The Tour Take | GIRO D'ITALIA Stage 13
1st – Elia Viviani
2nd – Sam Bennett
3rd – Danny Van Poppel
The final nailed-on sprint stage until the last day in Rome. Almost entirely flat, bar a Cat 4 climb coming with 20km to go. The sprint was uncomplicated too, with the last corner coming with 5km to go, and only some kinks in the road from there.
No change to any of the Jerseys. Yates wears the Maglia Rosa, Viviani the Maglia Ciclamino, Chaves the Maglia Azzurra, and Richard Carapaz the Maglia Biancha.
A five man break of Marco Marcato, Markel Irizar, Alessandro Tonelli, Eugert Zhupa, Andrea Vendrame went away reasonably easily, building a maximum lead of 4 minutes. With some big climbs coming, the sprinters’ teams were keen to bring them back early, with QuickStep and Bora Handgrohe working at the front of the bunch. They fought well, but were brought back with around 6km to go.
The Winning move
Lotto Jumbo had the most prominent train the final kilometres, taking the front with 2km to go as Danny Van Poppel sat 4th wheel. With 1 km to go, Marco Coledan jumped off the front and gapped the field by 100m, looking like he could cause an upset, but was pulled back as the sprint started.
Sacha Modolo opened the sprint early, coming around Van Poppel, but Viviani was on his wheel, and timed his sprint superbly to win the sprint easily. It was daylight from Viviani to second placed Sam Bennett, who came from a very long way back.
The GC Movers and Shakers
No GC action today, that will come in the next week; nearly every stage left aside from the final romp around Rome could be crucial.
30rd- Adam Hansen +0
58th- Ben O'Connor " ( 13th on GC @ 3:25)
84th- Zak Dempster "
87nd- Rohan Dennis " (7th on GC @ 2:36)
88st- Chris Hamilton "
116th- Jack Haig "
167th- Mitch Docker @ 10:57
The Monte Zoncolan looms large, as the Giro finishes atop the brutal climb for the sixth time. The 186km stage takes in five categorised climbs, with all five featuring double digit gradients. The Passo Duran is the hardest, averaging 9.8% for 4.4km with ramps at 18%. Even that doesn’t compare to the Zoncolan though; 10.1km long at 11.9%, including an average of 15.4% from km 2 until km 6.
The last few times we’ve finished on the Zoncolan, we haven’t seen mass carnage – the climb becomes more about surviving that breaking away. But it would be foolish to think that everyone would make it through unscathed; we’ll see some big names crack.
Could well be a breakaway win here if the bunch takes it easy at the start in fear of the finish. Hugh Carthy and Guilo Ciccone are potential threats, but Esteban Chaves might be starting to looking for stage wins to salvage his race; he’s no longer a GC threat, and will be looking to collect KOM points to hold his lead in the Maglia Azzurra. If Mitchelton SCOTT let Chaves off the chain, he’s your best bet. If the GC guys duke it out for the win, watch for Thibaut Pinot who’s coming into his favoured territory. Don’t underestimate Tom Dumoulin either.