Like in the previous days, a group of five riders went up the road but the peloton closed the gap 6km before the finish and the expected bunch sprint was set up. The BORA – hansgrohe equipe took control over the pace in the peloton and wanted to achieve another good result with their sprinter Sam Bennett, who sprinted to another podium result for BORA – hansgrohe as he crossed the line in 2ndplace behind stage winner E. Viviani.
The 13th day at the Giro d’Italia was again a day destined for the fastest wheels in the peloton. At 13:00 the riders left Ferrara and went on a completely flat course over 180km to the city of Nervesa della Battaglia. Two intermediate sprints, one at the 70km mark and the second one after 127km of racing were taken today. Over the last kilometres the route ran totally flat, therefore another bunch sprint was expected.
The Team Tactics
The team started into today´s stage with two victories and five podium results, therefore the team was confident to go for another top result today. This meant that the team’s priority would be to deliver Sam Bennett to the finish in a position to go maybe for his third stage win.
Like in the previous stages a five-man breakaway escaped relatively early into the 180km long stage and built a gap of three minutes. The peloton, with BORA – hansgrohe ridding in, held the front group on a short leash. The breakaway was gone for most of the stage, BORA – hansgrohe pulled hard in front of the peloton to control the gap. With 13km to go the race had to face a short climb, where BORA – hansgrohe stayed again in the front of the main bunch and set the pace together with Quick-Step Floors. 6km before the finish the five escapees were caught and the race came alive. As approaching the finale, the sprinters teams started to form their lead-out, BORA – hansgrohe sprinter Sam Bennett stayed on the wheel of E. Viviani. A battle between the BORA – hansgrohe rider and Quick-Step Floors rider saw Viviani crossing the line first ahead of yesterday´s stage winner Bennett.
01 E. Viviani 3:56:25
02 S. Bennett +0:00
03 D. van Poppel +0:00
From the Finish Line
“The team worked again perfectly together and protected me the whole day. In the finale I couldn´t overtake Viviani I was a little too far behind and couldn’t make back the ground but I am happy with my second place. Tomorrow will be a really tough stage, where I want to support our GC contenders as best as possible.” – Sam Bennett
“Even today: Big compliment to the whole team. After Sam’s two stage victories, of course, we were motivated to go for another good result, which meant again a lot of work for us. We aren´t here with just a sprinter team, we also have two riders in the overall ranking. But we followed the plan and the boys worked good together. Sam took second after 5km sprint without a lead-out. I think that shows his great shape. Tomorrow will be a day for the GC contenders but with this spirit at the moment we are confident, we will see what the outcome will be.”– Christian Pömer, sports director