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May 24, Stage 14: Agliè - Oropa 164km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Daniel Benson

Hello and welcome to live coverage from stage 14 of the Giro d'Italia.

  1. 12:09:45 CEST

    • Climb

    We're into the mountains at the Giro d'Italia for an important double-header of stages in this year's race. First up today we have the 164km test from Agliè to Oropa. Four categorised climbs on the route with a uphill finish in Oropa. It's a day where we should certainly see changes in the GC, with Rigoberto Uran set to take on the likes of Cadel Evans and Nairo Quintana.

  2. 12:12:41 CEST

    • Pink Jersey

    And we're roughly 20 minutes from the official roll out with yesterday's winner Marco Canola (Bardiani CSF) the man with the biggest smile of all. The Italian stole the show with an excellent stage win and is the centre of attention once again this morning. He's likely to take a backseat today as the GC contenders come out to play.


    Here's where we stand on GC coming into the stage:


    1 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 53:15:06
    2 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:37
    3 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:52
    4 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:32
    5 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:02:50
    6 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 0:03:29
    7 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:03:37
    8 Wout Poels (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:04:06
    9 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:04:20
    10 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Trek Factory Racing 0:04:41

  3. 12:16:07 CEST

    Right now the riders are signing on. Big cheers, as you would expect for the Italians in the race, Ivan Basso waves to the crowd but Cadel Evans, Quintana and Uran also receive warm receptions from the crowds that have gathered at the start.

  4. 12:20:18 CEST

    At 8km the Alpe Noveis is one of the shorter climbs of the day but it is probably one of the more difficult. The hardest part of the climb is in the second half as the road surface begins to deteriorate and the gradient begins to get harder. The average for the final few kilometres is 11% and peaks at 16% and once the riders descend the Noveis to Coggiola, they begin climbing once again.

    The Bielmonte at 1482m is the highest climb of the day and has a ski station at the top. It is a long descent from the climb down to Biella where the riders must ready themselves for the last ascent of the day.

    The Giro has finished at Oropa four times in its 96 previous editions but it is Marco Pantani's win here in 1999 that is most memorable. He lost 30 second at the base of the climb but coolly composed himself to take the victory by 21 seconds ahead of Laurent Jalabert (ONCE-Deutsche Bank).

  5. 12:23:01 CEST

    For a video preview of today's stage, click here.

  6. 12:25:28 CEST

    • Blue Jersey

    We're less than ten minutes from the roll out. The jersey leaders are on the front of the peloton and a reminder of how things stand in the KOM because the fight for blue could have a really important affect on the break, even the stage, today:


    1 Julian David Arredondo Moreno (Col) Trek Factory Racing 75 pts
    2 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 39
    3 Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani-CSF 26
    4 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Trek Factory Racing 20
    5 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 15
    6 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 15
    7 Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar 15
    8 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica Greenedge 14
    9 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 14
    10 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar 14

  7. 12:27:37 CEST

    There's a third category climb before the 30km point, a perfect launch pad for an attack but the road to the first climb isn't flat either and there are a couple of undulating sections where attacks could take place. A lot of riders will want to be in the break today, that's for sure. Not just breakaway specialists either because some of the GC contenders might want to position riders up the road for later too.

  8. 12:33:50 CEST

    • Omega Pharma QuickStep

    Today's a real test for Omega Pharma. They're strong, no doubt, after that TT performance when they posted four riders inside the top four and Uran wiped the floor with the competition.
    But it's one thing winning a time trial and being strong.

    Defending a grand tour lead is totally different and requires a new skill set. They'll need patience, and to remain calm as they're going to face a number of testing moments during the race. He may be a sprinter but Petacchi could be crucial, for his brain and knowledge, if not his legs. The Belgian team has never been in this position before so it's new territory for them.

    Cadel Evans will know all of this and will be looking to exploit any weakness he can find. Evans, he doesn't necessarily have to get any better in order to win this Giro, he could just wait to exploit a mistake or see Uran weaken.

  9. 12:41:00 CEST

    The peloton rolls out from the start for 164km of racing in the mountains. As Stephen Farrand said in his story yesterday,


    "The stage to Oropa is only 164km long but includes three major climbs. The Alpe Novies has a steep middle section but comes too early for important attacks, the Bielmonte climb is 18km long but is constant, meaning the final climb to the Oropa Sanctuary is likely to inspire any attacks. The middle section kicks up at 8.5% for 2.5km, with the remaining four kilometres at 7.6%."

  10. 12:43:47 CEST

    • Pink Jersey

    Interestingly Stephen Farrand also points out that the GC riders will be looking to put time into Quintana today. The Colombian has been on the back foot in the last week due to a crash, injuries and illness. Evans, Uran, Majka, they'll want to end Quintana's GC hopes now if they can.


    "Quintana is sixth overall, 3:29 behind compatriot Uran. That is a significant gap behind a strong looking Uran but if he manages to avoid losing further time on the climbs to Oropa and Montecampione, then he could give this Giro d'Italia a further twist during the three remaining mountain stages," writes Farrand.


    You can read the complete story, right here.



