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 12 from Imola to Vicenza (Monte Berico).

  1. 13:04:41 CEST

    It's a cloudy day in Imola this morning but thankfully it's dry for now. The riders are signing on and they'll be underway in 30 minutes.

  2. 13:09:54 CEST

    It's a stage of two halves today with barely a bump in the road in the first part of the day, while the riders will face three classified climbs in the final 60 kilometres.

  3. 13:16:55 CEST

    After missing out on victory yesterday, today should be another chance for the classics riders to take home a stage win as Stephen Farrand explains in his detailed preview of today's parcours

  4. 13:20:44 CEST

    • Pink Jersey

    Alberto Contador has been up to the stage sign on already and he's making his way to the start line. He was in an aggressive mood yesterday, attacking on the final climb. Read the full reaction here.

  5. 13:27:59 CEST

    Despite Contador's attack, there were no movements at the top of the GC standings. Here is how things look on the overall classification this morning.


    1 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo 46:54:19
    2 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:03
    3 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:00:46
    4 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:01:16
    5 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:46
    6 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:02:10
    7 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 0:02:12
    8 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:02:20
    9 Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team 0:02:24
    10 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky 0:02:30

  6. 13:33:14 CEST

    This year's Giro d'Italia has been a fruitful one for the breakaways, with Ilnur Zakarin's stage success yesterday another in a line of breakaway victories. Missed any of yesterday's action, watch it here and don't forget you can subscribe to the Cyclingnews video channel here so you don't miss any of the Giro action.

  7. 13:36:25 CEST

    And the peloton has set off for stage 12 of the Giro d'Italia

  8. 13:40:37 CEST

    • Twitter Icon

    Will the classics men finally get their chance today or can the breakaway do it again? Let us know your predictions for today's stage on twitter at @Cyclingnewsfeed or @SadhbhOS

  9. 13:47:10 CEST

    • Blue Jersey

    It's tight at the top of the mountains classification so we could see the likes of Intxausti or Geschke going on the attack today to mop up some of the points towards the end of the stage. Here's how that classification looks at the moment.


    1 Benat Intxausti (Spa) Movistar Team 52 pts
    2 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin 50
    3 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 43
    4 Carlos Betancur (Col) AG2R La Mondiale 41
    5 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team 23
    6 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana Pro Team 19
    7 Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Team Katusha 15
    8 Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida 15
    9 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 15
    10 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 15

  10. 13:49:45 CEST

    187 riders took the start this morning, with all that finished yesterday signing on in Imola.

  11. 13:57:35 CEST

    The debate about the Richie Porte/Simon Clarke wheel change and subsequent time penalty has continued to rumble on. Cyclingnews' Patrick Fletcher wrote this excellent opinion piece on the situation, saying that while the gesture was admirable the penalty was justified.

  12. 14:06:50 CEST

    We've had a number attacks in the first 20 kilometres, including one from Fabio Sabatini. Currently we have a CCC rider up the road with a small gap.

  13. 14:14:30 CEST

    More on that now infamous wheel change and former rider Robert Millar has lent his opinion on the matter in his latest blog for Cyclingnews. Millar famously helped Stephen Roche during the 1987 Giro d'Italia. Read what he had to say here.

  14. 158km remaining from 190km

    14:15:35 CEST

    After 32km of racing, none of the early attacks have stuck and it's still gruppo compatto for the moment.

  15. 14:23:23 CEST

    After losing out in the two stages following the rest day, the peloton seem reluctant to let anything go and after 37km we still don't have a serious breakaway.

  16. 14:29:45 CEST

    • Team Katusha 2015 team jersey

    As we wait for a breakaway to form, let's take a look back at yesterday and Zakarin confirmed himself as an emerging talent with his stage win in Imola. Zakarin made a name for himself with overall success at the Tour de Romandie, however, he's also been in trouble with the cycling authorities in the past. Just who is Ilnur Zakarin? Read Stephen Farrand's profile of the young Russian.

  17. 14:38:36 CEST

    Brian Cookson paid a visit to the Giro d'Italia this morning. We've got more from the UCI president later but hear what he had to say about the race so far in this video.

  18. 130km remaining from 190km

    14:49:20 CEST

    The riders had a dry stat but the weather has turned on them and with 60km under their belt it is now raining. It's been a very fast start thought and the peloton remains all together.

  19. 14:54:12 CEST

    How long before the peloton allow a break to get away? Let us know your predictions on twitter at @Cyclingnewsfeed or @SadhbhOS.


