Zero and that’s three! Jonathan Milan won the thirteenth stage of the Giro d’Italia 2024 by being the fastest in the sprint in Cento, in a flat 179-kilometer fraction, which was shaken by strong winds.

In the definition the Italian, who achieved his third victory in the current edition of the Corsa Rosa, was the strongest among the sprinters defeating Polish Stanisław Aniołkowski (Cofidis) and German Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain – Victorious), who came in 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

The day’s breakaway was composed of three Italians Manuele Tarozzi (VF Group Bardiani-CSF Faizanè), Alessandro Tonelli (VF Group Bardiani-CSF Faizanè) and Andrea Pietrobon (Polti Kometa), who strengthened his leading position in the classification by the most kilometers in the breakaway. In the first, fifth and ninth stages, the Italian already managed to ride 376 kilometers in the breakaway.

More than 60 kilometers from the finish, INEOS Grenadiers set a very strong pace that caused the peloton to split in two, taking by surprise Jonathan Milan (Lidl Trek), Einer Rubio (MovistarTeam) and Esteban Chaves (EF Education EasyPost), who were cut off in a second group.

Behind the Lidl-Trek men struggled to bring their sprinter and favorite for the stage win back to the head of the race. After some hard work the second peloton finally managed to reconnect. Calm returned, but it came too late for the lead group. The three men were caught by the peloton.

Then Martin Marcellusi (VF Group-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè) and Dries De Pooter (Intermarché-Wanty) attacked. The duo never gained a big lead. In the final kilometers, the two escapees were caught and sprint trains formed at the head of the peloton.

In the final sprint it was again Jonathan Milan, who managed to beat all his rivals. Despite the opposition of Colombian Fernando Gaviria, who tried to surprise the Italian from afar, however, the man in the purple jersey showed no mercy and won his third stage in this Giro.

As for the Colombian sprinters, Fernando Gaviria (Movistar) tried from afar, but in the end he was overtaken by several rivals and had to settle for 6th place, while Juan Sebastian Molano (UAE Team Emirates) came in 7th place.

The Corsa Rosa will continue this Saturday with stage 14, a key time trial day of 31.2 kilometers, which will take the riders from Castiglione delle Stiviere to Desenzano del Garda.

Giro d’Italia 2024 (2.UWT)
Results Stage 13 | Riccione – Cento (179 km)

1 Jonathan MilanLidl – Trek4:02:03
2 Stanisław AniołkowskiCofidis,,
3 Phil BauhausBahrain – Victorious,,
4 Tim van DijkeTeam Visma | Lease a Bike,,
5 Hugo HofstetterIsrael – Premier Tech,,
6 Fernando GaviriaMovistar Team,,
7 Juan Sebastián MolanoUAE Team Emirates,,
8 Laurence PithieGroupama – FDJ,,
9 Giovanni LonardiTeam Polti Kometa,,
10 Alberto DaineseTudor Pro Cycling Team,,

Clasificación General Individual

1 Tadej PogačarUAE Team Emirates49:24:38
2 Daniel Felipe MartínezBORA – hansgrohe2:40
3 Geraint ThomasINEOS Grenadiers2:56
4 Ben O’ConnorDecathlon AG2R La Mondiale Team3:39
5 Antonio TiberiBahrain – Victorious4:27
6 Romain BardetTeam dsm-firmenich PostNL4:57
7 Lorenzo FortunatoAstana Qazaqstan Team5:19
8 Filippo ZanaTeam Jayco AlUla5:23
9 Einer RubioMovistar Team5:28
10 Thymen ArensmanINEOS Grenadiers5:52

Source: Revista Mundo Ciclístico