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CHERASCO, Italy (VN) — The departure of Bradley Wiggins from the Giro d’Italia on Friday eliminates any chance of crisis within the ranks at Sky.
Now it’s obvious for whom the British powerhouse will be riding: Rigoberto Urán.
The Colombian is poised in third overall, at 2:04, and will now have the green light to go for it without having to look over his shoulder.
With two decisive climbing stages looming in the Alps, Urán arrived at the finish line in Cherasco at the end of the Giro’s longest stage looking ready for what lies ahead.
“It was too bad that Bradley is gone, now we have to think about a different way of making the race,” Urán said. “We will take it day by day. We have a very strong team for the climbs. We will see happens and take aim for the final podium.”
Urán knows he has to attack to gain time not only on Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and Cadel Evans (BMC Racing), who are both ahead of him on GC, but also to take time on riders nipping on his heels for the podium.
Urán needs to watch the GC from both sides. Three riders — Robert Gesink (Blanco), Michele Scarponi (Lampre-Merida), and Mauro Santambrogio (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia) — are within one minute of the podium.
“Nibali and Evans are looking very strong. There are others, too” Urán continued. “If I have the legs now, I will attack. It’s always important to take gains when you can.”
Sky also has Sergio Henao lurking near the top 10, sitting quietly in 11th, 5:06 back. Though Henao struggled up the finish climb at Montasio, where Urán won on Tuesday, he could rebound to hunt for a stage and play the wildcard, something Urán and Sky can use to their advantage.
Danny Pate told VeloNews that the rest of the team has already put the disappointment of losing Wiggins behind them. Pate said the squad is ready to rally around Urán in his bid for the podium.
“’Rigo’s’ riding really strong. He’s in third place and we still have Sergio. As a whole, we have a very strong climbing squad, and we’re looking forward to the mountain stages, so long as the snow doesn’t cancel them,” Pate told VeloNews. “As a whole, we’re happy with the position we’re in with those guys. We’re ready to support them just as we would if Brad were still here. It’s too bad about Brad, but he was sick. Now we have other goals. We are just as excited about [Urán] as well.”
Pate said the team believes that Urán is in ideal position to challenge for the podium.
The Colombian said he’s in the best form of his career. And now that Wiggins is out of the picture, he can enjoy unfettered support from the entire team.
Sky brings one of the best climbing squads to the Giro and has engines like Pate and Christian Knees to work on the flats and transition stages. Riders such as Xavier Zandio and Davide Cataldo, who were struggling through the rain and cold, are on the mend just in time to help Urán over a rough menu of mountain stages in the race’s final week.
“The podium is realistic. The guys in front have to watch out or more than the podium is realistic,” Pate continued. “’Rigo’ can almost do anything. He can climb with the best. We saw the other day he rode away from everyone. They know he’s dangerous, but he’s a real threat.”
When asked who looked stronger, Nibali or Evans, Pate laughed, “I don’t ride next to them very often, so I am not sure.”
All times are Pacific.
