Friday 17 May 2013 at 20h42

Sometimes the luck of some can be very close to the bad luck of others. This was the case in the Giro d'Italia 2013 today since two leaders of the Tour of Italy had to abandon due to illness and Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp), who was wearing bib number 1, and Bradley Wiggins, leader of Team Sky thus didn't start the stage in Busseto this morning. The French sprinter and champion Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ), second in yesterday's stage, didn't take the start either but that was planned a long time ago already.

On the other side of the 254 kilometers of this 13th stage, Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) won the stage, thus taking his 4th victory in this Giro d'Italia 2013. 4th victory, out of 6 stages which ended in a sprint!

The summary of the 13th stage of the Tour of Italy 2013: Busseto > Cherasco

It was thus a long stage, the longest of this Tour, with 254 kilometers which separated the start in Busseto from the finish in Cherasco.

Maybe due to the length of the stage, no one seemed to want to get in the adventure at the head of the race and it was thus only after almost one hour of racing that a breakaway was formed with Danilo Hondo (Radioshack-Leopard), Giairo Ermeti (Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela) and Rafael Andriato (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia), who were joined a bit later by Pablo Lastras (Movistar Team), Tobias Ludvigsson (Team Argos-Shimano) and Lars Bak (Lotto-Belisol) and finally by Nicola Boem (Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox).

There are still 211 kilometers to go when the gap on the peloton is up to 7'30" and it even went up to its maximum at about 13 minutes with still 142 kilometers to go. Several teams thus get at the head of the peloton to bring back down this gap to more reasonable values. It first went under 3 minutes but at 90 kilometers from the finish it was back up to 3'40" and it continued to go down thanks to the work of the sprinters teams while approaching the climb of Tre Cuni.

Under the threat of the peloton coming back on the leading group and while starting the climb of this 3rd category hill, Pabo Lastras attacks from the breakaway, taking with him Nicola Boem and Lars Bak. Behind the breakaway, a counter attack gets set up but this is taken back by the peloton just after the 3 riders who were part of the initial breakaway. On top, the gap of the leading trio is down to only 18 seconds. This gap goes back up, but not enough to prevent another counter attack to get back on the breakaway.

Giampaolo Caruso is the last rider to try the adventure leading the race but this solo adventure comes to an end as well when the Omega Pharma-QuickStep team does the work to prepare a bunch sprint for Mark Cavendish.

It's however Fabio Sabatini (Cannondale Pro Cycling) who starts the sprint from far for Elia Viviani, from too far and finally Mark Cavendish shows all his forces in the sprint by going off himself (without a sprint train), to go find his 4th victory in this Giro d'Italia 2013 from the wheel of Manuel Belletti (AG2R La Mondiale)!

The video images of the 13th stage of the Tour of Italy 2013

If you'd like to see a video summary of this 13th stage of the Giro d'Italia 2013 between Busseto and Cherasco, you can take a look at below's video:

The classifications of the Giro d'Italia 2013 after the 13th stage

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The stage classification for the 13th stage of the Tour of Italy 2013: Busseto > Cherasco

Here's the top 10 of this stage:

1/ Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) - 6h09'55"
2/ Giacomo Nizzolo (Radioshack-Leopard)
3/ Luka Mezgec (Team Argos-Shimano)
4/ Brett Lancaster (Orica-GreenEDGE)
5/ Elia Viviani (Cannondale Pro Cycling)
6/ Manuel Belletti (AG2R La Mondiale)
7/ Daniele Bennati (Team Saxo-Tinkoff)
8/ Filippo Pozzato (Lampre-Merida)
9/ Anthony Roux (FDJ)
10/ Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela)

General classification

This stage didn't lead to any changes in the general classification, something which could well change this weekend:

1/ Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) - 52h38'09"
2/ Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) - +0'41"
3/ Rigoberto Uran (Team Sky) - +2'04"
4/ Robert Gesink (Blanco Pro Cycling Team) - +2'12"
5/ Michele Scarponi (Lampre-Merida) - +2'13"

Points classification

In the points classification, this stage victory gets Mark Cavendish even stronger in the lead, while Elia Viviani gets closer to Cadel Evans and Giacomo Nizzzolo enters the top 5 of this classification:

1/ Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) - 108 points
2/ Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) - 73 points
3/ Elia Viviani (Cannondale Pro Cycling Team) - 72 points
4/ Giacomo Nizzolo (Radioshack-Leopard) - 59 points
5/ Maxim Belkov (Katusha) - 55 points

King of the Mountains classification

The only referenced climb of today's stage doesn't change anything in the top 5 of the King of the Mountains classification:

1/ Stefano Pirazzi (Bardiane Valvole-CSF Inox) - 46 points
2/ Jackson Rodriguez (Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela) - 26 points
3/ Robinson Chalapud (Colombia) - 23 points
4/ Maxim Belkov (Katusha) - 18 points
5/ Giovanni Visconti (Movistar Team) - 16 points

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Best young riders classification

For the young riders there are no changes either in the top 5 of the classification:

1/ Rafal Majka (Team Saxo-Tinkoff) - 52h42'30"
2/ Carlos Betancur (AG2R La Mondiale) - +1'05"
3/ Wilco Kelderman (Blanco Pro Cycling Team) - +4'34"
4/ Darwin Atapuma (Colombia) - +8'31"
5/ Diego Rosa (Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela) - +24'09"

door Thomas Vergouwen
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  1. Bonjour,

    Elle n'avait rien de très difficile cette étape, alors que certains la présentait comme une classique. Bouhanni aurait du rester un jour de plus, c'était le seul presque aussi costaud que Cavendish, il aurait pu l'avoir sa victoire.

    Sinon, gros weekend tronqué, quel dommage. Sestriere ne sera pas présent (c'est pas pentu mais ca reste dans les jambes) ; demain étape Lanslevillard - Valloire (sans Montcenisio ni Galibier, ni même les Granges) avec le seul Télégraphe. J'espère qu'ils vont tracer d'autres difficultés, même si c'est pas trop raid (les côtes de Sardières, Saint-André, Orelle, et surtout la montée de Villardzembrun et même Beaune si possible).
    Sale année pour le cyclisme.

    Bonne journée

    | Aurlien M. | Saturday 18 May 2013 om 12h12

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