  11. 12:45:51 CEST

    We already have a break up the road but the gap is still less than 30 seconds: Domont, Agnoli, Frapporti, Battaglin, Longo Borghini, Monsale, Quemeneur, Timmer, Cataldo.

  12. 12:49:56 CEST

    • Team Sky

    Not a huge surprise to see Cataldo go in the break. He was meant to lead Team Sky's overall ambitions in the race but finds himself almost 40 minutes down in GC. He can win mountain stage though. His one in the Vuelta a few years ago, while at Omega, was highly impressive. He beat Thomas De Gendt that day, dropping him on the final climb and holding off the charge from Rodriguez and Contador. Cataldo is also a former winner of the Baby Giro.

  13. 12:50:53 CEST

    There are more attacks though and the bunch is split at the moment into two large groups, with the initial move still clear. Action from the gun.

  14. 12:52:17 CEST

    The break has around 12 seconds over the peloton and we've covered 4km so far.

  15. 12:58:10 CEST

    • Europcar

    There's a good chance that we might see fireworks between the GC riders before the final climb today. Pierre Rolland has been on the attack a few times already but as he's now almost six minutes down on Uran he'll have to be aggressive in the mountains in order to claw himself back into the fray. He could certainly attack on the penultimate climb in a bid to anticipate the moves that may come later from his rivals. He's a good bet for a stage win in this year's race.

  16. 13:01:05 CEST

    • Europcar

    Away from the Giro d'Italia but staying with Europcar, we caught up with Dan Craven. He's about to sign for the French WorldTour team and we interviewed him about his hopes for the rest of the season and cycling in Namibia. You can read the interview, right here. If you're a fan of beards, basically a hipster, you'll certainly enjoy it, but Craven certainly has some interesting things to say too.

  17. 13:06:45 CEST

    Omega are on the front and riding tempo but the break is still up the road and with 136km to go the gap is at 3'32.

  18. 13:07:22 CEST

    Boasson Hagen and Roche are also in the break. We'll bring you a full down of the complete break as soon as we can.

  19. 13:08:31 CEST

    And it's Petacchi on the front for Omega at the moment, just controlling the race and keeping things nice and steady for the peloton. The Italian will do his work early today and then let the better climbers in the team take over. The gap has gone out to 3'33.

  20. 13:09:09 CEST

    No rain today, the sun is out, so the conditions are perfect for racing. There were a few dark clouds at the finish earlier.

  21. 13:10:04 CEST

    There are no GC threats in the break, but there are around 20 riders in the mix. That's a lot but they're working well and Omega seem willing to let them go.

  22. 13:12:35 CEST

    • Trek Factory Racing

    Arredondo isn't in the break, which is interesting. He's in the bunch at the moment and will not pick up any KOM points at this rate. Movistar, Omega, Katusha, FDJ, and Garmin are the teams who have missed the break.

  23. 13:14:16 CEST

    Sella has made it into the move, and there are two men from Savio's team in fact. There's an attack from Wellens, who is in the break and he's looking for the KOM points at the top of the third cat climb.

  24. 13:15:35 CEST

    • Omega Pharma QuickStep

    Vermote is in the break for Omega as Petacchi continues to set the pace at the head of the field.

  25. 13:16:35 CEST

    The peloton move to one side as a number of team cars pass them and head to the break. Wellens was first to the top of the climb, Hondo was second.

  26. 13:17:29 CEST

    Quinziato has matched Vermote and is in the break for BMC today. We have 130km to go.

  27. 13:18:47 CEST

    Here's the complete run down of the riders in the break.


    Valerio Agnoli (Astana), Axel Domont (Ag2r la Mondiale), Marco Frapporti and Emanuele Sella (Androni Venezuela), Enrico Battaglin (Bardiani CSF), Martijn Keizer (Belkin), Manuel Quinziato (BMC), Paolo Longo Borghini (Cannondale), Jarlinson Pantano (Colombia), Mattia Cattaneo and Jan Polanc (Lampre Merida), Tim Wellens (Lotto Belisol), Julien Vermote (Omega Quick Step), Ivan Santaromita (Orica GreenEdge), Albert Timmer (Giant Shimano), Perrig Quemeneur (Europcar), Darico Cataldo and Boasson Hagen (Sky), Nicolas Roche (Saxo Tinkoff), Danilo Hondo (Trek) and Yonathan Monsalve (Neri Sottoli).

  28. 13:19:06 CEST

    The break and the peloton now are on the descent, the gap at 4:14.

  29. 13:21:45 CEST

    Good morning to our followers in the US and Canada, who are up early and following the action from stage 14 of the Giro. You can watch this video preview of the stage, right here.

  30. 13:25:09 CEST

    • Blue Jersey

    Wellens is now up to 5th in the KOM competition and he's Arredondo's most dangerous rival today. If he picks up points over the next two climbs he could really move into contention for the blue jersey. Hondo for Trek doesn't really have the legs to match him if we're basing things off what happened on the first climb.

  31. 123km remaining from 164km

    13:27:26 CEST

    • Omega Pharma QuickStep

    123km to go, the leaders have a gap of around four minutes as riders swap turns on the front. We can't see any passangers at the moment but that could change once we move off the flat section that we're currently on. So far, so good for Omega Pharma QuickStep.

