Giro d'Italia 2013

May 4-26, 2013, Naples, ITA, Road - WorldTour

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Susan Westemeyer

It is a short stage today and one for the sprinters again, at long last. Will Cavendish take his 100th pro win today?

  1. 13:43:42 CEST

    Today's stage is short and sweet. It rolls a bit in the first two-thirds, and offers up two category four climbs, but the final 33 kilometers are slightly-descending-to-flat – a custom-made situation for a mass sprint.

  2. 13:49:43 CEST

    The stage ends in Treviso, which is the home of the Pinarello bike company. Wouldn't they love to see a win today by Sky or Movistar?

  3. 13:56:42 CEST

  4. 14:00:45 CEST

    Unfortunately the weather forecast is not co-operating. Heavy rain is forecast, and only 13°C. There is in fact a severe weather alert, with the chance of thunderstorms.

  5. 14:08:17 CEST

    The race has by now started, if all has gone accoriding to schedule.

  6. 14:12:35 CEST

    Today's first climb is the Muro de Ca' del Poggio, coming at km 57.3. In 1.15km of climbing, the riders will hit gradients of 18% and 16%.  The second climb, the Montello S.M.D. Vittoria at km 93, is longer (over three km) and gentler, with only one early section of 14%.

  7. 14:21:22 CEST

    The final run in is a flat one, but technical.  We count eight turns and a roundabout in the last 7.5 kilometers, with four of them coming between 3 and 1.5 kms, fortunately none in the final km. Combine that with the forecasted heavy winds and rain/thunderstorms, and it could be nasty....

  8. 14:23:29 CEST

    Didn't we say something about "if everything goes according to schedule"? Well, it didn't. The race started 15 minues late due to a bus broken down in the middle of the road. No idea what bus or what road, though.

  9. 14:28:11 CEST

    Only 191 riders were at the start. Matti Breschel of Saxo-Tinkoff had to abandon the race with knee problems.

  10. 14:32:54 CEST

    • Pink Jersey

    As always, let's take a look at some of the overall rankings. In GC, Vincenzo Nibali is still in control.

    1     Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team     43:26:27      
    2     Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team     0:00:41      
    3     Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling     0:02:04      
    4     Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling     0:02:05      
    5     Robert Gesink (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team     0:02:12      
    6     Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida     0:02:13      
    7     Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia     0:02:55      
    8     Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida     0:03:35      
    9     Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team     0:04:05      
    10     Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Ag2R La Mondiale     0:04:17     

  11. 14:37:24 CEST

    The weather is in fact so bad that the neutralized section has been extended. A race jury car is still at the front of the field, keeping things slow. And we hear that the jury is considering altering at least one portion of the route.  We don't know yet which section, though.

  12. 14:39:50 CEST

    The race has finally been "really" started, and four riders took off at 9 km.: Felline, Belkov, de Backer and Lammertink

  13. 14:42:58 CEST

    That would be: Fabio Felline (Androni Giocattoli), Maxim Belkov (Katusha), Bert De Backer (Argos-Shimano) and Maurits Lammertink (Vacansoleil).

    They are 14 seconds ahead of Marco Mercato of Vacansoleil, who is chasing. We don't yet have a gap to the peloton.

  14. 120km remaining from 134km

    14:44:21 CEST

    The peloton is 1:34 behind the leaders.

  15. 14:51:28 CEST

    The jury has said it will take the time for GC at the 3km-to-go marker, in an effort to reduce the chance of crashes in teh finale.

  16. 14:53:01 CEST

    This cold, wet weather really can't be good for all of those riders with colds and chest infections.

  17. 14:55:41 CEST

    • Red Jersey

    Cadel Evans leads the points ranking. Will Mark Cavendish hope to get “his” jersey back today?

    1     Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team     73     pts
    2     Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling     60      
    3     Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step     58      
    4     Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling     53      
    5     Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia     52      
    6     Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox     45      
    7     Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team     45      
    8     Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Ag2R La Mondiale     43      
    9     Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha     41      
    10     Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol     39      

  18. 14:56:42 CEST

    Mercato has finally caught the lead group. The gap to the field has gone down to 1:31

  19. 14:58:14 CEST

    We have had the first intermediate sprint, and the points went to, in this order: Belkov, de Backer, Lammertink, Felline and Marcato.

