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Giro d'Italia 2011

Date range:
May 7-29, 2011
  • Giro d'Italia, Italy, HIS (Historical Calendar)
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      19.3km
      Start location:
      Venaria Reale
      End location:
      Turin
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      244km
      Start location:
      Alba
      End location:
      Parma
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      173km
      Start location:
      Reggio Emilia
      End location:
      Rapallo
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      216km
      Start location:
      Genova Quarto dei Mille
      End location:
      Livorno
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      191km
      Start location:
      Piombino
      End location:
      Orvieto
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      216km
      Start location:
      Orvieto
      End location:
      Fiuggi
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      110km
      Start location:
      Maddaloni
      End location:
      Montevergine di Mercogliano
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      217km
      Start location:
      Sapri
      End location:
      Tropea
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      169km
      Start location:
      Messina
      End location:
      Etna
    • Rest day

      Start location:
      -
      End location:
      -
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      159km
      Start location:
      Termoli
      End location:
      Teramo
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      142km
      Start location:
      Tortoreto
      End location:
      Castelfidardo
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      184km
      Start location:
      Castelfidardo
      End location:
      Ravenna
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      167km
      Start location:
      Spilimbergo
      End location:
      Grossglockner
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      210km
      Start location:
      Lienz
      End location:
      Monte Zoncolan
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      229km
      Start location:
      Conegliano
      End location:
      Gardeccia-Val di Fassa
    • Rest day 2

      Start location:
      -
      End location:
      -
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      12.7km
      Start location:
      Belluno
      End location:
      Nevegal
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      230km
      Start location:
      Feltre
      End location:
      Tirano
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      151km
      Start location:
      Morbegno
      End location:
      San Pellegrino Terme
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      209km
      Start location:
      Bergamo
      End location:
      Macugnaga
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      242km
      Start location:
      Verbania
      End location:
      Sestriere
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      26km
      Start location:
      Milan
      End location:
      Milan
  • Race history

May 07, Stage 1: Venaria Reale - Turin 19.3km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Daniel Benson

Hello and welcome to Cyclingnews' live coverage from the Giro d'Italia

  1. 14:21:55 BST

    Hello and welcome to the TTT from Turin, the setting for the start of the Giro. I'm Daniel Benson, editor of CN and we're really excited to be bringing you live coverage from today's race.

  2. 14:25:42 BST

    Joining me for the start of the race is Christian Vande Velde from Garmin Cervelo. That's for joining us.

  3. 14:26:04 BST

    CVV:

    CVV: You're welcome

     

  4. 14:27:41 BST

    You know what it takes to win the TTT at the Giro. You were the first rider to pull on the pink jersey in 2008. What you remember from that day?

  5. 14:28:34 BST

    CVV:

    It was a big deal for use to be in the race in the first place so we weren’t taking anything for granted and were really looking forward to it. We knew that we had one real big chance, apart from taking stages, and that was the TTT. We prepared for it and we picked the guys for the team in pecking order of who could go fastest in a team time trial and not necessarily who could go well in the mountains or in the overall later on in the race and that actually showed after the first stage.

     

  6. 14:29:18 BST

    CVV:

    It was just one of those days when everything just clicked and we had a good infrastructure. We did our homework and it paid off.

     

  7. 14:30:45 BST

    What goes into preparation for a TTT?

  8. 14:31:10 BST

    And also did you talk about who was going to cross the line first and take the first maglia rosa of the race?

  9. 14:31:37 BST

    CVV:

    We talked about it a bit but we didn’t want to risk losing the race by having one guy going over the line first. I took it for the last kilo and pulled us home. Zabriskie still says that he could have passed me but he didn’t want to go to the press conference afterwards.

     

  10. 14:32:20 BST

    CVV:

    I don’t believe him, actually, knowing him enough, I kind of believe him.

     

  11. 14:33:24 BST

    In a race the Giro this how important is a TTT, for team that have both GC contender and those that have strong TT line up?

  12. 14:34:13 BST

    CVV:

    It’s important to start off on the right foot and show how the team is working cohesively. It’s always nice to start off with a nice result but that said you can have a team that suck in the TTT but who rip your legs off the next day in the mountains. There are some Italian climbing teams that don’t do so well in the TTT today but who will smash people when the road goes upwards.

     

  13. 14:35:24 BST

    I know you have to shoot off and catch a flight to the US a few minutes, but finally, who are you tipping for today's stage?

  14. 14:36:21 BST

    CVV:

    HTC are the favourites. They’ve got a lot of strong guys for this type of race and they’ll be motivated to do it for Cav. They’ve won it before and they’re one of the best teams.

