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Giro d'Italia 2010

Date range:
May 8-30, 2010
  • Giro d'Italia, Italy, GT
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      8.4km
      Start location:
      Amsterdam
      End location:
      Amsterdam (ITT)
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      210km
      Start location:
      Amsterdam
      End location:
      Utrecht
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      224km
      Start location:
      Amsterdam
      End location:
      Middelburg
    • Rest day

      Start location:
      Savigliano
      End location:
      Savigliano
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      33km
      Start location:
      Savigliano
      End location:
      Cuneo (TTT)
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      162km
      Start location:
      Novara
      End location:
      Novi Ligure
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      172km
      Start location:
      Fidenza
      End location:
      Marina di Carrara
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      222km
      Start location:
      Carrara
      End location:
      Montalcino
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      189km
      Start location:
      Chianciano
      End location:
      Monte Terminillo
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      187km
      Start location:
      Frosinone
      End location:
      Cava de' Tirreni
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      230km
      Start location:
      Avellino
      End location:
      Bitonto
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      262km
      Start location:
      Lucera
      End location:
      L'Aquila
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      206km
      Start location:
      Città Sant'Angelo
      End location:
      Porto Recanti
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      223km
      Start location:
      Porto Recanti
      End location:
      Cesenatico
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      205km
      Start location:
      Ferrara
      End location:
      Asolo (Monte Grappa)
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      222km
      Start location:
      Mestre
      End location:
      Zoncolan
    • Rest day

      Start location:
      Friuli
      End location:
      Friuli
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      12.9km
      Start location:
      San Vigilio di Marebbe
      End location:
      Plan de Corones (TT)
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      173km
      Start location:
      Brunico
      End location:
      Pejo Terme
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      156km
      Start location:
      Levico Terme
      End location:
      Brescia
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      195km
      Start location:
      Brescia
      End location:
      Aprica
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      178km
      Start location:
      Bormio
      End location:
      Passa del Tonale
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      15km
      Start location:
      Verona
      End location:
      Verona (ITT)
  • Race history

May 26, Stage 17: Brunico - Pejo Terme 173km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Susan Westemeyer

Things are a little easier today for the 17th stage. Yes, there is a category one ranked climb, but only one and it's in the middle of the stage. Not that that makes it much easier for all those tired legs from yesterday's brutal mountain time trial.

  1. 12:54:17 CEST

    It's back to the mountains today for the weary riders, who have no doubt already forgotten Monday's rest day. It counts as a mountaintop finish, but it is only a very small mountaintop, and not even a ranked climb. That doesn't make it any easier, though, does it?

  2. 13:01:06 CEST

    153 riders are now on the road!  Missing today was David Loosli, of Lampre, who must have decided he has had enough of the mountains.

  3. 13:06:11 CEST

    This is a relatively short stage, only 173 kilometres from Brunico to the Palade Pass and then to Pejo Terme. We are way up in the north of Italy, just about as far north as you can go and still be in Italy, and will be travelling west-southwest today.

  4. 13:10:34 CEST

    It is overcast today, but at least so far, there is no rain. And we hear that the fans are already lining the road up to the finish line.

  5. 13:14:06 CEST

    What do we have to look forward to? The Palade Pass. The riders go 1,242 metres up, with an average gradient of 6.6% and a maximum of 16%. It's a long climb, at 19km, but not considered to be a really difficult one.

  6. 13:18:17 CEST

    We would be very surprised to see Milram's Linus Gerdemann finish the Giro. The German explained yesterday after the stage why he lost so much time – he is suffering from bronchitis.

    "I have never before felt so awful on the bike," he said. "Last night I could barely sleep and fought my way up the mountain with a ceaseless cough. That was absolute torture."
     

  7. 163km remaining from 173km

    13:20:48 CEST

    Ten kilometres into the stage and still no one has tried to get away!  Are they all still tired from yesterday's climbing?

  8. 13:24:56 CEST

    Here's a quick look at today is all about:

    Stage Details


    Distance: 173km
    Vertical climb: 3,390m
    Highest point: 1,523m
    Terrain: High mountain
    Category: Mountain Stage
     

  9. 155km remaining from 173km

    13:30:24 CEST

    Finally! We have a group of 12 with a whole 18 seconds on the peloton: Ignatiev, Donati, Bertolini, Grivko, Kiryienka, King, Marangoni, Moreno, Froome, Albasini and Haedo
     

  10. 13:32:05 CEST

    I'm handing things over to Dan Benson now, who will take you uphill and down and back up again....

