Giro d’Italia: Ulissi takes stage 13 as Almeida consolidates lead

Italian outsprints leader to clinch eighth victory at his home Grand Tour event

 Italian rider Diego Ulissi  celebrates after winning the 13th stage of the 2020 Giro d’Italia. It was his eighth career stage victory. Photograph: Luca Zennaro/EPA

Italian rider Diego Ulissi celebrates after winning the 13th stage of the 2020 Giro d’Italia. It was his eighth career stage victory. Photograph: Luca Zennaro/EPA

 

Italian Diego Ulissi claimed a career eighth Giro d’Italia stage when he won Friday’s 13th stage, a 192km ride between Cervia and Monselice. The Team UAE Emirates rider outsprinted Joao Almeida, who consolidated his overall lead as second place earned the Portuguese a six-second time bonus. Austrian Patrick Konrad took third place.

The peloton was split in three in the last short but brutal climb of the day, with the sprint specialists being dropped. French man Arnaud Demare, winner of four stages and leader in the points classification, could not sustain the pace and abandoned all hope of victory with 18km left while triple world champion Peter Sagan chased in vain and was also left out of the sprint for victory. The 22-year-old Almeida now leads Dutch man Wilco Kelderman by 40 seconds. Saturday’s 14th stage is a 34.1km individual time trial between Conegliano and Valdobbiadene.

The Giro is being held amid growing Covid-19 fears after two teams pulled out earlier this week following positive tests. – Reuters

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