Italy’s Giacomo Nizzolo of the Qhubeka team sprinted to victory in the 13th stage of the Giro d’Italia on Friday before the race heads for the mountains. Egan Bernal of Ineos again held the leader’s pink jersey before the the feared Monte Zoncolan on Saturday.
“Finally an easy day, tomorrow we have a hard day,” said Colombian Bernal, the 2019 Tour de France champion.
“Now we have to start thinking about tomorrow. You never know what can happen, we take no risks.
“It would be special (to win at Zoncolan).”
European and Italian champion Nizzolo outsprinted compatriot Edoardo Affini with Slovak Peter Sagan taking third place.
It was the 27th career victory for the 32-year-old Nizzolo but his first on a Grand Tour.
On Friday, the sprinters had their last chance to impress on the flat over 123 miles from Ravenna north to Verona. The stage marked the 700th anniversary of the death of Italian literary giant Dante Alighieri whose tomb is in Ravenna, on the Adriatic coast.
GIRO D’ITALIA STAGE 13 RESULTS
|1||NIZZOLO Giacomo||Team Qhubeka ASSOS||4:42:19|
|2||AFFINI Edoardo||Team Jumbo-Visma||0:00|
|3||SAGAN Peter||BORA – hansgrohe||0:00|
|4||CIMOLAI Davide||Israel Start-Up Nation||0:00|
|5||GAVIRIA Fernando||UAE-Team Emirates||0:00|
|6||OLDANI Stefano||Lotto Soudal||0:00|
|7||PASQUALON Andrea||Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux||0:00|
|8||KANTER Max||Team DSM||0:00|
|9||VIVIANI Elia||Cofidis, Solutions Crédits||0:00|
|10||GROENEWEGEN Dylan||Team Jumbo-Visma||0:00|
|1||BERNAL Egan||INEOS Grenadiers||53:11:42|
|2||VLASOV Aleksandr||Astana – Premier Tech||0:45|
|3||CARUSO Damiano||Bahrain – Victorious||1:12|
|4||CARTHY Hugh||EF Education – Nippo||1:17|
|5||YATES Simon||Team BikeExchange||1:22|
|6||BUCHMANN Emanuel||BORA – hansgrohe||1:50|
|7||EVENEPOEL Remco||Deceuninck – Quick Step||2:22|
|8||CICCONE Giulio||Trek – Segafredo||2:24|
|9||FOSS Tobias||Team Jumbo-Visma||2:49|
|10||MARTÍNEZ Daniel Felipe||INEOS Grenadiers||3:15|
RBA/AFP Photos: Bettini