Team Sky: 'Even without Mikel Landa we showed we're still in the Giro d'Italia'

Team Sky get a stage win just days after leader Mikel Landa abandoned the Giro d'Italia

Mikel Nieve after winning stage 13 of the Giro d'Italia. Photo: Graham Watson

(Image credit: Watson)

Team Sky lost their chance to win the Giro d'Italia overall when Mikel Landa fell ill and abandoned on Tuesday, but it says it "showed its riders are still in the race" with Mikel Nieve's win on stage 13 in Cividale del Friuli.

Nieve escaped with 25 others in the stage through Italy's northeast region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia and dropped his last companion, former Team Sky rider Joe Dombrowski (Cannondale) on the second to last climb. He won by 48 seconds over Giovanni Visconti (Movistar).

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.