Stage 13 Race Report: The flat stage 13 to Monselice had a sting in the tail, actually a double sting. The big question was “would the sprinters make it?” In the end it was the GC men who fought out the sprint aster a strong ride from the Deceuninck – Quick-Step team to split the race. At the line it was Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) who won from the pink jersey, Joāo Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick-Step), and Patrick Konrad (BORA-hansgrohe) in third.
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Diego Ulissi won stage 13 to Monselice on Friday afternoon. The UAE Team Emirates rider was the strongest sprinter of a thinned GC group after a 192 kilometre stage. He was narrowly ahead of GC leader João Almeida
Another day in pink for Joāo Almeida
Stage 13 – Cervia-Monselice – 192km
The stage runs perfectly flat across the Po Plain for 150km, on straight roads (sometimes wide, other times narrower). As it takes its first pass through Monselice, the route draws a long, challenging “semi-circuit” of nearly 40km, with two consecutive harsh climbs. Past Galzignano Terme, the route tackles the Roccolo, taking in three climbs in a row (the Muro di Vallorto, with a maximum gradient of 20%, the Castelnuovo climb and the “actual” Roccolo, max 17%). The roads are relatively narrow, yet well-surfaced. The route drops into Cinto Euganeo and then tackles the Muro di Calaone (maximum slope: 18%), coming from Rivadolmo, before heading for a fast stage finale.
Stage 13 profile:
Over the last 15km, the route descends rapidly along a large road with wide hairpins, from Calaone towards Este. Past Este, the route straightens and levels out, all the way to Monselice. With approximately 3km to go, the stage enters the urban area coming from the railway underpass, with one last sharp left-hand corner 400m before the finish, leading into the home straight, on 8m wide tarmac.
Looking happy at the start – Vincenzo Nibali
The leader’s jerseys line up at the start
And they’re off!
A cool day, but no rain
Most of the stage was flat
The break of the day
The overall wasn’t under threat, but the points jersey was
Contreras leading the doomed break
The pink jersey was never far from the front of the peloton
Stage winner, Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates): “We did a great job on the last climb to drop the sprinters and arrive with a small group. McNulty was very good in the final, how nice to get another success in the Giro!”
It was a close call at the line
Maglia Rosa, João Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “I am a bit disappointed with my second place, I wanted a stage win. I was really close but not close enough. Tomorrow will be a hard ITT but I will give it my best.”
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Giro d’Italia Stage 13 result:
1. Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates in 4:22:18
2. João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
3. Patrick Konrad (Aut) BORA-hansgrohe
4. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GB) INEOS Grenadiers
5. Mikkel Frølich Honoré (Den) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
6. Sergio Samitier (Spa) Movistar
7. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana
8. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain-McLaren
9. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
10. Jai Hindley (Aus) Sunweb.
Giro d’Italia Overall After Stage 13:
1. João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck – Quick Step in 53:43:58
2. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Sunweb at 0:40
3. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain-McLaren at 0:49
4. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) NTT Pro Cycling at 1:03
5. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 1:07
6. Patrick Konrad (Aut) BORA-hansgrohe at 1:17
7. Jai Hindley (Aus) Sunweb at 1:25
8. Rafał Majka (Pol) BORA-hansgrohe at 1:27
9. Fausto Masnada (Ita) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 1:42
10. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana at 2:26.