  11. 13:32:52 CEST

    Thanks, Susan.

  12. 13:33:44 CEST

    As Susan straps on her parachute and jumps out from the CN blimp, let’s bring you up to speed on a few things.

  13. 13:39:06 CEST

    Yesterday Stefano Garzelli blitzed the mountain time trial, finishing a whopping 42 seconds ahead of Cuddles and John Gadret a few seconds back. It was a bit of a surprise from Gadret but he's a strong climber with solid base in cross racing. As for the rest, they were bunched together with not that many major time gaps. Carlos Sastre was probably the biggest loser, finishing 2:31 down on Garzelli. So now our overall looks a little bit like this:

    1 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 68:32:26
    2 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 0:02:27
    3 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 0:02:36
    4 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:03:09
    5 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 0:04:36
    6 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 0:04:53
    7 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana 0:05:12
    8 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:05:25
    9 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Liquigas-Doimo 0:08:57
    10 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 0:09:13

  14. 135km remaining from 173km

    13:41:17 CEST

    We did have 12 riders off the front. They've now been caught and everyone is back together.

  15. 13:45:51 CEST

    Giro aside, there are a number of stories in the media today. Firstly, we have this courtesy of the New York Times regarding the Landis investigation and possible implications.

    We also have some video from HTC and Garmin at the Tour of California, Boonen crying out for some help, and Lelanuge saying he’ll cooperate - although he has nothing to cooperate about.
     

  16. 13:49:48 CEST

    One of the favourites to win the Giro is Ivan Basso, and he should have very fond memories of this area. It is where he won the Giro of Trentino last year, his first win coming back from his two-year doping-related suspension.

  17. 13:50:41 CEST

    The stage started today in Brunico, hosting its third Giro stage since 1997. There are lots of sports activities available in the area, both summer and winter sports. It also features the South Tyrol Museum of Traditions, an open-air museum to which many old buildings have been moved.

  18. 13:51:18 CEST

    The stage ends today in Pejo Terme, making only its second appearance in the Giro. It is located in the Stelvio National Park and offers
    everything from skiing to river rafting. Look for lots of polenta on the menu here, like “rostida polenta”, sliced and heated in bacon with potatoes and cheese.

    Not only do we have an uphill finish, the whole last 10 km are climbing, at an average of 6%, with at least one section of 12%. The run-in to the finish line is a nice wide road, which offers a 5.5% gradient.
     

  19. 13:59:59 CEST

    Just on the Landis affair,  Landisgate or whatever we're calling it now; Procycling ran an issue last year called the 'Power issue' and it focused on the top 50 most powerful people in the sport. Yours truly didn't make the cut, despite my constant letter writing and threats, but many people involved in the story so far did.  To highlight the significance of the entire story here are some the names: Paul Kimmage as 49th and has already said that the ramifications could be huge. Jim Ochowicz (40th) is at BMC and one of his directors has been named by Landis. Dave Brailsford (22nd) hired Michael Barry, another rider mentioned by Landis. 

    John Fahey of WADA (18th) has said they will launch an investigation, Michele Ferrari (20th) was named by Landis. Vaughters (13) had Matt White and Dave Zabriskie named by Landis.

    But Hein Verbruggen (3), Pat Mcquaid (2), and Lance Armstrong (3) were all named too or have been drawn into the allegations.

  20. 125km remaining from 173km

    14:02:03 CEST

    Back to the action and the first hour of racing was covered at an average speed of 50kph. The riders are traveling along a long, downhill section right now. In fact it's net downhill until the base of the climb at 87K. Perfect launch pad for a break.

  21. 14:07:58 CEST

    A total of 19 riders have nipped off the front. We'll cobble together some names for you now.

  22. 115km remaining from 173km

    14:11:32 CEST

    Our 19 leaders now have a 30 second gap on the bunch. Can they stay away and build a bigger lead?

  23. 110km remaining from 173km

    14:20:18 CEST

    Well that's a 'yes' then. The gap has jumped to 5:30 already so it looks like the bunch are happy with the names ahead of them. We're still working on a list for you.

  24. 14:24:27 CEST

    Once again we're about to be joined by Daniel Friebe from Procycling

  25. 14:29:47 CEST

    DB: Dan, what do think about today's stage. What are you predicting?