1 135 13:00:00 MILLER Carson JSH USA
2 18 13:01:00 VAN SUMMEREN Johan GRS BEL
3 97 13:02:00 TRAKSEL Bobbie CSS NED
4 74 13:03:00 KREDER Wesley VCD NED
5 115 13:04:00 MCCARTNEY Jason BPC USA
6 72 13:05:00 BOECKMANS Kris VCD BEL
7 132 13:06:00 DRISCOLL James JSH USA
8 146 13:07:00 ORAM James BLS NZL
9 124 13:08:00 COOPER Marsh OPM CAN
10 95 13:09:00 GAZVODA Gregor CSS SLO
11 128 13:10:00 ZWIZANSKI Scott OPM USA
12 84 13:11:00 ILESIC Aldo Ino UHC SLO
13 126 13:12:00 SOLADAY Thomas OPM USA
14 98 13:13:00 WU Kin San CSS HKG
15 117 13:14:00 PIPP Frank BPC USA
16 88 13:15:00 MURPHY John UHC USA
17 102 13:16:00 BENEDETTI Cesare TNE ITA
18 86 13:17:00 KEOUGH Jacob UHC USA
19 154 13:18:00 MILNE Shawn 5HR USA
20 138 13:19:00 WREN Tyler JSH USA
21 122 13:20:00 ANTHONY Jesse OPM USA
22 28 13:21:00 VERONA QUINTANILLA Carlos OPQ ESP
23 63 13:22:00 DUGGAN Timothy TST USA
24 35 13:23:00 HUSHOVD Thor BMC NOR
25 53 13:24:00 BOIVIN Guillaume CAN CAN
26 104 13:25:00 DEMPSTER Zakkari TNE AUS
27 48 13:26:00 MEYER Travis OGE AUS
28 75 13:27:00 LINDEMAN Bert-jan VCD NED
29 157 13:28:00 SWEETING Robert 5HR USA
30 85 13:29:00 JONES Christopher UHC USA
31 158 13:30:00 WILLIAMS David 5HR USA
32 52 13:31:00 BODNAR Maciej CAN POL
33 67 13:32:00 TOSATTO Matteo TST ITA
34 116 13:33:00 MCCARTY Jonathan Patrick BPC USA
35 55 13:34:00 HAEDO Lucas Sebastian CAN ARG
36 71 13:35:00 DE GENDT Thomas VCD BEL
37 87 13:36:00 LOUDER Jeffry UHC USA
38 144 13:37:00 EASTMAN Ryan BLS USA
39 57 13:38:00 KOREN Kristijan CAN SLO
40 92 13:39:00 BRAMMEIER Matt CSS IRL
41 107 13:40:00 SCHORN Daniel TNE AUT
42 94 13:41:00 FENG Chun Kai CSS TPE
43 26 13:42:00 VAN KEIRSBULCK Guillaume OPQ BEL
44 64 13:43:00 JORGENSEN Jonas TST DEN
45 156 13:44:00 STEMPER James 5HR USA
46 22 13:45:00 DE WEERT Kevin OPQ BEL
47 12 13:46:00 DENNIS Rohan GRS AUS
48 37 13:47:00 PINOTTI Marco BMC ITA
49 125 13:48:00 HANSON Ken OPM USA
50 143 13:49:00 DUCHESNE Antoine BLS CAN
51 77 13:50:00 VAN POPPEL Boy VCD NED
52 15 13:51:00 HOWES Alex GRS USA
53 46 13:52:00 MATTHEWS Michael OGE AUS
54 11 13:53:00 ZABRISKIE David GRS USA
55 134 13:54:00 JACQUES-MAYNES Ben JSH USA
56 113 13:55:00 JONES Carter BPC USA
57 5 13:56:00 JUNGELS Bob RLT LUX
58 66 13:57:00 MORKOV Michael TST DEN
59 13 13:58:00 FAIRLY Caleb GRS USA
60 65 13:59:00 MCCARTHY Jay TST AUS
61 41 14:00:00 SULZBERGER Wesley OGE AUS
62 21 14:01:00 CHAVANEL Sylvain OPQ FRA
63 93 14:02:00 BUTLER Christopher CSS USA
64 114 14:03:00 TORCKLER Michael BPC NZL
65 14 14:04:00 FARRAR Tyler GRS USA
66 4 14:05:00 IRIZAR ARRANBURU Markel RLT ESP
67 16 14:06:00 MORTON Lachlan David GRS AUS
68 106 14:07:00 MENDES José Joao TNE POR
69 68 14:08:00 ZAUGG Olivier TST SUI
70 141 14:09:00 BROWN Nathan BLS USA
71 51 14:10:00 SAGAN Peter CAN SVK
72 43 14:11:00 COOKE Baden OGE AUS
73 111 14:12:00 BALDWIN Christopher BPC USA
74 96 14:13:00 ROTH Ryan CSS CAN
75 153 14:14:00 JENKINS Max 5HR USA
76 148 14:15:00 STUYVEN Jasper BLS BEL
