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93rd Giro d'Italia - Stage 14
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Date: 5/22/2010
93rd Giro d'Italia - Stage 14

93rd Giro d'Italia - Stage 14
Team Liquigas Strikes Back - Nibali and Basso top Podium

© 210 Gazzetta dello Sport

2010 Giro d'Italia
Jersey Leaders -  After Stage 13

Maglia Rosa:  Richie Porte Saxo Bank
Maglia Rossa: Jerome Pineau Quick Step
KOM:  Matthew Lloyd  Omega Pharma/Lotto
U26:  Richie Porte Saxo Bank
Team: Saxo Bank
Stage 13 Live

Saturday 22  May
Stage 14: Ferrar - Asolo  205 km
Vincenzo "the Shark" Nibali  of Liquigas won with impressive style finishing solo in Asolo; taking his first Giro d'Italia victory and his third win of the season. The 'Man from Messina' attacked on the descent of the off the front of  the lead group of teammate Ivan Basso, Michele Scarponi with Cadel Evans at 10 seconds.

Evans joined Scarponi in the chase on the descent. Nibali opened a gap of 45 seconds on his way to the finish. Cadel Evans and Michele Scarponi led the chase as Ivan Basso sat on.

Astana's Alexander Vinokourov followed over the summit with Carlos Sastre (Cervélo TestTeam) in tow at 1:08. Dropping Sastre on the Descent Vino put in a hard and fast pursuit but he was no match for the quartet ahead as they made the descent in rain.

The fresher rider Basso won the three up sprint for second with Scarponi (Androni Giocatteli) third and Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) fourth all  coming in at 33 seconds.

Vinokourov finished alone to claim 5th at 1:33 with the five favorites each gaining time on their rivals.

David Arroyo (Caisse d'Epargne) came in with the sfecond chase group of ten riders  that included Lampre's Damiano Cunego, Carlos Sastre,  and Wiggins at 3:25.

4:46 seconds after Nibali's solo victory, Maglia Rosa, Saxo Bank's Richie Porte led who had been paced by team mate Chris Sorensen from the climb where he lost contact  to the finish came up short by a minute to to keep the race lead lost it to David Arroyo and is second in G.C. at 1:02.

Stage 14 Saturday 22  May: Ferrar - Asolo  205 km    © 210 Gazzetta dello Sport

The stage started with the sign in of 164 survivors of the last 14 days as the brave, bold and toughest started the last week of  of the Italian Grand Tour. It wasn't long before the action got under way with 26 riders attacking the peloton; no doubt seeking to duplicate the runaway success of stage 11.

The group that included, Gilberto Simoni, Facci, Cummings, Grivko, McEwen were faced by stiff resistance from the Acqua & Sapone team backed up by Colnago who led the chase. The group gained as much as 30 seconds before Team Liquigas got involved and neutralized the group after 29 kilometers.

With 175 km to go William Bonnet (Bouyuges Telecom) was the next to lead an attack joined by SKY's Steven Cummings, Damien Monier (Cofidis), Markus Eibegger (Footon/Servetto)  and Colnago/CSF Inox's Alessandro Bisolti. With  8 km later Filippo Pozzato joined the group of 5.

The sextet got the approval of the bunch and quickly moved up the road opening a 7:35 gap on the peloton by the 55 km marker.  the lads would max out their advantage as they raced through  Padua with 8 minutes with 140 km to go.

Undaunted, the six worked well together and passed through sprint in Camposampiero where the points were taken by Bonnet, Monier and Bisolti in that order. The continued to hold onto an advantage of 5:35 as they passed the halfway point of the stage.

Through the sprint in Asolo, with  74 km to go, Pozzato won the points with Cummings and Bisolti on his wheel with a  five minute gap over the peloton led by Lampre and Liquigas who obviously had plans for the final Category 1 climb of Mont Grappa. Approaching the 19 km long climb the gap had fallen to 4:32.

On the climb Liqigas took control on the front with Sylovester Szmyd taking the lead with Ivan Basso and Vincenzo Nibali on point as the riders behind settled in for the long struggle to the summit. The accelerations of  Szmyd soon started putting riders in trouble as Simoni (Lampre) and race leader Richie Porte found themselves in trouble falling off the pace. Porte had plenty of companions in the group as Chris Anker Sorensen took up a position in front to set the pace for his Saxo Bank leader.

Ahead an  Attack by Alessandro Bisolti split the leaders group With Damien Monier only able to hold his wheel behind Cummings, Pozatto and Bonnet struggled to rejoin.  Behind Szmyd continued to inflict damage on the group the included all the favorites: Basso, Nibali, Cunego, Arroyo, Wiggins.

Bisolti attacked again and the acceleration dropped Monier, with 10 km to the summit the Colnago rider was on a solo attack of the cat one summit 50 km from the finish.

Szmyd continued to pound away on the front as Sastre lost contact and then Vinkourov  and then Evans. Behind the gap was growing to the Maglia Rosa gruppo to over two minutes.

Wiggins was the next to attack catching and passing Eibegger and Pozatto, and then team mate Cummings; the SKY duo worked together trying to close the gap. Pozatto

With 48 km to go Bisolti led Monier by 20 seconds with the Wiggins and Cummings at 1:20, Nibali & company at 1:25 and the maglia Rosa group losing ground at over three minutes.