  32. 13:30:08 CEST

    The peloton are on flat roads too and they've lined out with the gap at 4'25, the biggest it has been so far in the stage. With it being a fairly short stage the bunch aren't going to be too generous, especially as Omega will need to keep the pace fairly high on the climbs.

  33. 13:31:39 CEST

    Weather update:

    Agliè: blue skies, a little cloud, 18.9°C. Wind: weak, NE 7 kph
    Cossato (km 62.5): blue skies, a little cloud. 21.6°C. Wind: weak, E 3 / 6 kph
    Bielmonte (km 122.4): scattered clouds with possible light rain, 12.9°C. Wind: weak, SSE 8 kph
    Oropa (stage finish): scattered clouds with possible light rain, 17°C. Vento: weak, S 4 / 10 kph

  34. 118km remaining from 164km

    13:33:13 CEST

    118km to go. There are 21 riders up the road if you're just joining us. They are: 

    Valerio Agnoli (Astana), Axel Domont (Ag2r la Mondiale), Marco Frapporti and Emanuele Sella (Androni Venezuela), Enrico Battaglin (Bardiani CSF), Martijn Keizer (Belkin), Manuel Quinziato (BMC), Paolo Longo Borghini (Cannondale), Jarlinson Pantano (Colombia), Mattia Cattaneo and Jan Polanc (Lampre Merida), Tim Wellens (Lotto Belisol), Julien Vermote (Omega Quick Step), Ivan Santaromita (Orica GreenEdge), Albert Timmer (Giant Shimano), Perrig Quemeneur (Europcar), Darico Cataldo and Boasson Hagen (Sky), Nicolas Roche (Saxo Tinkoff), Danilo Hondo (Trek) and Yonathan Monsalve (Neri Sottoli).

  35. 13:35:38 CEST

    • Orica GreenEdge

    Italian road champion Santaromita has made it up into the break. He's a capable climber and will want to show off his jersey today. He rode the first week for Tuft and then Matthews but the Orica team are on the hunt for more stages in the race. Omega are keeping things together though, they're not giving the break much room. A few Astana riders pull over, Aru needing a comfort break.

  36. 13:36:10 CEST

    • Pink Jersey

    A reminder of where things stand in the GC: 


    1 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 53:15:06
    2 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:37
    3 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:52
    4 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:32
    5 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:02:50
    6 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 0:03:29
    7 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:03:37
    8 Wout Poels (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:04:06
    9 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:04:20
    10 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Trek Factory Racing 0:04:41

  37. 13:39:02 CEST

    Up ahead Borghini and Boasson Hagen swap turns as back in the peloton a gaggle of Movistar riders gather around their man for the overall, Nairo Quintana. He needs to try and do something today, at the very least to ensure that he doesn't lose any further time. He and Pozzovivo are the riders who can blow this race up on the climbs.

  38. 13:45:03 CEST

    • Movistar

    A real test of Quintana's pedigree today. Nearly everything went right for him in last year's Tour de France - he had the form to help in that - but he's been under pressure at the Giro here, first because he was the favourite, and then because of his crash, loss of time, and illness. No Movistar man in the break today, so he has his entire team ready to help him, so they're still confident in their leader. He's at 3:29 so still very much in the race.

  39. 107km remaining from 164km

    13:46:36 CEST

    A fast start to the stage this morning and we've just over 100km to go but plenty of climbing on the menu. Petacchi still on the front for Omega and setting the pace.

  40. 13:53:42 CEST

    There's been a huge crash in the peloton with a number of riders on the deck. It happened as a roundabout with Dekker, Rabottini 15th on GC, Siutsou among those involved.

  41. 13:54:23 CEST

    Roughly a dozen riders hit the deck in total with 102km to go for the break.

  42. 13:54:54 CEST

    Everyone is back and on their bikes with Arashiro one of the riders who also fell.

  43. 13:55:43 CEST

    Omega have knocked the pace off just for now as they allow riders to come back to the peloton. This will push the gap to the break up to around five minutes.

  44. 14:01:33 CEST

    • Omega Pharma QuickStep

    Trying to think of GC riders Petacchi would have worked for/with in the past. I don't think Scrigno had a GC rider for stage races but at Fassa Petacchi would have ridden with Belli, Frigo, Rumsas (before his podium in the Tour), Basso, Casagrande, Kirchen, Bruseghin (if we're adding Kirchen), Cioni (if we're adding those two), Aitor Gonzalez, although he was poor at GC once he left Kelme, Danielson, and young Nibali. There’s also Di Luca, an aging Savoldelli, Cunego, Simoni, and Scarponi, who is at the front of the peloton right now.

  45. 96km remaining from 164km

    14:02:20 CEST

    The crash has seen the break move out to around 8 minutes clear of the peloton. The bunch has eased up quite a bit since that big fall.

  46. 14:08:53 CEST

    No troubles for Omega at the moment on this flat section of the stage. They have plenty of riders who can sit on the front and control the peloton under these circumstances.

  47. 86km remaining from 164km

    14:14:50 CEST

    The leaders have 10'36 with 86 km to go as they head through the feedzone.

