Another day in beautiful Sicily with the tifosi, another tricky undulating stage with a punchy finish which everyone was hoping would be as exciting as yesterday’s. And.It.Was. Enrico Battaglin (LottoNL-Jumbo) used his disappointment with yesterday’s third-place to fuel his sprint victory today, surging strongly across the line ahead of Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain-Merida) and Jose Goncalves (Katusha-Alpecin). Pretty much all the GC contenders, including race leader Rohan Dennis (BMC), finished safely in the peloton except for Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) who ran off the road into the long grass in the last 5km and lost 42 seconds.
Stage 14: Aglie to Oropa, 164km
Enrico Battaglin gave Bardiani-CSF their second win in succession as he overtook the leading threesome to claim victory in the final metres of the first category summit finish at Oropa.
Three weeks after the riders took the start in sunny Naples, the Giro d’Italia has finally completed its journey across the length and breath of Italy’s ‘boot’ from top to toe. The race has taken in the plains and the mountains, sunshine, rain and snow (a little too much of the latter two, sadly) and provided us with an ever-shifting tableau containing more drama, twists and turns and intriguing subplots than a Verdi opera.
We miss it already. To kick off our series of Giro reviews this week, here’s a quick stage-by-stage reminder of the story of the 2013 Giro d’Italia. Continue reading