Giro d'Italia stage 7: Adam Hansen wins into Pescara

Adam Hansen of Lotto Belisol won the seventh stage of the Giro d'Italia with a fine solo effort, having been the final survivor of the day's breakaway. He crossed the finish line in Pescara over a minute ahead of Enrico Battaglin (Bardiani Valvole) and Danilo Di Luca (Vini Fantini).

The new pink jersey is Benat Intxausti (Movistar), five seconds ahead of Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and eight seconds over Ryder Hesjedal. All three finished more than a minute after Hansen after a downpour caused havoc in the peloton.

Bradley Wiggins of Team Sky crashed on the dangerous wet roads with about five km to go, losing time not only from the crash but from his slow and cautious descent afterwards. The small group of favourites crossed the finish line 1:15 after Hansen, but both Wiggins and maglia rosa Luca Paolini lost time. Paolini fell to 15th, and Wiggins disappeared out of the top 20.

Hansen was in a group of six which had broke clear 29km into the race. It was by far the biggest career win for the man who was known as the ultimate helper – and the only many last year to ride all three Grand Tours in 2012, a feat he hopes to repeat this year.

The favourites slugged it out behind him, their legs burning from the numerous small climbs along the way. Wiggins was one of many riders to slide out on the wet and greasy roads and he took the remaining five kilometres at a slower pace, losing even more time to his rivals. Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) also crashed having attacked on the final descent but the Italian was able to rejoin the group of favourites, which also included Cadel Evans (BMC) and Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp).

How it happened

The sun was shining when the peloton left San Salvo, but unfortunately it didn't stay that way. Two riders didn't take to the start, Klaas Lodewijck (BMC) and Leigh Howard (Orica-GreenEdge), who suffered a fractured collarbone in yesterday's stage. They were soon joined on the sidelines by Lampre-Merida's Mattia Cattaneo, who crashed heavily in the neutralized zone. He was immediately taken to hospital with a suspected fracture femur, but was later cleared of the injury.

There was really only one flat section on the stage, and six riders took advantage of that to form a group and get away. Emanuele Sella (Androni Giocattoli), Ioannis Tamouridis (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Maarten Tjallingii (Blanco), Dominique Rollin (FDJ), Adam Hansen (Lotto Belisol) and Pim Ligthart (Vacansoleil-DCM) were the lucky ones to make the move.

The danger in the group was Sella, who was only 6:52 down on GC. Surprisingly, the peloton let him go, and he and the group quickly passed the seven minute marker, making him the virtual maglia rosa.

The stage may have started in the sun, but the clouds and rain moved in and took over about halfway through. Ligthart crashed in the rain hard enough to need a new bike, but was able to make his way back up the group.

The whole course profile resembled a saw blade, with multiple small climbs along the way. With about 70km to go, the real climbing started, with the result that the gap started finally coming down and the favourites moving up to the front. It was Vini Fantini-Selle Italia, though, which had led the chase the whole way, and they retained command.

Sella dashed out to take the first mountain points atop the category four Villamagna, followed by Tamouridis and Hansen. The sextet continued to stay away for the second climb as well, the Chieti – Pietragrossa (category two).

Fabio Taborre of Vini Fantini jumped from the field on the climb, which moved Team Sky to the front of the chase. Sella again took the points, but by now the group of favourites was only two minutes behind, and Taborre even closer. With 32 km to go, the leading group had collapsed to just Sella and Hansen. The vicious pitches on the unranked climb saw Taborre cross over a little more than two minutes later, with the by-now splintered field shortly behind.

It started raining again, and Sella went down hard on a corner. He fought hard to catch Hansen and the two set a blistering pace, and with 25km to go, had built up a three minute gap over the peloton. Sella fell back on the third ranked climb, the Santa Maria de Criptis, with 20km to go, leaving Hansen alone in the lead. Behind them, Guillaume Bonnafond (Ag2r-La Mondiale) jumped from the field,but was unable to get away. No sooner was he caught that Danilo Di Luca (Vini Fantini) jumped away.

The field was certainly not willing to let him get away though, and he ended up towing five other riders with him as he connected up with teammate Taborre. Hansen had 2:45 on the field as he took the mountain points and continued on his solo way, descending in the rain.

Rollin and Tjallingii were caught by the field with 15 km to go, as Kanel Tangert attacked. The Astana rider built up a tidy little lead, and Di Luca went off in chase, but was once again unsuccessful. More riders jumped with hopes of catching Sella, at least.

