Nibali defended Maglia Azzurra in Penultimate ITT

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World time trial champion Tony Martin won the 9.2km individual time trial 6 seconds ahead of Lampre-Merida’s Adriano Malori but it was Vincenzo Nibali‘s day, making it two in a row at Tirreno-Adriatico in front of his home crowd.

Nibali, yet winless in 2013 season, finished the stage in 12th place, 11 seconds slower than Chris Froome but enough to defend his Maglia Azzurra. Omega Pharma-Quickstep’s young polish rider Michal Kwiatkowski finished in 8th place, only 1 second short of his 2nd possible podium of the year, after his strong place finish in Volta ao Algarve. Katusha’s  Joaquim Rodriguez drifted away from the podium with his poor time-trialing skills but it is good to see him steadily improving over the past few years. This time, he was only 13 seconds slower than his biggest rival Alberto Contador who finished the race in third place.

“I was really, really happy with this Tirreno. It was really important to win,” said Vincenco Nibali. “This was more important than last year because of all the riders who came, like Chris Froome and Alberto Contador.”

This was Tony Martin’s second ITT win of the season and his form keeps building ahead of the bigger and harder races, where he’ll be an integral part of Omega Pharma’s; both in the classics and the grand tours. “I was looking for this day because the mountains weren’t for me, I had full focus for the day and I’m happy I won. It’s my first time here. My climbing has been getting better day by day, but I still need some time to improve. It’s still early in the season but I’m happy with the stage win. It’s been a good race for the team, ” told Tony Martin. Movistar’s Costa Rican rider Andrey Amador Bakkazakova finished the stage in 3rd place, 10 seconds slower than Martin.

Final General Classification

1. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 28:08:17
2. Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling 23″
3. Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 52″
4. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 53″
5. Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha 54″
6. Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard 1′ 21″
7. Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 2′ 03″
8. Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team 2′ 42″
9. Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida 3′ 19″
10. Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 3′ 35″

Stage 7 Results

1. Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:10:25
2. Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Merida 6″
3. Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team 10″

4. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack Leopard 12″
5. Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team 14″
6. Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling 15″
7. Hayden Roulston (NZl) RadioShack Leopard 20″
8. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 21″
9. Dario Cataldo (Ita) Sky Procycling 23″
10. Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team
11. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 24″
12. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 26″
13. Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge 27″
14. Stijn Devolder (Bel) RadioShack Leopard 29″
15. Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale Pro Cycling
16. Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin-Sharp 30″
17. Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
18. Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team 31″
19. Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura
20. Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team 32″
21. Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling 33″
22. Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 36″
23. Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp 39″
24. Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia
25. Danilo Hondo (Ger) RadioShack Leopard
26. Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ 40″
27. Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale Pro Cycling
28. Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard 42″
29. Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling
30. Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha
31. Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
32. Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling
33. Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling 43″
34. Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ
35. Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha
36. Ioannis Tamouridis (Gre) Euskaltel-Euskadi
37. Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha 44″
38. Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol 45″
39. Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Movistar Team
40. Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team
41. Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge 46″
42. Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge
43. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 47″
44. Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
45. André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol
46. Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team 48″
47. Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team 50″
48. Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ
49. Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida 51″
50. Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha 52″
51. Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 53″
52. Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
53. Jacobus Venter (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka
54. Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
55. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 54″
56. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
57. Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team 55″
58. Paul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura
59. Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano 56″
60. Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp-Endura
61. Paul Martens (Ger) Blanco Pro Cycling Team
62. Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team
63. Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling 57″
64. Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 1′ 00″
65. Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
66. Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 1′ 03″
67. Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
68. José Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes (Por) Team NetApp-Endura
69. Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 1′ 04″
70. Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) RadioShack Leopard
71. Maarten Wynants (Bel) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 1′ 06″
72. Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
73. Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 1′ 07″
74. Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
75. Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 1′ 08″
76. Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 1′ 09″
77. Mauro Finetto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 1′ 10″
78. Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ
79. Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ
80. Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka 1′ 11″
81. Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
82. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 1′ 12″
83. Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida 1′ 13″
84. Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro Team
85. Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol 1′ 15″
86. Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha
87. Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ 1′ 17″
88. Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano
89. Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Merida 1′ 18″
90. Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 1′ 20″
91. Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team 1′ 23″
92. Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 1′ 24″
93. Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp-Endura
94. Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale 1′ 26″
95. Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Blanco Pro Cycling Team
96. Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) MTN-Qhubeka 1′ 27″
97. Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp 1′ 30″
98. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 1′ 31″
99. Lars Boom (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 1′ 32″
100. Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida 1′ 34″
101. Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 1′ 40″
102. Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 1′ 45″
103. Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida 1′ 47″
104. Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 1′ 52″
105. Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 1′ 57″
106. Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 1′ 58″
107. Davide Appollonio (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 2′ 23″
DNS Oscar Gatto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia