90th Giro d'Italia - GT
Italy, May 12-June 3, 2007
Results & report
Stage 13 - Friday, May 25: Biella - Santuario Di Oropa (Mountain TT), 12.6 km
Complete live report
Live commentary by Gregor Brown
Live coverage starts: 14:30 CEST
Estimated finish: 17:25 CEST
Hello and welcome to Cyclingnews' live coverage of stage 13. Short, steep and tough, Friday's uphill time test from the textile city famous for Ermengildo Zegna's fine wool fabrics will be unlucky for some riders after Thursday's tough mountain stage. Uphill all the way, Stage 13 gains 734m at an average grade of 5.8% and the steepest pitches of 13%.
This is a tough climb but the short distance will limit the time differences between the Giro contenders, and it's a perfect opportunity for Cunego and Simoni to take some time back from Di Luca if they can. Watch out for 21 year-old Andy Schleck to make his mark in the uphill TT as well.
The first riders are already off, starting with American Olson. We will give you an update on them in the coming minutes.
Tinkoff, like on road stages, is being aggressive in the early part of the stage. It riders lead the top two spots. Rovny holds to top spot with the only sub 32' time.
1 Ivan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems 31:59
2 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems 32:22
3 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Fondital 33:11
4 Sven Krauss (Ger) Gerolsteiner 33:13
5 Antton Luengo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 33:15
6 Brian Vandborg (Den) Discovery Channel 33:27
7 Stefano Zanini (Ita) Predictor-Lotto 33:51
8 Aaron Olson (USA) T-Mobile 33:54
9 Fabien Patanchon (Fra) Française Des Jeux 33:54
10 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Gerolsteiner 34:22
11 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Milram 34:29
12 Nick Gates (Aus) Predictor-Lotto 34:31
13 Elio Aggiano (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems 35:15
14 Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis 35:40
15 Koldo Fernández (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 35:45
16 Max Van Heeswijk (Ned) Rabobank 36:00
A winner will be hard to select for today's stage. The first two kilometres are flat, leaving only 10.5 kilometres of climbing. It is a stage that will favour an explosive climber. Maybe Iban Mayo? He seemed to take a back seat yesterday, perhaps saving his strength for today? Di Luca showed strong and could be propelled by the Maglia Rosa.
The average speed of Ivan Rovny was 23.637 km/h.
Aaron Olson (T-Mobile) went off at 13.45 this morning. The riders are going off at one minute intervals, except for the final 16, who will be separated by two minutes.
Salvatore Commesso (Tinkoff Credit Systems) just left the start house.
Here is an update on the riders no longer with the Giro (including eight DNFs from yesterday's romp to Briançon):
DNS Stage 1: Carlos Da Cruz (Française Des Jeux)
DNS Stage 2: Michael Barry (T-Mobile)
DNS Stage 3: Adam Hansen (T-Mobile)
DNS Stage 3: Andrea Tonti (Quickstep-Innergetic)
DNF Stage 3: Volker Ordowski (Gerolsteiner)
DNF Stage 3: Graeme Brown (Rabobank)
DNF Stage 4: Ian McLeod (Française Des Jeux)
DNS Stage 5: Joan Horrach (Caisse d'Epargne)
DNS Stage 6: Thomas Ziegler (T-Mobile)
DNS Stage 6: Patrice Halgand (Crédit Agricole)
DNF Stage 6: Leon Van Bon (Rabobank)
DNF Stage 7: Timothy Gudsell (Française Des Jeux)
DNS Stage 8: Thomas Voeckler (Bouygues Telecom)
DNF Stage 8: Cyrille Monnerais (Française Des Jeux)
DNF Stage 8: Michael Blaudzun (Team CSC)
DNS Stage 10: Alberto Ongarato (Milram)
DNF Stage 10: Gregory Henderson (T-Mobile)
DNF Stage 10: Juan José Haedo (Team CSC)
DNF Stage 10: José Joaquín Rojas (Caisse d'Epargne)
DNF Stage 10: Alexei Markov (Caisse d'Epargne)
DNF Stage 10: Paride Grillo (Ceramica Panaria-Navigare)
DNF Stage 10: Sergio Ghisalberti (Milram)
DNF Stage 10: Arnaud Labbe (Bouygues Telecom)
DNF Stage 10: Yohann Gène (Bouygues Telecom)
DNS Stage 11: Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner)
DNS Stage 12: George Hincapie (Discovery Channel)
DNS Stage 12: Robbie McEwen (Predictor-Lotto)
DNS Stage 12: Robert Förster (Gerolsteiner)
DNS Stage 12: Aitor Hernández (Euskaltel-Euskadi)
DNF Stage 12: Simone Masciarelli (Acqua & Sapone-Caffè Mokambo)
DNF Stage 12: Gabriele Balducci (Acqua & Sapone-Caffè Mokambo)
DNF Stage 12: Danilo Napolitano (Lampre-Fondital)
DNF Stage 12: Tim Klinger (Gerolsteiner)
DNF Stage 12: Thor Hushovd (Crédit Agricole)
DNF Stage 12: Dionisio Galparsoro (Euskaltel-Euskadi)
DNF Stage 12: Fabian Cancellara (Team CSC)
DNF Stage 12: Alexandr Kolobnev (Team CSC)
Simoni, who will be starting at 16.24, rode his last mountain time trial was on the Alpe d'Huez during the Tour de France a few years back.
