Uran Wins Stage 10 of Giro d'Italia 2013
Uran's compatriot, Carlos Betancur (Ag2r-La Mondiale), finished second at 0:20, and Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) outsprinted Mauro Santambrogio (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia) for third at 0:31. Nibali remains the maglia rosa and has extended his overall lead.
The break of the day formed at about 20 km. The escapees were Daniele Bennati (Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff), Kenny Dehaes (Lotto-Belisol), Elia Viviani (Cannondale), Tiago Machado and Yaroslav Popovych (RadioShack-Leopard), David Millar and Thomas Dekker (Garmin-Sharp), Maarten Tjallingii (Blanco), Jackson Rodriguez (Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela), Serge Pauwels (Omega Pharma-QuickStep), Oscar Gatto (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia), Pim Ligthart (Vacansoleil-DCM), and Pavel Brutt (Katusha). The baker's dozen led the field by 6:50 at 81 km and maxed out at more than nine minutes. Astana and Sky led the pursuit.
On the Category 1 Passo Cason di Lanza (117.4 km), attrition took its toll. The break's nonclimbers were dropped, while behind, the Sky men picked up the pace and narrowed the gap between bunch and break. Defending champion Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) dropped out of the maglia rosa group and would never return to it. Nibali dropped his chain but got back on.
Rodriguez dropped his companions. When the Astana-led maglia rosa group reached the summit, the Venezuelan led it by three and a half minutes. Franco Pellizotti and Diego Rosa (both from Androni Giacattoli-Venezuela) attacked from the maglia rosa group.
With 30 km left, Rodriguez led the maglia rosa group by four and a half minutes. The Androni Giacattoli-Venezuela rider had had gear problems for some time, and with 26 km to go, he changed bikes. One km later, Pauwels joined him.
Sky took over at the front, and the gap narrowed. The remnants of the break were reeled in, and at the base of the Altopiano del Montasio the fugitives' lead was down to 2:19. At one point, with the lead down to 1:40, Rodriguez changed bikes again.
With 10 km remaining, the maglia rosa group trailed the leading pair by 0:24. One km later, the catch was made.
With eight km left, Uran attacked. The Colombian was only 2:49 behind Nibali on GC, so the maglia rosa had to watch him. With three km to go, Wiggins was dropped, as was Michele Scarponi (Lampre-Merida). Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r-La Mondiale) charged after Uran. Cadel Evans (BMC) and Nibali followed. Betancur attacked, but Nibali and Evans reeled him in. Evans paced the maglia rosa group to keep Wiggins to keep it from catching up to it.
Betancur attacked again and soloed home for second. A wild sprint for third took place, with Nibali taking the sprint and the remaining bonus seconds (eight for third place) from Evans, who was second overall.
Uran exulted in his personal victory and what he saw as confirmation of his team's strength. "I'm very happy to have taken the win today," the Olympic road race silver medalist said. "It is the first win for me in a Grand Tour, and it is very satisfying after getting so close before. It is nice to finally be able to finish off a victory.
"It is doubly special as it came after such a strong ride from the team. It was always the plan for me to attack on the climb, and things went to plan. The team rode incredibly all day.
"The result has meant I have jumped up a few positions on the general classification so now I am one second in front of Brad [Wiggins]. That is a good position to be in for me and for the team to have two riders up there.
"There is still such a long way to go in this Giro, but today we showed that we have one of the strongest teams in the race, if not the strongest."
In the overall, Nibali leads Evans by 0:41 and Uran by 2:04. Stage 11, a hilly, 182-km ride from Tarvisio to Valjont, will not be a standing shaker. However, it will feature two Category 2 ascents, one of which will be at the finish. In this Giro, less challenging climbs than these have gained or cost seconds for general classification contenders. Will that be the case tomorrow? Check in at www.roadcycling.com and find out!
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