Jesolo - Italian Astana rider Fabio Aru took over as leader of the Giro
d'Italia from crash victim Alberto Contador on Friday after the rain-hit
13th stage was won by Sacha Modolo.
Italian Modolo hung on in a
sprint finish on his home stage to edge compatriots Giacomo Nizzolo and
Elia Viviani at Jesolo, near Venice.
A mass crash less than 5km
from the line saw long time race leader Contador fall of his bike and
the 40secs dropped on Aru saw the pink jersey handed to the Italian by
19 seconds heading into Saturday's time-trial.
Porte also took a tumble and lost over 2 minutes and is now well down the
rankings and out of contention at nearly 6 minutes off the pace.
The 24-year-old Aru, who finished third overall last year, takes the leader's jersey for the first time in his career.
"It's a great feeling to finally wear the pink jersey," said the delighted Aru.
waited since the beginning of the race to finally take the lead and now
I can look forward to the time-trial tomorrow (Saturday).
"Today (Friday) was very hard, in bad weather, on a route that was flat but with lots of roundabouts and other paraphernalia.
"I was always at the front, in a good position to avoid possible falls, and what happened, happened.
I'm just thinking of tomorrow. It is going to be a very important
stage. I will give it everything. But the Giro ends next Sunday in
Milan, not before."
Spaniard Mikel Landa is third overall at 1min 14secs.
a day of steady rain and run over 147km of flat racing, a trio of
Italian Marco Frapporti, Frenchman Jerome Pineau and German Rick Zabel
opened up an escape before being reeled in towards the finale.
accident then played havoc with the chances of several contenders,
including Contador, before the rest of the pack raced for home.
then came down to a long sprint finish that Modolo won by half a bike
length after being led in by two of his Lampre teammates.
I've won a stage, my great companion, colleague and friend, Max
Richeze, gave me the perfect lead-out, and I just finished off the work
of my team," said Modolo.
"At Fiuggi, I was disappointed with
myself. At Forl the breakaway made it so I didn't get the chance to
sprint, so it was destiny that I would win my home stage.
"I have so many friends standing at the barriers from San Vendemiano, my home village, that this experience is unforgettable."
will feature a tough 59.4km time-trial from Treviso to Valdobbiadene
and is guaranteed to shake up the overall standings and give Contador a
chance to recover his lost time.
Results from the 13th stage of the Giro d'Italia, held over 147km between Motecchio Maggiore to Jesolo on Friday:
1. Sacha Modolo (ITA/LAM) 3hr 03min 08sec, 2. Giacomo Nizzolo (ITA/TRE) same time, 3. Elia Viviani (ITA/SKY) s.t., 4. Aleksandr Porsev (RUS/KAT) s.t., 5. Eduard-Michael Grosu (ROU/NIP) s.t., 6. Maximiliano Richeze (ARG/LAM) s.t., 7. Moreno Hofland (NED/LNL) s.t., 8. Nicola Ruffoni (ITA/BAR) s.t., 9. Luka Mezgec (SLO/GIA) s.t., 10. Heinrich Haussler (AUS/IAM) s.t.
1. Fabio Aru (ITA/AST) 54hr 20min 35sec, 2. Alberto Contador (ESP/TIN) at 19sec, 3. Mikel Landa (ESP/AST) 1:14, 4. Roman Kreuziger (CZE/TIN) 1:38, 5. Dario Cataldo (ITA/AST) 1:49, 6. Rigoberto Uran (COL/ETI) 2:02, 7. Damiano Caruso (ITA/BMC) 2:12, 8. Andrey Amador (CRC/MOV) 2:21, 9. Giovanni Visconti (ITA/MOV) 2:40, 10. Yury Trofimov (RUS/KAT) 3:15