The 2013 Giro d’Italia hit the high mountains today and the mountains hit hard back. By the end of the stage at Altopiano del Montasio, last year’s winner Ryder Hesjedal(Garmin-Sharp) had been eliminated from the overall running and Bradley Wiggins (Sky) lost more time on the final climb’s 20% slopes.

It was a day of mixed fortunes for Sky, however, as Colombian Rigoberto Uran romped home to the stage win after freely riding away from the favourites’ group with 8km to go.

He was followed in by compatriot Carlos Betancur (Ag2r-La Mondiale), who didn’t repeat Sunday’s mistake of thinking he’d won the stage this time. Behind, Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) sprinted home ahead of Cadel Evans (BMC) and three other riders, compounding the 37 seconds gained on Wiggins with an eight-second time bonus for third place.

Nibali thus maintains his grip on the pink jersey with Wiggins slipping over two minutes behind him in fourth place. Uran meanwhile has moved up the rankings one second ahead of him at 2-04.

Whereas it was wet descents that had troubled Wiggins earlier in the race, it was the severity of the gradient in the last 5km that cost him today.

With Uran already up the road having put in a lone unchallenged dig with 8km to go, the move came from Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r-La Mondiale) as the narrow road reared up to maximum gradient with 3.3km remaining.

While other rivals responded, Wiggins tried to soak up the sudden acceleration from within thesaddle. Although he appeared to pace himself well, catching and passing several other riders, he could not regain the small group that formed around Nibali and Evans.

For Hesjedal, however, his deficits are far less recoverable. Distanced under pressure from Team Sky on the day’s other key climb, Passo Cason Di Lanza, he came in 20-53 down on Uran. He now sits 33rd overall.

Results

Giro d’Italia 2013, stage 10: Cordenons to Altopiano del Montasio

1. Rigoberto Uran (Col) Sky 167km in 4-37-42

2. Carlos Betancur (Col) Ag2r-La Mondiale at 0-20

3. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana at 0-31

4. Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini

5. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing

6. Rafal Majka (Pol) Saxo-Tinkoff

7. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Ag2r-La Mondiale all at st.

8. Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) RadioShack-Leopard at 0-47

9. Benat Intxausti (Spa) Movistar at 1-06

10. Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky at 1-08

Other

71. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp at 20-53

General classification after stage 10

1. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana 38:57:32

2. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing at 0-41

3. Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky at 2-04

4. Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky at 2-05

5. Robert Gesink (Ned) Blanco at 2-12

6. Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida at 2-13

7. Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia at 2-55

8. Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida at 3-35

9. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Ag2r-La Mondiale at 4-17

10. Rafal Majka (Pol) Saxo-Tinkoff at 4-21

Other

33. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp at 23-45





David Millar heads the day’s early escape group





Peloton descends





Vincenzo Nibali (right) and Cadel Evans (left)





Bradley Wiggins





Rigoberto Uran takes the stage win

Giro d’Italia 2013: Previews and race info



Giro d’Italia 2013: Coverage index



Giro d’Italia 2013: British TV schedule



Giro 2013: 10 things you need to know



Giro d’Italia 2013: The Big Preview

Giro d’Italia 2013: Stage reports



Stage nine: Belkov takes solo win as Wiggins put under pressure



Stage eight: Dowsett wins as Nibali takes race lead



Stage seven: Wiggins crashes as Hansen wins



Stage six: Cavendish wins stage six of Giro



Stage five: Degenkolb avoids crash to take win



Stage four: Battaglin sprints to first Giro stage win


Stage three: Paolini takes charge



Stage two: Sky wins team time trial



Stage one: Cavendish wins opener

Giro d’Italia 2013: Photo galleries



Photos by Graham Watson



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Stage one gallery



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  • Sheldon

    Only a fool would write wiggins off. Still lots of racing to come. We have yet to see the best of Wiggo, if he gains a bit of confidence I can see him producing a good ride and a few surprises. It’s not over.

  • Jon

    Must remember not to buy anything from Sigma Sport. Their rich media ads are really intrusive.

  • gg/gg

    Uran protected rider??
    Wiggins domestique and water carrier in the Sky train??

  • gg/gg

    Uran now team leader; protected rider??
    Wiggins domestique and joins the train??