Giro d'Italia 2011

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

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Daniel Benson

Hello and welcome to Cyclingnews's live coverage from the Giro d'Italia. Today it's the individual time trial, a 12.7km test from Belluno to Nevegal.

  1. 13:28:37 BST

    As Zomegnan has shown since 2005, he’s a big fan of the mountain time trial. This year’s follows the second rest day. Although the run up to the resort of Nevegal may not compare to Plan de Corones, it won’t have time trial specialists rubbing their hands with glee either.

  2. 13:28:52 BST

    Apart from a short descent at the start, this stage is all climbing, sometimes steeply so. The middle 4km of the stage averages more than 10 per cent, ramping up to 14 per cent as the route reaches Tornante. Stefano Garzelli won the equivalent stage last year – Contador and Joaquim Rodríguez will have the legs for it too.

  3. 13:29:39 BST

    However with a rest day yesterday we could see a lot of surprise results.

  4. 13:30:17 BST

    Here's a list of the big GC guys and their start times.

    148 TSCHOPP Johann BMC 15,57'00
    149 SELLA Emanuele AND 15,58'00
    150 GARZELLI Stefano ASA 15,59'00
    151 LE MEVEL Christophe GRM 16,00'00
    152 DUPONT Hubert ALM 16,03'00
    153 CATALDO Dario QST 16,06'00
    154 KRUIJSWIJK Steven RAB 16,09'00
    155 SIVTSOV Kanstantsin THR 16,12'00
    156 ANTON Igor EUS 16,15'00
    157 ARROYO David MOV 16,18'00
    158 RODRIGUEZ Joaquin KAT 16,21'00
    159 KREUZIGER Roman AST 16,24'00
    160 MENCHOV Denis GEO 16,27'00
    161 RUJANO Jose' AND 16,30'00
    162 NIEVE Mikel EUS 16,33'00
    163 GADRET John ALM 16,36'00
    164 NIBALI Vincenzo LIQ 16,39'00
    165 SCARPONI Michele LAM 16,42'00
    166 CONTADOR Alberto SBS 16,45'00

  5. 13:31:55 BST

    Here's what Moser had to say about today's TT

  6. 13:32:12 BST


    “I don’t know about this, it’s anyone’s guess. It’s largely about psychology for the GC lot at this stage. Although it’s only 12.7km, you can’t afford to not be 100 per cent, since you can easily lose two minutes. Look for a pure climber with nothing to lose on GC.”


  7. 13:34:25 BST

    1 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard 62:14:42
    2 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD 0:04:20
    3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:05:11
    4 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:06:08
    5 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:07:03
    6 José Rujano Guillen (Ven) Androni Giocattoli 0:08:39
    7 Denis Menchov (Rus) Geox-TMC 0:08:46
    8 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Pro Team Astana 0:08:58
    9 Joaquím Rodríguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team 0:09:20
    10 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Movistar Team 0:09:30
    11 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:09:37
    12 Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Blr) HTC-Highroad 0:10:39
    13 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:11:14
    14 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quickstep Cycling Team 0:13:59
    15 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:15:21
    16 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:17:28
    17 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone 0:23:11
    18 Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:23:12
    19 Johann Tschopp (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:25:04
    20 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Sky Procycling 0:27:28

  8. 13:36:29 BST

    That's where we stand on GC coming into today's stage. Contador pretty in pink but behind him it's all to play for. I think anyone as far down as Roman K in 8th could make the podium. We've seen riders perform well and crack big time the following day, and there will be lots of twists and turns before we reach the finish of the race next Sunday.

  9. 13:39:36 BST

    Before we head to the action, lets have a quick scan of the news.

    Former UCI President has come out and said this.

    While last night the RadioShack team hotel was raided by the Italian cops. Nothing was found.

  10. 13:41:37 BST

    Xavier Tondo (Movistar) on the podium to receive the final leader's jersey.

    Of course everything was overshadowed by the sad news that Xavier Tondo died in an accident at home. Everyone from CN would like to express their sincere condolences to Tondo's family, friends and teammates. RIP Tondo.

  11. 13:42:07 BST

    Movistar have of course vowed to stay in the race and there was a minutes silence at the start of the TT this morning.

