Giro d'Italia 2010

May 8-30, 2010, Amsterdam, Italy, Road - GT

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Susan Westemeyer

It's time to go up in the mountains! Stage six of this year's Giro d'Italia is the first “medium mountains” stage, and it also pays tribute to Jacques Anquetil and his two Giro victories.

  1. 13:56:46 CEST

    Welcome back to Cyclingnews' continued live coverage of the Giro d'Italia. Today we head into the mountains for the first time, with two category two climbs and a category three climb just 11km before the finish line.

  2. 45km remaining from 172km

    14:01:00 CEST

    There have been a number of attacks so far, but none have been successful. Right now Rubens Bertogliati (Androni Giocattoli) and Matthew Lloyd (Omega Pharma-Lotto) are giving it a try.

  3. 14:04:36 CEST

    There was a crash a few minutes ago, with Pozzovivo (Colnago), Le Floch (Bbox), Szmyd (Liquigas), Weening (Rabobank), Lastras (Caisse d'Epargne) and Merlo (Footon) all going down. But as far we know, everyone is ok.

  4. 125km remaining from 172km

    14:05:48 CEST

    Bertogliati and Lloyd were able to establish their break and now have a gap of 1:22 on the peloton.

  5. 14:11:27 CEST

    The weather today is still not what it could be. It is warmer – 15° Celsius – but there is an 80 percent chance of precipitation. There have already been thunderstorms this morning and we understand it is raining at the finish.

  6. 14:14:28 CEST

    Neither of the two riders in the break looks to be a great threat for the maglia rosa.  Lloyd is 11:13 down in 102nd place, whieh Bertogliati is close behind him in 105th, at 11:23.

  7. 14:18:29 CEST

    Today's stage is a tribute to Jacques Anquetil and his two Giro wins, the first of which was fifty years ago.

  8. 112km remaining from 172km

    14:23:33 CEST

    We are having our usual trouble of getting up-to-the-minute information, so please bear with us.

    There were 196 riders at the start today. The only two who have abandoned so far are BMC's Martin Kohler and Garmin-Transition's Christian Vande Velde.

  9. 107km remaining from 172km

    14:30:57 CEST

    Mikhail Ignatiev (Katusha) and Yuriy Krivtsov (AG2R) have taken off in pursuit of the two leaders, but have only an extremely narrow lead over the peloton, which is now four minutes behind the leaders.

  10. 14:32:47 CEST

    Everyone is on their way up the day's first mountain.  Today's first climb is the Passo del Brattello, a category two at km. 77. It offers an average gradient of 5%, with a maximum of 10%.

  11. 14:35:32 CEST

    CN's Les Clark took a look-see at some of the climbs in this race. He tells us that today's first climb, the Passo del Brattello, “isn't an overly difficult” one. More here.

  12. 14:38:21 CEST

    Bertogliati is no stranger to Grand Tours. He won a stage in the Tour de France in 2002, and wore the yellow jersey for two stages while riding for Team Lampre.

    That was his first pro year, as a matter of fact. The now 31-year-old Swiss rider turned pro with Lampre in 2002, joined Saunier Duval in 2004, before joining his current team last year.

  13. 14:43:04 CEST

    Matthew Lloyd is a 26-year-old Australian, who joined the Lotto team in 2007. His career highlights include three stage wins in the Herald Sun Tour, the national road title in 2008, and the overall win in the Tour of Wellington 2005.

  14. 98km remaining from 172km

    14:45:50 CEST

    As the two leaders approach the top of the climb, Liquigas moves to the head of the peloton to organise the chase.

  15. 14:49:08 CEST

    Rain may be forecast, but it isn't around at the moment.  In fact, we see bright sunshine!

  16. 97km remaining from 172km

    14:51:12 CEST

    The gap is now five minutes.  We don't know what has happened to the other two chasers.

  17. 14:52:30 CEST

    This was the first ever Giro start for Fidenza, which s very close to Parma (think cheese).

  18. 14:54:22 CEST

    The peloton seems to be all together.  The climb and the pace aren't bad enough to drop anyone off the back.

  19. 95.6km remaining from 172km

    14:56:31 CEST

    One km to go to the top for our two leaders.  The road here is in excellent condition, it appears to have been newly paved.

  20. 14:58:47 CEST

    Lloyd dashes off to take the first five points for the mountain ranking.

  21. 15:01:41 CEST

    Did the sprinters' teams blow it yesterday, or were the escapees clever enough to make it to the end? Good question, and the answer seems to be a bit of both.  Read here what a few riders and DS's have to say about it.

  22. 15:02:40 CEST

    Three riders have attacked out of the peloton, no doubt looking to claim mountain points.  One is a Milram rider, so it may be Paul Voss.  They have only a few metres on the field, though.

  23. 15:04:47 CEST

    Stefano Pirazzi took third place at the mountain ranking, taking two points.