  48. 14:16:34 CEST

    Iljo Keisse is now swapping turns with Petacchi on the front of the peloton as the race nears the second climb of today's stage.

  49. 14:17:58 CEST

    On the next climb we're very likely to see the sprinters and a number of domestiques drop back for the day. Some may come back on the descent but it really depends on how the GC riders and their respective teams set the pace on the climb.

  50. 14:19:07 CEST

    At the back of the break Boasson Hagen and Hondo have a very brief chat as back in the peloton the pace begins to rise again with the gap down to just over ten minutes.

  51. 14:21:46 CEST

    The road begins to gentle rise for the break but they're still not at the foot of the next climb.


    At 8km the Alpe Noveis is one of the shorter climbs of the day but it is probably one of the more difficult. The hardest part of the climb is in the second half as the road surface begins to deteriorate and the gradient begins to get harder. The average for the final few kilometres is 11% and peaks at 16% and once the riders descend the Noveis to Coggiola, they begin climbing once again.

  52. 14:22:32 CEST

    The gap is down to around nine minutes as the break go uphill with 82km of racing remaining.

  53. 14:27:44 CEST

    • Team Sky

    Decisions on the road are crucial and one man that knows a lot about that is Eisel, Team Sky's road captain. We caught up with him and made this short video about what it's like to be a road captain and what's involved. You can watch the video, right here.


    And you can subscribe to the Cyclingnews video channel, right here too.

  54. 78km remaining from 164km

    14:28:23 CEST

    78km to go and the climb has started for the break with the gap at 9'29.

  55. 14:32:18 CEST

    Santaromita takes a turn on the front, and then it's Agnoli. The break are really pushing on here as they need to keep that gap intact on this climb if they're to stay ahead today.

  56. 14:34:50 CEST

    Wellens is at the back of the break at the moment and Hondo will be looking to keep him at bay in order to defend Arredondo's lead in the KOM.

  57. 14:35:29 CEST

    The gap is now down and under nine minutes as Omega take the final descent before the climb begins.

  58. 14:35:57 CEST

    Agnoli has dropped back to the Astana team car for some instructions.

  59. 14:36:38 CEST

    There's a nasty roundabout but luckily the peloton make it through without any problems.

  60. 14:40:11 CEST

    Marco Frapporti sets the pace in the break, Sella is the better climber of the two on paper, for hte Androni team and Hondo is going backwards and has been the first rider to be dropped.

  61. 14:41:02 CEST

    They're on a really steep section of the climb with Marco Frapporti siill leading. At the front of the peloton AG2R have moved up alongside Omega.

  62. 14:42:27 CEST

    Omega continue to set the pace with Uran and Quintana close to each other in the bunch. The gap is down to 8:30.

  63. 14:43:16 CEST

    The leaders are on the hardest part of the climb, around half-way up and they're losing seconds all the time. The gap is at 8'27.

  64. 14:44:09 CEST

    BMC have moved closer to the front with Cadel Evans eager to keep close to the action.

  65. 14:45:08 CEST

    Petacchi is still near the front of the peloton so the pace is steady rather than electric.

  66. 14:46:51 CEST

    A number of unzipped jerseys in the break now as well as a few strained faces as Mattia Cattaneo sets the pace.

  67. 14:47:23 CEST

    Movistar have shown up at the front of the peloton for the first time today too. Weening we hear has abandoned the race.

  68. 14:47:55 CEST

    Just four riders left in the race for Orica after their stellar first week in the Giro.

  69. 14:49:44 CEST

    There's talk on race radio that Kanstantsin Siutsou has also stopped and left the race but we'll confirm that as soon as we can. More bad new for Sky in the race.

  70. 14:50:00 CEST

    Kanstantsin Siutsou came down in that large crash earlier today.

  71. 14:50:32 CEST

    Petacchi is still on the front for Omega, even on this really steep section. The gap is at 8'18.

  72. 14:52:06 CEST

    • Team Sky

    Confirmation in that Kanstantsin Siutsou has quit the race due to the injuries he picked up in that crash. They still have Cataldo and Boasson Hagen in the break today. Can they turn things around?

  73. 14:54:26 CEST

    Timmer! leads the break up the climb, with 71km remaining in the stage. The pace is steady as Petacchi peels off from the peloton but Uran still has plenty of teammates with him. Petacchi may come back on the descent of course.

  74. 14:56:25 CEST

    De Gendt and Poels sit by Uran. Both riders are going to be key in this race, and this stage, as Omega look to defend the jersey.

  75. 14:57:54 CEST

    He's back. Hondo has made it back to the break. He didn't panic when he slipped back and set a steady pace in order to return to the action.

  76. 69km remaining from 164km

    14:59:47 CEST

    69km to go and the gap is at 6'59. Wellens now moves up towards the front of the break.

  77. 15:00:08 CEST

    Agnoli leads and the pace goes up. Sella is close there too.

  78. 15:00:22 CEST

    Hondo is just trying to survive.

  79. 15:02:30 CEST

    • Blue Jersey

    Monsalve goes but it's Wellens who beats him on the line. The Lotto rider is moving into contention in the KOM. Wellens had just nine points at the start of the day but he's eating in Arredondo's lead after wining the first two climbs today.

