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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:
      CittĂ  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 29, Stage 20: Bormio - Passa del Tonale 178km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Daniel Benson

Hello and welcome to Cyclingnews' live coverage of stage 20 of the Giro d'Italia.

  1. 11:06:48 BST

    Today's the penultimate stage of the Grand Tour, a 178km slog from Bormio to Passa del Tonale. The big news is that the stage route hasn't been altered and that the riders will still climb the Gavia. There had been talk that the route would change due to bad weather but the organisers confirmed this morning that the stage will be run in its original format.

  2. 11:13:50 BST

    So what will the riders face today? Well, five categorized climbs in total - Forcola di Livigno, Passo di Eira, Passo di Foscagno, Passo do Gavia, and the Passo del Tonale.

  3. 11:21:16 BST

    The riders are now on the start line. A penny for Ivan Basso's thoughts as he now makes he way to the start. This is possibly the biggest day of his career. If he keeps it together he could claim his second Giro, his first since his two-year suspension.

  4. 11:23:49 BST

    Basso leads David Arroyo by 51 seconds. You'd have to say that, that gap will increase today. Arroyo rode a great race yesterday as he tried to defend his lead. His descending skills were one of the highlights of this year's race  - clearly pink bikes are fast - but with another hard day in the mountains he could be more concerned with keeping his place on the podium.

  5. 11:28:08 BST

    Nibali lies 2:30 down on GC with Scarponi in fourth at 2:49. Cadel Evans, who took a bit of a battering yesterday is four minutes down, with Carlos Sastre 5:52 back. Those riders will fight it out for the podium but like I said, it all depends on how Basso is feeling today. Any sign of weakness and he could be put in difficulty. At least he has his strong Liquigas team to keep him out of trouble.

  6. 11:31:19 BST

    The first 36K today are all downhill before the riders begin the really tricky stuff. They've just rolled over the line - not many smiling faces in the peloton. After yesterday's stage and the profile for today's, that's not very surprising.

  7. 11:33:14 BST

    Here's a run down on the GC:

    1 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 81:55:56
    2 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:00:51
    3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 0:02:30
    4 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:02:49
    5 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:04:00
    6 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 0:05:32
    7 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 0:06:00
    8 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana 0:06:22
    9 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Liquigas-Doimo 0:12:44
    10 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team HTC - Columbia 0:13:40

  8. 11:40:51 BST

    At the start today it was cloudy overhead, with the peaks hidden. The roads are dry, which is good. The organisers did mention that a snow storm could play a part but that even so the race would still climb the Gavia. Anyone else thinking about 1988?

    Aldo Sassi paid a visit to the start today and had a chat with both Basso and Cuddles. Sassi is convinced that Basso is clean, saying that the numbers add up, having looked at Basso's data from the race so far.
     

  9. 11:42:54 BST

    Remember if you have any questions you can fire them over to me via Twitter and I'll do my best to answer them. http://twitter.com/dnlbenson. You don't even need a question, something interesting about today's stage will do. Perhaps you're on the route? CN's Steve Farrand and Jean Francois are heading the Gavia now so hopefully we'll have some pictures soon for you.

  10. 172km remaining from 178km

    11:44:09 BST

    The first 6K have been rattled off and the bunch are all together on the downhill - little place to attack and to frank, who would want to? Yesterday was a tough, tough day in the saddle.

  11. 11:47:04 BST

    Well one rider certainly isn't feeling too tired. Andriy Grivko (Astana) had attacked and built up a lead of around 2 minutes.

  12. 11:55:46 BST

    While we let Andriy carry on with his suicide mission, let's have a look at what's making headlines in the world of cycling today. Nibali may now skip the Tour de France this July. The Italian, who finished 7th last year was a tip for the podium by many but after joining the Giro at the last minute he might take a break.

    Lefevere has called for Omega Lotto and Quick Step to join forces. Interesting when you consider the circumstances in while Domo - later becoming Quick Step - were set up. I wonder what Sargeant has to say about it all?

    On to doping and WADA has patted themselves and the UCI on the back for banning De Bonis for two years. While Oliver Catlin, son of Don Catlin, has quashed news that the biological passport is inherently flawed. Here's a link to the Q&A.

    And finally, Damiano Cunego might be about to jump the Lampre ship and head to either Garmin or Cervelo. I wonder what his market value is after the latest Lampre drug storm...

