Yates maintains lead ahead of next mountain challenge at Giro d’ItaliaFri 18 May 2018
Two-time stage winner Simon Yates has finished safely in the bunch sprint on stage 13 of the Giro d’Italia to maintain his race lead.
The Mitchelton-SCOTT rider has a 47second advantage from Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) ahead of a much-awaited weekend of racing, including the famous Zoncolan finish tomorrow.
For the first time this Giro d'Italia, the day’s stage played out as expected – a straight forward sprint stage.
Five riders went off the front, none within an hour of the general classification battle, and the sprint teams controlled them between three and four minutes.
The catch was made with six kilometres as the sprint trains formed, Quickstep the victor courtesy of Elia Viviani.
Big weekend ahead:
The stage is now set for an important weekend of racing – with back-to-back mountain stages.
Tomorrow features what many describe as the toughest climb in Europe, whilst Sunday is easily crucial following such a brutal day prior.
Simon Yates – Race Leader:
“The guys did a really good job keeping me in the front, and then once the sprinters came to the front I was safely in the peloton so it was OK.
“It was the easiest day we've had so far, but no race is easy. I'm looking forward to tomorrow now. I was in the front all day. I didn't actually see or speak to too many people. I was just relaxing with the guys up there.
"I don’t know the Zoncolan, I’ve never reconned it – I've only seen it on TV. I hope to have good legs and, if so, I’ll try something.
It’s been a hard race every day, except today. Everyone is tired and everyone is talking about the Zoncolan but if someone goes too deep tomorrow, they might pay the price the day after, which is another very difficult stage."
Giro d’Italia – Stage 13 Results:
1. Elia Viviani (Quickstep Floors) 3:56:25
2. Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) ST
3. Danny van Poppel (Lotto Jumbo) ST
Giro d’Italia – General Classification after stage 13:
1. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) 55:54:20
2. Tom Dumoulin (Team Subweb) +0:47
3,. Thibaut Pinot (Groupama - FDJ) +1:04
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