    DF: It's not a finish that many of the riders know, and it's not the most extreme summit finish of the Giro. That doesn't mean nothing will happen, though. It reminds me a bit of the stage which finished above Bergamo two years ago, to Presolana. That wasn't steep but, precisely for that reason, the racing was very aggressive. You may remember it as the stage when Riccardo Ricco' accused Emanuele Sella or collaborating against him with Alberto Contador.

  26. 14:31:42 CEST

    Sorry to stop you there Dan but we have our riders within the break. They are : Wyss, Efimkin, Ochoa, Kireyev, Arashiro, Amador, Konovalovas, Duque, Monier, Stortoni, Hondo, Marzano, Moreno, Kruijswijk, Cummings, Reynes, Ignatiev, Fothen, Nicki Sorensen

  27. 100km remaining from 173km

    14:32:41 CEST

    And we have exactly 100 kilometers left to race.

  28. 14:34:19 CEST

    DB: Just a few days to go and the GC is very tight. You said that if Basso didnt win the Giro it would a huge blow to him. He's right in there though. Obviously reading your words on live coverage when he goes to bed at night.
     

    DF: Yeah, it looks as though I got that one wrong. He's now the favourite, but Cadel Evans is in perhaps the ideal position for him: if he was ahead of Basso, the burden of making the race would be on his team, and, as we've seen, he doesn't have a lot of support

    I think it's 50/50 between Basso and Evans at this point, although Basso's strong Liquigas team is a clear advantage

  29. 95km remaining from 173km

    14:36:18 CEST

    The lead is now over 10 minutes.

  30. 14:39:11 CEST

    DB: Basso has said that we should believe in clean cycling and that he's clean. He's said that before. What's the difference now? Is there one?

    DF: I was astonished to hear Pat McQuaid hail him as a "clean rider" yesterday. How can McQuaid take such a risk. I believe there is evidence to suggest Basso's performances have waned in line with what you'd hope/expect from a rider coming off a doping ban, but to publicly pronounce him or any other rider as "clean" is very unwise on the part of the UCI president. We frankly don't need or want McQuaid making those statements. He's got other more pressing matters on his plate, Floyd Landis's allegations being one of them.

  31. 14:42:28 CEST

    DB: It seems to me like the UCI entire PR machine doesnt understand what's expected of it, or what cycling fans really want from them.

    DF: I seem to recall the UCI hailing Basso as a "model rider" prior to Operacion Puerto. I repeat - they should refrain from making such claims about any rider.

    DF: Yeah, maybe you're right. Maybe they think that's what the public wants to hear. But how comforting are those statements, when we know from past experience that riders have cheated and never tested positive. Just yesterday, there was an article in the New York Times about how EPO micro-dosing might not show up on the biological passport.

     

  32. 14:43:07 CEST

    Just to jump in but the lead group are about to hit the main climb.

  33. 14:45:16 CEST

    Only five teams are not represented in the break: Acqua & Sapone, Footon-Servetto, Garmin-Transitions, Liquigas and Quick Step. Best-placed rider in teh group is Efimkin, who is 16th at 18:57 back.

  34. 14:49:00 CEST

    DB: Thanks for joining us Daniel.

  35. 14:50:54 CEST

    DF: One last point: how fair is it for the UCI to publicly single out a rider as "clean"? What does that say about the others, most of whom have never broken the rules, unlike Ivan Basso? They can feel justifiably aggrieved.

  36. 85km remaining from 173km

    14:57:16 CEST

    Caisse d'Epargne are now leading the bunch but the tempo isn't too fast. There's a man running alongside the riders in his pants.

  37. 14:57:54 CEST

    BMC and Liquigas are willing to let Caisse do the work on the front of the bunch.

  38. 79km remaining from 173km

    15:00:34 CEST

    Hondo takes a turn on the front and drives the break on.

  39. 81km remaining from 173km

    15:03:27 CEST

    The gap is now going out further. It's at 12:09.

  40. 15:06:03 CEST

    And now Susan will take over for a few minutes.

  41. 15:07:01 CEST

    Susan back again for a bit.  We are really lucky with the weather, it looks like the sun is coming out.

  42. 77km remaining from 173km

    15:08:51 CEST

    The lead group continues to wind its way up the climb.

  43. 15:10:42 CEST

    The gap is sinking slowly, now down to 10:40.

  44. 15:12:33 CEST

    Remember, we have two other races going on right now:  The Tour of Belgium and the Bayern Rundfahrt.  But don't worry, we won't put any spoilers in here!

  45. 15:14:29 CEST

    Nibali looks fairly relaxed today.

  46. 75km remaining from 173km

    15:16:11 CEST

    The gap is dropping rapidly on this long climb.  It is now already down to 9:45.

