The 13th stage of the Giro led from Sanremo to Cuneo on Friday. The section, which followed in the footsteps of the spring classic Milan-Sanremo, turned into an exciting duel between the peloton with numerous top sprinters and a breakaway group of four at the end.
After the only climb of the day, Colle di Nava, the breakaways’ lead over the peloton decreased, but they were still ahead when they arrived in Cuneo. But a good 700 meters from the finish, the peloton rushed past.
Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) had the fastest legs on the almost 1500 meter long and 2.5 percent steep home stretch and celebrated his third day’s victory in this Giro. At the same time, the French prevented the first success of Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain Victorious), who finished second just behind.
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Giro in the ticker: 13th stage – ten kilometers left
Meter by meter the field is closing in, the peloton is still a minute away from the four breakaways. It will remain exciting up to the last kilometer.
Live ticker 13th stage: chances of the escapees increase
In the field, a larger group has already lost touch, running the last 20 kilometers. The peloton is 2:14 behind and struggling for every second in this tug of war.
Giro live ticker: fight for every second
There are only 25 kilometers left and another 2:40 minutes for the breakaways, it will be really close between the four breakaways and the sprinter teams. The drivers are now absolutely at the limit in the rush, so today’s finish in picturesque Cuneo will be correspondingly early.
13th Giro stage in the ticker: wind becomes a factor
The long field is now also more exposed to the wind, now all favorites have to be vigilant to avoid wind edges. Still 3:30 minutes the distance.
Giro in the ticker: 13th stage – 40 kilometers to go
The end of the downhill part of the route is soon reached. The sprinter teams will be happy about that, because the breakaways are easier to control on completely flat terrain. the gap is still just over four minutes, it’s a wild chase at top speed, the field has to use a lot of energy today to stay in the race.
Live ticker 13th stage: runaways fight back
The four breakaways continue to sell extremely expensively: Frenchman Nicolas Prodhomme (ag2r), Italian Mirco Maestri (Eolo) and the Dutch duo Pascal Eenkhoorn (Jumbo) and Julius van den Berg (EF) do a four-man time trial against the field, where now also Cofidis and DSM are involved in the pursuit. 50 kilometers to go.
Giro live ticker: chase at full throttle
On the slightly sloping route, the riders roll through the valley at top speed. There are only 74 kilometers to go. The lead of the top quartet is 5:55 minutes, they are defending themselves with all their might and from the point of view of Eurosport experts Bernie Eisel and Jens Voigt they are anything but without a chance in the fight for the stage win in Cuneo today.
13th Giro stage in the ticker: the lead is increasing
The field is 6:45 minutes behind the mountains classification, in the peloton the pace was kept slower to protect the sprinters. The course is now always slightly downhill for 40 kilometers, so it will be difficult to close the gap massively. An exciting chase ensues. Teams Israel, UAE, Quick-Step, and Groupama are now regrouping for the hunt.
3:00 p.m. – Giro d’Italia in the ticker: mountain classification achieved
The escapees come to the mountains classification after ten kilometers of climbing, the points go to Eenkhoorn ahead of Prodhomme, Maestri and van den Berg. Uphill, Tagliani has clearly lost touch with his four former companions.
Live ticker 13th stage: ascent to the mountain classification
The riders are now on the climb to the only climb of the day. To the Colle di Nava (936m) there is a 10.4 kilometer climb with an average gradient of 6.6% – a rating of the 3rd category. There are still 100 kilometers ahead of the leading group of Frenchman Nicolas Prodhomme (ag2r), Italians Mirco Maestri (Eolo) and Filippo Tagliani (Drone Hopper) and Dutch duo Pascal Eenkhoorn (Jumbo) and Julius van den Berg (EF).
Live ticker for the 13th Giro stage: intermediate sprint completed
In the meantime, the first of the two intermediate sprints of the day has been completed. Tagliani won it ahead of van den Berg and Eenkhoorn.
Démare took sixth place from the field in the maglia ciclamino.
The lead now increases to almost five minutes.
Giro live ticker: task of Bardet!
Romain Bardet’s task! The co-favorite from France gets into the team car! This is a very heavy blow for Team DSM, who finished fourth in the overall standings (only 14 seconds behind the pink jersey) retires.
Bardet fell ill after yesterday’s stage, it didn’t get better overnight – severe stomach cramps plague the podium candidate.
Ticker 13th stage: sprinter teams react
The Groupama-FDJ, UAE and Israel teams are now also working in the field, so Arnaud Démare, Fernando Gaviria and Giacomo Nizzolo are also motivated for this stage.
The lead levels off at three minutes, so the chances of the five breakaways are extremely manageable. There are still 120 kilometers to go.
13th Giro stage in the ticker: the lead is increasing
The lead is growing fast and is already more than three minutes on the coastal road. With Team Quick Step taking the lead, Mark Cavendish is looking to grab his second stage of the Giro today. The Brit could possibly leave the Giro after this stage and save himself the tough weekend and difficult final week.
Live ticker for the 13th stage of the Giro: the leading group is standing
Now the leading group of the day is in place: five riders are in front of the peloton, which immediately slows down and increases the gap. no drivers from Germany, Switzerland and Austria represented at the front.
The five escapees are Frenchman Nicolas Prodhomme (ag2r), Italians Mirco Maestri (Eolo) and Filippo Tagliani (Drone Hopper) and Dutch duo Pascal Eenkhoorn (Jumbo) and Julius van den Berg (EF).
They are all far behind in the overall ranking, so there is no danger for the maglia rosa.
Giro live ticker: Start of the 13th stage
Let’s go – the green starting flag is waved and the attacks start immediately! With high temperatures, will the initial phase be as hot as yesterday? The drivers still have 150 kilometers to go! 164 professionals are still in the race and are now on their way to Cuneo.
Giro route: course and profile of the 13th stage to Cuneo
13th Giro stage: The favorites
With the early and quite tough climb, a similar scenario to the 5th stage in Sicily would be possible. Without Biniam Girmay, Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert will not have much interest to set the pace. And Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) doesn’t seem to be in the top form where he can certainly convert opportunities like this. Perhaps the teams of Fernando Gaviria (UAE-Emirates) and Giacomo Nizzolo (Israel-Premieretech) have an interest in sprinting colleagues who are less strong in climbing, such as Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ), Mark Cavendish (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) or Caleb Ewan ( Lotto-Soudal) to distance themselves at an early stage. Otherwise a normal sprint stage would be more likely.
Welcome to the live ticker of the 13th stage of the Giro!
The stage starts in Sanremo and leads along the Ligurian coast before turning into the hinterland at Imperia. The first sprint takes place in Pieve di Teco after 43 kilometers. Then it goes up the Colle di Nava (3rd category: 10.9 kilometers; 6.5%). After the summit, the route runs slightly downhill for 50 kilometers. After the second sprint in San Michele di Mondovì (kilometer 112) the last wave of the day has to be completed. The last 34 kilometers are flat to the finish in Cuneo. The last two kilometers rise minimally.
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