  80. 15:05:26 CEST

    The entire break are over the climb, the peloton still climbing and at 7'46. Wellens is now on 45 points and is second in the KOM competition. Arredondo still leads with 75 points. Arredondo will be looking after Kiserlovski today.

  81. 15:06:05 CEST

    It's a tricky descent, especially in the early sections but so far, so good for the break. The sun is out, the roads are dry although the road surface isn't great.

  82. 15:08:54 CEST

    Michael Rogers begins to set the pace at the front as the peloton go over the top of the climb. The gap is at 7'11.

  83. 15:09:27 CEST

    As De Gendt stuff some newspaper down his jersey in a bid to remain warm on the descent.

  84. 58km remaining from 164km

    15:14:42 CEST

    Straight into the climb for the break now with 58km remaining. Both Androni riders have lost contact on the descent though so work to be done for Savio's men.

  85. 15:16:54 CEST

    Cataldo and Santaromita, both in with a chance of the stage win today, have a quick chat at the back of the break. In the bunch Cunego has a puncture but he's had a quick change and is chasing back already.

  86. 15:18:42 CEST

    It looks as though the break has made it back together as they start the climb. The Bielmonte at 1482m is the highest climb of the day and has a ski station at the top. It is a long descent from the climb down to Biella where the riders must ready themselves for the last ascent of the day.

  87. 15:22:44 CEST

    Rogers is still near the front of the bunch but it's Omega who do most of the work. Movistar have also moved up again with Quintana neatly tucked in.

  88. 15:23:54 CEST

    Rolland, Scarponi, Aru, they're also near the front of the peloton. What chance of the French climber attacking on this climb or the descent before the finish? They break is still quite far ahead though and that might make him wait.

  89. 15:26:11 CEST

    For our complete video preview of today's stage, click here.

  90. 15:28:50 CEST

    A number of riders in the bunch have taken the chance to go back to the team cars so the peloton haven't really put their foot down just yet. Uran is sitting around 5th back with Pozzovivo close by and Evans just a little bit further back. To give you an idea of the pace, Bouhanni is still with the bunch. He's near the front so he's well positioned. This is a strong indication that he wants to get through this race and win the red jersey. He has Jussi Veikkanen by his side.

  91. 15:31:06 CEST

    • Lotto Belisol

    Ventoso has dropped back to the Movistar team car for food, drinks and instructions as up ahead Wellens takes a turn on the front. If he can take maximum points on this climb he'll have cut Arredondo's lead dramatically today in the KOM competition.

  92. 15:33:18 CEST

    Some of the riders in the break are really starting to suffer though, Timmer is one of them, while Roche looks comfortable. Agnoli sets the pace and allows the Irishman through for a turn.

  93. 15:35:56 CEST

    With 52km to go the gap is at 8'59. The bunch is taking it pretty easy at the moment but saying that Cannondale and BMC have organised themselves and moved closer to the front.

  94. 15:37:03 CEST

    It's still Omega doing most of the work, however, but Uran and his team will be content with how the stage is playing out. They've not been put under any pressure yet as the GC riders look to wait for the final climb.

  95. 15:38:38 CEST

    There are still 10km to go until the summit of the climb with the harder sections still to come. A few riders are starting to drop off the peloton as well.

  96. 15:40:33 CEST

    Kiserlovski, 10th on GC, is near the front and has Arredondo on his wheel. The pint-sized climber will be there to defend his team leader on the final climb one might think but he could also attack given that he didn't make it into the break today.

  97. 15:41:35 CEST

    The break with 50km to go still have over eight minutes on the peloton but they've lined out with a few shoulders starting to rock.

  98. 15:42:51 CEST

    More riders are being distanced by the peloton and the same could happen to Hondo because Monsalve is lifting the pace as the gradient kicks up.

  99. 15:43:38 CEST

    Less than 10km to go until the top of the climb as Hondo and Frapporti have been dropped.

  100. 15:44:34 CEST

    Boasson Hagen is now setting the pace for the break but a few riders are starting to miss turns. We're into the final 50km of racing with the break at 8'10.

  101. 15:45:13 CEST

    Finally a prediction comes true and Rolland ups the pace and attacks with a teammate leading him out.

  102. 15:45:40 CEST

    Aru at the start this morning:

    I think Ag2r will try to make the race hard because they’ll want to help Pozzovivo gain time. As for me, I’ll be keeping an eye on how the others are on the final climb, but the whole stage is difficult and you have to stay concentrated all day long.


  103. 15:46:18 CEST

    And now Omega are under pressure with Amador also going clear and trying to bridge up to Rolland and his Europcar teammate.

  104. 15:46:38 CEST

    Zoidl has also put in a dig.

  105. 15:47:39 CEST

    Zoidl makes it three riders with Rolland and Thurau together and clear of the peloton.

  106. 15:48:15 CEST

    The main peloton are down to less than 70-riders at a guess with Rolland sitting in and letting his teammate set the pace.

  107. 15:48:50 CEST

    And Garmin copy Europcar with Haas leading Hesjedal clear.

