The Giro d’Italia: Einer Rubio takes maiden stage win in shortened race
It was a day of surprises at the Giro d’Italia as Colombian rider Einer Rubio claimed his first-ever Grand Tour stage victory. The Movistar rider won a weather-shortened Stage 13 after perfectly timing his sprint to pass Thibaut Pinot and Jefferson Cepeda on the final climb at Crans Montana.
Rubio’s success comes after a challenging start to the race, with heavy rain and flooding causing organisers to shorten the race twice. However, Rubio persevered despite struggling in bad weather conditions, and it paid off when he crossed the finish line victorious.
“Finally, my big day,” said an elated 25-year-old Rubio. “I worked really hard for this and didn’t give up even when things got tough.”
A Race Full of Surprises
The shortened Stage 13 saw Trek-Segafredo rider Mads Pedersen withdraw from the race due to illness. This added him to the list of riders who have left due to Covid or other illnesses since it began.
The start had been moved from Borgofranco d’Ivrea – instead beginning at Le Chable – prior to further changes being made because of worsening weather conditions.
Thomas Maintains Lead Despite Challenges
In contrast, Britain’s Geraint Thomas continued his impressive form throughout this year’s edition of the Giro d’Italia. The Ineos Grenadiers cyclist maintained his two-second lead at the top of GC (general classification), ahead of Primoz Roglic from Jumbo-Visma by just two seconds as well.
Joa Almeida from UAE Team Emirates is also riding strongly, currently occupying third place in the GC standings.
The Giro d’Italia is no stranger to surprises and challenges, and this year’s race has been no exception. Despite this, riders like Einer Rubio continue to prove that with hard work and determination, anything can happen on any given day of the race.
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