  13. 160km remaining from 178km

    11:56:48 BST

    All together again now for the peloton.

  14. 11:59:57 BST

    janusbasnov asks how Porte will do today and if he's a star for the future in GC racing.

    Well today is certainly going to be tough for him but what was impressive yesterday was that he didn't panic. In the first two week he had a rider from Saxo with him on most stages but he was totally isolated yesterday. He kept it together and finished with the third group, which was a great ride. I spoke to Bobby Julich at the start of the month and he thought that Porte would struggle in the final week but he's proving a lot of people wrong.

    A star of the future? It's too early to tell but the signs are good.

  15. 12:02:49 BST

    A more serious looking group have jumped off the front now and have a lead of 30 seconds on the bunch. They are, Serpa, Martin,Zandio, Grivko, Righi, Wurf, Štangelj, Fouchard and Gaudin.

  16. 12:03:50 BST

    More riders are coming across now including Laurent Didier and Weening.

  17. 148km remaining from 178km

    12:08:02 BST

    The leaders have a gap of 48 seconds now.

  18. 146km remaining from 178km

    12:13:43 BST

    Full list of names in the break. They have a minute.

    Pieter Weening (Rabobank), Jose Serpa (Androni Giocattoli), Laurent Didier (Saxo Bank), Dan Martin (Garmin-Transitions), Xabier Zandio (Caisse d'Epargne), Andriy Grivko (Astana), Cam Wurf (Androni Giocattoli), Gorazd Stangelj (Liguigas), Julien Fouchard (Cofidis), Mauro Facci (Quick Step), Damien Gaudin (Bbox)

  19. 12:14:00 BST

    The road will start to tilt upwards pretty soon.

  20. 12:15:55 BST

    Apologies for that awful typo a minute ago. I'm correcting it right now.

  21. 12:22:20 BST

    The Forcola is 18km long with an average gradient of 7.5 per cent. There's a section near the top that reaches 13 per cent.

  22. 12:24:30 BST

    Pirazzi has a little dig from the bunch. Liquigas will be hoping to control affairs for today though and they'll be happy that a break has gone clear. Weening is the most dangerous man in the escape and he's over 50 minutes down on GC.

  23. 12:26:32 BST

    The question is do any of the GC hopefuls have anything left in the tank. Vino, Evans, Sastre, Arroyo and Gadret looked second best yesterday. Another question is whether Arroyo will help Liquigas control the race in order to protect his second place from Scarponi?

  24. 12:29:43 BST

    Now this is a bit more interesting. A second group has gone off the front and it includes Garzelli, Voeckler, Gustov, Simoni, Wyss and Pirazzi. There are 11 riders in the second group.

     

  25. 12:31:02 BST

    Dan Martin is now alone and ahead of everyone on the road.

  26. 135km remaining from 178km

    12:33:08 BST

    Martin is joined by Weening.

  27. 12:38:02 BST

    Stephen Farrand is coming through over the radio. He's on the Gavia now, driving up.

    "Dan can you hear me? The road cut through banks of snow but all is clear. Even sun and could at the top. Crazy and narrow descent wet from the running water. More chance of rain on lower descent than climb."

    "Are there fans out, Stephen?"

    "Not many. A few hundred maybe. Some are riding up."

    "over and out."

    "10:4"

  28. 132km remaining from 178km

    12:39:25 BST

    Back to the action and Dan Martin is the only rider now ahead of the field. The bunch, Martin aside, are all back together.

  29. 12:41:23 BST

    Behind Martin things are still a little bit frenzied. Cunego and Pinotti try their luck in moves but they're quickly closed down.

  30. 12:42:49 BST

    Martin though, puts his head down and pushes on alone. He's not had a great Giro, he's been hampered by allergies but this is his last chance to shine in the race. Just what his he capable of today?

  31. 12:45:41 BST

    Martin's gap is down to 22 seconds as more riders try and jump away, are brought back, and try again.

  32. 12:47:30 BST

    A slight false flat section for the Irishman now but there's no let up with the bunch still in sight. They're not letting him go.

  33. 12:49:24 BST

    It's 50 years since Imerio Massignan first led the Giro over the immense Gavia. Three major ascents contribute to what is by far the greatest tally of climbing – a staggering 6,320m for the day.

