The Spanish rider Mikel Nieve (Team Sky) has won Stage 13 of the 99th Giro d’Italia, 170km from Palmanova to Cividale del Friuli. Giovanni Visconti (Movistar Team) and Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro Team) finished second and third respectively. In the Maglia Rosa fight, Bob Jungels rode with intelligence and courage but, when he was dropped on the last climb, an opportunity opened for Andrey Amador to make Costa Rica the 24th different nation to lead the overall classification of the Corsa Rosa.
Stage winner Mikel Nieve said in the press conference: “I took the opportunity that presented itself to win a stage after getting in the long breakaway. Had Mikel Landa stayed in the race, for sure I wouldn’t have been racing for the win today. I’d have been helping him ride for GC instead. I wasn’t scheduled to ride the Giro. I was entered at the last minute. Therefore it’s a great satisfaction to get a stage victory».
The Spanish climber of Team Sky also gave some advices to all the riders that will take part to Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia on Sunday on the very same roads of today’s stage: «A though ride challenge awaits them, so they will have to save energies and to eat and drink wisely. I wish all the best to the riders and I already congratulate with those who will complete the Gran Fondo».