3 kilometers from the summit Bisolti looked fried as the grade kicked up along with the wind and rain that opened up on the riders. Behind an Attack by Vincenzo Nibali split the group again with Scarponi bridging and then joined by basso. Behind Evans, Cunego, Wiggins and Arroyo sweated at a minute with Bisolti and Monier the two leaders.

Cadel Evans went on the counter as up front Bisolti and Monier were swept up by the three Italians: Nibali, Basso and Scarponi. Evans put in a powerful performance almost catching the trio as they went over the summit led by Scarponi.

Nibali attacked on the descent opening a 30 second gap as the rain fell harder on the riders, Scarponi on the chase with Basso on his wheel were caught by Evans with 35 km to go. Behind Chris Anker Sorensen faithfully set the pace on the maglia rosa group for Richie port still on the climb at over a three minute deficit.

Behind Vino and Sastre and went over the summit at 40 seconds; but Vinokourov flew down the descent in the rain dropping the Spanish tour winner. 

Vincenzo Nibali was flat out at 25 km to go with a gap of 50 seconds as temporary allies Evans and Scarponi traded the lead of the chase with Basso along for the ride. Vinokourov followed fighting every inch of the road to trying to regain his rivals; a group of ten with led Cunego, Wiggins, Arroyo, Bauke Mollema, Linus Gerdemann, and Sastre et all followed Vino at another 1:38... Behind Sorensen led the Porte gruppo over the summit at over 4 minutes.

The final 20 kilometer was a simple pursuit between Nibali for the win, and to take back time on the G.C. - followed by rivals Evans. Basso, Scarponi  and Vinokourov - the final pursuit followed with second placed Caisse d'Epargne's Arroyo in the ten man group with Sastre, Cunego attempting to gain the time over Porte to end up in the pink shirt at the end of the stage.

One guy who has to be acknowledged today is Chris Anker Sorensen who led his team mate and the group all the way to the finish trying to keep the Maglia Rosa in his team on Richie Porte's shoulders. The Dane got damn little help doing a great  job today; bringing young Richie Porte home to the finish at 4:46 only 40 seconds off hanging on to his pink jersey for another day.

Tomorrow's stage to the summit finish on Monte Zoncolan should prove to be more of the same with the favorites gutting themselves to get back into the game and close the final  7 to ten minutes they remaining they lost on stage 11 to get back into contention for the overal victory.

The question that is on everyone's minds tonight is how much tax will Nibali, Scarponi, Basso, Evans and Vinokourov pay on the final climb to the summit tomorrow in what will prove to be perhaps the most decisive day of this years Giro.

Stage 14 Results
Ferrar - Asolo 
205 km -
4:57:51 - 41.9 km/h
1 Nibali Vincenzo Ita Liq  Liquigas/Doimo  4:57:51 
2 Basso Ivan Ita Liq Liquigas/Doimo  0:23
3 Scarponi Michele Ita And  Androni Giocattoli 0:23

4 Evans Cadel Aus Bmc  BMC Racing 0:23
5 Vinokourov Alexandre Kaz Ast  Astana 1:34

6 Samoilau Branislau Blr Qst  Quick Step 2:25
7 Mollema Bauke Ned Rab Rabobank 2:25
8 Cunego Damiano Ita Lam  Lampre/Farnese Vini 2:25
9 Gerdemann Linus Ger Mrm  Team Milram 2:25
10 Pinotti Marco Ita Thr  HTC/Columbia 2:25
11 Wiggins Bradley Gbr Sky  Team SKY 2:25
12 Arroyo Duran David Esp Gce Caisse d'Epargne 2:25
13 Tondo Volpini Xavier Esp Ctt  Cervélo TestTeam 2:25
14 Sastre Candil Carlos Esp Ctt  Cervélo TestTeam 2:25
15 Cioni Dario David Ita Sky  Team SKY 2:31

General Classification After Stage 6
1 Arroyo Duran David Esp Gce Caisse d'Epargne 61:22:54 
2 Porte Richie Aus Sax Saxo Bank 0:39
3 Tondo Volpini Xavier Esp Ctt  Cervélo TestTeam 2:12

4 Kiserlovski Robert Cro Liq  Liquigas/Doimo 2:35
5 Gerdemann Linus Ger Mrm Team Milram 3:52

6 Sastre Candil Carlos Esp Ctt Cervélo TestTeam 5:27
7 Wiggins Bradley Gbr Sky  Team SKY 6:32
8 Nibali Vincenzo Ita Liq Liquigas/Doimo 6:51
9 Vinokourov Alexandre Kaz Ast  Astana 7:15
10 Evans Cadel Aus Bmc  BMC Racing 7:26
11 Basso Ivan Ita Liq Liquigas/Doimo 7:43
12 Scarponi Michele Ita And  Androni Giocattoli 9:02
13 Pinotti Marco Ita Thr  HTC/Columbia 10:23
14 Karpets Vladimir Rus Kat  Katusha 10:45
15 Cunego Damiano Ita Lam Lampre/Farnese Vini 11:11
16 Agnoli Valerio Ita Liq Liquigas/Doimo 12:27

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