Giro d'Italia 2015

May 9-31, San Lorenzo al Mare, Italy, Road - WorldTour

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Sadhbh O'Shea

Welcome to live coverage of the Giro d'Italia stage 10 from Civitanova Marche to Forlì

  1. 13:00:03 CEST

    I hope that you've all recovered from the first week with yesterday's rest day. We've got a 200-kilometre sprint stage to ease us back into the racing.

  2. 13:06:45 CEST

    There's hardly a bump in the road for the riders today en route to Forlì. Here's what the parcours looks like for stage 10.

     

  3. 13:10:56 CEST

    • Astana 2015 team jersey

    It was a very good weekend for Astana with Mikel Landa putting in a strong performance on stage 8 and Paolo Tiralongo taking a stage win the following day. Fabio Aru lost some time to Alberto Contador on Saturday but he was able to peg one back on Sunday with the sprint for third place. Only three seconds separate Aru and Contador at the top of the standings.

  4. 13:14:25 CEST

    • Pink Jersey

    Richie Porte is also in the mix at the top of the GC standings. Things are unlikely to change today but here are how things look this morning.

     

    1 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo 38:31:35
    2 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:03
    3 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky 0:00:22
    4 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:00:46
    5 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:01:16
    6 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:46
    7 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 0:02:02
    8 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:02:10
    9 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:02:20
    10 Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team 0:02:24

  5. 13:19:26 CEST

    • Team Sky 2015 team jersey

    Speaking of Porte, the Australian held a press conference during yesterday's rest day saying that he was ready to get suck into this second week. Cyclingnews also took a look inside the much talked about motorhome that Porte has been staying in during the Giro. You can take a look here.

  6. 13:25:51 CEST

    We're around 10 minutes for the start of the stage and it's a lovely sunny day at the moment in Civitanova Marche.

  7. 13:34:54 CEST

    As we near the start of today's stage, why not get an insight to what goes on in the build-up to a race. Cyclingnews spoke to some of the teams' mechanics, who talked us through their last-minute checks. You can watch the video here.

  8. 13:38:00 CEST

    The peloton is on their way for stage 10.

  9. 13:42:11 CEST

    • Orica GreenEdge 2015 team jersey

    After a fantastic start to the race, Orica-GreenEdge took a backseat in the mountains this weekend. The team are looking to get right back into it this week with more stage victories, according to DS Matt White. Read what White had to say to Cyclingnews here.

  10. 13:46:13 CEST

    There will be plenty of riders vying for victory today, including points classification leader Elia Viviani, André Greipel and Michael Matthews. We put together a list of five sprinters to look out for at this year's Giro d'Italia, which you can watch here.

  11. 13:49:47 CEST

    • Attack

    The first attack of the day has come. The riders in that move are Oscar Gatto (Androni-Giocattoli), Nicola Boem (Bardiani-CSF), Alessandro Malaguti (Nippo-Vini Fantini), Matteo Busato (Southeast) and Alan Marangoni (Cannondale-Garmin)

  12. 193km remaining from 200km

    13:51:42 CEST

    After 7km of racing the five men have 1:40 on the the peloton and it looks like we've got our main break of the day.

  13. 13:55:35 CEST

    It's a long day so the peloton won't be in a hurry to catch these guys and they should be allowed a reasonable advantage but it's highly unlikely that they'll go all the way to the finish with the sprinters keen to take stage honours. Who do you think will be victorious today? Let us know on twitter on @Cyclingnewsfeed or @SadhbhOS

  14. 14:01:00 CEST

    • Pink Jersey

    The opening nine stages of the Giro provided us with some exciting racing with a tough parcours doing a lot of damage and the overall classification is delicately poised as we go into the second week. Take a look back at the most important moments of the Giro so far with our 9 conclusions after stage 9.

  15. 185km remaining from 200km

    14:02:02 CEST

    The riders are now 15km into today's stage and the break have a 2:42 advantage on the peloton.

  16. 14:07:35 CEST

    Did you miss any of the action this weekend? Don't worry, watch hightlights of stage 8 and stage 9 on our Youtube channel.

  17. 14:17:32 CEST

    While today's stage should be fairly straight forward for the peloton, the finale may not be. There is a right hand bend inside the final 100 metres and the rider who comes out of this corner first is likely to be the winner. Former rider turned TV pundit Cedric Vasseur posted this picture of the final bend on twitter.

