2013 Giro d'Italia

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2013 Giro d'Italia
2013 UCI World Tour, race 15 of 28
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Race details
Dates 4–26 May
Stages 21
Distance 3,405 km (2,116 mi)
Palmares
Winner  Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) (Astana)
Second  Rigoberto Urán (COL) (Team Sky)
Third  Cadel Evans (AUS) (BMC Racing Team)

Points  Mark Cavendish (GBR) (Omega Pharma-Quick Step)
Mountains  Stefano Pirazzi (ITA) (Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox)
Youth  Carlos Betancur (COL) (Ag2r-La Mondiale)
Team Team Sky
Team Points Movistar Team
2012
2014

The 2013 Giro d'Italia was the 96th edition of the Giro d'Italia, one of cycling's Grand Tours. It started in Naples and finished in Brescia. Vincenzo Nibali of team Astana won the general classification.

Teams and riders[edit]

As a UCI World Tour race, the Giro was obliged to invite all teams in the UCI's top division—the ProTour teams—and these teams were obliged to take part. At the beginning of the season, there were, as in recent years, 18 ProTour teams, and the race organisers issued four wildcard invitations to fill the usual quota of 22 teams for the event.[1] However, Team Katusha successfully appealed against its loss of ProTour status to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and the UCI decided against demoting any of the other teams;[2] meaning that 23 teams took part in the Giro, as happened under a special dispensation in 2011. The participating teams were:

*: Pro Continental teams given wild card entry to this event.

Pre-race favourites[edit]

2012 Giro winner Ryder Hesjedal, Bradley Wiggins, winner of the 2012 Tour de France, and Vincenzo Nibali were among the favourites for overall victory. Other possible contenders included Michele Scarponi, Cadel Evans, Robert Gesink and Samuel Sánchez.[3][4]

Route and stages[edit]

The Giro arrives at the final destination Brescia

On 30 September 2012 the complete route was announced in Milan. For the first time since 2008, the first stages of the race (eight in total) took place in the south of Italy.[5] The island of Ischia also hosted a stage for the first time in 54 years.[6]

In 2013, the race paid tribute to the victims of the Vajont Dam disaster of 1963, but also to composer Giuseppe Verdi in stage 13 and to famous cyclist and triple Giro winner Gino Bartali in stage 9. There was speculation before the race that some sections of the route may also be relevant for contenders of the world championships in Florence.[7][8]

In a revocation of a rule change in the 2012 race, all mass-start stages again awarded time bonuses to the first three riders, 20, 12, and 8 seconds respectively. In 2012, stages classified high-mountain did not award time bonuses. This Giro was also the first to feature two intermediate sprints per road stage, rather than only one. These sprints awarded points to the points classification and bonus seconds in the general classification.[9]

List of stages
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
1 4 May Naples 130 km (81 mi) Flat stage  Mark Cavendish (GBR)
2 5 May Ischia to Forio 17.4 km (11 mi) History.gif Team time trial Team Sky
3 6 May Sorrento to Marina di Ascea 222 km (138 mi) Medium-mountain stage  Luca Paolini (ITA)
4 7 May Policastro Bussentino to Serra San Bruno 246 km (153 mi) Medium-mountain stage  Enrico Battaglin (ITA)
5 8 May Cosenza to Matera 203 km (126 mi) Flat stage  John Degenkolb (GER)
6 9 May Mola di Bari to Margherita di Savoia 169 km (105 mi) Flat stage  Mark Cavendish (GBR)
7 10 May San Salvo to Pescara 177 km (110 mi) Medium-mountain stage  Adam Hansen (AUS)
8[10] 11 May Gabicce Mare to Saltara 54.8 km (34 mi) History.gif Individual time trial  Alex Dowsett (GBR)
9 12 May Sansepolcro to Florence 170 km (106 mi) Medium-mountain stage  Maxim Belkov (RUS)
13 May Rest day
10[11] 14 May Cordenons to Altopiano del Montasio 167 km (104 mi) Mountainstage.svg Mountain stage  Rigoberto Urán (COL)
11 15 May Cave del Predil to Erto e Casso 182 km (113 mi) Medium-mountain stage  Ramūnas Navardauskas (LTU)
12 16 May Longarone to Treviso 134 km (83 mi) Flat stage  Mark Cavendish (GBR)
13 17 May Busseto to Cherasco 254 km (158 mi) Flat stage  Mark Cavendish (GBR)
14 18 May Cervere to Bardonecchia 180 km (112 mi) Mountainstage.svg Mountain stage  Mauro Santambrogio (ITA)
15 19 May Cesana Torinese to Col du Galibier Valloire 149 km (93 mi) Mountainstage.svg Mountain stage  Giovanni Visconti (ITA)
20 May Rest day
16 21 May Valloire to Ivrea 238 km (148 mi) Medium-mountain stage  Beñat Intxausti (ESP)
17 22 May Caravaggio to Vicenza 214 km (133 mi) Flat stage  Giovanni Visconti (ITA)
18 23 May Mori to Polsa 20.6 km (13 mi) History.gif Individual time trial  Vincenzo Nibali (ITA)
19 24 May Ponte di Legno to Martell 139 km (86 mi) Mountainstage.svg Mountain stage Stage cancelled
20 25 May Schlanders to Tre Cime di Lavaredo 203 km (126 mi) Mountainstage.svg Mountain stage  Vincenzo Nibali (ITA)
21 26 May Riese Pio X to Brescia 197 km (122 mi) Flat stage  Mark Cavendish (GBR)

Race overview[edit]

