Stage 13: Porto Recanti - Cesenatico 222km

By AFP & Cyclingnews.com

Friday, May 21, 2010 3.07pm

Richie Porte spends another day in pink

Italy's Manuel Belletti, of the CSF team, won Friday's 13th stage of the Tour of Italy with Australian Richie Porte of Saxo Bank holding on to the leader's pink jersey.

Belletti, who was born in Cesena near the stage's finishing line, took the honours after leading home a lengthy breakaway.

New Zealand's Greg Henderson took second place ahead of Spaniard Iban Mayoz and Germany's Paul Voss.

"I felt an incredible emotion," said Belletti. "The finish line is five kilometres from my house. It's the realisation of a dream."

Belletti's victory was the second for an Italian in this year's race, following Filippo Pozzato's success in the 12th stage on Thursday.

A group of 17 riders, none of whom presented any kind of threat to the overall leaders, broke away after 62 kilometres of the 223km stage.

They stretched their lead over the chasing pack to almost 10 minutes by the 136km mark and arrived in Cesenatico, the former home of late 1998 Giro winner Marco Pantani, more than seven minutes ahead of the peloton.

Belletti outpaced the supposedly quicker Henderson in the ensuing sprint, while Russia's Vladimir Karpets crossed the line five minutes back in 17th place to bite off two and a half minutes of the overall leaders' advantage.

"To win in front of my fans, in the town of Marco where I watched races on television, I can't find the words to describe what it means to me," added Belletti. "It's my first Giro."

Karpets said his late charge had been instinctive.

"I took 2min 24sec (from the leaders) and I'm missing 10 more (minutes)," he said. "If I keep feeling this good, I hope to do well in the next stages."

Porte finished seven minutes off the pace in 39th place to keep hold of the race leader's jersey.

Saturday's 14th stage in the mountainous north of the country is a 205km ride from Ferrara to Asolo, with Monte Grappa to be climbed 40km from the finish.

© AFP 2010

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STAGE 13 RESULTS

1 Manuel Belletti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox 5:27:12
2 Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Professional Cycling Team
3 Iban Mayoz Echeverria (Spa) Footon-Servetto
4 Paul Voss (Ger) Team Milram
5 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto
6 Kalle Kriit (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
7 Mathieu Claude (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
8 Craig Lewis (USA) Team HTC - Columbia
9 Serguei Klimov (Rus) Team Katusha
10 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Garmin - Transitions 0:00:05
 
General classification after stage 13
 
1 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank
2 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:01:42
3 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Liquigas-Doimo 0:01:56
4 Xavier Tondo Volpini (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 0:03:54
5 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 0:04:41
6 Alexander Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale 0:05:16
7 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram 0:05:34
8 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 0:07:00

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