Following Commesso are Jurgen Van Goolen (Discovery Channel), Giuseppe Palumbo (Acqua & Sapone-Caffè Mokambo), Iban Velasco Murillo (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Lilian Jegou (Française Des Jeux), Jurgen Van de Walle (Quickstep-Innergetic), Jurgen Van den Broeck (Predictor-Lotto) and Nicolas Crosbie (Bouygues Telecom)...
That is a lot of Jurgens!
Giovanni Visconti (Quickstep-Innergetic) has posted the new best time of 31'12".
Neither Christophe Kern (Crédit Agricole) nor Alessandro Vanotti (Liquigas) was not able to top the Visconti's time. Kern has come home with 31'41" and Vanotti just rolled in, and nudged out Rovny, at 31'55"
Lorenzo Bernucci (T-Mobile) comes in with a time of 34'25", which puts him in 44th.
Gorazd Stangelj (Lampre-Fondital) comes in with a time of 32'01", making him fifth best.
Ricardo Serrano (Tinkoff Credit Systems) should be coming home soon...
Marco Pantani rides along in maglia
rosa in 1999 Giro d'Italia
Photo ©: AFP
This mountain time trial is to remember Marco Pantani's win in the 1999 race. That year, the Italian climber won the stage to Oropa ahead of Laurent Jalabert and Gilberto Simoni while wearing the leader's maglia rosa. Today's stage covers the 12.6km and 734m of climbing from Biella to Oropa.
A mountain time trial was planned for the 2006 Giro, going up to Madonna del Ghisallo but the organizers, RCS Sport, were forced to scratch the stage because it conflicted with the final day's stage to Milan. For the 2007 edition, RCS reportedly wanted to have a mountain time trial in Toscana, climbing the Passo della Futa, but due to logistical problems finding parking space at the finish it was cancelled in favour of a "normal" stage to Scarperia.
Jussi Veikkanen (Française Des Jeux) takes off.
Ricardo Serrano (Tinkoff Credit Systems) comes in with a time of 34'53" while his teammate Salvatore Commesso (Tinkoff Credit Systems) just finished with 33'28".
Koos Moerenhout is riding on the course at km 10.
Jurgen Van Goolen (Discovery Channel) rolls in at 34'42". This last section has some pavé.
Iban Velasco Murillo (Euskaltel-Euskadi) finishes.
Bingen Fernández (Cofidis) pushes off.
Paolo Bettini starts. Before he pushed off he said, "Today will be a hard day for the classification men but for me I will try to recover for the coming stages. I still have a little bit of pain from the crash but I will see how I go over the next days."
Axel Merckx (T-Mobile) is coming to the line.
The Belgian is digging hard... He records a time of 32'36".
Most of the men here are on normal bikes. We will see if the GC men break out special climbing machines.
Julio Pérez is on the course. The magic Mexican is digging hard.
David Zabriskie (Team CSC) is pushing off in his National Champ jersey. On his CSC machine he has attached TT bars.
