Giro d'Italia 2014

May 9 - June 1, 2014, Belfast, ITA, Road - WorldTour

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Sadhbh O'Shea

Welcome to live coverage of stage 11 of the Giro d'Italia from Collecchio to Savona

  1. 10:30:07 CEST

    We are around 20 minutes away from the beginning of stage 11 of the Giro d'Italia. At 249 kilometres, it is the second longest stage of the race.

  2. 10:32:16 CEST

    The big news today is that the former maglia rosa Michael Matthews has abandoned the race. He sprinted to third yesterday, but his injuries from two days ago have forced him to call it a day. You can read it all here.

  3. 10:36:30 CEST

    Today's stage was originally supposed to be the longest of the race, until the peloton were forced to take a diversion on stage 6. It could be the perfect opportunity for a break to succeed today, as the two climbs will prove much too difficult for the sprinters while the GC boys will be saving their energy for the tougher stuff to come.

  4. 10:39:50 CEST

    Will we see Adam Hansen in the breakaway today? He won an epic rain-soaked stage last year and he's gunning for another this season. We spoke to him a few days ago about his grand tour aspirations. You can watch the video here and make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel right here.

  5. 10:41:41 CEST

    It's another sunny day in Italy and we're expecting it to stay that way until the finish.

  6. 10:42:40 CEST

    Sign-on closes soon and the riders are piling onto the stage to ensure they can ride today. Nice to see them form an orderly queue.

  7. 10:48:51 CEST

    Want to see what's in store for the peloton today, have a read of our stage preview

  8. 10:51:31 CEST

    And we're off. The peloton roll out for the neutral start

  9. 11:00:40 CEST

    Here is a look at what the riders face today with the stage profile

  10. 11:06:30 CEST

    Yesterday was another day for Nacer Bouhanni. He became the first rider to win three stages of the race, after he escaped the final kilometre crash. He's not getting too ahead of himself though and isn't underestimating any of his rivals.

  11. 11:10:12 CEST

    As we wait for the action to get going today, why not catch up with all of our Giro d'Italia videos right here. There's plenty more to come over the next two weeks so make sure to subscribe so you don't miss a single one.

  12. 11:12:44 CEST

    Outside of the Giro d'Italia, it has been reported in German media that Jan Ulrich has been involved in a car crash. The former rider escaped any injury, however two other people involved have been taken to hospital. Police say that Ulirich was over the legal alcohol limit, but he denies it. We will have the full story on Cyclingnews soon.

  13. 11:18:07 CEST

    Another big story from the last 24 hours is that Lance Armstrong has been subpoenaed to provide video testimony in the SCA case. The company are trying to sue the American for $12 million. Read the full story here

  14. 11:21:37 CEST

    Still all together at the moment. The fight to get into the breakaway will be tough today, with the chances of making it to the finish fairly high. Tell us who you think will make it into the break and who could win. Tweet us on @Cyclingnewsfeed and @SadhbhOS and we will post some of your thoughts here.

  15. 11:30:19 CEST

    • Lampre Merida

    News is that Winner Ancona of Lampre-Meida is still in the race despite suffering from dysentery. Anacona was in the break on stage 7 last week.

  16. 11:33:08 CEST

    Some of your tweets coming through with your predictions day.


    @Elthamvelo says "@stefanopirazzi in the break today ?- came in 6 mins down on yesterdays @giroditalia stg"


    @Stoeving says "Sky will be aggressive today. Boasson Hagen and Cataldo will have a great chance to win, if they can get in the break"

    Keep them coming in.

  17. 11:35:41 CEST

    Cadel Evans had a lucky escape yesterday as the peloton came down behind him. The team did receive a blow, however, when his teammate Yannick Eijssen was stretchered out of the race. Hear what he had to say after the finish yesterday, in this video. Don't forget to subscribe.

  18. 221km remaining from 249km

    11:37:16 CEST

    • Garmin-Sharp

    Bad news for Garmin-Sharp, Fabian Wegmann has come down in a crash and has left the race. He was suffering a bad stomach in the opening time trial too, but was forced to chase back on when four of his teammates crashed.

