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Giro d'Italia 2013 - Stage 12 : First report
By Mark Sharon
Date: 5/16/2013
Giro d'Italia 2013 - Stage 12 : First report
Giro 2013

Giro d'Italia 2013 - Stage 12 : 134km from Longarone to Treviso : Mark Cavendish takes the win after a stage beset by apocalyptic weather conditions.

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Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma Quickstep) survived a day of rain and wind to take what was predicted to be a sprinters' stage, besting Nacer Bohanni (FDJ) on the line. Luka Mezgec (Argos Shimano) took third. Cavendish now has 100 career wins to his name. It wasn't quite the bunch sprint originally anticipated withe peloton spread over several miles of the course after rainswept conditions created a day of suffering for many.

Describing the outcome Cavendish had this to say, "They were incredible, coming as a tema riding on the front. Before the race other teams were saying they were going to sprint but it was most likely us. We left it right to the end. There was a minute [of the break] left with 10km to go. Cannondale came but it was left to us. Julian Vamote pulled and pulled until his legs couldn't turn. Matteo [Trentin] took over and we were really close to catching the break. Gert Steegmans was waiting and I was stressing to be honest then I was able to go. I am so happy it is my hundreth win".

Today's stage was meant to be a transistion stage, a defacto rest day for all but the sprinters. It was not to be with bad weather turning the stage into a real test for the peloton. The rain hardly relented all day, creating treacherous conditions. It didn't stop a break of five riders from going away and making a go of it. The break comprising initalling Fabio Felline (Androni-Giocattoli), Maxim Belkov (Katusha), Bert De Backer (Argos Shimano), Maurits Lammertink (Vacansoleil-DCM), was bolstered by Marco Marcato of Vacansoleil-DCM.

The foul conditions played into the hands of the escapees though wee not without their dangers. Belkov was pushing hard on a relatively simple righ hand bend when he completely lost traction and slid out, followed one by one by three of his fellow riders. Only De Backer stayed upright steering round the outside of his prone companions. The break was soon back together. Ironically it was probbaly the only crash to afflect the race all day. In the cruellest of circumstances their efforts were nullified only in the last few hundred metres as Cavendish was pulled past by his Omega Pharma Quickstep train.

Vicenzo Nibali kept out of danger protected by his Astana teammates but a big loser was Bradley Wiggins suffering from a chest infection who lost minute after minute during the last 25km after being dropped on the descent off the day's final climb eventually dropping out of the top ten. Rigoberto Uran was safely in the maglai rosa group leaving Wiggins to be nursed to the finish by the rest of the team.

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Stage 12 profile © Gazetta dello Sport


Stage 12 Results - top 10

1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 3:01:47  
2 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ    
3 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Argos-Shimano    
4 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack Leopard    
5 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge    
6 Manuel Belletti (Ita) Ag2R La Mondiale    
7 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
8 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
9 Ioannis Tamouridis (Gre) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
10 Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team    

General Classification - Top 10

1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 46:28:14
2 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:41
3 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 0:02:04
4 Robert Gesink (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:02:12
5 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:02:13
6 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 0:02:55
7 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida 0:03:35
8 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team 0:04:05
9 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:04:17
10 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:04:21

Race Route for 2013

Le Tour de Langkawi 2012

Giro 2013 Route © Gazetta dello Sport


2013 Giro d'Italia


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