    There's a brief passage into Switzerland before the epic 25km rise to 2,618m and the Cima Coppi prize awarded to the first rider over the race's highest summit at the Passo di Gavia. Still to come is the final and surely race-deciding climb on the Passo Tonale.
     

  34. 12:49:52 BST

    Stage Details
    Distance: 178km
    Vertical climb: 6,320m
    Highest point: 2,618m
    Terrain: High mountain
    Category: Road Stage
     

  35. 12:50:47 BST

    We last visited the Gavia in 2008. Anyone remember what happened that day? Here's a look back at the top ten for the stage.

    Last time we climbed the Gavia was in 08

    1 Emanuele Sella (Ita) CSF Group Navigare 6.52.45 (33.725 km/h)
    2 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli 1.04
    3 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 1.22
    4 Riccardo Riccò (Ita) Saunier Duval - Scott 1.30
    5 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana
    6 Antonio Colom Mas (Spa) Astana
    7 Fortunato Baliani (Ita) CSF Group Navigare
    8 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre
    9 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale
    10 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas
     

  36. 130km remaining from 178km

    12:52:30 BST

    Pinotto and Cunego are at it again but this time they've brought back up. Lots of back up actually and they've formed a group of 20 riders at the front of the race. Martin is there too.

    Failli (ASA), Dupont (ALM), Serpa (AND), Wurf (AND), Stangelj (AST), Tschopp (BTL), Voeckler (BTL), Zandio (GCE), M.Wyss (CTT), Moncoutie (COF), Fouchard (COF), Pirazzi (CSF), Martin (GRM), Cunego (LAM), Righi (LAM), Lloyd (OLO), Weening (RAB), Pinotti (THR), Petrov (KAT), Didier (SAX)

  37. 12:56:44 BST

    Cunego is the most dangerous rider, over 15 minutes down on GC but this is a strong group. How much rope with Liquigas let them have?

  38. 12:58:04 BST

    Sastre making a move too? That's brave but it looks like he's having a go.

  39. 12:58:39 BST

    Simoni is also trying to get across. 'Wait for me Little Prince!'

  40. 125km remaining from 178km

    13:01:28 BST

    Sastre is in the lead group.

  41. 13:05:55 BST

    Here's a full list of the riders in the break:

    Carlos Sastre (Cervelo), Francesco Failli (Acqua & Sapone), Hubert Dupont (AG2R), Jose Serpa (Androni Giocattoli), Cam Wurf (Androni Giocattoli), Gorazd Stangelj (Astana), Johann Tschopp (Bbox), Thomas Voeckler (Bbox), Xabier Zandio (Caisse d'Epargne), Marcel Wyss (BMC), David Moncoutie (Cofidis), Julien Fouchard (Cofidis), Stefano Pirazzi (Colnago), Dan Martin (Garmin-Transitions), Damiano Cunego (Lampre), Righi (LAM), Matt Lloyd (Lotto), Peiter Weening (Rabobank), Marco Pinotti (HTC-Columbia), Petrov (KAT), Laurent Didier (Saxo Bank), Evgueni Petrov (Katusha), Massimo Codol (Acqua & Sapone), Daniel Lloyd (Cervelo), Damien Gaudin (Bbox)

  42. 13:07:57 BST

    Well Sastre is playing a card here. It worked for him earlier in the race when the rest of the favourites gave him a gap but this is different. Mess up today and there's little chance of making up for it in tomorrow's time trial. Liquigas have to react here. There should be a few teams willing to help them too.

  43. 13:09:24 BST

    The pace is too hot for Martin and Wurf who are both dropped from the lead group.

  44. 13:11:43 BST

    Tondo has quit the race. Not sure if he's crashed or is sick but he's out.

  45. 13:15:31 BST

    Tondo isn't alone. Bonnet has also pulled out of the race.

  46. 13:17:21 BST

    They're dropping like flies now as the pace increases in the bunch. Garzelli has been distanced. The gap is two minutes from the bunch to the break.

  47. 13:19:51 BST

    Three more riders dropped from the break too. It's almost every man for himself now as Cunego, Sastre and Pinotti go for broke. You have to admire their gusty qualities. We've not even reached the top of the first climb!

  48. 115km remaining from 178km

    13:23:36 BST

    Failli, Fouchard and Righi are the three riders dropped but Simoni has made it over to the leaders.

  49. 13:26:27 BST

    Vino is having a dig now but his move is quickly brought back. We're hearing that Garzelli may have quit the race but no confirmation yet.