  12. 13:44:35 BST

    Back to the race and the conditions are good, some light cloud but mostly sun and not much wind around.

  13. 13:46:06 BST

    Right now David  Millar is riding out on the course. A TT specialist in his own right but this type of course wont suit him. Saying that's just passed a rider ahead of him.

  14. 13:47:09 BST

    Here are the current leaders of the stage.

    1.Stef Clement (Rabobank) 30:28
    2.Simon Spilak (Lampre) +0:36
    3.Miguel Minguez (Euskaltel) +1:18

  15. 13:47:48 BST

    Richie Porte is also out on the course. He's got a couple of km still to go but he's in and out of the saddle all the time.

  16. 13:52:37 BST

    Clement is now slouch in the TT so he's a good benchmark for a lot of the riders in today's stage who are hoping to have a good rider. Millar one of them. He's looking good for now.

  17. 13:54:18 BST

    Marzoli has just come up to the line. Not the most stylish climber to be honest but he's doing a decent enough job. Nice little sprint for the line and he comes over in 26th place.

  18. 13:55:44 BST

    Porte is coming up the line and slots into 17th place.

  19. 13:57:25 BST

    As Millar goes through the 3km mark. Large crowds near to the top of climb. Back to Porte, he's got a big job on his hands for the final week, helping Contador defend or rather extend his lead on GC. Perhaps he held a little back, perhaps not.

  20. 14:14:18 BST

    Szmyd comes over the line in fourth. And Millar comes over the line too.


    1.Stef Clement (Rabobank) 30:28
    2.Alessandro De Marchi (Androni) +0:19
    3.David Millar (Garmin-Cervelo) +0:23
    4.Simon Spilak (Lampre) +0:36
    5.Sylveser Szmyd (Liquigas) +0:37
    6.Pavel Brutt (Katusha) +0:51
    7.Miguel Minguez (Euskaltel) +1:18
    8.Gianluca Brambilla (Colnago) +1:25
    9.Alan Marangoni (Liquigas) +1:27
    10.Yuriy Krivtsov (AG2R) +1:33

  21. 14:15:18 BST

    Szmyd will be pleased with that time considering how sick he's been over the last few days, so it looks like he's coming back to near his best.

  22. 14:17:34 BST

    Di Luca just about to start. He's of course coming back from his ban for doping and has been off the pace in the Giro. He's off and he's certainly not hanging around. It will be interesting to see how he goes today.

  23. 14:23:40 BST

    We don't have any time checks on Belkov but he's looking good. He wont knock Clement off top spot but this is a good time nevertheless.

    and just as I type that he's slows. Here he comes anyway. 9th on the stage.

  24. 14:26:13 BST

    Cioni is out on the course too. A former podium placer at the Giro, as Vorganov makes his way out of the start house.

  25. 14:26:53 BST

    A mountain tt so no tt bikes today, as Visconti starts his tt.

  26. 14:30:43 BST

    Deignan by the way has just gone through the first time check of the day. The road is flat for that section of road and he came over the check in 22nd place.

  27. 14:35:25 BST

    Visconti is 9th at the time check. Not bad but he'll struggle as the road kicks up.

  28. 14:39:57 BST

    Lastras out on the road. He was the virtual leader on the road in the second week and has been in a number of breaks during the race.

  29. 14:41:00 BST


    The first part is a little technical and then until the last three kilometers it's very hard. Then if you have some power you can put it on the 52 chainring, so I think the difference will be made in those last three kilometers.

  30. 14:41:18 BST

    1.Stef Clement (Rabobank) 30:28
    2.Alessandro De Marchi (Androni) +0:19
    3.David Millar (Garmin-Cervelo) +0:23
    4.Simon Spilak (Lampre) +0:36
    5.Sylveser Szmyd (Liquigas) +0:3

  31. 14:43:46 BST

    Carlos Sastre will be starting soon. He's had  a poor Giro so far.

  32. 14:45:40 BST

    Popovych just came over the line in 74th place.

  33. 14:48:11 BST

    Navarro, Contador's man for the mountains is coming to the line and he should get a top five time, as down the hill Carlos Sastre begins his time trial.


    but here comes Samoilau and with the best time. 29:54

  34. 14:48:52 BST

    Impressive from the Movistar rider who takes over 30 seconds off Clement's lead.