  19. 11:40:29 CEST

    A few more of your predictions coming through.


    @ldc_groucott "Im hoping for a certain Italian beard to feature heavily in todays break!" (Luca Paolini?)


    @Pi_TroO "Do not forget @DeGendtThomas , well behind in GC and always up for a fight ..."


    @jannevlimaa "Landa, Arredondo, Bandiera (ofc), Pirazzi or Bongiorno, Hansen or Bak and one from Colombia"

  20. 11:41:35 CEST

    The attacks keep coming today, but the peloton are not letting anything go right now. They can't lets anyone with a GC hope make it away.

  21. 11:44:15 CEST

    We already brought you the news that Michael Matthews didn't start today. Two other DNSs are Georg Preidler (Giant-Shimano) and Miguel Angel Rubiano (Colombia)

  22. 11:47:18 CEST

    • Colombia

    Rubiano is the second member of the Colombia team to drop out of the race. His teammate Edwin Avila was outside the time limit on stage 9 by 3:01. The former track rider apparently got off his bike to protest against his team refusing to give him a bidon inside the final 20km. You can read the full story here.

  23. 11:50:43 CEST

    With the departure of those two riders, plus Wegmann, the peloton has been to reduced to 179 down from the original 198 that started. This Giro is taking it's toll and we haven't even reached the toughest parts.

  24. 219km remaining from 249km

    11:53:02 CEST

    30 kilometres ridden so far, with the first climb of the day coming in around 20km. Perhaps this could be where we see the day's attack sticking.

  25. 11:55:33 CEST

    The average speed of the race so far has been 48kph, no wonder we haven't had a break yet. Extremely hard to get off the front when the peloton are motoring like that. Remember to tweet us at @Cyclingnewsfeed and @SadhbhOS with your predictions for today.

  26. 11:56:06 CEST

    Cycling predictions that it, although we're open to lottery number predictions too if you have them.

  27. 203km remaining from 249km

    11:57:48 CEST

    Some confusion over how much they've ridden. It's actually 47km gone, so they're just about to this the first climb of the day the Passo Cento Croci

  28. 12:01:32 CEST

    More news coming through about the Wegmann abandon. He reportedly crashed, but rode on for a little while before deciding that the pain was too much. Good news is the German was able to climb into the ambulance himself. He is on his way to hospital to be checked out and we will bring you more news of his condition as we find out.

  29. 12:02:41 CEST

    • Garmin-Sharp

    Garmin are now down to six riders after the abandon of Dan Martin and Koldo Fernandez on the first stage. They will be keen to get into the break today to salvage something from the race.

  30. 12:04:15 CEST

    Earlier we told you about Jan Ulrich being involved in a car crash. You can read the full story here.

  31. 199km remaining from 249km

    12:07:04 CEST

    We're onto the first climb of the day and we still await the break. Who will be the lucky ones to get away?

  32. 12:08:02 CEST

    Over the first hour of racing the peloton rode at a whopping 49kph.

  33. 12:08:50 CEST

    • Attack

    Alexandre Geniz and Tim Wellens have attacked. Can they make it stick?

  34. 12:10:19 CEST

    Seems not. The fast pace of the peloton is really making things difficult today. It's BMC who are setting the pace. They're keeping their eye on potential GC contenders.

  35. 12:13:50 CEST

     Susan jumping in for a spell. We understand there is a break in the peloton, and that Michele Scarponi is in the second group.

  36. 12:17:00 CEST

    • Garmin-Sharp

    Happy Birthday to Dylan Van Baarle of Garmin-Sharp, hitting the ripe old age of 22 today!


  37. 12:19:46 CEST

    Another escape attempt from Francesco Bongiorno (BAR), Francis Mourey (FDJ) and Tim Wellens (Lotto), but also unsuccessful.
  38. 12:21:01 CEST

    Geniez, Quemenuer and Roche are the next to give it a try. BMC is doing its best to keep everything under control.

  39. 189km remaining from 249km

    12:23:19 CEST

    We have covered 60 km so far. Will this break be the one to go?