  50. 13:34:18 BST

    Vino has gone again and this time they've let him go.

  51. 13:35:23 BST

    Vino has caught up with Righi and Failli.

  52. 13:36:03 BST

    Vino has 30 seconds on the bunch now, who trail the Cunego, Sastre break by 1:30.

  53. 13:37:39 BST

    Vino isn't messing around here. He's dropped both riders and sets off after Simoni, Cunego, Sastre, Pinotti and co. Liquigas are at the front of the bunch. They don't need to panic just yet but this is dangerous.

  54. 13:39:04 BST

    Vino is just 30 seconds back on the Cunego group. The little prince looks at Simoni, probably as he hears the news come over his race radio.

  55. 110km remaining from 178km

    13:39:38 BST

    110 kilometers left. 110 kilometers to decide the Giro.

  56. 13:41:43 BST

    Oh and it's all going wrong for Cunego again. he's dropped along with Voeckler on the climb.

  57. 108km remaining from 178km

    13:45:27 BST

    Lloyd takes the points at the top of the climb but it's chaos out there right now.

  58. 13:47:52 BST

    Results from the climb:

    1 Lloyd (OLO) 10 points
    2 Pirazzi (CSF) 6
    3 Didier (SAX) 4
    4 Tschopp (BTL) 2
    5 Sastre (CTT) 1

    1 Matthew Lloyd (OLO) 39 points
    2 Ivan Basso (LIQ) 35
    3 Cadel Evans (BMC) 25
    4 Michele Scarponi (AND) 21
    5 Ludovic Turpin (ALM) 20

  59. 98km remaining from 178km

    13:50:16 BST

    A short descent now before the next climb begins but already we've had some major action. If you've just joined us. Vino, Sastre, Pinotto and Simoni are in a group of around 12 riders and have just under two minutes on the bunch. Cunego was in the lead group but was dropped a few kilometers ago.

  60. 13:51:19 BST

    Liquigas bunch are down to around 30 riders now.

  61. 13:52:17 BST

    Where is Cunego? Voeckler is on his own.

  62. 13:53:44 BST

    The leaders make it through the feed and Lloyd is one of the first to get his musette.

  63. 13:54:46 BST

    Basso sits in second wheel now as the peloton, or what's left of it take a right hand bend before a long straight road. Sastre now at the head of the break and he's going full gas.

  64. 13:55:27 BST

    The gap is coming down, it's just over a minute now but Sastre and co are now climbing.

  65. 13:58:46 BST

    On the slopes of the next climb now and it's Vino setting the pace, his sunglasses on the back of his head. Lloyd surges and takes a turn on the front, followed by Marco Pinotti. Both riders are having a great race.

  66. 14:00:14 BST

    The Maglia Rosa group, with Basso in second wheel, followed by Nibali and Scarponi and Arroyo not far behind.

  67. 14:01:10 BST

    Sastre has a quick word with Lloyd as he comes through and takes a turn. The Spaniard is the most dangerous rider in the overall.

  68. 14:02:13 BST

    Wyss moves to the front for his man Sastre. Not a bad climber is Wyss.

  69. 14:03:29 BST

    We're assuming now that Cunego is back with the Basso group. 3K for Basso and co as Petrov is swept up.

  70. 14:04:18 BST

    Wyss still on the front of the break and driving things on. Sastre will want help from someone else and it's a blow that Cunego was dropped.

  71. 88km remaining from 178km

    14:05:39 BST

    Arroyo is still riding his pink bike. Didn't expect that but I think he's deserved it after yesterday's performance. The gap is still around one minute.

  72. 87km remaining from 178km

    14:10:37 BST

    And Lloyd takes off the claim the points at the top fo the climb.

  73. 14:11:04 BST

    Wyss and then Sastre are the next riders over the top.

  74. 14:11:42 BST

    How different would Evans' Giro been if he'd had Lloyd with him this year?

  75. 14:12:19 BST

    Liquigas lead the bunch over the top. I think that was Cunego at the back of the group.