  47. 74km remaining from 173km

    15:18:08 CEST

    It must be fairly warm today -- a number of riders have their jerseys unzipped.

  48. 15:20:07 CEST

    Amador was back at the team car, getting some adjustments on his bike. Further back, his Caisse d'Epargne teammates are at the head of the chasing peloton.

  49. 15:20:55 CEST

    We have an abandon today:  Federico Canuti of Colnago has just  called it quits.

  50. 15:22:30 CEST

    Thanks once again Susan.

  51. 72km remaining from 173km

    15:25:33 CEST

    Caisse still on the front with Basso and Evans sitting and looking pretty comfortable. There are som much harder stages to come so it's very likely that the favourites will be happy to mark each other out today and wait for the more challenging days ahead.

  52. 71km remaining from 173km

    15:27:47 CEST

    Arroyo wipes his forehead, the conditions are hard today due to the warm weather.  Arroyo has done a fine job of defending his lead and he should keep it for another day at least.

  53. 15:28:24 CEST

    The gap is now at 9:27 with the break just a few kilometers from the top of the climb.

  54. 15:29:48 CEST

    Basso's army are sitting just behind Arrroy's armada. Basso himself with that fixed grin he seems to always ride with.

  55. 15:32:36 CEST

    Pozatto has his jersey unzipped to his waist. Oh wait, he's spotted the TV cameras and the zip comes up.

  56. 15:33:43 CEST

    Kruijswijk leads the break, swings off and immediately grabs a drink.

  57. 15:37:14 CEST

    Basso moves to Arroyo's wheel and then alongside the Spaniard as the peloton ride through a tunnel and the road begins to climb again. The gap is coming down but slowly.

  58. 15:37:49 CEST

    The climb is 18.9K long and the average gradient is 6.6 per cent, in case you wanted to know.

  59. 66km remaining from 173km

    15:42:11 CEST

    The gap is 8.33 now.

  60. 15:43:48 CEST

    Liquigas are more than happy for Caisse to set the pace here so they can save their powder for either the final climb today or later in the race.

  61. 15:45:11 CEST

    Efimkin and Sorensen are probably the strongest riders in the break in terms of climbing ability. The Dane having already won a stage in this year's race.

  62. 15:45:41 CEST

    Scarponi now on the front, with Cunego out of the saddle and on his wheel.

  63. 15:46:51 CEST

    A couple of riders in the bunch are zipping up their jerseys now with the descent in mind. The gap now at 6:23.

  64. 60km remaining from 173km

    15:48:40 CEST

    The peloton reach the feed and arms move out to grab food and drinks. We'll see the lead jump up a bit here.

  65. 68km remaining from 173km

    15:50:23 CEST

    The peloton are now over the top of the climb. The gap at 8:35

  66. 54km remaining from 173km

    15:54:37 CEST

    A couple of Caisse riders have a chat on the front of the bunch as they munch down energy bars.

  67. 52km remaining from 173km

    15:56:31 CEST

    Now about this final climb: it's long, between 40 or 50K but it's very, very gradual. It does have a few steep sections at the start and finish. It's not a mountain top finish.

    Arroyo just has to sit and in follow wheels today.

  68. 50km remaining from 173km

    16:00:38 CEST

    The pace is high as the riders continue to descend through the Italian countryside. The warm conditions could cause many of the peloton problems on the final climb.

  69. 48km remaining from 173km

    16:06:25 CEST

    The break are still working well together as they continue the long descent. Cummings comes through and increases the pace. He could do something today. Hondo then comes through. He could have done something today if the stage finished on a flat road. Unluckily for the German, it doesn't.

  70. 43km remaining from 173km

    16:08:38 CEST

    The peloton, lead by Arroyo's men continue to lead the bunch. Lastras, I think that is, on the front.

  71. 16:10:05 CEST

    The break sweeps through an Italian town, still with a lead of over 8 minutes.

  72. 40km remaining from 173km

    16:13:06 CEST

    40K to go now for our break as they reach a steep part of the descent now. All in single file as they race towards the finish.

  73. 39km remaining from 173km

    16:14:15 CEST

    It's a fairly safe shout that someone from the break will take today's stage. A lot of riders there 19 - in fact so we could see a very interesting set of attacks.

  74. 16:16:05 CEST

    The break are climbing now and we should see some kind of selection made as the non climbers and tired riders begin to pop off the back.

