The thirteenth stage of the Tour of Italy was the first real mountain stage of this Giro. Multiple climbs and a summit arrival: this was only for spectacle care. The long final climb in the direction of Ceresole Reale caused fireworks with Ilnur Zakarin. as the winner of the day. Also Mikel Landa did a good thing, a brave Jan Polanc retained his pink jersey. The Giro is back fully open.
What tactical plan, there would today be unfolded? Which leaders would have some pawns forward sliding, and especially, how strong would the Jumbo Visma and Primoz Roglic to defend himself after yesterday repeatedly were pressured and, in the case of the collective, signs of weakness showed.
The answer was to wait. The wedstrijduur was so much chaotic with attack attempts on all sides but no one really got. Of course showed Thomas De Gendt is a hard-working but was still waiting on the first col of the day, the Colle del Lys, to the first important race position: 28 riders with some important names like Bauke Mollema, Andrey Amador and Ilnur Zakarin is responsible for the first significant breakaway. From the Belgian side, it was only Thomas De Gendt of the party.
With four riders of Trek and three from the Astana team, it was quickly clear that there was a tactical plan was concocted. In the peloton took both UAE pink sweater Polanc and Jumbo-Visma of favorite Roglic their responsibility. The gap with the first group was never really greater than three minutes. The front fell Gendt road with a mechanical problem and Geoghegan Hart (Team Ineos) as a result of a fall. It changed the wedstrijdbeeld not. Front reed Pull, with again a strong Ciccone, everything out of the cabinet to make the gap as large as possible, in the peloton put especially the black-and-yellow Jumbo-Visma is in the lead. Ciccone was also the first on the top of the Colle del Lys and picked up the mountains jersey again from team mate Brambilla.
Pian del Lupo
On to the second hurdle of the day: Pian del Lupo, a slope of second category. Pull-Segafredo remained at the front of the pace tight hold but Jumbo-Visma was this time clearly better armed than the day before. Roglic and co kept the gap close to two minutes. And again, we got war, especially in the peloton. Astana turned the throttle open and that took a great deal of top of the head, pink sweater, Jan Polanc and also Bob Jungels should be the role solve. The work of the Astana team also made sure that the difference with the group of Mollema dwindled to one minute. Additional consequence: Primoz Roglic had on the top of the Pian del Lupo, no team mate is still on his side.
And then had the main course still to follow. With the final climb to Lago Serrù – officially the Colle Del Nivolet – were the riders on an unknown climb (for me). And what for one. But less than 32 kilometres of climbing, where the climb officially starts at 20.3 kilometres from the finish line, with an average gradient of almost six per cent, with the steepest stretch of fourteen percent. Ideal area for whom the ambition was to Primoz Roglic a serious touch to share.
Everything runs together
But the prospect of a long climb did some of the boys to think about. In the group of Mollema went the pace a bit down, the group Roglic was also not much attempt to make the throttle open further to run, so eventually pink jersey Polanc and Jungels again could join in the group Roglic, while Mollema and co with a gap of not more than a minute on the final climb could start. Was their offensive a measure for nothing?
Not so! While in the group Roglic the pace is tempered, they remained at the front some gas. The leading group was still equally divided in two, but from the first steep sections decided Mollema and Zakarin, the best climbers in the leading group, the throttle open to run.
And by the pursuers? There burst the battle open with another fifteen kilometers to go. Landa front, the Astana-boys tried to follow but could the wheel of the unleashed Spaniard not follow. Even more, both Carreterro as Amador waited for their leader so that Landa suddenly about two luxehelpers had to get him through the flatter pieces to guide them. A tactical plan spoken. Behind the Spaniard formed a group of pursuers with Nibali, Roglic, Lopez, Majka and the surprisingly strong Russian Pavel Sivakov.
Materiaalpech Lopez, attack Zakarin
Unfortunately for Astana knew Miguel Angel Lopez again materiaalpech. Fortunately, for the Night was their Colombian leader aanpikken when a group of them that were redeemed, with, among others, Simon Yates and pink sweater Jan Polanc. Also team mate Izagirre he wisely down to his leader. Fight on all fronts!
With seven steep slotkilometers was not decided anything yet. Angie nibbled a little at some of his deficit on the leaders and enlarged at the same time, are ahead of the group Roglic. Also, pink jersey Jan Polanc did surprisingly well in the group, Yates-Lopez.
And what did Roglic? Which remained but to take advantage of the work of the other teams and it worked out greatly on the hips of Vincenzo Nibali. The two remained together, would stare at and looked at each other at the time that both Majka, Carapaz if Sivakov, the duo pulled away, a duo, a trio by the return of… Lopez. What a price!
Front placed Ilnur Zakarin a first demarrage that Bauke Mollema of the head took. The Dutchman was bijgebeend and left by Landa, Zakarin was also, ultimately, Mikel Nieve on the knees. Could the Russian the victory as a gift to Riders.? Yes, I do. He took it for Nieve and a strong recurring Landa. Roglic and Nibali kept each other in balance, Jan Polanc was still in the pink.
1. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus)
2. Mikel Nieve (Spa) 35”
3. Mikel Landa (Spa) 1’20”
4. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) 1’38”
5. Bauke Mollema (Ned) at 1’45”
6. Rafal Majka (Pol) 2’07”
7. Primoz Roglic (Slo) at 2’57”
8. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) at 2’57”
9. Pavel Sivakov (Rus) 3’34”
10. Davide Formolo (Ita) on 3’50”
1. Jan Polanc (Slo)
2. Primoz Roglic (Slo) at 2’25”
3. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) at 2’56”
4. Bauke Mollema (Ned) 3’06”
5. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) a 4’09”
6. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) 4’22”
7. Rafal Majka (Pol) at 4’28”
8. Mikel Landa (Spa) on 5’08”
9. Pavel Sivakov (Rus) 7’13”
10. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) 7’48”