  24. 15:06:36 CEST

    Actually, Pirazzi only got one point.

    We have a crash, with and AG2R rider, Bonafond, and an Astana rider.  The Frenchman is getting llooked at, but is up.  The AStana rider is down and not getting up.  It is Paolo Tiralongo.

  25. 15:08:23 CEST

    The peloton flies down the climb, strung out in single file.

    Tiralongo is being taken off in an ambulance, we are sorry to report.

  26. 15:09:50 CEST

    Tiralongo is sitting up on the stretcher.  Don't know what he has hurt, though.

  27. 15:10:48 CEST

    The AG2R rider is sitting at the ambulance and is having a cut around his right eye examined.  The helpers with Tiralongo have to shoo him away to load the Italian.

  28. 15:12:13 CEST

    We hear that Tiralongo has a suspected broken wrist, and that Bonnafond has also abandoned.

  29. 15:13:07 CEST

    Lloyd drops back to the team car and gets something which he stuffs in his jersey pocket.

  30. 81km remaining from 172km

    15:15:40 CEST

    The gap is now 5:20.

  31. 15:17:38 CEST

    The race took off this morning from the Fidenza Village Outlet Shopping mall, a collection of 100  “luxury outlet boutiques.”  Do you suppose the riders had a chance to do any shopping before they took off?

  32. 78km remaining from 172km

    15:19:28 CEST

    There was sunshine earlier, but we don't see it now.  In fact, the road looks rather wet.

  33. 15:22:15 CEST

    obbie McEwen of Katusha broke his leg in a dreadful crash last year, and defied the odds to come back in 2010.  He won the Trofeo Mallorca in February, but has been having troubles since then with his left knee.  He now says he doesn't know if the will be able to finish the Giro or not.

  34. 15:23:56 CEST

    We had no changes in the overall rankings coming into today' stage.  The Liquigas trio of Vincenzo Nibali, Ivan Basso and Valerio Agnoli continue to lead ahead of the HTC-Columbia duo of Matthew Goss and Andre Greipel.

  35. 15:24:26 CEST

    The sun is now shining again.

  36. 15:26:19 CEST

    Yesterday's stage winner Jerome Pineau wears the points jersey today.  The Quick Step rider is tied in the number of points with Tyler Farrar of Garmin-Transitions, with Graeme Brown of Rabobank now third.

  37. 15:28:48 CEST

    The weather has changed enough that a number of riders have decided to shed their jackets.  But not all of them.

  38. 69km remaining from 172km

    15:32:13 CEST

    Milram's Paul Voss built up his lead in the mountain ranking yesterday, so that he is once again in green.  He still leads Stefano Pirazzi and Rick Flens.

    Agnoli leads as best young rider, ahead of Goss and Saxo Bank's Riche Porte.

  39. 15:32:53 CEST

    Lunch time for the peloton, as they hit the feed zone.

  40. 15:35:09 CEST

    Let's finish off the rankings.  Pineau took the lead in the intermediate sprint competition ahead of Voss and Rabobank's Tom Stamsnijder.  The Quick Step rider also leads the Azzuri d'Italia rankings, and took the lead in the combativity classification.

    Liquigas Doimo leads the team rankings, over HTC-Columbia and Astana.   For the Super teams, it is HTC-Columbia leading Garmin-Transitions and Rabobank.

  41. 15:39:44 CEST

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  42. 62.5km remaining from 172km

    15:40:53 CEST

    An HTC-Columbia rider does some stretching exercises at the back of the field.

  43. 59km remaining from 172km

    15:44:55 CEST

    The gap is holding pretty steady, now at 5:38.

  44. 15:47:12 CEST

    The stage ends today in Cararra, famous for its marble.   Many ancient buildings were made of the precious marble, and Michelangelo used for his statue of David.

  45. 57km remaining from 172km

    15:48:21 CEST

    Actually, teh gap is grwoing, now up to 5:48.

    A Rabo rider and two HTC-Columbia riders are off the back of the field, but working their way back.

  46. 15:51:31 CEST

    Cararra also holds the distinction of three Giro winners in one day.  Back in 1960, two half-stages were held here.  The first part was a short road race, with one winner, of course.  But the afternoon's second half was a 2km long uphill time trial, with Anquetil and Miguel Poblet tied for the win.

  47. 53km remaining from 172km

    15:53:56 CEST

    As we said earlier, neither of the two escapees is any threat to the leader, so Liquigas may be happy to let them go -- but for how long?  And some of the sprinters' teams may think they can bring the sprinters successfully over the climbs, so they would want to catch those two.

  48. 15:56:18 CEST

    Tyler Farrar finished fourth in the stage yesterday and thought he would take over the red jersey for the points ranking.  It didn't work out for the Garmin-Transitions rider – he is tied on points with Jerome Pineau, but ranked second.