  76. 14:13:52 BST

    Erikvanname asks what Lloyd's lead in the mountains comp is. Well:

    1 Matthew Lloyd (OLO) 44 Points
    2 Ivan Basso (LIQ) 35
    3 Cadel Evans (BMC) 25
    4 Michele Scarponi (AND) 21
    5 Ludovic Turpin (ALM) 20

  77. 83km remaining from 178km

    14:15:59 BST

    One more climb, then a long descent before we hit the Gavia. Liquigas have Sastre and Vino right where they want them now, just a minute ahead and using up energy. Just how many riders is Basso sacrificing though?

  78. 81km remaining from 178km

    14:21:34 BST

    Basso continues to sit in second wheel on the slopes of the climb. In the distance we can see snow capped mountains as Pirazzi decides he doesn't like the pace and jumps clear of the break. He has a lead of around 200 meters.

  79. 81km remaining from 178km

    14:22:41 BST

    I'll say one thing about Basso. At least he's not wearing pink shorts, helmet, glasses and gloves. It's the pink jersey not the pink ensemble after all.

  80. 14:25:37 BST

    The Gavia is still to come though and it's 25K long as Pirazzi leads over the climb.

  81. 14:26:48 BST

    Matt Lloyd cleans up more points as he leads the Sastre, Pinotti group over the top.

  82. 14:27:33 BST

    Liquigas still pounding away at the front of the bunch. They did so much work yesterday and they're having to do it all over again.

  83. 14:30:27 BST

    Spectacular images of the bunch as they swoop down the descent. Dry road right now but it's still raining at the finish.

  84. 14:33:15 BST

    Scarponi and Evans both in this Liquigas group. Arroyo also in there and looking fairly comfortable at the moment. Up ahead Pirazzi shows off with his descending techniques.

  85. 14:34:09 BST

  86. 14:35:04 BST

    Arroyo being a great descender himself might try something on the descent of the Gavia. You never know.

  87. 69km remaining from 178km

    14:36:36 BST

    Our Colnago leader continues to lead the race and get his sponsor some good air time. He'll be aiming to lead the race over the Gavia. That might be a tough ask though.

  88. 14:38:52 BST

    Liquigas hit the village of Semogo on the long descent. There will be a lot of nervous men in that group now with just a few kilometers until the Gavia.

  89. 63km remaining from 178km

    14:42:00 BST

    Confirmation reached that Garzelli has abandoned. Earlier today Tondo and Bonnet also left the race.

  90. 62km remaining from 178km

    14:43:06 BST

    It's pouring with rain at the finish. The final descent could be a real test for Basso.

  91. 60km remaining from 178km

    14:48:08 BST

    The leaders are on a short little rise now, they'll drop down a little further before hitting the base of the Gavia. Wyss continues to lead the break.

  92. 14:49:45 BST

    Basso's boys are now on the little rise with the leader sitting in third wheel now, Nibali just behind him and then Arroyo. The bunch has grown a bit to around 40 riders.

  93. 14:51:08 BST

    Szmyd blew the race apart yesterday for Basso. Could he do the same again today?

  94. 56km remaining from 178km

    14:54:22 BST

    The Gavia now looms large for the riders of the Giro d'italian. Vino does a turn at the front of the second group on the road.

  95. 53km remaining from 178km

    14:58:37 BST

    The weather is getting even worse at the finish with heavy rain now coming down. The gaps on the road have increased slightly but that will all change on the Gavia.

  96. 14:59:37 BST

    Six Liquigas riders on the front now as up front Pirazzi soldiers on alone.

  97. 15:00:54 BST

    Pirazzi looks to be struggling though as he reaches the lower slopes of the Gavia. Basso again in second wheel as in the Sastre group Vino does another turn.

  98. 52km remaining from 178km

    15:01:47 BST

    Scarponi now near the front, just hanging onto the Liquigas train. Arroyo on his wheel.

  99. 15:03:24 BST

    Lloyd takes a drink from his team car as the pace begins to crank up in his group. We'll see how strong Vino and Sastre are now. And dont forget about someone like Moncoutie who is a very talented climber.

  100. 15:09:08 BST

    Liquigas still lead the chase but things aren't looking as comfortable as yesterday for them.

  101. 15:11:34 BST

    A reminder of the GC as things stood this morning:

    1 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 81:55:56
    2 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:00:51
    3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 0:02:30
    4 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:02:49
    5 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:04:00
    6 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 0:05:32
    7 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 0:06:00
    8 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana 0:06:22
    9 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Liquigas-Doimo 0:12:44
    10 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team HTC - Columbia 0:13:40

  102. 15:15:09 BST

    Lots of bad weather at the moment so we're having a few problems picking out the riders from the CN blimp. We can see the Gavia roads though and the huge amount of effort that's gone into clearing the snow away. A huge wall of snow on each side of the road.