     

  18. 175km remaining from 200km

    14:19:17 CEST

    The riders have completed 25 kilometres and the gap to our five escapees is 2:38.

  19. 175km remaining from 200km

    14:19:42 CEST

    The riders have completed 25 kilometres and the gap to our five escapees is 3:15.

  20. 175km remaining from 200km

    14:26:45 CEST

    • IAM Cycling 2015 team jersey

    One man that is unlikely to be contesting the finish today is IAM Cycling's sprinter Matteo Pelucchi. The Italian is suffering with an infected ankle following a crash on the second stage.

  21. 14:34:26 CEST

    The latest time check for the five men out front is 3:30 after 35 kilometres of racing. They're not being given too much of a leash by the peloton.

  22. 14:38:35 CEST

    Outside of the Giro d'Italia, Cyclingnews caught up with former rider Jens Voigt on the challenges of retirement and becoming, fatter, older and weaker. Watch the funny interview here.

  23. 14:43:36 CEST

    • Astana 2015 team jersey

    Fabio Aru has had a slid Giro d'Italia so far, despite missing his final warm-up race due to illness. Aru missed the Giro del Trentino last month, leading Greg Henderson to accuse him of having problems with his biological passport. Yesterday the Italian's lawyer confirmed that they are taking legal action against Henderson following the twitter outburst.

  24. 157km remaining from 200km

    14:52:47 CEST

    After 43 kilometres the escapees have extended the gap to 4:05 on the peloton. None of the riders out front are a threat to the overall classification with Busato the best placed in the GC at 1:36:03 down.

  25. 14:57:20 CEST

    • Southeast Pro Cycling 2015 team jersey

    Busato is in his first year as a professional moving to Southeast from the MG Kvis - Wilier team. The 27-year-old Italian is still awaiting his first professional victory.

  26. 14:58:43 CEST

    After leaping to over four minutes, the escapees have seen their advantage over the peloton cut to just 2:10.

  27. 15:03:47 CEST

    Alberto Contador came out of last weekend with a three-second lead over Fabio Aru. He's held the maglia rosa since stage 5, but says that he may try and hand the jersey elsewhere for a few days to take the pressure off. You can read what he had to say here.

  28. 139km remaining from 200km

    15:06:31 CEST

    After a little burst from the peloton, the escapees have picked up the pace again to bring the gap back out to 3:40 after 61km.

  29. 15:11:31 CEST

    It's the eighth time that a stage of the Giro d'italia will finish in Forlì. Two-time overall winner Costante Girardengo was the first winner way back in 1925. Robbie McEwan took the honours on the last visit back in 2006.

  30. 15:22:20 CEST

    It's quite the illustrious list that has taken the stage win in Forlì. among the other winners are Alfredo Binda, Learco Guerra, Aldo Bini (also a winner of the maglia nera), Glauco Servadei, Rick Van Looy and Freddie Maertens. Who will add their name to that list today?

     

    Let us know your predictions on twitter at @Cyclingnewsfeed or @SadhbhOS

  31. 15:25:53 CEST

    • Orica GreenEdge 2015 team jersey

    Michael Matthews is one of the contenders for victory today. He's already got one victory and a stint in the maglia rosa under his belt. Take a closer look at the Scott Foil that he's been riding at this year's Giro d'Italia

  32. 15:28:26 CEST

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  33. 120km remaining from 200km

    15:31:05 CEST

    After 80km of racing the escapees have 3:55 on the peloton.

  34. 15:35:15 CEST

    Domenico Pozzovivo made his return to the Giro d'Italia late last week following his spectacular crash on stage 3. The Italian, who was sporting bandages on his face, is already considering his comeback to racing.

  35. 15:41:15 CEST

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  36. 15:45:06 CEST

    It's lunchtime the peloton. The riders have been going for two hours, averaging 44.5kph over that time.

  37. 15:52:10 CEST

    • Orica GreenEdge 2015 team jersey

    Michael Matthews confirmed to television that he actually won't be sprinting for the stage today. The Australian believes that it's too flat for him today, so he'll be saving his legs for tomorrow.

  38. 100km remaining from 200km

    15:53:55 CEST

    We're at the halfway point for today's stage and the five escapees have 4:41 on the peloton at the moment.

  39. 15:56:41 CEST

    A reminder of the guys out in the break today. Matteo Busato (Southeast) is the best placed rider at 1 hour 36 behind Alberto Contador. Joining Busato out front are Oscar Gatto (Androni-Giocattoli), Nicola Boem (Bardiani-CSF), Alessandro Malaguti (Nippo-Vini Fantini) and Alan Marangni (Cannondale-Garmin), which makes this an all Italian break.

