5.23.2014

Giro d'Italia 13: Lazy peloton!


...let the break-away arrive. On wet roads again, slippery for the rain, white for the heavy hail.
Rodriguez, Canola and Tulik - the rest of a larger group including also Romero, Belkov and Dockx - got to the line un-caught. The only Trek Factory Racing was chasing and it couldn't work. 
Narrow streets in the town, a technical finish. 
The young Bardiani rider Canola was the most motivated, also set an early attack and finally outsprinted Rodriguez to pick the best result of his career, together with the Best Climber Jersey in the last Tirreno-Adriatico.
Surprised, then confortable, sending kisses toward the crowd.
Behind Giacomo Nizzolo outsprinted Nacer Bouhanni. But it was for 4th an it's a pity. Ben Swift was 8th.

UPDATE
RESULTS SAY NIZZOLO IS 5th BUT I WAIT...

What Marco Canola said (Source Alberto Celani): 
"For my dad,who died it's this victory"
"Its’ incredible, a fantastic emotion! First of all I want to say thanks to my squad and dedicate the win to my family and the sponsor. This morning during the team meeting I was really focus to go into the breakaway. Then kilometer after kilometer I felt better and in the finale I understood to be stronger than the other riders. With a first attack I gave new impetus in front and since this moment I started to believe, also because from the radio I heard the gap was always up to 1:30 minutes. I remembered the final straight and I knew that was important took in front the last turn. I did it, I started a long sprint and the win has arrived. Super!”.
 

Bardiani DS Mirko Rossato:
Marco made a stunning race. He believed to arrive more than the other escapees and he deserved this victory. This final show as cycling is an unpredictable sport. Today all said that was for sprinters. Instead we twisted all and win at the end of a breakaway”.

Bardiani DS Roberto Reverberi
”Great Marco. A team rider, always avalaible to his fellow that today made an incredibile number and give us a huge victory”. 


What Bouhanni said (Source Alberto Celani) :
"No fear for me.Unfortunately no team helped us,I was angry on the finish line but congratz to the winner" 

Trek Factory Racing DS Andriano Baffi:
"First of all we need to say bravo to the breakaway. They never had more than three minutes and they worked very well to the end - it was a great performance. For us, we were not able to close the gap with the other teams, and we lost an opportunity. But we did what we wanted to do. Today we tried to make Bouhanni’s team do the work so that he would have less teammates with him for the sprint.
We did our job in the chase; I don’t think we started too late. We started at 50k to go and normally with 50 to go and a two-minute gap it’s fine.  Maybe it was the weather conditions and the roads? It wasn’t good for us that the breakaway arrived to the end, but for them it was nice – they worked well and it was a deserved win. 
Tomorrow is a very hard stage. I know the last climb because I went to see it. The GC is not finished; tomorrow can be a day where we see some more changes. What we know at this point is who are the strongest riders, and anyone of them can have a bad day. If that happens we need to profit from it. We will see.”

Tinkoff DS  Lars Michaelsen
“For a long time it was a game of cat and mouse and it could have ended up in a massive sprinter gallop but as the big sprinter teams were bluffing for too long, the three escapees took the stage. We’re happy about the outcome as we only wanted to stay out of trouble and our biggest concern was the hailstorm shooting down on us in the finale with narrow roads but the boys elegantly went through it and brought Rafal safely across the finish line. Now, we’re facing two big mountain stages  and we feel ready for the challenge.”


What Maxim Belkov said: 
“Just when Canola attacked I had a difficult moment. I had already figured out that Tulik and Canola had the best legs so I planned to try a little test, but then Canola’s attack came. I’d already spent a lot of energy early on just to go across to the other five, fighting a head wind to make it up to them. But I don’t think I paid the price for going full gas in yesterday’s TT. When I won a stage in the 2013 Giro it was also the day after a hard TT.” 