    You’ve got to throw Contador and Saxo Bank into the mix. That’s pretty much their Tour de France team right there. Liquigas are going to be sharp too and they’ve got a good team. It’s all about who is coming into the race sharp. Of course, our guys will be up there too.

     

  15. 14:39:14 BST

    Thanks for joining us, Christian and good luck at the Tour of California.

  16. 14:41:47 BST

    CVV:

    Thanks for having me.

  17. 14:42:27 BST

    Now is probably a good time to talk about today's route.

  18. 14:43:00 BST

    The Giro d'Italia starts its celebration of 150 years since Italian unification with a team time trial around its first capital city, Turin. The 19.3km test isn’t hard in terms of gradient, but there are tight turns where well-drilled squads can make their preparation and team work count. Starting at the Palace of Venaria, the course takes in many renowned landmarks and is similar in length to the TTT that opened 2009’s race in Venice.

    Back then, Columbia-Highroad’s victory put Mark Cavendish in the maglia rosa and his team will be contenders again, along with Sky, Liquigas, Garmin-Cervélo and Saxo Bank-SunGard.

     

  19. 14:43:45 BST

    Details
    Distance: 19.3km
    Highest point: 258m
    Category: Team time trial

  20. 14:44:29 BST

    Remember you can send in your tweets to twitter.com/dnlbenson and I'll do my best to post them.

  21. 14:45:39 BST

    So we've got around 30 mins until the first team, Lotto roll down the start ramp.

    Lets bring in our next guest, Mr Daniel Friebe, our european correspondent, former features writer at Pro Cycling magazine...

  22. 14:48:52 BST

    Here's a full list of the start times:

     

    1 Omega Pharma - Lotto 15.50
    2 Katusha Team 15.54
    3 Pro Team Astana 15.58
    4 Androni Giocattoli 16.02
    5 Colnago - Csf Inox 16.06
    6 Acqua & Sapone 16.10
    7 Euskaltel - Euskadi 16.14
    8 Rabobank Cycling Team 16.18
    9 Sky Procycling 16.22
    10 Geox - TMC 16.26
    11 Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli 16.30
    12 Saxo Bank Sungard 16.34
    13 BMC Racing Team 16.38
    14 HTC - Highroad 16.42
    15 Team Garmin - Cervelo 16.46
    16 Lampre - Isd 16.50
    17 Liquigas - Cannondale 16.54
    18 Team Leopard - Trek 16.58
    19 Ag2R La Mondiale 17.02
    20 Quickstep Cycling Team 17.06
    21 Vacansoleil - Dcm 17.10
    22 Team Radioshack 17.14
    23 Movistar Team 17.18

  23. 14:51:46 BST

    Lotto our first team are about to start, and they're off the Giro has begun

  24. 14:52:28 BST

    Lotto are first off, not a team you'd exect to do well here. who are you looking out for?

  25. 14:53:45 BST

    They're already splitting up on some of the corners so they're going full gas. Not expecting a lot from the Beligian outfit though.

  26. 14:54:46 BST

    Katusha are now in the start house. They've got a fairly strong line up, Rodriguez, their GC contender will of course be looking to stay as close to the likes of Contador and Nibali.

  27. 14:55:15 BST

    The conditions are almost perfect, with the sun out and little to no wind.

  28. 14:55:40 BST

    DF:

    The usual suspects in team time trials, so HTC, Garmin and Sky. Liquigas have a decent record in team time trials but their line-up isn't exactly star-studded for this Giro. Lots of competent but unsung worker bees.

     

  29. 14:56:33 BST

    Add your source here:

    Am I forgetting someone? Oh, Saxo Bank of course....
    The guy who has most to lose today is Michele Scarponi

     

  30. 14:57:25 BST

    Tight turns throughout the first few kms here and Katusha aren't taking too many risks. You can't win the Giro today...... you know the saying....

  31. 14:58:29 BST

    Liquigas are the favourites, dont you think Dan?

  32. 14:58:46 BST

    DF:

    Liquigas? Yes, well, it's one of those line-ups in which all nine riders have based their season around the Giro, which is never the case in non-Italian teams.

     

  33. 15:00:29 BST

    Katusha are already down to 8 riders. While Astana get their race under way. Roman K their big hope for the pink jersey.

  34. 15:03:25 BST

    Androni are now under way. Packed with climbers they'll really just try and keep out of trouble and allow Serpa, Sella and co to sit in the wheels and save their energy.

  35. 15:04:17 BST

    Friebe, is certainly write about Scarponi. He doesn't have a very strong team here so the likes of Liquigas, Saxo and Astana will be looking to distance him.

  36. 15:06:00 BST

    Interesting, Katusha are four seconds down on Lotto at the 9km check point.

  37. 15:06:34 BST

    DF on Roman K:

    Not sure. He's raced quite sparingly so far this year and hasn't been all that impressive, besides one stage of the Giro del Trentino at Madonna di Campiglio. We'll find out in this Giro whether he's plateaued at a relatively young age. There have been a few prodigiously talented 21 and 22 year olds who have emerged over the past few years, seemed poised to take the world by storm, then not nearly advanced. Kreuziger may be a guy who'll hover around 5th or 10th position in major tours for the rest of his career - or he could yet kick on like NIbali.

     

  38. 15:08:22 BST

    While you're here Dan, is there anything you want to plug?

  39. 15:09:14 BST

    DF:

    Why would I want to plug anything? Shame on you, Daniel...

    But if you're asking, I'll throw one in for the Official Giro d'Italia Programme, in stores (in Great Britain) now

     

  40. 15:13:06 BST

    And now we welcome Jonathan Vaughters and Michael Creed into the CN blimp. To save time on my fingers - i've just had my nails done - I'm going to call you JV and Creed. Much easier. Welcome!

  41. 15:14:17 BST

    so first Q. What goes into riding the perfect TTT, ,both from a rider and managers point of view.

  42. 15:14:44 BST

    Creed: Hopefully you and youre team is all at the same level. That helps for nice even pulls.

  43. 15:15:14 BST

    JV: The stronger riders must take longer pulls, not faster pulls, or it kills everyone. The weaker guys just barely pop though, but cant lower the speed.

  44. 15:15:50 BST

    As Katusha come up to the line. Six riders left ....

  45. 15:16:30 BST

    which is the most complete, or strongest squad for the TTT here?

  46. 15:16:52 BST

    I have to say HTC looks the best for a short, high speed TTT... I hate to say that, but its true..

  47. 15:17:45 BST

    Creed: HTC seems the strongest. But i'll go with liquigass for the win

  48. 15:18:20 BST

    JV:

    Perhaps. it will be down to 5 seconds or less, so any team that makes even a small mistake won't win.

     

  49. 15:18:43 BST

    Creed:

    Hows garmins line up? have they spent any time before this giros ttt working together? Or are they experianced enough

     

  50. 15:19:10 BST

    JV:

    We have not brough a specialist TTT team, as the Giro is so mountainous this year.

     

  51. 15:19:45 BST

    INTERMEDIATE TIME CHECK, 9.1 KM

    1.Androni Giocattoli 10:03
    2.Omega Pharma – Lotto 10:04
    3.Katusha Team 10:09
    4.Pro Team Astana 10:13


    FINISH, 19.3 km

    1.Omega Pharma – Lotto 21:21
    2.Katusha Team 22:03
    Susan

  52. 15:21:49 BST

    Sky in the start house. A good chance of winning today...

  53. 15:22:21 BST

    INTERMEDIATE TIME CHECK, 9.1 KM

    1.Androni Giocattoli 10:03
    2.Omega Pharma – Lotto 10:04
    3.Katusha Team 10:09
    4.Pro Team Astana 10:13


    FINISH, 19.3 km

    1.Omega Pharma – Lotto 21:21
    2.Astana 21:49
    3.Katusha Team 22:03

  54. 15:24:24 BST

    So Astana finish 21:49 and Androni beat them. That's a surprise. Lotto still lead as we turn to Aqua Saponi who are out on the road.

  55. 15:24:49 BST

    INTERMEDIATE TIME CHECK, 9.1 KM

    1.Androni Giocattoli 10:03
    2.Omega Pharma – Lotto 10:04
    3.Katusha Team 10:09
    4.Pro Team Astana 10:13
    5.Colnago – CSF Inox 10.21


    FINISH, 19.3 km

    1.Omega Pharma – Lotto 21:21
    2.Androni Giocattoli 21:39
    3.Astana 21:49
    4.Katusha Team 22:03

  56. 15:26:13 BST

    As Denis Menchov, Sastre and Geox line up at the start. It'll be interesting to see how they go here. A bit like Lampre, they dont really have a strong team but they do have a GC contender in the mix.

  57. 15:26:27 BST

    Mike: you're back in the US now, and there aren;'t that many US riders here at the Giro. A lot of them are back in the US getting ready for Cali, do you think that race is growing in importance each year?

