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Giro d'Italia 2012

Date range:
May 5-27, 2012
  • Giro d'Italia, Italy, WorldTour
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      8.7km
      Location
      Herning (ITT)
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      206km
      Start location:
      Herning
      End location:
      Herning
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      190km
      Start location:
      Horsens
      End location:
      Horsens
    • Rest day 1

      Start location:
      Horsens
      End location:
      Verona
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      32.2km
      Location
      Verona (TTT)
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      199km
      Start location:
      Modena
      End location:
      Fano
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      207km
      Start location:
      Urbino
      End location:
      Porto Sant'Elpidio
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      202km
      Start location:
      Recanati
      End location:
      Rocca di Cambio
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      229km
      Start location:
      Sulmona
      End location:
      Lago Laceno
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      171km
      Start location:
      San Giorgio nel Sannio
      End location:
      Frosinone
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      187km
      Start location:
      Civitavecchia
      End location:
      Assisi
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      243km
      Start location:
      Assisi
      End location:
      Montecatini Terme
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      157km
      Start location:
      Seravezza
      End location:
      Sestri Levante
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      121km
      Start location:
      Savona
      End location:
      Cervere
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      205km
      Start location:
      Cherasco
      End location:
      Cervinia
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      172km
      Start location:
      Busto Arsizio
      End location:
      Lecco/Pian dei Resinelli
    • Rest day 2

      Start location:
      Lecco
      End location:
      Limone sul Garda
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      174km
      Start location:
      Limone sul Garda
      End location:
      Falzes/Pfalzen
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      187km
      Start location:
      Falzes/Pfalzen
      End location:
      Cortina d'Ampezzo
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      139km
      Start location:
      San Vito di Cadore
      End location:
      Vedelago
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      197km
      Start location:
      Treviso
      End location:
      Alpe di Pampeago
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      218km
      Start location:
      Caldes/Val di Sole
      End location:
      Passo dello Stelvio
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      31.5km
      Location
      Milan (ITT)
  • Race history

May 18, Stage 13: Savona - Cervere 121km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Daniel Benson

Hello and welcome to Cyclingnews' live coverage from stage 13 of the Giro d'Italia from Savona to Cervere. After yesterday's 243km slog we've 121km to race through today. It looks set to be a sprinters' stage but with 12 days of hard racing in their legs the peloton might opt for another easy day and let a break go all the way to the finish. Stay tuned for all the action.

  1. 13:28:41 BST

    Good afternoon and welcome to Cyclingnews' live coverage from stage 13 of the 2012 Giro d'Italia, a 121km journey from Savona to Cervere. The riders have just started and we'll bring you right up with the action once they move out of the neutralized zone.

  2. 13:34:22 BST

    We're racing in the lushwine producing Langhe. It’s not unlike Chiantishire, but has a fraction of the tourists, paying a fraction of the price. A miniature version of the Tour of Piedmont, it’s likely to come together for a big old gallop.

    Despite an 11km uphill start the stage is set for the sprinters. With two tough days in the Alps this weekend it could be their last chance, assuming they don't make it into the final week.

  3. 13:35:02 BST

    Bergonzi :

    “On the face of it a sprinter’s stage, but it’s really hard to call at this stage because they’re starting to tire and there’s a big week ahead.”

     

  4. 13:38:26 BST

    • Pink Jersey

    Rodriguez continues to lead the race, after Liquigas cleverly chased the break yesterday. Their clear tactic was to keep their Spanish rival in the lead and put him on the defensive in the mountains. The Spaniard has a huge kick and turn of speed but Liquigas will question whether he can close out a three-week stage race; something he's never accomplished. He was of course in the lead at the 2010 Vuelta but blew in spectacular fashion in the final time trial. He's a lot better against the clock these days so we're in for a tense weekend of racing.

  5. 13:44:10 BST

    Here's where we stand in GC, with J-Rod leading by 17 seconds. Gadret and Schleck are the two men out of the frame at the moment but there are enough tough stages in which they could climb back into the reckoning. It will be tough though. Basso, Scarponi, Pozzovivo, Kreuziger all look strong.

    1 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team 51:19:08
    2 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Barracuda 0:00:17
    3 Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:00:26
    4 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:32
    5 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:00:49
    6 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana Pro Team 0:00:52
    7 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team
    8 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:57
    9 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:01:02
    10 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:01:03
    11 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:01:09
    12 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 0:01:10
    13 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD 0:01:11
    14 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox 0:01:12

  6. 13:47:04 BST

    As for the weather at the start: In Savona the weather was cloudy with temperatures of 20 degrees centigrade. Similar weather is expected in Cervere with a risk of rain.
     

