Rabottini wins stage 15 of the Giro d'Italia

Matteo Rabottini (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia) thrilled the home crowd in Lecco by defeating Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha) in a pulsating finish to stage 15 of the Giro d’Italia. It was a performance of daring and bravery from Rabottini, who led the stage from almost start to finish, and had enough left in his legs at the death to repel the challenge of the rampaging Rodríguez.

The Spaniard looked to have timed his finishing burst to perfection by catching Rabottini with just 400 metres left, but the Italian jumped onto the wheel of the Katusha leader as he tried to accelerate past him, then unleashed a final winning effort that he totally deserved after a gruelling 172km stage through rain and mist that featured four categorised climbs.

Rodríguez’s performance in finishing second was enough to snatch the leader’s jersey back from Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Barracuda) with a week of racing left to go. Having lost the maglia rosa to the Canadian in yesterday’s 14th stage, the Katusha man’s determination to take it back proved decisive as the main group of contenders clawed back a deficit of several minutes on the final climb.

“After more than 150km in a break, winning in the sprint was an amazing feeling,” said Rabottini. “Like everyone I had come to the Giro hoping to win a stage... and I’ve done it! This is truly the best day of my life. I had [Farnese DS] Luca Scinto and [Farnese CEO] Valentino Sciotti in the team car cheering me on. When Rodríguez came up to me, I almost lost all hope, but I held firm and it went well. To whom do I dedicate this victory? To the child who is set to make me a father in two weeks and to my girlfriend.

Garmin’s Hesjedal was obviously disappointed to lose the lead, admitting he is looking forward to tomorrow’s rest day. “It’s gone,” he said of the pink jersey just after crossing the line. “Today was tough for everyone, it was a horrible day. I was not as good as yesterday. I’m glad it’s over and I hope to take advantage of the rest day and fight with the best again.

Rabottini broke clear with Ag2r’s Guillaume Bonnafond in the opening kilometres of tough mountain stage to Pian dei Resinelli, above Lecco. The pair quickly built up a substantial lead, which reached more than nine minutes after 50km had been covered. As they pressed on at the front, back in the bunch Fränk Schleck created the first headlines of the stage when he abandoned after 33km. He has been complaining of shoulder problems since his run-in with Alex Rasmussen a few days ago.

A second breakaway formed with 92km covered when Androni’s Emanuele Sella went away and was joined by Euskaltel’s Amets Txurruka. Over the course of the next few kilometres they were joined a string of other riders including Lampre’s Damiano Cunego, Rodríguez’s team-mate Alberto Losada, Movistar duo Marzio Bruseghin and stage 14 winner Andrey Amador and BMC’s Marco Pinotti.

These riders quickly gained several minutes of the maglia rosa group, making Damiano Cunego the leader on the road. Meanwhile, up at the front, Rabottini decided after the first of the four climbs that he would be better off without Bonnafond and moved clear of the Frenchman. There will still 75km to the finish.

The stage then became a tale of two pursuits. Rabottini was the hare being chased by the Cunego group, while the Liquigas-led peloton began to increase its pace heading over the second and third climbs.

At the top of that third climb, with the climb to Pian dei Resinelli still ahead of him, Rabottini’s advantage had been cut to less than three minutes as Txurruka, Amador, Cunego, Losada and Colnago action man Stefano Pirazzi led the chase. The peloton was almost another three minutes back.

The rain had made things difficult for the riders all day, and the tiring Rabottini fell victim to it when his rear wheel slipped away on some road markings and he slid down. Assisted by a spectator the Farnese man was quickly back on his way again, but the incident cost him vital seconds. Heading onto the final climb, with 7km left, his lead on the Cunego group was little more than two minutes, with what remained of the peloton closing fast.

The first move from this group came from defending champion Michele Scarponi, but the Lampre man could not stay clear. Rodríguez was the next to attack and this time no one was able to close down the gap. The little Spaniard flew through the remains of the group that had been chasing Rabottini and very soon had the plucky Italian in his sights too.

