News – Crashfest sees Shake up at the Giro


On a sprint stage, the rain sees crashes costing Contador who relinquishes overall lead to Aru as Sacha Modolo wins stage

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News – Crashfest sees Shake up at the Giro

A crash near the finish of stage 13 brought Tinkoff-Saxo’s team leader Alberto Contador to the ground and losing time to his rival Aru of Astana. Contador, who has worn the pink jersey since stage 5, lost 36 seconds to Fabio Aru, who assumes the lead ahead of the crucial individual time trial.

Despite a blow to the leg, Contador underlines that he remains motivated and will fight to recover quickly. “We were well positioned in the stage and we could see the crash coming. We were waiting for the 3km mark but, unfortunately, the crash took place 3,200 meters from the finish and as a result there was no neutralization. My first reaction, before checking if I was ok, was to try to get a bike as soon as I could in order to make it to the finish line” explains Alberto Contador.

“The time I lost wasn’t extraordinary, about 36 seconds, but it will be quite difficult to recover. However, what worries me more is the blow I received on my left leg because it seems I got hit by the chainring of another bike. This is what could potentially harm me the most. Hopefully, it’s nothing more than superficial wounds”.

“Nevertheless, I won’t lose my fighting spirit and I will keep a positive attitude. I will try to recover as soon as I can, put ice on my leg in order to limit the inflammation and then see what happens tomorrow”.

The 147km stage 13 from Montecchio Maggiore to Lido di Jesolo once again presented the riders with a day in the wet. Just before the 3km mark, the peloton split due to a crash in the first third of the field. A greatly reduced peloton of some 30-40 continued on, with Sacha Modolo (LAM) taking the win.


More bad luck for Porte
Team Sky suffered another setback at the Giro d’Italia following a late crash on the run into Jesolo on stage 13. Both Richie Porte and Leopold König were brought down in the pile-up.
With riders and bikes strewn across the wet road, Porte was forced to grab a bike from team-mate Vasil Kiryienka and ride to the finish, dropping two minutes and seven seconds to the lead peloton.

König crossed the line just seven seconds in front of his team-mate, also falling out of the top 10 overall. As further bad luck hit Porte, the Tasmanian now sits 17th overall, 5:05 back on new race leader Fabio Aru (Astana). König now occupies 15th, 4:24 adrift.

1. Sacha Modolo, Lampre-Merida 3:03:08
2. Giacomo Nizzolo, Trek Factory Racing
3. Elia Viviani, Team Sky
4. Alexander Porsev, Team Katusha
5. Eduard Michael Grosu, Nippo – Vini Fantini
6. Maximiliano Richeze, Lampre-Merida
7. Moreno Hofland, Team LottoNL-Jumbo
8. Nicola Ruffoni, Bardiani CSF
9. Luka Mezgec, Team Giant-Alpecin

46. Alberto Contador, Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:40
101. Bernhard Eisel, Team Sky 0:02:08
102. Richie Porte, Team Sky

1. Fabio Aru, Astana Pro Team 54:20:35
2. Alberto Contador, Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:19
3. Mikel Landa Meana, Astana Pro Team 0:01:14
4. Roman Kreuziger, Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:38
5. Dario Cataldo, Astana Pro Team 0:01:49
6. Rigoberto Uran, Etixx – Quick-Step 0:02:02
7. Damiano Caruso, BMC Racing Team 0:02:12
8. Andrey Amador, Movistar Team 0:02:21
9. Giovanni Visconti, Movistar Team 0:02:40
10. Yury Trofimov, Team Katusha 0:03:15

17. Richie Porte, Team Sky 0:05:05
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