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BARDONECCHIA, Italy---Mauro Santambrogio of
Italy won a weather-affected and altered 14th stage
of the Giro d'Italia yesterday, and favourite Vincenzo
Nibali finished second to extend his overall lead.
Santambrogio, who rides for Vini Fantini, won in
a time of 4 hours, 42 minutes, 55 seconds in in rainy,
windy and even snowy conditions, beating Nibali in
a final sprint at the top of the steep Jafferau climb.
Carlos Betancur was third.
"It still hasn't sunk in," Santambrogio said. "I set
off at the end, in the snow. My team was magnificent
today. I found myself in front with Nibali with about
3 kilometers to go, Vincenzo attacked and I responded,
because I felt good."
The stage had to be altered shortly before the start
and the climb up Sestriere was removed because of
avalanche threats. The cyclists were re-routed through
Val di Susa, on a longer 180-kilometre (112-mile)
course from Cervere to Bardonecchia.
Today's route, which crosses into France and
includes climbs up the Galibier and the Col du Mont
Cenis, is also likely to be altered.
Nibali, who finished third and second in his last
two Giro races, extended his lead to 1:26 over Cadel
Evans and is firmly on course to win his home coun-
try's biggest cycling race for the first time.
"It was a very difficult stage," Nibali said. "There
was just rain the whole way, apart from at the end,
when we were hit by sleet. The road is still long. I
did well today. Santambrogio won after managing
to stay on my wheels."
Santambrogio moved up to fourth, 2:47 behind
Nibali and just a second behind third-place Rigoberto
Sonny Colbrelli, Luca Paolini, Matteo Trentin and
Daniele Pietropolli led for most of the leg, building
a lead of more than nine minutes, but the peloton
started to reel in the four escapees with 40 kilometres
(25 miles) left. Trentin and then Pietropolli fell back
from the lead group shortly before the start of the
The son of the US national swim team director
is reporting that Michael Phelps is planning a come-
back for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Peter Busch, whose father Frank oversees the Amer-
ican program, is a news anchor at a television station
in Fort Myers, Florida. A brief story from the younger
Busch posted on the station's Web site Friday said
Phelps is plotting his return to the pool and hopes
to compete at the next Olympics.
"The greatest Olympian of all time isn't hanging
up his swimsuit, after all," the report said, without
citing any sources.
Phelps went on Twitter to downplay the report,
but he didn't specifically deny it either.
"Why do I keep getting texts about coming back?"
he wrote. "Do (people) really believe everything they
hear or read? There are many in the world that think
they have a story.'"
Busch followed with a tweet that said he felt "very
confident with my info. Guess we'll see."
Phelps has said repeatedly his swimming career is
over, having won 18 gold medals and 22 medals overall,
more than any other Olympian. He retired at the age
of 27 immediately after last summer's London
"I wanted to leave that way," he said. "I'm sure I
could come back in another four years, but why?
I've done everything I wanted to do. There's no point
in me coming back. Everybody is like, You're going
to come back.' And I'm like, No, I'm not.' I've done
everything I wanted to do in this sport. I don't know
a lot of people who can say that."
14th Giro stage
celebrates as he
crosses the finish
line to win the 14th
stage of the Giro
d'Italia, Tour of
Italy cycling race,
from Cervere to
hours, 42 minutes,
55 seconds, beating
the leader of the
Nibali. AP PHOTO
grueling category-one climb to the finish,
which had a gradient of 14 per cent in
Nibali made his move inside the final
2 kilometers, (1.5 miles), emerging from
the fog near the finish line with San-
tambrogio. And Santambrogio clung on,
holding off the race favorite to claim his
first Grand Tour stage victory.
The Giro ends May 26 in Brescia.
Report: Michael Phelps
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