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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 13, Stage 7 : Maddaloni - Montevergine di Mercogliano 110km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
hedwig kröner

Welcome back to Cyclingnews' Live coverage of the 2011 Giro d'Italia. Today's stage seven from Maddaloni to Montevergine di Mercogliano is just 110 kilometres long but provides the first of the race's eight moutaintop finishes - be prepared for some fireworks!
 

  1. 14:20:40 CEST

    The riders are currently rolling along the neutral route to the official start line. They'll be sent off at 2.25pm CET.

  2. 14:28:26 CEST

    It's a short stage - the shortest of this Giro - but stage seven is rated "high mountain" and includes two Cat. 2 climbs, the second one leading to the finish line at the Sanctuary of Montevergine. Located in the hinterland of Naples and its Vesuvio volcano, today's route undulates through the Appenines of the Campania region.

  3. 107km remaining from 110km

    14:33:31 CEST

    • Start

    They've started, and the race is already on from the gun. The bunch is racing fast and the first attacks are launched.

  4. 100km remaining from 110km

    14:37:03 CEST

    They've started, and the race is already on from the gun. The bunch is racing fast and the first attacks are launched.

  5. 100km remaining from 110km

    14:38:01 CEST

    Gruppo compatto. All is still together.

  6. 14:44:01 CEST

    It's a fine and warm day here in Italy. There's a light breeze but it shouldn't be a problem for the riders once they get into the hills.

  7. 14:46:19 CEST

    We have a breakaway attempt. Four men have jumped out of the bunch but the peloton is still just behind them: Julien Berard (AG2R), Federico Canuti (Colnago), Jerome Pineau (Quickstep) and Eduard Vorganov (Katusha).

  8. 90km remaining from 110km

    14:48:16 CEST

    They have 12 seconds. Not a lot just yet. Euskaltel is chasing amongst others.

  9. 14:52:52 CEST

    More riders bridged up and we have a ten-ish rider group. Not definite.

  10. 78km remaining from 110km

    15:01:57 CEST

    • Break

    Five riders have finally made the break, which is gaining time now. They are: Italian champion Giovanni Visconti (Franese Vini) , Matteo Montaguti (AG2R), Federico Canuti (Colnago), Jerome Pineau (Quickstep) and Lars Bak (HTC-Highroad). They have 2.54 Minutes right now.

  11. 15:03:59 CEST

    Montaguti from AG2R is the virtual maglia rosa now as they race through a small town lined with cheering spectators.

  12. 15:06:29 CEST

    Today, two Cat. 2 climbs should provide a enough of a chance for in-form climbers and finish line punchers to show themselves. The GC contenders could also get into the mix and test their rivals, but will the overall favourites' teams really want a go at carrying the responsibility of the maglia rosa this soon in the race? We somehow doubt it.

  13. 70km remaining from 110km

    15:12:46 CEST

    The gap has stabilised at 3.20 minutes. Enough of an advantage right now but the leaders will have to get away a little more if they want to stand a chance in the uphill finish.

  14. 15:20:49 CEST

    Acqua and Sapone is leading the bunch out now. Good for Rabobank!

  15. 62km remaining from 110km

    15:24:42 CEST

    The first climb, Serra della Strada, will come up soon, it starts at km 56. The roads here are sometimes narrow and twisty, suddenly rising with two-figure gradient sections. The Serra della Strada is about ten kilometres long and crests at 750 metres altitude. It also has a very technical descent, so riders will watch out.
     

  16. 15:26:35 CEST

    They are pacing down a descent right now before tackling the foot of the Serra. There are some hairpins already.

  17. 15:37:05 CEST

    The gap is down to 2.40 minutes as they start the first categorised climb. It's 9.5 kilometres long at an average of 5.3 percent. Rabobank is sharing the chase workload with Acqua and Sapone.

  18. 15:38:13 CEST

    Let's take a look at the favourites for this stage. One of them is more than obvious: Danilo Di Luca, who already won here twice in his career (2001 and 2007) and is eager for another victory since coming back from suspension. The 'Killer' will be highly motivated and is also in a good position on GC to jump away: he's already eight minutes down.

  19. 15:41:45 CEST

    Di Luca is just getting some water from his team car. If he makes it up the final climb with the favourites - who will be watching each other - he'll definitely have a go in the final couple of clicks.

