Giro d'Italia: Rigoberto Uran takes race lead with brilliant victory on stage 12 time trial
By Matt Westby. Last Updated: 22/05/14 5:41pm
Rigoberto Uran produced the time trial of his career to win stage 12
Rigoberto Uran produced a sensational performance to win stage 12’s individual time trial at the Giro d’Italia and take the overall race lead from Cadel Evans.
The 27-year-old Colombian blew his rivals away on a hilly, 42.2km course from Barbaresco to Barolo in a peerless time of 57min 34sec, which was 1min 17sec faster than second-placed Diego Ulissi and, crucially, 1min 34sec quicker than third-placed Evans.
It means Uran seizes the maglia rosa from Evans and now has a 37-second lead over the Australian in the general classification, with Rafal Majka, who was fourth on the day, 1min 52sec back in third.
Uran, who became the first Colombian to wear the pink jersey, said: “Incredible. I am really surprised. With it being a TT, I didn’t think I would win it, but it is a superb day. We have been doing a lot of work over the winter, especially on the TT. Today I really gave it a go. There are no words.”
The route, which was made treacherous by heavy rain, started with a fourth-category climb to Boscasso, before dropping back down for a long section of flat road and then two small climbs to finish.
Evans was looking to extend his 57-second lead over Uran in the general classification and the profile appeared ideally suited to his style, but he was already 38 seconds behind the Omega Pharma - Quick-Step rider at the top of the opening climb, after 12.6km, and continued to haemorrhage time.
Uran had stretched the gap out to 59 seconds by the second split, at 26.3km, and although BMC's Evans finished strongly, he had lost another 35 seconds to the new race leader by the finish line.
Evans said: "I saw Uran coming into form, but I honestly did not expect him to have such an amazing time trial. Of course, I had hoped to have done better myself. The time trial course suited me well, but as I said yesterday, the verdict is on the road."
Ulissi had taken an early lead with a superb time of 58min 51sec, but the Lampre-Merida rider's effort came under serious threat when the top ten in the general classification began rolling down the start ramp.
Domenico Pozzovivo was the fastest man to Boscasso - 15 seconds quicker than even Uran - but the diminutive Italian struggled badly on the flatter sections and eventually finished 2min 9sec down in eighth.
Majka produced a fine display to finish just five seconds down on Evans and tighten his grip on third place overall, but Nairo Quintana lost ground in the general classification despite finishing the day in a creditable 13th place, 2min 41sec adrift of compatriot Uran.
Stage 12 result
1 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step, 57:34
2 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida, +1:17
3 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC, +1:34
4 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo, +1:39
5 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step, +1:53
6 Wout Poels (Ned) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step, +2:00
7 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin, +2:03
8 Thomas de Gendt (Bel) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step, +2:07
9 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Ag2r-La Mondiale, +2:09
10 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Ag2r-La Mondiale, +2:12
1 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step, 49:37:35
2 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC, +37secs
3 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo, +1:52
4 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Ag2r-La Mondiale, +2:32
5 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin, +2:50
6 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar, +3:29
7 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana, +3:37
8 Wout Poels (Ned) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step, +4:06
9 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC, +4:20
10 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Trek Factory Racing, +4:41