77 137 14:16:00 ROMERO AMARAN Luis JSH CUB
78 24 14:17:00 MEERSMAN Gianni OPQ BEL
79 108 14:18:00 VOSS Paul TNE GER
80 44 14:19:00 DOCKER Mitchell OGE AUS
81 1 14:20:00 VOIGT Jens RLT GER
82 36 14:21:00 MOINARD Amael BMC FRA
83 73 14:22:00 FLECHA GIANNONI Juan Antonio VCD ESP
84 145 14:23:00 MANNION Gavin BLS USA
85 17 14:24:00 RATHE Jacob GRS USA
86 118 14:25:00 VENNELL Jeremy BPC NZL
87 32 14:26:00 BOOKWALTER Brent BMC USA
88 123 14:27:00 CANDELARIO Alex OPM USA
89 38 14:28:00 SCHAR Michael BMC SUI
90 7 14:29:00 SCHLECK Andy RLT LUX
91 78 14:30:00 WESTRA Lieuwe VCD NED
92 105 14:31:00 HUZARSKI Bartosz TNE POL
93 91 14:32:00 BEYER Chad CSS USA
94 8 14:33:00 ZUBELDIA AGIRRE Haimar RLT ESP
95 147 14:34:00 PUTT Tanner BLS USA
96 58 14:35:00 VANDBORG Brian CAN DEN
97 103 14:36:00 DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJO David TNE ESP
98 56 14:37:00 KING Edward CAN USA
99 3 14:38:00 DIDIER Laurent RLT LUX
100 101 14:39:00 KÖNIG Leopold TNE CZE
101 83 14:40:00 EUSER Lucas UHC USA
102 152 14:41:00 ENGLISH Nathaniel 5HR USA
103 81 14:42:00 DE MAAR Marc UHC AHO
104 142 14:44:00 CRADDOCK Lawson BLS USA
105 121 14:46:00 HAGA Chad OPM USA
106 151 14:48:00 MANCEBO PEREZ Francisco 5HR ESP
107 33 14:50:00 FRANK Mathias BMC SUI
108 47 14:52:00 MEYER Cameron OGE AUS
109 82 14:54:00 DEIGNAN Philip UHC IRL
110 2 14:56:00 BUSCHE Matthew RLT USA
111 131 14:58:00 ACEVEDO CALLE Janier Alexis JSH COL
112 61 15:00:00 ROGERS Michael TST AUS
113 31 15:02:00 VAN GARDEREN Tejay BMC USA
- 1. Mark CAVENDISH, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, in 6:09:55
- 2. Giacomo NIZZOLO, RadioShack-Leopard, at :00
- 3. Luka MEZGEC, Argos-Shimano, at :00
- 4. Brett LANCASTER, Orica-GreenEdge, at :00
- 5. Elia VIVIANI, Cannondale, at :00
- 6. Manuel BELLETTI, Ag2r La Mondiale, at :00
- 7. Daniele BENNATI, Saxo-Tinkoff, at :00
- 8. Filippo POZZATO, Lampre-Merida, at :00
- 9. Anthony ROUX, FDJ, at :00
- 10. Miguel Angel RUBIANO CHAVEZ, Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela, at :00
- 11. Robert HUNTER, Garmin-Sharp, at :00
- 12. Marco MARCATO, Vacansoleil-DCM, at :00
- 13. Paul MARTENS, Blanco, at :00
- 14. Marco CANOLA, Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox, at :00
- 15. Vicente REYNES MIMO, Lotto-Belisol, at :00
- 16. Ramunas NAVARDAUSKAS, Garmin-Sharp, at :00
- 17. Grega BOLE, Vacansoleil-DCM, at :00
- 18. Dominique ROLLIN, FDJ, at :00
- 19. Enrico BATTAGLIN, Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox, at :00
- 20. Luca PAOLINI, Katusha, at :00
- 21. Francisco José VENTOSO ALBERDI, Movistar, at :00
- 22. Pavel BRUTT, Katusha, at :00
- 23. Giovanni VISCONTI, Movistar, at :00
- 24. Leonardo Fabio DUQUE, Colombia, at :00
- 25. Fabio SABATINI, Cannondale, at :00
- 26. Diego ROSA, Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela, at :00
- 27. Christian KNEES, Sky, at :00
- 28. Robert GESINK, Blanco, at :00
- 29. Gert DOCKX, Lotto-Belisol, at :00
