GIRO’21 Stage 13: Nizzolo Nudges it Over the Line!


Giro d’Italia Stage 13: A flat stage… a very flat stage. Rumours of a motorway flyover were unfounded. The last kilometre was worth waiting for as Edoardo Affini (Jumbo-Visma) went for a very late attack, but Giacomo Nizzolo (Qhubeka Assos) managed to shoot past his countryman and hold the others off for the stage win. Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers) was safe in pink for another day.

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After so many podium places, Giacomo Nizzolo takes the top step

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Stage 13 was always going to be one of those days of a long break pulled back before the sprinter’s teams took over. That is pretty well what happened, the bug surprise was Edoardo Affini going for a long sprint inside the last K. Fernando Gaviria closed the gap to the brave Affini, but Giacomo Nizzolo came past for the win. Affini held on for second, Peter Sagan was third, Davide Cimolai fourth and Gaviria fifth.

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Stage 13 shouldn’t be a worry for overall leader Egan Bernal

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Giro stage 13 route: A pan-flat stage across the lowland around Ferrara, Polesine and Mantua, on straight and mostly wide roads. As the stage passes through several urban areas, roundabouts, traffic islands and street furniture will be found along the route. The final kilometres are raced on wide, straight and well-paved city roads, with a few roundabouts along the route. The home straight is on tarmac road.

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A sprint win for Peter Sagan?

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A day for the sprinters

Today was the last big chance for the sprinters to win in the 2021 Giro d’Italia. The 198 kilometre route from Ravenna to Verona was as flat as a billiard table, with the intermediate sprints in Ferrara and Bagnolo San Vito as the only moments that could provide some action. Tim Merlier and Caleb Ewan, the winners of the bunch sprints in Novara, Cattolica and Termoli have already gone home, so men like Dylan Groenewegen, Peter Sagan, Fernando Gaviria and Giacomo Nizzolo were seen as the main contenders for the victory.

The peloton leaves town for the flattest of stages

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Time to start fighting to get in the ‘break of the day’

It didn’t take long for the escape of the day to get together. Samuele Rivi of eolo-Kometa was the first to jump away with Umberto Marengo (Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè) on his wheel. Simon Pellaud (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) got across to them. This trio were not new to break aways as Pellaud was in the lead of the Fuga Bianchi competition, ahead of Marengo and Rivi was sixth.

An easy day for Bernal and most of the peloton

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Day off lads!

Pellaud, Marengo and Rivi were not chased in the first 40 kilometres and took a 7 minute lead, but then the peloton had had enough and accelerated, led by one of the oldest riders in the Giro, Paul Martens of Jumbo-Visma. The 37-year-old German is in his last months as a professional. The teams of Elia Viviani, Giacomo Nizzolo and Fernando Gaviria also sent a man to the front of the peloton and the difference gradually started to decrease.

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Puncture for Peter Sagan

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More wine

The first intermediate sprint was after 67.5 kilometres. Pellaud made a long sprint, but the Swiss rider was caught by his fellow escapees. Marengo then pushed his wheel over the line ahead of Rivi for 12 points for the purple jersey. Rivi took eight points and Pellaud six. The peloton also sprinted in Ferrara. Fernando Gaviria was the fastest, ahead of Davide Cimolai, his teammate Juan Sebastián Molano, Peter Sagan and Simone Consonni.

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And sunflowers

After the intermediate sprint, Pellaud continued alone. The cooperation of the three escapees at the front was far from perfect. The Swiss rider rode solo for some time. But 15 kilometres further, Marengo and Rivi caught him up. Their lead then continued to decline. In the peloton, Gaviria had to go to the doctor’s car with a nosebleed. The Giro doctor was able to provide first aid from the car and with cottonwool the Colombian was able to continue.

Nothing for KOM Geoffrey Bouchard to do today

In the run-up to the next sprint, with 53 kilometres to go, it was Rivi, who attacked from front group. The Italian was the first over the line, but then allowed himself to be caught by Marengo and Pellaud. With a 1 minute lead, the attackers started the final 40 kilometres. Behind; Jumbo-Visma, Cofidis and Qhubeka Assos were still in full control of the race. It was only a matter of time before the escape was caught.

