Marco Canola sprinted to victory in stage 13 of the Giro d'Italia after a breakaway group of three riders made it to the finish ahead of the peloton.
Canola outsprinted Jackson Rodriguez and Angelo Tulik to take his first Giro victory so far this year. The three men broke from the peloton early in the race and were never caught.
The Italian was on good form going into the Giro though after winning the Mountains classification of the Tirreno-Adriatico.
The 157km route from Fossano to Rivarolo Canavese was relatively flat and a fairly short stage but the sprinter's teams got everything wrong as the peloton failed to capture the leading riders.
The peloton only finished 11 seconds behind Canola, with Nacer Bouhanni outsprinting Giacomo Nizzolo again to grab fourth place but these 11 seconds cost Bouhanni becoming the first Frenchman to win four stages of one Giro d'Italia since Bernard Hianult in 1982.
None of the team seemed to want to take up the responsibility of catching the breakaway and when they did it was too late.
Rigoberto Uran finished within the peloton to keep hold of his 37 second advantage over Cadel Evans at the top of the overall standings.
Stage 14 tomorrow sees the first of the high mountain stages, a stage which is dedicated to the late Marco Pantani.
This is where the main General Classification contenders will be out to take the pink jersey off Uran, with expert climbers in Evans and Nairo Quintana set to challenge the Colombian rider.
Stage 13 result
1 Marco Canola (Ita) Bardiani-CSF, 3:37:20
2 Jackson Rodriguez (Col) Androni Giocattolo-Venezuela, same time
3 Angelo Tulik (Fra) Europcar, st
4 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ, +11secs
5 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek Factory Racing, st
6 Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale, st
7 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Giant-Shimano, st
8 Ben Swift (GB) Team Sky, st
9 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp, sy
10 Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana, st
1 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step, 53:15:06
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
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