Manxman notches up his third podium at his year’s edition.

At the start of stage 13, everybody knew this would be the sprinters’ last opportunity to fight for victory before next week’s stage in Treviso, but that didn’t stop a brave four-man breakaway from forming minutes after the flag was dropped and carving out a massive six-minute advantage over the peloton by the time they reached the bottom of the Colle di Nava climb (10.1km, 6.7%).

After cresting the summit, the fast men’s teams each sent a delegate at the front of the peloton to bring down the gap, which for a large chunk of time remained stuck at five minutes. From that moment on, it was heart-in-mouth stuff all the way until the finish, the bunch unleashing a wild chase. Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl had several men there, and they helped the field clock off about ten seconds per kilometer in the business end of the stage, but the escapees were still favourites to make it, as they carried a one-minute lead into the last ten kilometers.

The situation looked desperate for the bunch, but they continued to push a hard tempo that even split the group at one point. An average gradient of 2% in the closing two kilometers played into the chasers’ favour, who overhauled the four men an agonizingly 500 meters from the line. Despite having to come back from behind, Mark Cavendish produced another incredible sprint and took third place behind Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) in Cuneo, which the race visited for the first time in more than a decade.

“It wasn’t an easy stage, and we had to make sure it would be a sprint at the end of the day. We had to get over the climb, to chase the breakaway, which had a good gap, and the guys were incredible in the work they did. They showed huge commitment, but also a lot of strength and determination, working hard the entire stage, more than it was in their job description. The finale was hard, and coming into the last kilometer I knew I was a bit far back, but I gave everything I had and did the best sprint I could. I’m proud of the boys and their amazing work today”, said Mark after his 23rd top 3 finish at the Giro.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
3:18:16
2 Phil Bauhaus
Bahrain - Victorious
0:00
3 Mark Cavendish
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:00
4 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE Team Emirates
0:00
5 Alberto Dainese
Team DSM
0:00
6 Simone Consonni
Cofidis
0:00
7 Dries De Bondt
Alpecin-Fenix
0:00
8 Giacomo Nizzolo
Israel - Premier Tech
0:00
9 Andrea Vendrame
AG2R Citroën Team
0:00
10 Tobias Bayer
Alpecin-Fenix
0:00
86 Davide Ballerini
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:19
91 Bert Van Lerberghe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:47
94 Mauro Schmid
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:47
109 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2:35
154 Pieter Serry
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
7:44
160 James Knox
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
7:53
1 Juan Pedro López Pérez
Trek - Segafredo
54:37:23
2 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
0:12
3 João Almeida
UAE Team Emirates
0:12
4 Jai Hindley
BORA - hansgrohe
0:20
5 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis
0:28
6 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - Victorious
0:29
7 Domenico Pozzovivo
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
0:54
8 Emanuel Buchmann
BORA - hansgrohe
1:09
9 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - Victorious
1:22
10 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
1:23
30 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
18:21
79 Mauro Schmid
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:16:32
98 James Knox
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:39:34
121 Davide Ballerini
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2:08:26
158 Mark Cavendish
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2:54:52
161 Bert Van Lerberghe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2:57:00
162 Pieter Serry
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
3:04:15
1 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
238 pt
2 Mark Cavendish
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
121 pt
3 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE Team Emirates
117 pt
4 Mathieu van der Poel
Alpecin-Fenix
90 pt
5 Alberto Dainese
Team DSM
81 pt
6 Giacomo Nizzolo
Israel - Premier Tech
77 pt
7 Phil Bauhaus
Bahrain - Victorious
72 pt
8 Filippo Tagliani
Drone Hopper - Androni Giocattoli
70 pt
9 Simone Consonni
Cofidis
67 pt
10 Thomas De Gendt
Lotto Soudal
53 pt
25 Mauro Schmid
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
21 pt
27 Davide Ballerini
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
21 pt
63 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
6 pt
71 Bert Van Lerberghe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
6 pt
92 Pieter Serry
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2 pt
1 Diego Rosa
EOLO-Kometa
83 pt
2 Koen Bouwman
Jumbo-Visma
69 pt
3 Lennard Kämna
BORA - hansgrohe
43 pt
4 Jai Hindley
BORA - hansgrohe
40 pt
5 Bauke Mollema
Trek - Segafredo
30 pt
6 Wout Poels
Bahrain - Victorious
27 pt
7 Natnael Tesfatsion
Drone Hopper - Androni Giocattoli
26 pt
8 Davide Formolo
UAE Team Emirates
25 pt
9 Mirco Maestri
EOLO-Kometa
20 pt
10 Eduardo Sepúlveda
Drone Hopper - Androni Giocattoli
19 pt
29 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
6 pt
40 Davide Ballerini
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
3 pt
1 Juan Pedro López Pérez
Trek - Segafredo
54:37:23
2 João Almeida
UAE Team Emirates
0:12
3 Thymen Arensman
Team DSM
1:27
4 Iván Ramiro Sosa Cuervo
Movistar Team
7:39
5 Pavel Sivakov
INEOS Grenadiers
12:15
6 Santiago Buitrago Sánchez
Bahrain - Victorious
12:17
7 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
18:21
8 Vadim Pronskiy
Astana Qazaqstan Team
22:33
9 Luca Covili
Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè
24:44
10 Gijs Leemreize
Jumbo-Visma
25:42
24 Mauro Schmid
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:16:32
1 Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux 163:44:11
2 BORA - hansgrohe 2:52
3 Bahrain - Victorious 7:09
4 Trek - Segafredo 19:32
5 Jumbo-Visma 19:45
6 INEOS Grenadiers 25:05
7 Team DSM 25:21
8 Movistar Team 26:43
9 Astana Qazaqstan Team 40:10
10 UAE Team Emirates 44:52

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