali keeps the pink jersey: "It went well". Wiggins has no intention of giving in: "I can catch up" Read more... Close news
After the 11th stage, the rider from Messina is relaxed: "There were no riders high in the rankings in front, and so we let things run their course". In second place, behind Navardauskas, the Italian Oss: "Delighted, proud to be on this podium"
Bradley Wiggins stops 500 m after the finish line. He coughs, and covers his neck so as not to catch cold. Only then does he speak: "The last 24 hours have been difficult; I’ve got this bronchitis that is giving me no respite, and a lot of my teammates have similar problems. I hope the situation improves over the next three or four days". It's not good news for Sky, who have more than one leading rider in the team but had been counting on Sir Bradley. The stage near the Vajont dam was ideal for regaining strength, but... "I’m not feeling well, and in these conditions the race clearly gets even more difficult. But I want to carry on fighting; I'm not giving up".
EVANS ON THE UP The Welshman’s words are the most important change in the general ranking, and more telling than the progress made by Intxausti, now in ninth place, 4:05" behind Nibali, on his fourth day in the pink jersey. The Sicilian at the top of the leaderboard is relaxed, even if Cadel Evans "is not an adversary to be underestimated. He has experience and consistency, and knows how to tackle a three-week. He’s going from strength to strength". He’s a tough dog, to use the nickname most popular among the Giro riders.
BEATEN When the race is over, and the prize giving is about to begin, Daniel Oss rejects any suggestions that he may be disappointed. The 30-year-old BMC rider has just finished the 11th stage of the Giro d'Italia in second place, pipped at the post by the Lithuanian Navardauskas, 5 km from the finish line. But the pride with which he replies makes you think of the dignity of the people who 50 years ago had to cope with an unbearable tragedy. "What do I have to regret? Nothing; I'm on the podium of a stage in the Giro, so I'm proud of what I've done. Of course I believed I could do it, because I broke away from a breakaway group of 20, but I'm not a climber and with this finish I did the best I could".
THE PINK JERSEY Everything is going smoothly for the leader Vincenzo Nibali. "Today was a relatively quiet stage, apart from a few spurts towards the end. Basically everything went well," he commented. "There were no riders high in the rankings in front, and so we let things run their course. What about Uran and Wiggins? There’s still a long way to go; let's take it a step at a time".
POSITIVE The day began with the news that the French rider Sylvain Georges had tested positive for Heptaminol, a substance that widens the blood vessels, detected in tests carried out by the Wada laboratory in Rome from a sample taken during the Giro on 10 May. The French rider from the AG2r was not in the starting line-up this morning because he was ill and not because of the drugs test, according to the team, which has however suspended him. Far away from the Giro comes the news of another suspension, that of the Venezuelan Ubeto Aponte, today at the Lampre-Merida but not yet under contract with the team at the time of the test, carried out in 16 April, who is being investigated by UCI for a possible violation of anti-doping rules. from our correspondent
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Wednesday, 15. May 2013 Navardauskas wins the Vajont stage. Oss second, Nibali still leads Read more... Close news
On the eleventh stage, from Tarvisio to Vajont, the Lithuanian has the better of Daniel Oss. Nibali keeps the pink jersey
The Lithuanian Ramunas Navardauskas has won the 11th stage of the Giro d’Italia. The Garmin rider, who held onto the pink jersey for two stages last year (winning it after the team time trial in Verona and losing it at Porto Sant’Elpidio), broke away to come in on his own. In his wake was Daniel Oss (Bmc) at 1:07” and the blue jersey holder, Stefano Pirazzi (Bardiani) at 2:57”. The pack with the race leader Vincenzo Nibali finished 5:40” adrift. In the general ranking, the former pink jersey Intxausti moved up two positions from 11th to 9th place, after breaking away from the group in the final stretch. This is Navardauskas’s second victory this season, together with a stage won during the Tour de Romandie.
