Santambrogio wins stage 14 of the Giro d'Italia

Mauro Santambrogio (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia) won the 14th stage of the Giro d'Italia, finishing first atop the Jafferau in horrid weather conditions which forced organisers remove the Col di Sestriere from the stage. He finished just ahead of maglia rosa Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), who didn't contest the win. Carlos Betancur (AG2R) was third, eight seconds later.

"With 3km to go, Vincenzo attacked but I felt good so I followed straight away and put in a few turns on the front. We caught the break and then kept going to the finish. I got the stage and he got a time bonus so I think it worked out well for both of us," Santambrogio said at the line.

The real winner of the day, however, was the weather. It started raining heavily shortly after the stage started, and that was just a harbinger of things to come. Only an hour before the start, organisers announced that the Sestriere was being taken out due to bad weather, and that the riders would ride through the Val di Susa for an additional 12 kilometers on the day. There were variously heavy fog and even snowfall at he finish during the stage.

A break got away early and built up a lead of up to 10 minutes, and Astana gave up interest  in pursuing fairly early on. Several teams combined in the final climb to catch the remaining two riders who were away, and Nibali jumped in the end in the heavy fog to further cement his overall lead.

Nibali once again increased his lead, as Cadel Evans (BMC) finished 33 seconds later. That dropped the second-placed Australian to 1:26 down. Sky's Rigoberto Uran stayed in third at 2:46, with Santambrogio directly behind him at 2:47. Robert Gesink (Blanco) lost enough time on the final climb to drop him from the top ten.

"It was a very hard stage as we riding in the rain all day except at the finish, but by then we were all already very cold," Nibali said.

"Certainly, it was a good performance today. Santambrogio managed to come with me when I attacked but I made a good selection and I’ve gained some time."

How it happened

Four riders didn't take to the start: Daniele Bennati and Karsten Kroon (both Saxo-Tinkoff), Gert Steegmans (OPQS) and Jack Bobridge (Blanco).

As has so often been the case in this Giro, heavy rainfall started shortly after the start of the stage. That didn't stop a group from forming after about 14 kilometers. Egoi Martinez (Euskaltel), Pieter Weening (Orica-GreenEdge), Luca Paolini (Katusha), Peter Stetina (Garmin-Sharp), Daniele Pietropolli (Lampre), Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox) and Matteo Trentin (OPQS) started of together.

However, in an odd coincidence, the three non-Italians all soon crashed apparently due to the wet roads, and fell back, leaving Italians Paolii, Pietropolli, Colbrelli and Trentin in the lead. The foursome proved to be speedy, buildingup a 7:10 lead by kilometer 50.

A "brutal" crash, as the Gazzetta called it, took down Alessandro Vanotti (Astana), Enrico Battaglin (Bardiani Valvole-CSF-Inox) and Robinson Chalapud (Colombia). The first two were forced to leave the race.

The gap only increased, as Astana showed little interest in giving serious chase. After 100km, and with 80km left to go, the time difference was nine minutes.

As the gap grew to nearly 10 minutes, Cannondale, Androni Giacattoli and Sky moved to the head of the field. Their work helped the gap come down only slowly, though. Their efforts finally showed effect on the final climb, as the gap had dropped to 5:35 with 25km remaining.

Trentin suffered on the climb but was able to hold on. However, a puncture at 20km to go put an end to his slim hold on the group.

Sky led the charge from behind, apparently hoping to launch their new leader Uran in an attempt to make up time on maglia rosa Nibali.

The closer the finish line climb, the smaller the gap became. A greatly reduced field of 30-40 riders was giving furious chase, with Sky setting a blistering pace. It started getting nip-and-tuck for the three leaders, as the gap hovered around four minutes with 5km to go.

It was not Uran but Henao who was sent up the road for Sky. He was marked by Androni's Diego Rosa, whose teammate Franco Pellizotti had earlier attacked but was unable to sustain his lead.

The fog and mist which had left the finish line returned, of course, in time for the finish. Colbreli was dropped as the finish line - and the maglia rosa group - approached.