What Rigoberto Uran said:
"There are still many days, many stages. Every day something can happen at the Giro. Sure, yesterday’s time gave me a very good gap in the GC. It means I feel very well. But there is still Pozzovivo, Quintana, Majka, Evans who are there for the overall classification. It’s a big gap, but also a little when when you consider the stages we have coming up and the strength of these riders. Last year the time trials did make a difference in the Grand Tours. One has to be strong in the time trials and on the climbs. Yesterday I did a good race. It’s really what we wanted. For me, and the rest of the team. But every stage means something for me. Being at the Giro means something for me. Wearing the pink jersey, especially as the first Colombian rider, means something special to me. I have so much respect for this race. Tomorrow, we will do the best we can and we will see. My teammates have been great for me and I know I can count on them once again.”

What Cadel Evans said:
"Not having the responsibility of controlling the race was a nice change. But like often after a time trial, a lot of the sprinters had an opportunity to recover. That can make for a really hard final, which, with the weather
and the circuit today, made for an easier start, but quite an intense final." 

We are getting some bigger mountains – certainly not easier mountains – but we are nearly coming into the third week. Here it also changes everyone's recovery and levels of fatigue. I think we will see a different Giro from tomorrow on."

Team Sky DS Dario Cioni: 
"Everyone expected a sprint - ourselves included - but because Ben's still suffering a bit from his crash, we didn't want to fully commit to the bringing the break back, especially as we thought other teams would have taken control. Kosta needed a bike change at the start of the final circuit which meant we couldn't pull until he'd got back in the bunch, and once that happened it was too late to really have an impact. I think everyone underestimated that break. The stage was a relatively short one and the escapees will have been fresh after the time trial yesterday. The hailstorm which happened 30km from home also played a part as the slippery conditions meant the peloton were reluctant to take risks during that 5km section.
Fair play to the break though, they were really strong out there.
Our climbers are all feeling good and they'll be ready to go again tomorrow after two relatively straightforward stages. There's a good chance the breakaway could stay clear again so we'll definitely monitor the situation there and hope the right move is allowed to go. If it all comes back together, we've got guys like Kosta, Dario, Sebastian and Philip who are more than capable in those conditions, and we'd love to get that stage win which has eluded us so far."


What Luka Mezge said:
“It was pretty steady and controlled today until the final lap. At this point the tempo dropped, with around 20km to go and things got a bit hectic. There was a lull where nobody wanted to take up the chase. We wanted to put a bit of pressure on the other teams and held back but nothing was organised. It was flat out in the final few kilometres but it was too late. Overall we worked well as a team, and stuck together during the stage and over the climb. You learn a lot from a day like today and we will come out stronger. We now have a few tough stages to get through before another couple of sprint opportunities next week.”

ORICA-GE DS Matt White: 
“The sprint teams massively messed up the chase today. We didn’t feature in the action today. We would have liked to have done something in sprint with Mitch [Docker], but he wasn’t in a good way today. Mitch had a bit of a fever overnight and couldn’t eat much this morning or during the stage. He was in trouble today. Pieter Weening also had a bit of a stomach problem. I think we might be in survival mode tomorrow.”  

Belkin DS Jan Boven:
“We got through the day as we wanted. We received some very good information from our soigneurs who were on top of the last climb so we knew about the bad weather and we were able to hand out raincoats to Martijn Keizer in time. He took them to the others. It proves that we have a strong group and that there’s an amazing atmosphere. Today, I saw some solid teamwork.”


RESULTS
STAGE
1 Marco Canola (Ita) Bardiani-CSF 3:37:20
2 Jackson Rodriguez (Ven) Androni Giocattoli

3 Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar
4 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:00:11
5 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek Factory Racing
6 Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale
7 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Giant-Shimano
8 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky
9 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin Sharp
10 Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team
GC
1 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 53:15:06
2 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:37
3 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:52
4 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:32
5 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:02:50
6 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 0:03:29
7 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:03:37
8 Wout Poels (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:04:06
9 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:04:20
10 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Trek Factory Racing 0:04:41

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