Giro d'Italia 2016

May 6-29, 2016, Apeldoorn, Italy, Road - WorldTour

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Daniel Benson

 Hello and welcome to live coverage from stage 13 of the Giro d'Italia.



  1. 12:04:11 CEST

    • Pink Jersey

    Hello and welcome back to our live coverage from stage 13 of the Giro d'Italia. After a day for the sprinters we're turning our attention back to the GC and the climbers in this year's race. Stage 13 is the first in a triple-header of climbing stages. 

  2. 12:07:40 CEST

    Today we head to Cividale del Friuli with four categorised climbs on the menu. There's no summit finish but we should see a major shake up in the GC. None of the four climbs in the Friuli stage are over a thousand metres but it has been given four stars by the official race book, indicating its true difficulty.


  3. 12:08:24 CEST

    We're just over an hour from the official start of the stage and riders have been arriving over the last few minutes. The sign on should start soon. 


  4. 12:09:42 CEST

    • Pink Jersey

    Here's how the top ten stands coming into the stage:

    1 Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx - Quick-Step 49:32:20
    2 Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team 0:00:24
    3 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:07
    4 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
    5 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:01:09
    6 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff Team 0:02:01
    7 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha 0:02:25
    8 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-GreenEdge 0:02:43
    9 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:02:45
    10 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - Merida 0:02:47


  5. 12:16:40 CEST

    Last night we spoke to the last Luxembourg to really challenge for top honours at the Giro d'Italia, Andy Schleck. He rode with Jungles for a couple of years between 2013-14 and believes that his former teammate can go all the way. 


    "He has no pressure," the retired Schleck told Cyclingnews during a cruise through Europe with his family.

    "If he's dropped on Friday during stage 13, that's fine because he's already done more that what was expected of him and with all these factors in play I think that he can win the Giro."

    "In his case he doesn't have the pressure. He's young, he has a contract and he's got a team that believes in him. When he goes to bed at night he just thinks 'I need to hang on, and to try to ride well'. It's a different situation for the other riders who fall asleep thinking 'I need to get all these seconds back in order to justify my salary.' That's a huge plus."


  6. 12:18:31 CEST

    Schleck on Jungels:

    "In his case he doesn't have the pressure. He's young, he has a contract and he's got a team that believes in him. When he goes to bed at night he just thinks 'I need to hang on, and to try to ride well'. It's a different situation for the other riders who fall asleep thinking 'I need to get all these seconds back in order to justify my salary.' That's a huge plus."


    You can read the full interview, right here.


  7. 12:20:21 CEST

    Roughly an hour until the start of the stage. Here's a look at the stage profile.



  8. 12:22:58 CEST

    • Climb

    As Stephen Farrand mentioned in his race stage preview:

    The stage has two tough climbs mid-stage –Montemaggiore (8.3km at 9.3%) and then the Crai (8.8km at 6.4% with 3km at over 10%), followed by 30km of flat road before two final climbs and a nerve-racking descent to the finish, on twisting country roads that ends just eight kilometres from the finish.


    Both late climbs are all over 8%, with the Cima Porzus at 8.9% for virtually all of its 6.7km length. The Valle climb is a kilometre shorter but almost as equally steep and so will no doubt spark some kind of natural selection amongst the overall contenders.


  9. 12:34:28 CEST

    • Team Sky 2016

    You can find our complete stage preview for today, right here. It includes comments from Dario Cioni former rider, former press officer at Team Sky.


  10. 12:37:05 CEST

    It will be interesting to see the composition of the break today. Surely Damiano Cunego  - if he really has designs on winning the KOM - must be in the move. He doesn't have the staying power to compete over the last two climbs if he's with the GC guys, so he need to be on the front foot.


    1 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini 56 pts
    2 Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Bardiani CSF 27
    3 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal 25
    4 Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani CSF 18
    5 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 17
    6 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step 16
    7 Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini 16
    8 Stefan Kueng (Swi) BMC Racing Team 15
    9 Ivan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff Team 15
    10 Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF 11


  11. 12:41:04 CEST

    Sign on complete and riders are starting to roll out through the neutralized zone.


