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Giro d'Italia 2012

Date range:
May 5-27, 2012
  • Giro d'Italia, Italy, WorldTour
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      8.7km
      Location
      Herning (ITT)
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      206km
      Start location:
      Herning
      End location:
      Herning
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      190km
      Start location:
      Horsens
      End location:
      Horsens
    • Rest day 1

      Start location:
      Horsens
      End location:
      Verona
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      32.2km
      Location
      Verona (TTT)
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      199km
      Start location:
      Modena
      End location:
      Fano
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      207km
      Start location:
      Urbino
      End location:
      Porto Sant'Elpidio
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      202km
      Start location:
      Recanati
      End location:
      Rocca di Cambio
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      229km
      Start location:
      Sulmona
      End location:
      Lago Laceno
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      171km
      Start location:
      San Giorgio nel Sannio
      End location:
      Frosinone
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      187km
      Start location:
      Civitavecchia
      End location:
      Assisi
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      243km
      Start location:
      Assisi
      End location:
      Montecatini Terme
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      157km
      Start location:
      Seravezza
      End location:
      Sestri Levante
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      121km
      Start location:
      Savona
      End location:
      Cervere
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      205km
      Start location:
      Cherasco
      End location:
      Cervinia
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      172km
      Start location:
      Busto Arsizio
      End location:
      Lecco/Pian dei Resinelli
    • Rest day 2

      Start location:
      Lecco
      End location:
      Limone sul Garda
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      174km
      Start location:
      Limone sul Garda
      End location:
      Falzes/Pfalzen
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      187km
      Start location:
      Falzes/Pfalzen
      End location:
      Cortina d'Ampezzo
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      139km
      Start location:
      San Vito di Cadore
      End location:
      Vedelago
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      197km
      Start location:
      Treviso
      End location:
      Alpe di Pampeago
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      218km
      Start location:
      Caldes/Val di Sole
      End location:
      Passo dello Stelvio
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      31.5km
      Location
      Milan (ITT)
  • Race history

May 13, Stage 8: Sulmona - Lago Laceno 229km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Daniel Benson

Hello and welcome to stage 8 of the Giro d'Italia, a 229km test from Sulmona to Lago Laceno. It's another tough day in the saddle for the riders with the climb of the Colle Molella just before the finish.

  1. 10:55:32 BST

    To bring you right up to date with the action, we've raced just under 30km and the Garmin led bunch is still together.

  2. 10:56:33 BST

    Giro Bluffers Guide: The second Sunday sees the Giro reaches its southernmost point. It starts at Sulmona (World capital of… confetti) for 220 bruising, sweaty kilometres on heavy southern roads. At its conclusion a hard-core 9 kilometres ramp up to Lake Laceno will decide all. In the 1970s, the back end of Italy’s “economic boom”, this place was ultra-fashionable for well-to-do trekkers. Apparently it’s trendy again, but regardless it’ll play host to a brutal, spectacular last hour. Not to be missed…

  3. 10:57:15 BST


    Bergonzi says: “As ever when the Giro starts abroad, it’s Southern Italy which pays. The climb will make some holes in the GC, and it’ll be about power more than anything else. Last time the Giro came here was in 1998, Pantani’s Giro. Alex Zülle won that day, and I expect a similar rider to do well here.”

  4. 11:05:00 BST

    A similar rider to Alex Zulle? I'm not sure such a creature exists. That day Zulle was impressive, dropping a group that contained Marco Pantani, Michele Bartoli and Luc Leblanc in the process of winning the stage. Zulle went on to win the TT a few days later in Trieste but on stage 17 the Swiss rider blew, losing nearly 5 minutes to Pantani. He fought back the next day but on stage 19 he lost over 30 minutes.

  5. 11:05:48 BST

    Two riders failed to start this morning Bennati and van Winden.

  6. 11:07:00 BST

    Today's stage is divided into three segments. The first crosses the Piano delle Cinque Miglia plateau until Isernia, with the first categorized climb Valico di Macerone –cat 4, 684m, after 65.5km. The second segment runs along the main road to Benevento with the intermediate sprint in San Giorgio del Sannio after 164.3km. The route then covers winding roads with continuous twists and turns up to Montella. The last 15km climbs steeply to the Lake Laceno plateau, with the final four kilometers on flat road.
     