  40. 12:25:33 CEST

    No, that group didn't make it, either.


  41. 12:28:52 CEST

    They are taking this climb so fast that some riders are suffering off the back -- including Scarponi.


  42. 12:31:29 CEST

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  43. 12:33:27 CEST

    The guys are speedy today, covering 49 to 50 km in the first hour.


  44. 12:33:58 CEST

    With one km to go to the top of the climb, a group of 22 riders has built up a 28 second gap.


  45. 12:38:35 CEST

    • Attack

    We understand that Bardiani and Europcar both have 3 riders in the group, which also includes Morabito, Cataldo, Roche and Moser. But we don't have anything definite yeet.

  46. 183km remaining from 249km

    12:39:31 CEST

    Whoever they are, they have a gap of 32 seconds after 66 km.


  47. 12:42:53 CEST

    Arredondo, Thurau and Roche said to be the first over the climb. Also said to be a seven man group in front. Confusing, yes?


  48. 12:45:51 CEST

    • Crash

    There was a crash on the descent, and Luke Durbridge (Orica-GreenEdge) has apparently had to abandon the race.


  49. 12:47:41 CEST

    Durbridge's withdrawal leaves the Australian team with only five riders in the race.


  50. 12:49:18 CEST

    We still have conflicting reports as to whether we have a lead group of seven or of 22.......


  51. 12:51:53 CEST

    Things are coming together again in the race, with a group of about 60 now up front.


  52. 12:53:09 CEST

    Double stage winner Diego Ulissi was also involved in that crash. He was able to continue on, though.


  53. 12:58:35 CEST

    Looks like we may have a group of 23 again: Herrada (Movistar Team), Arredondo (Trek), Quintero (Colombia), Cardoso (Garmin - Sharp), Morabito (BMC), Roche and Rovny (Tinkoff-Saxo), Cataldo, Deignan and Siutsou (Sky), Moser (Cannondale), Geniez (FDJ), Bongiono, Colbrelli and Zardini (Bardiani-CSF), Bono (Lampre-Merida), Pauwels (Omega), Finetto (Neri Sottoli), Malacarne, Thurau and Quemeneur (Europcar), Gusev (Katusha), Geschke (Giant-Shimano).Now just to get some confirmation on that.... and a gap.....
  54. 13:02:30 CEST

    After 86 km, the group has 30 seconds on the field, with BMC and Movistar leading the chase.
  55. 13:07:19 CEST

    In other news, Luis Leon Sanchez (Caja Rural) will be undergoing tests to see if he picked up some sort of virus in Africa, as he hasn't been feeling well lately. 


  56. 13:10:06 CEST

    We think we can now confidently report that we have a group of 14 with a gap of 1:40: Bongiorno, Moser, Mourey, Polanc, Monsalve, Quemeneur, Sicard, Thurau, Preidler, Moreno, Vorganov, Deignan, Roche and Rovny.
  57. 13:17:09 CEST

    • Giant-Shimano

    There were reports earlier that Georg Preidler had abandoned due to a crash. As he is in the escape group, we can safely say that he is still in the race

  58. 13:18:44 CEST

    Here is the full 22 riders in this escape group: Francesco Bongiorno (Bardiani), Moreno Moser (Cannondale), Francis Mourey (FDJ), Jan Polanc (Lampre), Yonathan Monsalve (Nero Sottoli), Perrig Quemeneur (Europcar), Romain Sicard (Europcar), Björn Thurau (Europcar), Georg Preidler (Giant-Shimano), Daniel Moreno (Katusha), Eduard Vorganov (Katusha), Phililp Deignan (Sky), Nicolas Roche (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Ivan Rovny (Tinkoff-Saxo)

  59. 13:19:40 CEST

    Europcar are the most heavily represented in that group with three riders and Tinkoff-Saxo have two.

  60. 13:21:11 CEST

    Apologies, we can't count, that should be 14 rider in that lead group

  61. 13:22:44 CEST

    There are 12 teams without riders in this break, including the team of pink jersey wearer BMC

  62. 13:26:07 CEST

    The 14 riders now have an advantage of 3:20 on the peloton. Francis Mourey is the best placed of the leaders, at 7:52 behind Evans.