  12. 12:43:06 CEST

    Is that the face of a man who wants to be in the break?


  13. 12:47:22 CEST

    Into just the first 1km of the race and we already have our first attack, with Tobias Ludvigsson looking to jump clear. The Swede actually manages to create a small gap but it comes to nothing in the end.


  14. 12:49:09 CEST

    • Etxx QuickStep

    The pace is relentless this early on as more and more riders try and escape the clutches of the peloton. No move have managed to stick just yet. Etixx are on red alert though as they try and spot danger after danger. This is a huge test for the young Bob Jungels. 


  15. 12:53:03 CEST

    Like Berzin once said to Frattini in the 1996 Tour de France (Gewiss) 'I'll take over thank you' and Astana move up and set the pace at the front of the peloton and replace Etixx. Nibali's men keep the pace nice and high but that's not stopped the attacks from coming thick and fast. 


  16. 12:55:07 CEST

    Interesting: A gaggle of around 20 riders have moved clear of the peloton. They have a very small gap but it's not going to work, surely?


  17. 12:58:45 CEST

    They're still out there, plugging away, but the peloton are hot on their heels. Such a rapid start to the stage as riders and teams try and form the early break. They can't keep this up for much longer. 


  18. 13:03:06 CEST

    The move has been shut down but now we have Daniel Oss (BMC) and Valerio Conti (Lampre-Merida) going clear. Once more the peloton respond and the duo are caught. 


  19. 145km remaining from 170km

    13:04:32 CEST

    We've already covered 25km of racing. 


  20. 13:15:46 CEST

    More riders try their luck. This time we have a group of six forming, with Blel Kadri (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Alessandro De Marchi and Manuel Quinziato (BMC), Matej Mohoric (Lampre-Merida), Maarten Tjallingii (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Matteo Busato (Wilier Triestina-Southeast).


  21. 13:16:54 CEST

    The IAM duo of Matthias Brandle and Stefan Denifl are bridging across.


  22. 13:20:29 CEST

    Cannondale policing on the front of the bunch - they don't seem happy with this one. 


  23. 13:23:02 CEST

    Once again, it's all back together. So, almost 40km into this stage and still we await a breakaway. The first climb of the day beings in just 10km time. 


  24. 13:25:48 CEST

    It's a day for the climbers and GC men but that doesn't mean there's nothing for the sprinters. We're almost at San Pietro al Natisone, the first of two intermediate sprint points. 

  25. 13:31:03 CEST

    Arnaud Demare takes maximum points at the sprint, to make up some ground on points classification leader Giacomo Nizzolo. Andre Greipel, of course, was in the maglia rossa yesterday but pulled out of the race after his stage win. 


  26. 13:31:26 CEST

    And now we do seem to have our breakaway. And it's a big one. 


  27. 13:33:32 CEST

    There must be around 30 riders in this move, including - surprise surprise - Damiano Cunego. We'll get you all the names shortly but for now the pace in the bunch has been knocked off and they have nearly two minutes. 


  28. 13:36:50 CEST

    We're climbing now, and this is what it looks like




  29. 13:40:54 CEST

    A number of high profile riders in this break, including Rojas, Heano, Cunego and Ulissi. The Lampre man has two men on the front driving the break though as the lead pushes out to 2'10. And more riders try and bridge up the road, Wellens is one of them. Some serious questions are being asked of Etixx here. 