breakaway 20 The 182-km Tarvisio-Vajont saw 20 riders break away (Navardauskas, Bonnafond, Rodriguez, Pirazzi, Martens, Oss, Duque, Sarmiento, Martinez, Le Bon, Gusev, Cobo, Pauwels, Keukeleire, Popovych, Puccio, Gretsch, Petrov, Veuchelen, and Di Luca), to gain a maximum advantage of 5:40” before Gretsch forged ahead. They caught up with him 18 km from the finish, and the German was then left behind by Oss and Navardauskas, with the Lithuanian sprinting ahead to take the stage. This was Garmin’s first success in this Giro, which has been characterised by the difficulties of 2012 winner, Ryder Hesjedal, who also today was left behind by the pack in the closing stages.
georges positive In the meantime there has been the first case of a rider failing a drugs test at the Giro d'Italia: the Frenchman Sylvain Georges (Ag2R) tested positive for a stimulant. The results are of tests carried out on 10 May in the Rome laboratories. The rider tested positive for Heptaminol, a substance that widens blood vessels, which can be taken orally and by injection. Georges is entitled to have a second test carried out, but will not be able to race until his federation rules on the issue. He was in fact not in today's starting line-up.
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Stage seven, lots of sprints along the 177 km route from Marina San Salvo to Pescara. Di Luca dreams of victory in his hometown, Sicilian Nibali will have to make the most of Team Sky's difficulties
Things haven't been dull in this year's Giro. Even the flat stages, like the Margherita di Savoia stage that brought Cavendish his second stage win, can throw up the unexpected, like the crash that led to the bunch sprint. But today's race, the 177-km Marina San Salvo-Pescara stage, should crank up the Giro yet another notch. "A tricky stage" according to Danilo Di Luca, who dreams of a win in his hometown.
ROUTE For days the teams, and particularly those with an eye on the general classification, have had this stage marked on their calendars. There are over 2600 metres of climbs and descents, the stage profile reminiscent of an ECG, particularly in the closing stages. The first section is fairly straightforward, despite the climb at Paglieta. The series of sprints, many with very demanding inclines, begins after the feed zone in Guardiagrele: Bucchianico (maximum incline 15%), Villamagna (KOM category four), Chieti-Pietragrossa (peaks of 16%, KOM category three), Chieti-Trecalle (max 19%), Santa Maria de Criptis (max 16%, KOM category three) and San Silvestro (max 14%, KOM category four). The final hill represents the final challenge: the descent towards the finish begins 7 km from the line, which lies on the flat.
NIBALI TO ATTACK? The Sicilian has made himself clear: he wants to gain more seconds before the time trial in Saltara, which should favour Wiggins. Those fighting for the pink jersey and stage victories will make their moves and Paolini will be doing all he can to keep the jersey for one more day. It will be a key test for Bradley Wiggins and Sky after the problems in Serra San Bruno, which cost them a further 17 seconds in the GC. And there is also the weather to factor in: according to the forecasts it will get worse at the end of the stage.
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The Abruzzo stage proves to be a banana skin for the GC contenders: Wiggo falls and loses ground. Nibali attacks downhill, slips and gets up to gain ground
Australian Adam Hansen was the winner of stage seven of the Giro d'Italia. Finishing 1'07 behind him, Battaglin won the sprint for second place in the pouring rain ahead of Di Luca, Hesjedal, Evans, Sanchez, Scarponi and, most importantly, Nibali. Bradley Wiggins, who fell in the final stretch, came in 2'35" behind, falling 1'27" behind the race leaders. The general classification has a completely new look: Luca Paolini has handed over the pink jersey to Spaniard Intxausti of Movistar who has a 5" lead over Nibali, 8" on Hesjedal, 10" on Giampaolo Caruso, 13" on Santambrogio, 16" on Evans, and 1'32" on Wiggins. The Sicilian of the Astana team will leave Gabicce with a very important lead over his rivals, also psychologically speaking.
FIREWORKS Before the start in Marina di San Salvo, in Molise, many feared this would be a tricky stage, particularly for the GC contenders. 177 kilometres later, at the finish line in Pescara, these fears had been confirmed. After the breakaway had launched (led by Emanuele Sella, among others), Danilo Di Luca, on home territory, went on the attack. At -19 km, on the Santa Maria de Criptis climb, the rider from Abruzzo stepped it up and reeled in Taborre, sent forward by Fantini as their reference point for today's team captain. The iron man of the Lotto-Belisol team, Hansen, 32 tomorrow, a man capable of finishing the Giro, the Tour and the Vuelta in the same season, was all alone up at the front.