  49. 15:56:42 CEST

    Dan Benson is now moving in to take over for a while.

  50. 15:59:13 CEST

    Thanks Susan.

  51. 48km remaining from 172km

    16:01:47 CEST

    The last climb goes up to marble caves today. The marble dust on the road could make the descnt very slippy. Brown's Rabo boys and Farrar's Garmin workers are on the front with the four points up for grabs at the intermediate sprint.

  52. 16:02:22 CEST

    And Farrar takes it.

  53. 16:06:23 CEST

    The bunch are climbing the Spolverina. It's gradual at the start but kicks up to 10 per cent. But Bertogliati has a puncture. He slows down and out comes Savio. Cool as you like from the maestro who helps with the wheel change.

  54. 16:07:25 CEST

    The Androni rider is chasing hard but Lloyd is on his own now. He'll wait. And wait he does. The question is just going to be how much has that taken out of old Rubens.

  55. 16:08:44 CEST

    As you would expect Liquigas are on the front of the bunch, setting a steady, not spectacular tempo. Lloyd is a better climber that his breakaway partner but we'll see who cracks first. Still a long way to go.

  56. 16:09:44 CEST

    Nice contrast. We've got Lloyd spinning along, looking comfortable with Bertogliati gripping the bars, arms pumping up and down.

  57. 16:10:17 CEST

    I'm guessing we'll see some attacks here from the bunch. There another 8K to go on the climb.

  58. 16:11:03 CEST

    Tyler Farrar won the sprint for third place at the intermediate sprint and so takes the lead in the points competition. He will pull on the red jersey at the end of the stage.

  59. 42km remaining from 172km

    16:13:14 CEST

    The gap is now just under five minutes, Liquigas still on the front. The Climb is 10K long in total. The gradient will suit both leaders here, and they've got a slight respite as the road dips down before kicking back up again. Klimov from Katusha nips off the front. What did I tell you about the attacks?

  60. 40km remaining from 172km

    16:15:46 CEST

    The Katusha ride is joined by two other riders. Acqua & Sapone and Bbox providing support. Tschopp and Sarmiento. Then Petrov makes it over and that's two Katusha riders in this group of four.

  61. 16:16:51 CEST

    Acqua & Sapone rider on the floor. He hit the deck hard but he's up and looks okay to continue. It's Francesco Masciarelli.

  62. 16:17:22 CEST

    Matteo Bono also joins and that's five riders in between the lead group and the peloton.

  63. 37km remaining from 172km

    16:20:50 CEST

    Two leaders are still working together, still looking good.

  64. 16:22:40 CEST

    Another two riders are trying their luck. An AG2R and Milram rider, as news reaches us that Michele Merlo (Ita) Footon-Servetto has quit the race.

  65. 16:24:22 CEST

    Martin Pedersen has a flat and needs help from the team car.

  66. 16:29:38 CEST

    Problem for Sastre who has a puncture. Quick change with a teammate and he's chasing. He should get back on without too much work.

  67. 16:32:12 CEST

    Sastre is just getting back to the bunch now.

  68. 32km remaining from 172km

    16:33:34 CEST

    Millar has also punctured. I think that's Dan Martin with him. Both riders are making it back to the bunch now.

  69. 16:35:57 CEST

    Klimov has been dropped and he's joined by Efimkin who has moved clear of the bunch. Meanwhile Liquigas are still setting the pace. This is a tough climb. The Italian team will be watching all the main rivals but they wont be too worried about the majority of riders who have moved off the front so far.

  70. 30km remaining from 172km

    16:37:24 CEST

    Petrov ups the pace and splits that first chasing group. Katusha are racing hard today. Bono goes off the back first. Meanwhile the two leaders have 30K to go. Sarmiento leaves Bono too.

  71. 16:39:31 CEST

    Lloyd continues to set the pace has he has down for the last few kilometers. He's looking tired but the pace is still pretty healthy. Remember we also have a third cat climb to come later on in the stage.

  72. 16:40:42 CEST

    We have a splattering of riders off the front on this climb. Perhaps the most dangerous is Efimkin. The pace is increasing with Nibali's men adjusting the pace upwards.

  73. 16:41:49 CEST

    All the gaps are starting to come down now though. The two leaders have been out for a long time and the three chasers next on the road are starting to bring them in. The two leaders have 500 meters left to climb.

  74. 16:43:20 CEST

    Lloyd makes a little move. He wants the point and Rubens lets him take them. Fair play considering the Australian set the pace for most of the climb. Wonder how useful he'd be if Evans had him on his team this year? A good climber is Lloyd.

  75. 25km remaining from 172km

    16:46:15 CEST

    Lloyd leading now on the tricky downhill. Lots of tight bends on this one.

