Giro d'Italia: Zakarin wins stage 13

Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha Alpecin) took a memorable win on stage 13 of the Giro d'Italia on a day that saw the overall contenders go toe-to-toe on the first summit finish of this year's race.

Zakarin survived from the early break having dropped his companions one by one on the Colle del Nivolet but the final climb was peppered by a number of skirmishes with Vincenzo Nibali taking on Primoz Roglic in the battle for the maglia rosa; Mikel Landa launching a brave attack with over 15km to go; and Simon Yates once again losing time and with it any hope of winning the overall.

When the dust settled at the end of the stage, Zakarin claimed his first Grand Tour stage win in almost three years, and with it raised his hopes of a title challenge.

Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott) finished second on the stage - a mere consolation for his squad after Yates' capitulation - while Landa gained time on his rivals for the second day in a row courtesy of his third place finish.

The finish line saw the rest of the GC contenders crawl over the line one-by-one with Rafal Majka and Richard Carapaz both gaining time. Roglic and Nibali traded attacks on the climb but finished together, 2:57 behind Zakarin.

Overnight leader Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates) struggled on each of the last two ascents but showed resolve to hold onto his maglia rosa for one more day. Yates eventually came over the line five minutes down on Zakarin.

Polanc now leads from Roglic at 2:25 with Zakarin catapulting himself up to third at 2:36. Although Bauke Mollema was dropped by Zakarin and Nieve inside the closing kilometres his efforts, and those of his teammates, particularly Giulio Ciccone and Gianluca Brambilla, see the Dutchman rise to fourth.

Nibali, despite how comfortable he looked on the climb at times, has slipped to fifth. There was also heartache for Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) who animated the stage on both of the last two climbs but then suffered a mechanical just as the GC favourites came to the fore.

"I'm very happy with this victory. My two attacks weren't planned at all. I came to the Giro d'Italia to make the top 5 and I hope it's still possible," a clearly ecstatic Zakarin said at the finish.

A race of positioning

This was it. The first proper day in the mountains and the highly anticipated venture into the Alps. The beginning of the 2019 Giro d'Italia, some called it. Thankfully the stage lived up to its billing.

On the Colle del Lys the most significant and dangerous break of the entire race escaped after a fluster of attacks. The group contained GC contenders in Mollema and Zakarin but also a cluster of Trek teammates who would drive the assault for close to five hours, and a selection of mountain domestiques who would come into play as the race opened up.

Andre Amador, Hector Carrettero and Jose Joaquin Rojas made the move for Movistar. Tony Gallopin and Alexis Vuillermoz flew the flag for AG2R La Mondiale, while Mattia Cattaneo and Fausto Masnada represented Androni-Giocattoli with their dynamism and attacking verve.

Dario Cataldo, Ion Izagirre and Andrey Zeits (Astana) hung back for a later assault, while Nibali posted his brother Antonio and Domenico Pozzovivo in the move.

Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe), Victor De La Parte (CCC Team), Joe Dombrowski (EF Education First), Krists Neilands and Ruben Plaza (Israel Cycling Academy), Chris Juul-Jensen and Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott), Eddie Dunbar and Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Ineos), Antwan Tolhoek (Jumbo-Visma), Gianluca Brambilla, Giulio Ciccone and Nicola Conci (Trek-Segafredo) made the split as well.

Back in the bunch, Roglic ordered his team to the front, and although lacking firepower in the mountains the men in yellow and black held the break at 2:37 with 130km to go. The gap peaked at just over three minutes, while Geoghegan Hart said goodbye to the race after crashing out.

At the foot of the Pian del Lupo the gap held at two minutes, with Mollema's men leading the break and taking on Jumbo Visma's chase from behind.

It wasn't long, however, before Astana lifted the pace. Lopez, never afraid to attack from distance, opened up the afterburners with his teammates 66km from the finish, with a move that shattered Roglic's defenses and dismantled the optimism surrounding Esteban's Chaves' state of form. Polanc was another victim, while Bob Jungels' Giro went from bad to worse.

There was a brief respite for those dropped when the race descended into the valley before the final climb, but Astana upped the pace once more with 25km to go and the break within touching distance.

The Giro comes alive

The Colle del Nivolet, never used in the race before, loomed large, and on the early sections Masnada, Izagirre, Ciccone, Dombrowski, and Carratero slipped away. Their hopes, however, were short-lived as the break swelled to a dozen riders, with 17 kilometres remaining. Trek once more regained control and their efforts saw the lead extend to over two minutes as the pace in the maglia rosa group momentarily slowed.