  58. 15:26:56 BST

    Creed:

    It seems so. Witht the route this year being harder, and bigger names choosing TOC over the giro it brings a lot of excitment to the race. And of course, every year the race is run, there is more prestige

     

  59. 15:27:21 BST

    JV: How did you select your Giro team?

  60. 15:27:48 BST

    JV:

    Our Giro squad was very diffcult to pick this year...

     

  61. 15:28:17 BST

    Creed:

    JV called me everyday to help select the giro team

     

  62. 15:28:42 BST

    JV:

     

    Balancing the leadout train, helping LeMevel in the mountains, and having a good TTT was hard
    jonathan

     

  63. 15:30:33 BST

    INTERMEDIATE TIME CHECK, 9.1 KM

    1.Androni Giocattoli 10:03
    2.Omega Pharma – Lotto 10:04
    3.Rabobank 10:07
    4.Katusha Team 10:09
    5.Pro Team Astana 10:13
    6.Colnago – CSF Inox 10.21


    FINISH, 19.3 km

    1.Omega Pharma – Lotto 21:21
    2.Androni Giocattoli 21:39
    3.Astana 21:49
    4.Colnago – CSF Inox 22:01
    5.Katusha Team 22:03

  64. 15:31:13 BST

    Colnago and Androni both putting in very strong riders so far today. Sky are looking good so far. Yet to reach the first time check though.

  65. 15:32:50 BST

    creed: and Cali is a race you'll be doing this month. Hows the form?

  66. 15:33:08 BST

    Creed:

    The form is ok, opening it back up after a big block last month. the goal is to hit it a bit overrested and come on form the last couple days.

     

  67. 15:33:29 BST

    So what are your expectations for the race, do you have any jokers in the pack that people might not yet be looking at?

  68. 15:33:58 BST

    JV:

    I think Tom Peterson might be someone that could win a stage, if he finds the right breakaway in the last 10 days. Rest ?!! Mike, stop being such a softie

     

  69. 15:34:12 BST

    INTERMEDIATE TIME CHECK, 9.1 KM

    1.Androni Giocattoli 10:03
    2.Omega Pharma – Lotto 10:04
    3.Rabobank 10:07
    4.Katusha Team 10:09
    5.Pro Team Astana 10:13
    6.Colnago – CSF Inox 10.21


    FINISH, 19.3 km

    1.Omega Pharma – Lotto 21:21
    2.Androni Giocattoli 21:39
    3.Astana 21:49
    4.Colnago – CSF Inox 22:01
    5.Katusha Team 22:03
    6.Acqua & Sapone 22:06

  70. 15:34:46 BST

    As Contador's team start the race. They're my pick for the win today.

  71. 15:35:10 BST

    Creed:

    I can't! I already trademarked mike softie creed and made some coffee mugs

     

  72. 15:36:32 BST

    Thanks for all your tweets that are coming in. They're great.

  73. 15:37:27 BST

    Geox go through the time check in 8th place. Huge crowds on both sides of the road. Geox still have all nine riders and so do Saxo Bank, who are looking strong.

  74. 15:37:56 BST

    so guys contador has just started the Giro. Think he should be here, especially in light of the italian pulled due to the Mantova investigation?

  75. 15:38:27 BST

    Creed:

    Youre like madeleine albright with thesse hard hitting questions

     

  76. 15:38:43 BST

    Thanks. I'll take that as a compliment.

  77. 15:40:15 BST

    And Rabo move into second place. That's a good ride from them. Lotto, that's right Lotto still lead. Rabo coming in 4 seconds down.

    As Saxo Bank come up to the time check ...

  78. 15:41:01 BST

    INTERMEDIATE TIME CHECK, 9.1 KM

    1.Androni Giocattoli 10:03
    2.Omega Pharma – Lotto 10:04
    3.Rabobank 10:07
    4.Katusha Team 10:09
    5.Pro Team Astana 10:13
    6.Colnago – CSF Inox 10.21


    FINISH, 19.3 km

    1.Omega Pharma – Lotto 21:21
    2.Rabobank 21:25
    3.Androni Giocattoli 21:39
    4.Astana 21:49
    5.Colnago – CSF Inox 22:01
    6.Katusha Team 22:03
    7.Acqua & Sapone 22:06
    8.Euskaltel-Euskadi 22:12
    Susan

  79. 15:41:37 BST

    Creed:

    If it's within the rules he can start, and his team wants him to. Then he should be allowed. Pretty simple.

     

  80. 15:42:00 BST

    JV:

    Every man has a right to his day in court.

     

  81. 15:43:35 BST

    Sky down to 6 riders but they're flying along and close to the finish.

    Lovkvist leads them over.