  76. 22km remaining from 172km

    16:50:40 CEST

    All the favourites are together but we still have riders off the front. The bunch are on the long descent now. But we've just seen the two leaders take a corner way too quickly. They almost ran off the road but just kept it together. Bike races take risks and don't you forget it.

  77. 16:52:41 CEST

    Twenty kilometers for our two leaders with three riders behind them now.

  78. 16:53:35 CEST

    Bertogliati and Lloyd scream through an Italian village. Such a thin road but they take a perfect line.

  79. 17km remaining from 172km

    16:54:53 CEST

    Petrov is based placed on GC, but he's over ten minutes down so Nibbles won't be too worried by that.

  80. 16:56:01 CEST

    Have the two leaders been saving any engery? Daniel Friebe from Procycling Magazine thinks they have. He's joined me in the CN blimp.

  81. 16:57:05 CEST

    Two leaders are on the final third cat climb now. Petacchi, that's right, Petacchi has attacked. He's from here so he knows the roads. Nice work from the veteran sprinter.

  82. 16:58:21 CEST

    Lampre have come under fire in this Giro - they've not won a stage and Cunego has lost time nearly every day. So that's why Petacchi has given it a dig.

  83. 13km remaining from 172km

    17:00:19 CEST

    Im sorry the leaders are about to hit the final climb now. That was just a little bump before.

  84. 13km remaining from 172km

    17:01:40 CEST

    Here we go. They're on the final climb now. I promise. Who has what in the tank? Who has been holding pack? We're about to find out.

  85. 17:02:11 CEST

    We cant see Petacchi. Maybe he just went home?

  86. 17:03:20 CEST

    Liqugas continue to lead the bunch. They'll be happy to make it through a stage without any major efforts from the main favourites. However, they've had to do most of the work on the front.

  87. 17:04:31 CEST

    Petacchi is on our sights. He's about to swallowed up by the bunch.

  88. 11km remaining from 172km

    17:05:26 CEST

    The three chasers are still together but Petrov is doing a lot of work. Meanwhile Lloyd has broken free. He's on his own and had left Bertogliati

  89. 17:06:14 CEST

    Textbook attack from the Aussie who is now out of the saddle and stamping on the pedals. Can he hang on?

  90. 17:07:08 CEST

    Whatever happens Lloyd will take the lead in the mountains jersey from Paul Goss (Milram). The Lotto rider has crested the top of the climb.

  91. 9km remaining from 172km

    17:08:38 CEST

    Petrov continues to set the pace with the chasers. Lloyd on the downhill now. He has to be careful. He can't take too many risks or it could all go wrong for him.

  92. 8km remaining from 172km

    17:10:50 CEST

    We cant find Bertogliati but he'll be hot on Lloyd's heels. It's down to these two now. Who can hold their nerve? Rubens has a better sprint to Lloyd has to make this stick. He has to stay away on the descent.

  93. 7km remaining from 172km

    17:11:33 CEST

    Out of the saddle for Lloyd. He has to give this everything.

  94. 17:12:57 CEST

    Gritted teeth from the Aussie here. He has to leave everything on the road here. His team car comes alongside him. He wont be able to hear them. Totally focused. The gap is 32 seconds.

  95. 5km remaining from 172km

    17:14:00 CEST

    Meanwhile Cataldo has caught the three chasers and gone right by them.

  96. 3km remaining from 172km

    17:15:14 CEST

    But back to Lloyd and the gap is going out. Lloyd is within touching distance. He's won the Australian national but this will be his biggest pro win. If, if he can hang on.

  97. 17:17:20 CEST

    Hands over the bars, trying to tuck up as much as possible in these final few minutes. Lloyd is soloing to the biggest win of his career. Under 3K to go. Can Bertogliati fight back?

  98. 2km remaining from 172km

    17:18:06 CEST

    Sprinting out of the saddle now, Lloyd has this one in the bag now. The peloton still have 3K to go.

  99. 1km remaining from 172km

    17:19:16 CEST

    This must be really hurting as Lloyd enters the final 1,000 meters. No show-boating, still totally committed.

  100. 17:20:08 CEST

    400 meters to go. 300, 200, 100. Matthew Lloyd has it!

  101. 17:20:54 CEST

    Bertogliati, can he hold on for second as the peloton close in. He looks back. He should be fine. He's got second.

  102. 17:21:13 CEST

    Third goes to...

  103. 17:21:48 CEST

    Danilo Hondo gets third as he beats Farrar into fourth.

  104. 17:23:33 CEST

    Nibali keeps pink.

  105. 17:24:34 CEST

    Hats off to Rubens Bertogliati. He rode a good race today. Lloyd had too much for him on that final climb.

  106. 17:26:10 CEST

    Before we go please remember that Will Frischkorn will be joining us for live on Sunday's tough mountain stage.

  107. 17:27:11 CEST

    That's it for today. Thanks for tuning in! We'll see you all tomorrow.

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