On Col du Galibier, arrival of the 15th stage of Giro d’Italia (start from Cesana Torinese, 149 km), in the snow LAMPRE-MERIDA obtained the 3rd place by Niemiec and the 6th position by Scarponi.
The race was won by Visconti in solitary arrival: he was member of a 6 riders action started on Moncenisio summit.
No LAMPRE-MERIDA’s athletes could join the attack, but for blue-fuchsia-green colors there was space on the final climb: Scarponi tried an action at 2 km to go, Niemiec escaped from the pink jersey group at 1 km to go, following an attack by Betancur, Majka and Duque.
The Polish climber was 3rd on the arrival, Scarponi 6th.
In the overall classification Scarponi is 5th (+3’53″) and Niemiec 6th (+4’55″).
“It has been a better day than yesterday, even if the efforts that were performed in Bardonecchia were still present – Scarponi commented – In the bunch there were not so many energies, I could manage to be in the pink jersey group. I also tried an action in order to test which could be my level.
The second week of Giro ended: I alternated not so good day to better ones, I aim to be more regular in the topic stages in the final week”.
Niemiec is satisfied: “During the stage I had good feelings and in the final kilometers I still had energies so, when I saw the attack by Betancur, Duque and Majka and I noticed the group had a pause, I escaped following the attackers.
My good legs allowed me to go to the arrival with Betancur.
I’m in 6th position, but I know it will be so tough to defend this result until the end of Giro”.
1- Visconti 4h40’48″
2- Betancur 42″
3- Niemiec s.t.
4- Majka s.t.
5- Duarte 47″
6- Scarponi 54″
7- Nibali s.t.
8- Evans s.t.
1- Nibali 62h02’34″
2- Evans 1’26″
3- Uran Uran 2’46″
4- Santambrogio 2’47″
5- Scarponi 3’53″
6- Niemiec 4’55″
7- Betancur 5’12″
In photo (Bettini), Scarponi in the pink jersey group.