  35. 14:49:10 BST

    Di Luca just came over the line in 31st place in case you were wondering.

  36. 14:52:57 BST

    Miholjevic has just gone through the intermediate time check fastest, Weening 8th fastest.

  37. 14:53:50 BST

    Italian national tt champion Marco Pinotti crosses himself, 3, 2, 1, and he's off.

  38. 14:57:31 BST

    Pinotti came into the race looking for a top ten place - like he achieved last year - but he's found it hard going due to illness.

    Kiserlovski is out on the road and not far from the finish. He's looking good at the moment. Sastre is roughly half-way through his TT.

  39. 14:58:17 BST

    Visconti comes over the line in 7th. That's not too shabby at all.

  40. 14:59:25 BST

    1.Braunislau Samoilau (Movistar) 29:54
    2.Stef Clement (Rabobank) +0:34
    3.Diego Ulissi (Lampre) +0:36
    4.Alessandro De Marchi (Androni) +0:53
    5.David Millar (Garmin-Cervelo) +0:57
    6.Daniel Navarro (Saxo Bank) +1:05
    7.Givanni Visconti (Farnese Vini) +1:08
    8.Simon Spilak (Lampre) +1:10
    9.Sylveser Szmyd (Liquigas) +1:11
    10.Filippo Savini (Colnago) +1:13

  41. 15:02:31 BST

    Pinotti is on a flyer, he's gone through the time check in second place.

  42. 15:06:00 BST

    Serpa has just come over the line in 24th place. Not great to honest, really.

  43. 15:08:00 BST

    Pirazzi up to the line and his time will be good enough for a top five time. Here he comes...

  44. 15:08:23 BST

    30:34 and into 4th.

  45. 15:09:48 BST

    Sastre out of the saddle, fighting with his bike. It's hard to believe that this man won the Tour de France just under three years ago.

  46. 15:12:01 BST

    As Pinotti is about to catch and pass Machado. The Shack rider was a dark horse for the top ten at the start of the race.

  47. 15:13:15 BST

    Here's our current top ten:

    1.Braunislau Samoilau (Movistar) 29:54
    2.Stef Clement (Rabobank) +0:34
    3.Diego Ulissi (Lampre) +0:36
    4.Alessandro De Marchi (Androni) +0:53
    5.David Millar (Garmin-Cervelo) +0:57
    6.Daniel Navarro (Saxo Bank) +1:05
    7.Givanni Visconti (Farnese Vini) +1:08
    8.Simon Spilak (Lampre) +1:10
    9.Sylveser Szmyd (Liquigas) +1:11
    10.Filippo Savini (Colnago) +1:13

  48. 15:14:01 BST

    Miholjevic has crossed the line in second, 5 seconds down.

  49. 15:17:44 BST

    And Sastre is coming up to the line. I do like his style of climbing, I really do. And he's over the line in 30:51, 8th place.

  50. 15:18:46 BST

    Machado isn't giving up and he's still with Pinotti. Not drafting of course as Arroyo starts his time trial.

  51. 15:20:36 BST

    Sivtsov on the course, roughly 4 km into his ride as Kiryienka comes over the line in 3rd. That's two Movistar riders in the top three at the moment, all of them riding for Tondo.

  52. 15:21:32 BST

    Sictsov has gone through the time check in second place. He could get  a top five today. As we see Rodriguez start his tt.

  53. 15:24:28 BST

    And Pinotti moves into the lead by a single second. Bravo Marco. HTC will be happy with that. Lots of big names to come of course.

  54. 15:27:22 BST

    Pinotti talking to the press. It's in Italian, but I think he said that he can't wait to head back to the hotel and write another blog for CN.

    Ok Marco, steady on.

  55. 15:29:30 BST

    And Menchov about to start his tt. Silence at the start as he rolls out. I think I heard one person clap. He's of course won this race in 2009.

    Seriously, he needs to pull out a big ride today. he's still got a chance of finishing on the podium. We've seen a number of rider fall by the wayside but he's kept at the same level so far. That bodes well for the final week. We'll never see him attack the favourites, just grind his way through the race as other riders pop off the back.