Christophe Riblon (Ag2r Prévoyance), who was in yesterday's two-man escape, is coming to the line.
31'40" for the Frenchman, Riblon.
Zabriskie has special TT shoe covers on. On this first part he is tucked into his TT bars. Remember he won the 2005 TT to Firenze?
Julio Pérez (Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) catches his two-minute man.
Julio Pérez (Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) records the current best time, 29'38"!
Here is our current top five:
1 Julio Pérez (Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) 29'38"
2 Giovanni Visconti (Quickstep-Innergetic) 31'12"
3 Andrei Kunitski (Acqua & Sapone-Caffè Mokambo) 31'20"
4 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ag2r Prévoyance) 31'25"
5 Aketza Peña (Euskaltel-Euskadi) 31'27"
Zabriskie is flying along and has equalled the time of Pérez at the five km time check.
Laverde pushes off.
Nibali, 33rd overall, is on the road as well.
Vladimir Miholjevic (Liquigas) comes home with the time of 31'36", or an average of 23.924km/h.
Dave Z has his hands on the brake hoods. His catching and passing Il Veronese Pietro Caucchioli (Crédit Agricole).
Fortunato Baliani (Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) comes in at 31'50".
"Yesterday was a great stage as far as I am concerned," said Stefano Garzelli (Acqua & Sapone-Caffè Mokambo) just now. "I did all of Izoard solo and I spent a lot of energy but today, we will see what forces I have.
"Right now Di Luca looks strong but Simoni is getting better. I would really watch out for Simoni on Sunday, Tre Cime."
Regarding Andy Schleck (Team CSC), he said, "I have known Andy's brother and he always told me that 'my brother is stronger.'
Marco Marzano (Lampre-Fondital) comes in with a time of 30'29"! He is a winner of the Baby Giro d'Italia.
"I went at the maximum and I hope that my time stays up with the best," said Julio Pérez (Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) at the finish. "I hope. I know I have a lack of experience but I hope. I hope I can keep this time."
Zabriskie has really slowed. He is coming to the line...
Charles Wegelius (Liquigas) comes in with 31'02". That is enough for this 'Varesino' to take third.
Road World Champion Paolo Bettini (Quickstep-Innergetic) comes in with 31'25". He did not take the climb that easy.
Savoldelli starts. He is tucked into his TT bars.
Sylvester Szmyd (Lampre-Fondital) comes in with 31'08". That puts him in fourth.
Leonardo Piepoli (Saunier Duval-Prodir) passes the 9.4km time check with a time of 21'02". The rider, in the Maglia Verde, has set the new best time there.
Here comes Captain America....
David Zabriskie (Team CSC) takes the top spot! He knocks out Julio Pérez (Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) with a time of 29'14"!
Riccò pushes off. The rider from Modena could win this stage.
Marco Pinotti (T-Mobile) is on the course. Vai Pino!
Leo Piepoli is flying up this climb. The team DSs are leaning out the window of the car and cheering him on. Vai Leo!!!!
He could take over Dave's time...
He is digging here, on the rise to Oropa!
It will be close... Dave has 29.14....
Leo beats Dave with a time of 28'56". The first sub-29' time.
We spotted Di Luca on the parcours this morning. He was training with Pellizotti and talking about the possibility of a rider from Abruzzo winning the Giro.
Gilberto Simoni (Saunier Duval-Prodir) starts... There are no TT bars on his bike.
Lele Sella rolls out of the start house.
The sun is really beating down here. I could use a gelato!
Pinotti gets a time of 22'20" at the 9.4km check.
"Up to now the other climbers have not rolled in. So, we will see if my time holds," said Leonardo Piepoli (Saunier Duval-Prodir) while trying to catch his breath.
We got a close-up look of Riccò's machine at the start, it looks like his bike from yesterday.
The same for Simoni's. He is further back and ripping up this climb.
White Lighting! Schleck powers out of the start house! Like Dave Z. he has his TT bars strapped on to his Cervélo machine.
Meanwhile, Mazzoleni is humping up this climb, on his way to the Santuario di Oropa.
Riccò is passing a section that is full of his Tifosi ('fans'). They are going nuts for this little rider.
Here comes Pink Pinotti...