WIGGO FALL The race then exploded into life. Behind Di Luca, Scarponi, Nibali and Gesink all made their moves, while Wiggins remained in the group, gritting his teeth before gradually moving away. Before the final sprint at San Silvestro, with 8.5 km to the finish line Nibali demonstrated his downhill skills and bravely went on the attack on the slippery road. The move was perhaps too risky as the 'Squalo' slipped just after the -8 km sign before getting up immediately. Wiggins also took a tumble on a right-hand bend but with far more severe consequences, at least from a psychological point of view, as the Team Sky leader reduced his speed afterwards, shaken and physically hurt.
MOVING ON It was a bad blow for the Englishman but he now has an immediate opportunity to make up the deficit with the 54.8 km time trial to Saltara, on what should be perfect terrain for him. Unless the fall did some physical as well as a psychological damage to last year's Tour de France winner.
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Thursday, 09. May 2013 In Margherita di Savoia victory goes once again to the Englishman of the Omega Pharma-Quick Step team. He beat Viviani, Goss, Bouhanni and Gavazzi. Read more... Close news
Mark Cavendish once again. Fast, uncatchable even. The Omega Pharma-Quick Step team rider won the sprint to record his second stage victory in the 2013 Giro d'Italia, after his success on the first day in Naples. Cannonball Cavendish pipped Viviani, Goss, Bouhanni and Mattia Gavazzi at the post after 169 km under the sun. No change in the general standings: Luca Paolini retains his pink jersey.
THE BREAKAWAY. Everything goes according to plan. The breakaway by the two stalwarts, Cameron Wurf and Luke Bobridge, who sprinted into the lead at the start of the stage. The group caught up with them gradually and brought them back into the fold (-36 km from the finish line after 118 km out in the open). Then came the long preparation for the sprint, on the circuit laid out around Margherita di Savoia and packed with huge crowds. On the day of the second anniversary of the death of Wouter Weylandt, whom the riders paid a tribute to, the south of Italy provided a very warm welcome to the riders, with thousands of people lining the Puglia streets.
WIGGO HAS TO CHASE. If anything unexpected happened, it was due to the crashes. On the third to last lap, with 33 km still to go, half the group was brought to a standstill. Pozzato, Cobo, Capecchi, Visconti, Hesjedal, Di Luca and Nibali were just some of the riders involved. Bradley Wiggins was also in the middle of the pack and seemed to be just hanging around in front of a closed level crossing. The Englishman switched bikes and set off once again, and with almost a minute to make up, he puts his entire Sky team to work to close the gap to avoid losing more ground after the 17'' he gave up at Serra San Bruno. The issue, despite the FDJ's attempts to stretch the lead, was settled in just 10 kilometres. But there's no doubt that Wiggo's approach to the two most important stages of the first part of the race (Pescara and the Saltara time trial) have not been particularly trouble free. At the end of the stage the Englishman wasn't looking too pleased.
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Wednesday, 08. May 2013 Crash in final kilometre Degenkolb comes out on top at Matera Read more... Close news
Jon Degenkolb has won the 203-km fifth stage of the Giro d'Italia, from Cosenza to Matera. A crash in the last stages upset the expected placings in the final sprint. Luca Paolini hangs on to the pink jersey
John Degenkolb has won the 203-km fifth stage of the Giro d'Italia, from Cosenza to Matera. The German from the Argos-Shimano team managed to catch up with the Italian Marco Canola in the final 250 metres, after a crash on the second-to-last band played havoc with the expected sprint placings. Canola was leading for Battaglin and Modolo, and found himself alone at the front. But there was nothing he could do to fend off the powerful, unrelenting attack of the German sprinter. The Spaniard Vicioso took second place, followed by the German Martens, the Colombian Henao and Matteo Trentin. There were no upsets in the general rankings, with Luca Paolini holding onto the pink jersey with 17" on Uran and 26" on Intxausti.
BREAKAWAY AND CRASH The unrivalled sprint by Degenkolb, who was one of the favourites on the eve of the stage, came after the day’s breakaway, a few kilometres out, by Stefano Pirazzi, Tomas Gil, Alan Marangoni, Ricardo Mestre, Brian Bulgac and Rafael Andriato. They lost impetus on the way up Montescaglioso, the day’s second King of the Mountains: a climb of 2000 metres at average inclines of 9-10%, which put Cavendish, Goss and Chicchi out of the running. The outcome of the fast final section to Matera was strongly conditioned by one of Degenkolb’s teammates slipping on the second- to-last band, causing a dozen riders to fall onto the tarmac, still slippery after the torrential rain that had hit Matera two hours before the finish. Behind Canola, unexpectedly dashing for the finish line, Degenkolb made a move, and was skilful and lucky enough not to fall, bringing home his first victory in the Giro.
MORE OF THE SAME The Giro continues with another stage for sprinters: Mola di Bari-Margherita di Savoia, 169 km in Puglia, with the final circuit repeated twice.
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The Bardiani-Csf rider from the Veneto wins the fourth stage at the finish in Serra San Bruno, coming in ahead of two other Italians, Fabio Felline and Giovanni Visconti. Paolini keeps the pink jersey, finishing 17 seconds ahead of Wiggins
Enrico Battaglin was the winner of the fourth stage of the 2013 Giro from Policastro Bussentino to Serra San Bruno (246 km). The Bardiani team rider from the Veneto, not yet 24 years old, dominated the sprint beating two other Italians, Fabio Felline and Giovanni Visconti. Paolini keeps the pink jersey, finishing 17 seconds ahead of Wiggins.
RAIN The stage began at 11.17 a.m. with 206 riders at the start line (Sandy Casar (FDJ) retired) and the first hour saw the field sprint at an average of over 42 km/h. Plenty of attention on pink jersey holder, Luca Paolini, and the Sicilian Paolo Tiralongo of the Astana team, key to the hopes of Vincenzo Nibali, who was struggling with a knee problem. Seven riders made an immediate break: Berard,Sella, Minguez,Tamouridis,Roux,Le Bon and Ligthart. But the rain was more of a worry than the breakaway on the roads of Calabria: at 180 km Capecchi, Brambilla and Steegmans finished up on the ground, with 35 km to go Nibali had to change his bicycle with the help of team mate Agnoli. The rain began to pour down as the finish line got closer and the road rose towards Serra San Bruno (12 km at 5% followed by a long slope). Pirazzi, Marcato, Rabottini, Colombian Quintero and Frenchman Georges took advantage while Wiggins left his team mates to make the pace and Paolini advanced escorted by his Katusha cohorts. Of the five attackers only Georges hung on until the -10 km marker. At this point Danilo Di Luca arrived on the scene, taking Colombian Chalapud with him: they attacked the KOM climb to Croce Ferrata (907 m) alone.
ITALIAN PODIUM Di Luca tried to shake off Chalapud in the final 3 kilometres but to no avail and 300 metres from the line his dreams were destroyed as the pack sped up behind on the stone pavement. Coming through to win comfortably in the end was Enrico Battaglin of the Bardiani-Csf team owned by Bruno and Roberto Reverberi. One of the most promising young riders in Italy, he won the Coppa Sabatini (his first professional race in 2011) whilst riding as a stagiaire. It was his destiny. Second was Fabio Felline, and third Giovanni Visconti. Just behind was Paolini, who keeps the pink jersey. Wiggins, who fell back after a fall in front of him, dropped another 17 seconds in the general classification.
MORE OF THE SAME The fifth stage, from Cosenza to Matera (203 km), will offer the sprinters another shot at glory. Everyone will be gunning for Cavendish, already off the mark at this year's Giro having won the opening stage in Naples.
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Tuesday, 07. May 2013 Wiggins, what a blow. Battaglin: "Just what I needed. I'd lost my way because of the pressure" Read more... Close news
The rider from the Veneto celebrates his win in Serra San Bruno: "Last year I didn't deal with the expectations but I've had a good winter. Winning a Giro stage means a great deal to me. After such a tough year it's a great feeling"
It's a nasty feeling finding yourself on your own if you are battling to win the Giro d’Italia. Even if your name is Bradley Wiggins and you are the favourite. The 17 seconds lost on Vincenzo Nibali, Ryder Hesjedal and his other rivals weigh heavily.
