Giro d'Italia Live: Rubio wins reduced stage 13; Thomas keeps hold of the pink jersey; Pinot and Capeda miss out on stage in bad-tempered battle; Pedersen abandons; Evenepoel Tour of Britain-bound?

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Cycling Weekly will keep you up to date as the Giro d’Italia enters the mountains. Stage 13 had been designed as one of the toughest days of the race, but has been shortened due to the foul weather. Still, the Crans-Montana mountain top finish remains, so could yet see fireworks. 

The stage is now only 74.6km long and due to commence at 14:00 BST, from the foot of the Croix de Coeur La Châble, which will be the first of the day's two climbs.



The riders are currently standing waiting in the rain at the unofficial start. You do have to wonder whether going ahead with the neutralised start really is necessary, as once they’ve ridden a couple of hundred metres they’ll hop back off and head immediately back to the team buses to be driven to the new official start at the bottom of the Croix de Coeur. Most are being sheltered under umbrellas and looking very cold. The quirks of professional cycling, eh?

That’s that done then. The riders are dismounting and scrambling to get back into the shelter and warmth of their team buses.



Geraint Thomas

Thomas in the pink jersey

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And now, as Sean Kelly would say, we play the waiting game, before the race's new official start-time of 13:30 BST

stage 13 route

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So what will the weather be like once the riders do set off?


Most of the riders asked at the Giro about the decision to shorten the stage have been in agreement that it was the right thing to do, but there have been some dissenters.

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The Ineos team bus

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The Giro isn’t the only race taking place today — the second stage of the women’s Vuelta a Burgos is already underway, as is the fourth stage of the men’s 4 Days of Dunkirk. There’s excitement in the former, too, with wind blowing and echelons forming. One of the top contenders for the GC, Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, is caught in a group behind the reduced peloton. We’ll keep you updated with what happens.

So, the official details of the stage are: it will start at La Châble at 13:30 BST, will be only 74.6km long, and, as planned, finish at the Crans Montana summit.

Update: the start has been delayed by another half hour. Rather than start at 13:30 BST, it will now be 14:00. Some team buses are still making their way to the new start, and riders will need time on the rollers to warm up properly.

Crucially, it is still dry, which should mean the riders are willing to race hard and that the roads are relatively safe. But this has been a seriously compromised start, which must be a stressful time for the riders. Will they have time to warm up properly? This could be a very intense start given the shortest of the stage and the fact it's uphill from the off, so anyone insufficiently ready could be in trouble.

Just fifteen minutes now until the start. There’s going to be another neutralised zone of 600 metres before the official start, which could be hectic as riders vie for position before they start climbing the Croix de Coeur. 

From Adam Hansen’s comments it seems the riders’ main concern was the Croix de Coeur and its potentially dangerous descent, and that the removal instead of the first half of the stage was a compromise offered by RCS. The Croix de Coeur remains, and should be safer considering the dry conditions, but still does look a little lairy.

The riders are off! They're in the new neutralised zone and about to start racing. This is going t be interesting...

Attacks are flying from the off as riders try to get into the breakaway. It looks like it’ll be a very hard one for the break to survive given the shortness of the stage and difficulty of the climbs, but several are trying anyway.

Given how much their preparations were compromised and how the race immediately starts climbing the Croix de Coeur, not to mention all the illnesses circulating the peloton, some riders could get caught out early on.

EF Education-EasyPost’s Jefferson Alexander Cepeda is currently out in front alone, with a large chase group just a handful of seconds behind, followed closely by the peloton. 

Now Groupama-FDJ are making a move, with a domestique pacing Thibaut Pinot on his wheel. They’re accompanied by about another ten riders, Hugh Carthy among them. This group is now at the front. 

70km to go: As well as Cepeda and Carthy, EF also have Ben Healy in this group, and he's setting the pace. This is an interesting move for the team, as Carthy is still up there on GC, in twelth at 3-22.

69km to go: Ineos Grenadiers weren't happy with that group, and have shut it down.

68km to go: We have a GC rider out the back: Jack Haig. He is eleventh overall at 2-58 on the overall classification, but did go down in a crash yesterday. 


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67km to go: Six more riders have joined Cepeda at the front, including Pinot again. The Frenchman appears to be after more points in the KOM, seeing as he is currently second in that classification. But will he be allowed much leeway considering his GC credentials, and the fact he is still only 4-48 down?

66km to go: That lead group in full: Cepeda, Pinot, Valentin Paret-Paintre, Bruno Armirail, Derek Gee and Matthew Riccitello.They’ve got a promising lead of 30 seconds over the peloton.

65km to go: The composition of that group is changing as the road continues uphill - Pinot’s teammate Armirail has been dropped while Einer Rubio has bridged up. Rubio also went over the intermediate sprint first to take three bonus seconds.

64km to go: Ineos Grenadiers are setting a tempo, but are allowing the breakaway group a bit of a gap. It’s up to one minute.

63km to go: Pinot is at the front of the group now and has upped the pace. Only Gee, Rubio and Cepeda are able to follow.

62km to go: Bahrain-Victorious have taken over from Ineos in the peloton. Santiago Buitrago is setting a pace with team leader Damiano Caruso in tow. The gap is now 1-30.