  63. 13:29:36 CEST

    • Tinkoff-Saxo

    Nicolas Roche is one of the escapees today. He's had a rough Giro d'Italia. It began well but was derailed on the stage 6 crash into Montecassino. We spoke to him about his outlook on the race. Watch it here and make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel.

  64. 13:35:53 CEST

    The gap is growing quickly now to these 14 riders. It's now 4:08.

  65. 104km remaining from 249km

    13:40:41 CEST

    With less than half the stage to go, here is another look at today's parcours.


    Giro d'Italia stage 11 profile

  66. 13:43:31 CEST

    Outside of the Giro d'Italia, news continues to creep out about the Alonso team. Despite rumours that they might not make it for 2015, the team are adamant that they will be there come next January. Read the full article here.

  67. 13:45:32 CEST

    This could be the day for the breakaway, but it all depends on the teams left behind. There are 12 teams not in this break, any of which could decide to try and bring this back together.

  68. 13:47:26 CEST

    • Orica GreenEdge

    Orica-GreenEdge have confirmed that Luke Durbridge has got a suspected collarbone fracture. It's not been a good few days for Durbridge, who could hardly stand at the end of stage 9, after he crashed.

  69. 13:49:41 CEST

    GreenEdge are one of the team missing from this break, but they have had an exceptional run up until now. They held the jersey for the first seven stages and won three stages too.

  70. 13:52:55 CEST

    There are some strong riders in this front group however, including Daniel Moreno and Nicolas Roche, who are looking to salvage something from this Giro.

  71. 13:54:03 CEST

    The gap to the 14 men has levelled out at five minutes.

  72. 13:55:10 CEST

    Who are your picks for today? Do you think that this break will make it? Tweet us at @Cyclingnewsfeed and @SadhbhOS

  73. 13:57:54 CEST

    • Lampre Merida

    Double stage winner Diego Ulissi is reportedly battling on with a bruised knee. He's got a teammate out front, however, in the form of Jan Polanc.

  74. 14:02:27 CEST

    The Giro d'Italia has finished in Savona four times before. The first was in 1969 and the most recent was 1991, which was won by BMC directeur sportif Max Sciandri.

  75. 14:05:29 CEST

    We seem to have mixed thoughts on whether the break will make it today, here is a selection of your tweets.


    @cycling_mad1 "I think the break can make it if they ride well together"


    @VeloHuman "So many big teams missed the break: OGE, Trek, Lotto, Astana, Garmin. Lots of firepower to bring it back"

  76. 14:08:50 CEST

    Today shouldn't see much change in the general classification, but here is a look at how the GC stands at the moment


    1 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 42:50:47
    2 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:00:57
    3 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:10
    4 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:20
    5 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:01:31
    6 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:01:39
    7 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:01:43
    8 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:01:44
    9 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 0:01:45
    10 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Trek Factory Racing 0:01:49

  77. 115km remaining from 249km

    14:14:58 CEST

    The gap has been pretty steady at the moment. The peloton haven't let them get two far away, it currently stands at 4:42

  78. 14:18:50 CEST

    Nicolas Roche is in the break today. Want to see the bike he is doing it on? Watch our video of his Specialized Tarmac, here. You can subscribe to Our YouTube channel here.

  79. 14:21:42 CEST

    Ben Swift also showed us his Pinarello Dogma - one of three bikes that he rides - earlier this week. You can watch that here.

  80. 14:23:17 CEST

    The latest time check for the escapees is no 4 minutes, it seems to be coming down as the approach the 100 kilometres to go.

  81. 14:28:00 CEST

    The group of leaders has split into two. Moser, Monselve, Quemeneur and Roche now lead.

  82. 100km remaining from 249km

    14:29:41 CEST

    The current situation is that we've got four men out front with a gap of 20 seconds. The peloton are 4:50 behind the four leaders.

  83. 14:31:19 CEST

    There are a number of teams who missed out on the initial break who will be keen to bring this back together before the finish. Androni Giocattoli, Orica-GreenEdge, Colombia and Garmin-Sharp will want to make something of today.