  20. 15:02:04 CEST

    Stefano Pirazzi has a huge lead in the mountains classification, and doesn't have to worry abut losing that jersey today. 

    1     Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox     46     pts
    2     Jackson Rodriguez (Ven) Androni Giocattoli     26      
    3     Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez (Col) Colombia     23      
    4     Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team     16      
    5     Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling     15      
    6     Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli     13      
    7     Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha     13      
    8     Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol     12      
    9     Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia     12      
    10     Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin-Sharp     9      

  21. 15:02:56 CEST

    Perhaps the peloton has decided to let this group go. The gap is now over two minutes.

  22. 15:06:26 CEST

    • Saxo Bank Tinkoff

    Best young rider continues to be Rafal Majka.

    1     Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff     43:30:48      
    2     Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Ag2R La Mondiale     0:01:05      
    3     Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team     0:04:34      
    4     Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) Colombia     0:08:31      
    5     Diego Rosa (Ita) Androni Giocattoli     0:24:09      
    6     Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia     0:35:18      
    7     Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox     0:42:30      
    8     Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-GreenEdge     0:43:11      
    9     Fabio Felline (Ita) Androni Giocattoli     0:50:01      
    10     Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox     0:52:53      

  23. 15:08:51 CEST

    The riders are all wearing not only rain jackets, but it looks like as many layers as they possibly can.

  24. 103km remaining from 134km

    15:09:41 CEST

    And now the gap is hitting the three minute mark.

  25. 15:11:52 CEST

    The rain has had its effect: nearly the entire head group wiped out. Hope they are all ok.

  26. 15:12:28 CEST

    It looked like one of the Vacansoleil riders was the only one to stay upright.

  27. 15:13:16 CEST

    They didn't run into each other, they all just slipped out separately on a very wet curve.

  28. 15:13:51 CEST

    It was in fact de Backer, the Argos rider, who didn't crash.

  29. 15:14:39 CEST

    Surprisingly, the gap has now increased. The theory is that the peloton has heard of the crash and slowed down a lot to avoid the same problem.

  30. 15:15:11 CEST

    The field takes that same curve practically in slow-motion. Wiggins is near the back of the field, and going very slowly and carefully.

  31. 15:17:19 CEST

    We only see four riders in the lead group. Marcato seems to be missing.

  32. 15:19:35 CEST

    Bradley Wiggins is amongst those who has not performed as expected at the Giro. Now the Sky rider admits that he, like so many others, has come down with a cold and chest infection.

  33. 15:20:12 CEST

    Mark Cavendish looks less than thrilled with this weather, and who can blame him?

  34. 15:21:26 CEST

    Marcato has now made it back to the lead group.

  35. 15:22:48 CEST

    So many of the teams are wearing black rain gear, it is very difficult to pick anyone out. Wiggins still at the very back of the pack.

  36. 15:25:58 CEST

    You think this weather is bad? How about some snowfall in the mountains?

  37. 87km remaining from 134km

    15:29:59 CEST

    Nothing changes: the lead group, the three minute gap, Wiggo at the back, the unceasing rain....

  38. 15:33:15 CEST

    Ryder Hesjedal couldn't deliver for Garmin-Sharp, but Ramunas Navardauskas could. It was “the ideal course for me,” said the stage 11 winner.

  39. 15:36:18 CEST

    The first climb of the day is coming up in a few kilometers. It is short, but very steep. Let's hope that all goes well.

  40. 15:37:49 CEST

    • Argos Shimano

    The Argos car has moved up to the lead group for a short chat.

  41. 15:39:26 CEST

    It looks like three of the riders in the break group changed bikes after that crash. The two Vacansoleil riders and Belkov don't have their numbers on their bikes.

  42. 15:43:09 CEST

    The leaders turn off the main road and start up a very steep climb.

  43. 77.3km remaining from 134km

    15:44:18 CEST

    They make their way up as a group, slowly but surely.

  44. 15:45:17 CEST

    And now the field tackles the climb.

  45. 15:47:10 CEST

    ONe of the Vacansoleil riders is first over the top, it looks to be Marcato.

  46. 15:47:38 CEST

    The field is going up this hill at quite a good pace.

  47. 15:48:31 CEST

    A mechnaical problem for a Saxo rider, perhaps he dropped his chain?

  48. 15:49:12 CEST

    The first riders of the chasing peloton cross the mountaintop exactly 2 minutes after the leaders.