- 30. Oscar GATTO, Vini Fantini-Selle Italia, at :00
- 31. Salvatore PUCCIO, Sky, at :00
- 32. Rafal MAJKA, Saxo-Tinkoff, at :00
- 33. Carlos Alberto BETANCUR GOMEZ, Ag2r La Mondiale, at :00
- 34. Jackson RODRIGUEZ, Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela, at :00
- 35. Darwin ATAPUMA HURTADO, Colombia, at :00
- 36. Przemyslaw NIEMIEC, Lampre-Merida, at :00
- 37. Francis DE GREEF, Lotto-Belisol, at :00
- 38. Adam HANSEN, Lotto-Belisol, at :00
- 39. Cadel EVANS, BMC Racing, at :00
- 40. Tanel KANGERT, Astana, at :00
- 41. Ben GASTAUER, Ag2r La Mondiale, at :00
- 42. Nelson Filipe SANTOS SIMOES OLIVEIRA, RadioShack-Leopard, at :00
- 43. Vladimir GUSEV, Katusha, at :00
- 44. Mauro SANTAMBROGIO, Vini Fantini-Selle Italia, at :00
- 45. Rafael VALLS FERRI, Vacansoleil-DCM, at :00
- 46. Fabio FELLINE, Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela, at :00
- 47. Michele SCARPONI, Lampre-Merida, at :00
- 48. Franco PELLIZOTTI, Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela, at :00
- 49. Sonny COLBRELLI, Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox, at :00
- 50. Vincenzo NIBALI, Astana, at :00
- 51. Christian VANDEVELDE, Garmin-Sharp, at :00
- 52. Valerio AGNOLI, Astana, at :00
- 53. Damiano CARUSO, Cannondale, at :00
- 54. Sergio Luis HENAO MONTOYA, Sky, at :00
- 55. Tiago MACHADO, RadioShack-Leopard, at :00
- 56. Egoi MARTINEZ DE ESTEBAN, Euskaltel-Euskadi, at :00
- 57. Alessandro PRONI, Vini Fantini-Selle Italia, at :00
- 58. Samuel SANCHEZ GONZALEZ, Euskaltel-Euskadi, at :00
- 59. Robert KISERLOVSKI, RadioShack-Leopard, at :00
- 60. Benat INTXAUSTI ELORRIAGA, Movistar, at :00
- 61. Domenico POZZOVIVO, Ag2r La Mondiale, at :00
- 62. Kristijan DURASEK, Lampre-Merida, at :00
- 63. Kanstantsin SIUTSOU, Sky, at :00
- 64. Rigoberto URAN URAN, Sky, at :00
- 65. Wilco KELDERMAN, Blanco, at :00
- 66. Yury TROFIMOV, Katusha, at :00
- 67. Francis MOUREY, FDJ, at :00
- 68. Hayden ROULSTON, RadioShack-Leopard, at :00
- 69. Vladimir KARPETS, Movistar, at :00
- 70. Jorge AZANZA SOTO, Euskaltel-Euskadi, at :00
- 71. Dmitry KOZONTCHUK, Katusha, at :00
- 72. Rob RUIJGH, Vacansoleil-DCM, at :00
- 73. Koen DE KORT, Argos-Shimano, at :00
- 74. Juan Manuel GARATE, Blanco, at :00
- 75. Peter STETINA, Garmin-Sharp, at :00
- 76. Tiziano DALL’ANTONIA, Cannondale, at :00
- 77. Daniele PIETROPOLLI, Lampre-Merida, at :00
- 78. Dario CATALDO, Sky, at :00
- 79. Matteo TRENTIN, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at :00
- 80. Danilo DI LUCA, Vini Fantini-Selle Italia, at :00
- 81. Stefano GARZELLI, Vini Fantini-Selle Italia, at :00
- 82. José HERRADA LOPEZ, Movistar, at :00
- 83. Petr IGNATENKO, Katusha, at :00
- 84. Frederik WILLEMS, Lotto-Belisol, at :00
- 85. Fabio Andres DUARTE AREVALO, Colombia, at :00
- 86. Pieter WEENING, Orica-GreenEdge, at :00
- 87. Steve MORABITO, BMC Racing, at :00
- 88. Michal GOLAS, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at :20
