Giro d’Italia 2016 Stages
Mikel Nieve (Team Sky) soloed to victory from the breakaway at Stage 13 of the Giro d’Italia 2016. Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) was second and Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) was third.
Andrey Amador (Movistar) donned the pink jersey, taking the Maglia Rosa from Bob Jungels (Etixx – Quick-Step), who now sits 26 seconds back. Nibali moved into third place overall, now 41 seconds behind Amador.
It’s a dream. And I wasn’t even expecting to take pink on this stage, after I had attacked many times to seek for it during the week. I might not keep it for as a long as I’d have liked, but that’s why we have Alejandro in the team: he’s a super strong rider and we will support him with everything we’ve got, as it was our plan.
We knew today’s was going to be an important stage, the first real approach into the mountains. We were sort of expecting attacks when it came to the GC fight, yet we wanted to get into the break to stay calm, and both Visco, José Joaquín and Jasha fulfilled that task in the best possible way. Alejandro proved to be impressively strong on the climbs; I kept my own pace and always stayed with the main field, but into the final climb of Valle, I just lacked a bit of energy, a couple of kilometers before the summit, when I lost contact. Still, and knowing myself well, I knew I could bridge back into the descent to wear this jersey.
I’m so happy to have got to this point. I’m not a pure climber by any means; that’s why I consider this as a tremendous feat, which I’m really proud of. The most important thing for the team is keeping all chances intact with Alejandro for the overall. Tomorrow’s stage will be one of the hardest in this Giro, the real key to the race together with Sunday’s mountain TT. For the time being, we must remain thinking day-by-day, enjoy the moment and wear this pink jersey with pride; it’s something massive for my career.
Costa Rica is a small country, yet with a big heart. When there’s only one ‘tico’ supporting me in a race, it feels as if they were hundred. This jersey is a tribute to all of them. They’ve always supporting me, no matter if results were good or bad, and I just hope this serves as a boost of confidence for all the youngsters in our country: we’re talented enough to be up here with the top guys in Europe.”
– Andrey Amador, Movistar
Everybody knew it would be a tough stage. Right from the start, a big break went and we all suffered. The team did an awesome job until Astana decided to speed it up the third climb. I was able to follow, but I suffered and on the descent I tried to recover. Then, on the last climb, I wasn’t able to follow anymore, but still continued to fight, with the help of Gianluca, who came back on the downhill.”
– Bob Jungels, Etixx – Quick-Step
2016 Giro d’Italia Stage 13 Top Ten Results
1 Mikel NIEVE ITURALDE (ESP) SKY 32 4:31:49
2 Giovanni VISCONTI (ITA) MOV +:43
3 Vincenzo NIBALI (ITA) AST +1:17
4 Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE (ESP) MOV +1:17
5 Rafal MAJKA (POL) TNK +1:17
6 Stefan DENIFL (AUT) IAM +1:17
7 Steven KRUIJSWIJK (NED) TLJ +1:17
8 Rigoberto URAN URAN (COL) CPT +1:17
9 Matteo MONTAGUTI (ITA) ALM +1:17
10 Domenico POZZOVIVO (ITA) ALM +1:17
2016 Giro d’Italia General Classification Top Ten after Stage 13
1 Andrey AMADOR BIKKAZAKOVA Costa Rica MOV 54:05:50
2 Bob JUNGELS Luxembourg EQS +:26
3 Vincenzo NIBALI Italy AST +:41
4 Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE Spain MOV +:43
5 Steven KRUIJSWIJK Netherlands TLJ +:43
6 Rafal MAJKA Poland TNK +1:37
7 Ilnur ZAKARIN Russia KAT 27 +2:01
8 Jhoan Esteban CHAVES RUBIO Colombia OGE +2:19
9 Rigoberto URAN URAN Colombia CPT +2:48
10 Jakob FUGLSANG Denmark AST +3:15
Giro d’Italia 2016 Stage 13 route
Stage 13: Medium mountain
Date: 20 May, 2016
Finish: Cividale del Fruiuli
Distance: 161 km
Giro d’Italia 2016 Stage 13 route
Giro d’Italia 2016 Stage 13 route map
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