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The break of the day: Samuele Rivi (eolo-Kometa), Simon Pellaud (Androni) and Umberto Marengo (Bardiani)

At 7 kilometres from the finish line, the last gap to the breakaway was closed and it was time for the teams to do their thing. Qhubeka Assos took the lead for Nizzolo, BORA-hansgrohe for Sagan and DSM for Max Kanter. Jumbo-Visma also came to the front in the last 2 kilometres. The Jumbo team put themselves on the wheels of the BORA-hansgrohe riders. In the last kilometre Edoardo Affini hit the front then jumped away taking a good gap on the peloton.

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The sun was setting on a long day

For a moment it looked like Affini might make it to the finish line, but Giacomo Nizzolo managed to catch his fellow countryman with a long sprint for the victory. Affini was second, ahead of Sagan, Cimolai and Gaviria. Dylan Groenewegen crossed the line in tenth place. It was a special victory for Nizzolo, as this was his first stage success in the eight Giro’s he has ridden. The Qhubeka Assos rider has finished 2nd eleven times and he also won the points classification twice, but now he also has his stage victory.

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A long sprint in Verona

Stage winner, Giacomo Nizzolo (Qhubeka Assos): “Finally I’ve got a stage victory at the Giro! Today I decided to launch a long sprint. I chose to risk staying too long in the wind rather than wait for too long behind other riders with the chance of being blocked. My choice paid off!”

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Nizzolo at last

Maglia Rosa, Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers): “Finally we had an easy day. It would be special to win atop the Zoncolan tomorrow but that means controlling the whole peloton so I’d be happy if I just keep the Maglia Rosa.”

Giro d’Italia Stage 13 Result:
1. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Qhubeka Assos 4:42:19
2. Edoardo Affini (Ita) Jumbo-Visma
3. Peter Sagan (Svk) BORA-hansgrohe
4. Davide Cimolai (Ita) Israel Start-up Nation
5. Fernando Gaviria Rendon (Col) UAE Team Emirates
6. Stefano Oldani (Ita) Lotto Soudal
7. Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
8. Max Kanter (Ger) DSM
9. Elia Viviani (Ita) Cofidis
10. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
11. Alexander Krieger (Ger) Alpecin-Fenix
12. Lawrence Naesen (Bel) AG2R Citroën
13. Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) eolo-Kometa
14. Matteo Moschetti (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
15. Filippo Fiorelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane’
16. Filippo Tagliani (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
17. Maximilian Walscheid (Ger) Qhubeka Assos
18. Roger Kluge (Ger) Lotto Soudal
19. Nico Denz (Ger) DSM
20. Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Qhubeka Assos
21. Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain Victorious
22. Fabio Felline (Ita) Astana-Premier Tech
23. Juan Sebastian Molano Benavides (Col) UAE Team Emirates
24. Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) UAE Team Emirates
25. Simone Consonni (Ita) Cofidis.

Giro d’Italia Overall After Stage 13:
1. Egan Bernal Gomez (Col) INEOS Grenadiers in 53:11:42
2. Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana-Premier Tech at 0:45
3. Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain Victorious at 1:12
4. Hugh Carthy (GB) EF Education-Nippo at 1:17
5. Simon Yates (GB) BikeExchange at 1:22
6. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) BORA-hansgrohe at 1:50
7. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 2:22
8. Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 2:24
9. Tobias Foss (Nor) Jumbo-Visma at 2:49
10. Daniel Martinez Poveda (Col) INEOS Grenadiers at 3:15
11. Romain Bardet (Fra) DSM at 3:29
12. Attila Valter (Hun) Groupama-FDJ at 3:51
13. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 4:04
14. Gianni Moscon (Ita) INEOS Grenadiers at 4:25
15. Rein Taaramäe (Est) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux at 5:43
16. João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 7:04
17. Daniel Martin (Irl) Israel Start-up Nation at 7:06
18. Davide Formolo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 7:16
19. Ruben Guerreiro (Por) EF Education-Nippo at 7:49
20. Nicholas Schultz (Aus) BikeExchange at 8:45
21. Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia (Spa) Bahrain Victorious at 10:39
22. Tanel Kangert (Est) BikeExchange at 10:49
23. George Bennett (NZ) Jumbo-Visma at 11:21
24. Koen Bouwman (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 13:19
25. Jai Hindley (Aus) DSM at 17:42.

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