- 89. Jens KEUKELEIRE, Orica-GreenEdge, at :20
- 90. Danny PATE, Sky, at :22
- 91. Stef CLEMENT, Blanco, at :24
- 92. Steven KRUIJSWIJK, Blanco, at :24
- 93. Bruno PIRES, Saxo-Tinkoff, at :24
- 94. Jose Rodolfo SERPA PEREZ, Lampre-Merida, at :24
- 95. Jarlinson PANTANO, Colombia, at :24
- 96. Evgeny PETROV, Saxo-Tinkoff, at :24
- 97. Thomas DANIELSON, Garmin-Sharp, at :24
- 98. Ivan SANTAROMITA, BMC Racing, at :24
- 99. Paolo LONGO BORGHINI, Cannondale, at :27
- 100. Frederik VEUCHELEN, Vacansoleil-DCM, at :31
- 101. Emanuele SELLA, Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela, at :38
- 102. Paolo TIRALONGO, Astana, at :38
- 103. Thomas DAMUSEAU, Argos-Shimano, at :38
- 104. Giampaolo CARUSO, Katusha, at :43
- 105. Alan MARANGONI, Cannondale, at :53
- 106. Julien VERMOTE, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 1:58
- 107. Xabier ZANDIO ECHAIDE, Sky, at 2:02
- 108. Lars Ytting BAK, Lotto-Belisol, at 2:58
- 109. Danilo HONDO, RadioShack-Leopard, at 2:58
- 110. Pablo LASTRAS GARCIA, Movistar, at 2:58
- 111. Gianluca BRAMBILLA, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 2:58
- 112. Matteo RABOTTINI, Vini Fantini-Selle Italia, at 2:58
- 113. Francesco Manuel BONGIORNO, Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox, at 3:02
- 114. Manuele BOARO, Saxo-Tinkoff, at 3:31
- 115. Simone STORTONI, Lampre-Merida, at 3:31
- 116. Robert VRECER, Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 3:47
- 117. Fredrik Carl Wilhelm KESSIAKOFF, Astana, at 4:13
- 118. Hubert DUPONT, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 4:13
- 119. Dirk BELLEMAKERS, Lotto-Belisol, at 4:13
- 120. Jérôme PINEAU, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 5:22
- 121. Albert TIMMER, Argos-Shimano, at 6:29
- 122. Rory SUTHERLAND, Saxo-Tinkoff, at 9:17
- 123. David MILLAR, Garmin-Sharp, at 9:17
- 124. Fabio ARU, Astana, at 9:17
- 125. Stefano PIRAZZI, Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox, at 9:17
- 126. Roberto FERRARI, Lampre-Merida, at 9:17
- 127. Yaroslav POPOVYCH, RadioShack-Leopard, at 9:58
- 128. Nicola BOEM, Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox, at 9:59
- 129. Serge PAUWELS, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 12:37
- 130. Thomas DEKKER, Garmin-Sharp, at 16:32
- 131. Andrey ZEITS, Astana, at 16:32
- 132. Brian BULGAC, Lotto-Belisol, at 16:32
- 133. Nathan HAAS, Garmin-Sharp, at 16:32
- 134. Martijn KEIZER, Vacansoleil-DCM, at 16:32
- 135. Cameron WURF, Cannondale, at 16:32
- 136. Alessandro VANOTTI, Astana, at 16:32
- 137. Guillaume BONNAFOND, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 16:32
- 138. Ricardo MESTRE, Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 16:32
- 139. Edwin Alcibiades AVILA VANEGAS, Colombia, at 16:32
- 140. Gorka VERDUGO MARCOTEGUI, Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 16:32