  75. 16:17:14 CEST

    The gap is growing, over 9 minutes again.

  76. 16:17:51 CEST

    Arroyo with his pink bike comes to the front and has a word with his man on the front.

  77. 16:19:09 CEST

    Correction from earlier. Nicki Sorensen is in the break today, not Chris, who won a stage earlier in the Giro.

  78. 16:23:09 CEST

    The peloton have certainly taken their foot off the gas and they'll wait for the final climb of the day until they start attacking each other.

  79. 16:25:22 CEST

    The peloton has started the gradual climb now. Caisse still on the front, Basso's bullies just behind.

  80. 16:26:19 CEST

    The gap is close to ten minutes now.

  81. 31km remaining from 173km

    16:28:33 CEST

    Sorensen comes through and takes a turn on the front. We'll surely see some attacks coming from the break soon.

  82. 30km remaining from 173km

    16:30:29 CEST

    30K for our leaders now. The peloton are 5K back now.

  83. 16:32:26 CEST

    And we have our first attack and as you would expect Ignatiev takes off.

  84. 27km remaining from 173km

    16:33:58 CEST

    Ignatiev has gone early but this is the typical Ignatiev attack. Crazy, far out, usually doesn't work. The gap is perhaps a couple of hundred meters.

  85. 16:35:14 CEST

    The Katusha rider has a 14 second gap.

  86. 16:37:20 CEST

    Ignatiev hits a short downhill section and he gets a roar from the crowd. He has 25K to go.

  87. 16:40:08 CEST

    Ignatiev is looking back and he doesn't look great. Jaw clenched, hunched over the drops. Is he about to throw in the towel?

  88. 22km remaining from 173km

    16:41:43 CEST

    The chase need only organise themselves properly if they're going to catch him. They can afford to let him work himself over for now though.

  89. 21km remaining from 173km

    16:43:36 CEST

    The gap between the bunch and the main escape is 9:30.

  90. 16:45:47 CEST

    The lead group is starting to break up a bit. Four riders have moved off the front but are then caught.

  91. 16:46:53 CEST

    It has split into four groups. Hondo, Situation
    Mikhail Ignatiev and two other riders have formed as the lead group.

  92. 155km remaining from 173km

    16:48:08 CEST

    Lampre are moving to the front of the bunch, mainly to look after their man Cunego.

  93. 16:48:58 CEST

    Basso sits on Cunego's wheel.

  94. 16km remaining from 173km

    16:52:00 CEST

    The leaders are breaking up all over the road now. Attacking each other and then chasing. Hondo latches onto Moreno's wheel but the pair are quickly brought back.

  95. 16:53:09 CEST

    Duque is next to have a dig but he's quickly brought back.

  96. 16:54:36 CEST

    Cummings moves to the front and immediately Moreno tries his luck. Caught! Then Hondo goes again and he's followed by Kruijswijk. The two riders have a small gap.

  97. 16:55:17 CEST

    Moreno goes again and is trying to catch the two riders ahead.

  98. 13km remaining from 173km

    16:56:01 CEST

    Monier has already latched on to Hondo's wheel. So we have three riders up front now.

  99. 16:57:23 CEST

    Cummings is leading the chase behind but Hondo and co are not hanging around. They're flying along.

  100. 16:58:18 CEST

    The three leaders have 20 seconds on the remnants of the break. Moreno still trying to come across to them.

  101. 11km remaining from 173km

    16:59:09 CEST

    I said earlier that Hondo might struggle today with an uphill finish, but so far, so good for the German.

  102. 17:00:51 CEST

    The three leaders have 37 seconds the chasers now. That's not a racing wining margin so  they'll still have to work hard if they're going to decide the finish between them.

  103. 17:01:10 CEST

    Moreno is about to be caught.

  104. 17:01:49 CEST

    Hondo on the front of the trio again. He has been very aggressive today.

  105. 9km remaining from 173km

    17:02:48 CEST

    Less than 10K to go now for the leaders, who have split into several small groups now. The peloton now over 11 minutes down.

  106. 17:03:52 CEST

    Kruijswijk takes a turn, mouth open as he gulps in air.

  107. 17:04:31 CEST

    Cummings is now off the front of the second group and trying to catch the lead trio, who are about to hit a steep section of the climb.

  108. 8km remaining from 173km

    17:05:41 CEST

    The trio have around 300 meters on Cummings and behind him lots of riders are attacking each other.

  109. 17:06:20 CEST

    Lampre have come to the front now. Possible to protect Cunego's position in the overall against Efimkin.