  84. 14:35:26 CEST

    Today has seen quite a few riders drop out, read a full round-up of the abandons, plus in bed with Thomas Dekker here.

  85. 14:38:07 CEST

    Another rumour spreading through the peloton is that Ivan Basso is looking to leave Cannondale at the end of the year and join forces with Alberto Contador at Tinkoff-Saxo. We will have more details on that later.

  86. 14:43:49 CEST

    As we close in on the second climb of the day, here is a look at the final kilometres of today stage. it's going to come down to who has the best sprint, but it certainly won't be a Bouhanni day today.


  87. 86km remaining from 249km

    14:45:49 CEST

    The advantage of the 14 riders is now 5:05 as the four leaders have been brought back.

  88. 14:47:30 CEST

    • Androni Giacattoli-Venezuela

    Androni Giocattoli are on the front of the peloton. They're trying to bring this back together. They've been in the break every day, but they missed it today. Johnny Hoogerland is sitting as second man, will he try something?

  89. 83km remaining from 249km

    14:48:30 CEST

    The work of the Androni team is having an effect on the advantage of the leaders. They've reduced is to 4:25.

  90. 14:50:12 CEST

    Some remonstrating going on at the front of the peloton. A Tinkoff-Saxo rider asked the camera bike to move away, which did not receive a good reception from the Androni rider on the front. Tinkoff-Saxo want this move to stick.

  91. 14:53:38 CEST

    There are a few other riders who look like they've been down on the deck at some point today. Salvatore Puccio (Sky) is missing a large chuck from his shorts, while Dylan van Baarle (Garmin-Sharp) has got a lot of holes in the back of his jersey.

  92. 14:57:25 CEST

    • Androni Giacattoli-Venezuela

    After initially bringing the gap down, the chase seems to have stalled. Androni are still putting in the work on the front.

  93. 14:59:47 CEST

    • Crash


  94. 15:00:27 CEST

    BMC's Steve Morabito has gone down. Andrey Zeits (Astana) and Maime Monfort (Lotto-Belisol) have all gone down.

  95. 15:01:25 CEST

    Ben Swift (Sky) has also been involved. It looks like a huge number of the Lotto and Neri Sottoli teams have been involved. It happened just behind the front of the peloton on a relatively narrow stretch of road.

  96. 15:02:25 CEST

    Androni are still pushing along on the front, none of the other teams look like they want to assist them.

  97. 15:04:12 CEST

    Evans has gone up to the front of the peloton and has had a word with the Androni team. It looks like he's asking them to slow down, but they don't look like they're too interest in doing that. Morabito is in a strong GC positioning as well as being one of Evans' main helpers.

  98. 70km remaining from 249km

    15:05:21 CEST

    Despite the crash the advantage is being cut down quickly. The 14 leaders have a gap of 3:20, so there is still hope for Androni.

  99. 15:06:01 CEST

    • Team Sky

    Sky report that Chris Sutton was also involved in that crash. They've had a number of riders on the deck today.

  100. 15:10:17 CEST

    Evans will be hoping that Morabito can make it back. He lost Eijssen yesterday and he won't want to lose any more. We spoke to Evans after yesterday's stage. Watch that here and don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel.

  101. 65km remaining from 249km

    15:11:42 CEST

    After the split where four riders went away, things have been fairly calm in the break. We might see that change soon as their advantage drops under 3 minutes for the first time today.

  102. 15:13:04 CEST

    • Omega Pharma QuickStep

    Omega Pharma-QuickStep are sitting right behind the Androni team, but they're not giving them any help in the chase. They want to keep Uran safe, but they don't car too much whether or not the break is caught.

  103. 15:15:14 CEST

    The escapees are trying to push on. Rovny gives a dig and splits them, but it is all back together. This could be touch and go, still five Androni riders on the front of the peloton.

  104. 15:19:09 CEST

    There is little to gain for the GC riders today. They will be saving themselves from tomorrow and beyond. Tomorrow's stage 12 is the first individual time trial. Watch our preview of what could prove to be a defining stage in the general classification here. Remember to subscribe to our YouTube channel to make sure you don't miss a single Giro d'Italia video.

