Team Katusha Alpecin (Russia) - Press Release: Placing himself in an early break on stage 13 set the stage for Ilnur Zakarin in Friday’s 102nd Giro d’Italia. Zakarin, 29, took advantage of his position and attacked on the last climb, eventually arriving solo atop Lago Serrù (Ceresole Reale) to claim the stage win and move himself into third place on the general classification.
“I did my best for the GC today. I went into the breakaway to gain time. To also win the stage was a surprise because that was not my original plan. On the last climb I gave all of my energy and for this effort I earned the stage victory. I am happy with this result. I am third place now so I will keep trying for the pink jersey. My first goal is the general classification.” It was a third grand tour stage win for the Russian rider with a previous Giro stage win in 2015 and a Tour stage win in 2016.