Jungels missed Landa's attack, having slipped back a kilometer before the Spaniard's acceleration with 16km to go and within a few minutes the Movistar rider had reached Amador and Carrettero. The Movistar three-man time trial – in the mountains of the Giro no less – was too much for Yates and even Roglic for the briefest of moments as Pozzovivo mounted a chase for his leader, Nibali.

Within a couple of switchback Roglic, Nibali, Majka, Lopez Carapaz and the impressive Sivakov had become the core chase group, but with 12km to go Lopez was forced to change bikes.

Further up the climb, and the break had been reduced to Ciccone, Nieve, Mollema, and Zakarin as they rode into the final 10 kilometres and Landa looked to put time into Roglic and company.

Three kilometres later and Landa was on his own, having shed Amador and although he had little chance of taking the stage he steadily gained time on those behind. When Zakarin attacked with 5km to go Mollema was the first to relent, and although Nieve regained contact, the Russian’s second attack with 1.9km to go was enough to take the stage.

Nibali's attacks with 4km to go rocked his rivals briefly but when Majka attacked next the Italian concentrated on marking Roglic for the remainder of the climb.

At the finish, it was clear to differentiate between the winners and the losers. Zakarin's race has altogether changed, while Landa's hope of a podium are significantly better than they were 48 hours ago. There was relief for Polanc, despair for Yates, while the battle between Nibali and Roglic gently simmers. It's taken almost a fortnight but we now have a race on our hands.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin5:34:40
2Mikel Nieve (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:35
3Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:20
4Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team0:01:38
5Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo0:01:45
6Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe0:02:07
7Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma0:02:57
8Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
9Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Team Ineos0:03:34
10Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe0:03:50
11Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team0:04:19
12Tanel Kangert (Est) EF Education First0:04:23
13Joe Dombrowski (USA) EF Education First0:04:25
14Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:04:37
15Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates0:04:39
16Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:04:54
17Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott0:05:00
18Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:06:40
19Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:07:59
20Tony Gallopin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:09:30
21Hugh John Carthy (GBr) EF Education First0:10:16
22Ivan Sosa (Col) Team Ineos0:10:29
23Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:10:38
24Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:11:20
25Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:12:24
26Victor De La Parte (Spa) CCC Team0:12:42
27Ben O'Connor (Aus) Dimension Data0:12:49
28Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team0:12:52
29Bob Jungels (Lux) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:13:02
30Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma0:14:48
31Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:16:20
32Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Ineos0:16:50
33Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:17:08
34Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
35Edward Dunbar (Irl) Team Ineos0:17:10
36Jan Hirt (Cze) Astana Pro Team
37Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:17:41
38Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:19:10
39Eros Capecchi (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:19:34
40Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma0:19:59
41Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb0:20:15
42José Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team0:21:11
43Hector Carretero (Spa) Movistar Team
44Ruben Plaza (Spa) Israel Cycling Academy0:21:14
45Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott
46Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Mitchelton-Scott0:21:17
47Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:21:27
48Pieter Serry (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:21:55
49Amaro Antunes (Por) CCC Team0:22:04
50Jan Bakelants (Bel) Team Sunweb0:22:16
51Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:23:15
52Paul Martens (Ger) Team Jumbo-Visma0:24:38
53Sepp Kuss (USA) Team Jumbo-Visma
54Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal
55Jay Mc Carthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe
56Larry Warbasse (USA) AG2R La Mondiale
57François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
58Davide Villella (Ita) Astana Pro Team
59Miguel Eduardo Florez Lopez (Col) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:25:26
60Brent Bookwalter (USA) Mitchelton-Scott0:25:34
61Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (Eri) Dimension Data0:26:14
62Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:27:21
63Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
64Matteo Montaguti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
65Luca Covili (Ita) Bardiani CSF
66Nathan Brown (USA) EF Education First0:28:48
67Christopher Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb0:30:13
68Jai Hindley (Aus) Team Sunweb0:30:28
69Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
70Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep
71Mikkel Frølich Honoré (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:30:33
72Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Ineos0:30:36
73Luke Durbridge (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
74Jonnathan Narvaez (Ecu) Team Ineos0:30:38
75Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Katusha-Alpecin
76Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal
77Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:30:51
78Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
79Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe0:30:55
80Jack Bauer (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott
81Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:31:12
82Andrea Garosio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:32:16
83Francisco Ventoso (Spa) CCC Team0:32:22
84Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar Team
85Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy0:33:08
86Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:33:26
87Grega Bole (Slo) Bahrain-Merida
88Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Groupama-FDJ
89Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Team
90Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal
91Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data
92Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal
93Jonathan Caicedo (Ecu) EF Education First
94Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Dimension Data0:33:36
95Jos van Emden (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma0:33:38
96Antonio Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:33:47
97Scott Davies (GBr) Dimension Data0:33:51
98Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe0:34:18
99Nicola Conci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
100Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-Alpecin
101Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale
102Thomas Leezer (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma0:34:29
