Belletti of Italy seizes Tour of Italy 13th stage

12:20, May 22, 2010      

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Italy's Manuel Belletti Friday won the 13th stage at the Tour of Italy cycling event while Australian Richie Porte of Saxo Bank held onto the leader's pink jersey.

Belletti, who was born in Cesena near the stage's finishing line, took the honor after clocking 5 hours 27 minutes 12 seconds in the 223km ride between Porto Recanati and Cesenatico.

New Zealand's Greg Henderson came second ahead of Spaniard Iban Mayoz and Germany's Paul Voss in same time.

Belletti's victory was the second for an Italian in this year's race, following Filippo Pozzato's success in the 12th stage on Thursday.

A group of 17 riders, none of whom presented any kind of threat to the overall leaders, broke away after 62 kilometers.

Porte finished seven minutes off the pace in 39th place to keep hold of the race leader's jersey.

Saturday's 14th stage in the mountainous north of the country is a 205km ride from Ferrara to Asolo, with Monte Grappa to be climbed 40km from the finish.

Source: Xinhua


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