2013 Giro – Stage 17 – Ancora en Vincenza

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Giovanni Visconti has made it three in a row for Team Movistar as he was able to sneak away from the peloton on the final ascent up to Crosara looking for GPM points for the climbers jersey. However, Visconti found himself with about 40 seconds and building tme on the descent as the peloton looked disinterested in chasing. The stage looked like one perfect for this type of breakaway as the climbers were going to struggle over the top, and Mark Cavendish and some of the other fast finishers were over 1 minute behind the peloton. However, had a team been truly motivated to take control they likely could have reeled Visconti in, but he buried his head and held to the line. This truly highlights an amazing Giro for the Spanish Movistar squad with Visconti now having two wins, Intxausti with his yesterday and the Brit, Alex Dowsett winning the time trial on stage 8. Add to that what looks to be a top 10 placing for Intxausti and his one day in pink and the team has already exceeded expectations.

No changes in the top ten, as they all finished 19 seconds back of Visconti. With that said, Gesink is now listed in 10th vs 12th, so the race officials might have had a change of heart with his mechincal in the final 3km yesterday? I’m not sure on that one.

Tomorrow, shit gets real with the 20.6km uphill timetrial that is sure to be a sufferfest. Starting from the velodrome in Moli, the riders ease into the climb with a 1.1% avg for the first 1.5km, then it’s 6.6% until km 8.7 where the road flattens and the first time check comes at km 9. The next 4.5km undulate and average only 1.6% until, at km 14.1 the road kick up again for 6.5 kilometers at 6.6% avg.

Stage 17 Top Five

1. Giovanni Visconti (MOV)

2. Ramunas Navardauskas (GRM)

3. Luka Mezgec (ARG)

4. Filippo Pozzato (LAM)

5. Danilo Hondo (RLT)

Overall Classification after Stage 17

1. Vincenzo Nibali (AST)___73h11’29″

2. Cadel Evans (BMC)_____+1’26″

3. Rigoberto Uran (SKY)____+2’46″

4. Michele Scarponi (LAM)__+3’53″

5. Przemyslaw Niemiec (LAM)_+4’13″

6. Mauro Santambrogio (VIN)_+4’57″

7. Carlos Betancur (ALM)___+5’15″

8. Rafal Majka (STB)________+5’20″

9. Benat Intxausti (MOV)____+5’47″

10. Robert Gesink (BLA)____+7’24″

11. Domenico Pozzovivo (ALM)_+7’34″

12. Tanel Kangert (AST)_____+7’43″

13. Franco Pellizotti (AND)___+8’15″

14. Robert Kiserlovski (RLT)__+8’19″

15. Samuel Sanchez (EUS)____+8’36″

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