  7. 110km remaining from 121km

    13:51:40 BST

    • Break

    We already have two men up the road. That was quick. If you've been following the Giro for the last two weeks these names will be familiar: Martijn Keizer (Vacansoleil-DCM) and Francesco Failli (Farnese Vini). The pair have a lead of 3:20

  8. 13:53:11 BST

    • Red Jersey

    In the race for the Maglia Rossa, the situation is very tight:

    1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling 77 pts
    2 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 65
    3 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team 55
    4 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox 49
     

  9. 13:56:06 BST

    If Goss wins today and Cavendish finishes out the points then the Orica man will take over the lead in the points competition. It's currently 2-1 to Cavendish in terms of sprint wins. Interestingly Cavendish has been contesting intermediate sprints so perhaps he's planning on racing all the way through this year's Giro...

  10. 13:58:53 BST

    The gap between the two leaders and the peloton has gone out to 3:45. It's a lost cause, surely?

  11. 14:01:29 BST

    Taylor Phinney near the back of the bunch as the two leaders press on ahead. There are good crowds out today, and the two leaders have 100km to race.

  12. 14:01:56 BST

    The gap has already started to come down, it's at 3:17 now.

  13. 14:02:58 BST

    I'm just going to quickly plug a feature, on Miguel Indurain and the 1996 Olympic Games, where he won the TT.

  14. 14:05:23 BST

    And in the news this morning, Piva has talked about Rodriguez's chances of winning the Giro. He's put his rider's chances at 50 per cent. I'm not sure if that's glass half empty or glass half full. It's certainly cautious. Or is it optimistic? I'm not sure.

    Either way, Sky are leading the bunch in pursuit of our two leaders.

  15. 14:14:37 BST

    We have a Netapp rider on the deck and it looks like a broken collar bone for reto hollenstein. He's in an ambulance, his race over.

  16. 92km remaining from 121km

    14:16:28 BST

    We're onto the last categorised climb and the two leaders are working well together, they'll share the workload and probably not contest the points: it's all about staying out in front for as long as possible.

  17. 14:17:53 BST

    The Giro d’Italia has finished in Savona four times but has never started from the Liguarian town until this year. Cervere has never hosted a start or finish of the Giro d’Italia.
     

  18. 14:20:38 BST

    Back in the bunch and the Liquigas team are hovering near the front. They wont have to work to hard today and will be keeping their powder dry for the weekend.

    Meanwhile the gap to the leaders is up to 5 minutes.

  19. 14:23:41 BST

    Farnese haven't come away with anything from the Giro yet. Super Pippo crashed out and Guardini has found the race to be a tough learning curve. Failli has been on the attack a few time but hasn't been able to pull of the win. The Italian takes 3 points at the top the climb and now it's a long descent. Failli stretches his back, tucking his arms under his chest to make himself as aero as possible. And he shows great skill in keeping his position around a number of corners.

  20. 14:26:45 BST

    The most outrageous/dangerous aero position I've ever seen was about a decade ago. Ekimov would use bar extensions but have then under his bars, so reaching the breaks was virtually impossible.

  21. 14:27:27 BST

    Golas takes 1 point at the top of the climb and the bunch are 5:22 back.

  22. 38km remaining from 121km

    14:29:40 BST

    83 km to race and the gap is 5.27

  23. 14:32:27 BST

    Team Sky working for sprinter and world champion Mark Cavendish.

    Sky are on the front at the moment, just tapping out a soft easy pace and keeping the break in check.

  24. 14:38:45 BST

    Keizer has dropped his chain and he's lost a bit of ground.


    Back in the bunch, Basso looks comfortable. He's riding himself into form and I wonder if some of his rivals will be left kicking themselves over the fact they've not put him under that much pressure. He's ridden well though, taking the initiative and using his team on a number of occasions.

  25. 14:39:26 BST

    Keizer has made it back to Failli, but the gap has come down, it's not at 4:46 with 75 km to race.

  26. 14:42:45 BST

    The bunch have strung out with FDJ joining forces with Sky. The French team will be working for Derame, another sprinter who has been on a steep learning curve in this year's race. Saying that, today's stage, with it's shorter distance could suit him. He's giving it a go.

