Tuesday, March 12, 2013

2013 Tirreno-Adriatico, Vincenzo Nibali Wins

Vincenzo Nibali, Chris Froome, and Alberto Contador are on the podium of the 48th Tirreno-Adriatico. It is Nibali's second consecutive victory and he now joins Roger De Vlaeminck (6 consecutive victories), Francesco Moser and Tony Rominger as the only consecutive winners.

The stage winner was Tony Martin who rode the 9,2 km course in 10:25 (avergage of 53.0 km/h).

The race was won yesterday on the very difficult Porto Sant’Elpidio stage when he wrestled the maglia azzurra away from Froome and brought a 34 second lead over Froome into today's stage. Nibali doesn't mind cold and rain which is the forecast for Sunday's Milan-Sanremo. With his current form, race instincts, and bad weather he shrugs off, he will be a favorite.

Top 10 ITT, final stage:
1 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:10:25
2 Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:00:06
3 Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team 0:00:10
4 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack Leopard 0:00:12
5 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:14
6 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:00:15
7 Hayden Roulston (NZl) RadioShack Leopard 0:00:20
8 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:00:21
9 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Sky Procycling 0:00:23
10 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team
12 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:26

Top 10 GC:
1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 28:08:17
2 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:00:23
3 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:52
4 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:00:53
5 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha 0:00:54
6 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard 0:01:21
7 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 0:02:03
8 Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team 0:02:42
9 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida 0:03:19
10 Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:03:35

Photo: Sgattoni

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