Giro d’Italia Stage 13: Return to the Mountains20. May 2016, Cividale del Friuli (ITA) — Road Team
Stage 13 of the Giro d’Italia saw a return to the mountains on a tough stage featuring four categorized climbs, and a battle of the General Classification contenders.
The battle to be in the breakaway saw multiple attempts, before a large group of 30 or so riders, including Alessandro De Marchi, formed after the first intermediate sprint. A smaller group with Darwin Atapuma later bridged.
The breakaway split up on the second-to-last climb as the group of GC contenders closed in. Mikel Nieve (Team Sky) attacked to take the solo win, whilst the GC contenders battled it out for the podium position.
Quotes of the Day
Alessandro De Marchi
“The first breakaway that I was in was the perfect breakaway. It was the perfect situation with just seven riders, other good riders, including Manuel Quinziato. But the peloton chased us back and then we had to start the fight again to get in the breakaway. The big group formed in the first sprint as quite a few riders contested it and the bunch let the group go. So this became the breakaway.”
“When I saw such a big group I was happy to be there but I also knew that it wasn’t the perfect situation. There were too many riders and too many strong riders, some of whom weren’t very far down on GC. I was in the right position to go but we didn’t have the right conditions. I was feeling good. The most important thing is to first get in the breakaway so it was good to achieve this. But I need a perfect situation and that wasn’t what we had today. The legs are good but it just wasn’t the right situation.”
Fabio Baldato, Sports Director:
“Today was all about Alessandro as we knew that it was a good stage for him and he was really motivated as the stage was in his region. The guys were amazing because they were really aggressive. Daniel Oss attacked immediately, but was pulled back. It was a real shame that the first breakaway with Alessandro and Manuel didn’t succeed because this was a great move, and could have established a big gap.”
“Darwin was also on our radar and it was an ideal opportunity when a couple of guys tried to bridge on that first climb, so we told him to go with them. This helped the situation in the breakaway by having two of our riders there. The team raced really well and exactly as we asked. With such strong riders in the big breakaway, it wasn’t the right conditions, and as we saw it was only Mikel Nieve and Visconti who succeeded from the breakaway. The rest were caught by the GC guys.”
Giro d’Italia (2.UWT)
Stage 13 Palmanova to Cividale del Friuli (170km)
Top 3: Mikel Nieve (Team SKY), Giovanni Visconti (Movistar Team), Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro Team)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 25. Darwin Atapuma, 42. Alessandro De Marchi, 65. Manuel Senni
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