  27. 71km remaining from 121km

    14:45:50 BST

    Just over 70km to go. Jeremy Hunt, the experienced Brit, moves to the front. He rode with Indurain on Banesto by the way. There aren't many riders in the current bunch who can say that.

  28. 14:46:29 BST

    Cavendish moves up, and joins the back of the Sky/FDJ train. He'll want his third stage win of the race today.

  29. 14:53:17 BST

    Astana, Lampre, Liquigas have all moved up towards the front of the bunch. They're all protecting their leaders, keeping them out of the wind and out of trouble. They also want to match each other pedal stroke for pedal stroke.

  30. 14:56:09 BST

    Keizer's car comes up and the rider drops back and picks up some food and a new bottle. The gap has come down to 3;33 and with 63km to race the bunch will be content to let the leaders hang out there for a bit longer.

  31. 15:06:15 BST

    There are some dark clouds in the distance. That will be a concern for later in the stage, perhaps.

    The finish: it's a 3km drag, which would have been perfect for Petacchi if he'd decided to ride the Giro this year.

  32. 15:07:49 BST

    In the bunch, Visconti and  Ballan ride alongside each other.

    Now Garmin have moved up. Not sure why if I'm honest. Farrar is out and Hesjedal probably doesn't need the entire team around him.

  33. 15:09:51 BST

    The two leaders ride into Mondovi, their gap still around the 3 minute mark but the bunch are in complete control.

  34. 50km remaining from 121km

    15:15:29 BST

    50 km to go , the gap at 2;50. Sky are moving more riders to the front. Only one chap from Orica though. Goss has been licking his wounds since a crash a few days ago, and he's complained about his injuries.

  35. 15:20:25 BST

    Just two minutes now for the leaders up the road.


  36. 15:24:32 BST

    Away from the Giro, and in Denmark, there's talk of Fuglsang and Breschel going back to Saxo Bank in 2013.

  37. 15:25:23 BST

    The long, flat roads aren't helping the breakaway riders and as the bunch pass under the 45km banner, the gap is 1:40.

  38. 15:29:21 BST

    Meier, who has done a lot of work for Orica already in this race, sets the pace. Goss will be in contention today and with a stage win already in his pocket, he should be Cavendish's closet rival.

  39. 15:36:09 BST

    • Rabobank Cycling Team's 2011 Jersey

    Rabobank are also looking for their first stage in the race. With two sprinters in Bos and Renshaw they have two riders worth backing but so far in this race, they've yet to form a successful partnership. Both riders will want to go for the win but surely they need to work together.

  40. 15:37:03 BST

    Cavendish has dropped back to the Sky team car for a word and perhaps to change his helmet. He's been playing with the strap for number of minutes.

  41. 15:38:45 BST

    The world champion begins to move back towards the front of the bunch.

  42. 33km remaining from 121km

    15:40:20 BST

    Just over 33km t go. The bunch has settled down somewhat with the gap hovering around the 1 minute mark.

  43. 15:44:21 BST

    The bunch have allowed Keizer and Failli a few more seconds, and the pair stretch their lead to 1;22.

  44. 30km remaining from 121km

    15:49:30 BST

    We're into the final 30km, the break winding their way down towards the finish, but their advantage continues to come down.  At the last time check it was just 56 seconds.

  45. 15:54:20 BST

    Androni have moved up as well, Ferrari is their man for the sprint and already has a win, and huge pill up to his name.

  46. 15:54:48 BST

    Schleck has moved up, not for the sprint, but just to make sure he doesnt lose even more time in GC.

  47. 23km remaining from 121km

    15:55:19 BST

    The break have just 27 seconds.

  48. 15:57:33 BST

    Here comes the slow-mo handshake between the two men up the road. They're about to be caught.

  49. 16:00:16 BST

    And we're all together.

  50. 16:02:33 BST

    FDJ, Orica, and Saxo Bank for JJ Haedo have all come to the front of the bunch, and Sky, have yet to signal their intent in the final 30km. We've got 20km to race and this is a slightly different approach from Sky who have controlled the peloton from a long way out on a number of occasions in the race.

  51. 16:03:56 BST

    And here come Rabobank, they're almost looking around at each other as if they dont know what to do. That's a worrying sign.

  52. 16:04:47 BST

    Possibly the last chance for the sprinters and if Rabobank want a stage they have to get their tactics right today: Bos or Renshaw, one surely has to sacrifice their chances for the other.

  53. 16:07:22 BST

    Orica, with 6 riders, have shown their intent, they've had to come around Astana and Lampre though.

  54. 16:08:22 BST

    Eisel is in the fourth row, Cavendish with him but Sky haven't poured to the front yet.

  55. 16:09:45 BST

    Now Sky begin to get their troops together, cleverly allowing Orica to do all the work at the moment.

  56. 16:10:15 BST

    GreenEdge, Sky, Rabo, three trains forming near the front of the bunch.


  57. 10km remaining from 121km

    16:10:44 BST

    It looks like  Bos has Renshaw on his wheel.

  58. 16:12:14 BST

    There's a slight climb but it's not long enough to really trouble any of the sprinters.

  59. 16:13:42 BST

    Cavendish is around 6th back, Goss, Renshaw, Bos, Guardini, Haedo, Modolo, they're all there. Ferrari too.

  60. 16:14:41 BST

    GreenEdge control the bunch on the descent and there's a crash. An FDJ rider, and rider from Netapp. Rollin is the FDJ rider. 

  61. 16:17:05 BST

    Sky push on, through a cluster of riders, organising their leadout train and setting things up for the sprint.

  62. 16:17:52 BST

    They're not having it all their own way though, Movistar and Liquigas have also flexed their muscles.

  63. 6km remaining from 121km

    16:18:54 BST

    There's an attack from AG2R, a team without a single win all year. Androni and QuickStep have countered and we have three men up the road.

  64. 16:19:33 BST

    The trio have about 70 metres Berard, Fellini and Vermote but it doesn't look like it has legs.

  65. 16:20:14 BST

    Garmin and Sky are working together to bring this one back. I assume Garmin are working for Robbie Hunter, who has won stages in all three grand tours.

  66. 16:20:26 BST

    It's all over, the group has been caught.

  67. 16:20:56 BST

    Farnese have set three men to the front for Guardini.

  68. 16:21:40 BST

    No one team has really stamped their authority on this finish yet. 3.8 km to go.

  69. 16:22:17 BST

    Just as I say that Sky and Saxo lock horns on the front. Saxo coming out on top and surge to the head of the field.

  70. 16:22:39 BST

    Haedo looks strong. Eisel gets onto his wheel.

  71. 16:23:02 BST

    Around a tight bend and Renshaw is on his own.

  72. 16:23:22 BST

    He's on Cav's wheel.

  73. 16:23:37 BST

    Saxo will lead us into the final km.

  74. 16:23:49 BST

    But Sky come over the top.

  75. 16:24:08 BST

    Sky are in charge, 1.3 to go.

  76. 16:24:29 BST

    Cav, Renshaw, then Saxo, and GreenEdge. 1.km

  77. 16:24:42 BST

    Cavendish has three men on the front.

  78. 16:24:51 BST

    Here come Orica

  79. 16:25:02 BST

    Hunter is there

  80. 16:25:03 BST

    Hunter is there

  81. 16:25:14 BST

    Orica take over

  82. 16:25:27 BST

    Cavendish takes it.

  83. 16:25:48 BST

    That was perhaps the best sprint of the race so far.

  84. 16:26:59 BST

    The Sky sprinter appeared boxed in with 200 to go as Orica came over the top . It was Sky and Orica neck and neck , then Hunter came through and Cavendish too his wheel.

  85. 16:27:53 BST

    Goss who appeared to be perfectly placed when too early, Cav appeared to hold back before coming under Hunter and through the middle of the back. That's his third win in the race.

  86. 16:29:06 BST

    Kristoff came through to take second, Renshaw 3rd, Modolo 4th, Goss 6th.

  87. 16:34:03 BST

    1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling 3:02:07
    2 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha Team
    3 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team
    4 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox
    5 Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia
    6 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team
    7 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
    8 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank

  88. 16:46:24 BST

    General classification after stage 13 1 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team 54:21:15
    2 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Barracuda 0:00:17
    3 Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:00:26
    4 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:32
    5 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:00:49
    6 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana Pro Team 0:00:52
    7 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team
    8 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:57
    9 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:01:02
    10 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:01:03

  89. 16:47:23 BST

    Thanks for joining us today, for what has been another thrilling stage at the Giro d'Italia. Check back here for results, news, images, and the report.