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Lucky 13 for Canola as Uran retains Giro lead

Cycling: Marco Canola won stage 13 of the Giro d’Italia as the day’s three-man breakaway managed to hold off the charging peloton in Rivarolo Canavese.

Canola (Bardiani CSF) beat fellow escapees Jackson Rodriguez (Androni Giocattoli) and Angelo Tulik (Team Europcar) as the sprinters’ teams misjudged their finish and were unable to reel in the trio.

Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ.fr) led the peloton in 11 seconds behind in fourth.

“It’s a massive surprise and a special win for me,” Canola said. “Sometimes in life you get unexpected opportunities and today is the best day of my sporting career so far. I hope it’s the first of many.”

The general classification standings were unchanged as Rigoberto Uran (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) retained the maglia rosa he seized from Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) on Thursday.

Evans is 37 seconds behind the Colombian ahead of Saturday’s mountainous 14th stage from Aglie to Oropa (Biella) in north western Italy.

“There is never an easy day in the Giro, it was still a dangerous stage. The only easy days are the rest days,” Urán said. “We didn’t want to take any risks today so we rode at the front all day, but we were not riding to control the breakaway.”

Eibeggar ekes out Rás stage

Cycling: Austrian Markus Eibegger was rewarded for a fortright ride with victory on Stage 6 of the An Post Rás in Carrick-on-Suir yesterday afternoon.

The Synergy Baku rider led throughout 167.9-kilometre trip from Clonakilty and repelled the challenges of Owain Doull (An Post Chain Reaction) and Patrick Bevin (New Zealand National Team) at the end of an arduous day.

Eibegger clocked a winning time of four hours, 15 minutes and 11 seconds, with Doull six seconds in behind and Bevin one second further back.

Clemens Fankhauser retained the yellow jersey and extended his lead in the general classification to 25 seconds.

Today’s 147.7km Stage 7 goes from Carrick-on-Suir to Baltinglass, before’s the final stage tomorrow, the 134.3km route from ­Newbridge to Skerries.

Vettel still in hunt - Horner

Formula One: Some have already written off Sebastian Vettel’s chances of a fifth successive Formula One title but Red Bull team principal Christian Horner is not one ofthem.

As the 26-year-old German gears up for his 100th race for Red Bull in Monaco this weekend, Horner told reporters there was still everything to play for despite Mercedes’ current domination.

“It reminds me very much of 2012, which started with us on the back foot and he turned it around and put a run of results together in the second half of the year and then won the championship at the last race,” he said.

“Of course, Mercedes are in a formidable position. Butnobody has given up on anything and least of all Sebastian. One thing’s for sure, he’s a true fighter.”