  82. 15:44:01 BST

    Sky go third. Lotto and Rabo in second.

  83. 15:45:10 BST

    Saxo still with all their riders and looking good. We didnt get a time check on the though.

  84. 15:45:40 BST

    Jussi Veikkanen lead Lotto over the line. Could he pull on the first maglia rosa of the race?

  85. 15:45:58 BST

    Anyone else surprised that Lotto are still leading?

  86. 15:46:48 BST

    Creed:

    Yeah, that was a good ride by them

     

  87. 15:47:25 BST

    Geox lose a rider as Menchov takes a huge turn on the front, they're coming up to the line.

  88. 15:47:40 BST

    Garmin about to start. How well can they do today JV?

  89. 15:48:04 BST

    JV:

    I think we could make the podium, for sure, but the win will be tough. We've got a few skinny climbers on the team..

     

  90. 15:48:05 BST

    JV:

    I think we could make the podium, for sure, but the win will be tough. We've got a few skinny climbers on the team..

     

  91. 15:48:22 BST

    Geox go 6th. Not bad but there's still a few strong teams to come.

  92. 15:49:39 BST

    FINISH, 19.3 km

    1.Omega Pharma – Lotto 21:21
    2.Rabobank 21:25
    3.Sky 21:36
    4.Androni Giocattoli 21:39
    5.Astana 21:49
    6.Geox-TMC 21.52
    7.Colnago – CSF Inox 22:01
    8.Katusha Team 22:03
    9.Acqua & Sapone 22:06
    10.Euskaltel-Euskadi 22:12

  93. 15:50:38 BST

    For many it was the Giro that really brought Garmin to the attention of world cycling. How important was that ride in 08 and what went into it from your side?

  94. 15:51:31 BST

    JV:

    Massive... That was the first race that put us on the map. We were the underdog, and we came through

     

  95. 15:51:42 BST

    A few tears?

  96. 15:52:03 BST

    JV:

    At least...

     

  97. 15:52:55 BST

    ISD or Farnese, whatever they're called these days have just finished.

    HTC on the road now too. Big contenders for the win. Pinotti or Cav for pink?

  98. 15:53:19 BST

    HTC go 14 seconds faster at the time check.

  99. 15:53:54 BST

    JV:

    I told you guys

     

  100. 15:54:05 BST

    FINISH, 19.3 km

    1.Omega Pharma – Lotto 21:21
    2.Rabobank 21:25
    3.Sky 21:36
    4.Androni Giocattoli 21:39
    5.Astana 21:49
    6.Geox-TMC 21.52
    7.Colnago – CSF Inox 22:01
    8.Katusha Team 22:03
    9.Acqua & Sapone 22:06
    10.Farnese Vini – Neri Sottoli 22:06
    11.Euskaltel-Euskadi 22:12
    Susan

  101. 15:54:41 BST

    JV:

    When you have TT riders like Pinotti, combined with sprinters, like Renshaw and Cav, it produces a leathal combo in a TTT
    jonathan

     

  102. 15:55:15 BST

    Creed:

    would you say they're a leathal wepon?

     

  103. 15:55:51 BST

    JV:

    I do

     

  104. 15:56:20 BST

    And Saxo come over the line and can only manage third.

  105. 15:58:18 BST

    HTC are taking all sorts of risks on the corners but so far so good. As Leopard Trek set off. Nibali's Liquigas team are already on the road.

  106. 15:58:47 BST

    JV:

    For the Tour, I'll bring a team a bit more apt in TTT, as the Tour isnt quite so mountainous, and I can bring big guys and not worry that I'll only have 2 rider left in paris.

     

  107. 15:59:50 BST

    Creed:

    losing lancaster is a suprise eh?

     

  108. 16:00:08 BST

    BMC finish in 6th.

  109. 16:00:40 BST

    FINISH, 19.3 km

    1.Omega Pharma – Lotto 21:21
    2.Rabobank 21:25
    3.Saxo Bank-SunGard 21.29
    4.Sky 21:36
    5.Androni Giocattoli 21:39
    6.Astana 21:49
    7.Geox-TMC 21.52
    8.Colnago – CSF Inox 22:01
    9.Katusha Team 22:03
    10.Acqua & Sapone 22:06
    11.Farnese Vini – Neri Sottoli 22:06
    12.Euskaltel-Euskadi 22:12

  110. 16:02:26 BST

    HTC close to the finish but they're down to five and the rider at the back is struggling. he need to hang on . As, back at the start house, AG2R start.

  111. 16:03:27 BST

    Cav but now Pinotti leads them over. 21 seconds faster than Lotto. HTC lead, Pinotti could be in pink!