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  20. 14:59:02 CEST

    • Giant Alpecin 2015 team jersey

    Outside of the Giro d'Italia and Giant-Alpecin have named their long-list for the Tour de France. Kittel, Degenkolb and Barguil have all been named in the list. Read the full story here.

  21. 15:01:44 CEST

    We're now 70 kilometres into the stage and still no breakaway. The peloton seem to be worried after the previews few stages. The lack of breakaway is reflected in the 52.2kph average speed over the first hour.

  22. 15:03:58 CEST

    At last, the peloton have finally relented and five men have gone clear. They are Patrick Gretsch (AG2R-La Mondiale), Davide Appollonio (Androni-Giocattoli), Enrico Barbin (Bariani-CSF),  Kenny Elissonde (FDJ) Nick Van der Lijke (LottoNL-Jumbo)

  23. 116km remaining from 190km

    15:09:30 CEST

    The peloton have immediately stepped off the gas and are now going at a more manageable 40kph. That's allowed the escapees to build a gap of 1:50.

  24. 15:16:04 CEST

    Orica-GreenEdge are leading the bunch, they've said that they are working for Simon Gerrans today. The leaders now have 2:12 on the peloton.

  25. 15:24:28 CEST

    • Astana 2015 team jersey

    Alberto Contador's late attack yesterday looked like it had Fabio Aru in a bit of trouble, however his teammate Tiralongo says that the Italian was expecting the move. He's still just three seconds behind Contaodr in the overall classification. Read what Tiralongo had to say after yesterday's stage.

  26. 15:34:24 CEST

    Today's stage finishes in Vicenzo for the ninth time in the history of the Giro d'Italia. Visconti won on the last appearance in 2013. Mario Cipollini is another victor in Vicenzo, the Italian won back in 1996.

  27. 99km remaining from 190km

    15:38:23 CEST

    • Orica GreenEdge 2015 team jersey

    As the riders pass the 100km to go mark, the Orica-GreenEdge led peloton have brought the gap to the escapees down to 1:31. they're keeping a close eye on these five.

  28. 15:45:24 CEST

    The riders are through the first intermediate sprint. The escapees mopped up most of the points, with Viviani leading the bunch through the sprint followed by Nizzolo and Boem.

  29. 15:50:02 CEST

    Brian Cookson did the media rounds this morning on the start line in Imola. The hot topic of conversation was still the two-minute penalty meted out to Richie Porte and Simon Clarke following an illegal wheel change. Cookson spoke to television ahead of the stage.

    “This is not a new rule it’s been in the books for many decade I don’t think that it’s unreasonable to expect the riders to know the rules. The commissaires took the decision and the right decision in my opinion and in any case I don't think it would be correct for me to intervene,” said Cookson.

    “I think it could be said that maybe the pen was on the high side. It’s not a new rule and I don’t’ think it’s unreasonable to expect the teams to understand those rules.”

    You can also watch a video interview with Cookson here.

  30. 15:53:49 CEST

    • Feed

    Riders are just dropping back from the peloton for quick discussions with the car and picking up food. Heinrich Haussler takes two or three musettes for some teammates.

  31. 79km remaining from 190km

    15:56:24 CEST

    The rain is no longer over the riders now but they're still in a small headwind. It's still Orica-GreenEdge on the front of the peloton and they're maintaining the gap at around 1:31

  32. 16:02:13 CEST

    • FDJ 2015 team jersey

    As the gap stays stable, we'll take a look at the guys in the breakaway. First up is the young Kenny Elissonde. The 23-year-old Frenchman turned professional in 2012 and made his Grand Tour debut the following season. It was at the Vuelta in 2013 where he won a mist-draped up the Angrilu. This is his first Giro d'Italia and he is best placed in the GC at 49:24 down.

  33. 16:06:23 CEST

    • Androni Giocattoli 2015 team jersey

    Next up is Davide Appollonio, who is riding his fourth Giro d'Italia. Appollonio is with Androni this season but he has been with AG2R and Team sky in recent years. His biggest victory to date is the overall classification at the Tour de Luxembourg, which he did in 2011.

  34. 16:09:06 CEST

    • Crash

    The Colombians Darwin Atapuma and Carlos Betancur have crashed. Atapuma is quickly back on his way but Betancur has to wait for a new bike. The AG2R rider fell yesterday and is bandaged up on his right side.

  35. 71km remaining from 190km

    16:10:19 CEST

    A replay shows that Betancur went down on his own, unsure how Atapuma became involved in that.

