Fabio Aru won the 2014 Giro d’Italia Stage 15 toward the boast Montecampione in impressive fashion, launching a herculean attack on the final wax to finish ahead of Fabio Duarte and Nairo Quintana, as shared by Cycling Central : The most difficult stage for the riders up until this luff, Stage 15 was wide expected to impact the cosmopolitan classification, and it did n’t disappoint. Pink drawing card Rigoberto Uran lost 43 seconds in full, though he would widen the break with Cadel Evans and Rafal Majka.
|2014 Giro d’Italia Stage 15 Results|
|5||Rigoberto Uran||Colombia||Omega Pharma – Quick Step||+42|
|6||Rafal Majka||Poland||Tinkoff – Saxo||+57|
|7||Franco Pellizzotti||Italy||Androni – Venezuela||+1:08|
|10||Cadel Evans||Australia||BMC Racing||+1:13|
On Sunday, the Giro honoured early achiever Marco Pantani, whose attack toward Montecampione in 1998 was the stuff of legends. Organisers were hoping for similar fireworks on Sunday, and Uran ‘s difficulties in Saturday ‘s stage made such a scenario a very real possibility.
|2014 Giro d’Italia Leaderboard|
|1||Rigoberto Uran||Colombia||Omega Pharma – Quick Step||63:26:39|
An early flight of 12 racers was predictably given a large gap on the pack, as everyone knew this slipstream would be decided in the final stages, and the riders fighting for the pinko jersey did n’t have to fear anyone gaining excessively much on them. Team Sky ‘s Philip Deignan was one of those 12, and he broke the race open early in the rise to Montecampione, leaving julian Arredondo in his wake. Behind those two, Domenico Pozzovivo and Quintana once again looked edgy, having already impressed in the final ascent of Saturday ‘s stage. Evans besides looked fresh, while Uran ‘s teammates fell victim to the explosion of Deignan, leaving the Giro drawing card isolated at the front of the race. An approach from Pierre Roland made all of the leaders leave the saddle, signaling the very get down of the hardest climb the riders have faced in the 2014 Giro so far. RunningAndCycling could see the independent challengers preparing to make life hapless on Uran: Rolland found Deignan at the front man of the race, but all eyes turned toward the group behind, where Evans and Pozzovivo had difficulties containing themselves amid a unmanageable spell for Uran. The colombian finally found the wheel of Aru, using him as a pacemaker for the more unmanageable parts of the rise.
And when Aru and Fabio Duarte made their jump, Uran followed. Quintana had to dig deep to try and follow the three, while Evans on the spur of the moment collapsed and had to let go. OPQS Cycling Team could n’t believe it : Quintana did n’t just bridge the gap, he attacked vitamin a soon as he joined the group containing Uran, who at this point could n’t believe his luck. Following the wheel of Aru, the young Italian had effectively given the pinko leader a spare sink for most of the final climb. Aru would explode one more time near the vertex, and only Quintana could follow, scantily, igniting the italian fans gathered on the flanks. Duarte fought bravely in the background, while Uran seemed to run into a wall, losing previous time on the leaders. Rolland tried to play his depart, but he merely could n’t cope with the impressive footstep from the young Italian. Quintana would launch his attack inside the final examination kilometer, but by that meter, Aru had already taken besides a lot of a go on the colombian for the latter to make a return. Vellocast ‘s John Galloway was in truth impress by the child: Aru held on until the finish channel, honouring the memory of Pantani in epic poem fashion. Quintana ‘s third-place finish mean he would come closer to compatriot Uran in the general classification, though the latter would well hold on to the pink as the pack heads for a day of rest.
The colombian will need it, however, as Uran has shown signs of weakness in back-to-back races nowadays. Without the avail of his teammates, the acclivitous finishes have caused the leader to struggle indeed far, and the Giro will be hitting mountainous terrain for most of following week. Evans will besides need to find himself during the day off, as there just is no explanation for his collapse on Sunday. The Australian has always been a solid passenger when defending a star, but attacking has never been his strongest befit. The darling for the pink jersey will have no early choice when the Giro returns on Tuesday, however, and the following three stages should make for some must-watch television.
Gian Mattia D’Alberto