  112. 16:04:56 BST

    FINISH, 19.3 km

    1.HTC-Highroad 21:00
    2.Omega Pharma – Lotto 21:21
    3.Rabobank 21:25
    4.Saxo Bank-SunGard 21.29
    5.Sky 21:36
    6.Androni Giocattoli 21:39
    7.BMC Racing Team 21:40
    8.Astana 21:49
    9.Geox-TMC 21.52
    10.Colnago – CSF Inox 22:01
    11.Katusha Team 22:03
    12.Acqua & Sapone 22:06
    13.Farnese Vini – Neri Sottoli 22:06
    14.Euskaltel-Euskadi 22:12

  113. 16:05:22 BST

    The big loser so far has to be Igor Anton.

    As Liquigas lose their first rider.

  114. 16:06:08 BST

    JV: back to cali, it's a race growing each year, how do you balance the needs of the US market and that race, with the tradition and size of the Giro when it comes to planning out your season?

  115. 16:06:31 BST

    As Quick Step start their TT. After Lotto's performance what can the other Belgian team do?

  116. 16:06:50 BST

    Garmin down to five men as they come to the finish.

  117. 16:07:11 BST

    They're not going to get the win today....

  118. 16:07:42 BST

    JV:

    The Giro is about stage wins and a top 10 GC for LeMevel...Cali is all about 100% focus on the GC win. We don't have a rider that could win GC at the Giro, so dividing the teams isnt so difficult

     

  119. 16:08:35 BST

    Garmin slot into 3rd, for now.

  120. 16:08:57 BST

    FINISH, 19.3 km

    1.HTC-Highroad 21:00
    2.Omega Pharma – Lotto 21:21
    3.Garmin-Cervelo 21.23
    4.Rabobank 21:25
    5.Saxo Bank-SunGard 21.29
    6.Sky 21:36
    7.Androni Giocattoli 21:39
    8.BMC Racing Team 21:40
    9.Astana 21:49
    10.Geox-TMC 21.52
    11.Colnago – CSF Inox 22:01
    12.Katusha Team 22:03
    13.Acqua & Sapone 22:06
    14.Farnese Vini – Neri Sottoli 22:06
    15.Euskaltel-Euskadi 22:12

  121. 16:10:34 BST

    Creed:

    Is tyler planning on going the distance to milan?

     

  122. 16:10:56 BST

    JV:

    well, we'll see...

     

  123. 16:11:42 BST

    Creed, isnt there a US race announcer that always says you've ridden the Giro or Vuelta, at every race you've done?

  124. 16:12:10 BST

    Creed:

     

    yeah, rich fries. He thinks i've done the giro. I like thinking I have, so I dont correct him.

     

  125. 16:13:23 BST

    Lampre slot into fourth. Scarponi will be happy with that.

  126. 16:13:39 BST

    FINISH, 19.3 km

    1.HTC-Highroad 21:00
    2.Omega Pharma – Lotto 21:21
    3.Garmin-Cervelo 21.23
    4.Lampre – ISD 21:23
    5.Rabobank 21:25
    6.Saxo Bank-SunGard 21:29
    7.Sky 21:36
    8.Androni Giocattoli 21:39
    9.BMC Racing Team 21:40
    10.Astana 21:49
    11.Geox-TMC 21.52
    12.Colnago – CSF Inox 22:01
    13.Katusha Team 22:03
    14.Acqua & Sapone 22:06
    15.Farnese Vini – Neri Sottoli 22:06
    16.Euskaltel-Euskadi 22:12

  127. 16:14:50 BST

    Scarponi's team take fouth. Not a bad result for them at all. Think he can really challenge Contador and Nibbles this year?? In fact lets have your top three for the final podium?

  128. 16:15:33 BST

    Creed:

    conta, nibali, sacrp

     

  129. 16:16:36 BST

    JV:

    Contador, Scarponi, Nibali

     

  130. 16:16:57 BST

    FINISH, 19.3 km

    1.HTC-Highroad 21:00
    2.Omega Pharma – Lotto 21:21
    3.Liquigas – Cannondale 21:21
    4.Garmin-Cervelo 21.23
    5.Lampre – ISD 21:23
    6.Rabobank 21:25
    7.Saxo Bank-SunGard 21:29
    8.Sky 21:36
    9.Androni Giocattoli 21:39
    10.BMC Racing Team 21:40
    11.Astana 21:49
    12.Geox-TMC 21.52
    13.Colnago – CSF Inox 22:01
    14.Katusha Team 22:03
    15.Acqua & Sapone 22:06
    16.Farnese Vini – Neri Sottoli 22:06
    17.Euskaltel-Euskadi 22:12
    Susan