  36. 16:13:35 CEST

    • AG2R La Mondiale 2015 team jersey

    Back to our breakaway and Patrick Gretsch is next. The German is Appollonio's former lead-out man after joining AG2R in 2014. Gretsch is a strong time triallist and will be looking to do something at this weekend's TT. His one stage victory came in 2011 in the team time trial with HTC Colombia.

  37. 68km remaining from 190km

    16:14:46 CEST

    • Etixx-QuickStep 2015 team jersey

    Etixx-QuickStep have put some men to the front now and the gap continues to tick down. It's now at 49 seconds as the rain falls again.

  38. 16:17:00 CEST

    • Bardiani CSF 2015 team jersey

    The second of two Italians in the breakaway is Enrico Barbin, who is riding his second Giro d'Italia. Barbin turned professional in 2013 and is a former stage winner of the Baby Giro.

  39. 16:20:35 CEST

    • Team LottoNL-Jumbo 2015 team jersey

    Last up, as the gap to the break comes down to 28 seconds, is second-year porfessional Nick van der Lijke. He is riding his first Grand Tour.

  40. 63km remaining from 190km

    16:21:41 CEST

    Van der Lijke gives a little dig off the front to take the points and bonus seconds at the intermediate sprint, followed by Barbin.

  41. 60km remaining from 190km

    16:26:37 CEST

    Only three riders are left in the reak and they're about to get caught by the peloton.

  42. 16:29:40 CEST

    Problems for Francesco Gavazzi and he waits for a new front wheel from the car.

  43. 16:30:52 CEST

    • AG2R La Mondiale 2015 team jersey

    The break has been reduced to just one rider, Patrick Gretsch but he's only a few metres ahead of the peloton.

  44. 16:32:49 CEST

    At the Giro d'Italia, Cyclingnews has been behind the scenes with several teams. In this video, the mechanics of the pro peloton run us through their last minute checks ahead of a stage.

  45. 16:33:28 CEST

    • Androni Giocattoli 2015 team jersey

    Zilioli attacks and catches Gretsch with ease. He's now alone ahead of the bunch as Gretsch drops back.

  46. 55km remaining from 190km

    16:36:16 CEST

    The peloton are onto the first classified climb of the day Castelnuovo and Zilioli still holds a gap of around 10 seconds.

  47. 16:37:00 CEST

    Louis Vervaeke is the next rider to attack from the bunch and he's closing in on Zilioli. No reaction from the peloton.

  48. 16:37:35 CEST

    Geschke attacks. He wants the mountains jersey again.

  49. 16:38:34 CEST

    • Climb

    Geschke takes the points, followed by Intxausti and the Spaniard keeps the blue jersey for now.

  50. 16:39:06 CEST

    Mechanical problem for Zakarin. Looks like a puncture as he gets a new front wheel.

  51. 16:41:34 CEST

    Vervaeke now leads solo on the descent of this climb but he's having problems in the rain on this twisting road.

  52. 51km remaining from 190km

    16:43:03 CEST

    • Tinkoff-Saxo 2015 team jersey

    Tinkoff-Saxo are leading the peloton at the moment with Alberto Contador sitting third wheel.

  53. 16:45:04 CEST

    The riders are climbing again briefly. It's not a classified climb, but there are still two more of those remaining in the final 50km.

  54. 16:46:11 CEST

    • Pink Jersey

    Contador has got fed up of his rain jacket. He finally takes it off to reveal the maglia rosa. Is he preparing for a move soon?

  55. 16:47:38 CEST

    • Lotto-Soudal 2015 team jersey

    Vervaeke has 16 seconds on the chaser Zilioli while he has 47 on the peloton as he begins descending again.

  56. 16:52:28 CEST

    As the riders make their way through the final quarter of this stage, a quick recap of what's happened today. The peloton had a fast start, averaging 52.2kph over the first hour of racing. After 70km of racing we had a five-man break go free. They were: Patrick Gretsch (AG2R-La Mondiale), Davide Appollonio (Androni-Giocattoli), Enrico Barbin (Bariani-CSF), Kenny Elissonde (FDJ) Nick Van der Lijke (LottoNL-Jumbo).


    Those five men were only allowed just over 2 minutes on the peloton before they were brought back with more than 60km to go. We've had a series of attacks since then with Vervaeke now leading the peloton by over a minute. He is being chased by Zilioli.

