After an intense start to the day, which saw the peloton split after less than 25 kilometers of racing, de la Parte fought his way into a large 28-rider breakaway.
On the slopes of the Colle del Lys, the first of three categorized climbs on stage 13, the group’s had an advantage of around one minute 30 seconds over the Maglia Rosa group behind.
The leaders’ advantage continued to grow, however, and as they descended the 14.9-kilometer long category one climb, it was sitting at almost three minutes.
It was at this point that de la Parte tried his luck, attacking off the front of breakaway and opening up a small gap between himself and his fellow escapees.
The Spaniard’s brave move was ultimately pulled back but it didn’t stop him from continuing to push on as part of the front group before splits started to open up on the next climb, the category two Pian del Lupo.
After losing contact with the front of the race, de la Parte was caught by the Maglia Rosa group and despite his earlier efforts, he was able to maintain a good position amongst the General Classification contenders before the late attacks began with 15 kilometres to go.
While Ilnur Zakarin (Team Katusha – Alpecin) went on to take the stage win from the original breakaway, de la Parte continued to push hard on the category one climb up to Lago Serrù, which at 20 kilometers long had an average gradient of 5.9 percent and pitches of 14 percent in places.
After riding his own tempo in the final kilometers of the day, de la Parte finished inside the top thirty and moved up to just outside the top twenty overall with more movement expected in the General Classification now that the race is firmly in the mountains.
Amaro Antunes, who is riding his first Grand Tour at the Giro d’Italia put in a strong performance in the first part of the race to head into today’s stage seventh on the General Classification.
However, as teams began to pile on the pressure going onto the second climb, he lost contact with the main bunch and slipped down the overall standings at the finish line.
Quotes From the Finish Line
Víctor de la Parte:
“For me, it was the hardest stage of the Giro d’Italia so far. We knew the parcours would be hard but from the start, the pace was really fast. I tried to make sure I was in the breakaway because it was a big group out in front. I think I maybe didn’t have the best legs today but we tried hard as a team at the start and then I was able to be in the front group.”
“I’m happy with how the stage went though. It was, as I said, really hard and I was able to stay up there for a long time. I hope I continue to feel good and that I get better and better every day.”
Stage 13: Pinerolo > Ceresole Reale (Lago Serrù) (196km)
Top 3: 1. Ilnur Zakarin (Team Katusha – Alpecin) 2. Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-SCOTT) 3. Mikel Landa (Movistar Team)
CCC Team Top 3: 26. Víctor de la Parte 49. Amaro Antunes 83. Francisco Ventoso