  20. 50km remaining from 110km

    15:45:00 CEST

    Fifty kilometres to go. The boys from Zcqua and Sapone are pacing. They will be pulling for Stefano Garzelli, another good climber who could also score today. He's 1.09 minutes down on the current overall leader, Pieter Weening of Rabobank.

  21. 15:47:04 CEST

    Sebastian Lang from Omega Pharma Lotto has just attcked out of the bunch! An Euskaltel rider wants to come, too...

  22. 15:50:02 CEST

    It's Pierre Cazaux, who's now joined Lang. They're workign together to bridge up to the front group.

  23. 15:51:30 CEST

    • Crash

    Three riders of the bunch just crashed in a curve inside a village. But all of them got back up and continued, nothing serious.

  24. 45km remaining from 110km

    15:55:09 CEST

    The hills around here are green and lush, it looks perfect for riding. The sun is relentless, though, and the riders are sweating quite a bit. A Vacansoliel rider is coming up the second group with Cazaux and Lang. He got a bottle from a soigneur and poured it all over himself...

  25. 15:57:32 CEST

    It's Johnny Hoogerland. He's actually caught Cazaux and Lang and passed them... Looking strong but suffering a lot right now!

  26. 15:59:20 CEST

    Hoogerland is in search of his birthday present, he's turning 28 years today.

  27. 43km remaining from 110km

    16:00:38 CEST

    Hoogerland is 1.15 minutes behind our five-rider break now.

    Cazaux and Lang, who punctured, are back in the bunch.

  28. 16:02:23 CEST

    In front, Canuti tried to get away and has a little gap. He has an energy bar at the top of the climb as he starts the descent.

  29. 16:05:44 CEST

    The descent is indeed narrow with some nasty bends. Canuti crashes in a hairpin, but he gets up on his bike right away.

    His breakaway companions are back with him.

  30. 35km remaining from 110km

    16:10:46 CEST

    Hoogerland is still bridging up, he is at 50 seconds from the leaders while the bunch is at 2.20. He could catch the break but should be exhausted for the final climb from all this solo chasing...

  31. 16:17:40 CEST

    Pineau got a wheel change. The Quick Step car is in front of him twing him back.

    They are on a larger road with two lanes now, still descending fast.

    Pineau is back in the front group.

  32. 16:19:09 CEST

    Hoogerland keeps his head down as he pushes his gears. He's doing a great job, now at 26 seconds from the leaders. But he'll pay for that effort we think.

  33. 16:22:09 CEST

    The bunch keeps the gap to 2.20 at the moment. There's no relief though after the descent, the last climb starts immediately.

    Canuti's left knee is bleeding from that crash earlier. He gets some water from the Colnago car to pour over it.

  34. 16:26:34 CEST

    Hoogerland has the lead group in sight now. he's making his way through the team cars behind the five-man break...

  35. 16:27:09 CEST

    ... And now simply passes the break at an astonishing speed!!!

  36. 16:28:39 CEST

    Cool move, got us all rubbing our eyes! He's settled now, in the back of the small group, getting a bottle.

  37. 16:30:56 CEST

    Back in the bunch, Acqua and Sapone is still strung out leading the peloton. They are getting some help from Androni.

  38. 16:32:26 CEST

    Hoogerland is still driving the break, can you believe it. He seems to have no limts today.

  39. 20km remaining from 110km

    16:33:43 CEST

    They are passing through the town of Avellino now.

  40. 16:34:39 CEST

    This is the foot of the last climb. The Montevergine di Mercogliano climb is 17.1km long, and the altitude difference from bottom to top is 856 meters. The climb's average gradient is 5.6 percent, with maximum slopes up to 10 percent. The sanctuary on top of the climb is located at 1260 meters above sea level.
     

  41. 16:36:36 CEST

    Lampre's Danilo Hondo is the first man at the front of the bunch now as the field prepares for a good battle on the climb. The gap is 1.23 minutes.

  42. 16:39:31 CEST

    The intermediate sprint won by Montaguti has no effect on the classification. Jan Balelants (Omega) continues to lead.

  43. 16:40:58 CEST

    And Hoogerland attacks again! But the others follow him.

    Peloton at 50 seconds, dropping.

  44. 15km remaining from 110km

    16:42:37 CEST

    Hoogerland is now accompanied by Bak, Montaguti and Canuti. Visconti and Pineau fell back, so there are only four leaders left.

  45. 16:44:20 CEST

    Garmin took a turn at setting the pace for the bunch, now its' Geox. Garmin will be looking to Christophe Le Mével to consolidate his good placing on GC - he's fourth at five seconds from Weening.