The 2013 Giro d'Italia featured cold and wet weather, leading Bicycling magazine to call it "one of the more grueling Grand Tours in recent memory."[12][13] During the first week of the race it looked like it may be a close contest that came down to the final stages.[12] On the eighth stage, a time trial, Vincenzo Nibali took over the pink jersey (given to the overall leader).[13] Early departures by contenders Ryder Hesjedal and Bradley Wiggins took much of the drama out of the race. By the final stages, all Nibali had to do was remain upright to claim victory. ESPN's Andrew Hood described his performance as "three nearly perfect weeks of racing."[12] "Nibali revealed he is a complete rider, handling the stresses and demands of racing both on and off the bike," wrote Hood.[12] Nibali called winning the Giro "a dream" and said it was unlikely he would compete in the Tour de France.[12] It was the first time an Italian won the race outright since 2010.[13]

Others with strong performance in the Giro d'Italia included Carlos Betancur, Mark Cavendish, Cadel Evans, and Rigoberto Urán. Riding in his first grand-tour event, 23-year-old Betancur finished fifth overall and won the best young rider's jersey. He had two second places on stages during the race. "I won my Giro", he said.[12] Cavendish won five stages – all bunch sprints – and the points jersey. He became the fifth rider to win the points jersey at all three grand-tour races.[12] Evans was written off by many commentators following a poor 2012 season, but bounced back with a third place finish at the Giro. In so doing, he became the oldest rider to reach the podium since 1928. "I wasn't even planning on racing this Giro until a few weeks before it started, so to be [third] isn't so bad," he said.[12] Urán won the tenth stage, and took second overall. His second place finish came despite his loss of 1:30 on stage seven when he waited for teammate Bradley Wiggins to catch up to him.[13] It was the best finish by Colombian rider since 1995.[12]

Classification leadership[edit]

In the 2013 Giro d'Italia, four different jerseys were awarded. For the general classification, calculated by adding each cyclist's finishing times on each stage, and allowing time bonuses for the first three finishers on mass-start stages, the leader received a pink jersey. This classification is considered the most important of the Giro d'Italia, and the winner is considered the winner of the Giro.[14]

A mountain pass with paved roads.
Some of the 48 hairpin turns near the top of the eastern ramp of the Passo dello Stelvio, which was planned to be the Cima Coppi of the 2013 Giro d'Italia, but was removed from the route (stage 19 was eventually cancelled) because of heavy snow and freezing temperatures.

Additionally, there was a points classification, awarding a red jersey. In the points classification, cyclists received points for finishing in the top 15 in a stage. Unlike in the better known points classification in the Tour de France, the type of stage has no effect on what points were on offer – each stage had the same points available on the same scale. The winner earned 25 points, second place earned 20 points, third 16, fourth 14, fifth 12, sixth 10, and one point fewer per place down to a single point for 15th. In addition, points could be won in intermediate sprints.[14]

There was also a mountains classification, the leadership of which was marked by a blue jersey. In the mountains classifications, points were won by reaching the top of a climb before other cyclists. Each climb was categorized as either first, second, third, or fourth-category, with more points available for the higher-categorized climbs. The Cima Coppi, the race's highest point of elevation, was worth still more points than the other first-category climbs.[14] The fourth jersey represents the young rider classification, marked by a white jersey. This was decided the same way as the general classification, but only riders born after 1 January 1988 were eligible.[14]

There were also two classifications for teams. In the Trofeo Fast Team classification, the times of the best three cyclists per team on each stage were added; the leading team was the team with the lowest total time; the Trofeo Super Team was a team points classification, with the top 20 placed riders on each stage earning points (20 for first place, 19 for second place and so on, down to a single point for 20th) for their team.[14]

The rows in the following table correspond to the jerseys awarded after that stage was run. In a break with the practice of recent years, defending Giro champion Ryder Hesjedal wore the pink jersey during the first stage.

Stage Winner General classification
Pink jersey
Points classification
Red jersey
Mountains classification
Blue jersey
Young rider classification
White jersey
Trofeo Fast Team Trofeo Super Team
1 Mark Cavendish Mark Cavendish Mark Cavendish Giovanni Visconti Elia Viviani Orica-GreenEDGE Orica-GreenEDGE
2 Team Sky Salvatore Puccio Salvatore Puccio Team Sky
3 Luca Paolini Luca Paolini Luca Paolini Willem Wauters Fabio Aru Team Katusha Team Katusha
4 Enrico Battaglin Giovanni Visconti
5 John Degenkolb
6 Mark Cavendish Mark Cavendish
7 Adam Hansen Beñat Intxausti Rafał Majka
8 Alex Dowsett Vincenzo Nibali Wilco Kelderman Astana Orica-GreenEDGE
9 Maxim Belkov Cadel Evans Stefano Pirazzi Blanco Pro Cycling BMC Racing Team
10 Rigoberto Urán Rafał Majka Team Sky Team Sky
11 Ramūnas Navardauskas
12 Mark Cavendish Mark Cavendish
13 Mark Cavendish
14 Mauro Santambrogio
15 Giovanni Visconti Carlos Betancur
16 Beñat Intxausti Movistar Team
17 Giovanni Visconti
18 Vincenzo Nibali Rafał Majka Team Sky
19 Stage cancelled
20 Vincenzo Nibali Vincenzo Nibali Carlos Betancur
21 Mark Cavendish Mark Cavendish Movistar Team
Final Vincenzo Nibali Mark Cavendish Stefano Pirazzi Carlos Betancur Team Sky Movistar Team

Final standings[edit]

Legend
  Pink jersey   Denotes the leader of the General classification   Green jersey   Denotes the leader of the Mountains classification
  Red jersey   Denotes the leader of the Points classification   White jersey   Denotes the leader of the Young rider classification