- 141. Ioannis TAMOURIDIS, Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 16:32
- 142. Mads CHRISTENSEN, Saxo-Tinkoff, at 16:32
- 143. Edoardo ZARDINI, Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox, at 16:32
- 144. Robinson Eduardo CHALAPUD GOMEZ, Colombia, at 16:32
- 145. Cayetano José SARMIENTO TUNARROSA, Cannondale, at 16:32
- 146. Juan Jose COBO ACEBO, Movistar, at 16:32
- 147. Wilson Alexander MARENTES TORRES, Colombia, at 16:32
- 148. Cristiano SALERNO, Cannondale, at 16:32
- 149. Luke DURBRIDGE, Orica-GreenEdge, at 16:32
- 150. Alex DOWSETT, Movistar, at 16:32
- 151. Stefano LOCATELLI, Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox, at 16:32
- 152. Danilo WYSS, BMC Racing, at 16:32
- 153. Christian MEIER, Orica-GreenEdge, at 16:32
- 154. Laurent PICHON, FDJ, at 16:32
- 155. Johan LE BON, FDJ, at 16:32
- 156. Miguel MINGUEZ AYALA, Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 16:32
- 157. Bert DE BACKER, Argos-Shimano, at 16:32
- 158. Kenny DE HAES, Lotto-Belisol, at 16:32
- 159. Gert STEEGMANS, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 16:32
- 160. Willem WAUTERS, Vacansoleil-DCM, at 16:32
- 161. George BENNETT, RadioShack-Leopard, at 16:32
- 162. Taylor PHINNEY, BMC Racing, at 16:32
- 163. Jesse SERGENT, RadioShack-Leopard, at 16:32
- 164. Maarten TJALLINGII, Blanco, at 16:32
- 165. Davide APPOLLONIO, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 16:32
- 166. Sacha MODOLO, Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox, at 16:32
- 167. Matthew Harley GOSS, Orica-GreenEdge, at 16:32
- 168. Jack BOBRIDGE, Blanco, at 16:32
- 169. Svein TUFT, Orica-GreenEdge, at 16:32
- 170. Pim LIGTHART, Vacansoleil-DCM, at 16:32
- 171. Jens MOURIS, Orica-GreenEdge, at 16:32
- 172. Maurits LAMMERTINK, Vacansoleil-DCM, at 16:32
- 173. Murilo Antonio FISCHER, FDJ, at 16:32
- 174. Rafael ANDRIATO, Vini Fantini-Selle Italia, at 16:32
- 175. Adam BLYTHE, BMC Racing, at 16:32
- 176. Karsten KROON, Saxo-Tinkoff, at 16:32
- 177. Daniel OSS, BMC Racing, at 16:32
- 178. Eros CAPECCHI, Movistar, at 16:32
- 179. Maxim BELKOV, Katusha, at 16:32
- 180. Dmitriy GRUZDEV, Astana, at 16:32
- 181. Giairo ERMETI, Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela, at 16:32
- 182. Maarten WYNANTS, Blanco, at 16:32
- 183. Stephen CUMMINGS, BMC Racing, at 16:32
- 184. Iljo KEISSE, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 16:32
- 185. Patrick GRETSCH, Argos-Shimano, at 16:32
- 186. Tobias LUDVIGSSON, Argos-Shimano, at 16:32
- 187. Mattia GAVAZZI, Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela, at 16:32
- DNS Ryder HESJEDAL, Garmin-Sharp
- DNS Nacer BOUHANNI, FDJ
- DNS Bradley WIGGINS, Sky
Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) won stage 13 of the Giro d’Italia on Friday in Chierasco. At 254 kilometers, the leg from Busseto to Chierasco was the longest of the race and Cavendish was victorious ahead of two tough mountain tests this weekend.