  103. 15:20:27 BST

    Laurent Didier is dropped, Xanido too as the reach Santa Caterina.

  104. 15:22:47 BST

    Vinokourov (AST), Tschopp (BTL), Sastre (CTT), Lloyd (OLO), Moncoutie (COF), Simoni (LAM), Pinotti (THR) are now the only riders left in the first chase group. The rest of the riders have all been dropped.

  105. 15:23:17 BST

    Pirazzi has been caught by the Vino group.

  106. 15:25:01 BST

    Vino and Sastre have been on the ropes for the last few days but today they're fighting back.

  107. 15:26:49 BST

    So we now have 8 riders at the front of affairs. Voeckler and a few others are a minute back already.

  108. 44km remaining from 178km

    15:29:08 BST

    Simoni takes the points on the sprint.

    1 Simoni (LAM)
    2 Moncoutie (COF)
    3 Pinotti (THR)

  109. 15:33:00 BST

    Moncoutie and Simoni have broken away and have 25 seconds on the chasers now.

  110. 15:35:06 BST

    Good ride from Simoni who really wants to go out with a bang in his final Giro.

  111. 15:37:13 BST

    10K to go for Sastre and co on the climb as Liquigas continue to set the pace behind. The maglia rosa group down to less than twenty riders now.

  112. 15:37:39 BST

    Simoni ushers through Moncoutie and the Frenchman takes a turn at the front.

  113. 15:39:21 BST

    Basso still in second wheel where he's been for the last few hours. Scarponi is fourth with Arroyo just behind him. They're going  through a wooded section of the climb now. The Vino group still over a minute ahead

  114. 38km remaining from 178km

    15:40:56 BST

    Under 40 kilometers to go now. The Liquigas group is actually a little bigger, around 35 riders there now. We can see Evans and Porte.

  115. 15:41:27 BST

    Simoni and Moncoutie are brought back by Sastre, Vino, Pinotti and co.

  116. 15:43:14 BST

    So much cloud around that we're still having a few problems seeing the riders from the blimp. We'll try and get a little closer.

  117. 15:45:36 BST

    Vino and Simoni try and pull away but Sastre is trying to close them down.

  118. 15:46:06 BST

    Pinotti hangs at the back of the group but that's a great ride from the Italian.

  119. 15:47:20 BST

    Basso's boys still punch out an even tempo but they're not blowing the race apart like they did yesterday. Frankly they dont need to. Vino seems to have a problem with his bike, he stops, chases but makes it back on.

  120. 15:48:43 BST

    Sastre now leads the break, taking a long, long turn, Vino still at the back as then Lloyd comes through and takes a pull. They've been out there since around the 18K mark.

  121. 15:49:25 BST

    Liquigas group is down to just under 30 riders now and the group hanging at 1:14.

  122. 15:49:51 BST

    Cunego, Evans, Porte and Scarponi are all there.

  123. 15:50:09 BST

    Sastre attacks.

  124. 15:51:00 BST

    The Spaniard was at the front but everyone saw it coming. Simoni goes now and Tschopp goes with him. They've got a gap!

  125. 15:51:40 BST

    Sastre is forced to lead the chase and Basso and Co are closing.

  126. 143km remaining from 178km

    15:52:00 BST

    Tschopp and Simoni lead the race, the Italian out of the saddle as he tries to stay with the Bbox man.

  127. 15:53:57 BST

    The two leaders have 16 seconds on Sastre and the rest of the chasers. but....

  128. 15:54:35 BST

    Simoni is being dropped. he cant handle the pace. one bike length, two, three, he looks back  for support.

  129. 15:56:00 BST

    Vino now takes over from Sastre on the front of the group that's now down to four riders. Simoni stuck  alone now with Tschopp leading the race. Will he be the first rider over the top of the Gavia?

  130. 15:57:27 BST

    Dupont is about to be caught by the Basso group.

  131. 15:58:15 BST

    Simoni is back up the leader. And immediately the Bbox rider calls him through to take a turn. That's not very polite is it?

  132. 15:58:38 BST

    Being the gent that he is Simoni goes through and ups the pace.