  131. 16:17:14 BST

    FINISH, 19.3 km

    1.HTC-Highroad 21:00
    2.Omega Pharma – Lotto 21:21
    3.Liquigas – Cannondale 21:21
    4.Garmin-Cervelo 21.23
    5.Lampre – ISD 21:23
    6.Rabobank 21:25
    7.Saxo Bank-SunGard 21:29
    8.Sky 21:36
    9.Androni Giocattoli 21:39
    10.BMC Racing Team 21:40
    11.Astana 21:49
    12.Geox-TMC 21.52
    13.Colnago – CSF Inox 22:01
    14.Katusha Team 22:03
    15.Acqua & Sapone 22:06
    16.Farnese Vini – Neri Sottoli 22:06
    17.Euskaltel-Euskadi 22:12
     

  132. 16:17:22 BST

    FINISH, 19.3 km

    1.HTC-Highroad 21:00
    2.Omega Pharma – Lotto 21:21
    3.Liquigas – Cannondale 21:21
    4.Garmin-Cervelo 21.23
    5.Lampre – ISD 21:23
    6.Rabobank 21:25
    7.Saxo Bank-SunGard 21:29
    8.Sky 21:36
    9.Androni Giocattoli 21:39
    10.BMC Racing Team 21:40
    11.Astana 21:49
    12.Geox-TMC 21.52
    13.Colnago – CSF Inox 22:01
    14.Katusha Team 22:03
    15.Acqua & Sapone 22:06
    16.Farnese Vini – Neri Sottoli 22:06
    17.Euskaltel-Euskadi 22:12
     

  133. 16:17:37 BST

    FINISH, 19.3 km

    1.HTC-Highroad 21:00
    2.Omega Pharma – Lotto 21:21
    3.Liquigas – Cannondale 21:21
    4.Garmin-Cervelo 21.23
    5.Lampre – ISD 21:23
    6.Rabobank 21:25
    7.Saxo Bank-SunGard 21:29
    8.Sky 21:36
    9.Androni Giocattoli 21:39
    10.BMC Racing Team 21:40
    11.Astana 21:49
    12.Geox-TMC 21.52
    13.Colnago – CSF Inox 22:01
    14.Katusha Team 22:03
    15.Acqua & Sapone 22:06
    16.Farnese Vini – Neri Sottoli 22:06
    17.Euskaltel-Euskadi 22:12
     

  134. 16:19:10 BST

    Nibali will be happy with that performance.

  135. 16:20:39 BST

    No love for Menchov?

  136. 16:21:17 BST

    JV:

    I don't think Menchov will be that great this year

     

  137. 16:24:58 BST

    FINISH, 19.3 km

    1.HTC-Highroad 20:59
    2.Omega Pharma – Lotto 21:21
    3.Liquigas – Cannondale 21:21
    4.Garmin-Cervelo 21.23
    5.Lampre – ISD 21:23
    6.Rabobank 21:25
    7.Saxo Bank-SunGard 21:29
    8.Sky 21:36
    9.Androni Giocattoli 21:39
    10.BMC Racing Team 21:40
    11.Leopard Trek 21:41
    12.AG2R 21:48
    13.Astana 21:49
    14.Geox-TMC 21.52
    15.Colnago – CSF Inox 22:01
    16.Katusha Team 22:03
    17.Acqua & Sapone 22:06
    18.Farnese Vini – Neri Sottoli 22:06
    19.Euskaltel-Euskadi 22:12

  138. 16:26:13 BST

    Looking at the results today, who would you mark as the winners, losers in the race for pink?

  139. 16:27:06 BST

    JV:

    Scarponi is a winner today. Menchov a loser. Contador, even steven.

     

  140. 16:29:56 BST

    Shack and a few other teams still out on the course but all the really strong teams, no disrespect to them or the likes of Vacan, but they're going to have to do something very special to take the first pink jersey of Marco Pinotti's shoulders.

  141. 16:30:10 BST

    Creed, one thing that's been in the news a lot is the debate on radios. Where do you stand? do you care?

  142. 16:30:54 BST

    Creed:

    I hate that the debate is framed as "if you want radios, you want boring racing and your a dumb rider" It's not a fair debate. I want radios for times in the ridding caravan, flats and needing water. For someone on the sidelines who hasnt ever done any of that in a high pressure race, to say radios are useless is silly.