  110. 6km remaining from 173km

    17:09:17 CEST

    Cummings and Moreno are working together as they try and reach the trio. Sky, meanwhile are moving to the front of the peloton.

  111. 5km remaining from 173km

    17:10:08 CEST

    The lead trio are still working well together. Steven Kruijswijk (Rabobank), Danilo Hondo (Lampre) and Damien Monier (Cofidis)

  112. 4km remaining from 173km

    17:12:46 CEST

    The road is starting to steepen, surely Hondo will blow? Steven Kruijswijk throws his bottle to  the side of the road.

  113. 17:13:29 CEST

    The bunch pass through the 10K to go barrier. Simoni on the front Greipel behind him.

  114. 17:14:22 CEST

    Hondo does look smooth though. He;s in second wheel here and turning the pedals.

  115. 17:14:41 CEST

    Monier attacks on the right.

  116. 17:16:01 CEST

    Monier has a gap and he's pushing on. There's no response from behind. In the saddle and moving well here but it looks like a rider might be coming over to him. The lead trio have blown apart as Kruijswijk moves!

  117. 2km remaining from 173km

    17:16:24 CEST

    Monier looks back and sees Kruijswijk

  118. 17:16:59 CEST

    Monier doesn't look great on a bike it has to be said ,but it is effective.

  119. 17:17:42 CEST

    I think Steven Kruijswijk has blown though. I dont think he can come across. Less than 2K to go now.
     

  120. 17:18:18 CEST

    Monier has 8 seconds on Kruijswijk as he takes a corner.

  121. 2km remaining from 173km

    17:19:00 CEST

    Another corner for Monier as he stays in the saddle, turning a big gear with all  his power.

  122. 17:19:54 CEST

    Heading for the biggest win of his career is Damien Monier. Remember the GC riders are still 11 minutes back.

  123. 17:21:14 CEST

    Kruijswijk has totally blown and Hondo is coming back to him. Monier turns to look back, sees the gap and then pushes back on the pedals. he gets out of the saddle, he doesnt look great doing that either.

  124. 1km remaining from 173km

    17:21:37 CEST

    But here he comes. Less than 1K to go

  125. 17:21:53 CEST

    100 meters to go

  126. 17:22:26 CEST

    And the Frenchman takes the win! he's on the floor, totally shattered.

  127. 17:22:45 CEST

    Hondo grabs second with Kruijswijk in third.

  128. 17:23:45 CEST

    The rest of the early break are now filtering through.

  129. 17:24:05 CEST

    That was the second French win in this year's Giro.

  130. 17:25:06 CEST

    Now back down the climb and Liquigas are now in charge.

  131. 17:26:06 CEST

    Basso is sitting just at the end of the train, Cunego not too far back and Vino sitting on Arroyo's wheel. The pace is pretty high, riders getting dropped and sitting up.

  132. 17:26:36 CEST

    I think Liquigas want to try something here and exploit some tired legs.

  133. 17:27:19 CEST

    A Colnago rider makes a move but Liquigas will close that one down.

  134. 17:27:39 CEST

    Simoni is dropped.

  135. 17:28:17 CEST

    The peloton down to around thirty riders or so. Cuesta pops too.

  136. 17:28:47 CEST

    All the big guns are present. Vino, Evans, Basso, Nibali, Sastre, Porte

  137. 17:30:11 CEST

    Scarponi is also there and sits in third wheel. Will we see fireworks?

  138. 17:30:47 CEST

    Less than twenty riders with Nibali now driving on. What a teammate to have in this situation.

  139. 17:31:19 CEST

    Pinotti hanging on at the back

  140. 17:31:51 CEST

    Scarponi moves with 250 to go


  141. 17:32:31 CEST

    Scarponi finishes two or three bike lengths ahead of Basso but everyone finished roughly together.

  142. 17:33:17 CEST

    Big winners of the day Monier and Efkimkin.

  143. 17:36:05 CEST

    Monier looks shocked on the podium. I don't think the stage win has sunk in yet. Simoni crosses the line and watches the podium presentation.

  144. 17:38:39 CEST

    1 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne
    2 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini
    3 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank
    4 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto
    5 Steven Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team
    6 Simone Stortoni (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox
    7 Alexander Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale
    8 Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini
    9 Carlos Jose Ochoa (Ven) Androni Giocattoli
    10 Nicki Sorensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank

  145. 17:42:25 CEST

    Thanks for joining us today. We'll see you tomorrow for stage 18!