  7. 11:07:29 BST

    Lake Laceno hosts the second mountain finish of this year’s Giro d’Italia. The Colle Molella climb to the lake ends at an altitude of 1087m high, is 9.9km long, with an average gradient of 6.0% gradient. After leaving Bagnoli Irpino, the first part of the climb includes several hairpins with gradients of between 10% and 12%. The climb ends four kilometres from the finish line. The finishing straight is 300m long and the road is 6.6m wide.
     

  8. 11:07:52 BST

    The sun was shining in Sulmona this morning but rain showers are possible during the stage, with a temperature of 19 degrees centigrade expected for the finish at Lake Laceno.
     

  9. 11:11:31 BST

    After yesterday's stage Ryder Hesjedal leads the race. He's the first Canadian to ever lead the Giro but he wont have much time to relax. He looked in good form yesterday but a number of riders will be fancying their chances on today's final climb. It's a different finish to yesterday but Scarponi will be surely looking to distance Basso once more.

    Giro d'Italia leader Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Barracuda)

  10. 34km remaining from 229km

    11:15:38 BST

    We have a break on the road now. Andrey Amador (Movistar), Julien Berard (AG2R), Tomasz Marczynski (Vacansoleil) and Miguel Minguez (Euskaltel - Euskadi) have 3 minutes on the peloton.

  11. 11:16:43 BST

    Here's a look at where we stand on GC: 

    1 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Barracuda 26:16:53
    2 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:15
    3 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team 0:00:17
    4 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Barracuda 0:00:21
    5 Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin - Barracuda 0:00:26
    6 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team
    7 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana Pro Team 0:00:35
    8 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:40
    9 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:45
    10 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:00:46
    11 Marco Pinotti (Ita) BMC Racing Team
    12 Frank Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan 0:00:48
    13 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:51
    14 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:52
    15 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 0:00:53
    16 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD 0:00:54
    17 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:00:57
    18 José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:58
    19 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 0:01:04
    20 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team 0:01:06

  12. 11:18:40 BST

    After a week of racing there's not much in it. The only GC rider out of contention - for now - is Gadret, who is 2:38 down on the maglia rosa. However a lot of that time was lost in the TTT. He's not out of the running yet as we still have a tough final week where he should be among the top climbers.

  13. 185km remaining from 229km

    11:19:12 BST

    The gap to the leaders is now at 5 minutes.

  14. 11:34:20 BST

    Amador is the most dangerous rider on GC, just 1:26 down on Hesjedal. The lead for the break is up to 9 minutes now so the plucky Movistar rider is the virtual leader on the road - and by some distance. The Garmin team wont mind that though, like yesterday, we'll see the likes of Lampre and Liquigas want to take charge of the peloton.

  15. 11:37:03 BST

    Basso had his Liquigas team do a lot of the work yesterday. He was trying to keep out of trouble and safe but also tire out some of the specialist climbers before the race reached the final climb. He lost over 20 seconds to Scarponi though due to the time bonuses so it wasn't the most successful day for the two-time winner. However when you consider the state of his form before the Giro started he'll be more than satisfied with the opening week of racing.

  16. 168km remaining from 229km

    11:38:33 BST

    We're about 10-15km from the first climb of the day, it's just a 4th cat climb so I doubt we'll see any action, other than maybe a few sprints for mountain points.

  17. 11:46:16 BST

    Amador, the virtual leader on the road, has yet to win a race since turning pro in 2009. In 2008 he won the prologue in the Tour de l'Avenir in Chalette sur Loing. I think David Millar did the exact same thing around 10 years earlier, but since then Amador has failed to pick a podium. This is his third grand tour though, having finished both the Giro in 2010 and then last year's Tour de France.

  18. 11:49:07 BST

    Marczynski is 28, don't you know, but this is his first crack at a grand tour. He's the reigning national TT and road champ for Poland. I'm pretty sure David Millar has never won either of those two events. YET!

