Saturday 18 May 2013 at 17h41

The 14th stage of this Giro d'Italia 2013 should have contained the climb of Sestrière today, followed by the final climb of Jafferau. As announced earlier today, the route however got modified with the cancellation of the climb to Sestrière because of the snow falling there today.

The summary of the 14th stage of the Tour of Italy 2013 - Cervere > Bardonecchia

The race route thus got 12 kilometers longer but a bit less difficult as well. 4 riders didn't start this afternoon in Cervere: Daniele Bennati and Karsten Kroon for Team Saxo-Tinkoff, Gert Steegmans (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) and Jack Bobridge (Blanco Pro Cycling Team), while the 183 other riders had to start under -not surprisingly in this Giro- the rain. These weather conditions didn't really encourage the creation of a breakaway. After about fifteen kilometers it got set up anyway, with Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox), Luca Paolini (Katusha), Matteo Trentin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) and Daniele Pietropolli (Lampre-Merida, photo).

Daniele PietropolliThese 4 leading riders rapidly create a big gap, which is already up to 8 minutes after 62 kilometers in the race, just a few kilometers before the sprint in Pinerolo which was won by Sonny Colbrelli.

Following a crash, Alessandro Vanotti (Astana) and Enrico Battaglin (Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox) had to leave the race and while the gap of the breakaway continues to go up, David Millar (Garmin-Sharp) also abandons the race. After 113 kilometers, the gap reaches its maximum value, of 9 minutes and 50 seconds.

Even though the peloton starts to get back a little bit on the breakaway from there, the gap still is 8'10" when leaving Susa, at 40 kilometers from the finish. The breakaway thus seems to be off to go on until the finish in this setup but a puncture for Matteo Trentin reduces the number of riders in the breakaway to 3.

At the foot of the final climb of Jafferau, in Bardonecchia, Sonny Colbrelli again wins the intermediate sprint in this leading trio and the rider of the Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox team decides to give it a chance in a solo attack but he's rapidly taken back by the two other riders of the breakaway.

At 5 kilometers from the top of the Jafferau, there's still 4 minutes to catch up for the peloton before they get back on the breakaway and Matteo Trentin is still in between, at 2 minutes behind the leading trio, before he's taken back on this final climb.

In the last kilometers on the climb of the Jafferau, the peloton however comes very close to the breakaway and that's the sign for Luca Paolini to attack, followed by Sonny Colbrelli. From the peloton it's then time for Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), the pink jersey, to attack, followed in his effort by Mauro Santambrogio (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia) and all efforts of the leading riders then turn out to have been useless. Indeed, this duo goes off to the finish line and Mauro Santambrogio finally turns out to be the strongest to win this stage, with a modified race route!

Tomorrow's stage was planned to go up the Col du Mont Cenis, the Col du Télégraphe and the Col du Galibier, but there again there are big doubts about the feasibility. According to Le Dauphiné the prefect of Savoie has already announced on Friday night that the Mont Cenis and the Galibier can not be climbed but the organisor still hopes to see a miracle before the start of tomorrow's stage ... we'll see!

Video summary

Hereunder you can watch the video summary of this stage:

The classifications of the Giro d'Italia 2013 after the 14th stage

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The stage classification of stage 14/ Cervere > Bardonecchia of the Tour of Italy 2013

Here's the top 10 of this stage:

1/ Mauro Santambrogio (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia) - 4h42'55"
2/ Vincenzo Nibali (Astana)
3/ Carlos Betancur (AG2R La Mondiale) - +0'08"
4/ Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) - +0'25"
5/ Rigoberto Uran (Team Sky) - +0'29"
6/ Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) - +0'33"
7/ Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R La Mondiale)
8/ Robert Kiserlovski (Radioshack-Leopard)
9/ Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox) - +0'56"
10/ Damiano Caruso (Cannondale Pro Cycling) - +0'58"

General classification

Thanks to his attack at the end of this stage, Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) extends his gap on Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) and on the riders behind the Australian rider a little bit further. Indeed, this gap goes up from 0'41" to 1'26" and even more compared to the other riders, while Mauro Santambrogio (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia) enters the top 5 of the general classification:

1/ Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) - 57h20'52"
2/ Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) - +1'26"
3/ Rigoberto Uran (Team Sky) - +2'46"
4/ Mauro Santambrogio (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia) - +2'47"
5/ Michele Scarponi (Lampre-Merida) - +3'53"

Points classification

Mauro Santambrogio also enters the top 5 of the points classification, at the 3rd place, just like Rigoberto Uran (Team Sky), at the 5th place:

1/ Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) - 109 points
2/ Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) - 83 points
3/ Mauro Santambrogio (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia) - 77 points
4/ Elia Viviani (Cannondale Pro Cycling Team) - 72 points
5/ Rigoberto Uran (Team Sky) - 65 points

King of the Mountains classification

Not much changes in the King of the Mountains classification since only the final climb could influence it today. We do note however that Mauro Santambrogio also enters the top 5 in this classification:

1/ Stefano Pirazzi (Bardiane Valvole-CSF Inox) - 47 points
2/ Jackson Rodriguez (Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela) - 26 points
3/ Robinson Chalapud (Colombia) - 23 points
4/ Mauro Santambrogio (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia) - 18 points
5/ Maxim Belkov (Katusha) - 18 points

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Best young rider classification

In the classification of the young riders we see on one side Carlos Betancur (AG2R La Mondiale) coming very close to the first place while on the other side the riders grow a little bit further apart in the top 5:

1/ Rafal Majka (Team Saxo-Tinkoff) - 57h26'24"
2/ Carlos Betancur (AG2R La Mondiale) - +0'07"
3/ Wilco Kelderman (Blanco Pro Cycling Team) - +7'51"
4/ Darwin Atapuma (Colombia) - +10'53"
5/ Diego Rosa (Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela) - +24'18"

door Thomas Vergouwen
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