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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 11, Stage 5: Piombino - Orvieto 191km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Stephen Farrand

Hello and welcome to the Cyclingnews.com live coverage from the Giro d'Italia. Today's fifth stage is from Piombino to Orvieto.

  1. 13:17:49 BST

    After Tuesday’s stage was neutralised in memory of Wouter Weylandt, the riders have left Piombino on the Tuscany coast and are racing. The first hour was covered at an average speed 45,200 km/h.

  2. 13:18:08 BST

    A total of 197 riders are left in the Giro after the Leopard Trek team decided to leave the race last night.

  3. 13:19:39 BST

    The only attack today came from Martin Kohler (BMC). He jumped away after 12km and was quickly allowed to open a huge gap. 

  4. 13:22:16 BST

    The gap reached 4:50 after 23km and touched 11:50 after 51km with 150km left torace.

  5. 13:22:41 BST

    The gap reached 4:50 after 23km and touched 11:50 after 51km with 150km left to race.

  6. 13:23:04 BST

    The gap reached 4:50 after 23km and touched 11:50 after 51km with 150km left to race.

  7. 13:23:46 BST

    The gap reached 4:50 after 23km and touched 11:50 after 51km with 150km left to race.

  8. 13:25:58 BST

    The gap reached a maximum of 12:50 but has since gradually fallen and is now 9:00 after 80km of the stage.

  9. 13:27:11 BST

    Today's stage has been awarded three stars because of the sting in the tail of the 201km ride to Orvieto in the central region on Umbria.

  10. 13:31:55 BST

    Last year the stage to Montalcino became  legendary because the riders had to tackle the dirt roads under pouring rain. This year the weather is warm and sunny but the stage includes 19km of dirt roads and some three sahort climbs and three tricky descents on the dirt.

  11. 13:36:49 BST

    Martin Kohler (BMC Racing).

  12. 13:37:55 BST

    This is an archive image of Martin Kohler from earleir this year. 

  13. 98km remaining from 191km

    13:46:29 BST

    The peloton is passing through the feed zone and collecting their musette containing their race food.

  14. 13:48:42 BST

    BMC directeur sportif Max Sciandri has told Italian television that Kohler's attack was planned because the US team has identified five stages when they bleeive they have a possibility of winning the stage. 

  15. 13:50:29 BST

    The dirt roads later in the stage are divided into three sectors:

    The first includes a nasty climb at 15% to Croce di Fighine which lasts two kilometres. The descent is a mix of dirt and asphalt roads.
     

  16. 13:52:52 BST

    The third sector is short but is a warm-up for the third sector which is a testing 9.5km long. It climbs and descends and twists and turns. Position in the peloton will be vital. Last year Vincenzo Nibali was brought down by a teammate and lost the pink jersey.

  17. 13:54:50 BST

    The stage finishes with a three kilometre climb at 12% but the road eases for the final kilometre and so there will be a sprint for the time bonuses.

  18. 13:56:16 BST

    The Garmin-Cervelo team is riding on the front, defending David Millar's pink jersey.

  19. 13:57:51 BST

    Millar pulled on a special vintage maglia rosa after the finish in Livorno on Tuesday to make the 80th birthday of the pink race leader's jersey. The Giro is over a hundred years old but the maglia rosa was introduced later to help promte sales of the Gazzetta dello Sport newsaper that, even today, is still printed on pink paper.

  20. 14:00:02 BST

    The stage is currently climbnig the lower slopes of the extinct Monte Amiata volcano. Just after the riders will ride through the vineyards of southern Tuscany, where some of the best reds is made.   

  21. 14:01:51 BST

    Kohler is pedaling hard with his arms on the tops abnd seems determined to stay away as long as possible.

  22. 14:02:50 BST

    Millar leads the Giro by just a few seconds and so will have to fight to hold onto the pink jersey. 

  23. 14:05:28 BST

    Angel Vicioso Arcos (Androni Giocattoli is second overall at seven seconds, Kanstantsin Sivtsov (HTC-Highroad) is third at nine seconds, as are his teammate Marco Pinotti and Craig Lewis.

  24. 14:07:33 BST

    Jonathan Vaughters wrote an emtional blog for Cyclingnews about the day Lewis was involved in a terrible crash. 

    You can read it here: www.cyclingnews.com/blogs/jonathan-vaughters/to-live-and-be-alive

  25. 14:09:53 BST

    Today the riders are racing again but haven't forgotten about the events of the last two days.

  26. 14:11:08 BST

    The peloton is now racing for the time bonuses at the sprint of Arcidosso. Kohler took first place but there are other bonus seconds up for grabs that could contribute to the maglia rosa changing hands. 