  30. 13:41:51 CEST

    Here are the names of the riders in the break:


    Matteo Montaguti (AG2R La Mondiale), Davide Malacarne, Andrey Zeits (Astana), Alessandro De Marchi (BMC), Simon Clarke, Moreno Moser, Ramunas Navardauskas (Cannondale), Jaco Venter, Johan Van Zyl (Dimension Data), Matteo Trentin, Lukasz Wisniowski (Etixx - QuickStep), Arnaud Démare (FDJ), Alexandre Kolobnev (Gazprom - RusVelo), Stefan Denifl (IAM Cycling), Diego Ulissi, Ilya Koshevoy, Sacha Modolo, Matej Mohorič (Lampre - Merida), Pim Ligthart (Lot Soudal), Carlos Betancur, jasha sütterlin, Joaquim Rojas (Movistar), Grega Bole, Damiano Cunego (NIPPO - Fantini), Bert De Backer (Giant - Alpecin), Enrico Battaglin, Maarten Tjallingi (LottoNL - Jumbo), Sebastian Henao, Christian Knees (Team Sky), Manuele Boaro (Tinkoff), Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek - Segafredo) and Matteo Busato (Wilier - Southeast)


    We took this from


  31. 116km remaining from 170km

    13:42:41 CEST

    At the moment Movistar have five men up the road. Etixx have one and they're not setting the pace at the front of the bunch.


  32. 13:43:53 CEST

    And now Etixx react, putting five men on the front, one of the Jungels who is neatly tucked in. Up the road Lampre press on with Modolo setting the pace for Ulissi as we start to climb. 


  33. 13:44:40 CEST

    The gap to the breaks is down to 1'14 to se Etixx are shutting the move down. The Welleng group is somewhere in the middle. 


  34. 13:47:25 CEST

    The break are on a 10 per cent pitch at the moment as Lampre continue to hog the front. Riders, like Demare are being dropped from the break. 

    A little further back and Wellens has dropped the riders he attacked with and is chasing the Ulissi group on his own. Ulissi has 1'50 over the Jungels bunch at the moment.


  35. 13:49:05 CEST

    Wellen will be kicking himself after missing the move but he's trying to make amends with this long chase. The Belgian is cutting through riders who have already been dropped but Wellens only has  a few seconds on the maglia rosa.


  36. 13:52:01 CEST

    Denifl has attacked from the break and gone clear. He has ten seconds on the Lampre led group with 3km to go until he reaches the summit of the climb. 113km to go in the stage today.


  37. 13:53:34 CEST

    Jungels still has four men with him and they're doing an effective job, pulling the main break back to around one minute. Etixx are keeping the pace high and trying to shut everything down.


  38. 13:54:47 CEST

    News has reached us that Caleb Ewan did not start this morning, his Giro d'Italia over for this year.


  39. 13:55:16 CEST

    Trentin has been called back from the lead group and has been caught by the Wellens collective. 


  40. 13:56:46 CEST

    Modolo dropped from the lead group now as we see that Visconti is in the Wellens through. Movistar are trying everything to unsettle and isolate Jungels.


  41. 14:00:29 CEST

    Denifl stil leads the race as Cunego, still in the break, takes a look out front to see what's going on up ahead. 


  42. 14:01:15 CEST

    Back in the bunch and Nibali is sat on Valverde's wheel and sitting patiently. There's still 111km to go. 


  43. 14:02:00 CEST

    Denifl has now hit a 15 perc cent stretch but he's done enough to take maximum points at the top of the climb. 


  44. 14:04:12 CEST

    The IAM rider takes top stop on the climb. And Cunego attacks and might have taken second but there was a crash as the Italian was challenged by a Movistar rider. 


  45. 14:04:57 CEST

    The Movistar rider touched Cunego I think and his front wheel went from under him. Cunego checks back to see what happened but the sprint was close. 


  46. 108km remaining from 170km

    14:05:57 CEST

    108km to go


    Denifl leads by 1'52


    Cunego/ Ulissi group


    Jungels, Valverde, Uran, Nibali, Chaves, Amador.


  47. 14:09:41 CEST

    It was Visconti who came down in that fall. He's back on his bike though and back in the break. 


  48. 14:11:17 CEST

    A few things about that fall. We had people in the road on the line. That didn't help, and Visconti came in pretty hot. 


