Giro 2018 Stage 13: Royal sprint win Viviani, Yates retains in pink

The 13th stage of the Giro d'Italia travels on a flat route to Nervesa della Battaglia. Elia Viviani grabs the opportunity to sprint to his third victory. Sam Bennet comes in second, Danny van Poppel third. Simon Yates is still the overall leader. (Slideshow route/profile)

Results 13th stage 2018 Giro d’Italia

1. Elia Viviani (ita)
2. Sam Bennett (irl) s.t.
3. Danny van Poppel (nld) s.t.
4. Sacha Modolo (ita) s.t.
5. Ryan Gibbons (rsa) s.t.
6. Jean-Pierre Drucker (lux) s.t.
7. Manuel Belletti (ita) s.t.
8. Clement Venturini (fra) s.t.
9. Baptiste Planckaert (bel) s.t.
10. Jens Debusshere (bel) s.t.

GC after the 13th stage
1. Simon Yates (gbr)
2. Tom Dumoulin (nld) + 0.47
3. Thibaut Pinot (fra) + 1.04
4. Domenico Pozzovivo (ita) + 1.18
5. Richard Carapaz (ecu) + 1.56
6. George Bennett (nzl) + 2.09
7. Rohan Dennis (aus) + 2.36
8. Pello Bilbao (spa) + 2.54
9. Patrick Konrad (aut) + 2.55
10. Fabio Aru (ita) + 3.10

11. Miguel Ángel López (col) + 3.17
12. Chris Froome (gbr) + 3.20
13. Ben O’Connor (aus) + 3.25
14. Carlos Betancur (col) + 3.29
15. Sam Oomen (nld) + 3.40
16. Michael Woods (can) + 3.43
19. Sergio Henao (col) + 5.08
23. Wout Poels (nld) + 6.49

Race report
The flag is dropped and Vendrame, Tonelli, Irizar, Marcato and Zhupa are off. The peloton is okay with that and they race to a lead of more than 3 minutes in no time. The gap keeps hovering around 3 minutes for 130 kilometres.

In the last lap of 30 kms the lead falls below 1 minute. Tony Martin goes after the leaders with Krists Neilands, Eros Capecchi and Davide Ballerini on his wheel, but they don’t make it across.

With 6 kms left the front group is brought back before Marco Coledan jumps clear under the flamme rouge. Sacha Modolo overhauls him with a long-range sprint, but Elia Viviani squeezes through a gap and surges past to outpower each and everyone with an impressive sprint victory. Sam Bennett comes in second at a few bike lengths.

Tomorrow it’s back to the climbers and GC-guys with a high altitude stage and a summit finish at the insanely steep Monte Zoncolan.

Read also: route 13th stage 2018 Giro d’Italia.

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