  27. 14:11:53 BST

    Crash.

     

  28. 14:12:27 BST

    Millar and Vicioso were fighting for the sprint but touched and went down.

  29. 14:13:02 BST

    They took a different line around some road furniture and then hit each other.

  30. 14:13:16 BST

    Both quickly got up and are ok.

  31. 77km remaining from 191km

    14:15:59 BST

    Kohler is now on the descent, while Millar's pink jersey is dirty and scuffed after his crash. 

  32. 14:24:56 BST

    Riche Porte (Saxo Bank-SunGard) expected the racing on the dirt roads to shake up the race. He told Cyclingnews at the start: "I think it's going to be a real shit fight. I think I would have preferred rain, as more guys would have been beaten before the start."

    “The Croce di Fighine really kicks up at the left hand bend 500 metres from summit. Before that it's not so steep, but the roads are narrow and dust will be everywhere, so it will be very important to be in front before the climb starts.”

    “The descent will cause problems too, roads are unmade most of the way down. Teams have staff waiting with spare wheels over the top of the climb.”
     

  33. 70km remaining from 191km

    14:29:55 BST

    Kohler's lead is melting under the Tuscan sun.

  34. 14:33:25 BST

    There is a moving message on the road: 108 Vive (108 lives). Wouter Weylandt had race number 108 and race organisers have decided not to asign the number for future editions of the Giro.

  35. 14:34:59 BST

    The peloton is fighting for the climber's points.

     

     

  36. 14:36:28 BST

    Kohler was first over the climb, with Gianluca Brambilla (Colnago-CSF) taking second place ahead of Christophe Le Mevel (Garmin-Cervelo). 

  37. 14:44:31 BST

    As you may have seen earlier today, the Leopard Trek team has created a donation account were peopel can make donations that will go Wouter Weylandt's family and especially his partner An-Sophe who is due to give birth in September.

    Details of the account, with updated information on how to pay via Pay Pal, are here:   www.cyclingnews.com/news/leopard-trek-create-donation-account-to-help-weylandts-family

  38. 14:46:19 BST

    Up front Kohler is still pedalling furiously and tucking tight on the descent to the foot of the  climb to Croce di Fighine, that includes a sector of dirt road.

  39. 14:47:13 BST

    The teams have some special equipment for the dirt roads. Riders have 24mm or 25mm tubulars.

  40. 14:47:44 BST

    Two riders have crashed on the descent but both are up and away.

  41. 14:49:17 BST

    Christiano Salerno (Liquigas-Cannondale) was away quickly, as was Richie Porte (Saxo Bank-SunGard). Chris Butler (BMC) took a little longer to get up but is now chasing to get back on.

  42. 51km remaining from 191km

    14:51:50 BST

    After three hours and 140km of racing, the average speed is close to 40km/h.

  43. 14:53:06 BST

    Another crash on the descent as riders touch wheels.

  44. 14:53:39 BST

    Vasili Kiryienka (Movistar Team) went down but is not hurt.

  45. 14:54:24 BST

    He is in the team car caravan, trying to get back up the peloton.

  46. 48km remaining from 191km

    14:55:19 BST

    Kohler's lead is exactly seven minutes. 

  47. 14:55:57 BST

    Matt Wilson is now on the front for Garmin-Cervelo, with Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank) just behind him. 

  48. 14:57:58 BST

    Before the stage, Contador described today's stage as 'complicated'. He knows there is a risk of losing a few precious seconds today. Or even more if some one punctures on the dirt roads or crashes. 

  49. 46km remaining from 191km

    14:59:07 BST

    The first dirt road sector is now just nine kilmoetres away. But following his crash, Porte is now at the back of the peloton.

  50. 15:01:08 BST

    Porte is at the back but the rest of the Saxo Bank team is at the front protecting Contador. 

  51. 15:05:34 BST

    The Giro is in the south of Tuscany now. The rolling hills are spectacular but they wil lsoon give way to the dirt roads, the roads used by the farmers to move between their fields and vines.

  52. 43km remaining from 191km

    15:06:39 BST

    Garmin-Cervelo is still leading the peloton. 

  53. 15:07:25 BST

    Each team has several staff members long the dirt roads with spare wheels and bottles. Technical support could be vital today.

  54. 15:07:48 BST

    There is yet another minor crash, as riders touch wheels.

  55. 15:09:07 BST

    Cyril Dessel (AG2R La Mondiale) is changing his bike while Borut Bozic (Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team) needed a wheel change. Fortunately they are all up and away.

  56. 15:10:52 BST

    Does Kohler have a chance of staying away and winning the stage? On a normal stage perhaps yes. But this is not a normal stage.