    On the descent Denifl almost loses it on a corner but he's survives. The peloton are at 2'02 but there's really no let up in the action and in the racing today. It's been frantic since the gun.


  49. 14:12:27 CEST

    The race have an uncategorised climb now before another technical descent before the next climb starts. 


  50. 14:15:52 CEST

    Cannondale have moved their two men in the break, one of them Moser, to the front of the Ulissi group. Denifi  has 47 seconds on that group, and 1'46 on the maglia rosa.


  51. 14:16:42 CEST

    It's Simon Clarke and Moser for Cannondale as we see Nieve is also there for Team Sky. 


  52. 14:19:54 CEST

    Denifl is putting in an impressive rider and is hold the Cannondale/Lampre chase at  50 seconds. He takes yet another risk on a descent but keeps it together.. just.


    The Jungels group is at 1'58.


  53. 99km remaining from 170km

    14:21:22 CEST

    Into the final 100km of racing already for the peloton. The next climb will really test the race leader and his team. They're just about holding the stage together but they're having to work incredibly hard at the front of the peloton. 


  54. 14:26:35 CEST

    What may worry Jungels is that Movistar have four men in the break and they've really not had to do much work yet - that's all coming from Cannondale and Lampre.


  55. 14:27:51 CEST

    Denifl is climbing again and already out of the saddle as he starts on the 10 per cent section. it gets harder from here. Cannondale, now with three men, set the pace at the front of the break. They're 22 seconds behind the lone leader. 


  56. 14:30:17 CEST

    Jungels is down to four men now to help him as Movistar and Astana gather just behind. Tinkoff are also there. 95km to go.


  57. 14:30:52 CEST

    Betancur is losing ground on the main field. He doesnt look comfortable at all. 


  58. 14:32:01 CEST

    • Orica GreenEdge jersey 2016

    Esteban Chaves: "Today is a really hard stage. It’s important to be in front on the climbs, especially so you can be on the front for the descents afterwards. There’s 4,000 metres of climbing but there’s a lot of downhill so it’s important to keep your attention all day, to try to follow the big guys."


  59. 14:37:11 CEST

    Trentin, jersey unzipped, continues to set the pace for the peloton and his team leader. Up ahead and Denifl is still climbing on his own. 


  60. 14:38:39 CEST

    Etixx have eased off though, just slightly, and it has allowed the Cannondale/Ulissi group to move out to three minuntes clear.


  61. 91km remaining from 170km

    14:39:59 CEST

    3'30 between the peloton and Denifl now. 


  62. 14:41:07 CEST

     There were a lot of anxious faces at the start in Palmanova, but Chaves arrived to sign on with a broad smile: “Why not smile? It’s a nice sunny day, we’re going into mountains, and it’s a big chance to move up on GC. I’m really enjoying this Giro d’Italia."


  63. 14:42:53 CEST

    • Cannondale 2016

    Uran: "It’s good weather for the first mountain stage. The important thing is to see if we’re feeling good and then we can think about trying something. The last climb suits me quite well but the descent afterwards is quite technical.”


  64. 14:44:53 CEST

    It's about containment then for Etixx at the moment as Trentin continues to set the pace for his leader. Denifl meanwhile, is close to the summit of the second climb.


  65. 14:48:42 CEST

    Nibali is coming back through the cars. It looks like he went back to the team car briefly but up ahead Denifl is about to take the KOM points. 


  66. 14:50:00 CEST

     Cunego poised to once again sprint for the rest of the KOM points

  67. 14:51:44 CEST

    Cunego goes, followed once again by Visconti, and this time he gets the better of his compatriot and both stay upright. 


  68. 14:53:38 CEST

    Matteo Trentin, still on the front for Etixx, zips up his jersey and leads the peloton over the climb and onto this next descent. 


  69. 14:57:48 CEST

    Denifl is having a great day out there - he's making his way downhill quite happily here with almost 2 minutes over the breakaway group and over four minutes now over the pink jersey group.