     

  143. 16:31:34 BST

    JV:

    Well said, Mike

     

  144. 16:33:41 BST

    FINISH, 19.3 km

    1.HTC-Highroad 20:59
    2.Omega Pharma – Lotto 21:21
    3.Liquigas – Cannondale 21:21
    4.Garmin-Cervelo 21.23
    5.Lampre – ISD 21:23
    6.Rabobank 21:25
    7.Saxo Bank-SunGard 21:29
    8.Sky 21:36
    9.Vacansoleil-DCM 21:36
    10.Androni Giocattoli 21:39
    11.BMC Racing Team 21:40
    12.Leopard Trek 21:41
    13.Quick Step 21:41
    14.AG2R 21:48
    15.Astana 21:49
    16.Geox-TMC 21.52
    17.Colnago – CSF Inox 22:01
    18.Katusha Team 22:03
    19.Acqua & Sapone 22:06
    20.Farnese Vini – Neri Sottoli 22:06
    21.Euskaltel-Euskadi 22:12

  145. 16:35:50 BST

    Shack aren't too far off the time of HTC but they wont take pink... crossing the line in 21:09 and sitting in second place. That's a very good performance from the American team.

    Movistar still out on the road.

  146. 16:36:27 BST

    FINISH, 19.3 km

    1.HTC-Highroad 20:59
    2.RadioShack 21:09
    3.Omega Pharma – Lotto 21:21
    4.Liquigas – Cannondale 21:21
    5.Garmin-Cervelo 21.23
    6.Lampre – ISD 21:23
    7.Rabobank 21:25
    8.Saxo Bank-SunGard 21:29
    9.Sky 21:36
    10.Vacansoleil-DCM 21:36
    11.Androni Giocattoli 21:39
    12.BMC Racing Team 21:40
    13.Leopard Trek 21:41
    14.Quick Step 21:41
    15.AG2R 21:48
    16.Astana 21:49
    17.Geox-TMC 21.52
    18.Colnago – CSF Inox 22:01
    19.Katusha Team 22:03
    20.Acqua & Sapone 22:06
    21.Farnese Vini – Neri Sottoli 22:06
    22.Euskaltel-Euskadi 22:12
     

  147. 16:39:18 BST

    JV:

    Told you guys...HTC. Just to rub it in

     

  148. 16:39:46 BST

    Creed:

    yeah, really went out on a limb

     

  149. 16:40:07 BST

    JV:

    I'm all about the darkhorse...

     

  150. 16:40:20 BST

    I went for Saxo. Shows what i know.

  151. 16:40:43 BST

    JV:

    You just like the eagle on their kits

     

  152. 16:41:07 BST

    Creed:

    If youre not a darkhorse then are you a white horse? or a lighter shaded horse?

     

  153. 16:41:27 BST

    JV:

    Pony?

     

  154. 16:41:57 BST

    Creed:

    So the pony is the favorite?

     

  155. 16:42:17 BST

    JV:

    we'', lets just say ponies are my favorite

     

  156. 16:43:17 BST

    JV:

    well, lets just say ponies are my favorite

     

  157. 16:44:06 BST

    FINISH, 19.3 km

    1.HTC-Highroad 20:59
    2.RadioShack 21:09
    3.Omega Pharma – Lotto 21:21
    4.Liquigas – Cannondale 21:21
    5.Garmin-Cervelo 21.23
    6.Lampre – ISD 21:23
    7.Rabobank 21:25
    8.Saxo Bank-SunGard 21:29
    9.Sky 21:36
    10.Vacansoleil-DCM 21:36
    11.Movistar 21:37
    12.Androni Giocattoli 21:39
    13.BMC Racing Team 21:40
    14.Leopard Trek 21:41
    15.Quick Step 21:41
    16.AG2R 21:48
    17.Astana 21:49
    18.Geox-TMC 21.52
    19.Colnago – CSF Inox 22:01
    20.Katusha Team 22:03
    21.Acqua & Sapone 22:06
    22.Farnese Vini – Neri Sottoli 22:06
    23.Euskaltel-Euskadi 22:12

  158. 16:49:02 BST

    JV:

    Pinotti will be a great leader, but I don't think he'll be first five on GC but being in the pink for a few days will be great

     

  159. 16:50:30 BST

    So a fine win for HTC, who make it two wins in three years and Marco Pinotti who pulls on the first maglia rosa of the race.

    He's blogging for CN throughout the race so keep your eyes peeled for more from him.

  160. 16:52:44 BST

    Thanks to all our guests today, Vande Velde, Friebe, Vaughters and Creed. We hope you've enjoyed today's coverage.

    We'll be back tomorrow for stage 2. See you there!