I’d like to say that I saw the stage today, but I didn’t, and no one did. Lights out. I was able to see Mauro Santambroggio win the stage with Vincenzo Nibali on his wheel gifting him the stage, but the weather is slowly becoming the biggest story of this years Giro. Out are the defending champ Hesjedal and a top competitor in Wiggins due to sickness which was likely spurred on by the poor weather. Gone is the Galibier ascent tomorrow due to the weather. Gone was today’s video feed from both the helicopters and motorcycles, yes, due to the weather. Race footage should come in when the motorcycles finish and deliver the recorded goods.
What I can tell you is that on the final ascent today it was Pietropolli, Paolini and Colbrelli hitting the climb first. With 5km remaining Rigoberto Uran was the first major favorite to attack going off in pursuit of Diego Rosa who had jumped from the selection just prior. The group brought back Uran shortly there after and Franco Pellozotti was quick to bridge to Rosa who was slowly being reeled in. Danilo Di Luca moved to the front, brought back Rosa and set up the attack for Santambroggio who went with Nibali when the Maglia Rosa attacked with 1.8km remaining. Gaps quickly formed as the majority of the selection was left behind with Uran then being the first to fall off the attack. Then went Evans. Then finally Betancur who formed the third of the three leaders. With 700m remaining, Santambrogio moved to the front and lead Nibali to the line to take the win.
Samuel Sanchez, who seems to be finally finding some legs finished in fourth keeping the leaders in sight. Robert Gesink really suffered on the climb today losing over four minutes and falling from fourth to 11th in the standings.
Tomorrow’s stage is a rear dog’s breakfast with the Galibier being axed and the stage being shortened to what I’m hearing as 90km with the finish below the Col du Telegraphe. We’ll see.
Stage 14 Top Five
1. Mauro Santambrogio (VIN)
2. Vincanzo Nibali (AST)
3. Carlos Betancur (ALM)___+8″
4. Samuel Sanchez (EUS)____+25″
5. Rigoberto Uran (SKY)____+29″
Overall Classification after Stage 14
1. Vincenzo Nibali (AST)___43h26’27″
2. Cadel Evans (BMC)_____+1’26″
3. Rigoberto Uran (SKY)____+2’46″
4. Mauro Santambrogio (VIN)_+2’47″
5. Michele Scarponi (LAM)__+3’53″
7. Domenico Pozzovivo (ALM)_+5’02″
8. Rafal Majka (STB)________+5’32″
9. Carlos Betancur (ALM)___+5’39″
10. Benat Intxausti (MOV)____+5’41″
11. Robert Gesink (BLA)____+6’40″
12. Robert Kiserlovski (RLT)__+6’42″
13. Sergio Luis Henao (SKY)__+7’06″
14. Yuri Trofimov (KAT)_____+7’19”
15. Tanel Kangert (AST)_____+7’36″
16. Franco Pellizotti (AND)___+8’11”
17. Samuel Sanchez (EUS)____+8’24″