  70. 15:04:09 CEST

    I say that, but Denifl has lost his lead and is now back in the main breakaway group.


  71. 15:05:02 CEST

    It's unclear how or why that happened but Denifl was stopped at the side of the road as the break caught up. He has now joined onto the back of that group. 

  72. 15:07:50 CEST

    So, the situation:


    Large breakaway group (including Diego Ulissi)




    Pink jersey group


  73. 68km remaining from 170km

    15:13:44 CEST

     On the descent and Jungels is second wheel, and keeping out of trouble. Two more serious climbs to come as the gap moves at 2'37 with 68km to go.

  74. 15:16:28 CEST

    Cannondale and Lampre trading turns on the front of the break. Lampre want to set up Ulissi for the stage and the overall, while Cannondale want to go for the stage, and keep pressure off Uran back in the peloton. 


  75. 15:21:08 CEST

    Visconti drops back to the team car to pick up bottles for his teammates in the break. The gap is coming down though it's at 2'16 with 61km to go. 


  76. 15:25:40 CEST

    In the valley and Etixx have the peloton strung out as they exit the feedzone. It's all about keeping the break in control at the moment. Movistar and Astana are likely to move up to the front on the next climb, regardless of the gap up ahead. 


  77. 15:27:11 CEST

    The break pass through the finish line for the first time, their advantage back up to 2'46 with 57km to go. 


  78. 15:41:17 CEST

    The gap moves out to 3'07 as we head into the final 50km of the race. Etixx have been on the front almost the entire stage so far but they look good for their money so far. The next two climbs, of course, are where it's all going to matter. 


  79. 43km remaining from 170km

    15:44:34 CEST

    For the first time today we've seen Orica GreenEdge on the front, as they look to position Chaves ahead of the penultimate climb of the stage. 


  80. 15:47:00 CEST

    A reminder of where we stand coming into the stage today:


    1 Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx - Quick-Step 49:32:20
    2 Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team 0:00:24
    3 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:07
    4 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
    5 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:01:09
    6 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff Team 0:02:01
    7 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha 0:02:25
    8 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-GreenEdge 0:02:43
    9 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:02:45
    10 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - Merida 0:02:47
    11 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:03:12
    12 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:03:39
    13 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Trek-Segafredo 0:03:56


  81. 15:47:15 CEST

    That means that Ulissi is still the virtual leader on the road. 


  82. 15:52:52 CEST

    Orica have increased the pace at the front of the peloton as we head towards the penultimate climb. LottoNL have moved up too, and so have Katusha as they look to position Zakarin. The changes have seen the gap to the break down to down 2'59.


  83. 15:53:45 CEST

    Crosswind at the moment as well and that's making things even more interesting on the front of the peloton. AG2R are also coming up.


  84. 15:59:20 CEST

    Onto the climb and Scarponi hits the front for Astana. He has Nibali on his wheel and Valverde is there too. Etixx have been moved aside.


    Up ahead in the break and there are several attacks with 35km to go. Nieve is trying to go clear. 


  85. 16:01:35 CEST

    Astana's pressure has seen the peloton reduced to around 30 men as Nieve and Dombrowski go clear from the break. Further down the road Astana continue to set the pace as we see Jungels start to lose teammates. 


  86. 16:02:18 CEST

    All the GC men are in the Astana led peloton, no casualties at this stage but there' still a lot of climbing to come. 


  87. 16:02:42 CEST

    Clarke is caught and he offers a bottle Uran. 


  88. 16:03:26 CEST

    Nibali has at least four men with him, and the gap is at 2'36. 


  89. 16:04:59 CEST

    Nieve is just dragging the Cannodale rider with him for now as we see a rider from Etixx dropped. Jungels is losing teammates left right and centre. 


  90. 16:06:53 CEST

    Chaves is riding just be Valverde as Nieve goes on his own, Dombrowksi isn't able to hold the Team Sky rider's wheel. 