  105. 15:25:05 CEST

    It has been confirmed that Enrico Barbin is in the break, rather than Jan Polanc. This is the first time he's been listed as one of the escapees.

  106. 15:27:23 CEST

    Speak of the devil, it is Barbin who takes the points at the intermediate sprint.

  107. 53km remaining from 249km

    15:29:14 CEST

    Androni haven't left the front of the peloton for the last 40km. They've brought the gap down to 2:15, but will they have the energy to do anything if they do manage to close it down?

  108. 15:30:11 CEST

    • Puncture

    Deignan suffers a puncture in the break.

  109. 52km remaining from 249km

    15:32:33 CEST

    Deignan is now 27 seconds down on the peloton.

  110. 15:33:47 CEST

    • Garmin-Sharp

    We've just had an update from Garmin-Sharp on the condition of Fabian Wegmann. It sounds like a horrific set of injuries for the German.


    "Fabian Wegmann suffered a complete tear of the hamstrings in his left leg during today's Giro stage. He underwent imaging at a local hospital and team medical staff is currently arranging an orthopedic surgical follow up for him in Germany, close to his home. "

  111. 47km remaining from 249km

    15:36:30 CEST

    Deignan has made it back to the group of leaders as the advantage falls to 1:46

  112. 41km remaining from 249km

    15:44:22 CEST

    The peloton is in one long line now and the gap to the escapees has been sliced down to 1:10. Their chances are getting slimmer by the pedal stroke.

  113. 15:47:02 CEST

    Belkin, BMC and Omega Pharma-QuickStep are all on the front now. The front of the peloton has become two distinct trains.

  114. 38km remaining from 249km

    15:48:35 CEST

    Despite the efforts of Bardiani in the breakaway, the gap has come down to a lone minute.

  115. 36km remaining from 249km

    15:52:02 CEST

    As we approach the final climb of the day, remember you can see all the reaction from today's stage on our YouTube page here. Subscribe if you don't want to miss anything.

  116. 35km remaining from 249km

    15:52:46 CEST

    Barbin is dropped from the escapees as the gap comes down to 33 seconds. Only a matter of time before these guys get caught.

  117. 15:54:11 CEST

    Bongiorno attacks down the left-hand side of the road.

  118. 15:54:41 CEST

    • Attack

    Roche and Moreno chase the Bardiani rider down.

  119. 15:55:10 CEST

    • Tinkoff-Saxo

    It is now Roche in the lead but the advantage over the peloton is only 17 seconds.

  120. 15:56:22 CEST

    Arredondo has attacked out of the peloton and he catches some of the lagging group of escapees.

  121. 15:56:58 CEST

    Arredondo took the maximum points in the mountains competition on the first climb. He's still got to catch the leading four if he wants to do that again.

  122. 15:59:13 CEST

    We're onto the steepest section of the climb and Arredondo has caught the four leaders. The peloton are 25 seconds behind them.

  123. 16:00:23 CEST

    The peloton can almost see the leaders. There is around three riders in between the leaders and the peloton.

  124. 16:00:40 CEST

    Arredondo attacks and is chased by Roche

  125. 16:02:04 CEST

    As these two attack, they have managed to extend the gap to the peloton to 40 seconds. They have 11 seconds on the chasers.

  126. 16:03:25 CEST

    Preidler has managed to catch up with Arredondo. The Colombian seems surprised to see the big German behind him. Roche is now struggling behind the two, he'll be praying for the descent now.

  127. 16:04:25 CEST

    • Bardiani

    Edoardo Zardini attacks from the peloton

  128. 16:05:11 CEST

    Zardini has had a very good season with a victory at the Giro del Trentino last month.

  129. 30km remaining from 249km

    16:06:12 CEST

    Arredondo has distanced Preidler towards the top of this climb. Preidler will probably make up the ground on the descent.

  130. 16:07:05 CEST

    Zardini has caught a struggling Roche and he sets off after Preidler and Arredondo.

