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Italy, May 12-June 3, 2007

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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

14:33 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.

14:45 CEST   
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

14:49 CEST   
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.

14:52 CEST   
The average speed of Ivan Rovny was 23.637 km/h.

14:55 CEST   
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.

14:55 CEST   
Salvatore Commesso (Tinkoff Credit Systems) just left the start house.

14:57 CEST   
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)

15:01 CEST   
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.

15:03 CEST   
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!

15:11 CEST   
Giovanni Visconti (Quickstep-Innergetic) has posted the new best time of 31'12".

15:13 CEST   
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"

15:18 CEST   
Lorenzo Bernucci (T-Mobile) comes in with a time of 34'25", which puts him in 44th.

15:19 CEST   
Gorazd Stangelj (Lampre-Fondital) comes in with a time of 32'01", making him fifth best.

15:20 CEST   
Ricardo Serrano (Tinkoff Credit Systems) should be coming home soon...

Marco Pantani rides along in maglia rosa in 1999 Giro d'Italia
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15:25 CEST   
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.

15:25 CEST   
Jussi Veikkanen (Française Des Jeux) takes off.

15:27 CEST   
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".

15:28 CEST   
Koos Moerenhout is riding on the course at km 10.

15:29 CEST   
Jurgen Van Goolen (Discovery Channel) rolls in at 34'42". This last section has some pavé.

15:29 CEST   
Iban Velasco Murillo (Euskaltel-Euskadi) finishes.

15:32 CEST   
Bingen Fernández (Cofidis) pushes off.

15:39 CEST   
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."

15:40 CEST   
Axel Merckx (T-Mobile) is coming to the line.

15:40 CEST   
The Belgian is digging hard... He records a time of 32'36".

15:43 CEST   
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.

15:45 CEST   
David Zabriskie (Team CSC) is pushing off in his National Champ jersey. On his CSC machine he has attached TT bars.

15:48 CEST   
Christophe Riblon (Ag2r Prévoyance), who was in yesterday's two-man escape, is coming to the line.

15:48 CEST   
31'40" for the Frenchman, Riblon.

15:50 CEST   
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?

15:50 CEST   
Julio Pérez (Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) catches his two-minute man.

15:52 CEST   
Julio Pérez (Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) records the current best time, 29'38"!

15:56 CEST   
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.

15:56 CEST   
Nibali, 33rd overall, is on the road as well.

15:58 CEST   
Vladimir Miholjevic (Liquigas) comes home with the time of 31'36", or an average of 23.924km/h.

15:59 CEST   
Dave Z has his hands on the brake hoods. His catching and passing Il Veronese Pietro Caucchioli (Crédit Agricole).

16:00 CEST   
Fortunato Baliani (Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) comes in at 31'50".

16:03 CEST   
"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.'

16:04 CEST   
Marco Marzano (Lampre-Fondital) comes in with a time of 30'29"! He is a winner of the Baby Giro d'Italia.

16:06 CEST   
"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...

16:08 CEST   
Charles Wegelius (Liquigas) comes in with 31'02". That is enough for this 'Varesino' to take third.

16:10 CEST   
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.

16:11 CEST   
Sylvester Szmyd (Lampre-Fondital) comes in with 31'08". That puts him in fourth.

16:14 CEST   
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....

16:15 CEST   
David Zabriskie (Team CSC) takes the top spot! He knocks out Julio Pérez (Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) with a time of 29'14"!

16:16 CEST   
Riccò pushes off. The rider from Modena could win this stage.

16:17 CEST   
Marco Pinotti (T-Mobile) is on the course. Vai Pino!

16:20 CEST   
Leo Piepoli is flying up this climb. The team DSs are leaning out the window of the car and cheering him on. Vai Leo!!!!

16:20 CEST   
He could take over Dave's time...

16:20 CEST   
He is digging here, on the rise to Oropa!

16:20 CEST   
It will be close... Dave has 29.14....

16:21 CEST   
Leo beats Dave with a time of 28'56". The first sub-29' time.

16:24 CEST   
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.

16:28 CEST   
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.

16:28 CEST   
"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.

16:30 CEST   
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.

16:33 CEST   
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.

16:34 CEST   
Riccò is passing a section that is full of his Tifosi ('fans'). They are going nuts for this little rider.

16:34 CEST   
Here comes Pink Pinotti...

16:35 CEST   
2005 Italian TT Champ Marco Pinotti (no longer in the Maglia Rosa) takes a time of 31'05".

Garzelli is coming next...

16:38 CEST   
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.

16:40 CEST   
Here comes Savoldelli. Il Falco should take a time of 31'.

16:40 CEST   
Savoldelli gets a time of 30'41".

16:41 CEST   
21'23" is the time of Mazzoleni for the 9.4km time check.

16:44 CEST   
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.

16:45 CEST   
Here comes Riccò.

16:48 CEST   
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.

16:49 CEST   
Eddy Mazzoleni (Astana) comes home with a time of 29'28".

16:51 CEST   
Evgeni Petrov (Tinkoff Credit Systems) hammers home!

16:51 CEST   
Petrov takes a time of 29'26"

16:52 CEST   
Simoni is at 500m to go.

16:53 CEST   
Simoni is flying! He won't win but he will place high.

16:53 CEST   
21'17" for Schleck at the 9.4km time check. The same time as Pellizotti.

16:54 CEST   
Simoni finishes......

16:56 CEST   
David Arroyo (Caisse d'Epargne) comes through the 9.4km check with 22'16".

16:57 CEST   
Emanuele Sella (Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) finishes with 30'41".

16:57 CEST   
Simoni finished with 30'01".

16:57 CEST   
Here comes Cunego with a time of ... 29'33".

16:59 CEST   
Di Luca passes the 9.4km time check with 20'58".

17:01 CEST   
Here comes Schleck!!

17:02 CEST   
29'35" for the young White Lighting Schleck!

17:03 CEST   
Di Luca is flying! He will gain time on his rivals!

17:04 CEST   
Danilo Di Luca (Liquigas) is an all-pink skin suit. He has long-sleeves, like David Arroyo (Caisse d'Epargne), who is finishing now...

17:04 CEST   
Arroyo takes the stage with a time of 30'38".

17:05 CEST   
Marzio Bruseghin (Lampre-Fondital) takes the top spot!!!!!!!!!! 28'55"!!!!!!!!

17:06 CEST   
Di Luca closes to the line...

17:06 CEST   
It will be first or second for the rider from Abruzzo.

17:06 CEST   
The 31 year-old finishes with a time of ...

17:07 CEST   
The Pink Di Luca takes the stage at 29'03", 8" back on the Italian TT champ.

17:25 CEST   
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!

Provisional Results

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 timing

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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