  91. 16:10:10 CEST

    Amador, Hesjedal, Pozovivo, Uran, Zakarin are all there in the GC group as Nieve ploughs on alone. 32km to go.


  92. 16:12:18 CEST

     Nibali second wheel with Fuglsang just behind. Valverde is just on his wheel. Jungels is a few wheels back but hanging in there.

  93. 16:12:40 CEST

    Nieve still leads though with a gap of 2'13.


  94. 16:14:41 CEST

    Majka, we've not mentioned him he's also there. Jungels is starting to lose ground. He's at the back of the group. We're close to the top though. Amador is also suffering. 


  95. 16:16:20 CEST

    No let up from Astana though as they continue to set the pace at the front of the reduced peloton. Hesjedal is also near the back, but Steven Kruijswijk (Team LottoNl-Jumbo) is looking very strong indeed. He's just behind Valverde. 30km to go. 


  96. 16:18:04 CEST

    Nieve is first to the top of the climb and takes maximum points for Team Sky. A descent now all the way to the final climb. Can Jungels survive this climb though? Visconti second over the penultimate climb, Dombrowski third.


  97. 16:18:35 CEST

    Uran is near the back of the GC group. Is he starting to crack?


  98. 16:19:11 CEST

    Jungels seems to have recovered and is back in the middle of the GC group. Scare over for the Etixx Quickstep team. 


  99. 16:21:09 CEST

    Over the top of the climb and inside the final 30km of the stage. Nieve leads with Dombrowski and Visconti less than a minute down. Then we have a few stragglers from the earlier break and then the GC group. 

    The descent is far from easy, tight, twisty roads but Nieve is taking it in his stride for now.


  100. 16:21:36 CEST

    And on the descent Amador accelerates and Nibali matches him. The Italian was on him like a hawk.


  101. 25km remaining from 170km

    16:22:56 CEST

    25km go to and Amador moves clear again. Nieve, meanwhile has 2'35 over the maglia rosa group. 


  102. 16:24:20 CEST

    Nibali moves up and takes the lead, with Amador trying to go with him. Movistar are trying to soften up the Italian before we get to the last climb.


  103. 16:25:22 CEST

    No matter how big or small the peloton is you'll find Hesjedal at the back and it's no different on this descent, although he is a danger for that last climb if he has the form. 23km to go.


  104. 16:30:17 CEST

    Nieve is pulling out more time on the GC riders, and has 2'40 on the maglia rosa with 19.1km to go. 


  105. 16:32:23 CEST

    Nieve is on the final climb and his lead is close to three minutes on the GC riders. 18km to go. 


  106. 16:33:24 CEST

    Back in the bunch and Jungels has glued himself to Kruijswijk's wheel. The race leader has no teammates as Scarponi takes up the pace duties one more time. 


  107. 16:34:30 CEST

    Nieve keeps plugging away on the 6km climb. His gap is 1'05 to Visconti and 2'08 to the maglia rosa.


  108. 16:35:31 CEST

    And Chaves takes it up with an acceleration. He's marked though and it's back together. 


  109. 17km remaining from 170km

    16:36:17 CEST

    And Jungels has cracked. He's been dropped due to that one attack. He just needs to work away at it and set it own pace. 


  110. 16:36:51 CEST

    Jungels is about 10 seconds down, if that, but he can't follow the accelerations. 


  111. 16:37:32 CEST

    Visconti has gone clear from his group, meanwhile, but its Nieve who leads and now Valverde attacks. 


  112. 16:37:47 CEST

    And now Nibali attacks and creates a gap .


  113. 16:38:37 CEST

    Valverde was easily matched but then Nibali accelerated around a corner and he gains a small advantage but it's shut down by Lotto NL

    And Zakarin has been dropped too. 


  114. 16:39:25 CEST

    Amador and Uran have also been dropped by the Nibali/Valverde group. 


