POLANC RETAINS OVERALL LEAD
ILNUR Zakarin powered to victory in the 13th stage of the Giro d’Italia, the first mountain test for the overall contenders, while favourites Primoz Roglic and Vincenzo Nibali finished together yesterday.
Russian Zakarin went solo in the final climb to beat Spain’s Mikel Nieve by 35 seconds and another Spaniard, Mikel Landa, by 1:20 with Jan Polanc of Slovenia retaining the overall leader’s pink jersey.
Overall, Polanc leads Roglic by 2:25 with Zakarin third 2:56 off the pace. Dutchman Bauke Mollema is fourth, 3:06 behind Polanc, with double champion Nibali 4:09 down on the leader. Today’s 14th stage is a grueling 131-km mountain trek from Saint Vincent to Courmayeur featuring five categorized climbs. — Reuters.