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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

      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

      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
      Location
      Milan
  • Race history

May 27, Stage 19: Bergamo - Macugnaga 209km

Complete live report

Live commentary by:
hedwig kröner

Welcome back to the penultimate mountain stage of this year's Giro d'Italia, featuring the mid-race Cat. 1 climb of Mottarone and a final ascent to Macugnaga, labeled "only" Cat. 3. It's the third-to-last chance to challenge GC-dominator Alberto Contador... and get a stage victory. Any takers?

  1. 13:27:55 CEST

    Today's stage is 209 kilometres long and climbs up to 1,341 metres above sea level. The Mottarone climb is 13.8 kilometres long with an average gradient of 6.2 percent (slopes reaching a maximum of 14 percent). The final climb to Macugnaga is less challenging in terms of gradient but exhaustingly long with 28.2 kilometres. It averages 3.9 percent with maximum gradients up to 12.

  2. 120km remaining from 209km

    13:28:40 CEST

    We have a three-man breakaway: Jérôme Pineau from Quickstep, Matteo Rabottini from Farnese Vini and Lars Bak of Team HTC. The three have been away since km 51 and currently have 7.25 minutes over the peloton.

  3. 13:36:07 CEST

    It's been raining since the start of the stage, and although temperatures have now risen to 20° Celsius, the wet conditions don't make life any easier for the Giro peloton, already exhausted after almost three weeks of intense racing.
     

  4. 13:41:50 CEST

    The leaders have now reached the feed zone in Sesto Calende. The first of the two climbs will start shortly, and with an advantage of almost 12 minutes right now, Pineau et al. have all their options open today.

  5. 13:44:26 CEST

    The Frenchman was last year's rider with the most breakaway kilometres. He received the "Trofeo Fuga" 2010. Leading this classification this year is Yaroslav Popovych (Radioshack), who also wanted to get into a break today but encountered too much support!

  6. 13:45:20 CEST

    A group of riders attacked from the start in Bergamo shortly before 11.30am CET, including "Popo". 19 riders got away, but only got a gap aof about 25 seconds and were caught again after 28 kilometres raced.

    The riders were: Cyril Dessel (AG2R), Giairo Ermetti (Androni), Chad Beyer (BMC), Daniel Sesma and Jorge Azanza ((Euskaltel), Giampaolo Cheula (Geox), Pavel Brutt and Giampaolo Caruso (Katusha), Simon Spilak (Lampre), Branislau Samoilau (Movistar), Robert Kiserlovski (Astana), Elia Favilli (Franese), Dennis Van Winden (Rabobank), Laurent Didier (Saxo Bank), Kjell Carlström (Sky), Peter Stetina (Garmin), Yaroslav Popovych and Ivan Rovny (Radioshack) and Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil).
     

  7. 13:52:16 CEST

    Earlier on in the stage, as the leading trio had just formed and established a gap of four minutes with 150 kilometres still ahead of them, Pineau launched an attack on Bak and Rabottini - but the two were unfazed and caught him again a few kilometres later.

    We wonder what they told him afterwards... or why Pineau even tried to get away. What a strange move - perhaps a bet?

  8. 13:55:00 CEST

    They have started the Mottarone ascent. Predictably, the gap has decreased a little to 9.45.

    Katusha's Pavel Brutt tried to counter-attack out of the field, but no-one came to help him - he's back in the bunch.

  9. 14:00:03 CEST

    A similar move was made around km 70, when Laurent Didier (Saxo Bank) and Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Katusha) jumped away from the peloton in a crazy attempt to bridge up to the leaders, then already riding nine minutes ahead of them.

    Needless to say, they did not make it very far.

  10. 100km remaining from 209km

    14:03:02 CEST

    The first part of the Mottarone is not too hard, but the tough gradients are sure coming up soon.

    100 kilometres left to go.

  11. 14:10:41 CEST

    The Mottarone is the sort of a climb that gradually becomes harder, a real leg-breaker. It's almost 14 kilometers long and includes steep ramps of a maximum of 14 percent, averaging 6.2.

    But the real fun starts with three kilometers to the top: the last 3000 meters average 9.5 percent!

  12. 14:15:32 CEST

    The gap is shrinking, now at 7.30 minutes.

