Giro d'Italia: Dowsett wins time trial to Saltara

Alex Dowsett (Movistar) proved his time trial prowess by winning the long individual time trial at the Giro d'Italia, as Astana's Vincenzo Nibali moved into the overall lead. Dowsett beat out Bradley Wiggins (Sky) by 10 seconds and Tanel Kangert (Astana) by 14 seconds for the win.

Bradley Wiggins did his best to make the stage more exciting. He started out slowly, and changed bikes early on having suffered a flat tire, losing time. He was further back than expected at the first intermediate time check, but picked up both speed and confidence on the second half of the course, and came in only 10 seconds behind Dowsett.

Nibali rode a very strong time trial, claiming the best time at the first time check, but slowed down enough on the second half to drop to fourth on the stage, but it was enough to give him the coveted maglia rosa, his main goal.

The overall rankings tumbled around, with Nibali now ahead of Cadel Evans (BMC) by 29 seconds, with Robert Gesink (Blanco) third at 1:15. Wiggins made another huge jump to fourth place, one second behind Gesink, with Michele Scarponi (Lampre) fifth at 1:24, and Garmin-Sharp's Ryder Hesjedal dropping to sixth at 2:05.

Yesterday's maglia rosa winner Benat Intxausti (Movistar) fought valiantly, but this was not his discipline, and he dropped out of the top ten, losing over four minutes on the day.

How it happened

Australian Jack Bobridge (Blanco) was the first to take to the difficult course.

Best times changed regularly in the first part of the race, until Movistar's Alex Dowsett, British time trial champion, hit the course. He set a new best time at the 26 km intermediate time check, and then blistered his way on the second half of the course, hitting the finish line in a time of 1:16:27.

The weather has been a major factor in recent days – specifically, the rain – but fortunately the predicted rain did not appear and the riders were again treated to sunshine.

The first two-thirds of the parcours were rolling, giving way to about 20km of flat. The last five kilometres went up a steep climb with gradients of up to 13 percent.

Dowsett's early time looked good, but little by little the coming riders nibbled at his lead.

All eyes turned to the start house at 15:08, as Bradley Wiggins (Sky) took off. After his crash the day before, many observers had questions as to his mental state at the moment. He looked to be riding more cautiously than normal, even on the dry and smooth roads.

Wiggins soon caught his one-minute man, Danilo Di Luca (Vini Fantini). But his run of bad luck continued, as he punctured some 18 minutes into the day. He causally threw the bike off the side of the road, but at the last second remembering to grab his water bottle, and then jumped on to a new bike, losing several precious seconds along the way.

The first indication of how things would go came as Wiggins crossed under the first intermediate time check. He had only the sixth fastest time, at 37:12, which was 52 seconds behind Dowsett, who still had the best time. Ominously, both of his Colombian teammates, Sergio Henao and Rigoberto Uran had better times at that checkpoint.

Dowsett's first moment of nervousness came with Astana's Tanel Kangert, who threatened the best time. The Estonian missed out by 14 seconds, though.

Wiggins seemed to settle down and rode significantly better on the second half of the stage, making up a lot of time on the flat section and charging up the hill. Dowsett heaved a sigh of relief as his countryman crossed the line in 1:16:37, putting Wiggins 10 seconds down in second place.

While it looked like Dowsett had the stage win in his pocket, the real waiting had just begun. Wiggins' rivals for the ultimate overall title had started much later, and were all still on the road, and it remained to be seen how much time who would lose and who would make up.

That question was soon answered, as Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) surprisingly set a new best time at the first time check, topping Dowsett by 8 seconds (and Wiggins by a whole minute). And Michele Scarponi put in a massive effort to finish only 53 seconds down on Dowsett.

Cadel Evans(BMC), too put on a strong show, finishing only 39 seconds down on Dowsett to move into the virtual overall lead. But defending champion Ryder Hesjedal of Garmin-Sharp surprisingly finished over two minutes down, 18th on the stage.

Nibali lost time on the second half of the course, and Dowsett watched the happenings nervously from the hot seat which he had occupied for so long. The Italian made it close, but was unable to hit the best time at the end. He finished fourth, 21 seconds down.