  57. 16:54:02 CEST

    • Lotto-Soudal 2015 team jersey

    Vervaeke is in his first full season as a professional, he joined the senior Lotto-Soudal team late last year. The Belgian won a stage of the Tour de l'Avenir in 2014 and finished fifth overall.

  58. 42km remaining from 190km

    16:55:48 CEST

    Zilioli is making no ground on Vervaeke and appears to be drifting back to the peloton. His deficit to Vervaeke is now 20 seconds.

  59. 40km remaining from 190km

    16:57:49 CEST

    No time checks back to the peloton but Vervaeke now has 30 seconds over Zilioli.

  60. 16:58:41 CEST

    Zilioli is brought back by the peloton, leaving Vervaeke out alone with 39km remaining.

  61. 17:00:00 CEST

    • Tinkoff-Saxo 2015 team jersey

    Six Tinkoff-Saxo riders on the front of the peloton as they string out the bunch. Contador sitting second to last wheel in the Tinkoff train.

  62. 37km remaining from 190km

    17:01:59 CEST

    Vervaeke has his arms down on the handlebars as he maintains the gap around 30 seconds.

  63. 33km remaining from 190km

    17:06:20 CEST

    The gap continues to come down and Vervaeke only has 10 seconds on the peloton.

  64. 17:08:36 CEST

    The Crosara is coming up next for the riders, and is the penultimate ascent of the day. The short climb has a maximum gradient of 17%.

  65. 30km remaining from 190km

    17:10:23 CEST

    Vervaeke has been caught by the peloton and it's gruppo compatto once again.

  66. 17:11:21 CEST

    As the peloton hit the Crosara, Green-Edge and AG2R join Tinkoff-Saxo at the front of the peloton.

  67. 17:11:59 CEST

    Despite spending time in the breakaway, Gretsch is sitting on the front of the peloton and working for his teammate Betancur.

  68. 29km remaining from 190km

    17:15:07 CEST

    Kiryienka has a small gap on the front of the peloton. He doesn't appear to be attacking, just happy riding right at the front.

  69. 17:18:09 CEST

    Michael Rogers is on the front of the bunch now, he's one of two teammates remaining for Contador. This peloton is getting whittled down very quickly.

  70. 17:19:00 CEST

    Intxausti attacks, he wants the points at the top of this climb.

  71. 28km remaining from 190km

    17:19:50 CEST

    These points will give him a bit more of a buffer at the top of the mountains classification.

  72. 17:22:01 CEST

    Intxausti takes the points at the top and has a 15-second advantage on the peloton as Contador has a little dig.

  73. 17:25:52 CEST

    Diego Ulissi doesn't look too happy with the descending in the wet and he's just off the back of the peloton. He's a contender for the win today if he can hold on.

  74. 17:26:30 CEST

    Simon Gerrans has crashed.

  75. 17:27:03 CEST

    Chaves is with Gerrans. He looks like he's in pain.

  76. 17:27:51 CEST

    Out front we've got one of the FDJ riders giving it beans down the descent. He's really going for it and is hanging his leg out as he tries not to overbalance on the corners.

  77. 17:28:49 CEST

    Gerrans is back on the bike but the peloton is well gone. Orica-GreenEdge had him as their contender for today but they'll be looking to Michael Matthews now.

  78. 20km remaining from 190km

    17:29:44 CEST

    The FDJ rider overcooks it on a corner and goes across the grass, nearly taking out a family and a dog in the process. That has done his break for the day and he's caught by the peloton.

  79. 17:30:43 CEST

    Another crash and Stef Clement has gone down with a Sky rider. Clement getting some attention from the doctors and it looks like his race could be over.

  80. 17:31:37 CEST

    • Etixx-QuickStep 2015 team jersey

    Rigoberto Uran has a dig off the front but Landa has him pegged. He crashed in the rain yesterday and is looking to make some time.

  81. 18km remaining from 190km

    17:33:23 CEST

    Another climb coming up in around 4km. This one is not classified but it's still a challenging one.

  82. 17km remaining from 190km

    17:34:11 CEST

    Landa leading the group of favourites, which contains around 10 riders. There is another slightly larger group chasing on.

  83. 17km remaining from 190km

    17:34:24 CEST

    Kangert leading the group of favourites, which contains around 10 riders. There is another slightly larger group chasing on.

  84. 15km remaining from 190km

    17:35:55 CEST

    Pellizotti attacks

  85. 17:36:32 CEST

    No reaction from the peloton, they're not worried about Pellizotti.