  40. 16:01:15 CEST

    • Nippo - Vini Fantini 2015 team jersey

    We spoke about Busato earlier on, lets take a closer look at some of the other escapees. First up is Alessandro Malaguti, who is from Forlì where the stage finishes today. The 27-year-old is in his third season as a professional and is riding his first Giro d'Italia. He's been out in the break already during the Giro and sits 2 hours 15 minutes behind the maglia rosa.

  41. 16:04:44 CEST

    • Cannondale Garmin 2015 team jersey

    Alan Marangoni has also been on the break during this year's Giro. He's the only WorldTour rider in this group and is making his fifth Giro appearance. He has been a professional since 2009 but is still looking for his first pro victory.

  42. 16:07:29 CEST

    • Climb

    The break go over the top of our only classified climb for the day with Malaguti taking the full points, followed by Marangoni and Busato.

  43. 16:10:53 CEST

    • Androni Giocattoli 2015 team jersey

    Next up in our escape group is is Marangoni's former teammate Oscar Gatto, who now rides with Androni. The 30-year-old is riding his eighth Giro d'Italia. Gatto's biggest victory to date was his last-dag win at Dwars door Vlaanderen in 2013, where he beat Thomas Voeckler on the line.

  44. 16:14:24 CEST

    • Bardiani CSF 2015 team jersey

    Last but not least in our all-Italian breakaway is Nicola Boem. Boem is part of a Bardiani CSF team that has only made one change in their line-up compared to the 2014 race. At 25, Boem is the youngest rider in this group, but still has two Giro d'Italia under his belt. His biggest success to date is a stage of the Toru of Denmark.

  45. 86km remaining from 200km

    16:17:34 CEST

    With 86 kilometres remaining, the gap to the five men out front is 3:41 and it's coming down slowly.

  46. 16:21:57 CEST

    • Lotto-Soudal 2015 team jersey

    Lotto Soudal have sent one rider to the front of the peloton to help out Giant-Alpecin, who have been doing the pace setting in recent kilometres. Trek Factory Racing and IAM Cycling also have riders near the front.

  47. 16:29:44 CEST

    Away from the Giro for a moment and Marcel Kittel is due to make his return to racing at the World Ports Classic. Cyclingnews spoke to Giant-Alpecin's doctor, who has given the German the all clear to go racing again following an illness effected start to the year.

  48. 16:33:28 CEST

    Today's stage is more than likely going to end in a bunch sprint, but it isn't straight forward  with twists, turns and cobbles in the run to the line. Former rider now TV pundit, Cedric Vasseur posted this picture on twitter earlier today.

     

  49. 74km remaining from 200km

    16:35:27 CEST

    The break are riding down a short descent and it will be almost entirely flat from the bottom to the finish. Their advantage is now 3:45.

  50. 16:39:33 CEST

    we've still got 72 kilomteres to go, why not take a look at Alberto Contador's Giro d'Italia race bike.

  51. 16:43:14 CEST

    Profile image for TheRaceRadio

    Ahhh, Italy. Just another flat stage with this tossed in at the end. https://t.co/mo0gyBbWOo

    @TheRaceRadio Tue, 19th May 2015 14:38:14

  52. 16:45:53 CEST

    With plenty of sprinters' teams to control things, all the GC teams seem to be taking it easy today after an action packed first week. Take a look back at the most important moments of the opening week of the Giro with our nine conclusions after stage nine.

  53. 16:49:07 CEST

    • IAM Cycling 2015 team jersey

    IAM Cycling put in a stint on the front of the peloton. Pelucchi might not be feeling the best today but they also have Heinrich Haussler for the sprint.

  54. 61km remaining from 200km

    16:50:57 CEST

    The gap has dropped to 2:41 as the peloton continue to drive the pace. Let us know what you think will happen today on twitter at @Cyclingnewsfeed and @SadhbhOS.

  55. 16:56:25 CEST

    Profile image for cassette_media

    Whilst @ALANMARANGONI is smashing it in the break, he also has secret filmmaking talent! @Ride_Argylehttps://t.co/0XdlK0vuHI

    @cassette_media Tue, 19th May 2015 14:51:35

  56. 16:59:28 CEST

    Ever wondered what goes on before a stage start, Cyclingnews spoke to several team mechanics who told us about the last-minute checks they go through before the riders leave for the day.

