Colombia’s memorable Baby Giro continued in Asiago as Alejandro Osorio (Colombia National Team) retook the race leader’s pink jersey in the Queen Stage of the event, as teammate Cristian Munoz won the team’s third stage of the race.
An 11 man group which established itself after the third category climb of Scale de Primolano, following an attack by Marlon Gaillard (Vendee U). Merging with another break as the GC favourites bided their time behind, the 23 leaders began the climb of Monte Grappa with 3:50 over the pink jersey group of Mark Donovan (Team Wiggins).
Cresting the race’s highest point, the hors categorie Monte Grappa first was Gaillard, who at that point had a lead of 1:50 over a group containing Gino Mader (IAM-Excelsior), Johannes Schinnagel (Tirol Cycling Team) and 18 other riders including stage 5 winner Einer Rubio.
Gaillard’s lead over the Mader/Rubio group had grown to 2:40 by the foot of the descent of Monte Grappa, with Markus Wildauer (Tirol Cycling Team) in no man’s land in between, Gaillard having a lead of around 4 minutes over the gruppo containing the pink jersey and most of the overall favourites.
Climbing the category 1 ascent of Foza, which peaked just under 20km from the finish, it was a case of every man for himself. The pink jersey group was rapidly closing in on the leaders on the road but Alexandr Vlasov (Russia National Team), lying third overall, had by now joined Munoz and Rubio in a three man leading group which was being pursued solo by Joao Almeida (Hagens Berman).
With 10km remaining, the trio had a lead of 38 seconds on Almeida, 1:50 on Luca Covili (Mastromarco Sensi FC Nibali), Sean Bennett (Hagens Berman) and Rob Stannard (Mitchelton BikeExchange), with Osorio, Luigi Pietrini (GS Maltatinti Lampadori) and Nicolas Saenz (Equipo Lizarte) at 1:50 and the pink jersey at 2:26.
Broadly that was how it remained to the finish, where Munoz outsprinted Rubio for the victory, with a tiring Vlasov tailing in 8 seconds in arrears.
Osorio now leads the general classification by 8 seconds from Vlasov, with Donovan third at 23 seconds. Cristian Munoz moved up to 4th overall at 1:01 and in 5th place is Almeida at 1:06.
There should be little movement in the overall standings on tomorrow morning’s Stage 9a, but we all thought that about Stage 6. Assuming there is little change in the morning, the top three will be engaged in a close pursuit-style time trial for the final pink jersey.
Anything seems to be possible in this race, but it appears unlikely that Munoz or Almeida will close over a minute on Osorio, so the winner of the overall competition should be one of Osorio, Vlasov or Donovan.
1. Cristian Muñoz Lancheros (COL, Nazionale Colombia) 157,4 km in 4h16’08” alla media di 36,871 km/h
2. Einer Augusto Rubio Reyes (COL, Nazionale Colombia) s.t.
3. Alexander Vlasov (RUS, Nazionale Russa) s.t.
4. Joao Almeida (POR, Hagens Berman Axeon) a 31”
5. Robert Stannard (AUS, Mitchelton-BikeExchange) a 1’19”
6. Sean Bennett (USA, Hagens Berman Axeon) a 1’20”
7. Luca Covili (ITA, Mastromarco Sensi Nibali) a 1’21”
8. Aldo Caiati (ITA, Zalf Euromobil Désirée Fior) a 1’24”
9. Alejandro Osorio Carvajal (COL, Nazionale Colombia) a 1’24”
10. Nicolas Saenz Ballestreros (SPA, Equipo Lizarte) a 1’24”
Altri italiani: 24. Alessandro Covi (Team Colpack) a 3’08”; 26. Alberto Giuriato (CT Friuli) a 3’10”; 29. Matteo Bellia (IAM Excelsior) a 4’53”.
1. Alejandro Osorio Carvajal (COL, Nazionale Colombia) 1102 km in 27h46’04” alla media di 39,680 km/h
2. Alexander Vlasov (RUS, Nazionale Russa) a 8″
3. Mark Donovan (GBR, Team Wiggins) a 23″
4. Cristian Muñoz Lancheros (COL, Nazionale Colombia) a 1’01”
5. Joao Almeida (POR, Hagens Berman Axeon) a 1’06”
6. Stephen Williams (GBR, SEG Racing Academy) a 1’20”
7. Robert Stannard (AUS, Mitchelton-BikeExchange) a 2’13”
8. William Barta (USA, Hagens Berman Axeon) a 2’48”
9. Michel Ries (LUX, Polartec-Kometa) a 3’04”
10. Luca Covili (Mastromarco Sensi Nibali) a 5’07”
Altri italiani: 13. Alessandro Covi (Team Colpack) a 6’07”; 21. Matteo Bellia (IAM Excelsior) a 11’56”; 22. Alberto Giuriato (CT Friuli) a 13’34”.
Maglia Rosa Enel – Leader della classifica generale: Alejandro OSORIO CARVAJAL (COL, Nazionale Colombia)
Maglia Rossa Vodafone – Leader della classifica a punti: Robert STANNARD (AUS, Mitchelton-BikeExchange)
Maglia Verde Friliver® Sport – Leader Gran Premio della Montagna: Cristian MUÑOZ LANCHEROS (COL, Nazionale Colombia)
Maglia Bianca Pirelli – Leader della classifica dei Giovani: Alejandro OSORIO CARVAJAL (COL, Nazionale Colombia), indossata da Mark DONOVAN (GBR, Team Wiggins)
Maglia Azzurra GLS – Leader della classifica Intergiro: Michele CORRADINI (ITA, Mastromarco Sensi Nibali)
Maglia Nera Pinarello – Ultimo della classifica generale: Gianmarco BEGNONI (ITA, Viris Vigevano Lomellina)
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