The rain was pouring down, making the final decent trecherous. Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) was another who tried to get away as everyone realised Wiggins was in trouble. His bike slid out from under him on a curve, one of a number of riders to lose out to the rain-wet roads, hitting the ground.

Sella was still chasing Hansen, but crashed again, on another wet curve, and fell back to be caught by the next chasing group. Wiggins also fell victim to the wet road, going down on the same corner. It took him a while to get going again and lost valuable time to his rivals. Numerous other riders also made contact with the road surface.

Hansen cruised on in to the finish line, seemingly stunned and overjoyed by his own performance. Behind him the field had split into many little groups on the slick roads. The small group of favourites – having lost both Paolini and Wiggins – came over the line a bit more than a minute later, with those two following later in the same group close to 90 seconds down.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol4:35:49
2Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:01:07
3Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle ItaliaRow 2 - Cell 2
4Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle ItaliaRow 3 - Cell 2
5Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 4 - Cell 2
6Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 5 - Cell 2
7Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF InoxRow 6 - Cell 2
8Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJRow 7 - Cell 2
9Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 8 - Cell 2
10Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-SharpRow 9 - Cell 2
11Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) KatushaRow 10 - Cell 2
12Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Lampre-MeridaRow 11 - Cell 2
13Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La MondialeRow 12 - Cell 2
14Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 14 - Cell 2
16Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling TeamRow 15 - Cell 2
17Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling TeamRow 16 - Cell 2
18Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-TinkoffRow 17 - Cell 2
19Robert Gesink (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling TeamRow 18 - Cell 2
20Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 19 - Cell 2
21Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-MeridaRow 20 - Cell 2
22Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 21 - Cell 2
23Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 22 - Cell 2
24Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) RadioShack LeopardRow 23 - Cell 2
25Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 24 - Cell 2
26Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 25 - Cell 2
27Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 26 - Cell 2
28Simone Stortoni (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 27 - Cell 2
29Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team0:01:27
30Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:49
31Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-SharpRow 30 - Cell 2
32Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 31 - Cell 2
33Yury Trofimov (Rus) KatushaRow 32 - Cell 2
34Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:01:52
35Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:02:31
36Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle ItaliaRow 35 - Cell 2
37Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 36 - Cell 2
38Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 37 - Cell 2
39Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) ColombiaRow 38 - Cell 2
40Stefano Locatelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF InoxRow 39 - Cell 2
41Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 40 - Cell 2
42Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 41 - Cell 2
43Nelson Filipe Santos Simoes Oliveira (Por) RadioShack LeopardRow 42 - Cell 2
44Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack LeopardRow 43 - Cell 2
45Petr Ignatenko (Rus) KatushaRow 44 - Cell 2
46Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) ColombiaRow 45 - Cell 2
47Rory Sutherland (Aus) Team Saxo-TinkoffRow 46 - Cell 2
48Jarlinson Pantano (Col) ColombiaRow 47 - Cell 2
49Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez (Col) ColombiaRow 48 - Cell 2
50Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Team Saxo-TinkoffRow 49 - Cell 2
51Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 50 - Cell 2
52Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJRow 51 - Cell 2
53Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Blanco Pro Cycling TeamRow 52 - Cell 2
54Luca Paolini (Ita) KatushaRow 53 - Cell 2
55Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 54 - Cell 2
56Fabio Taborre (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle ItaliaRow 55 - Cell 2
57Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling0:02:40
58Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling0:02:43
59Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Colombia0:02:54
60Diego Rosa (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:02:58
61Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Movistar Team0:03:14
63Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:03:38
64José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 63 - Cell 2
65Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ0:03:41
66Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:03:44
67Fredrik Carl Wilhelm Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro TeamRow 66 - Cell 2
68Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team0:04:29
69Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 68 - Cell 2
70Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 69 - Cell 2
71Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Androni Giocattoli0:04:51
72Jackson Rodriguez (Ven) Androni GiocattoliRow 71 - Cell 2
73Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 72 - Cell 2
74Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Sky ProcyclingRow 73 - Cell 2
75Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) KatushaRow 74 - Cell 2
76Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 75 - Cell 2
77Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 76 - Cell 2
78Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 77 - Cell 2
79Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano0:06:01
80Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 79 - Cell 2
81Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 80 - Cell 2
82Paul Martens (Ger) Blanco Pro Cycling TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
83Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin-SharpRow 82 - Cell 2
84Christian Meier (Can) Orica-GreenEdge0:06:54
85Robert Vrecer (Slo) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 84 - Cell 2
86Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-MeridaRow 85 - Cell 2
87Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 86 - Cell 2
88Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-SharpRow 87 - Cell 2
89Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin-SharpRow 88 - Cell 2
90Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 89 - Cell 2
91Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 90 - Cell 2
92Dario Cataldo (Ita) Sky ProcyclingRow 91 - Cell 2
93Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky ProcyclingRow 92 - Cell 2
94Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 93 - Cell 2
95Sylvain Georges (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:08:18
96Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:08:39
97Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ0:09:11
98Bruno Pires (Por) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:09:25
99Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Movistar Team0:11:07
100Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 99 - Cell 2
101Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 100 - Cell 2
102Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 101 - Cell 2
103Ricardo Mestre (Por) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 102 - Cell 2
104Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 103 - Cell 2
105Christian Knees (Ger) Sky ProcyclingRow 104 - Cell 2
106Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La MondialeRow 105 - Cell 2
107Ioannis Tamouridis (Gre) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 106 - Cell 2
108Alessandro Proni (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia0:13:41
109Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Lotto BelisolRow 108 - Cell 2
110Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto BelisolRow 109 - Cell 2
111Fabio Felline (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 110 - Cell 2
112Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Sky ProcyclingRow 111 - Cell 2
113Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 112 - Cell 2
114Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:14:23
115Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha0:14:52
116Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:15:15
117Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:16:48
118Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 117 - Cell 2
119Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha0:18:17
120Stef Clement (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling TeamRow 119 - Cell 2
121Sacha Modolo (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:18:20
122Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF InoxRow 121 - Cell 2
123Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia0:18:45
124Oscar Gatto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle ItaliaRow 123 - Cell 2
125Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF InoxRow 124 - Cell 2
126Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 125 - Cell 2
127Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 126 - Cell 2
128Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 127 - Cell 2
129Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 128 - Cell 2
130Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack LeopardRow 129 - Cell 2
131Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Lotto BelisolRow 130 - Cell 2
132Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack LeopardRow 131 - Cell 2
133Hayden Roulston (NZl) RadioShack LeopardRow 132 - Cell 2
134Brian Bulgac (Ned) Lotto BelisolRow 133 - Cell 2
135Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin-SharpRow 134 - Cell 2
136Danilo Hondo (Ger) RadioShack LeopardRow 135 - Cell 2
137Dalivier Ospina Navarro (Col) ColombiaRow 136 - Cell 2
138Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) RadioShack LeopardRow 137 - Cell 2
139Wilson Alexander Marentes Torres (Col) ColombiaRow 138 - Cell 2
140John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 139 - Cell 2
141Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 140 - Cell 2
142Maarten Wynants (Bel) Blanco Pro Cycling TeamRow 141 - Cell 2
143Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 142 - Cell 2
144Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 143 - Cell 2
145Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 144 - Cell 2
146Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 145 - Cell 2
147Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin-SharpRow 146 - Cell 2
148Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 147 - Cell 2
149Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 148 - Cell 2
150Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 149 - Cell 2
151Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 150 - Cell 2
152Maxim Belkov (Rus) KatushaRow 151 - Cell 2
153Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 152 - Cell 2
154Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 153 - Cell 2
155Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 154 - Cell 2
156George Bennett (NZl) RadioShack LeopardRow 155 - Cell 2
157Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 156 - Cell 2
158Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar TeamRow 157 - Cell 2
159Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF InoxRow 158 - Cell 2
160Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 159 - Cell 2
161Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) KatushaRow 160 - Cell 2
162Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 161 - Cell 2
163Daniele Bennati (Ita) Team Saxo-TinkoffRow 162 - Cell 2
164Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) ColombiaRow 163 - Cell 2
165Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 164 - Cell 2
166Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJRow 165 - Cell 2
167Willem Wauters (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 166 - Cell 2
168Cameron Wurf (Aus) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 167 - Cell 2
169Mads Christensen (Den) Team Saxo-TinkoffRow 168 - Cell 2
170Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 169 - Cell 2
171Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo-TinkoffRow 170 - Cell 2
172Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo-TinkoffRow 171 - Cell 2
173Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin-SharpRow 172 - Cell 2
174Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 173 - Cell 2
175Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 174 - Cell 2
176Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 175 - Cell 2
177Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJRow 176 - Cell 2
178Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 177 - Cell 2
179Danny Pate (USA) Sky ProcyclingRow 178 - Cell 2
180Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 179 - Cell 2
181Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 180 - Cell 2
182Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 181 - Cell 2