2005 Italian TT Champ Marco Pinotti (no longer in the Maglia Rosa) takes a time of 31'05".
Garzelli is coming next...
There is a Killer on a road! Di Luca pushes out of the start house. The last rider off; he is clad in all-pink.
Here comes Savoldelli. Il Falco should take a time of 31'.
Savoldelli gets a time of 30'41".
21'23" is the time of Mazzoleni for the 9.4km time check.
Andrea Noè (Liquigas) gets a time of 30'16".
Stefano Garzelli (Acqua & Sapone-Caffè Mokambo) gets a time of 29'24" enough for third.
Meanwhile, Riis is talking about doping in a press conference. More news to follow on our home page.
Here comes Riccò.
Riccardo Riccò (Saunier Duval-Prodir) takes 30'46".
Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas) storms in for a time of 29'19".
Di Luca takes the first five km in 23" over Simoni.
Eddy Mazzoleni (Astana) comes home with a time of 29'28".
Evgeni Petrov (Tinkoff Credit Systems) hammers home!
Petrov takes a time of 29'26"
Simoni is at 500m to go.
Simoni is flying! He won't win but he will place high.
21'17" for Schleck at the 9.4km time check. The same time as Pellizotti.
David Arroyo (Caisse d'Epargne) comes through the 9.4km check with 22'16".
Emanuele Sella (Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) finishes with 30'41".
Simoni finished with 30'01".
Here comes Cunego with a time of ... 29'33".
Di Luca passes the 9.4km time check with 20'58".
Here comes Schleck!!
29'35" for the young White Lighting Schleck!
Di Luca is flying! He will gain time on his rivals!
Danilo Di Luca (Liquigas) is an all-pink skin suit. He has long-sleeves, like David Arroyo (Caisse d'Epargne), who is finishing now...
Arroyo takes the stage with a time of 30'38".
Marzio Bruseghin (Lampre-Fondital) takes the top spot!!!!!!!!!! 28'55"!!!!!!!!
Di Luca closes to the line...
It will be first or second for the rider from Abruzzo.
The 31 year-old finishes with a time of ...
The Pink Di Luca takes the stage at 29'03", 8" back on the Italian TT champ.
A great win by the current Italian TT Champion. Di Luca rode strong to finish in third and add some time to his overall lead. Please check back with Cyclingnews for the full race report and results.
Thanks for joining us today! Grazie!
1 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre-Fondital 28'55"
2 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir 28'56"
3 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas 29'03"
4 David Zabriskie (USA) Team CSC 29'14"
5 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas 29'19"
6 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffè Mokambo 29'24"
7 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) Astana 29'28"
General classification after stage 13
1 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas
2 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre-Fondital
3 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team CSC
4 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Fondital
5 Patxi Vila (Spa) Lampre-Fondital
6 David Arroyo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
7 Evgeni Petrov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems
8 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir
Intermediate time - 9.4
Danilo Di Luca (Liquigas) 20'58"
Leonardo Piepoli (Saunier Duval-Prodir) 21'02"
Andy Schleck (Team CSC) 21'17"
Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas) 21'17"
Julio Pérez (Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) 21'22"
Marco Pinotti (T-Mobile) 22'20"
Eddy Mazzoleni (Astana) 21'23"
1 Marzio Bruseghin (Lampre-Fondital) 28'55"
2 Leonardo Piepoli (Saunier Duval-Prodir) 28'56"
3 Danilo Di Luca (Liquigas) 29'03"
4 David Zabriskie (Team CSC) 29'14"
5 Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas) 29'19"
6 Stefano Garzelli (Acqua & Sapone-Caffè Mokambo) 29'24"
7 Eddy Mazzoleni (Astana) 29'28"
Damiano Cunego (Lampre-Fondital) 29'33"
Andy Schleck (Team CSC) 29'35"
Julio Pérez (Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) 29'38"
Gilberto Simoni (Saunier Duval-Prodir) 30'01"
Marco Marzano (Lampre-Fondital) 30'29"
David Arroyo (Caisse d'Epargne) 30'38"
Charles Wegelius (Liquigas) 31'02"
Sylvester Szmyd (Lampre-Fondital) 31'08"
Giovanni Visconti (Quickstep-Innergetic) 31'12"
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