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Giro Stage 13: Unstoppable Petacchi

It seems Alessandro Petacchi can do nothing wrong in this year’s Giro d’Italia, winning stage 13 today and taking his fourth stage victory. Reminiscent of Mario Cipollini’s dominance one year ago, Petacchi easily overtook Cipo’s teammate Daniele Bennati and GC threat Stefano Garzelli who picked up a valuabe time bonus thanks to his 3rd place on the stage.

Stage 13 began in more great weather from Pordenone and covered 155 km into Marostica, a typcial transition stage between to major mountain stages. The general consensus overnight was that the feared Monte Zoncolan wasn’t as difficult as it was first predicted to be. “The Monte Zoncolan is faster at the start and more people can hang on where the Angliru is harder at the bottom. The Angliru and the Mortirolo are harder climbs than this one, “ was what CCC-Polstat rider and former Giro winner Pavel Tonkov explained to Il Gazzetta dello Sport.

Jan Svorada beat Italina Moreno DiBiase and Magnus Backstedt in the only intergiro sprint at the 25 km mark. The peloton would remain largely intact as they rode to the circuit around Marostica where the riders would make three laps and cover the 2.2 km Salita della Rosina. The second time up the climb there were mountain points available; Fredy Gonzalez, who has led the competition from the start of the Giro, took maximum points over Fortunato Baliani.

Baliani gave it a dig over the top, but was quickly picked up by the Mercatone Uno led peloton. Most of the talk overnight among the Italian press wasn’t about Simoni’s win yesterday or Garzelli’s defense, but about the re-birth of Marco Pantani and it seemed ‘Il Pirata’ was looking to make the most of his moment of glory to showcase his team.

The only real attack would come when Dario Frigo, erstwhile leader of Fassa Bortolo, made an effort on the third and final climb of the Salita della Rosina. He would be joined by two others, but it would be to no avail. The Fassa led peloton delivered Petacchi, the new king of the sprints, to an easy victory.

Thanks to his excellent third place time bonus, Stefano Garzelli closed his deficit to Simoni’s pink jersey to only 36”. Tomorrow’s stage is a real brute, covering three major mountain passes where the GC battle will be played out.

Stage Rusults

1. Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 3.38.58
2. Daniele Bennati (Ita) Domina Vacanze-Elitron
3. Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Vini Caldirola-SO.DI
4. Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) Vini Caldirola-SO.DI
5. Lorenzo Bernucci (Ita) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
6. Matteo Carrara (Ita) De Nardi-Colpack
7. Gerhard Trampusch (Aut) Gerolsteiner
8. Paolo Lanfranchi (Ita) Ceramiche Panaria-Fiordo

Overall

1. Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saeco 60.59.16
2. Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Vini Caldirolo-SO.DI 0.36
3. Andrea Noe (Ita) Alessio 2.23
4. Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago 3.00
5. Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Lampre 4.14
6. Raimondas Rumsas (Ltu) Lampre 4.20
7. Georg Totschnig (Aut) Gerolsteiner 4.42
8. Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Alessio 4.49

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