  108. 15:49:25 CEST

    This is a crucial stage and more and more riders are trying to go clear. Rolland has a minute on the bunch.

  109. 15:50:02 CEST

    The peloton are going to have to react as Hesjedal and Haas put in their dangerous move. They can't let the former winner get a gap even at this stage.

  110. 15:50:31 CEST

    Rolland at the start:

    It’s true that we’re coming into the decisive stages. For the moment the only time I’ve lost has been in the time trials – the team time trial and the one the other day – and in the crash at Montecassino. But over the next two days we’ll see the real gaps start to open.

    CN: Are you here for GC or stage wins?

    We’ll see what my legs allow me to do. We’ll have to see who takes the race in hand because there are riders who need to make up time. Today should be a big stage. It’s one of the most beautiful stages of the Giro and a lot of things could happen.


  111. 15:50:56 CEST

    Up ahead and Sella looks nervous as Hesjedal leaves Haas.

  112. 15:51:55 CEST

    Hesjedal and Haas have been joined by Izaguirre. Up ahead the main break is down to around a dozen riders, if that. Rolland has roughly 30 seconds on the peloton.

  113. 15:52:32 CEST

    Haas has done his work and he's done it well with Hesjedal and Izaguirre making it to the Rolland group.

  114. 15:53:33 CEST

    That's a handy looking quintet of riders. Rabottini is also on the move and that's interesting as he's 15th overall, one place ahead of Hesjedal.

  115. 15:54:44 CEST

    The break has just 5'22 with 46km to go. The Hesjedal group have 30 seconds on the peloton.

  116. 15:55:18 CEST

    Haas is now marking Rabottini.

  117. 15:56:02 CEST

    Hesjedal is working with Rolland. He'd probably like Rabottini with him just for the extra help.

  118. 15:56:25 CEST

    The Hesjedal group have nearly 40 seconds on the peloton.

  119. 15:57:03 CEST

    The Canadian isn't holding back here, and it's a pretty gutsy move given that we've still got such a long way to go.


  120. 44km remaining from 164km

    15:57:19 CEST

    44km to and Roche has attacked from the break.

  121. 15:58:13 CEST

    Nearly 50 seconds for Hesjedal and Rolland. Pirazzi has attacked from the peloton too.

  122. 15:59:11 CEST

    Roche is looking around for help to see if anyone will join him but Thurau lifts the pace and it looks like Hesjedal is struggling.

  123. 15:59:57 CEST

    Pirazzi, Rabottini, and Haas have merged into a group and Hesjedal is having to chase a little bit.

  124. 16:01:03 CEST

    Back in the bunch and Uran and Omega are just watching their main rivals. No real need to chase the likes of Rolland or Hesjedal at the moment. Here's a reminder of the top 15 overall in the race.


    1 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 53:15:06
    2 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:37
    3 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:52
    4 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:32
    5 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:02:50
    6 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 0:03:29
    7 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:03:37
    8 Wout Poels (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:04:06
    9 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:04:20
    10 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Trek Factory Racing 0:04:41
    11 Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale 0:05:09
    12 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 0:05:45
    13 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:05:57
    14 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:06:24
    15 Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Neri Sottoli - Yellow Fluo 0:06:48

  125. 16:01:23 CEST

    Roche has a bit of a gap as he closes in on the top of the climb.

  126. 16:02:52 CEST

    The Irishman is out of the saddle and climbing well but he's got a huge task on his hands given that we still have 42km to go. It's a long 30km of descent and then another 11km of complete climbing towards the finish.

  127. 16:03:20 CEST

    Roche certainly isn't waiting for help though as he crests the climb on his own.

  128. 16:03:46 CEST

    He has a gap of around 10 seconds with Wellens taking second.

  129. 16:04:24 CEST

    In the peloton BMC have moved closer to the front as well so Uran will have to watch for attacks on the descent too.

  130. 16:07:29 CEST

    Hesjedal is back with Rolland now as Thurau does an excellent job of setting the pace. The Canadian doesn't look great at the moment though.

  131. 16:09:18 CEST

    Roche had ten second at the top of the climb and the Rolland group is at 4'25. The Haas, Pirazzi group is at 5'05, the peloton at 5'48.

  132. 16:10:59 CEST

    So Rolland and Hesjedal are pulling themselves back into top ten contention. Cannondale are leading the peloton on the descent, probably to keep Basso near the front and the pace steady, rather than dangerous.

  133. 34km remaining from 164km

    16:12:54 CEST

    Roche is still clear and pushing the pace on the descent. He's risking everything on the descent as he looks for the stage win. He can't let the chase group catch him on the descent. Does Hesjedal have a mechanical because he can't hold the wheels on the descent but he can keep at the same pace. Haas has attacked from the Rabottini group.

  134. 16:14:02 CEST

    Hesjedal sits at the back of the Rolland group as it looks like Agnoli is leading the chase of Roche.

  135. 31km remaining from 164km

    16:15:39 CEST

    Just over 30km of racing remaining in the stage with Roche still out on his own.

  136. 16:16:42 CEST

    There has been a crash on the descent an it's Rubiano who is down. He's sitting up at least.

  137. 16:17:24 CEST

    The Rolland - Hesjedal group have picked up a few riders on the descent from the early break.

