Posted by Editoress on 09/6/13
The birth of a champion in Catalunya
Young climber Warren Barguil of Argos-Shimano, the second youngest rider of the Vuelta after his team-mate Nikias Arndt, soloed to victory at Castelldefels. The 21-year-old escaped from a front group comprising very experienced riders like Michele Scarponi and Rinaldo Nocentini to demonstrate his enormous talent. Only a year ago Barguil won the Tour de l'Avenir.
A champion was born at the Vuelta, but the event lost a few riders before and during stage 13: Sebastian Lander (BMC) and Vicente Reynes (Lotto-Belisol) didn't take the start. A crash at km 10 forced Pablo Lastras (Movistar) and Laurens Ten Dam (Belkin) to call it quits. Troubled since Monday by a knee lesion, Catalan rider David De La Cruz (NetApp-Endura) also pulled out, as did Frenchman Laurent Mangel (FDJ.fr) later on.
Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida) passed the coll de la Torreta (km 23) in first position ahead of Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) but it took a while before the main breakaway of the day took shape after many skirmishes. With 90km to go, 18 were away: Benat Intxausti (Movistar), Mikaël Chérel and Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R-La Mondiale), Warren Barguil (Argos-Shimano), Bauke Mollema (Belkin), Ivan Santaromita (BMC), Antonio Piedra and Amets Txurruka (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Jérôme Coppel (Cofidis), Egoi Martinez (Euskaltel), Michele Scarponi (Lampre-Merida), Jelle Vanendert (Lotto-Belisol), Iker Camano (NetApp-Endura), Gianni Meersman (OPQS), Christian Meier (Orica-GreenEDGE), Vassil Kiryenka and Xavier Zandio (Team Sky) and Tomasz Marczynski (Vacansoleil-DCM).
Orica-GreenEDGE pulled the bunch and reduced the deficit to less than two minutes before the first category climb of Alto del Rat Penat that included 22% steep sections. Scarponi was alone in the lead when Gianpaolo Caruso and Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) split the bunch into pieces. Around fourty riders, including all the favorites, gathered at the top of the climb (km 119) 1:40 behind Scarponi whose presence at the front motivated race leader Nibali to get his team-mates chasing.
With 45 km to go, Scarponi was rejoined by Intxausti, Nocentini, Barguil, Mollema, Santaromita, Txurruka, Coppel, Martinez and Zandio, followed by the bunch two minutes behind. Surprisingly, the gap increased to three minutes at km 37 until the FDJ.fr team moved to the front of the peloton, but it was too late. Intxausti crashed in a tunnel, rulling out his chance for a victory. Coppel and Martinez tried their luck eight kilometres before the finish but were reeled in three kilometres further, first by Scarponi, second by the rest of the group.
Just before the 1-km to go banner, Barguil took a chance, attacked and claimed a brilliant solo victory . Race leader Nibali came safely home, 2:43 behind the young super talent from Argos-Shimano and will wear the red jersey again in stage 14, the first of three Pyrenean stages, from Baga to Andorra/Col de la Gallina (155.7 km).
Vuelta press release
Results from the thirteenth stage in Spain
|Stage 13: Valls to Castelldefels, 169 km|
|1 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano||4:00:13|
|2 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale||at 0:07|
|3 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team|
|4 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team|
|5 Xabier Zandio Echaide (Esp) Sky Procycling|
|6 Amets Txurruka (Esp) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA|
|7 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida|
|8 Egoi Martinez (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi||all s.t.|
|9 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits||0:24|
|10 Benat Intxausti (Esp) Movistar Team||2:34|
|91 Christian Meier (Can) Orica-GreenEDGE||4:57|
|1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team||49:29:02|
|2 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff||at 0:31|
|3 Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Movistar Team||0:46|
|4 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard||s.t.|
|5 Joaquim Rodriguez (Esp) Katusha||2:33|
|6 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale||2:44|
|7 Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling||2:52|
|8 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr||3:35|
|9 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff||3:46|
|10 Daniel Moreno (Esp) Katusha||3:56|
|99 Christian Meier (Can) Orica-GreenEDGE||1:24:37|
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