By then Dowsett finally could realize his success, as pink jersey Benat Intxausti was never a threat and came in 41st, some four minutes down.

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Full Results
1Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team1:16:27
2Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling0:00:10
3Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team0:00:14
4Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:21
5Stef Clement (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team0:00:32
6Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:00:35
7Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:00:39
8Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:00:45
9Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling0:00:53
10Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 9 - Cell 2
11Robert Gesink (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team0:01:22
12Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling0:01:48
13Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 12 - Cell 2
14Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team0:01:57
15Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack Leopard0:02:00
16Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida0:02:13
17Nelson Filipe Santos Simoes Oliveira (Por) RadioShack Leopard0:02:17
18Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp0:02:23
19Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Blanco Pro Cycling Team0:02:28
20Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:34
21Fredrik Carl Wilhelm Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team0:02:38
22Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:40
23Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:02:44
24Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge0:02:47
25Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia0:02:56
26Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:02:59
27Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:03:03
28Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team0:03:09
29Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:03:17
30Dario Cataldo (Ita) Sky Procycling0:03:24
31Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:03:27
32Hayden Roulston (NZl) RadioShack Leopard0:03:29
33Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano0:03:34
34Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-GreenEdge0:03:40
35Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha0:03:44
36Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Lotto Belisol0:03:46
37Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia0:03:56
38Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 37 - Cell 2
39Rory Sutherland (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:03:57
40Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Lampre-Merida0:04:01
41Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team0:04:02
42Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:04:05
43Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-SharpRow 42 - Cell 2
44Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:04:06
45Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ0:04:14
46Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:04:18
47Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack Leopard0:04:22
48Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:04:24
49Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 48 - Cell 2
50Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia0:04:27
51Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-GreenEdge0:04:37
52Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha0:04:41
53Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team0:04:42
54Danilo Hondo (Ger) RadioShack Leopard0:04:44
55Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:04:48
56Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Movistar Team0:04:50
57Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha0:04:51
58Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:04:53
59Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:04:54
60Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Sky Procycling0:04:56
61Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJ0:05:02
62Marco Canola (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:05:03
63Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:05:05
64Maxim Belkov (Rus) KatushaRow 63 - Cell 2
65Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Colombia0:05:16
66Diego Rosa (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 65 - Cell 2
67Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La Mondiale0:05:19
68Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling0:05:20
69Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) RadioShack Leopard0:05:21
70Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:05:23
71José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team0:05:26
72Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team0:05:28
73Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha0:05:29
74Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia0:05:34
75Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:05:35
76Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:05:39
77Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team0:05:41
78Simone Stortoni (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:05:42
79Paul Martens (Ger) Blanco Pro Cycling TeamRow 78 - Cell 2
80Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:05:44
81Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team0:05:56
82Robert Vrecer (Slo) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:05:58
83Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team0:05:59
84Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:06:01
85Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:06:02
86Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:06:05
87Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:06:07
88Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:06:10
89Cameron Wurf (Aus) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:06:11
90Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia0:06:14
91Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling0:06:16
92Maarten Wynants (Bel) Blanco Pro Cycling Team0:06:19
93Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) Colombia0:06:21
94Stefano Locatelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:06:23
95Bruno Pires (Por) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:06:24
96Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale0:06:31
97Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack Leopard0:06:32
98Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:06:34
99Sacha Modolo (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:06:37
100Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin-Sharp0:06:39
101Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ0:06:40
102Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin-Sharp0:06:49
103Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:06:50
104Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha0:06:52
105Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Androni Giocattoli0:06:55
106Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge0:06:56
107Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 106 - Cell 2
108Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:06:57
109Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:06:58
110Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:06:59
111Christian Meier (Can) Orica-GreenEdge0:07:00
112Brian Bulgac (Ned) Lotto BelisolRow 111 - Cell 2
113Mads Christensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:07:04
114Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 113 - Cell 2
115Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ0:07:05
116Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:07:09
117Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:07:11
118Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia0:07:15
119Fabio Felline (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:07:16
120Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:07:17
121Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:07:18
122Ricardo Mestre (Por) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 121 - Cell 2
123Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:07:20
124Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 123 - Cell 2
125Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:07:22
126Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin-Sharp0:07:24
127Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:07:26
128Oscar Gatto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia0:07:30
129Dalivier Ospina Navarro (Col) Colombia0:07:36
130Danny Pate (USA) Sky Procycling0:07:37
131Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:07:40
132Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Lotto Belisol0:07:45
133Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:07:48
134Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez (Col) ColombiaRow 133 - Cell 2
135Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:07:51
136Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin-Sharp0:07:54
137Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Sky Procycling0:07:55
138Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas (Col) Colombia0:08:00
139Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:08:02
140Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano0:08:08
141Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team0:08:10
142Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano0:08:15
143Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:08:22
144Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) KatushaRow 143 - Cell 2
145Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Katusha0:08:27
146Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:08:28
147Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha0:08:31
148Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:08:32
149Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) RadioShack LeopardRow 148 - Cell 2
150Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:08:33
151Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol0:08:34
152Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 151 - Cell 2
153Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ0:08:35
154Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-Merida0:08:36
155Alessandro Proni (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia0:08:39
156Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Colombia0:08:44
157Daniele Bennati (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:08:46
158Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:08:47
159Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol0:08:48
160Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin-Sharp0:08:50
161Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:08:52
162Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:08:54
163Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Argos-Shimano0:08:56
164Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:09:06
165Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 164 - Cell 2
166Ioannis Tamouridis (Gre) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:09:12
167Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:09:13
168Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:09:18
169Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Argos-Shimano0:09:31
170Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:09:38
171Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team0:09:40
172Jackson Rodriguez (Ven) Androni Giocattoli0:09:43
173John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano0:09:44
174Giairo Ermeti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:09:48
175Sylvain Georges (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:09:55
176Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:10:01
177Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:10:13
178Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ0:10:19
179Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:10:30
180Wilson Alexander Marentes Torres (Col) Colombia0:10:39
181Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:10:42
182Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-Sharp0:10:45
183Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:10:47
184Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ0:10:54
185Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 184 - Cell 2
186Willem Wauters (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:10:57
187George Bennett (NZl) RadioShack Leopard0:11:10
188Grega Bole (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:11:23
189Jack Bobridge (Aus) Blanco Pro Cycling Team0:11:30
190Fabio Taborre (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia0:12:57
191Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ0:13:01
192Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:13:10
193Tomas Aurelio Gil Martinez (Ven) Androni Giocattoli0:13:42
194Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:14:09
195David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Sharp0:14:10
196Davide Appollonio (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:14:25
197Rafael Andriato (Bra) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia0:14:28
198Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia0:14:44
199Adam Blythe (GBr) BMC Racing Team0:15:17
200Mattia Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:16:42
DNSJulien Berard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 200 - Cell 2
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Points
1Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team25pts
2Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling20Row 1 - Cell 3
3Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team16Row 2 - Cell 3
4Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team14Row 3 - Cell 3
5Stef Clement (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team12Row 4 - Cell 3
6Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida6Row 9 - Cell 3
11Robert Gesink (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team5Row 10 - Cell 3
12Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling4Row 11 - Cell 3
13Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano3Row 12 - Cell 3
14Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team2Row 13 - Cell 3
15Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack Leopard1Row 14 - Cell 3
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Azzurri d'Italia
1Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team4pts
2Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Combativity
1Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team6pts
2Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling5Row 1 - Cell 3
3Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team4Row 2 - Cell 3
4Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team3Row 3 - Cell 3
5Stef Clement (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team2Row 4 - Cell 3
6Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge1Row 5 - Cell 3
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Teams
1Sky Procycling3:52:12
2Astana Pro Team0:00:22
3Blanco Pro Cycling Team0:01:00
4Movistar Team0:03:51
5Orica-GreenEdge0:04:11
6Lampre-Merida0:04:16
7RadioShack Leopard0:04:55
8Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:05:18
9BMC Racing Team0:08:04
10Vini Fantini-Selle Italia0:08:28
11Euskaltel-Euskadi0:09:27
12Garmin-Sharp0:10:16
13Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:10:24
14Katusha0:10:25
15Team Argos-Shimano0:10:39
16Ag2R La Mondiale0:11:33
17Lotto Belisol0:12:00
18Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:12:34
19Cannondale Pro Cycling