    Pineau is a good climber as he has shown at last year's Tour de France. He could stand a chance if he saves enough time into the final climb, not as challenging as the first.

    We don't expect much of a battle for the GC today, but a lot of riders are still motivated to win a stage as today's multiple counter-attacks have shown. If the gap comes down further, within realistic reach, we might see more riders trying to bridge up.

  13. 14:26:29 CEST

    The leaders have lost another minute. The peloton seems to have put on a chasing pace; perhaps the teams riding for GC are getting nervous about possible attacks.

  14. 84km remaining from 209km

    14:33:49 CEST

    Only four minutes left over the bunch for Pineau, Bak and Rabottini.This going to be difficult.

  15. 14:38:22 CEST

    It's actually Acqua and Sapone doing the work in the front of the bunch. They could target more mountain points for Stefano Garzelli, leader of the KOM classification. He leads Contador by 11 points, and there are 25 for grabs on top of the Mottarone...

  16. 82km remaining from 209km

    14:40:32 CEST

    The gap is down to 2.56 minutes. Pineau and his companions are struggling to keep it up as Acqua and Sapone put on a furious pace.

  17. 14:44:40 CEST

    With eight kilometres still to go beofre to summit, our leading trio has little hope left of making it through.

  18. 14:54:22 CEST

    Bak has lost contact of Pineau and Rabottini. This hurts.

  19. 14:55:30 CEST

    They have 1.36 minutes left from the bunch. They are in the last section of the climb now, the hardest part.

  20. 14:56:49 CEST

    Garzelli ahs attacked! While Bak fought hard to come back to Pineau and Rabottini.

  21. 15:01:21 CEST

    Garzelli is chasing hard to reach the leaders. But they've made it to the top! Pineau secured the 15 points, Garzelli still gets 3.

  22. 15:04:16 CEST

    The descent is very fast. Garzelli has now bridged up to Pineau, Bak and Rabottini, with BMC's Johann Tschopp and AG2R's Cherel chasing.

  23. 15:11:56 CEST

    Chérel and Tschopp are still chasing, but there are not very far from the leadzers, only 15 seconds. We don't know how far back the bunch is, though.

  24. 61km remaining from 209km

    15:13:44 CEST

    Chérel and Tschopp have made it. We have six leaders now, with an advantage of two minutes over the bunch.

  25. 15:15:47 CEST

    They are descending through tiny villages, narrow mountain roads. Good it's stopped raining!

  26. 15:19:39 CEST

    Bak is taking it cautiously on this descent, he is the last man in the group but always manages to hang on.

    There will be a flat 20 kilometres after this descent, then the last climb.

  27. 15:24:24 CEST

    The break has gotten a little more leash, they are now riding 3'23" in front of the bunch.

    The clouds are still hanging low in the sky but the roads reamin dry at the moment. It's 14° Celsius in the finish...

  28. 51km remaining from 209km

    15:26:12 CEST

    The leader's advanate continues to grow, now at 4'50.

  29. 15:28:01 CEST

    We wrote too fats: it's started raining again! No-one in the lead group has a rain jacket or even long sleeves.

  30. 15:35:13 CEST

    They are racing ona two-lane road now, everyone of them taking turns on the flat. They are coming up to the intermediate sprint in Ornavasso now.

  31. 15:40:21 CEST

    The gap has come down to 2.30 minutes. Not much with 41 kilometres uphill left to go. Garzelli will have to do it on his own if he wants to standa chance for the stage win.

  32. 15:46:08 CEST

    The weather has gotten a little better, the roads are still somewhat wet but it's stopped coming down. Fingers crossed it stays like this until the finish!

  33. 15:51:49 CEST

    There's been a crash. Several riders went down, amongst them Thomas Peterson (Garmin) and Carlos Sastre (Geox), who already crashed in the beginning a the stage.

  34. 15:54:37 CEST

    Marco Pinotti (HTC), Craig Lewis (HTC), Carlos Ochoa (Androni), Luca Mazzanti (Farnese), Tiago Machado (Radioshack) and Frederik Veuchelen (Vacansoleil) apparently also went down.

    Craig Lewis (HTC) beeded medical assistance. It's not certain that he'll continue the race.

