Sunday, May 19, 2013

STAGE 16 Preview - 2013 Giro d'Italia

A united peloton on Mont Cenis

30-year-old Giovanni Visconti climbed to his first Giro d’Italia stage win through cold, fog and snow on the Giro d’Italia’s 15th stage today. The top contenders put in a number of attacks at the top of the Galibier climb, but Visconti had gotten too big a lead after his attack on the middle of the Telegraph.
Visconti takes the Galibier
A good battle for the Young Rider’s Jersey has been raging between Carlos Betancur of Ag2R and Saxo-Tinkoff’s Rafal Majka. They both attacked several times on the final climb, but Betancur’s 2nd place finish netted him a :12 bonus that was enough to take the white jersey from Majka, who had been wearing it since stage 11.

Stefano Pirazzi was active on the peaks, and increased his lead in the Mountains Jersey competition. Visconti’s intrepid work netted him more mountain points as well, only losing two more points to Pirazzi in the end, but also distancing himself from those behind.

Monday brings the riders a much needed rest day.

Stage 16 Profile

Stage 16 heads east

Tuesday’s stage 16 retraces some of stage 15’s steps. It begins with a 15k run back down the Telegraphe, then back up the Col du Mont Cenis, and down the long descent back to Susa. From there the peloton has about a 120k lightly rolling trek up to and over a 6k, category 3 climb to Andrate, before dropping back down for an 8km flat run-in to the finish in Ivrea. Judging by the profile, the cat. 3 looks like it averages around 8% and has a 509-meter elevation gain. It’s a perfect place for a stage hunter to launch a late attack.

Here is a look at the late, category-3 Andrate climb profile, and the final 8 kilometers to the finish in Ivrea:

The cat. 3 climb before the finish
The last few kms to the finish

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