  19. 11:57:06 BST

    Berard, turned pro with AG2R win 2010, having spent part of 2008 with them. This is is second Giro and like Amador he's won a stage of the Tour de l'Avenir. His win came in 2009 when he beat Sicard and van Winden in the first road stage. van Winden quit the Giro this morning.

  20. 12:06:12 BST

    The break passes over the 4th cat climb. The peloton haven't seemed too interested in mounting a chase yet.

  21. 12:09:05 BST

    In his second blog for Cyclingnews.com Stephen Roche, winner of the Giro-Tour double in 1987, talks about the possibility of another riding repeating the feat. Pantani did it in 1998 but no rider has managed it since. You can read Roche's thoughts on it right here.

  22. 12:09:47 BST

    Do you think a rider from the current peloton can pull off the Giro-Tour double? Let me know at twitter.com/dnlbenson

  23. 12:31:50 BST

    More news on Bennati pulling out the race : “Daniele had fever after the stage yesterday and his temperature didn't go down in the evening and the night, on the contrary,” said RadioShack-Nissan doctor Nino Daniele. “It's not wise to race with fever, so there wasn't really another option but to withdraw."

  24. 12:36:44 BST

    • Pink Jersey

    Hesjedal is the first genuine GC contender to pull on the maglia rosa this year. The Canadian, has finished in the top ten of the Tour de France and entered this year's Giro as a good bet for the top 5. So far his team have won a stage, and put two men in the leader's jersey.

    Hesjedal will be pleased with his ride so far but it will be interesting to see how he and his team race for the next few days. My hunch is that they'll rider to keep it and if the Canadian can survive today's final climb he should keep pink until at least stage 14.

    Here's what he had to say after yesterday's stage.

  25. 12:39:14 BST

    Hesjedal (from yesterday):

    "This is just incredible, yesterday was very frustrating, there were really unfortunate events like Tyler crashing. We did what we could at the end but I couldn’t get the jersey by 17 seconds. It was hard to take and I was pretty upset."

     

  26. 138km remaining from 229km

    12:45:23 BST

    We're closing in on the feedzone, with the bunch roughly 11 minutes down on the four chasers. Amador continues to ride as the virtual leader on the road. If he were to keep anything like that by the finish it would spark memories of David Arroyo who lead the Giro in 2010.

  27. 12:47:34 BST

    Taylor Phinney riding safely in the bunch. It looked as though, if I'm honest, he'd pull out after losing pink. All those crashes seemed to have taken a lot of out of him but he's rallied in the last couple of days and survived. So he's still on course to finish his maiden Giro d'Italia.

  28. 12:51:06 BST

    It's a long way off but Phinney may already have an eye on the final TT on the last stage. Olympic qualification hasn't been announced and a strong ride on the 31.5km course in Milan will do his chances the world of good. Right now a lot of his rivals for the US TT team are in California.

  29. 12:52:15 BST

    Speaking of the Tour of California, tune in later for complete coverage from the first stage. Charles Pelkey will be running complete coverage for the first stage, and we're really pleased to welcome him onto the CN team.

  30. 12:56:25 BST

    • Gold Jersey

    You can check out our complete pre-race coverage from the Tour of California, right here.

  31. 13:09:37 BST

    We're roughly half-way through the stage with the gap down slightly to 10 minutes. It had peaked at just over a 11 minutes but the bunch started to react once they came through the feedzone.

  32. 13:16:16 BST

    A reminder on today's finish:

    Lake Laceno hosts the second mountain finish of this year’s Giro d’Italia. The Colle Molella climb to the lake ends at an altitude of 1087m high, is 9.9km long, with an average gradient of 6.0% gradient. After leaving Bagnoli Irpino, the first part of the climb includes several hairpins with gradients of between 10% and 12%. The climb ends four kilometres from the finish line. The finishing straight is 300m long and the road is 6.6m wide.
     

  33. 13:17:37 BST

    However the final flat section could be crucial. Once over the top of the climb the riders have a 4km flat ride to the line.

