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Deignan shares time losses as Contador consolidates lead

Posted 20 May 2011

Philip Deignan was not alone in losing time on stage 13 of the Giro d’Italia as Alberto Contador extended his race lead to more than three minutes with another commanding performance on the summit finish at Grossglockner.

Deignan reached the foot of the 13 kilometre long climb in the front group where he continued working for his Radioshack team leader Tiago Machado as the peloton started to reel in a 16 man break.

The break went clear just 11 kilometres into the 169 kilometre long stage from Spilimbergo and opened a lead of 4’50” over the midpoint second category Passo di Monte Croce Carnico as the Giro made its way into Austria.

All of the teams with the notable exception to Contador’s Saxo Bank-Sungard team and Vincenzo Nibali’s Liquigas-Cannondale team, were well represented in the break whose most dangers member was Pablo Lastras (Moviestar) having started the day 6’58 down in the GC.

An attempt by Robert Kiserlovski (Astana) to ride clear of the break collapsed on the lower slopes of the Grossglockner with a subsequent counter-attack from Pieter Weening (Rabobank) and Cayetano Jose Sarmiento (Aqua & Sapone) also being quick to fizzle out.

Deignan started to suffer as the race neared the final 11 kilometres and attacks by Jose Rujano (Androni-Giocattoli) and Michele Scarponi (Lampre-ISD) quickly reduced the front group to just 20 riders as Contador maintained his poise and control.

He bided his time until the final 8 kilometres where he used the steeper sections of the climb to simply ride away from his rivals. Scarponi tried and failed to hang on with Rujano once more proving himself to be the only rider capable of catching the Spaniard’s coattails.

The duo pulled out a 42 seconds lead as Rujano collected the maximum points in the mountains classification through the village of Kasereck as Scarponi, Nibali, Denis Menchov (Geox TMC), David Arroyo (Moviestar) and Roman Kreuziger (Astana) formed the chase group.

The cold and wet weather conditions did little to dampen Contador’s resolve over the remaining 7 kilometres where he put 1’36” in his biggest rivals. Rujano celebrated the stage win with John Gadret putting up another good performance to take third spot.

Deignan finished 39th on the stage coming in 5’01” down. He faces another tough day on team duty during stage 14 as the race makes its way over four categorised climbs to the notoriously steep finish on Monte Zoncolan.

Contador’s nearest rival in the overall GC is Nibali at 3’09” with Scarponi having moved to third just seven seconds further back.  Deignan has climbed to 73rd in the GC but is over 54’21” adrift.

Results:

2011 Giro d’Italia

Stage 13: Spilimbergo – Grossglockner, 167 kilometres

1. José Rujano Guillen (Ven) Androni Giocattoli 4:45:54  
2. Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard    
3. John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale at 0:01:27  
4. Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale at 0:01:29  
5. Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
6. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Pro Team Astana at 0:01:36  
7. Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
8. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
9. Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar Team    
10. Denis Menchov (Rus) Geox-TMC

39. Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Radioshack at 5 minutes, 01 seconds

General classification after stage 13:

1. Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard 49:40:58  
2. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale at 0:03:09  
3. Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre – ISD at 0:03:16  
4. David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Movistar Team at 0:03:25  
5. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Pro Team Astana at 0:03:29  
6. Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Blr) HTC-Highroad at 0:03:53
7. Igor Anto (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadie at 0:04:02
8. John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale at 0:04:06
9. Matteo Carrara (ItA) Vacansoleil-DCM at 0:04:35
10. Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale at 00:04:38

73. Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Radioshack at 54 minutes, 21 seconds

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