  133. 33km remaining from 178km

    16:00:40 BST

    White carpet of snow all over the mountains, just one thin grey line of tarmac for the riders as they snake their way to the top of the climb. Simoni and his new best mate are 3K from the top of the climb.

  134. 16:01:36 BST

    Can Simoni go out with a bang and take the summit? The stage might be beyond him but cresting the Gavia first would be a great way to go out.

  135. 16:02:03 BST

    Basso group have 3K to go now too.

  136. 16:02:37 BST

    Arroyo is still there. Will he try something on the descent ? He knows that Basso isn't great going down hill.

  137. 16:03:00 BST

    Tschopp and Simoni have 1:20 now on the chasers. Can they hang on and claim the Coppi prize?

  138. 16:04:00 BST

    Simoni drive it on at the front. He looks down to check if Tschopp is still there. He is.

  139. 31km remaining from 178km

    16:04:57 BST

    31 kilometers to go.

  140. 16:06:44 BST

    Simoni leads through the walls of snow. The highest point in this year's race.

  141. 16:08:00 BST

    Tschopp takes the prize as the first man over the climb. How dare he not let Simoni take the honor. What does he think this is, a competition?

  142. 16:08:38 BST

    Karpets has a little dig as they crest the top, Cunego on his wheel.

  143. 16:09:17 BST

    Okay, now we're on the descent.

  144. 16:09:40 BST

    This is more of a test than the climb for Basso.

  145. 16:10:07 BST

    The road surface isn't great. The riders are bouncing around all over the place.

  146. 152km remaining from 178km

    16:11:00 BST

    Tschopp is taking huge, huge risks as he dives down the mountain. He's already dropped Simoni. The Bbox rider wants the stage.

  147. 16:13:05 BST

    Cunego a good descender himself tuck in and stays on the wheels. The leaders have 25K to go. Such a narrow descent, the riders have to be so, so careful here.

  148. 16:13:55 BST

    Another factor is the cold, that will really affect the riders. How will they react to the cold once they have to start climbing again?

  149. 16:14:00 BST

    Tschopp takes another corner at full speed. Don't look down.

  150. 16:14:46 BST

    Basso is looking okay at the moment.

  151. 16:15:00 BST

    Arroyo hasn't made a move yet. Content to just sit in and follow wheels down the climb as Tschopp runs wide on a corner but keeps it together.

  152. 21km remaining from 178km

    16:17:59 BST

    Still a long way to go on this descent as Liquigas, who have done so much work today, set the pace. They've never really been in too much danger today but they've had to work for a long, long time.

  153. 16:18:00 BST

    Tschopp pushes ahead and gets a few more seconds on the chase behind.

  154. 16:20:21 BST

    The leader on the road takes another corner at high speed, almost brushing the wall. Lloyd, meanwhile, has been caught by the Basso group, safe in the knowledge that the mountains jersey is his.

  155. 15km remaining from 178km

    16:24:35 BST

    Simoni still  on his own as he reaches the base of the descent.

  156. 16:25:53 BST

    Just Basso and Nibali left for Liquigas now. Evans still here, Arroyo too.

  157. 16:27:36 BST

    NIbali doing his job by setting the pace on the front and keeping things fast, but steady for Basso. Tschoop now runs through a small town, he'll start the climb very soon. He drops his chain but gets it back on with little fuss.

    Simoni caught by Karpets, Vino and one other Lampre rider.

  158. 16:28:06 BST

    It's Righi.

  159. 10km remaining from 178km

    16:28:57 BST

    Righi looks back but Simoni is struggling to keep pace here. Just ten kilometers to go now.

  160. 16:30:00 BST

    Tschopp pushing a fairly big gear on the flat section before the climb. He doesn't look like he's having much fun and now the road is begging to rise up.

  161. 16:30:30 BST

    He's looking back no. Is Vino the favourite for the stage?

  162. 16:31:43 BST

    Basso has a few more teammates now but Simoni sits up. Sastre and Pinotti are together but a fair way back on the Vino group.

  163. 16:32:00 BST

    So four groups on the road. Tschopp, Vino and three others, Sastre and Pinotti and then the Liquigas lead peloton.

  164. 16:33:00 BST

    If Tschopp wins will it be the first Swiss win since Alex Zulle in 1998?

  165. 8km remaining from 178km

    16:35:12 BST

    Now who will attack from behind? Can Scarponi get ahead? Will Basso look for more time on Arroyo?