  34. 13:23:14 BST

    Frank Schleck is a rider we've not mentioned so far today. The RadioShack leader was a last minute inclusion in the race after Fuglsang was ruled out through injury. So far Schleck has ridden well, finish 3rd in yesterday's stage and doing better than a number of GC rival in the TT and TTT. As the race goes on he'll be looking to improve his form.

  35. 13:40:09 BST

    We're inside the final 100km for today's stage. It's a similar pattern to yesterday with a break clear of a rather relaxed peloton and a uphill climb towards the finish still to come. The gap is now down to 9:30 so the bunch are slowly starting to peg things back but Amador is still the leader on the road.

  36. 13:48:02 BST

    The race continues to wind its way south, as the break approaches Benevento.

  37. 13:51:25 BST

    A stage finished in Benevento in 2009. Michele Scarponi won that day, with I think Danny Pate, then at Garmin, in third.

  38. 13:52:52 BST

    Katusha, and Liquigas have started to work on the front, joining Garmin in the chase. It's having an effect with the lead beginning to drop further. The four men out front now have less than 7 minutes.

  39. 14:02:38 BST

    Once the race passes through Benevento it's pretty much rolling terrain all the way to the finishing climb with a number of unclassified climbs along the way.

  40. 75km remaining from 229km

    14:08:24 BST

    We're approaching the intermediate sprint at 160km of racing.

  41. 14:15:48 BST

    Katusha are starting to work more. They did a lot of pace setting yesterday but Rodriguez lacked his usual acceleration and wasn't able to respond when Scarponi and Tiralongo attacked together. He's still capable of winning today and with 20 bonus seconds for the win, he's within a shout of the maglia rosa.

    Hesjedal will know Rodriguez very well from the Tour in 2010 and the spring classics so he'll know what to watch out for. The Spaniard was in negotiations with Garmin a couple of years back but chose to stay with Katusha.

  42. 14:21:01 BST

    The gap is down to five minutes.

  43. 58km remaining from 229km

    14:22:58 BST

    The gap is now down to 3:47 and Garmin continue to do most of the work. Astana have moved up as well, clearly motivated after their stage win yesterday.

  44. 14:25:19 BST

    Berard has either run out of gas or decided he cant' be bothered. He's sat up but immediately the three remaining riders begin to attack each other.

  45. 14:27:08 BST

    Marczynski won the sprint at the intermediate sprint after 160km of racing.

  46. 14:30:43 BST

    Minguez has now popped. So Marczynski and Amador are the only two men at the head of the race.

  47. 54km remaining from 229km

    14:32:58 BST

    The gap down to 3 minutes.

  48. 14:34:18 BST

    Scarponi is looking very comfortable near the front of the field, a number of Lampre men around him.

  49. 14:36:51 BST

    The two remaining men at the front of the race are at least working together now but the gap is still coming down. The Movistar rider calls his team car up and grabs a quick word with his DS.

  50. 14:39:59 BST

    The police are forced to keep a road side protest from getting in the way. Just a handful of folk involved.

  51. 14:41:49 BST

    Astana and Saxo Bank have started to take control of the bunch but the pace is still quite relaxed.

  52. 14:43:38 BST

    Less than 50km to go and the gap has gone out again to 4:35.

  53. 14:45:27 BST

    • Pro Team Astana's 2012 Jersey

    With Astana leading the chase Garmin can move back and save their legs. With three men in the top ten they'll be looking to protect their standings in the teams classification.

  54. 14:46:34 BST

    Phinney is starting to slip off the back of the bunch

  55. 14:50:12 BST

    The leading pair have stretched their lead to 5 minutes.

  56. 14:52:38 BST

    Cavendish at the back of the bunch. He'll ride to the finish and simply look to survive. It's not a hugely difficult day for him so far and there's still a number of stage wins he can win in the second week.

  57. 14:52:39 BST

    Cavendish at the back of the bunch. He'll ride to the finish and simply look to survive. It's not a hugely difficult day for him so far and there's still a number of stage wins he can win in the second week.