Giacomo Nizzolo (RadioShack-Leopard) was second and Luka Mezgec (Argos-Shimano) was third.
“It was a long day. A long transfer, the longest stage. Everyone is getting tired,” said Cavendish. “The team worked very hard to control the breakaway. They did a great job to keep me in position in the finale. I had to do it alone in the sprint. I decided to go from a long way. I knew it was going to be close. In the end, I did it.”
Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) finished in the peloton to defend his overall lead.
The Giro d’Italia continues Saturday with the 168km 14th stage from Cervere to Bardonecchia. Foul weather has forced organizers to consider rerouting the stage to eliminate the 7km climb to the finish.
The long breakaway goes really long
Seven riders jumped into the day’s breakaway and built a maximum advantage of 13:45: Danilo Hondo (RadioShack), Giairo Ermeti (Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela), Pablo Lastras (Movistar), Tobias Ludvigsson (Argos), Nicola Boem (Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox), Lars Bak (Lotto-Belisol), and Rafael Andriato (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia).
Omega Pharma-Quick Step and Orica-GreenEdge both chipped into Astana’s work controlling the gap. With 85km to go, the breakaway’s advantage was 3:40.
With the gap at 2:15 and 70km left to race, the two sprinters’ squads took up a major presence on the head of the bunch and began the work of chipping away at the last of the escape’s advantage.
The breakaway began cracking as the road covered a series of ramps inside the final 50km. Soon, Bak was at the front with just Lastras and Boem.
With the gap at just over a minute, Stefano Garzelli (Vini Fantini) attacked from the peloton over a small rise, springing free with Diego Rosa (Androni Giocattoli). Seven riders bridged across, making a nine-man chase group.
Movistar kept the pressure on in the peloton, never letting the chasers get more than 15 seconds up the road. With 42km to go, they were back together, the breakaway of three still 33 seconds up the road.
Vini Fantini set up shop with three riders on the front of the peloton.
Lastras rode away from his companions on a descent with 31km to go, but the trio was soon back together. With 30km to go, they held 21 seconds on the peloton and Omega Pharma took up its place at the front.
The leaders pushed their advantage back out to 44 seconds with 18km to go.
Omega Pharma continued to drive the peloton and snuffed out a number of attacks, including one from Vini Fantini’s Alessandro Proni.
Bardiani Valvole’s Francesco Bongiorno countered Proni and Frederik Veuchelen (Vacansoleil-DCM) rode across to him.
Up the road, Lastras attacked the breakaway with 16km to go and Bak pursued.
With 16km to go, Oscar Gotto and a Vini Fantini teammate jumped from the bunch and rode across to Bongiorno and Veuchelen. The acceleration launched a group of eight riders and the new chase group took eight seconds on the peloton.
The chasers caught Lastras with 13.6km to go and the Spaniard went to work on the front of the group after a quick chat with teammate José Herrada. The leaders were: Lastras and Herrada (Movistar); Bak; Giampaolo Caruso (Katusha); Matteo Rabottini (Vini Fantini); Jorge Azana (Euskaltel-Euskadi); Bongiorno; and Veuchelen.
The leaders held just seven seconds with 10km to go, but the peloton had trouble closing on them on a high-speed descent.
The pace at the back dropped sprinters Matthew Goss (Orica) and Roberto Ferrari (Lampre-Merida).
Ramping up for Cavendish
A series of attacks in the breakaway cut the breakaway down to five riders with 7km to go: Bongiorno, Caruso, Azana, Herrada, and Rabottini. Caruso attacked hard on a short, steep ramp 6km from the finish, shedding his mates.