  56. 15:29:55 BST

    And Garzelli goes top of the leader board. 12 seconds ahead of Pinotti.

  57. 15:31:28 BST

    Garzelli, again interviewed in Italian. Saying something about wanting to finish as fast as possible in order to go back to the hotel and read Pinotti's CN blog.

  58. 15:33:34 BST

    Roman K goes through the first time check in 6th. He'll need to step up and put in a better ride than that. A lot of top ten/top five riders bunch together on GC.

  59. 15:34:04 BST

    Le Mevel comes over the line in 88th place, that's a real shocker from the Garmin-Cervelo rider.

  60. 15:34:37 BST

    Nieve has just started his TT, Gadret will be next.

  61. 15:34:54 BST

    Top ten:

    1.Stefano Garzelli (Acqua & Sapone) 29:41
    2.Marco Pinotti (HTC-Highroad) +0:12
    3.Braunislau Samoilau (Movistar) +0:13
    4.Vladimir Miholjevic (Acqua & Sapone) +0:18
    5.Paolo Tiralongo (Astana) +0:31
    6.Vasiliy Kiryienka (Movistar) +0:45
    7.Stef Clement (Rabobank) +0:47
    8.Diego Ulissi (Lampre) +0:49
    9.Stefano Pirazzi (Colnago) +0:3
    10.Alessandro De Marchi (Androni) +1:06

  62. 15:35:27 BST

    Nibali meanwhile just making his way to the start house.

  63. 15:36:53 BST

    Sivtsov starting to crack a little but he's still in there and giving it everything as Gadret begins his TT.

  64. 15:39:08 BST

    Rodriguez started out on  his TT bike and then swapped to his road machine. He's the only rider who has done that so far.

  65. 15:40:49 BST

    And Nibali starts his TT. A lot of pressure on his shoulders today, he needs to bounce back from the last few days. He's at least given Contador something to think about in the race but Scarponi is now ahead of Nibali and GC.

  66. 15:41:33 BST

    The first downhill section will suit Nibali and he's started like a bullet. Scarponi in the start house, he can feel Contador's presence behind him.

  67. 15:43:41 BST

    Sivtsov coming to the line, he wont beat Garzelli but he does cross the line 7th, 40 seconds down on Garzelli. Not a bad time from the HTC-Highroad man.

  68. 15:46:32 BST

    And there goes Contador. number 181, all in pink apart from a black arm band in respect to Tondo.

  69. 15:47:05 BST

    Will we see the Spaniard stamp his authority on the race again and take the stage?

  70. 15:47:37 BST

    Anton meanwhile is 6th fastest at the finish.

  71. 15:48:06 BST

    And Nibali goes fastest at the time check, by 1 second. That's a good start from the Italian.

  72. 15:49:06 BST

    Contador, his hands folded over the bars and then onto the hoods when he gets out of the saddle. He turns a much smaller gear that most of his rivals but it works so well.

  73. 15:49:33 BST

    Nibali getting great support from the Italian fans as he works on the harder sections of the course.

  74. 15:52:27 BST

    And Rodriguez comes over the line in 5th place. 19 seconds down on Garzelli.

  75. 15:52:49 BST

    1.Stefano Garzelli (Acqua & Sapone) 29:41
    2.Marco Pinotti (HTC-Highroad) +0:12
    3.Braunislau Samoilau (Movistar) +0:13
    4.Vladimir Miholjevic (Acqua & Sapone) +0:18
    5.Paolo Tiralongo (Astana) +0:31
    6.Igor Anton (Euskaltel) +0:35
    7.Steven Kruiswijk (Rabobank) +0:38
    8.Kanstantsin Sivtsov (HTC-Highroad)+0:40
    9.Vasiliy Kiryienka (Movistar) +0:45
    10.Stef Clement (Rabobank) +0:47

  76. 15:54:25 BST

    Contador on a long drag and tucked over the bars again as if he's riding a TT bike. A quick check on his watch and then another look ahead. He's off the pace. 13th at the first time check. That's a surprise. I thought he's be faster, he should improve on the climb.

