Zakarin wins Giro’s first summit finish, bad day for Yates, Lopez


Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) soloed to a snow-capped summit finish victory on a chaotic 13th stage of the Giro d’Italia on Friday that shook up the overall picture.

“I came to the Giro d’Italia to make the top five and I hope it’s still possible,” Zakarin said after spraying champagne on the podium.

Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates) kept hold of the overall lead as favourites Primoz Roglic and Vincenzo Nibali crossed the line together 2min 57sec adrift, with Simon Yates and Miguel Angel Lopez another two minutes back.

“It was a very hard stage, I tried to pace myself on the climb and I’m happy to have managed to defend the maglia rosa,” said Polanc.

On this first summit reckoning in a mountain-packed second section of the Giro, the peloton climbed to 2,237m altitude, with Zakarin dropping Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott) in the final section and beating him by 35sec at the panoramic finishing post in the Gran Paradiso national park.

Movistar pair Mikel Landa and Richard Carapaz came third and fourth on a great day for the Spanish team as Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) climbed to fourth in overall with his fifth place on the day.

Roglic and Nibali kept close tabs on each other all day with both men taking frequent turns to test each other.

Miguel Angel Lopez, who was third on last year’s Giro, had been leading that pair until he suffered yet another mechanical cost him precious initiative.

The day’s biggest loser, over five minutes behind Zakarin, was Simon Yates whose pre-race bravado will haunt him after declaring himself the man to beat.

Team Ineos had a mixed day, losing 24-year-old climber Tao Geoghegan Hart to an early crash, but seeing their 21-year-old Russian climber Pavel Sivakov finish ninth to climb into the overall top 10 and shoot to the top of the young rider white jersey standings.

Saturday’s stage looks even tougher with five climbs and 4,000m elevation on the menu. The penultimate climb, the Colle San Marco is 10.5km with an average gradient of 9.8 percent.

Giro d’Italia 2019 – stage 13 results (Pinerolo – Ceresole Reale):

1Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin)


2Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott)


3Mikel Landa (Movistar)


4Richard Carapaz (Movistar)


5Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)


6Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe)


7Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)


8Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida)


9Pavel Sivakov (Team Ineos)


10Davide Formolo (Bora-hansgrohe)


11Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)


12Tanel Kangert (EF Education First)


13Joe Dombrowski (EF Education First)


14Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ)


15Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates)


16Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo)


17Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)


18Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida)


19Fausto Masnada (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec)


20Tony Gallopin (AG2R La Mondiale)



Giro d’Italia 2019 – general classification after stage 13:

1Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates)


2Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)


3Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin)


4Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)


5Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida)


6Richard Carapaz (Movistar)


7Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe)


8Mikel Landa (Movistar)


9Pavel Sivakov (Team Ineos)


10Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)


11Tanel Kangert (EF Education First)


12Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)


13Davide Formolo (Bora-hansgrohe)


14Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott)


15Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ)


16Hugh Carthy (EF Education First)


17Joe Dombrowski (EF Education First)


18Andrey Amador (Movistar)


19Tony Gallopin (AG2R La Mondiale)


20Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates)



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