The odds looked good for Rodríguez to take a second stage win, but Rabottini found some final reserves from somewhere. With the crowd roaring him on, Rabottini surged through for a hard-fought and very worthy success. To Rodríguez went the maglia rosa and a huge confidence boost going into the rest day.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia5:15:30
2Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha Team0:00:23
4Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling0:00:25
5Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 4 - Cell 2
6Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 5 - Cell 2
7Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:00:29
8Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana Pro TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 8 - Cell 2
10Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 9 - Cell 2
11Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:36
12Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Barracuda0:00:39
13Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 12 - Cell 2
14Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:44
15Johann Tschopp (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:00:52
16Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:54
17Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:01:11
18Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 18 - Cell 2
20Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:01:17
21Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 20 - Cell 2
22Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling0:01:46
23Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISD0:01:58
24Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:02:05
25Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale0:02:57
26Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Astana Pro Team0:03:04
27Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) Movistar Team0:03:34
28Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:03:36
29Gustav Larsson (Swe) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:03:47
30Marco Pinotti (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 29 - Cell 2
31Brian Bulgac (Ned) Lotto Belisol Team0:04:00
32José Rujano Guillen (Ven) Androni Giocattoli0:04:15
33Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:04:28
34Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Barracuda0:04:52
35Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:05:05
36Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:05:09
37Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Movistar Team0:05:18
38Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 37 - Cell 2
39Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan0:05:26
40Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:05:31
41Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team0:05:41
42Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:06:28
43Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:07:11
44Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Astana Pro Team0:07:51
45Jackson Rodriguez (Ven) Androni Giocattoli0:07:59
46Carlos José Ochoa (Ven) Androni GiocattoliRow 45 - Cell 2
47Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:09:11
48Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:09:27
49Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team0:10:24
50Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling0:10:26
51Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol Team0:10:57
52José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team0:11:50
53Jon Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 52 - Cell 2
54Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:12:09
55Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 54 - Cell 2
56Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 55 - Cell 2
57Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 56 - Cell 2
58Nelson Oliveira (Por) RadioShack-Nissan0:13:12
59Branislau Samoilau (Blr) Movistar Team0:13:55
60Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Team Saxo Bank0:14:37
61Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 60 - Cell 2
62Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:16:58
63Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin - Barracuda0:17:10
64Stefan Denifl (Aut) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 63 - Cell 2
65Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin - BarracudaRow 64 - Cell 2
66Pierre Cazaux (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:18:02
67Stefano Locatelli (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:18:16
68Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Katusha Team0:18:44
69Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 68 - Cell 2
70Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 69 - Cell 2
71Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:21:04
72Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team0:21:14
73Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 72 - Cell 2
74Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:21:49
75Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 74 - Cell 2
76Francesco Failli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia0:24:59
77Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 76 - Cell 2
78Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:25:02
79Fabio Felline (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 78 - Cell 2
80Oscar Gatto (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 79 - Cell 2
81Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:25:03
82Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:26:12
83Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack-NissanRow 82 - Cell 2
84Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:26:49
85Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 84 - Cell 2
86Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 85 - Cell 2
87Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 86 - Cell 2
88Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 87 - Cell 2
89Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 88 - Cell 2
90Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 89 - Cell 2
91Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 90 - Cell 2
92Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 91 - Cell 2
93Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha TeamRow 92 - Cell 2
94Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ-Big MatRow 93 - Cell 2
95Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La MondialeRow 94 - Cell 2
96Ben Hermans (Bel) RadioShack-NissanRow 95 - Cell 2
97Alex Rasmussen (Den) Garmin - BarracudaRow 96 - Cell 2
98Oliver Zaugg (Swi) RadioShack-NissanRow 97 - Cell 2
99Thomas Rohregger (Aut) RadioShack-NissanRow 98 - Cell 2
100Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Garmin - BarracudaRow 99 - Cell 2
101Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 100 - Cell 2
102Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 101 - Cell 2
103Simone Ponzi (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 102 - Cell 2
104Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 103 - Cell 2
105Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetAppRow 104 - Cell 2
106Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 105 - Cell 2
107Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 106 - Cell 2
108Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Team NetAppRow 107 - Cell 2
109Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Androni GiocattoliRow 108 - Cell 2
110Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky ProcyclingRow 109 - Cell 2
111Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 110 - Cell 2
112Angelo Pagani (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 111 - Cell 2
113Victor Cabedo (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 112 - Cell 2
114Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank0:30:01
115Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:34:48
116Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - BarracudaRow 115 - Cell 2
117Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 116 - Cell 2
118Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 117 - Cell 2
119Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 118 - Cell 2
120Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 119 - Cell 2
121Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack-NissanRow 120 - Cell 2
122Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo BankRow 121 - Cell 2
123Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 122 - Cell 2
124Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Saxo BankRow 123 - Cell 2
125Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 124 - Cell 2
126Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 125 - Cell 2
127Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 126 - Cell 2
128Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 127 - Cell 2
129Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetAppRow 128 - Cell 2
130Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team NetAppRow 129 - Cell 2
131Jonas Aaen Jörgensen (Den) Team Saxo BankRow 130 - Cell 2
132Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 131 - Cell 2
133Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 132 - Cell 2
134Gaetan Bille (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 133 - Cell 2
135Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 134 - Cell 2
136Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 135 - Cell 2
137Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 136 - Cell 2
138Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 137 - Cell 2
139Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin - BarracudaRow 138 - Cell 2
140Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 139 - Cell 2
141Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 140 - Cell 2
142Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo BankRow 141 - Cell 2
143Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 142 - Cell 2
144Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ-Big MatRow 143 - Cell 2
145Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 144 - Cell 2
146Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 145 - Cell 2
147Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team NetAppRow 146 - Cell 2
148Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetAppRow 147 - Cell 2
149Timon Seubert (Ger) Team NetAppRow 148 - Cell 2
150Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 149 - Cell 2
151Svein Tuft (Can) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 150 - Cell 2
152Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 151 - Cell 2
153Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha TeamRow 152 - Cell 2
154Marco Coledan (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 153 - Cell 2
155Jack Bobridge (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 154 - Cell 2
156Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo BankRow 155 - Cell 2
157Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 156 - Cell 2
158Adrian Saez (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 157 - Cell 2
159Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 158 - Cell 2
160Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Androni GiocattoliRow 159 - Cell 2
161Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 160 - Cell 2
162Marco Bandiera (Ita) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 161 - Cell 2
163Mathieu Perget (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 162 - Cell 2
164Gregor Gazvoda (Slo) AG2R La MondialeRow 163 - Cell 2
165Gabriel Rasch (Nor) FDJ-Big MatRow 164 - Cell 2
166Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 165 - Cell 2
167Matthias Brandle (Aut) Team NetAppRow 166 - Cell 2
168Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 167 - Cell 2
169Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 168 - Cell 2
170Alfredo Balloni (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 169 - Cell 2
171Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky ProcyclingRow 170 - Cell 2
172Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 171 - Cell 2
173Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 172 - Cell 2
174Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:36:19
175Andrea Guardini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 174 - Cell 2
DNFManuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 175 - Cell 2
DNFGraeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 176 - Cell 2
DNSJeremy Hunt (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 177 - Cell 2
DNFFrank Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-NissanRow 178 - Cell 2
DNFGiovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 179 - Cell 2
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Maglia Rossa - Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia31pts
2Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team20Row 1 - Cell 3
3Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha Team16Row 2 - Cell 3
4Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling14Row 3 - Cell 3
5Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD12Row 4 - Cell 3
6Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana Pro Team8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale8Row 8 - Cell 3
10John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale7Row 9 - Cell 3
11Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi6Row 10 - Cell 3
12Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi5Row 11 - Cell 3
13Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Barracuda4Row 12 - Cell 3
14Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling4Row 13 - Cell 3
15Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep3Row 14 - Cell 3
16Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quickstep3Row 15 - Cell 3
17Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team2Row 16 - Cell 3
18Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Garmin - Barracuda2Row 17 - Cell 3
19Johann Tschopp (Swi) BMC Racing Team1Row 18 - Cell 3
20Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky Procycling