Stage 11 – 2013 Giro d’Italia
Distance: 182km, Tarvisio – Vajont
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1. A day after when their leader’s overall classification bid had collapsed, Team Garmin Sharp hit back with venom in the form of honey badger, Ramunas Navardauskas. The lanky Lithuanian powered ahead of his fellow escapees on Stage 11 and won the stage up the climb of Vajont. Navardauskas entered Giro on the back of good form which was evident at Tour de Romandie when he won the Stage 2 in a long drag to the finish line. In his third year with the team, 25-yr old Ramunas has finally started to deliver on the big stage. He is a solid time trialist and despite his big frame can climb well. If we compare, he is very much in the mould of Ryder Hesjedal. He’s well-loved by his teammates for his dedication and hard-work which along with his abilities on the bike, could help him become the team leader in the future.
2. The current maglia azzurra leader Stefano Pirazzi of Team Bardiani Valvole finished third on the stage claiming valuable KOM points. He leads the classification by a handsome margin but it could all change very quickly in the final week when the race hits high mountain passes. His nearest possible rival for the jersey is Robinson Chalapud who has 23 points as opposed to Pirazzi’s 46. It will be interesting to see how the Colombian performs on difficult mountain stages.