L’AQUILA, Italy (AP) — Evgeni Petrov fought through rain and windy conditions to win the 11th stage of the Giro d’Italia, and Richie Porte overtook the overall lead.
Petrov finished the 163-mile leg Wednesday from Lucera to L’Aquila, the longest of this year’s Giro, in 6 hours, 23 minutes and 29 seconds.
“I am very happy,” Petrov said. “I have to thank the team, all my teammates helped me today.”
Dario Cataldo finished 5 seconds behind, while Carlos Sastre broke from the chasing pack to finish third in the same time.
Porte took the pink jersey from Alexandre Vinokourov, who was unable to break free of the second group and had a punctured tire 30 miles from the finish.
“It hasn’t sunk in yet. It’s incredible,” Porte said. “It was a long, hard day and I had two teammates, Chris Sorensen and Laurent Didier, who annihilated themselves for me.”
The Australian stayed among the lead group and finished 13th, while Vinokourov was more than 12 minutes behind. Porte leads the overall standings by 1:42 over David Arroyo Duran.
Petrov pulled ahead on the final climb after reining in Linus Gerdermann’s attack in the slippery conditions.
Jan Bakelandts appeared headed for a top-three finish but crashed in a sharp turn leading into the finish and ended up 10th.
Several riders wore special jerseys to pay tribute to the town of L’Aquila, which was rocked by an earthquake last year that killed 308 people.
163 miles from Lucera to L’Aquila
1. Evgeni Petrov, Russia, Katyusha, 6 hours, 28 minutes, 29 seconds.
2. Dario Cataldo, Italy, Quick Step, 5 seconds behind.
3. Carlos Sastre, Spain, Cervelo, same time.
4. Bradley Wiggins, Britain, Sky, :07.
5. Alexander Efimkin, Russia, La Mondiale, same time.
6. Linus Gerdemann, Germany, Milram, same time.
7. Jerome Pineau, France, Quick Step, same time.
8. David Arroyo Duran, Spain, Caisse d’Epargne, same time.
9. Xavier Tondo Volpini, Spain, Cervelo, same time.
10. Jan Bakelandts, Belgium, Omega-Lotto, same time.
(After 11 of 21 Stages)
1. Richie Porte, Australia, Saxo Bank, 45:30,16.
2. David Arroyo Duran, Spain, Caisse d’Epargne, 1.42.
3. Robert Kiserlovski, Croatia, Liquigas, 1.56.
4. Xavier Tondo Volpini, Spain, Cervelo, 3.54.
5. Valerio Agnoli, Italy, Liquigas, 4.41.
6. Alexander Efimkin, Russia, La Mondiale, 5.16.
7. Linus Gerdemann, Germany, Milram, 5.34.
8. Carlos Sastre, Spain, Cervelo, 7.09.
9. Laurent Didier, Luxembourg, Saxo Bank, 7.24.
10. Bradley Wiggins, Britain, Sky, 8.14.