THE FACTS The Englishman crossed the finish line slightly further back than expected. For a moment it was thought that the crash around 2 km from the finish involving Salerno, Dupont and Garate might nullify the gap that the leaders had built up, but the images, followed by the confirmation of race jury president, Frenchman Hervé Brocque, immediately put paid to this hypothesis. According to Brocque the “dynamic was extremely clear”. At the 3 km mark Wiggo was in the second group, already 17 seconds behind. The crash made little difference and the gap to the leaders was confirmed. Why Wiggins's team mates, the Colombians Henao and Uran, were in front of the group and not alongside their captain, remains unclear.
BOOST “This 17 seconds – admits Vincenzo Nibali – is important looking ahead to the Saltara time trial. I saw that Wiggins was a little behind. The puncture? Agnoli was very quick to give me his wheel and I was moving again almost immediately". There was more good news for Astana as Tiralongo's knee appears to be on the mend. Scarponi also did well following yesterday's crash: “This was an important stage as it enabled me to gauge what sort of shape I was in. And I'm happy despite the cold in the final stages”.
ALL SMILES Having shaken off the shivers that took hold at the finish, Enrico Battaglin describes his delight. “I'd like to thank the sponsors and the Reverberi's. I felt good today even if the rain took its toll towards the finish. The sprint finish? I made my break early, the cobbles certainly didn't help but I saw that there weren't any wheels behind me so I knew I could do it. My team mates also did well”. Meanwhile, Luca Paolini is enjoying his stint as pink jersey holder: “It wasn't easy but thanks to the team I managed to hold on. Sky's speed on the final climb, fast but consistent, helped me out. Now I have to try and hold onto the jersey until Pescara: I should be able to do well in the next two days".
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Monday, 06. May 2013 Puccio: "The pink jersey? An unexpected present but I have to help Wiggo" Read more... Close news
The Sicilian race leader is ecstatic: "I'm going to enjoy this unforgettable day but I won't be forgetting that I have to help Bradley win the Giro". The Englishman: "Talk to him, I've got 3 weeks to take centre stage"
One wonders if even Salvatore Puccio himself could have imagined winning his first big race in such style when he left Sicily to become a cyclist. The pink jersey was his at the end of the team time trial in Ischia. Something nobody expected.
CARPE DIEM In reality Team Sky had worked to secure Dario Cataldo, first across the finish line in Forio, the pink jersey. But because of his better position yesterday the Sicilian with the Scandinavian looks, born in August 1989 and a pro with Team Sky since last year, took the overall lead. “I'm a long-distance rider – explained Puccio - and also quite good in short climbs. I love the classics of the North. Making a name for yourself in an amazing team like this isn't easy for a young rider like me. But I'm learning a lot here. And to be able to wear the pink jersey is an incredible and unexpected gift”. His thin face is covered in lipstick marks from the hostesses: “I'm going to enjoy this unforgettable day but I won't be forgetting that my task is to help Bradley Wiggins win the Giro”.
GO SALVA And Wiggo is happy to let him enjoy the limelight. At the finish line the Englishman looks more than satisfied, obviously happy with the team's performance. In front of the awards stage he salutes Puccio. “Guys – he says to the TV journalists – talk to Puccio today. I've got 3 weeks to take centre stage…”.
BRAVO NIBALI The Sicilian isn't jumping for joy but he's clearly pleased with the 14-second distance from Wiggins. “We knew we'd have to defend. But I'm happy with our performance, it wasn't an easy time trial”. The same can't be said of Ryder Hesjedal and Garmin (25” behind), the disappointment etched in their faces. They were the real losers in this team time trial.
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Third stage: after 140 km of calm along the Amalfi Coast, things start to heat up at Agnone. The 7.8 km climb up to San Mauro Cilento has average inclines of 6.7%, with some sections at 16%.
