The Italian runner Giacomo Nizzolo (Qhubeka) has been awarded this Friday the thirteenth stage of Italy spin, disputed between Ravenna and Verona over 198 kilometers, after a great comeback in the final sprint.
The European champion had to come from behind with great force after his compatriot Edoardo Affini (Jumbo-Visma) surprised the group with a powerful start in the final 700 meters that almost gave him the victory.
At 32, the veteran sprinter achieved his first stage victory at the Giro d'Italia. Despite having been second up to eleven times, with multiple 'Top 5' and having won the regularity 'cyclamen jersey' twice (2015 and 2016), he had never before climbed to the top of the podium in a stage .
And he had to sweat to win this victory. As for the BORA-Hansgrohe train he stepped away, Peter Sagan preferring to be in the background, the Jumbo-Visma Affini pitcher accelerated so much that he opened a gap.
Fernando Gaviria (UAE-Team Emirates) and Nizzolo believed in catching him, they gritted their teeth and did it. And Nizzolo was the best, the strongest, and he passed Affini, second, almost right over the line. Third was Sagan, with Davide Cimolai (Israel Start-Up) fourth and Gaviria, fifth.
Again, there was a leak. This time, with only three units, with Samuele Rivi (EOLO-Kometa) and the already usual, for insistent and getting into almost all the breaks, Umberto Marengo (Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè) and Simon Pellaud (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec). Adventure that did not reach the finish line.
The Colombian Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers) retains the 'pink jersey' of leader of the general ranking, that had no changes in a calm stage, calm before the storm. This Saturday, the fourteenth stage will start from Cittadella and arrive at Monte Zoncolan after 205 kilometers.
Stage '5 Stars' for this Giro, with a flat first part and the climb, in the second section, to Forcella Monte Rest (a 2nd category of 10.5 kilometers at an average 6.1 percent slope).
It will be the place to warm up the legs, or to look for an attack in the distance from an aspiring general if before a teammate has gotten in front, to help in the long stretch of flat between the two passes. Finally, the colossus Zoncolan, crowned at 1,729 meters but after 14.1 kilometers at 8.5 percent, with a final 3.5 kilometers at a hard 12.1 percent on average. Whoever does not benefit here, is that they do not have the legs to aspire to the 'pink jersey'.
1. Giacomo Nizzolo (ITA / Team Qhubeka ASSOS) 4:42:19.
2. Edoardo Affini (ITA / Team Jumbo-Visma) mt
3. Peter Sagan (SVK / BORA-Hansgrohe) mt
4. Davide Cimolai (ITA / Israel Start-Up Nation) mt
5. Fernando Gaviria (COL / UAE-Team Emirates) mt
1. Egan Bernal (COL / INEOS Grenadiers) 53:11:42.
2. Aleksandr Vlasov (RUS / Astana-Premier Tech) at 45.
3. Damiano Caruso (ITA / Bahrain-Victorious) 1:12.
4. Hugh Carthy (GBR / EF Education-Nippo) 1:17.
5. Simon Yates (GBR / Team BikeExchange) 1:22.