  46. 13km remaining from 110km

    16:46:42 CEST

    Montaguti is suffering badly but not letting go. All four riders at the front are giving everything to stay away, but the bunch is moving closer and closer. 19 seconds.

  47. 16:47:50 CEST

    Gruppettos are forming. We can see one around Garmin's Murilo Fischer.

  48. 16:48:36 CEST

    Pineau is also riding a human pace now in a small group out the back.

  49. 16:49:46 CEST

    In the front, however, Bak has put on a big gear and is giving it a go as the peloton approaches. He looks back but there's nobody there anymore!

  50. 16:52:24 CEST

    Pink jersey Weening is marking Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas). Looking okay until now. But his chances to hang onto his jersey today still look thin. Once the real fireworks start, he might have to give in to a faster pace.
     

  51. 16:53:27 CEST

    De Greef from Lotto has a go out of the bunch. He's taking a few riders with him. Bak is still in front, he has 21 seconds advantage.

  52. 16:56:15 CEST

    AG2R's Mickael Cherel is also trying to get some space, as his teammate Montaguti is back inside the bunch together with Hoogerland.

    Bak is caught.

  53. 8km remaining from 110km

    16:57:45 CEST

    The climb at this point is fairly regular. There is still a big bunch together.

  54. 16:59:53 CEST

    Another attack: Bart De Clerq from Lotto tries to get away. But the pace being held high, nobody's getting a decent gap.

  55. 6km remaining from 110km

    17:01:34 CEST

    Pieter Weening is doing fine at the moment, just sitting in there. Perhaps he can defend his lead after all, if the favourites don't move.

  56. 4km remaining from 110km

    17:04:22 CEST

    The Acqua and Sapone riders are pulling again for Garzelli.

    De Clerq is doing pretty well, he has a gap of almost 30 second now!

  57. 17:07:13 CEST

    Weening has no trouble staying put with the favourites.

    Now, an Androni rider attacks and tries to bridge up to De Clerq, it's Jackson Rodriguez.

  58. 17:10:04 CEST

    With 2.5 kms to go, there are three men up the road as Pirazzi from Colnago joins and passes Ochoa.

  59. 17:10:32 CEST

    Weening has no trouble staying put with the favourites.

    Now, an Androni rider attacks and tries to bridge up to De Clerq, it's Ochoa.

  60. 17:10:41 CEST

    Weening has no trouble staying put with the favourites.

    Now, an Androni rider attacks and tries to bridge up to De Clerq, it's Ochoa.

  61. 17:11:57 CEST

    Pirazzi is strong, he's really diggin deep. He might catch De Clerq, who's already almost under the flamme rouge.

  62. 17:12:35 CEST

    Now the bunch is really racing. Pirazzi is caught.

  63. 17:13:21 CEST

    De Clerq is inside the last kilometre as Lampre drives it hard behind.

    24 seconds!

  64. 17:13:56 CEST

    De Clerq looks back and he can see them. He might make it, though.

  65. 17:15:11 CEST

    hey are sprintin flat out. Scarponi, Nibali, Garzelli... but De Clerq gets the win, on the line by a few centimetres!!!

  66. 17:15:35 CEST

    What an amazing victory - and Scarponi will be biting his fingers over it.

  67. 17:18:20 CEST

    It's official: de Clerq wins, with Scarponi second, Kreuziger third, then Nibali.

    Waiting for GC as wa haven't seen Weening.

  68. 17:20:10 CEST

    Weening made it, he's defended the maglia rosa. Top three are unchanged.

  69. 17:25:34 CEST

    Well, the expected fireworks did not really happen, but a brave move by a young rider in his first pro year paid off and Bart De Clerq will be celebrating tonight! Good thing it's still possible to play hide and seek with the big guns in the bunch...

    Join us again for tomorrow's stage eight from Sapri to Tropea, another day for the sprinters as the field will ride southwards along the Tyrrhenian coastline. Ciao!

  70. 17:27:00 CEST

    Results:

    1 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 2:54:47
    2 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD
    3 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Pro Team Astana
    4 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone
    5 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
    6 Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Katusha Team
    7 José Rujano Guillen (Ven) Androni Giocattoli
    8 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quickstep Cycling Team
    9 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard


    GC after stage seven:

    1 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 23:09:59
    2 Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Blr) HTC-Highroad 0:00:02
    3 Marco Pinotti (Ita) HTC-Highroad 0:00:02
    4 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:00:05