  57. 40km remaining from 191km

    15:13:06 BST

    Kohler's leading is fading gradually and he will surely lose more time on thedirt road climb and the technical descent.

  58. 39km remaining from 191km

    15:13:54 BST

    Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) is expected to attack on the descent.

  59. 15:15:02 BST

    Kohler is now on the dirt road climb. The entrance is very narrow and so it will be chaos for the peloton. 

  60. 15:16:06 BST

    Astana is now on the front, protecting Roman Kreuziger.

  61. 15:17:18 BST

    The dirt roads are divided into three sectors:

    The first includes as a nasty climb at 15% to Croce di Fighine which lasts two kilometres. The descent is a mix of dirt and asphalt roads.

    The third sector is short but is a warm-up for the third sector which is a testing 9.5km long. It climbs and descends and twists and turns. Position in the peloton will be vital. Last year Vincenzo Nibali was brought down by a teammate and lost the pink jersey.
     

  62. 15:18:43 BST

    Kohler is on the steepest part of the climb, as the peloton hits the climb, with Liquigas on the front.

  63. 15:19:03 BST

    Popovych is trying to get away.

  64. 15:19:55 BST

    Kohler is pushing a gear, sat in the saddle. He knows that if he stands on the pedals, his back wheel slip. 

  65. 15:20:51 BST

    Because of the hot, dry weather, the roads are very dusty, making it difficult for the riders in the peloton to see.

  66. 36km remaining from 191km

    15:21:43 BST

    The bunch is lined out with rider going out of the back. Popovych has been caught as the steepest section of the climb nears forthe bunch.

  67. 15:22:30 BST

    Ouch! Tough hairpins are switching up the hillside. 

  68. 15:23:47 BST

    The peloton is nearing the top of the climb.

  69. 15:24:13 BST

    The front group is just 3:20 behind Kohler.

  70. 15:24:28 BST

    Millar has been distanced over the top of the climb.

  71. 15:24:52 BST

    Millar is at least 40 seconds behind the leaders.

  72. 15:25:45 BST

    There is a front group of 20 or so riders as the descent on the dirt road begins.

  73. 33km remaining from 191km

    15:26:50 BST

    Kohler is back on normal roads. Can he stay away?

  74. 15:27:39 BST

    The dust is causing havoc for the riders.

  75. 15:28:03 BST

    Nibali has attacked on the descent!

  76. 15:28:27 BST

    Who can follow him? He's known as one of the bestr descenders in the sport.

  77. 15:28:54 BST

    But even Nibali is struggling on the rough, dirt corners.

  78. 15:29:36 BST

    He wobbles and lets the bike run on the dirt corners and then acclerates away on the straights.

  79. 15:30:54 BST

    Kohler's attack is not in vain. He has already secured the green climber's jersey thanks making it to the top of the two climbs of the stage.

  80. 15:32:31 BST

    A front group is forming behind Nibali.

  81. 15:33:06 BST

    Bram Tankink (Rabobank) has attacked from the front group.

  82. 27km remaining from 191km

    15:34:24 BST

    Kohler is back on the dirt roads. 

  83. 15:35:31 BST

    There is only a dozen riders in the front chase group, as Stefano Garzelli Acqua & Sapone accelerates away.

  84. 15:36:51 BST

    The chasers are also on the next dirt sector. The roads climbs and there is another crazy descent on the dirt roads.

  85. 26km remaining from 191km

    15:37:37 BST

    There is a front group of 60 riders forming. Surprisingy Giovanni Visconti (Farnese Vini) is not with them.

  86. 25km remaining from 191km

    15:39:00 BST

    Millar has one teammate with him as he tries to chase back on to the front group.

  87. 15:39:42 BST

    The team leaders have eased slightly, as Tankink and Cataldo (Quick Step) hang off the front.

  88. 24km remaining from 191km

    15:41:22 BST

    Gadret goes off the front as the front group rides to stop Millar getting back on. Kohler is still clear up front.

  89. 15:42:27 BST

    Millar grabs a bottle of water but he seems to accept that he is losing the pink jersey.

  90. 15:44:45 BST

    Kohler is on the dirt descent now. His lead is just 1:45 to Tankink and Cataldo. The front group is just behind, with Millar a futher minute down. 

  91. 15:45:30 BST

    Lars Petter Nordhaug (Team Sky) has punctured, while Cataldo goes down on a corner and slides off the road.

  92. 15:45:56 BST

    Tankink also lost his chain. This is chaos.

  93. 15:47:05 BST

    Millar is now without teammates and has only two other riders who can help him later.