  131. 16:08:02 CEST

    Samuel Sanchez has moved to the front of the peloton to set the pace.

  132. 29km remaining from 249km

    16:09:09 CEST

    Arredondo crosses the top of the climb with Preidler in his wheel. Barbin is not too far behind.

  133. 29km remaining from 249km

    16:10:13 CEST

    Preidler is doing well to keep in touch with Arredondo. Zardini can see the two up front at the moment.

  134. 16:11:39 CEST

    Two very different styles on that climb, Arredondo dancing on the pedals as Preidler grinds it out behind him.

  135. 16:13:10 CEST

    It looks like almost all of the former escapees have been caught. Rolland, Losada and Pelizotti have come out of the peloton and are chasing now.

  136. 28km remaining from 249km

    16:14:03 CEST

    Arredondo extends his lead in the mountains classification as he crosses over the KOM and he's on the descent.

  137. 16:14:41 CEST

    Zardini is about to get caught by the chasers as they continue to make their way to the top of the climb.

  138. 16:15:13 CEST

    Preidler and Arredondo have also been caught by that group

  139. 27km remaining from 249km

    16:16:57 CEST

    • Giant-Shimano

    Preidler is the only rider from the original breakaway that is still out in front, depite rumours that he had abandoned earlier on.

  140. 16:18:27 CEST

    BMC trying to bring that group on the descent. At 2:56 back in the GC, Rolland still poses a threat and they won't be comfortable with him being out front.

  141. 24km remaining from 249km

    16:19:27 CEST

    That climb has drastically reduced the size of the peloton, but they're about to grow in numbers at they catch the leaders.

  142. 16:20:08 CEST

    Losada is flicking his arm out asking for help on the front, but the others are not interested as they get caught.

  143. 16:20:47 CEST

    Rolland attacks, with Arredondo chasing, but they're just delaying the inevitable.

  144. 16:21:31 CEST

    • Omega Pharma QuickStep

    With everything back together Omega Pharma-QuickStep have taken to the front.

  145. 16:22:52 CEST

    Reports say that Diego Ulissi has been dropped from the peloton. He wasn't looking too good after crashing earlier on. It is a flat finish so it will be one for the faster sprinters

  146. 16:23:54 CEST

    Michael Rogers attacks

  147. 16:25:05 CEST

    • Tinkoff-Saxo

    Rogers is really going for it on this descent. He was recently cleared to race again after testing positive for Clenbuterol

  148. 16:26:05 CEST

    Rogers has built an advantage of 17 seconds over the peloton.

  149. 16:27:26 CEST

    Good news for Rogers is that there is only around 4km of flat once he reaches the bottom and he can use his time trialling abilities to keep his gap.

  150. 16km remaining from 249km

    16:28:56 CEST

    Rogers is really flying down this descent. He's using every bit of road he can.

  151. 16:30:06 CEST

    • Tinkoff-Saxo

    Rogers' advantage has grown to 44 seconds with only 15km to go. Zardini on the front of the peloton doing the chasing.

  152. 13km remaining from 249km

    16:32:38 CEST

    Zardini is still sitting at the front of the group. He has Sanchez and Evans right behind him. Rogers' advantage going up and down but currently stands at 38 seconds

  153. 12km remaining from 249km

    16:33:47 CEST

    Nobody wants to help Zardini. They're all bunching up behind him, but he remains at the front.

  154. 11km remaining from 249km

    16:35:11 CEST

    Zoidl finally gives Zardini some help and takes up the chasing. Rogers still has an advantage of 39 seconds, however.

  155. 10km remaining from 249km

    16:36:43 CEST

    Rogers goes under the 10km to go banner with a lead of 37 seconds. The peloton don't seem to be able to shut this down. It's looking good for the Australian at the moment.

  156. 8km remaining from 249km

    16:37:54 CEST

    As the road begins to flatten out, Rogers s actually extending his advantage. He is a three-time time trial world champion, so he can do this.

  157. 6km remaining from 249km

    16:40:11 CEST

    Georg Preidler, who has spent most of the day in the break, now takes to the front in an attempt to catch Rogers.

