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Einer Rubio (Movistar) claimed the victory on a severely shortened stage 13 of the Giro d’Italia to Crans-Montana, breaking the hearts of Thibaut Pinot fans as the Groupama-FDJ rider fell victim to feigned fatigue from the Colombian and EF-Easypost’s Alexander Cepeda.
Pinot, who was denied another opportunity to win a Grand Tour stage before he ends his career, came through a demoralized second with Cepeda, having opened up the sprint too early, in third. Derek Gee (Israel-Premier Tech), who’d been dropped from the breakaway, came across in fourth.
Hugh Carthy (EF Education-Easypost) attacked with 5km to go and gained a few seconds, coming across in sixth behind Valentin Paret-Peintre in sight of João Almeida (UAE Team Emirates), Eddie Dunbar (Jayco-AlUla) and the maglia rosa Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers).
Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) finished on the same time as Thomas to keep the general classification at status quo.
Most of the action in the maglia rosa group was out the back, with Jack Haig (Bahrain Victorious) the main victim as he was distanced from the group of race leader halfway up the climb.
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