Tuesday, May 7, 2013
2013 Giro d'Italia, Stage 4 Results
BATTAGLIN BRILLIANT ON SERRA SAN BRUNO, PAOLINI KEEPS MAGLIA ROSA IN THE RAIN; THREE ITALIANS ON STAGE PODIUM
Enrico Battaglin (Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox) darted ahead of the peloton on the stone slabs of Serra San Bruno to win Stage 4 of the Giro d’Italia today, ahead of Fabio Felline (Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela) and Giovanni Visconti (Movistar). Overnight race leader Luca Paolini (Katusha) retained the Maglia Rosa.
"I was good yesterday and I hoped to win, but in the end it felt more like a Moto GP than a bike race and I was dropped," said Battaglin. "Today the climb suited me, the rain might have stopped some riders, and the gradient wasn’t too hard, and even though I attacked a bit early, it went well."
Commenting further on his second pro win: "In 2011, after I had won everything as an amateur, I started my pro career winning at the end of 2011 (the Coppa Sabatini in October 2011). Perhaps I thought it was easier than it really is. I may have paid for that last year (no wins in 2012). This year, I was determined to show that I’m a good rider. I worked hard in the winter and I’m starting to reap the rewards." And regarding his rivalry with the ‘other’ young Italian, Moreno Moser: "So far in our professional careers, Moser has been stronger than me. He demonstrated last year that he fears no one. But we know and respect each other, and this year I want to make up for lost time, and I’m on the right road now."
Luca Paolini continues in the Maglia Rosa: "I knew it was a hard finish for me, at the limit of my possibilities. The team rode around me from the morning, pulling until the breakaway was in reach. Then, on the two climbs, I tried to stay up front as much as possible. In the sprint finish I was just trying to finish the stage without letting a gap open that might put my Maglia Rosa in danger. Today it wasn’t about winning the stage, but keeping the Maglia Rosa. Either way, I didn’t have the legs to sprint."
Bradley Wiggins was caught in a split in the bunch following a crash in front of him and crossed the line 17 seconds behind his rivals on the soaking wet finish in Serra San Bruno; the time lost dropped him from 2nd to 6th on GC. Although the crash occurred with 3 km the race jury determined that Wiggins had already been distanced when he was caught behind the crash of Cristiano Salerno (Cannondale).
Stage 4 highlights:
Top 10 Stage 4:
1 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox 6:14:19
2 Fabio Felline (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
3 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team
4 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling
5 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ
6 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team
7 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team
8 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp
9 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) RadioShack Leopard
10 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha
Top 20 GC:
1 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha 15:18:51
2 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 0:00:17
3 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:26
4 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:31
5 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp 0:00:34
6 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling
7 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha 0:00:36
8 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling 0:00:37
9 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 0:00:39
10 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:42
11 Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp
12 Robert Gesink (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:00:45
13 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha 0:00:46
14 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 0:00:52
15 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:00:54
16 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge 0:00:55
17 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) RadioShack Leopard 0:01:00
18 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:01:15
19 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:01:18
20 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:01:19
Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida is 21st at 0:01:23
Tomorrow: 203 km Cosenza - Matera. A flat(ish) stage: the first climb of Cipolletto is 3.9 km at 3.3% ( 8% max). At 180 km the riders will arrive at Montescaglioso, 4.0 km atl 6.3% (10% max). After this the riders arrive in the city of the Sassi for the finale.
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