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Nibali keeps Maglia Rosa on rainy stage twelve at the Giro d’Italia

Longarone – Treviso,134km
( 16 May, 2013 )
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Nibali keeps Maglia Rosa on rainy stage twelve at the Giro d’Italia

Astana Pro Team rider Vincenzo Nibali kept his hold on the leader’s jersey at the Giro d’Italia on Thursday, finishing safely in the pack on a cold, wet stage twelve.

Nibali, who has worn the Maglia Rosa for four stages, finished the 134km stage from Longarone to Treviso in the same time as stage winner Mark Cavendish of Great Britain, and saw no change in his 41 second lead over Cadel Evans of Australia.

Rain fell all day, coming down heavily at the start in the mountains and turning into a light sprinkling on the valley floor at the finish. Riders wore rain jackets, waterproof gloves and shoe covers, and took bottles of hot tea from the team cars following the race.

Nibali said the weather affects the whole peloton, and makes for a difficult day on the bike.

“It was a difficult day for everybody. The wind and the rain at the start were both very strong. My teammates worked hard to keep the race as safe as possible. On a day like today we know that any mistake could become serious, and so we pay a lot more attention to the details,” Nibali said.

Astana Pro Team Director Sportif Alexandr Shefer said the next week of racing will largely depend on each riders’ ability to recover as fully as possible with each day of racing.

“After two weeks of racing the riders are in a new world, and each extra effort requires an equal measure of recovery. Today is was the rain and the cold, tomorrow it will be the extra distance, and next week it will be the mountains. There are still a lot of days left in the Giro d’Italia, and the time for relaxing will be after the race is finished,” Shefer said.

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