  58. 14:56:04 BST

    Astana have pulled off from the front with Katusha, Liquigas and then Lampre moving up.

  59. 14:58:06 BST

    Boss drifting off the back, with Cavendish slipping a bit as well. He's got a few teammates around him though and they'll look to shepherd him to the finish inside the time cut.

  60. 15:02:23 BST

    Katusha have really picked up the pace and Rodriguez has put the entire team to work on the front of the bunch. This will really test Hesjedal's mettle.

  61. 15:04:31 BST

    The Cavendish group is trying to come back to the bunch but it's going to tough with Katusha setting such a hard pace.

  62. 15:04:48 BST

    Phinney is in the Cavendish group.

  63. 36km remaining from 229km

    15:07:11 BST

    36km to go and the gap is down to 3:22.

  64. 15:09:44 BST

    Under 3 minutes for the leading break so it looks like they'll be caught before the climb.

  65. 15:10:30 BST

    Meier hits the deck but he's back up and chasing with the help of Impey.

  66. 15:10:57 BST

    And Garmin join the chase again, moving a rider to the front of the peloton.

  67. 15:13:38 BST

    Jack Bauer doing the work for Garmin and Hesjedal with the gap now down to 2:22.

  68. 29km remaining from 229km

    15:16:03 BST

    The Sky led bus picks up a few more riders as Bauer continues to drive at the front of the bunch.

  69. 15:17:52 BST

    And BMC are bringing Pinotti to the front of the bunch to mix it with the other GC leaders. The Italian rode well yesterday, proving he's recovered from the major injury he sustained in last year's race.

  70. 15:20:19 BST

    Two Colnago men take over from Bauer on a descent, as we close in on the final climb of the day.

  71. 15:22:52 BST

    Stetina has to get a new wheel and Robbie Hunter is quick to stop and help.

  72. 15:25:49 BST

    It's a long winding descent but it was Hesjedal who needed a new wheel, not Stetina. The Canadian is a good 100-150 meters off the back so he's got a lot of work to do.

  73. 15:27:15 BST

    The race leader is behind the Garmin team and finally makes it to the bunch. Now he needs to move to the front , and do it quickly.

  74. 15:31:09 BST

    Correction of a correction: It was Stetina all along, not Hesjedal. The American white jersey holder is still chasing back to the bunch while the Canadian team leader is at the front of the bunch.

  75. 15:32:23 BST

    17km to race and the gap to the break is at 5 seconds.

  76. 15:32:34 BST

    And the break has been caught.

  77. 15:35:16 BST

    Remember the lower slopes are some of the most difficult parts of the climb so we could see a number of attacks early on. Right now Astana are setting the pace on the front.

  78. 15:36:28 BST

    And Liquigas line their train alongside the Astana one.

  79. 15:36:52 BST

    Astana shut them out though. it's all about position as we head towards the foot of the climb.

  80. 15:38:35 BST

    Netapp have moved two of their men to the front. They've really shown themselves in the race so far.

  81. 15:39:43 BST

    Astana lead into the front. Gasparotto doing the work at the moment. The bunch is still around 100 strong but riders are dropping one by one.

  82. 15:40:18 BST

    Scarponi is on his own, with no teammates and he's just sitting next to Basso.

  83. 15:41:01 BST

    Rubiano has been dropped.

  84. 15:42:55 BST

    Astana  continue their work on the front and it's putting more and more riders under pressure. All the main favourites are still there though.

  85. 15:44:01 BST

    Gasparotto still sets the pace on his own. The Amstel winner has been in very good form over the last few weeks.

  86. 10km remaining from 229km

    15:44:30 BST

    Less than 10km until the finish.

  87. 15:47:21 BST

    Now we're into steeper sections again, with 8.6km to go.

  88. 15:47:49 BST

    Pinotti is leading the bunch, while a few more riders have come up to help Scarponi.

  89. 15:48:20 BST

    Still no attacks though, as Liqugias move up and take over the pace setting, Basso is second.

  90. 15:48:32 BST

    Scarponi on Basso's wheel

  91. 15:49:16 BST

    Cunengo and Rujano are both up there, Gardet, Rodriguez too.

