Giro d'Italia 2011

May 7-29, 2011, Venaria Reale, Italy, Road - HIS (Historical Calendar)

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Stephen Farrand

Hello and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of stage 10 of the Giro d'Italia from Termoli to Teramo.

  1. 104km remaining from 159km

    13:49:21 BST

    Today's 159km stage heads north along the Adratic coast. The road is almost totally flat and the stage is expected to end in a sprint finish. 

  2. 13:50:44 BST

    189 riders started the stage under grey skies and with occasional rain showers. However Britain's Adam Blyth (Omega Pharma-lotto) has just retired from the race.

  3. 13:51:57 BST

    We have three riders in the early break of the day.

  4. 13:55:40 BST

    Fumiyuki Beppu (RadioShack) and Pierre Cazaux (Euskaltel-Euskadi) jumped away in the first kilometre. They where then joined by Yuriy Krivtsov (AG2R La Mondiale).

  5. 13:56:20 BST

    The trio opened a lead of 6:20 but the sprinter's team then began the chase and the gap is now down to five minutes.

  6. 14:05:01 BST

    HTC-Highroad is leading the chase, keeping the three breakways under control. 

  7. 96km remaining from 159km

    14:08:15 BST

    The Astana and Saxo Bank teams are also helping in the chase.

  8. 14:10:13 BST

    Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank) leads the Giro by 59 seconds but has hinted he would be willing to let the maglia rosa go to save his team and his own energy for the final muontain stages.

    You can read what Contador said here.

  9. 14:13:18 BST

    Today finish in Teramo ends with a 1.8km straight road, with a slight kick up at 4% in the final 100 metres.

  10. 87km remaining from 159km

    14:23:53 BST is reporting that Ivan Basso has crashed while training on Mount Etna. He has reportedly been taken to hospital in Catania and has 20 stitches applied to a facial wound.

  11. 14:24:34 BST

    In the race the three breakaways are working smoothly buttheir gap is still falling.

  12. 14:26:21 BST

    In the race the three breakaways are working smoothly but their gap is still falling.

  13. 14:26:56 BST

    In the race the three breakaways are working smoothly but their gap is still falling.

  14. 14:30:36 BST

    The riders are approaching the feed zone. It's lunch time for the peloton.  

  15. 14:33:05 BST

    The gap is actually increasing as the peloton lets the break hang off the front.

  16. 14:33:48 BST

    Meanwhile, Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team) has punctured but is quickly back on his bike and back in the gruppo.

  17. 14:46:28 BST

    • Feed

    The peloton is also in the feed zone, with  the riders collectibng their musettes from the team soigneur.

  18. 14:53:07 BST

    Craig Lewis (HTC-Highroad) has flatted and will not be able to help withe chase for a while.

  19. 66km remaining from 159km

    14:56:24 BST

    The peloton is lined out but the gap is still over four minutes.

  20. 61km remaining from 159km

    15:01:19 BST

    The Giro is passing through the coastal town of Pescara at the moment.

  21. 15:01:55 BST

    There big crowds and there not all out to see local hero Danilo Di Luca. 

  22. 15:04:46 BST

    Some one on a bike tried to take on the three breakway riders as they accelerated for the sprint. Fortunately the fool didn't cause any problems.

  23. 15:05:35 BST

    Safety is vital during a race and the public should repect the riders and let them race in peace.

  24. 57km remaining from 159km

    15:08:11 BST

    Fumiyuki Beppu (Team RadioShack) won the sprint, with the peloton timed at 3:33 behind. The speed is rising and the gap is starting to fall again.

  25. 15:13:47 BST

    RadioShack team manager Johan Bruyneel has just given some tactical advice to Beppu. He will probsbly know that the the breakway will have a good tailwind for the final 25km of the stage.

  26. 50km remaining from 159km

    15:19:10 BST

    Cavendish has punctured but has quickly changed his rear wheel. 

  27. 15:19:43 BST

    He is in the slipstream of the team cars and is quickly getting back on.

  28. 48km remaining from 159km

    15:21:21 BST

    The gap is falling much faster now and is just 2:15

  29. 15:27:40 BST

    HTC-Highroad Valerio Piva has revealed that Cavendish didn't puncture but wanted to change his rear wheel for one with a deeper and so more aerodynamic profile.

  30. 15:28:49 BST

    Piva also refuted the accusations made by Franciosco Ventoso (Movistar) and Manuel Belletti (Colnago-CSF) that Cavendish had taken a tow from a car on the climb of Mount Etna. 

