Saturday, April 20, 2013

2013 Giro del Trentino, Stage 4 Results and Conclusion

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) launched his attack with 6 km to go to the finish on the Sega di Ala ascent with  Mauro Santambrogio the only one to stay close. The Italian triumphed at the top of this new finishing climb ahead of Santambrogio and Niemec clinching the overall win. During the climb Wiggins had a mechanical or electronic problem that affected his shifting which caused him to stop and wait for a bike change; he was not able to get back to the leaders.

"Winning on a climb like this is the biggest thing for me right now," said Nibali. "There are still a couple of weeks to the Giro, and Wiggins remains my main rival, but I saw both Evans and Basso in clear progression. As for myself, I am very glad to rely on a strong team, that hasn’t made a mistake in tactical terms both here and at Tirreno-Adriatico." When asked about Sunday’s Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Vincenzo replied: "Today I spent a lot of energy, and I have a number of strong rivals. We will see."

The leader going into today's stage, Maxime Bouet, put in a tremendous effort on the final climb but lost too much time to Nibali, however he did save a podium finish coming in 3rd on GC.

Wiggins' bad luck:

Top 20 GC:

1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 17:49:11
2 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini - Selle Italia 0:00:21
3 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale 0:00:55
4 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:01:16
5 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:01:40
6 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - Merida 0:01:45
7 Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani Valvole - CSF Inox 0:02:15
8 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:02:18
9 Stefano Locatelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole - CSF Inox 0:03:05
10 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 0:03:22
11 Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 0:03:29
12 Kanstantin Siutsou (Blr) Sky Procycling 0:04:14
13 Andre Fernando S.Mar Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 0:04:18
14 Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:04:22
15 Ivan Rovny (Rus) Ceramica Flaminia - Fondriest 0:04:49
16 Diego Rosa (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:05:00
17 Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:05:15
18 Christopher Butler (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 0:05:28
19 Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:05:48
20 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Netapp - Endura 0:06:45

It appears we are in for a treat with a Nibali vs. Wiggins battle at the Giro d'Italia which starts in two weeks. 

Photos: Giro del Trentino

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