Barolo - Colombia's Rigoberto Uran has won stage 12 of the Giro d'Italia on
Thursday, taking control of the leader's pink jersey from Cadel Evans
following a 41.9-kilometre time-trial.
Pharma-QuickStep rider Uran claimed his first individual time-trial
success after posting a best time of 57min 34sec, Australian Evans
endured a difficult day in the Piedmont vineyards, finishing third, 1min
34sec down on the Colombian, to relinquish the overall lead.
Diego Ulissi was second, 1min 17sec adrift, in a rain-hit stage that
saw Uran take a 37sec lead from Evans in the general classification.
incredible, I'm really surprised. I didn't think that I would win it,"
said a delighted Uran, who became the first Colombian to wear the pink
jersey following his second career Giro stage victory.
doing a lot of work over the winter. I was fourth in the Tour of
Romandie (individual time-trial) and so that was a good sign. I'm lost
for words - it's incredible."
Meanwhile, Evans struggled to negotiate drying roads as the rain subsided just before the final riders tackled the course.
time through the first intermediate check-point was only good enough
for ninth but the veteran Aussie began to close the gap on his rivals
over the latter part with the notable exception of Uran.
"I wasn't able to give everything," said Evans, who came close to sliding off the road at the finish.
"I had said these past few days that Rigoberto seemed relaxed but I didn't expect that he would be as strong."
However, a philosophical Evans claimed losing the overall lead was not necessarily the worst outcome.
lose the pink jersey is not a tragedy. It's perhaps even an advantage
given what awaits us," said the 2011 Tour de France champion.
for an under the weather Nairo Quintana, one of the pre-race favourites,
he lost 2min 41sec to his fellow countryman Uran on the day, leaving
him almost 3min 30sec off the pink jersey.
"I gave it my all right
the way through but I found it difficult to breathe. I hope that things
will get better," said Quintana, who was complaining of a throat
Polish cyclist Rafal Majka, who was fourth in
Thursday's time-trial, is third overall at 1:52 with climbing specialist
Domenico Pozzovivo fourth at 2:32.
Uran, silver medallist in the
men's road race at the 2012 London Olympics, finished second in last
year's Giro having initially started the race in support of Team Sky
leader Bradley Wiggins, who abandoned the 2013 event after 12 stages.
stage 13, a 157km ride from Fossano to Rivarolo, will provide sprinters
with one final chance to impress before the race heads to the
Results from the 12th stage of the Giro d'Italia, a 41.9km individual time trial between Barbaresco and Barolo on Thursday:
1. Rigoberto Uran (COL/OPQ) 57min 34sec, 2. Diego Ulissi (ITA/LAM) at 1min 17sec, 3. Cadel Evans (AUS/BMC) 1:34, 4. Rafal Majka (POL/TIN) 1:39, 5. Gianluca Brambilla (ITA/OPQ) 1:53, 6. Wout Poels (NED/OPQ) 2:00, 7. Wilco Kelderman (NED/BKN) 2:03, 8. Thomas De Gendt (BEL/OPQ) 2:07, 9. Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA/ALM) 2:09, 10. Patrick Gretsch (GER/ALM) 2:12, 11. Dario Cataldo (ITA/SKY) 2:23, 12. Jos Herrada (ESP/MOV) 2:25, 13. Nairo Quintana (COL/MOV) 2:41, 14. Michael Rogers (AUS/TIN) same time, 15. Kanstantsin Siutsou (BLR/SKY) 2:46, 16. Fabio Aru (ITA/AST) 2:55, 17. Damiano Cunego (ITA/LAM) 3:04, 18. Matteo Rabottini (ITA/NRI) 3:09, 19. Stefano Pirazzi (ITA/BAR) 3:20, 20. Ryder Hesjedal (CAN/GRM) 3:22
Chris Anker Srensen (DEN/TIN)
Tobias Ludvigsson (SWE/GIA)
1. Rigoberto Uran (COL/OPQ) 49h 37min 35sec, 2. Cadel Evans (AUS/BMC) at 37sec, 3. Rafal Majka (POL/TIN) 1min 52sec, 4. Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA/ALM) 2:32, 5. Wilco Kelderman (NED/BKN) 2:50, 6. Nairo Quintana (COL/MOV) 3:29, 7. Fabio Aru (ITA/AST) 3:37, 8. Wout Poels (NED/OPQ) 4:06, 9. Steve Morabito (SUI/BMC) 4:20, 10. Robert Kiserlovski (CRO/TRE) 4:41, 11. Ivan Basso (ITA/CAN) 5:09, 12. Pierre Rolland (FRA/EUC) 5:45, 13. Gianluca Brambilla (ITA/OPQ) 5:57, 14. Diego Ulissi (ITA/LAM) 6:24, 15. Matteo Rabottini (ITA/NRI) 6:48, 16. Ryder Hesjedal (CAN/GRM) 6:55, 17. Maxime Monfort (BEL/LTB) 7:01, 18. Kanstantsin Siutsou (BLR/SKY) 7:31, 19. Alexis Vuillermoz (FRA/ALM) 7:36, 20. Damiano Cunego (ITA/LAM) 8:42