  57. 17:03:13 CEST

    • Etixx-QuickStep 2015 team jersey

    With some cobbles in today's finale, Tom Boonen is looking to take a comeback victory following his dislocated shoulder. Boonen has been quiet so far in the Giro but has been outspoken about his desire for a stage win recently.

     

    "I think today will be better for us because it will be just me and Sabatini for the sprint. It's narrow and their is cobbles and I hope that it will be easier for us today," Boonen said ahead of the stage this morning.

  58. 17:04:48 CEST

    The Lotto-Soudal led peloton is all string out at the moment as they go through a series of roundabouts.

  59. 49km remaining from 200km

    17:07:03 CEST

    Less than 50 kilometres remaining today as the gap continues to hover around 3:54. The five men in the lead have been out front since the first five kilometres. They've not been given too much space by the group with a maximum advantage of just over four minutes.

  60. 17:10:21 CEST

    • IAM Cycling 2015 team jersey

    Matteo Pelucchi has reportedly retired from the race. The Italian was suffering with an infected ankle following a crash on stage 2.

  61. 17:14:36 CEST

    Michael Matthews is another rider that won't be contesting the sprint today. The Australian said earlier that he would be saving his energy for tomorrow. Cyclingnews spoke to his directeur sportif Matt White earlier today, who said that the team are on the hunt for more stage wins in this second week.

  62. 17:19:11 CEST

    • IAM Cycling 2015 team jersey

    Sounds like Haussler won't be sprinting for IAM Cycling today either. The Australian told reporters that he's been suffering from stomach problems and his main aim today is just to survive.

  63. 30km remaining from 200km

    17:28:12 CEST

    We're into the final 30 kilometres and the escapees have only 2:27 separating themselves from the peloton.

  64. 17:31:04 CEST

    • CCC Sprandi Polkowice 2015 team jersey

    CCC Sprandi are the only Pro Continental team that didn't make it into the break today. The Polish team have been very active in the first week and they are looking to reward that perseverance with a stage win.

  65. 17:33:37 CEST

    The peloton are just letting these escapees hang out there. They've got them at a manageable distance and they know that they can bring this back when they want to. Lotto-Soudal are taking the main chasing responsibility today.

  66. 17:36:03 CEST

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  67. 23km remaining from 200km

    17:37:20 CEST

    The escapees are approaching the final intermediate sprint of the day. They'll mop up most of the points and bonus seconds but they're no worry to any of the classification holders. The gap is just 2:10.

  68. 17:39:18 CEST

    The intermediate sprint isn't contested by the escapees, who just roll across the line led by Oscar Gatto.

  69. 17:41:33 CEST

    The peloton come through the intermediate sprint two minutes down on the break. They too decide not to sprint for the points. With 50 available at the finish today the stage winner could step into the red jersey.

  70. 17km remaining from 200km

    17:42:08 CEST

    • BMC Racing 2015 team jersey

    BMC have launched an attack. They've got one rider around 30 metres off the front of the peloton.

  71. 16km remaining from 200km

    17:43:46 CEST

    The BMC rider was Stefan Kung. He has now been caught but we can expect more attacks in these final kilometres.

  72. 14km remaining from 200km

    17:46:46 CEST

    Lotto-Soudal have almost their whole team up front with Trek Factory and Giant-Alpecin putting men up the front to help. The escapees are holding this gap out at 1:47 for now.

  73. 17:47:34 CEST

    It's a lot for the peloton to overhaul in 13 kilometres, have they made a mistake?

  74. 17:48:58 CEST

    • Androni Giocattoli 2015 team jersey

    A mechanical problem for Oscar Gatto. The break could have done with his help but some of them may be secretly happy with that as the Androni rider would be the favourite in a sprint finish.

  75. 10km remaining from 200km

    17:50:09 CEST

    Gatto talking to the car and it looks like he's accepted his fate that he won't make it back into the break again today. Bad luck for the Italian.

  76. 10km remaining from 200km

    17:50:57 CEST

    Gatto is back with the peloton with 10km to go. The remaining our escapees have 1:30 on the bunch.

  77. 9km remaining from 200km

    17:52:12 CEST

    The breakaway beginning to believe that they can go the whole way? They're really having to push to keep the peloton behind them.

  78. 8.7km remaining from 200km

    17:53:11 CEST

    The latest time check has the escapees at 1:19 over the peloton. There's some frantic chasing going on but it looks like the peloton have got this one wrong.

