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Giro’15: Modolo Wins in Jesolo!
Stage 13 Race Report: On a day no one expected much of anything... Lampre's Sacha Modolo out dragged Trek's Giacomo Nizzolo for a wet weather win, while just outside 3km to go a crash caused GC chaos - another typical day at the Giro.

If you love mountains, descents, the high altitude, the heroic cycling opportunities afforded by a constantly changing landscape … today probably isn't for you. The macro report is - flat, fast, flat, very fast, flat, mayhem. A sprinters' day through and through, but it's the Giro so that means hard racing and chaos!


We're racing from Montecchio Maggiore to Jesolo, over 147kms – it's got sprint finish stamped all over this stage. There is virtually zip in the way of obstacles: no climbs, no hills, barely a pimple. The stage starts at 50 meters above sea-level and ends on the Adriatic coast at two meters above the saltwater. It makes Paris-Roubaix look hilly.

Today's profile... couldn't get much flatter.

The successful escapees today are Rick “Son of Erik” Zabel (BMC Racing Team), Marco Frapporti from Androni Giocattoli and IAM Cycling's Jerome Pineau. It's surely a fools' errand on a day like this, with practically zero hope of victory. The sprinters' teams are all desperate to snatch probably their final chance at a stage win in this Giro, so any breakaway will have Team Sky (Viviani), LottoNL-Jumbo (Hofland), Giant-Alpecin (Mezgec), Lampre-Merida (Modolo) and co. pulling them back.

Of course, there have been murmurings at the Giro about how Lotto Soudal have been left to do the work when it comes to a potential sprint finish – Andre Greipel's boys will surely be persuading others to get their collective fingers out today.

The break's advantage heads out towards 2'30” before a level crossing halts their progress. This time, unlike Paris-Roubaix, there are no shenanigans, and everyone pays close attention to both the spirit and the letter of the rules. Good boys.

Inside 70 to go, and the lead is still teetering, as precariously as a drunken tight-rope stumbler above Niagara Falls, around the 1'15” mark. Lotto-Soudal continue to maintain a watching brief, with Sander Armee ploughing along on the front.

Another ten kilometers under the wheels chips the lead down to 54”, so it's up to the main field to just ride tempo and let the break hang.

For the escapees, they know the end is coming … it's just that they don't know when. The peloton is just waiting, toying with them before turning on the afterburners. With 31 clicks to race, it's still Pineau, Zabel and Frapporti swapping through and off as they go over the Piave River. Big crowds out along the roadside despite the unremittingly rubbish weather as the main group gingerly squeaks through the corners, one minute down.

Smiling Aru at the start... thinking pink by the end of the stage?

Inside 25 kilometers to go, and while the escape is zipping along at 50 km/h, the main field is doing 53. Tinkoff-Saxo's fluorescent yellow is very prominent on the front, while Lotto Soudal and Giant-Alpecin stick a couple of guys into the mix to show willing.

Pineau, Frapporti and Zabel are still forlornly pouring more coal on the fire – they're in perfect three-up team time trial formation as they belt under the 20 kilometers to go banner, but Tinkoff-Saxo have lined out the whole field now. Contador's boys can practically reach out and pull them back by hand.

Zabel, Pineau and Frapporti swap handshakes and mutual commiserations, before the young German signs off with a salute for the cameras – no win, but a good job well done.

The roads are bullet-straight, the peloton belting along with the black-clad Sky team forming their own arrowhead on the left-hand side of the road.

Trek decide to make their presence felt, taking over the front of the peloton, and Orica-GreenEDGE appear as well, but LottoNL-Jumbo are conspicuously absent. Lampre-Merida and Lotto-Soudal are poised as we enter the last five kilometers

Just outside the crucial three kilometer mark, there's a hefty crash with LottoNL-Jumbo, Trek and Southeast are all involved: it looks like Contador was held up and frantically trying to find his bike. A team-mate arriving on the scene, unclips, picks a glide through the bodies and hands over his bike straight away.

This has caused all sorts of mayhem and there are gaps appearing in the lined-out field. Lampre-Merida bang three guys on the front and tow it under the red kite.


Greipel is distanced, too much to do, and Lampre-Merida deliver Sacha Modolo to success and another stage win for the only 'Italian' team in the Giro. Trek's Giacomo Nizzolo is second ahead of Sky's Elia Viviani. It looked a little like Modolo drifted across to the right, off his line, but with home riders in the top three and no protest immediate from Nizzolo, there shouldn't be any problems.

Contador sprints home at 39”, teeth gritted, and with so many rain jackets on, it's a struggle to unpick whether any other contenders are in trouble. Porte is caught out, loosing around two more minutes … but Fabio Aru was on the right side of the tumble and inherits the maglia rosa. He's got 19 seconds on the Spaniard now. Given how the Giro has followed a script of pandemonium so far in 2015, I wouldn't bet on that lasting very long.

Keep it Pez for tomorrow's throwback 60-kilometer time trial - that sucker is long and we'll see some big moves on gc - here's what the Giro Roadbook says about the stage:

Stage 14 – TREVISO - VALDOBBIADENE (ITT) – 59.4km
• Route
A very long, demanding time trial, through the vineyards of Prosecco. The stage’s 59.4km are in two distinct parts. The first 30km, from Treviso to Conegliano, are on flat, wide, straight roads punctuated by a few roundabouts. The final 29.4km are very demanding, with a 3km categorised climb at 7% just the other side of Conegliano, and then rolling, winding roads through the hills on narrow, well-surfaced roads.

• Final kilometres
The last 3km are downhill until 400m from the finish line. A tricky left-hand bend on the descent, 750m from the finish, is followed by a right-hand bend, still on the descent, with 500m to go. Another right-hand bend, 400m before the finish, leads into the home straight, on 6m-wide asphalt at a gradient of 5.5% gradient.

Giro d'Italia Stage 13 Result:
1. Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida in 3:03:08
2. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek
3. Elia Viviani (Ita) Sky
4. Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha
5. Eduard Michael Grosu (Rou) Nippo-Vini Fantini
6. Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Lampre-Merida
7. Moreno Hofland (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo
8. Nicola Ruffoni (ITA) Bardiani-CSF
9. Luka Mezgec (Slo) Giant-Alpecin
10. Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling
11. Davide Appollonio (Ita) Androni-Giocattoli
12. Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Southeast
13. André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal
14. Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEDGE
15. Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Southeast at 0:04
16. Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha
17. Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha
18. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana
19. Alexandre Geniez (Fra)
20. Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
21. Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Katusha
22. Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek
23. Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team
24. Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
25. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo.

Giro d'Italia Overall After Stage 13:
1. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana in 54:20:55
2. Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo at 0:19
3. Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana at 0:14
4. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo at 1:38
5. Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana at 1:49
6. Rigoberto Uran (Col) Etixx - Quick-Step at 2:02
7. Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC at 2:12
8. Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar at 2:21
9. Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar at 2:40
10. Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha at 3:15
11. Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 3:25
12. Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini at 3:43
13. Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 3:57
14. Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin at 3:59
15. Leopold Konig (Cze) Sky at 4:24
16. Alexandre Geniez (Fra) at 4:46
17. Richie Porte (Aus) Sky at 5:05
18. Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC at 5:24
19. Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) BMC at 6:28
20. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Cannondale-Garmin at 6:40
21. Ion Izagirre (Spa) Movistar at 7:20
22. Mikel Nieve (Spa) Sky at 8:22
23. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo at 10:27
24. Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana at 14:57
25. Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana at 15:07.


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