61km to go: That was a short-lived effort by Bahrain, and it’s Ineos who are back on the front. Not long now till the summit.

60km to go: Rain jackets are being adorned en masse as we approach the summit and subsequent descent. This is the downhill the riders were worried about, so fingers crossed everyone stays safe.

59km to go: Pinot reaches the top first to take the maximum KOM points, ahead of Rubio. The peloton still has about two minutes left to climb.

Peloton, Ineos

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57km to go: The leaders haven't had any problems so far on the descent, but the rain is starting to fall steadily now, and it certainly looks like a dodgy one.

53km to go: Valentin Paret Peintre has descended his way back into the lead group. He’s descending much quicker than the rest, and has made his way to the front of the group and is opening a gap.

47km to go: The riders have now reached the wider, less scary part of the descent. Paret-Paintre is back with the other breakaway riders, and their lead is now over three minutes.

36km to go: Almost four minutes now for the break. Ben Swift is leading the peloton as they approach the valley road, having dug very deep to stay in contention on the climb, and return to the peloton on the descent. 


30km to go: Back to the Giro - Ineos are keeping the gap beneath four minutes on the valley road leading up to the final climb. The lead group will want as much time as possible before starting that climb to give themselves a chance of a stage win.

21km to go: The presence of Pinot in this group appears to be concerning Ineos. They are going quickly on this valley, surely aware that the Frenchman is still an outside GC contender at 4-48. With the gap now at 3-24, he is now up to fifth on the virtual overall classification.


14km to go: Cohesion is breaking down in the lead group. The riders are gesticulating towards each other and not working together as they were earlier. They’re in danger of letting their stage win dreams fade on this valley road, with their lead down to under three minutes.

13km to go: The breakaway group is on the climb! You suspect Pinot will want to drop the others ASAP, given how frustrated he's grown at their lack of help.

12km to go: Here’s the inevitable Pinot attack! He’s left three of the others for dust, but Cepeda - the rider he was especially annoyed at for not helping - is on his wheel.

11km to go: Rubio has now dragged his way back to Pinot and Cepeda. Pinot tried to attack as soon as he did, but the trio are still together. They have 2-40 on the peloton, which is being led by Ineos’ Ben Swift.

Croix de Coeur

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9km: Pinot is riled. He’s putting in multiple attacks, but Cepeda keeps coming back, much to his frustration.

9km to go: Things are much calmer in the peloton, where Swift is still setting the pace and no attacks have been made

8km to go: Just as Rubio makes it up to Pinot and Cepeda again, Pinot attacks yet again. He's got a few seconds, but it looks like the pattern might repeat again with Cepeda dragging him back. 

7km to go: There's been an attack from the peloton, but not by one of the GC threats. It’s Lorenzo Fortunato, who is 26th at 15-56.

6.5km to go: Cepeda and Rubio are back with Pinot. Try as he might, the Frenchman just can’t shed him. 

6km to go: You can probably predict this update: Pinot has attacked again, and Cepeda and Rubio have hauled themselves back to him again. All this acrimony at the front no longer seems to be harming their chances of holding off the peloton, however - their gap is currently 3-12.

5.5km to go: At last there’s a move of interest from the peloton in terms of the GC race. Hugh Carthy has attacked, and has a few seconds. He’s twelfth overall at 3-22.

5km to go: And just after Carthy attacks, his EF teammate Cepeda also makes a move - and he has a gap! Neither Pinot nor Rubio can follow.

4km to go: Pinot looked in serious trouble there, but he's got himself together and made it back to Cepeda. Rubio's not far behind either. Looks like this one could go down to the wire between the three. 

3.5km to go: Meanwhile Carthy is up to Fortunato, and the two are working together. Still no moves from any of the major GC players though.

2.5km to go: Carthy ad Fortunato are 20 seconds ahead of the peloton, which is being led by Ineos' Pavel Sivakov.

2km to go: Cepeda attacks again, but can't get a gap this time. This is looking increasingly like it's going to be a three-up sprint. 

2km to go: Carthy has now dropped Fortunato. 

1km to go: Finally some action in the GC group as Bahrain-Victorious takeover from Ineos. And now Caruso attacks!

1km to go: Pinot is tightening is shoes as the sprint nears.

Cepeda attacks!

Rubio counters...and wins!


Eddie Dunbar has attacked from the peloton, and is charging after Carthy.

Carthy reaches the line a few seconds ahead of a seven-man chase, featuring Dunbar, Thomas and Roglic. 

After such a ding-dong battle between Pinot and Cepeda, of course it was the third wheel, Rubio, who was going to take the stage victory. 

Cepeda started his sprint very early in the final kilometre, and did manage to get a gap, before Rubio slowly clawed his way back. For a time after Cepeda was caught and passed, Pinot remained in contention, just a few bikelengths behind, but he ran out of steam before the line. 

It's just as well we were treated to some vintage Thibaut Pinot drama, as this stage was a bit of let-down in terms of the GC race. There were small gaps between the seven-man group that made it to the finish featuring Thomas, Roglic and Almeida, but not big ones. 

Thanks for tuning in today. Was a dramatic day from start to finish, albeit it for difference reasons, and we got to see plenty of racing despite the compromises.

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