  31. 15:32:17 BST

    The sprinters looked relaxed in the peloton as they await the sprint finish. Petacchi and Chicchi, training partners in Tuscany but rivals on different teams, were seen talking, and joking, about the stage finish. Both could win in Teramo today.

  32. 40km remaining from 159km

    15:34:26 BST

    The trio is still working well up front, trying to hold onto their lead. The gap is now 2:35.

  33. 25km remaining from 159km

    15:53:26 BST

    The gap is staying the same as the sprinters' team prefer not to catch the break too early before the finish.

  34. 15:54:54 BST

    Kristof Vandewalle (Quickstep Cycling Team) has taken a highspeed spill. But he is up and away.

  35. 22km remaining from 159km

    15:58:32 BST

    The race is about to turn left and head inland towards Teramo.

  36. 16:02:06 BST

    HTC-Highroad and Saxo Bank are now working hard on the front, as the tailwind gives them a hand in their chase of the trio. 

  37. 17km remaining from 159km

    16:06:10 BST

    The trio are still driving hard but the gap is still falling. One minute with 16km to go. 

  38. 16:09:42 BST

    Several teams are trying to keep theirsprinters near the front of the peloton.

  39. 16:10:13 BST

    The riders are tucked up close, touching with their shoulders, saddles and even wheels.

  40. 12km remaining from 159km

    16:11:43 BST

    The teams are getting together in little groups of lead out as they can virtually see the three breakaways.

  41. 11km remaining from 159km

    16:12:44 BST

    And that's it. The break is caught. Gruppo compatto. Time for a sprint. Hold tight.

  42. 16:15:46 BST

    Alberto Contador is keeping out of trouble near the head of the race.

  43. 8km remaining from 159km

    16:16:36 BST

    Richie Porte is helping to protect Contador, as Euskaltel ride to help Igor Anton.

  44. 16:17:06 BST

    The speed is now touching 55km/h.

  45. 16:18:16 BST

    Contador will ikely slip back down the peloton after reaching the final three kilometres. He knows that any riders invovled in crashes will be given the same time as the group they were in at the time.

  46. 6km remaining from 159km

    16:19:06 BST

    HTC and Team Sky are now going shoulder to shoulder. Sky wil lbe riding for Davide Appollonio, who comes from southern Italy. 

  47. 5km remaining from 159km

    16:20:13 BST

    HTC ease a little. They will wait for the final two or three kilometres before trying to take control and set up Cavendish.

  48. 16:21:16 BST

    The riders snake through a chicane at speeed but wihtout problem. 4km to go. 

  49. 16:22:45 BST

    Renshaw is in position to help Cavendish.

  50. 3km remaining from 159km

    16:23:18 BST

    Here come the lead out trains.

  51. 16:23:28 BST

    Millar attacks alone.

  52. 16:24:01 BST

    He accelerated at 60km/h but will have to hold that speed if he wants to win.

  53. 16:24:40 BST

    He's on a slight descent and then faces the final long straight 1800m finish. But the bunch is going after him.

  54. 16:25:08 BST

    Cavendish is Petacchi's wheel.

  55. 1km remaining from 159km

    16:25:32 BST

    Hondo is about to lead out Petacchi.

  56. 16:26:24 BST

    Ciolek goes early.

  57. 16:27:15 BST

    Movistar tried to take control but Cavendish stayed on Petacchi's wheel and then came off his wheel at the right moment.

  58. 16:29:14 BST

    Cavendish was over the moon with his win. The road kicked up in the last 100 metres but he got his sprint exactly right.

  59. 16:29:36 BST

    This was Cavendish's sixth stage win at the Giro d'Italia.

  60. 16:30:54 BST

    Cavendish was still gasping for his breath but told Italian television: "The team was incredible today, we did all the work and the finish was perfect.”

  61. 16:31:53 BST

    According to provisional results, Francisco Ventoso (Movistar) was second and Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-ISD) was third. 

  62. 16:33:20 BST

    Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank) retains the maglia rosa.

  63. 16:36:35 BST

    Provisional results:

    1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC-Highroad 4:00:49
    2 Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team
    3 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD
    4 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
    5 Davide Appollonio (Ita) Sky Procycling
    6 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Quickstep Cycling Team
    7 Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
    8 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox
    9 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC Racing Team
    10 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli

    General classification after stage 10

    1 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard
    2 Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Blr) HTC-Highroad
    3 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Team Garmin-Cervelo

  64. 16:38:22 BST

    As the adrenaline fades, that's about it for our live coverage of today's stage.

    Join us later for live coverage of the thirdstage of the Amgen Tour of California. We'll also be back tomorrow for stage 11 of the Giro d'Italia from Tortoreto Lido to Castelfidardo.

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