  94. 20km remaining from 191km

    15:47:37 BST

    Millar refuses to give up hope and is chasing hard.

  95. 15:48:51 BST

    Millar can see the front group but the gap is too much to close alone.

  96. 15:51:40 BST

    The front group includes about 50 riders and they are lined out on the final dirt road sector.

  97. 17km remaining from 191km

    15:52:26 BST

    Millar can see them on a long straight sector but the gap is not closing as he fights for pink.

  98. 15:53:22 BST

    Pinotti accelerates on the front of the l;ead group. He's avoiding possible crashes and is trying to distrance Millar.

  99. 15:54:10 BST

    But Millar is getting back on to the back of the group. Now he's got to go after PInotti and others.

  100. 15:54:46 BST

    Garzelli has punctured but is chasing to get back to the group. 

  101. 15:55:22 BST

    The dust blown up by the race can be seen from the finish in Oriveto, some 15km away. 

  102. 15km remaining from 191km

    15:56:12 BST

    The riders are back on normal roads. The dirt roads are over for most of them.

  103. 15:56:58 BST

    Craig Lewis was in the front group but has been delayed by a flat.

  104. 15:58:45 BST

    Tom Slagter (Rabobank) has crashed. He crashed hard but is moving. He is being helped.

  105. 12km remaining from 191km

    15:59:18 BST

    Kohler is still off the front but the gap is just 20 seconds.

  106. 16:00:58 BST

    Gadret and Weening are about to catch Kohler. 

  107. 16:01:58 BST

    Slagter cut his head in the crash but is not seriously hurt.

  108. 8km remaining from 191km

    16:03:36 BST

    The front group is just a handful of seconds behind the leading trio, as Weening accelerates.

  109. 16:04:43 BST

    Slagter is still being treated on the road but is moving his legs. However his Giro seems over.

  110. 5km remaining from 191km

    16:07:14 BST

    Weening is giving it everything up front. The bunch is just 34 seconds behind.

  111. 16:07:54 BST

    There are three flat kilometres to go and then the final steep climb to the finish.

  112. 16:08:36 BST

    Caros Sastre (Geox) is at the back of the front group. He has avoided losing time to his main rivals today.

  113. 16:09:49 BST

    Lampre are riding on the front to set-up Scarponi for the final climb. The gap to Weening is 40 seconds.

  114. 16:10:23 BST

    David Millar is carefully placed in the front group now. He has to stay with the leaders to hang on to the maglia rosa.

  115. 16:11:05 BST

    Gadret and Kohler have been caught. Only Weening is out front as the big nsames get ready for the final steep climb.

  116. 2km remaining from 191km

    16:11:38 BST

    Lofkvust is on the front, then Garzelli

  117. 16:12:02 BST

    But Millar has blown and sat up. He will lose the pink jersey, despite a brave fight.

  118. 16:12:18 BST

    Pinotti is there and so could take the pink jersey at the finish.

  119. 1.5km remaining from 191km

    16:12:49 BST

    Scarponi attack on the climb. He's got a gap.

  120. 1km remaining from 191km

    16:13:37 BST

    Weening is still clear but the overall contenders are chasing him.

  121. 16:14:14 BST

    Weening has about 200 metres lead at the start of the last kilometre. But Arrayo attacks behind.

  122. 16:14:44 BST

    What a finale! Weening has just eight seconds

  123. 16:15:20 BST

    Nieve of Euskatel attacks but Weening is in sight of the finish.

  124. 16:15:41 BST

    Weening wins and celebrates waving his arms in the sky.

  125. 16:17:25 BST

    Duarte took second place a few seconds behind Weening, with Serpa third. It is going to be close in the overall classification. 

  126. 16:18:05 BST

    Weening is the new provisional race leader. He will pull on the pink jersey as well as taking the stage victory.

  127. 16:19:21 BST

    Millar finishes the stage 2:50 behind Weening, with his maglia rosa covered in dust and dirt. 

  128. 16:21:05 BST

    Weening has been confirmed as the new race leader, with Marco Pinotti now second overall, just two seconds down on the Dutchman.

     

  129. 16:22:46 BST

    Phew. That was, as expected, a thrilling stage. The dirt climbs and descents made for some spectacular racing.

  130. 16:25:17 BST

    In the overall classification, Kanstantsin Siutsou (HTC-Highroad) is third overall at two seconds. Christophe Le Mevel (Garmin-Cervelo) is fourth at four seconds.

  131. 16:27:55 BST

    As Weeninng climbs on the podium and pulls on the pink jersey, that's it from our live coverage today.

    Join us again tomorrow for more live coverage from stage six, from Orvieto to Fiuggi Terme, near Rome.