  92. 15:50:10 BST

    Frank Schleck is a bit further back but no sign of Hesjedal at the moment.

  93. 15:50:36 BST

    Szmyd is doing all the damage on the front.

  94. 15:50:58 BST

    Stetina has lost contact with the leaders.

  95. 15:51:19 BST

    Uran is with the leaders for Sky.

  96. 15:51:50 BST

    Basso has two men setting the pace, Scarponi on his wheel.

  97. 15:52:26 BST

    Hesjedal is suffering and he's already at the back of the lead group. That's not a good sign at all.

  98. 15:52:28 BST

    Hesjedal is suffering and he's already at the back of the lead group. That's not a good sign at all.

  99. 15:53:13 BST

    The Canadian is suffering towards the back of the group. The maglia rosa could be up for grabs.

  100. 15:53:38 BST

    And Pozzovivo has attacked with 6.8km to go.

  101. 15:54:22 BST

    Liquigas haven't flinched yet but a number of riders have been dropped from the peloton, which is down to less than 30 riders.

  102. 15:55:36 BST

    The Colnago was so strong in Trentino and he's laying down the law again. He already has a gap of around 15 seconds.

  103. 15:56:19 BST

    That looks like Vande Velde suffering at the back of the bunch. The pink jersey is still there, but only just.

  104. 15:56:34 BST

    Now an attack from Movistar

  105. 15:56:57 BST

    Pozzovio has 32 seconds already on the Basso group.

  106. 15:57:09 BST

    And Cunego is starting to go backwards

  107. 15:57:30 BST

    As Hesjedal comes a bit closer to the front.

  108. 15:58:10 BST

    Intxausti is the Movistar rider off the front, with 5km to go.

  109. 15:58:58 BST

    The lone leader has 45 seconds on the Basso/Scarponi group.

  110. 15:59:22 BST

    Intxausti is bringing the Colnago rider back though.

  111. 15:59:59 BST

    Both riders have crested the top of the climb

  112. 16:00:29 BST

    The peloton go over the top too.

  113. 16:01:47 BST

    Pozzovivo isnt the best descender in the bunch but he has 23 seconds on the chaser and another 10 seconds on the bunch.

    Franck Schleck turns on the gas and leads the peloton.

  114. 16:02:14 BST

    Less than 3km to go  as Hesjedal moves to Basso's back wheel.

  115. 16:02:57 BST

    The Colnago climber looks good for the stage win now. He has 42 seconds on the maglia rosa.

  116. 16:04:14 BST

    Pozzovivo has 300 meters to go.

  117. 16:04:32 BST

    The climber is turning a huge gear

  118. 16:04:33 BST

    The climber is turning a huge gear

  119. 16:04:55 BST

    he's not just racing for the stage, he's racing for a possible crack at the pink jersey.

  120. 16:05:04 BST

    Pozzovivo takes the stage.

  121. 16:05:25 BST

    Intxausti takes second.

  122. 16:05:50 BST

    And the bunch coming over the line just a few seconds down.

  123. 16:09:55 BST

    Rodriguez took 3rd and bags 8 seconds in time bonuses.

  124. 16:12:01 BST

    The pink jersey remains with Hesjedal but Rodriguez closes to within 9 seconds and Pozzovivo is within a minute of the lead too, just behind Scarponi in GC.

  125. 16:17:25 BST

    1 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox 6:06:05
    2 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:23
    3 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team 0:00:27
    4 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
    5 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
    6 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
    7 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox
    8 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp
    9 José Rujano Guillen (Ven) Androni Giocattoli
    10 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale

  126. 16:31:17 BST

    1 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Barracuda
    2 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team 0:00:09
    3 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:15
    4 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana Pro Team 0:00:35
    5 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:35
    6 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:40
    7 Frank Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan 0:00:48
    8 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD 0:00:54

  127. 16:32:15 BST

    Thanks for joining us today. Stay tuned tomorrow for stage 9 of the Giro and of course later today we'll bring you live updates from the Amgen Tour of California.