  115. 16:40:53 CEST

    And Fuglsang sets the pace for Nibali as Amador and Uran come back to the Nibali group as we see Jungels fight on. If he can keep the gap where it is then he should make it back on the descent. 3km to go on the climb. 


  116. 16:41:55 CEST

    A few more riders, like Uran make it back to the Nibali group. As things stand then Amador should pull on pink at the end of the stage. Up the road Nieve has 40 seconds on Visconti.


  117. 16:42:33 CEST

    Jungels is about to catch a small chase group but he's still not with his GC rivals. They're a few more seconds up the road. 

  118. 15km remaining from 170km

    16:43:28 CEST

    Jungels goes passed Hesjedal and they should stay together and ride the descent to help each other. 


  119. 16:44:34 CEST

    Jungels is 20 seconds behind Nibali. So he's just holding onto pink. He needs to keep plugging away and then descent like a demon. He;s not getting any help from Hesjedal at the moment though. 


  120. 16:45:21 CEST

    Scarponi takes it up for Astana, Nibali marked by Valverde as Nieve closes in on the top of the summit. 


  121. 16:46:24 CEST

    And Nibali attacks again but its matched by all the GC contenders for now. Uran is hanging on but Amador and Zakarin have been dropped again. 


  122. 16:48:16 CEST

    NIeve goes over the top and Visconti is second. The gap between them is 50 seconds. Jungels is plunged into more trouble though as he continues to lose time. 


  123. 16:49:42 CEST

    Zakarin has made it back a the top of the climb. Jungels has a lot of work to do on the descent if he's to hold the leader's jersey. 


  124. 16:50:25 CEST

    He's around 30-40 seconds off the Nibali group, although we don't know where Amador is. It's all to play for on the stage.


  125. 16:51:24 CEST

    Jungels is having help on the descent though and that will help hugely. Valverde will not ride so a lot of responsibility on Movistar.


  126. 16:52:36 CEST

    Nieve is looking good for the stage win at the moment but Jungels is taking a few risks on the descent. He's going to fight all the way to the line. 


  127. 16:53:29 CEST

    It's now Fuglsang who leads the Nibali group but Amador is still not with that group. 


  128. 16:54:12 CEST

    Jungels has dropped the Hesjedal group on the descent, as Nieve heads into the final 7km of the stage. 


  129. 16:54:59 CEST

    Maglia rosa group almost a minute down. At this rate Jungels will lose the jersey. Nieve now on the flat section heading to the line. 


  130. 5km remaining from 170km

    16:57:03 CEST

    Amador rejoins the Nibali group, and that will surely put him in pink at the end of the stage, unless Jungels can pull something special out of the bag. 5km to go.


  131. 16:57:52 CEST

    There's a slowing in pace for the GC riders. That's Jungels chance to claw back time. 4km now for Nieve though. 


  132. 16:59:10 CEST

    Brambilla has caught Jungels. Just in time. Can they pull it off and save pink? The GC riders are starting to organise themselves. 


  133. 16:59:51 CEST

    Jungels needs to find around 30 seconds in order to save his jersey. That's a big ask with 5km to go. 


  134. 17:00:47 CEST

    Jungels is pulling back some time, a couple of seconds here and there. He's arched over his bike and in full TT mode. 


  135. 17:01:16 CEST

    Up ahead and Nieve has 48 seconds with just under 2km of racing.


  136. 17:02:08 CEST

    The gap is going out again, it's almost a minute as Movistar and Zakarin pull the GC group along. 


  137. 17:03:25 CEST

    Into the final 1,000 meters for Nieve who takes the stage for Team Sky. 


  138. 17:04:35 CEST

    Visconti takes second. 


  139. 17:05:22 CEST

    Valverde swings out and leads the GC riders to the line. Nibali takes the sprint and will take the bonus seconds. Now where is Jungels?


  140. 17:06:15 CEST

    Jungels, brave fight, but he's lost the pink jersey. Amador now leads the 2016 Giro d'Italia.


