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Giro d'Italia 2013 - Stage 10 : Report and First Results
By Mark Sharon
Date: 5/14/2013
Giro d'Italia 2013 - Stage 10 : Report and First Results
Giro 2013

Giro d'Italia 2013 - Stage 10: 167km, Cordenons to Altopiano del Montasio: Rigoberto Uran puts down the hurt during a solo win.

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The first summit finish of the 2013 Giro was won by Sky's Rigoberto Uran, who tore chunks out of his opponents and team leader going for a solo stage win. The Columbian, who attacked with 8km to go, arrived with a 20 second advantage over Carlos Betancur (Ag2R) but more importantly 31 seconds over a small group containing Vicenzo Nibali and Cadel Evans. The main casualty was Uran's own team leader Bradley Wiggins who arrived at 1' 08" though numerous other pre-race contenders includng Ryder Hesjedal suffered even more. Uran is now in third spot on GC one spot ahead of Wiggns so the question is now will Sky be looking for a new team leader?

Stage Result - Top 10
1 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 4:37:42  
2 Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Ag2R La Mondiale 0:00:20  
3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:31  
4 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
5 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team    
6 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
7 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Ag2R La Mondiale    
8 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) RadioShack Leopard 0:00:47  
9 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:06  
10 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:01:08

General Classification - top 10
1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 38:57:32
2 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:41
3 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 0:02:04
4 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:02:08
5 Robert Gesink (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:02:12
6 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:02:13
7 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 0:02:55
8 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida 0:03:35
9 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Ag2R La Mondiale 0:04:17
10 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:04:21

How it happened

With 60km to go, a large break of 13 which been ahead aince the 130km mark were still maintining a lead of five minutes, though it had been as high as eight mnutes. The lead began to drop now the race was on the Cat. 1 1555m Cason di Lanza, 12.3km long, 8.5% average going out to a maximum 16%.

Sky who had been keeping quiet has now came to the front of the peloton to drive the pace. The effect on the back of the peloton was immediate and a bus has already formed with 10km still to go to the summit. Astana has a worringly large presence at the back of the peloton which could be a concern for Vicenzo Nibali. that could be Sky's tactic. Nibali had a quick fright whne he dropped a chain and had to stop briefly but he was back on and up the front quite quickly.

The break comprises:

Daniele Bennati (Saxo-Tinkoff), Kenny De Haes (Lotto), Elia Viviani (Cannondale), Tiago Machado and Yaroslav Popovych (both RadioShack), David Millar and Thomas Dekker (both Garmin), Maarten Tjallingi (Blanco), Jackson Rodriguez (Androni), Serge Pauwels (OPQS), Oscar Gatto (Vini Fantini), Pim Ligthart (Vacansoleil) and Pavel Brutt (Katusha).

Rodriguez in the lead over the Cason di Lanza

Jackson Rodriguez took off in the last kilometres to the summit and crosse dit alone with a 4' lead over the peloton whch began to drop on the descent. Behind him Franco Pellizotti attacked the peloton at about the same time with his Androni team-mate Diego Rosa. Rosa was dropped a little later while Pellizoti, the Italian National Champion, continued on over-taking remnants of the break.

As Rodriguez carreered downhill the attention was focussed on Sky with Bradley Wiggins loking composed in the company of three teammates, Uran, Suitsou and Cataldo. Various riders were distanced on the ascent, Ryder Hesjedal and Samuel Sanchez amongst them.

Close shave for Pellizotti

30km to go. On the descent Pelizotti came unstuck on a corner and slid under a rail fence. He looked Ok and leaped back on but lost time in his chase to join-up with his teammate. Back down the road the chase by Astana and Sky was setting an impressive pace, but fortunately for Wiggins the conditions were dry and he would have been relieved to put his weakest part of the stage behind him when the pleoton hit the valley floor. The relief must have been collective as the peloton took a subtle breather which allowed those distanced on the previous climb to rejoin.

It also gave Rodriguez to pull out a bigger lead over the peloton, but not over Serge Pauwels who joined him after the Columbian had to change a bike. Pellizotti had been closing fast but the efforts of Sky had him back in the peloton with 21km to go.

With 19km to go Rodriguez was having all kinds of bad luck, losing time on Pauwels and being squeezed by the peloton after chaning his bike ofr a second time.

The Altopiano del Montasio was always going to do damage of some kind, Its average of 7,4% belied sections of up to 20%. With 15km Pauwels and Rodriguez were beginning to chat as their advantage dropped to 1'12" over the Sky-led peloton and the question had to be not if but when they would be caught. At 10km the inevitable was on them with a lead of just a few hundred metres then Sky was on them and past.

A new question was who would be there at the death. As the 8km to go marker was passed Samuel Sanchez was suffering, as was Tanel Kangert one of Nibali's key lieutenants and Steven Kruijswick of Blanco. Nibali himself was looking comfortable easily keeping up with the pace set by Cataldo and Uran.

Uran Attacks

Given the signs it wasn't a real surprise when Uran dropped his team leader and the rest of the favourites to launch an attack. At ninth overall just two minutes 49 behind it was an immediate concern for Nibali, and perhaps even Wiggins. Behind Nibali's lieutenant Agnoli Valerio was burying himself to close tha gap.

In almost effortless style Uran had pulled out 30" in just a couple of kilometres with the Maglia Rosa. The Columbian passed the last intermediate sprint at 4.5k to go without any let up in his pace bagging a six second bonus. Nibali almost immediately took back three taking a second place at the sprint to take the three second bonus.

Wiggins suffers

If Uran's tactic was in doubt wth 3km to go it was clear as Wiggins suddenly began to suffer with the slope rearing up again. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2R) was the first in several kilometres to threaten Uran's lead attacking and pulling out a narrow advantage. With 2km the climb was wreaking havoc with Uran losing time to Nibali and Evans while Wiggins continued to haemmorage time.

Uran despite the efforts of the chasers had the strength in the end to hold off to take the win. Whatever the tactic it put Uran in a more dangerous position on GC gaining 31 seconds on Nibali and Evans. Wiggins was the highest profile casualty arriving 1'08" down on his team-mate but more crucially falling further behind on GC.

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