The first rider to emerge from the fog with 400 meters to go was Santambrogio, followed closely by Nibali, who had obviously jimped from the chase group. Behind them, a handful of riders including Cadel Evans made their slow way up.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia4:42:55
2Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Ag2R La Mondiale0:00:09
4Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:00:26
5Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling0:00:30
6Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:00:33
7Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Ag2R La MondialeRow 6 - Cell 2
8Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) RadioShack LeopardRow 7 - Cell 2
9Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:00:55
10Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:00:58
11Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:00:59
12Yury Trofimov (Rus) KatushaRow 11 - Cell 2
13Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:01:04
14Diego Rosa (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:01:08
15Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-MeridaRow 14 - Cell 2
16Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Colombia0:01:15
17Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:24
18Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:01:28
19Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha0:01:41
20Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling0:01:48
21Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team0:02:16
22Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp0:02:32
23Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia0:02:40
24Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:02:53
25Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:03:21
26Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) ColombiaRow 25 - Cell 2
27Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
28Hubert Dupont (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale0:03:25
29Fabio Felline (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:03:39
30Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:04:01
31Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Lampre-Merida0:04:05
32Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Blanco Pro Cycling Team0:04:16
33Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling TeamRow 32 - Cell 2
34Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling TeamRow 33 - Cell 2
35Robert Gesink (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJRow 35 - Cell 2
37Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin-SharpRow 36 - Cell 2
38Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 37 - Cell 2
39Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack LeopardRow 38 - Cell 2
40José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 39 - Cell 2
41Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:04:30
42Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:04:58
43Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 42 - Cell 2
44Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia0:05:18
45Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:05:43
46Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 45 - Cell 2
47Dario Cataldo (Ita) Sky Procycling0:05:50
48Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 47 - Cell 2
49Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:06:18
50Ben Gastauer (Lux) Ag2R La Mondiale0:06:24
51Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJRow 50 - Cell 2
52Fredrik Carl Wilhelm Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team0:06:56
53Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle ItaliaRow 52 - Cell 2
54Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) KatushaRow 53 - Cell 2
55Stef Clement (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team0:07:06
56Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 55 - Cell 2
57Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha0:07:42
58Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Sky Procycling0:07:54
59Petr Ignatenko (Rus) KatushaRow 58 - Cell 2
60Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge0:07:57
61Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team0:09:11
62Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:10:08
63Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJRow 62 - Cell 2
64Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto BelisolRow 63 - Cell 2
65Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto BelisolRow 64 - Cell 2
66Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 65 - Cell 2
67Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-MeridaRow 66 - Cell 2
68Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) KatushaRow 67 - Cell 2
69Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing TeamRow 68 - Cell 2
70Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 69 - Cell 2
71Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 70 - Cell 2
72Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 71 - Cell 2
73Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:10:17
74Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:11:14
75Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling0:11:23
76Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:11:27
77Alessandro Proni (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia0:12:05
78Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team0:12:17
79Hayden Roulston (NZl) RadioShack Leopard0:12:28
80Robert Vrecer (Slo) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:12:59
81Simone Stortoni (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:13:02
82Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack Leopard0:13:31
83Ricardo Mestre (Por) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 82 - Cell 2
84Nelson Filipe Santos Simoes Oliveira (Por) RadioShack LeopardRow 83 - Cell 2
85Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez (Col) Colombia0:13:35
86Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:14:22
87Manuel Belletti (Ita) Ag2R La MondialeRow 86 - Cell 2
88Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 87 - Cell 2
89Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky ProcyclingRow 88 - Cell 2
90Danny Pate (USA) Sky ProcyclingRow 89 - Cell 2
91Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:14:28
92Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha0:14:50
93Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:14:53
94Jackson Rodriguez (Ven) Androni Giocattoli0:15:00
95Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:15:03
96Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-Sharp0:15:09
97Oscar Gatto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia0:16:05
98Rory Sutherland (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:16:57
99Bruno Pires (Por) Team Saxo-TinkoffRow 98 - Cell 2
100Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:17:48
101Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:18:17
102Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ0:20:32
103Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling TeamRow 102 - Cell 2
104Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 103 - Cell 2
105Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 104 - Cell 2
106Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 105 - Cell 2
107Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin-SharpRow 106 - Cell 2
108Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 107 - Cell 2
109Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Lotto BelisolRow 108 - Cell 2
110Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 109 - Cell 2
111Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin-SharpRow 110 - Cell 2
112Paul Martens (Ger) Blanco Pro Cycling TeamRow 111 - Cell 2
113Grega Bole (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 112 - Cell 2
114Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 113 - Cell 2
115Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 114 - Cell 2
116Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 115 - Cell 2
117Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 116 - Cell 2
118Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 117 - Cell 2
119Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Ag2R La MondialeRow 118 - Cell 2
120Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Lotto BelisolRow 119 - Cell 2
121Christian Meier (Can) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 120 - Cell 2
122Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 121 - Cell 2
123Mads Christensen (Den) Team Saxo-TinkoffRow 122 - Cell 2
124Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 123 - Cell 2
125Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 124 - Cell 2
126Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 125 - Cell 2
127Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Sky ProcyclingRow 126 - Cell 2
128Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar TeamRow 127 - Cell 2
129Maarten Wynants (Bel) Blanco Pro Cycling TeamRow 128 - Cell 2
130Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Movistar TeamRow 129 - Cell 2
131Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Androni GiocattoliRow 130 - Cell 2
132Pavel Brutt (Rus) KatushaRow 131 - Cell 2
133Brian Bulgac (Ned) Lotto BelisolRow 132 - Cell 2
134Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 133 - Cell 2
135Cameron Wurf (Aus) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 134 - Cell 2
136Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 135 - Cell 2
137Ioannis Tamouridis (Gre) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 136 - Cell 2
138Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack LeopardRow 137 - Cell 2
139Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 138 - Cell 2
140Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 139 - Cell 2
141Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle ItaliaRow 140 - Cell 2
142Rafael Andriato (Bra) Vini Fantini-Selle ItaliaRow 141 - Cell 2
143Stefano Locatelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF InoxRow 142 - Cell 2
144Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) ColombiaRow 143 - Cell 2
145Danilo Hondo (Ger) RadioShack LeopardRow 144 - Cell 2
146Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 145 - Cell 2
147Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 146 - Cell 2
148Willem Wauters (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 147 - Cell 2
149George Bennett (NZl) RadioShack LeopardRow 148 - Cell 2
150Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJRow 149 - Cell 2
151Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 150 - Cell 2
152Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJRow 151 - Cell 2
153Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:21:18
154Sacha Modolo (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:21:28
155Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:21:31
156Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:21:33
157Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:21:35
158Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:22:26
159Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 158 - Cell 2
160Adam Blythe (GBr) BMC Racing TeamRow 159 - Cell 2
161Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:22:31
162Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 161 - Cell 2
163Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 162 - Cell 2
164Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 163 - Cell 2
165Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 164 - Cell 2
166Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 165 - Cell 2
167Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 166 - Cell 2
168Davide Appollonio (Ita) Ag2R La Mondiale0:22:36
169Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) RadioShack Leopard0:22:58
170Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:23:32
171Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin-Sharp0:23:45
172Giairo Ermeti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:24:13
173Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas (Col) Colombia0:24:45
174Wilson Alexander Marentes Torres (Col) ColombiaRow 173 - Cell 2
175Marco Canola (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF InoxRow 174 - Cell 2
176Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:25:03
177Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:25:05
178Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 177 - Cell 2
179Mattia Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:25:17
180Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin-Sharp0:25:24
DNSJack Bobridge (Aus) Blanco Pro Cycling TeamRow 180 - Cell 2
DNSGert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 181 - Cell 2
DNSDaniele Bennati (Ita) Team Saxo-TinkoffRow 182 - Cell 2
DNSKarsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo-TinkoffRow 183 - Cell 2
DNFAlessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 184 - Cell 2
DNFEnrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF InoxRow 185 - Cell 2
DNFDavid Millar (GBr) Garmin-SharpRow 186 - Cell 2
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Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia25pts
2Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox23Row 1 - Cell 3
3Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team20Row 2 - Cell 3
4Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Ag2R La Mondiale16Row 3 - Cell 3
5Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi14Row 4 - Cell 3
6Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling12Row 5 - Cell 3
7Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team10Row 6 - Cell 3
8Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha10Row 7 - Cell 3
9Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Merida10Row 8 - Cell 3
10Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) RadioShack Leopard8Row 9 - Cell 3
11Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling6Row 10 - Cell 3
12Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick Step6Row 11 - Cell 3
13Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff5Row 12 - Cell 3
14Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Ag2R La Mondiale4Row 13 - Cell 3
15Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha4Row 14 - Cell 3
16Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli3Row 15 - Cell 3
17Diego Rosa (Ita) Androni Giocattoli2Row 16 - Cell 3
18Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team2Row 17 - Cell 3
19Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack Leopard2Row 18 - Cell 3
20Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida1Row 19 - Cell 3
21Dario Cataldo (Ita) Sky Procycling1Row 20 - Cell 3
22Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step1Row 21 - Cell 3
23Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team-5Row 22 - Cell 3
24Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale-10Row 23 - Cell 3
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