  77. 15:55:55 BST

    Is Contador holding back or is he at the limit? As Roman K pulls a ride out of the bag. He's second, 3seconds off Garzelli. He was down at the first check so paced his ride well. Is Contador doing the same? I remember him blowing up big time at the Olympics in 2008 in the TT. I'm not sure.

  78. 15:58:10 BST

    Contador hits a steeper section as Menchov comes up to the line. He looks good. 3rd for the Russian. He keeps his battle with Roman going.

  79. 15:58:37 BST

    1.Stefano Garzelli (Acqua & Sapone) 29:41
    2.Roman Kreuziger (Astana) +0:02
    3.Denis Menchov (Geox) +0:06
    4.Marco Pinotti (HTC-Highroad) +0:12
    5.Braunislau Samoilau (Movistar) +0:13
    6.Vladimir Miholjevic (Acqua & Sapone) +0:18
    7.Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) +0:19
    8.Paolo Tiralongo (Astana) +0:31
    9.Igor Anton (Euskaltel) +0:35
    10.Steven Kruiswijk (Rabobank) +0:38

  80. 15:58:59 BST

    5km for Scarponi.

  81. 15:59:49 BST

    Contador is just sprinting out of the corners. I wish we had another time check before the finish.

  82. 16:00:58 BST

    Rujano comes to the line and he sets the fastest time. 29.37. 7 seconds faster than Garzelli.

  83. 16:06:54 BST

    Huge crowds at the top for Scarponi and Nibali. Contador meanwhile doesn't look great at the moment it has to be said.

  84. 16:07:21 BST

    1.Jose Rujano (Androni) 29:34
    2.Stefano Garzelli (Acqua & Sapone) +0:07
    3.Roman Kreuziger (Astana) +0:09
    4.Denis Menchov (Geox) +0:13
    5.Marco Pinotti (HTC-Highroad) +0:19
    6.Braunislau Samoilau (Movistar) +0:20
    7.Vladimir Miholjevic (Acqua & Sapone) +0:25
    8.Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) +0:26
    9.Paolo Tiralongo (Astana) +0:38
    10.Igor Anton (Euskaltel) +0:42

  85. 16:07:33 BST

    Gadret in 13th, around 40 seconds down.

  86. 16:07:59 BST

    Nibali meanwhile has 900 meters left.

  87. 16:08:26 BST

    While Contador has 3km to go.

  88. 16:09:52 BST

    Nibali driving to the line.  I think he'll go fastest and he's out of the saddle with 100 to go. To the line in 29:29. he's the fastest so far. What does Scarponi and Contador think of that?

  89. 16:11:05 BST

    Contador hasn't got out of the saddle in a while, his shoulders are rocking slightly.

  90. 16:11:57 BST

    Now he jumps and and sprints up the climb for a few brief seconds. Scarponi is close to the finish, can he topple Nibali?

  91. 16:12:51 BST

    He's four seconds slower than Nibali. What can Contador do?

  92. 16:13:40 BST

    He's got 1km to and he's got around 2 minutes left to beat Nibali. It's going to be close actually.

  93. 16:14:20 BST

    Out of the saddle again, and again.

  94. 16:14:49 BST

    Contador is going to take this. He looked under severe pressure in the first half of the TT but he's come storming back.

  95. 16:15:41 BST

    34 seconds faster than Nibali. 34. He's just blown the opposition away.

  96. 16:17:13 BST

    1.Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank) 28:55
    2.Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) +0:34
    3.Michele Scarponi (Lampre9 +0:38
    4.Jose Rujano (Androni) +0:39
    5.Stefano Garzelli (Acqua & Sapone) +0:46
    6.Roman Kreuziger (Astana) +0:49
    7.Denis Menchov (Geox) +0:52
    8.Marco Pinotti (HTC-Highroad) +0:58
    9.Braunislau Samoilau (Movistar) +0:59
    10.Vladimir Miholjevic (Acqua & Sapone) +1:04

  97. 16:19:16 BST

    General classification after stage 16#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult 1Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard62:43:37  2Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:04:58  3Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:05:45  4John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:07:35  5José Rujano Guillen (Ven) Androni Giocattoli0:09:18  6Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:09:22 
  98. 16:19:52 BST

    Thanks for joining us today. We'll be back tomorrow for more action from the Giro d'Italia.

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