Monday, July 8, 2013

2013 Tour de France: the Italians After Week One

Eighteen Italian riders started in the 100th edition of the Tour de France. After one week, as of today's rest day, there remain sixteen in the race; there have been two withdrawals:

Remaining in race (placement/name/team/time loss from race leader):
27 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar 0:14:27
38 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:22:30
66 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:45:52
68 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:48:42
77 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:52:29
81 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:54:02
86 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:58:42
92 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 1:02:29
95 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team 1:04:55
103 Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 1:10:38
105Elia Favilli (Ita) Lampre-Merida 1:11:52
110Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 1:14:20
116Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 1:18:06
121Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida 1:22:31
146 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 1:37:23
151Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida 1:39:37

Adriano Malori, Lampre-Merida, on stage 7
Matteo Bono, Lampre-Merida, on stage 8

Daminao Cunego, the best hope for a high GC placement, had a disastrous stage 7 saying afterwards, "Not a good day for me, I was aware on the Col du Pailhères that my aims for the overall classification were over. Now it's time to focus all the energies in trying to battle for a stage victory". He finished 14'27" to Froome. I think his grand tour ambitions must be close to an end.

Roberto Ferrari and Daniele Bennati are the best hopes for a sprint stage victory but I don't envy them their task with Cavendish, Kittel, Greipel and Sagan all looking for more victories.

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