  141. 17:10:25 CEST

    The top ten from stage 13 of the Giro d'Italia:

    1 Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team Sky 04:31:49
    2 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 00:00:43
    3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 00:01:17
    4 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team
    5 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff Team
    6 Stefan Denifl (Aut) IAM Cycling
    7 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
    8 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale Pro Cycling
    9 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
    10 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale


  142. 17:13:06 CEST

    • Pink Jersey

    General classification after stage 13
    1 Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team 54:05:50
    2 Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx - Quick-Step 00:00:26
    3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 00:00:41
    4 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 00:00:43
    5 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
    6 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff Team 00:01:37
    7 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha 00:02:01
    8 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-GreenEdge 00:02:19
    9 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale Pro Cycling 00:02:48
    10 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 00:03:15


  143. 17:19:33 CEST

    • Team Sky 2016

    Mikel Nieve (Team Sky):

    “It was a plan that after Mikel Landa abandoned we had the obligation to win a stage. Today it was possible and we tried full gas since the start.

    “We will try again [for a stage win]. We won today, tomorrow is also hard, and we will try during all the mountain stages. Our priority now is to win stages.”


  144. 17:22:35 CEST


  145. 17:22:55 CEST

    • Pink Jersey

    Andrey Amador (Movistar):

    “That was our first approach to the mountains and the final climb didn’t really suit me, so I was a little bit further back. I was able to catch back up and defend by taking the pink jersey. Alejandro [Valverde] is in a good position, everything is in tact, and now we move into the tough mountain stages and we will see what we can do.”


  146. 17:27:04 CEST


  147. 17:31:24 CEST

    So Amador becomes the first Costa Rican to wear the maglia rosa. He leads previous race leader Bob Jungels, who drops down to second overall. 



  148. 17:33:20 CEST

    Although Amador moves into pink there are some question marks over his ability to stay with the best. He was distanced before the summit of the final climb and had to claw his way back on the descent. 

    This puts Nibali in a strong position. Now Movistar need to control the race tomorrow and Nibali was able to take a few seconds out of Valverde in the sprint for third. 


  149. 17:35:59 CEST

    Kruijswijk  also had another strong day. He didn't attack like Valverde or Nibalia but he was never in trouble and followed all the important moves. He now sits 5th on GC, and on the same time as Valverde. 


  150. 17:37:16 CEST

    Majka was another follower in that sense, and he looked able and willing to follow whenever there were attacks. He's 6th on GC, 1'36 off Amador lead but had more support on the climbs than some would have predicted. 


  151. 17:41:29 CEST

    • Team Katusha 2016

    Zakarin was dropped briefly on the final climb but came back just before the descent to the line. He is in 7th at 2'01 but like Amador may well be under pressure tomorrow when we reach the high mountains. 


  152. 17:54:13 CEST

    • Pink Jersey

    Amador: “The truth is I didn’t ever imagine this. I didn’t think it could happen. I’m really happy to have this jersey.

    “They have always supported me in Costa Rica so this jersey is dedicated to all of them.”

    “I didn’t have the legs I wanted to have today but Alejandro was very strong. I was just trying to get up the last climb steadily at my own rhythm and I am really happy I was able to make it back on.”


  153. 18:09:50 CEST

    You can find our complete collection of post-stage quotes, right here.


  154. 18:10:34 CEST

    • Movistat 2016


    “The team was phenomenal today. We were represented in all the breaks. We had Giovanni who was second and Andrey in pink so we are really happy.

    We all had a good look at each other today. I saw Nibali was in a good condition. He ended up getting two seconds on me but the Giro won’t be decided on those two seconds.”


  155. 18:23:38 CEST

    You can watch today's race highlights, right here.


  156. 18:27:40 CEST

    Our race report, which includes, the results, photos, and video highlights from today can be found, just here.


    We'll be back later today with live coverage from the Tour of California, and then of course back tomorrow for the complete stage from the Giro d'Italia. 


    Thanks for joining us today.


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