Stage 13: Lead-Out Man Earns Reward
Vuelta Stage 13: Burgos – Santander 189.8 km
Another day for the sprinters as the golden bunch closes in on Sunday’s “death march” to Angliru. It was Cipo’s lead-out man Giovanni Lombardi, a resident of Madrid, who stole the show after breaking away with 15 others early in the day.
– This report filed by Osvaldo Menйndez –
Giovanni Lombardi has been living in Madrid for three years with his girlfriend. One day he decided to change his whole and life and moved to Spain. He, who is a sprinter, lives in Madrid and trains in the mountain range of Madrid. But then he goes to his own country and works for Cipollini. Now, he is one of the best riders in the world and that is why he is taking part in Vuelta a Espaсa; thanks to him Cipollini won three stages and that is why he became the winner today near Sardinero beach surrounded by Italian riders.
The thirteenth stage of Vuelta a Espaсa covered the way between Burgos and Santander; this route had a dangerous point , as well as quite good stretches that allowed the attempts to break away from the calm in the group. The descent from Portillo de la Sнa was quite tense but caused no problems at all and the Italian riders took advantage of it.
They just wanted to get to the finish line in a small group and they got it. All along the way, there were numerous attempts to break away but only six riders got the round of applause in the streets of Santander, that were crowded with people.
If we place Oscar Laguna in the group of six, it is easy to understand that the triumph was not for him, as he was escorted by Lombardi, Bramati, Bossoni, Velo and Caucchioli: too many good Italian riders for just one Spanish one. However, the Relax-Fuenlabrada rider tried as hard as he could and then Caucchioliґs decisions resolved the race.
There were no doubts during the home stretch. They did not look back at all; thanks to this behaviour, Lombardi was escorted to the finish line.
Lombardi knew that, under those circumstances, he was going to be the winner and rounded the day off. He addmitted that this triumph is really important for his professional career because now he is working for Cipollini.
Kelme-Costa Blanca did not have problems controlling the advantage of the riders in the break and therefore, Oscar Sevilla is leader overall once again and Aitor Gonzбlez second position. We must not forget the Angliru next Sunday.
Results – Stage 13
1є LOMBARDI, Giovanni ITA ACQ 4:11:21
2є BRAMATI, Davide ITA MAP m.t.
3є BOSSONI, Paolo ITA TAC m.t.
4є VELO, Marco ITA FAS m.t.
5є CAUCCHIOLI, Pietro ITA ALS m.t.
6є LAGUNA, Oscar ESP REL m.t.
7є PEREIRO, Oscar ESP PHO a 18
8є HAUPTMAN, Andrej SLO TAC a 22
9є FOFONOV, Dmitri KAZ COF a 22
10є GUERRA, Alessandro ITA INA a 22
Overall – After Stage 13
1є SEVILLA, Oscar ESP KEL 45:51:22
2є GONZALEZ, Aitor ESP KEL a 1
3є HERAS, Roberto ESP USP a 1:42
4є MAYO, Iban ESP EUS a 2:04
5є BELOKI, Joseba ESP ONE a 2:04
6є ZUBELDIA, Haimar ESP EUS a 2:47
7є GARCIA CASAS, Fйlix ESP BIG a 3:05
8є TRENTIN, Guido ITA COF a 3:34
9є MILLAR, David GBR COF a 3:36
10є JAKSCHE, Jцrg GER ONE a 3:51