  138. 16:18:23 CEST

    Haas has been caught by Rabottini, Zardini, and Pirazzi.

  139. 16:18:58 CEST

    We still have around 15km of descending ahead of us, with 26km to go until the finish.

  140. 16:19:47 CEST

    Roche leads, a group of around  8 riders chasing, then the Rolland/Hesjedal group and then the peloton. All within five minutes of each other.

  141. 16:20:34 CEST

    Timmer and Quinziato are together on the descent but more and more riders are being picked up by the Rolland group.

  142. 16:21:01 CEST

    Quemeneur has been caught so Rolland has two riders with him.

  143. 16:25:05 CEST

    Roche has been caught on the descent. Cataldo, Timmer, Roche, Quinziato and a few others are in the lead group and the BMC rider has attacked with Timmer on his wheel.

  144. 16:25:32 CEST

    There are roughly a dozen riders left in the first group. We started off with 21.

  145. 16:26:30 CEST

    Roche is at the back and taking his time to recover after his effort. Does he have anything left? Sella, both Sky riders, Santaromita and Agnoli are all there too. They have 4'49.

  146. 16:27:06 CEST

    Just over 18km to go and it looks like the break has a real chance of surviving at this stage.

  147. 16:27:54 CEST

    Timmer and Quinziato still lead, with the Giant rider getting a quick draft from a motorbike.

  148. 16:30:28 CEST

    Just 4km of descending left before the final climb starts.

  149. 16:30:53 CEST

    Cannodale are still leading the peloton at the moment with Majka and Uran close to each other.

  150. 16:31:24 CEST

    No time gaps on the Hesjedal-Rolland group but they're certainly still clear of the chasing peloton.

  151. 16:32:23 CEST

    Rolland is letting his two teammates drive the second group, with Hesjedal and another four riders in the mix. Timmer and Quinziato still lead the race.

  152. 16:34:40 CEST

    The two leaders are closing in on the foot of the final climb.

  153. 16:35:32 CEST

    In the bunch Movistar's entire team, minus one rider up the road, have moved up with Quintana near the front.

  154. 16:37:16 CEST

    The two leaders are now climbing but the gradient is fairly gently at this stage.

  155. 16:37:57 CEST

    The Rolland group are riding well together but they're unlikely to catch the leaders now. They could still put time into the main field though.

  156. 16:39:59 CEST

    The early break is starting to fracture on the lower slopes of the final climb with Boaason Hagen and Wellens in the mix.

  157. 16:40:28 CEST

    The Sky rider is leading the break at the moment with Timmer and Quinziato still off the front of the break.

  158. 16:41:01 CEST

    And Quinziato has a mechanical and has to stop. He taks a few bike but that's his chances gone, surely.

  159. 16:42:01 CEST

    The Rolland group is climbing too and Thurau gets out of the saddle with his team captain on his wheel.

  160. 16:42:28 CEST

    Into the final 8km of racing with the bunch about to start the climb as well.

  161. 16:42:59 CEST

    Thurau is done and now Hesjedal takes over with Rolland on his wheel.

  162. 16:43:16 CEST

    Timmer leaders the race. Movistar are leading the peloton.

  163. 16:44:27 CEST

    Arredendo has attacked from the peloton. Riders are all over the road, there are so many groups and battles going on.

  164. 16:44:44 CEST

    Timmer is having the ride of his life today.

  165. 16:45:19 CEST

    We've no time check at the moment but the Rolland group is down to four riders.

  166. 16:46:07 CEST

    Arredondo is still clear and it looks like Uran is having to do all the work. Evans is on his own with no BMC teammates with him.

  167. 16:47:10 CEST

    Timmer is now on the hardest part of the climb as Hesjedal leads Rolland.

  168. 16:47:43 CEST

    Into the final 6km but we have no time checks from the race organisers.

  169. 16:47:59 CEST

    Timmer has 48 seconds we understand.

  170. 16:48:39 CEST

    Izaguirre takes a turn in the Rolland group, the maglia rosa group is down to 10 riders.

  171. 16:48:56 CEST

    Timmer is grinding his way up the climb.

  172. 16:49:38 CEST

    Cataldo has made a move from the group that stil contains Wellens, Roche and a handful of other riders.

  173. 16:50:22 CEST

    Arredondo leads the maglia rosa group and Quintana is in second wheel. Will the Movistar rider attack?

  174. 16:50:51 CEST

    Timmer has 5km to go as Cataldo goes clear with Cattaneo.

  175. 16:51:40 CEST

    Arredondo has cracked and Quintana looks around and Pozzovivo is here too

  176. 16:52:07 CEST

    Pozzovivo has two teammates on the front. Quintana, Majka, Uran, Evans are all there.

  177. 16:52:53 CEST

    The Rolland - Hesjedal group are still working but it looks like it's just Rolland and Hesjedal as the other two riders slip back.

  178. 16:53:55 CEST

    AG2R are setting the pace for Pozzovivo, Uran has Evans on his wheel, with Poels hanging on for dear life at the back of the maglia rosa group.

  179. 16:54:41 CEST

    Pozzovivo is putting his rivals under huge pressure at the moment. Surely he'll attack soon.

