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Giro d'Italia 2013 - Stage 14 - First Report & Results
By Mark Sharon
Date: 5/18/2013
Giro d'Italia 2013 - Stage 14 - First Report & Results
Giro 2013

Giro d'Italia 2013 - Stage 14 : 168km, Cervere - Bardonecchia

Mauro Santambrogio wins weather afflicted stage 14, with maglia rosa Vicenzo Nibali in his wheel for second.

See the route of the Giro here

1 Mauro Santambrogio
2 Vicenzo Nibali
3 Carlos Betancur

With bad weather shutting down live coverage no one really knew to the last second who would emerge first from the mist and snow falling on the Jafferau. Once the motos had passed Mauro Santambrogio (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia)was immediately obvious in his fluorescent yellow kit with the maglia rosa of Vicenzo Nibali riding doggedly in his wheel semi-visible. The two were alone. At the bottom of the 7.5km climb a group of three, Luca Paolini (Katusha), Daniele Pietropoli (Lampre), Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani Valvole) had had a four minute advantage of a seriously depleted peloton. Behind them was Matteo Trentin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step). They had all been part of a seven man break that had escaped at 160km to go. Somewhere between the botom and 400 metres to go the situation had been turned on its head.

At first it was hard to tell what choice Nibali would make between a stage win and 20 bonus seconds and graciousness towards Santambrogio and 12 seconds. Whether he finally had a choice was moot but he looked exhausted as Santambrogio raised both arms to cross the line, a state that was matched by every rider that had set out that morning form Cervere.

As it turned out he gained preciosu seconds on his main rivals. Carlos Bentancur (Ag2R) took a further nine seconds to claim third, while Rigoberto Uran (Sky) and Cadel Evans (BMC) arrived 30 and 33 seconds later respectively. Uran must now be regreeting any semblence of support for Bradley Wiggins in the earlier stages as he now lies 2'46" behind the maglia rosa, minutes sacrificed waiitng for his erstwhile leader. Nibali's lead has improved but he is not beyond danger by any measure as the previous days have proved in the case of Bradley Wiggins and Ryder Hesjedal. Today it was the turn of Robert Gesink to fall victim to an unseasonably hard Giro. Surrounded by his Blanco team-mates he arrived more than four minutes down, while Michele Scaponi (Lampre) was 1'30" down coughing like a heavy smoker.

It could have been worse. At least the peloton knew they would not be forced to confront the climb, and more significantly the descent of Sestriere. Poor visibility and snow has forced the Giro organisers to miss out the section of the route for reasons of safety. The race was still planned to finish in Bardonecchia with an 11.8km extension due to the alternate route around Sestriere.

Dave Brailsford, Team Sky principal supported the decsion, "Of course you have to put safety first. From the start of the Giro when we saw the weather conditions, we knew it would be unlikely or doubtful this stage would go ahead as planned. I think it is good news, it would have been a great stage but safety first."

None of the GC contenders seemed in a mood to do anything about the break and it stretched its lead to over ten minutes. Within ten kilometres the break was down to the four with three of its original members, Spain's Egoi Martinez (Euskaltel), Dutchman Pieter Weening (Orica-GreenEdge)and American Peter Stetina (Garmin-Sharp) coming down, Back in the peloton three riders had been in another worse crash, Italians Enrico Battaglin (Bardiani Valvole) and Alessandro Vanoti of Astana together with Robinson Chalapud of Colombia. The Italians were the most seriously hurt and abandoned the race, possibly with broken bones - ribs for Battaglin, collarbone for Vanoti.

Briton David Millar had also abandoned, but his was as much to do with his role being largely redundant after team leader Ryder Hesjedal abandoned before yesterday's stage. He also has a new addition to the family.

The break soldiered on and looked to be in with a chance at the foot of the climb with over four minutes in hand. Even with the race reduced to near pre-elecronics era by the weather, or perhaps because of it, what remained of the peloton finally found a spark of life and disintegrated with the efforts of Santambrogio and Nibali.

Here is the new official profile of today's stage:

Giro Stage 5

Stage 14 profile - modified) © Gazetta dello Sport

Giro Stage 5

Stage 14 route (original) © Gazetta dello Sport

Tomorrow's stage 15 has already been altered in anticipation if unrideable conditions on the Galibier and Mont-Cenis sections - confirmation of the new route to follow.

Stage 14 Results - top 10

1 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 4:42:55
2 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
3 Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:09
4 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:00:26
5 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 0:00:30
6 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:33
7 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
8 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) RadioShack Leopard  
9 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox 0:00:55
10 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:00:58

General Classification - Top 10

1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 57:20:52
2 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:01:26
3 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 0:02:46
4 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 0:02:47
5 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:03:53
6 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida 0:04:55
7 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:05:02
8 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:05:32
9 Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La Mondiale 0:05:39
10 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team 0:05:41

Race Route for 2013

Le Tour de Langkawi 2012

Giro 2013 Route © Gazetta dello Sport


2013 Giro d'Italia


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