  49. 15:49:55 CEST

    Oops, that was wrong. They weren't at the top. Now they are, and the gap is 3 minutes.

  50. 15:50:19 CEST

    Marcato took the points ahead of Belkov and Felline.

  51. 15:52:50 CEST

    Maglia rosa Nibali is “tranquilo”. And indeed he is, he never seems ruffled and looks to be in control of the race.

  52. 15:57:07 CEST

    Saxo-Tinkoff's Daniele Bennati has some sort of equipment product. He has now finally dropped back to the team car for a new bike, and the process seems to be taking forever.

  53. 15:57:44 CEST

    Not real sure what the problem was back at the team car. They ended up pulling three or four bikes down off the roof of the car.

  54. 15:59:47 CEST

    It is still raining, by the way. Heavily.

  55. 16:02:57 CEST

    It has not been an easy race for Hesjedal. The defending champion, by yesterday's stage he had become a voluntary water carrier.

  56. 16:05:19 CEST

    Just a reminder that our five leaders are
    Fabio Felline (Androni Giocattoli), Maxim Belkov (Katusha), Bert De Backer (Argos-Shimano) and Maurits Lammertink (Vacansoleil). Their gap has now dropped to 2:35.

  57. 16:05:48 CEST

    We have an abandon: Dalivier Ospina Navarro, of Team Colombia.

  58. 16:07:59 CEST

    Reader David Welton has some good news for us, weather-wise: "Looks like it may stop raining quite so heavily (here in Padova, it has already lessened) although I don't think there's any chance it'll dry out completely"


  59. 16:12:58 CEST

    Cavendish has 99 pro wins to his name. Wouldn't he just love to take number 100 today? And by the way, can you name what he considers his top three best wins?

  60. 16:14:53 CEST

    Cavendish has taken off his rain jacket -- not that it has topped raining, mind you. A number of other riders have done the same, so now perhaps we can recognize them again.

  61. 16:15:36 CEST

    Belkov and Lammertink sprint for the intermediate sprint points (and bonus seconds), with the Dutch rider having the better legs.

  62. 53km remaining from 134km

    16:17:34 CEST

    The peloton hits the sprint marker, and the gap is 2:23.

  63. 16:21:03 CEST

    • Cannondale

    Cannondale and OPQS are sharing the chase work in the peloton.

  64. 16:26:47 CEST

    Cavendish is not the only one who hopes to win here today. Any number of others would love to deny him his 100th, including Nacer Bouchanni of FdJ.

  65. 16:30:31 CEST

    Garmin-Sharp's Thomas Dekker was way back, perhaps at the team car? He has finally worked his way back up to the peloton.

  66. 43km remaining from 134km

    16:31:21 CEST

    The lead group now heads up the day's final climb. 2:25 behind them, BMC is at the hed of the peloton.

  67. 16:32:53 CEST

    This climb, also category 4, is longer but not as steep as the first one was


  68. 16:34:47 CEST

    The peloton is now climbing as well.

  69. 16:35:38 CEST

    This road is very narrow, which makes it tricky for a large group.

  70. 16:36:38 CEST

    OPQS now leading the field. Not often we see Cavendish at the head of things on a climb!

  71. 16:37:38 CEST

    Belkov leads the way to the top and easily takes the points.

  72. 16:39:26 CEST

    A Movistar rider, Lastras, has to pull over and summon the team car. A puncture, no doubt.

  73. 16:40:45 CEST

    2:39 minutes gap as the field crosses the mountain ranking.

  74. 16:41:16 CEST

    Belkov did indeed take the points ahead of Felline and Marcato.

  75. 16:45:07 CEST

    Mattia Gavazzi of Androni-Giacattoli is another one who would like to spoil Cavendish' day by winning the sprint in Treviso.

  76. 16:46:42 CEST

    With about 35 km to go, de Backer takes a slight lead over his escape-mates.

  77. 16:53:19 CEST

    Robert Gesink of Blanco is happy not to have crashed in the first week of the Giro, and although he has lost time on several stages, is still optimistic.

  78. 27km remaining from 134km

    16:55:58 CEST

    27 km to go, and a gap of 2:28. And it is still raining.

  79. 17:02:24 CEST

    Several riders had fallen back, including Wiggins and Michele Scarponi, but they are back in the peloton now.

