Movistar Team leader will tackle Saturday's individual time trial in Saltara as the new leader of the 2013 Giro, following an exciting stage seven in Saltara with rain, plenty of difficult climbs and crashes.


(Brief) For the very first time in two and a half years with their current sponsor, the blue Movistar Team jersey will be happily overlooked by one of the most prestigious colours in cycling: the pink of the Giro d'Italia, now on the shoulders of Beñat Intxausti. The telephone squad's leader reached the race's leadership at the end of stage seven, a difficult, mid-mountain, 176-kilometer course between Marina di San Salvo and Pescara who witnessed a breathtaking finale. The final 50k, with almost no flat between lots of ups and downs, were joined by pouring rain to make a hellish course where crashes decimated the elite group, where Intxausti always kept safely at the front.

The last climb of the day -San Silvestro, just 8km from the finish- dropped previous leader Luca Paolini (KAT) as well as SKY's leader Bradley Wiggins, who was helped by team-mate Rigoberto Urán, 2nd in the overall. Ahead of the trio, Intxausti kept his position and flied to the enormous prize of the 'maglia rosa', a fair prize to the excellent level shown by Movistar Team in the first week of racing. The 27-year-old Basque rider -in his first GT leadership, after several close calls in mountain stages in the Vuelta and also the Giro (2nd in Lago Laceno last year)- will roll down the start ramp tomorrow last for the 54.8km ITT from Gabicce Mare to Saltara. Intxausti is leading the standings, but almost twenty riders are within a minute of pink. Report taken from Movistar Team News.