By Antonio J. Salmerón
Caisse D'Epargne-Illes Balears' leader in the Giro, Francisco Perez, has admitted that his chances at finishing high on general classification are limited as the race approaches its final week. Perez finished next to Damiano Cunego in La Thuile at the end of stage 13 and said after the stage, "I haven't disappointed anyone because I cannot do any more."
Perez stuck to the wheel of Cunego in the closing stages of today's 218km journey, helping him regain some time on the overall standings, and the Murcian rider maintained that it was nevertheless a good day, despite the tough conditions. "I wasted too much time during the first part of the climb, and was the victim of one 'pájara' [bad moment], and, although I've begun to feel good again, I have to be sensible in my goals for the general with a week of high mountain that waits for to us - I'll continue trying my luck," he said.