  79. 17:55:05 CEST

    • Cannondale Garmin 2015 team jersey

    Cannondale are the only team represented in the break that have had a win during this Giro with Davide Formolo taking a stage victory last week.

  80. 6km remaining from 200km

    17:55:59 CEST

    The break working well together and still have 1:09 on the peloton.

  81. 17:56:43 CEST

    Eisel has dropped back of the peloton and perhaps Sky have a problem.

  82. 4km remaining from 200km

    17:57:29 CEST

    And they have, Richie Porte has had a mechanical problem. It's outside the 3km to go so he needs to get back on soon.

  83. 17:58:02 CEST

    On the front of the peloton, an AG2R rider has gone on the attack but he is quickly caught.

  84. 3km remaining from 200km

    17:58:37 CEST

    With just over 3km to go the breakaway still has just under a minute. It's going to be close for the four out front.

  85. 17:59:07 CEST

    • Team Sky 2015 team jersey

    Porte is 36 seconds behind the peloton. This is far from ideal for the Sky rider.

  86. 17:59:40 CEST

    Michael matthews is back with the Sky group. He's sitting in Porte's wheel.

  87. 2km remaining from 200km

    18:00:10 CEST

    The escapees still have 50 seconds with 2km to go. They look like they can do it.

  88. 18:00:47 CEST

    Porte doesn't appear to be closing down the peloton quickly. He's still 32 seconds down and he's struggling to keep his teammates' wheels.

  89. 1.3km remaining from 200km

    18:01:00 CEST

    Marangoni attacks

  90. 18:01:24 CEST

    We're under the flamme rouge

  91. 18:01:42 CEST

    Marangoni still has a small gap but the other three are closing him down.

  92. 18:01:54 CEST

    Malaguti is leading the chase

  93. 18:02:04 CEST

    Marangoni still leads

  94. 18:02:19 CEST

    Boem catches Marangoni

  95. 18:02:31 CEST

    Boem wins

  96. 18:03:01 CEST

    Nizzolo wins the sprint from the peloton

  97. 18:03:12 CEST

    Porte still to finish

  98. 18:04:20 CEST

    Porte loses more than 30 seconds on the maglia rosa.

  99. 18:06:07 CEST

    Today should have been a clear-cut sprint finish but the peloton got it wrong and the escapees held on. Marangoni stuck out first but it was Boem who timed it right catching Marangoni just after the final corner to take the stage win.

  100. 18:08:40 CEST

    Contador warming down on the peloton. He'll be reading the GC classification with interest after Porte's mechanical problem.

  101. 18:10:39 CEST

    Today's stage victory has put Boem into the red jersey too. A big day for the Italian.

  102. 18:12:50 CEST

    Confirmation of the top 10 from today's stage

     

    1 Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF 4:26:16
    2 Matteo Busato (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling
    3 Alessandro Malaguti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini 0:00:02
    4 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 0:00:04
    5 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek Factory Racing 0:00:18
    6 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida
    7 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal
    8 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Giant-Alpecin
    9 Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSF
    10 Davide Appollonio (Ita) Androni Giocattoli

  103. 18:14:23 CEST

    We've not got the full look at the GC but confirmation of the top 3 shows that Richie Porte is no longer up there.

     

    1 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo 42:58:09
    2 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:03
    3 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:00:46

  104. 18:15:46 CEST

    • Team Sky 2015 team jersey

    Top 10 GC results coming through now and Richie Porte is now 1:03 behind Alberto Contador in the GC.

  105. 18:17:53 CEST

    Apologies, Porte is actually 1:09 down on Contador.

  106. 18:20:17 CEST

    We're already compiling a gallery and the results from today. You can take a look at it here, and it will be updated as the day progresses.

  107. 18:21:27 CEST

    Finally we have it, confirmation of the top 10 in the GC after that stage.

     

    1 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo 42:58:09
    2 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:03
    3 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:00:46
    4 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky 0:01:09
    5 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:01:16
    6 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:46
    7 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:02:10
    8 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 0:02:12
    9 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:02:20
    10 Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team 0:02:24

  108. 18:35:48 CEST

    Tomorrow will be a lumpy day for the riders, but it's a chance for sprinters such as Michael Matthews and Sacha Modolo to take the win. Read the full preview of tomorrow's stage here.

  109. 18:46:11 CEST

    That's it from us today, make sure to take a look at our race report for full results and pictures.

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