After the Naples circuit and the team time trial on Ischia, it's time for the first "real" stage of the Giro, the 222 km Sorrento-Marima di Ascea.
the route After 140 km of calm along the Amalfi Coast, things start to heat up at Agnone. The 7.8 km climb up to San Mauro Cilento has average inclines of 6.7%, with some sections at 16%. The other difficulty is the long uphill stretch between Petrosa and Sella di Catona, with an average incline of 3% and sections at 9%. It doesn't end here, though, but with a further descent of 17 km to the finish line.
the scenarios It will be difficult for Salvatore Puccio to hold on to the pink jersey. Sky will limit itself to not letting anyone break away, but will not defend the leader’s jersey. The final climbs are not challenging enough to separate the big names, but are made-to-measure for those looking to win a stage. Various teams will have a go, Fantini for starters. We might well see the pink jersey being won by the third different rider in three days.
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The 36-year-old rider of the Katusha team wins the third stage from Sorrento to Marina di Ascea and becomes the new race leader
At 36, on his first Giro d’Italia, Luca Paolini is the new wearer of the pink jersey, thanks to success in the third stage, Sorrento-Marina di Ascea (222 km). The breakaway by the Katusha rider 6.5 km from the end proved decisive, and he passed the finishing line with a 16-second lead over the big names, including Hesjedal, the sprightliest of the day, Nibali, Wiggins, Gesink, Sanchez, Santambrogio, and Evans. It was in fact Evans who won the sprint in front of Hesjedal, who thus gets an 8-second time bonus. Beginning the stage 19 seconds behind the leader, Paolini stole the pink jersey from the shoulders of Salvatore Puccio, who had won it in the team time trial 24 hours previously on Ischia. Second in the general ranking is Bradley Wiggins, third Uran Uran, both 17’’ off the lead. Nibali is fifth at 31’’, Hesjedal seventh at 34’’.
BREAKAWAY The stage saw seven riders break away already a kilometre and a half after the start: the Venezuelan Rodriguez (Androni Giocattoli – Venezuela), the Colombian Panano (Colombia), the Dutchman Bellemakers (Lotto Belisol), the Belgians De Backer (Team Argos – Shimano) and Wauters (Vacansoleil – Dcm), and the Italians Boaro (Team Saxo – Tinkoff) and Taborre (Vini Fantini – Selle Italia). The group accumulated a lead of 7 minutes after Salerno (around 75 km out) and on the way lost De Backer in the climb up to the first King of the Mountains at San Mauro Cilento, when Pantano’s attack – subsequently fended off – arrived. But without any agreement for the second King of the Mountains, it was Taborre, already first past the intermediate checkpoint at Salerno, who tried to pull ahead in front of the other five breakers.
HESJEDAL SHOW Behind him, however, the pack was pushing on, led by Sky and BMC, and in the climb towards Sella di Catona it caught up with the five and then also Taborre. Calling the tunes was Ryder Hesjedal in an uphill assault. Reached by Nibali’s Astana the first time, he tried again on the descent after the King of the Mountains, 16 km from the finish line. Agnoli and Paolini managed to keep pace, and were then joined by Santaromita, Santambrogio, Nibali and Scarponi, who fell in the final descent and passed the finish line one minute behind the leaders. After the pack had regrouped, Paolini broke away again 6.5 km from the finish, with Nibali and once again Hesjedal trying to reach him, but without success.
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The 36-year-old from the Katusha team wins the stage and first place in the general standings: "After a great team time trial I knew that the pink jersey was within my sights. My father had an operation today, so I've given him a great present"
Can you reach the top at the age of 36? In cycling, yes. And at Marina di Ascea Luca Paolini had a day that was worth a whole career. On the first Giro of his life he immediately won a stage, and the icing on the cake was a tasty pink jersey. One of the favourites on the eve of the race, he admitted that “I raced this stage as if it were a Classic. I handled myself perfectly. I suffered a great deal in the final climb, but I did well not to respond to others’ spurts and to keep an even pace. I knew that the final descent was a challenge, but I broke away at the right moment”. The Katusha rider has seen it all, but has difficulty hiding his emotion: “It’s a great joy, the greatest day of my career. I would like to dedicate this jersey to my father, who has a just had an operation”.Luca Paolini, the winner of the third stage of the Giro, enjoying the kisses of the hostesses.
LaPresseRYDER ON THE UP The Canadian Hesjedal soon recovered after Garmin’s disappointing result in the team time trial on Ischia. What is striking about him is his calm and faith in his abilities: “Did I attack? More than anything, I wanted to keep ahead in what was a complicated finish. I was on form and made sure I steered clear of any risks”.