  35. 15:56:59 CEST

    Lewis is being transported to hospital.

  36. 15:58:49 CEST

    Pinotti has also abandoned the race.

    We are not sure the bunch is still together, apparently it split in two groups because of the crash.

  37. 26km remaining from 209km

    16:00:52 CEST

    The leaders are being followed at 40 seconds now that they've started the final climb to Macugnaga, less challenging in terms of gradient but exhaustingly long with 28.2 kilometres. It averages 3.9 percent with maximum gradients up to 12.

  38. 16:02:31 CEST

    Danilo Di Luca (Katusha) is leading out the bunch now. Katusha has a plan it seems, they've worked hard these past few clicks to bring the gap down.

  39. 16:03:54 CEST

    Bak is again the first to drop off the breakaway on the climb. He'll be swallowed by the peloton very soon.

  40. 16:10:53 CEST

    The road is wet again...

    Pineau and Rabottini are leading the race on their own now, as the others dropped back. They have 40 seconds.

  41. 19km remaining from 209km

    16:15:23 CEST

    Still Katusha doing the work at the front of the bunch, Di Luca in second position.

    Pineau and Rabottini have been in the lead since km 51, they are showing off a great performance.

  42. 16:16:58 CEST

    Now the sun is out! But the road stilla puddle. What a messy weather!

  43. 15km remaining from 209km

    16:20:33 CEST

    The gap is coming down, now there are only 20 seconds left for our two leaders. No wonder they're having trouble as Katusha is really driving it.

  44. 16:21:51 CEST

    Pineau taps Rabottini on the shoulder. They know it's over.

  45. 16:23:42 CEST

    Here they come. The end of the road in Vanzone for Pineau and Rabottini.

    Di Luca looks focussed as he passes them.

  46. 16:26:52 CEST

    This is a long, undulating uphill for the bigger gears. They are fast and strung out now.

  47. 16:30:06 CEST

    The tarmac is finally dry as the sun has taken over. The peloton is far from complete as many riders have had to ease off.

    Di Luca still leading out, Katusha will have to find the right moment for Rodriguez to attack. Or is the 'Killer' feeling good today?

  48. 16:31:26 CEST

    Garzelli - the mountains leader - is also out the back.

  49. 16:34:25 CEST

    We haven't been mentioning it, but of course race leader Contador is present in this group.

    Injury update: Craig Lewis (HTC) has broken his left leg in the earlier crash. He is being treated in hospital.

  50. 8km remaining from 209km

    16:35:58 CEST

    Arroyo (Movistar) has a mechanical.

  51. 7km remaining from 209km

    16:38:07 CEST

    An Astana rider attacks! It's Paolo Tiralongo.

  52. 16:39:40 CEST

    But he only has a few seconds as they come out of a tunnel, looking at who will chase him down.

  53. 16:41:11 CEST

    Tiralongo goes for it as they pass the 5km-to-go banner. They're hitting the harder perscentages now.

  54. 16:42:36 CEST

    Contador has one teammate left to keep the pace up. Race radio announces 14 seconds for Tiralongo.

  55. 16:45:23 CEST

    Tiralongo pushes on without looking back. 22 seconds. He'll make it through if noone attacks Contador behind.

  56. 16:48:04 CEST

    Hubert Dupont from AG2R attacks out of the bunch, followed by Rodriguez (Katusha), who has more firepower and passes him.

  57. 2km remaining from 209km

    16:49:45 CEST

    It's not Dupont, it's Gadret, furiously chasing Tiralongo down. Will the Italian hold on?

  58. 16:50:26 CEST

    But Contador also attacked and is now chasing Tiralongo!

  59. 16:51:07 CEST

    Contaodr passes Tiralongo  - ah what a shame for the Italian.

  60. 16:51:52 CEST

    But Contador leaves the win to Tiralongo on the line. Like a gentleman.

  61. 16:54:02 CEST

    Tiralongo and Contador knew each other from Astana days.

    Nibali was third, followed by Gadret and Rodriguez.

  62. 16:59:37 CEST

    Thanks for having joined us again today, and don't miss out on the action in tomorrow's penultimate Giro stage - another summit finish in Sestriere.

    Ciao a tutti!