  80. 17:03:30 CEST

    Bradley Wiggins is off the back  one again and in trouble. He's surrounded by his Sky teammates but this isn't a good sign.

  81. 17:04:47 CEST

    BMC are drilling it on the front and it looks like Wiggins could lose yet more time in GC.

  82. 17:05:15 CEST

    Wiggins is over a minute down on the maglia rosa group.

  83. 17:06:36 CEST

    Uran doesn't appear to be in the Wiggins group so Sky's leadership at least could be a little clearer come the end of the stage.

    Now the sprinters' teams are moving up with Cannondale and QuickStep on the front. This is a huge danger for Wiggins's Giro chances.

  84. 17:06:55 CEST

    The five leaders have 1'20 on the peloton with 17km to go.

  85. 17:08:11 CEST

    Now it looks like Wiggins has lost contact with his own teammates.

  86. 17:08:52 CEST

    This could be the end of Wiggins' Giro.

  87. 17:09:45 CEST

    Wiggins has a rider from Cannondale and a rider from Euskaltel with him but they're not helping with the British rider's lone chase.

  88. 17:11:41 CEST

    Wiggins is now two minutes down. It's all over. Wiggins makes it back to that chase group though.

  89. 17:13:35 CEST

    The five leaders have just 55 seconds on the maglia rosa group with 12.2km to go.

  90. 17:15:09 CEST

    Race radio crackles through that Uran is not with the Nibali group either.

  91. 17:16:03 CEST

    Sky has moved to the front of the third group on the road but they're almost three minutes down at the moment. And with 10km to go the five leaders have 35 seconds.

  92. 17:20:53 CEST

    Just 7km and race radio now say that Uran is with the Nibali group. The five leaders have 24 seconds. This is going to be a very close call.

  93. 17:21:39 CEST

    The circuit has a number of tight corners and on the slick roads its' advantage break. But QuickStep adn Cannondale are here to set up Viviani and Cavendish.

  94. 17:22:44 CEST

    I think only Heano is with Uran, the rest of the team are back with Wiggins.

  95. 17:22:55 CEST

    19 seconds for the first five riders with 5km to go

  96. 17:23:30 CEST

    It looks like Vivani is fighting to get onto Cavendish's rear wheel.

  97. 17:24:57 CEST

    Omega turn the screw on the front of the peloton with Cavendish tucked in around 5th or 6th wheel.

  98. 17:25:31 CEST

    3km to go and the gap to the leaders is 11 seconds. Wiggins is now over 3 minutes down.

  99. 17:25:56 CEST

    10 seconds is the gap. It's going to be so close.

  100. 17:27:24 CEST

    bouhanni is in the mix too here.

  101. 17:28:08 CEST


    Just over 1km to go and the leaders have less than 50 meters.

  102. 17:28:25 CEST

    They could do this still

  103. 17:28:34 CEST

    500 to go.

  104. 17:28:41 CEST

    The catch is made!

  105. 17:28:53 CEST

    Steegmans leads Cavendish

  106. 17:29:16 CEST

    Cavendish wins and that's number 100 I believe.

  107. 17:29:50 CEST

    Steegmans came up with the goods there in the leadout and gave Cavendish a perfect ride to the last 150-200 meters.

  108. 17:32:42 CEST

    Wiggins is now coming to the line. 3'35 down.

  109. 17:33:53 CEST

    In the sprint Steegmans picked his way to the front of the group with Viviani following Cavendish. The British sprinter simply blew everyone away though.

  110. 17:38:37 CEST

    1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 3:01:47
    2 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ
    3 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Argos-Shimano
    4 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack Leopard
    5 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
    6 Manuel Belletti (Ita) Ag2R La Mondiale
    7 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida
    8 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox
    9 Ioannis Tamouridis (Gre) Euskaltel-Euskadi
    10 Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team

  111. 17:39:20 CEST

    Thanks for joining us today. You can read our race report right here.

  112. 17:39:45 CEST

    Remember, our Tour of California starts in a few hours.

  113. 18:03:46 CEST

    Before we leave you, here's the top ten in GC. Wiggins has dropped out of it:


    General classification after stage 12
    1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 46:28:14
    2 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:41
    3 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 2:04
    4 Robert Gesink (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 2:12
    5 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 2:13
    6 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 2:55
    7 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida 3:35
    8 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team 4:05
    9 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 4:17
    10 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 4:21

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