Visconti Soloes to Victory in Stage 15 of Giro d'Italia 2013

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05/20/2013| 0 comments
by Gerald Churchill
Giovanni Visconti on his way to victory in stage 15 of 2013 Giro d'Italia Fotoreporter Sirotti

Visconti Soloes to Victory in Stage 15 of Giro d'Italia 2013

Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) has notched his team's second stage win of this year's Giro d'Italia. The Italian was the solo survivor of a daylong break, and he held off the field to win Stage 15, a mountainous, 149-km ride from Cesana Torinese to the Pantani Memorial on the Col du Galibier in France, in 4:40:48.

“To a degree, I planned today’s move. All Giro I had been hoping to get into the breakaway on one of the really mythical stages. I told my father and friends that I hoped to get into a fugaccia [a special break] in a tappaccia [a special stage]. I’ve never before felt what Vincenzo [Nibali] feels, riding these stages at the front. Today I felt it.

“In the final kms, you saw me crying, but for the last 3 kms I was crying inside. I knew I could win the stage. I thought of the coincidence of finishing near Marco’s memorial. We share the same birthday. I thought of him and asked him for the strength to finish. Someone said to me today, a circle is closed. A year ago I quit the race on Stage 15, today I won Stage 15. I hope that from now a new career starts for me.”

In the overall, Nibali leads Cadel Evans (BMC) by 1:26 and Rigoberto Uran (Sky) by 2:46. Tuesday's stage 16 will not change this state of affairs. The 238-km run from Valloire, France to Ivrea, Italy will take the riders back over the Col du Mont Cenis and down to a rolling landscape. With 18 km left, the riders will breast the Category 3 Andrate. A break will probably win this stage. Who will be in it? Check in at www.roadcycling.com and find out!

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