Giro: Mikel Nieve wins solo, Andrey Amador is new Maglia Rosa
The Spanish rider Mikel Nieve (Team Sky) has won Stage 13 of the 99th Giro d'Italia, 170km from Palmanova to Cividale del Friuli. Giovanni Visconti (Movistar Team) and Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro Team) finished second and third respectively.
Andrey Amador (Movistar Team) is the new race leader overall, wearing the Maglia Rosa.
1 - Mikel Nieve (Team Sky) - 170km in 4h31'49", average speed 37.525km/h
2 - Giovanni Visconti (Movistar Team) at 43"
3 - Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro Team) at 1'17"
Maglia Rosa (pink), General Classification, sponsored by Enel - Andrey Amador (Movistar Team)
Maglia Rossa (red), Sprint Classification, sponsored by Algida - Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek - Segafredo)
Maglia Azzurra (blue), Mountains Classification, sponsored by Banca Mediolanum - Damiano Cunego (Nippo - Vini Fantini)
Maglia Bianca (white), Young Rider Classification, sponsored by Eurospin - Bob Jungels (Etixx - Quick-Step)
1 - Andrey Amador (Movistar Team)
2 - Bob Jungels (Etixx - Quick-Step) at 26"
3 - Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro Team) at 41"
Seconds after the stage finish, the stage winner said: "I'm very happy. It's been almost five years since I last won a stage at the Giro d'Italia [Gardeccia 2011]. Today's attack was kind of planned. To go on the attack for a stage victory was the only thing we could do after Mikel Landa abandoned. I went full gas. It's great that I've made it".
The Maglia Rosa said: "I'm delighted to have the Maglia Rosa. I'll do my best to enjoy this experience. The truth is that Alejandro Valverde is very strong and my move to the top spot doesn't change anything. He's our captain and I'm racing for him. We have two very hard days ahead. Tomorrow it'll be one of the queen-stages. It's great to go into it with the Maglia Rosa".
Stage 14 – Alpago (Farra) - Corvara (Alta Badia) – 210km
Over the last 150km of this Queen Stage across the Dolomites, there are six passes to be climbed, for a total rise and drop of 4,700m (out of 5,400m). The route runs across the Val Cordevole along well-surfaced roads, all the way to Arabba. Here, the route clears Passo Pordoi, followed by Passo Sella and Passo Gardena (with not even a single flat metre in between), and heads for the first pass over the finish line in Corvara (intermediate sprint).
The road then climbs up Passo Campolongo, Passo Giau (the harshest climb of the stage, with an average 9% gradient, and peaks of more than 10-12% over the first kilometres) and Passo Valparola, which leads to the final 5km. All climbs and descents feature many hairpins and a few narrow urban crossings.
The last 5km run mostly uphill. The route clears Muro del Gatto (360m, with gradients ranging from 13 to 19%), and then drops down into the trunk road leading to Corvara, still climbing slightly (average slope: 2-3%). The last bend is 150m from the finish line and the home stretch, on a 6m wide asphalt road, has a mild uphill gradient.
PHOTO CREDIT: ANSA - PERI / DI MEO / ZENNARO
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