  166. 7km remaining from 178km

    16:36:36 BST

    Vino leading Karpets and then Righi. Can they catch Tschoop on the final climb. The gap is still  around one minute.

  167. 16:37:00 BST

    Two minutes between Tschopp and Basso as Simoni is caught by Sastre and Pinotti.

  168. 16:38:51 BST

    There were two Liguigas riders. Now there are four. It's like an endless production line.

  169. 16:39:11 BST

    Arroyo now on Basso's wheel.

  170. 16:40:09 BST

    Vino tries to put the hammer down but it doesn't quite work. He's been out of the bunch so much today that his energy level must be low.

  171. 16:41:28 BST

    And Simoni is caught by the Liquigas train.

  172. 16:43:00 BST

    Vino is pulling the gap to Tschopp back but it's not coming down enough. Sastre and Pinotti are going to be caught. Great ride from that pair today, but it's all for nothing now.

  173. 16:44:34 BST

    And apologies for spelling Tschopp's name incorrectly for the last two hours. Damn cut and paste.

  174. 16:45:54 BST

    Pinotti and Sastre - it's all over for them. They just need to try and sit in now. Vino, meanwhile, is waving his hands again, asking Righi to come through and do some work.

  175. 4km remaining from 178km

    16:46:29 BST

    Pure frustration from Vino who has been working all day.

  176. 16:47:13 BST

    Nice images of Simoni now talking to the motor bike reporter. That's a nice way for him to bow out.

  177. 16:48:16 BST

    The Liquigas bunch is around 30-strong now but Johann Tschopp is heading for a stage win in the Giro.

  178. 16:49:11 BST

    Evans attacks!

  179. 16:49:42 BST

    Everyone wrote Evans off but he's launched a devastating attack.

  180. 16:50:54 BST

    3K for Evans and Nibali grits his teeth and has to chase. Evans has blown the group apart. It's down to Basso, Scarponi, Nibali and Arroyo. Gadret is trying to get back on.

  181. 2km remaining from 178km

    16:51:27 BST

    Basso wont be worried but Scarponi should be.

  182. 16:52:15 BST

    Evans goes passed Vino as if he's standing still. Vino has no answer.

  183. 16:53:12 BST

    The World Champion is riding like a man possessed as Scarponi attacks. Vino is dropped by the Basso group no and Arroyo has been dropped. Basso just stays with Nibali.

  184. 16:53:55 BST

    Basso takes up the chase and want to put more time into Arroyo. Evans blew this stage apart and Scarponi has now dropped Basso.

  185. 16:54:10 BST

    Nibali has blown now too.

  186. 16:54:48 BST

    Evans driving a big gear just like he did last year to win the Worlds. Basso makes it up to Scarponi's wheel.

  187. 16:55:21 BST

    Johann Tschopp (Bbox) is 30 seconds ahead of Evans but he should have enough.
     

  188. 16:55:54 BST

    Evans is slowing a bit but he's giving it everything.

  189. 16:56:15 BST

    Tschopp is going to take the stage. Evans kicks again.

  190. 16:56:34 BST

    Tschopp takes it. Great ride.

  191. 16:57:23 BST

    Evans comes in 16 seconds later, Scarponi and Basso ten seconds back. Arroyo 41 seconds down on Tschopp

  192. 16:57:54 BST

    Vino comes home too. But they're coming in one by one now. Evans blew the field apart with that late attack.

  193. 16:58:37 BST

    1 Johann Tschopp (Swi) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 5:26:47
    2 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:16
    3 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 0:00:24
    4 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
    5 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:00:40
    6 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 0:00:42

  194. 17:04:26 BST

    Basso getting third is important. He not only took more time on Arroyo but he was also trying to save Nibali's third place from Scarponi. Results are coming now:

     

  195. 17:04:53 BST

    And it was close

    1 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 1/3/1900 15:23
    2 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:01:15
    3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 0:02:56
    4 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:02:57
    5 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:03:47
    6 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 0:07:25
    7 Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana 0:07:31
    8 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam 0:08:55

  196. 17:07:11 BST

    Nibali hangs on to third by just one second. Evans moves up but it won't be enough to get a place on the podium. Another good ride from Porte, while Basso extends his lead on Arroyo. Tomorrow's time trial in Verona still to come. Join us then and thank for following live coverage today.