  86. 14km remaining from 190km

    17:37:58 CEST

    The two groups behind Pellizotti have come together and we have a bunch of around 30 chasing down the Italian as they hit this unclassified climb.

  87. 17:39:52 CEST

    More riders are coming back to the main group, including several Orica-GreenEdge riders. Tinkoff-Saxo lsetting the pace.

  88. 13km remaining from 190km

    17:40:42 CEST

    Pellizotti still hanging out front with 21 seconds on the peloton.

  89. 17:42:28 CEST

    Fellini was getting dropped earlier in this small climb but the Trek Factory Racing rider digs deep to get back on.

  90. 17:43:35 CEST

    Movistar attack, provoking a response from Contador.

  91. 11km remaining from 190km

    17:44:11 CEST

    It's all brought back together now with two Astana riders on the front along with Contador.

  92. 17:44:56 CEST

    Pellizzotti still has a small gap as the riders descend off this unclassified climb.

  93. 17:46:05 CEST

    Those attacks have really reduced the size of this bunch but Astana still have six riders here while Contador only has one teammate for company.

  94. 9km remaining from 190km

    17:47:04 CEST

    Astana have put all their remaining riders on the front of this small peloton as the hunt down Pellizotti.

  95. 17:47:53 CEST

    Contador is sitting at the back of the Astana train with Kreuziger behind him. Team Sky are just behind them with three riders in this group.

  96. 17:49:15 CEST

    Kangert has gone off the front on this descent and BMC take over the front of the peloton.

  97. 17:50:28 CEST

    IAM Cycling confirm that Stef Clement is back on the bike and riding again after his crash earlier

  98. 6km remaining from 190km

    17:50:45 CEST

    Izagirre attacks, he's chasing Gilbert

  99. 17:51:50 CEST

    Izagirre and Gilbert have around 10 metres on the bunch with Pellizotti about to get caught.

  100. 4.8km remaining from 190km

    17:53:04 CEST

    Kangert is with Pellizotti now and he has a dig, forcing the Italian to chase hard to stay in his wheel. Izagirre and Gilbert are back with the peloton.

  101. 3.7km remaining from 190km

    17:54:30 CEST

    Gilbert still heads up the group of favourites and Michael Matthews makes his first appearance too.

  102. 2.5km remaining from 190km

    17:56:04 CEST

    Kangert doing all the work in this leading group with Pellizotti just sitting in his wheel at the moment. They've got 24 seconds on the chasers now.

  103. 17:56:56 CEST

    The chasing group are strung out as BMC put more men at the front. It's going to be tough with 30 seconds to make up in just 2 kilometers.

  104. 17:58:01 CEST

    On the straight road, the group of favourites can see the escapees but there's still 20 seconds to make up.

  105. 17:58:22 CEST

    Under the flamme rouge and the leaders have 20 seconds.

  106. 17:58:56 CEST

    Kangert gets a gap

  107. 17:59:19 CEST

    The peloton can see Kangert though with 450metres to go

  108. 17:59:34 CEST

    Gilbert attacks

  109. 17:59:59 CEST

    Gilbert catches Kangert with Tralongo in his wheel

  110. 18:00:14 CEST

    Gilbert wins

  111. 18:00:17 CEST

    Gilbert wins

  112. 18:01:36 CEST

    Contador takes second and should earn himself some bonus seconds with Ulissi finishing third.

  113. 18:02:44 CEST

    Aru finished at the back of that group and it looks like he has lost a few more seconds to Contador on top of the bonus seconds.

  114. 18:04:41 CEST

    That's Gilbert's second Giro stage win in his career. He won a stage of the 2009 race.

  115. 18:05:17 CEST

    Aru is now 17 seconds behind Contador, he's lost 14 seconds today.

  116. 18:06:24 CEST

    Here's confirmation of the top 10 for today's stage

    1 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team 4:22:50
    2 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:03
    3 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida
    4 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin
    5 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani CSF
    6 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team
    7 Ion Izagirre (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:06
    8 Carlos Betancur (Col) AG2R La Mondiale
    9 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Soudal
    10 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana Pro Team

  117. 18:09:15 CEST

    And here is the all important GC as ti stands after stage 12


    1 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo 51:17:06
    2 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:17
    3 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:00:55
    4 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:01:30
    5 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:55
    6 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:02:19
    7 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 0:02:21
    8 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:02:29
    9 Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team 0:02:38
    10 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky 0:02:44

  118. 18:17:42 CEST

    That's it from us today, don't forget to join us tomorrow for the next stage of the Giro d'Italia.

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