  158. 5km remaining from 249km

    16:41:30 CEST

    5km to go for Rogers and the gap is beginning to come down. It's now 34 seconds.

  159. 16:42:36 CEST

    The real test for Rogers will be when this road flattens out. It looks like the peloton have organised themselves now and the advantage is cut down to 25 seconds.

  160. 3km remaining from 249km

    16:43:25 CEST

    We're onto the flat now and he is going to have to time trial to the finish now.

  161. 2km remaining from 249km

    16:44:34 CEST

    14 seconds for Rogers it's getting close

  162. 1.7km remaining from 249km

    16:44:59 CEST

    BMC are on the front now with Evans in second wheel

  163. 1.2km remaining from 249km

    16:45:33 CEST

    This is a tight finish, which could help Rogers who has 13 seconds now.

  164. 1km remaining from 249km

    16:45:57 CEST

    He's bring the gap back up, it's now 21 seconds

  165. 16:46:11 CEST

    This looks good for Rogers

  166. 16:46:37 CEST

    He's all alone as he comes into the final 200 metres to go

  167. 16:46:52 CEST

    Rogers wins

  168. 16:47:24 CEST

    Geschke takes the sprint from the peloton

  169. 16:48:05 CEST

    Rogers hugging every body after he crosses the line. This is his first race of the year.

  170. 16:49:06 CEST

    The top 3 for today


    1. Michael Rogers

    2. Simon Geschke

    3. Enrico Battaglin

  171. 16:49:43 CEST

    And here is the full top 10


    1    Michael Rogers (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo
    2    Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano
    3    Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani-CSF  
    4    Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
    5    Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
    6    Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale
    7    Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin Sharp
    8    Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Neri Sottoli - Yellow Fluo  
    9    Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Colombia  
    10    Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale

  172. 16:51:38 CEST

    Here is what the stage winner Michael Rogers has to say about his victory today


    "It was certainly a beautiful moment. The team tried really hard  we had Nicolas Roche and Ivan (Rovny) out front. unfortunately the break came back but it gave me a chance and I made the most of it.


    It was a spur of the moment. I saw that the team leaders were looking at each other. I saw my opportunity and I took it."

  173. 16:54:28 CEST

    Cadel Evans stays in the pink jersey here is what he had to say about today's stage and tomorrow's time trial.


    "The conditions in both of the long stages has been difficult and today was no different. The speed in the climbs made it a difficult stage

    "Its (the ITT) the first individual test and it looks like a good time trial for me."


    He also passed comment on Michael Rogers and his victory today.

    "Cycling has been unfair on him for the last few month and hopefully things are turning around for him."

  174. 16:55:01 CEST

    Here is how the general classification is looking after that stage.


    1    Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team
    2    Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
    3    Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo
    4    Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
    5    Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team
    6    Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team
    7    Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
    8    Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team
    9    Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Trek Factory Racing
    10    Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale

  175. 16:55:57 CEST

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  176. 16:57:01 CEST

    Today's victory is the first for Michael Rogers since the 2012 Bayern-Rundfahrt when he was riding for team Sky.

  177. 16:58:41 CEST

    Tomorrow is the first of two time trials. While the mountain stage will be the most spectacular tomorrow could make the biggest differences to the GC. If he's having a good day, Evans could put more time into his rivals.

  178. 17:00:17 CEST

    The good news today is that all of the general classification riders have finished safely. You will be able to read get the report, results and pictures here.

  179. 17:02:39 CEST

    With regards to tomorrow's stage, you can find our text and video previews of it here.

  180. 17:05:40 CEST

    A few sore riders crossing the line. Orica GreenEdge DS Neal Stephens posted this picture of Chris Anker Sorensen at the finish line.


  181. 17:08:06 CEST

    Here is the stage winner Michael Rogers on the podium.


  182. 17:09:26 CEST

    And Cadel Evans gets to spray the champagne for another day


  183. 17:10:14 CEST

    That is all for us today on stage 11, but you can join us live tomorrow for that crucial time trial and remember to check for all the latest reaction from today's stage and subscribe to our YouTube page for all the latest video.

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