DISAPPOINTED Salvatore Puccio knew it would be no easy job to keep hold of the pink jersey. And his lukewarm hope at the start - “another day with the pink jersey? It will be hard, but we'll see” - was not enough for a tough stage. “Thanks to the guys in the team who helped me, but the finish was just beyond me”. Michele Scarponi, who slipped in the final descent, losing 44” on the leaders, was bitter: “Everything was going fine when I slipped. A rider in front of me lost control of his bike and I leant over too far on the bend. It's a shame to lose time like this”.
NASTY This is the word that Vincenzo Nibali used to describe the stage: “The final section was dangerous, and on the way down, perhaps due to salt from the sea air, the road was really slippery. But I'm happy with the way the team raced. It's a shame about Tiralongo’s fall”
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Sunday, 05. May 2013 Sky dominates in Ischia, Puccio takes the pink jersey Read more... Close news
Wiggins and Cataldo's team fly at an average of over 46 km/h. Nibali is 14 seconds behind, Hesjedal 25 seconds. The young Sicilian is the new race leader
The Ischia time trial, the second stage of the 2013 Giro d'Italia, belonged to Team Sky. Bradley Wiggins’s team finished the 17.4 kilometre island course opposite the Gulf of Naples at an average of 46.275 km/h. Salvatore Puccio took the pink jersey (finishing ahead of team mate Dario Cataldo), becoming the first Italian to don the pink jersey for almost a year (Adriano Malori was the last in Porto Sant'Elpidio, on 11 May 2012).
THE BIG NAMES Vincenzo Nibali’s Astana team is now 14 seconds behind, a result that the Sicilian described as “positive” following a time trial raced in warm, summery conditions (28°). Ryder Hesjedal, winner of last year’s Giro, and his Garmin team are 25 seconds back, while Evans and Phinney’s BMC team are 37 seconds behind. Sanchez and Euskaltel are struggling, 1'01" behind the leader. Excellent performances from Michele Scarponi’s Lampre-Merida team and Eros Capecchi and Giovanni Visconti’s Movistar team. The Spanish team recorded the best time at the halfway time check (10'10"), finishing 9" behind Team Sky. Meanwhile, the Lampre team recorded an excellent sixth place, 22" from Sky, the same time as Fantini-Selle Italia. New pink jersey: Salvatore Puccio, 23.
Bettini NEW PINK JERSEY In the first stage Salvatore Puccio, a Sicilian resident in Umbria, finished 33rd on the seafront in Via Caracciolo in Naples. Born in Menfi (Agrigento), the new leader is just 23 years of age and won the Tour of Flanders for U23 in 2011. Tomorrow a tough finish awaits in Marina di Ascea, Cilento, with the Sella di Catona climb 20 km from the finish line.
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In addition to the battle for the ‘maglia rosa’, Multipower Sportsfood will this year also be the exclusive sports nutrition provider to the Milano-Sanremo road race, the first of the eagerly anticipated Spring Classics. We also continue our technical sponsor role with the Cannondale Pro Cycling and away from the road, become a sponsor of one of the world’s most famous mountain bike stage races, the Craft Bike Transalp.
The Giro d’Italia (4-26 May) is widely considered to be the world’s most difficult bike race, staged amidst the most beautiful settings. Contested over 21 days of fierce competition and featuring some gruelling climbs, the epic stage race provides the perfect platform to showcase the credentials of Multipower’s comprehensive sports nutrition solutions for endurance athletes.
Alexander Schmelz, Director of Marketing and Innovation at Multipower Sportsfood, is energised by these new deals. “We are honoured to have been chosen as exclusive world-wide partner to all these prestigious events. The associations serve both as recognition of our existing range and as motivation in our mission to continue developing the world’s best nutrition products for endurance athletes.”
In its continuing role as technical sponsor and official supplier to Cannondale Pro Cycling, Multipower will be proving the team’s riders, including two-time Giro d’Italia winner Ivan Basso, with a series of products from its Sportsfood range, including the Multicarbo Gel, Multicarbo Bar + Fruit and the innovative Multicarbo Jelly.