  180. 16:55:39 CEST

    Aru is in the maglia rosa group too. Timmer has 36 seconds, the Hesjedal group has less than 40 seconds over the pink jersey. We're into the final 4km of racing.

  181. 16:56:35 CEST

    Timmer is really starting to struggle and Cataldo and one other rider are closing.

  182. 16:56:49 CEST

    Pozzovivo attacks and Majka responds.

  183. 16:57:02 CEST

    Evans and Aru are losing ground.

  184. 16:57:46 CEST

    Quintana is on Pozzovivo's wheel. Uran, Kelderman and Majka can't respond.

  185. 16:58:02 CEST

    As Evans works his way back to the Uran group.

  186. 16:58:40 CEST

    Quintana and Pozzovivo are working together as Poels moves up to help for Uran.

  187. 16:59:20 CEST

    Rolland and Hesjedal are still working together as Quintana and Pozzovivo link up with Izaguirre

  188. 17:00:15 CEST

    Timmer has been caught with 2km to go by Cataldo and Pantano. Pantano to win on a day that many use to remember Pantani?

  189. 17:00:36 CEST

    Quintana and Pozzovivo have a gap still on Uran and Evans.

  190. 17:00:56 CEST

    And Cataldo attacks but Pantano goes with him.

  191. 17:01:04 CEST

    They've dropped Timmer

  192. 17:01:15 CEST

    Now Pantano attacks.

  193. 17:01:28 CEST

    Cataldo closes the move down.

  194. 17:02:04 CEST

    As back down the road Pozzovivo and Quintana share the pace. The gap is maybe 8 or 9 seconds to the maglia rosa.

  195. 17:02:28 CEST

    Hesjedal and Rolland still together but no time check for them.

  196. 17:03:06 CEST

    We now have four riders in the lead with Timmer and Cattaneo coming back to Cataldo and Pantano with 1km to go.

  197. 17:03:25 CEST

    The Lampre rider leads them around a corner

  198. 17:03:43 CEST

    It's Polanc for Lampre.

  199. 17:03:59 CEST

    Timmer has cracked, he's gone.

  200. 17:04:17 CEST

    Three riders but there are more coming back.

  201. 17:04:33 CEST

    Polanc is doing all the work.

  202. 17:05:00 CEST

    Battaglin is there.

  203. 17:05:14 CEST

     But Cataldo goes for it.

  204. 17:05:50 CEST

    Wow it's Battaglin who takes the win. He came from way back to make the lead group and then snatch it from Cataldo at the line.

  205. 17:06:09 CEST

    Roche comes over the line. Pantano was third.

  206. 17:06:49 CEST

    Pozzovivo still leads Quintana but there's no time check to the maglia rosa group. It was less than 15 seconds last time we had one.

  207. 17:07:12 CEST

    Into the final 500m for Quintana and Pozzovivo.

  208. 17:07:35 CEST

    The Italian has done most of the work but here comes Aru and Majka. Uran is losing time.

  209. 17:08:14 CEST

    Hesjedal and Rolland finish  and Quintana drops Pozzovivo.

  210. 17:08:29 CEST

    Evans is dropping Uran before the line too.

  211. 17:09:05 CEST

    The race leader holds pick but will lose a few seconds to Evans and maybe 10-20 seconds on Pozzovivo and Quintana.

  212. 17:09:41 CEST

    Aru and Majka came back towards the end. I think Kelderman was in there too. Basso has most a lot of time though.

  213. 17:11:49 CEST

    That's Battaglin's second stage in the Giro and his team's second win in two days.

  214. 17:13:41 CEST

    We're just waiting for the official time gaps but Evans, Pozzovivo and Quintana all eat into Uran's lead. The worry isn't that he missed the snap of Pozzovivo or Quintana, it's that Evans was able to put time into him.

  215. 17:15:18 CEST

    1 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani-CSF 4:34:41
    2 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Team Sky 0:00:00
    3 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia 0:00:07
    4 Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida 0:00:17
    5 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:22
    6 Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 0:00:26
    7 Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:00:28
    8 Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:00:33
    9 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:00:39
    10 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Orica Greenedge 0:00:54

  216. 17:17:13 CEST

    And here's how GC stands after today's stage:


    1 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 57:52:51
    2 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:32
    3 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:35
    4 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:11
    5 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:02:33
    6 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 0:03:04
    7 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:03:16
    8 Wout Poels (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:04:01
    9 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:05:07
    10 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Trek Factory Racing 0:05:13

  217. 17:20:45 CEST

    So Uran loses five seconds to Evans. Pozzovivo takes just over 20 seconds, Kelderman 18 seconds and Quintana 25.

  218. 17:27:28 CEST

    Kiserlovski, he lost time too. Trek had Arredondo set the pace earlier on the climb but when he blew Kiserlovski was on his own. He cracked too when Pozzovivo and Quintana attacked. He remains in the top ten. Hesjedal and Rolland will have moved up slightly on GC but put in a lot of effort for their rewards.

  219. 17:33:44 CEST

    We're just updating our top ten on GC as Rolland moves up to 9th. You can find the results, our report, and race images, right here.