An acceleration from Beñat Intxausti (Movistar) and Robert Kiserlovski (RadioShack), followed by Nibali, spelled the end of the chase group. Cannondale pushed to the front with 4.3km to go.
“I was at the front toward the end because I saw the movement from riders such as Kiserlovski, Intxausti, and [Michele] Scarponi,” said Nibali. “It was better to be at the front and make sure nothing happened.”
Danilo Di Luca (Vini Fantini) countered and found himself inside the 14-second gap between Caruso and the Cannondale-led peloton. With 1.5km remaining, Di Luca and Caruso were back and Orica led the bunch at break-neck speed into the final kilometer.
“I tried my luck on the descent to get some seconds,” said Caruso. “I would have liked to have some more. When I heard my gap, I knew it wouldn’t be enough because the sprinters were coming. Cavendish demonstrated again he’s a great sprinter and he deserves to win the stage.”
Cannondale made a bid for Elia Viviani up the left side of the road and took to the front. Cavendish was buried along the left barriers, eight wheels back.
The Manxman got the jump, however, and went early, accelerating to the right of the leadout. Mezgec followed, but couldn’t come even. Nizzolo reacted too late, jumping in vain after Cavendish as he rode by.
The Omega Pharma sprinter had his 101st career victory aboard the special edition Specialized Venge built to commemorate his centenary win the day before.
“I like to make a good show,” said Cavendish. “I love to win. I love racing the bike.”
- I just realized I have not seen any information posted here about our little race tomorrow.
The weather should be beautiful so please come out and enjoy the race! It's in a park, there is a nice lake (you can even fish between races), lots of grass for the kids and pets to run around on, a full playground to keep the little ones entertained.
Parking will be just outside the park, in a church parking lot but we are running shuttles all day in and out, so don't feel you need to haul that cooler yourself. In previous years we have been up against the other races or plagued by poor weather reports (which were, in typical St. Louis fashion, completely wrong), so this year we need your help to make it the best one ever. You can always mow the lawn some other time.
Chipotle and Boulevard Brewing will be on hand with food and drinks. See you all there!
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CHERASCO, Italy (VN) — Five Belgian cycling brands have attracted 500,000 euros ($641,000) in government funding to build a new collaborative R&D facility focused on aerodynamics and other “technologies of human power.” Bike brand Ridley, helmet brand Lazer, clothing brand BioRacer, athletic performance center EnergyLab, and Flanders Drive, a “mobility knowledge center,” will collaborate on the project, which will feature a low-speed wind tunnel and other R&D facilities.
Such a low-speed wind tunnel would be the first in continental Europe.
The collaboration between the five Flandrian sport brands has been dubbed “Bike Valley,” a reference to the project’s location in the beating heart of Belgian cycling.
The announcement comes hot on the heals of Specialized’s launch on Thursday of a new in-house, bike-specific wind tunnel, which will allow the brand to further improve its aerodynamics research and development efforts, and the timing seems to be no coincidence.
“[Bike Valley] is the only way we can compete on an investment level with the large global multinationals in the bicycling industry,” Marc Hufkens, Bike Valley manager, said in a statement.
Like the Specialized project, the planned Belgian tunnel will be designed around low-speed testing, ideal for the development of cycling equipment.
The concept was conceived by Ridley, a company that was among the first in the cycling industry to develop an aerodynamic road racing frame, the Noah. But without outside help, in the form of its collaborative partners and the government funds, the brand did not have the resources to complete the project.
“Because Ridley and the other Bike Valley partners are Small and Medium Enterprises (with no more than 100 employees) we can only realize such an ambitious project if we can count on the support of the different governments in Belgium and by working together”, said Hufkens.
Even with five partners on board, it was not until the influx of government funding that the project could begin to take off.
“The funding of 500,000 euro is a milestone not to be underestimated,” Hufkens said. “One can say this is the actual ‘go’ in establishing Flanders as a worldwide knowledge hub when it comes to cycling in six different domains: sports, industrial activities, tourism and recreation, health, science and technology, mobility.”