103Christian Knees (Ger) Team Ineos0:34:35
104Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
105Chad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb0:34:47
106Manuel Senni (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:34:54
107Giovanni Carboni (Ita) Bardiani CSF
108Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team
109Dmitrii Strakhov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin
110Danilo Wyss (Swi) Dimension Data0:35:10
111Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy0:36:32
112Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy0:37:36
113Guy Niv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy
114Awet Andemeskel (Eri) Israel Cycling Academy
115Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-Alpecin0:39:59
116Florian Senechal (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:41:52
117Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
118Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
119Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF
120Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:42:09
121Josef Cerny (Cze) CCC Team0:42:33
122Kamil Gradek (Pol) CCC Team
123Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team
124Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
125Luis Mas Bonet (Spa) Movistar Team
126Manuele Boaro (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:43:09
127Olivier Le Gac (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:48:53
128Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF
129Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
130Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Groupama-FDJ
131Michael Gogl (Aut) Trek-Segafredo
132Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
133Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-Segafredo
134Damiano Cima (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane
135Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane
136Tom Bohli (Swi) UAE Team Emirates
137Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale
138Miles Scotson (Aus) Groupama-FDJ
139Nicola Bagioli (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane
140Sho Hatsuyama (Jpn) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane
141Conor Dunne (Irl) Israel Cycling Academy
142Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane
143Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane
144Davide Cimolai (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy
145Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Groupama-FDJ
146Will Clarke (Aus) Trek-Segafredo
147Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:49:02
148Sean Bennett (USA) EF Education First0:49:35
149Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin0:49:50
150Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin
151Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:49:53
DNSJames Knox (GBr) Deceuninck-QuickStep
DNSRoger Kluge (Ger) Lotto Soudal
DNSGiacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Dimension Data
DNFIgnatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Groupama-FDJ
DNFMark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data
DNFTao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Ineos
DNFLouis Vervaeke (Bel) Team Sunweb
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mikel Nieve (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott16pts
2Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin15
3José Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team12
4Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar Team9
5Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec8
6Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team7
7Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo6
8Nicola Conci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo6
9Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe5
10Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Mitchelton-Scott5
11Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma4
12Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida3
13Hector Carretero (Spa) Movistar Team3
14Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Team Ineos2
15Edward Dunbar (Irl) Team Ineos2
16Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe1
17Antonio Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida1
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Mountain 1 (Cat. 1) Colle de Lys, km. 54.3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo40pts
2Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida18
3Hector Carretero (Spa) Movistar Team12
4Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale9
5Mikel Nieve (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott6
6Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team4
7Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin2
8Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma1
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Mountain 2 (Cat. 2) Pian del Lupo, km. 134.3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo18pts
2Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida8
3Hector Carretero (Spa) Movistar Team6
4Mikel Nieve (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott4
5Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo2
6Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team1
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Mountain 3 (Cat. 1) Lago Serru, km. 196
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin40pts
2Mikel Nieve (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott18
3Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar Team12
4Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team9
5Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo6
6Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe4
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Intermediate sprint - Couregne, km. 118.6
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1José Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team10pts
2Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec6
3Nicola Conci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo3
4Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Mitchelton-Scott2
5Mikel Nieve (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott1
6Hector Carretero (Spa) Movistar Team
7Edward Dunbar (Irl) Team Ineos
8Antonio Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
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Intermediate sprint - Locana, km. 162.6
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec10pts
2Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo6
3Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo3
4Tony Gallopin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2
5Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo1
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Combativity classification (Provisional)
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin10pts
2Mikel Nieve (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott9
3Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec9
4Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo8
5Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar Team6
6Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo6
7Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida5
8José Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team5
9Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team4
10Hector Carretero (Spa) Movistar Team3
11Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo3
12Nicola Conci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo3
13Tony Gallopin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale