Giro d’Italia – Stage 13 – Cannonball Cav wins three

A short undulating stage with a flat finish must have looked like and absolute gift for the sprinters of the Giro d’Italia. A day in advance of two brutally tough mountains stages the peloton was likely content to take it easy and rest a little, that is unless they were one of the fast finishers, who may not last through the weekend. In lieu of all the mountain climbing Mark Cavendish got the winning out of the way taking his third sprint win of the race.

In what looked like a nice train for J.J.Haedo, Saxo Bank controlled the peloton into the final km’s until Juan Antonio Flecha took things into his own hands and yanked the Sky train into control. From there, it was clockwork as Sky launched Cav perfectly. Mark Renshaw, Cavendish’s former leadout man now sprinting for Rabobank made a strong surge down the right side to make it look close, but because he had to go a little early to get around Cavendish and his lead, he faded at the line finishing third, behind Kristoff and the fastest guy around, Mark Cavendish. Anyone else excited for the Peter Sagan vs Mark Cavendish duel at this year’s Tour?

Tomorrow, and Sunday we’ve got the first of the true mountain stages. Expect a massive shake-up in the GC as we’re going to see who has it and who doesn’t. Well, actually, I’m NOT going to see it because I’m going bike camping, but the rest of you will. I’ll be excited to see the leader board on Monday after back-to-back big stages. Who will be in pink?

Stage 13 Top Five
1. Mark Cavendish (SKY)
2. Alexander Krisoff (KAT)
3. Mark Renshaw (RAB)
4. Sacha Modolo (COG)
5. Elia Favilli (FAR)

Complete Stage 13 results: Gazzetta Official

General Classification after 13 stages
1. Joaquim Rodriguez (KAT)____54h21’15”
2. Ryder Hesjedal (GRM)_______+17″
3. Sandy Casar (FDJ)_____________+26″
4. Paolo Tiralongo (AST)_________+32″
5. Ivan Santaromita (BMC)________+49″
6. Roman Kreuziger (AST)_______+52″
7. Benat Intxausti (MOV)________+52″
8. Ivan Basso (LIQ)___________+57″
9. Damiano Caruso (LIQ)_______+1’02”
10. Dario Caltaldo (OPQ)________+1’03”
11. Eros Capecchi (LIQ)_________+1’09”
12. Rigoberto Uran (SKY)_______+1’10”
13. Michele Scarponi (LAM)_____+1’11”
14. Domenico Pozzovivo (COG)__+1’12”
15. Sergio Luis Haeno (SKY)_____+1’27
16. Damiano Cunego (LAM)______+1’37”

25. Frank Schleck (RNT)________+2’11”

31. John Gadret (ALM)___________+2’55”

37. Mikel Nieve (EUS)___________+3’35”

Complete General Classification: Gazzetta Official

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