Giro d'Italia 2013

May 4-26, 2013, Naples, ITA, Road - WorldTour

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Daniel Benson

Hello and welcome back to Cyclingnews' live coverage from the Giro d'Italia. We're back after the first rest and for the peloton it's the first stage in the mountains.

  1. 12:31:13 CEST

    After yesterday's rest day the racing kicks off again with a 167 kilometre stage from Cordenons to Montasio.

  2. 12:33:11 CEST

    The race climbs into the Friuli region close to Austria, with the first mountain stage and first mountain top finish of this year's race.

    The stage is only 167km long but include the 1,555m high Passo Cason di Lanza, the long, twisting and often technical descent and then the 10km climb up the finish, all packed into the last 50km.

    The climb up to the Altopiano del Montasio begins in the village of Pian della Sega. The road has been resurfaced but climbs constantly at 7.8% for 6.5km riding up through the Val Raccolana.


  3. 12:33:29 CEST

    Things get nasty at Sella Nevea after a series of tight hairpins. The gradient kicks up to an average of 12% for two kilometres with one section at 20%.

    Fortunately the gradient eases back to 6% in the final two kilometres but that will only help the strongest riders pen the gaps on the struggles. Time bonuses of 20, 12, and 8 seconds will also spark late attacks and accelerations, meaning that this finish could see yet more major changes in the overall classification.

  4. 12:35:56 CEST

    • Pink Jersey

    In the race for the maglia rosa, this how things currently stand with Nibali leading Evans and Gesink:


    1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 34:19:31
    2 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:29
    3 Robert Gesink (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:01:15
    4 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:01:16
    5 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:01:24
    6 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling 0:02:11
    7 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 0:02:43
    8 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida 0:02:44
    9 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 0:02:49
    10 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team 0:03:02
    11 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp 0:03:11

  5. 12:36:25 CEST

    As for today's weather, blue skies, warm sunshine and the riders have just left the start.

  6. 12:39:01 CEST

    Today marks the first major test in the mountains for the GC contenders. The first week has been anything but a walk in the park but this is ultimately an all together different prospect and challenge.

  7. 12:40:30 CEST

    • Astana

    Nibali, for the slim advantages he's build up, will want to push home his dominance today. However he also has to protect himself from a number of dangerous rivals who will be looking to gain time on him. Michele Scarponi is likely to try and shake things up on the final climb but Sky could be the biggest threat.

  8. 12:42:37 CEST

    • Team Sky

    With Uran and Henao the British team have two of the best climbers in the race. Sky don't usually go on the offensive in the mountains of major tours but Henao and Uran are built for such a scenario.

    If Wiggins cracks today the British team can't afford to race as they did at the Vuelta in 2011, when Froome spent too long working for Wiggins and effectively lost the race as a result.

  9. 12:48:50 CEST

    • Garmin-Sharp

    Ryder Hesjedal has been written off by many after he lost time on the third cat climb on stage 9. Today, in theory, he should be able to hang with the major contenders but he'll need to attack if he's feeling strong. At over 3 minutes down on Nibali it's out of the question that he'll be able to go with an early move but it's possible that Garmin could send someone like Stetina or Danielson up the road for Hesjedal to work with later. If the Canadian has any hopes of retaining his crown he needs to start the fightback today.

  10. 12:50:19 CEST

    On the subject of Garmin-Sharp. We have here a video in which we take a tour of their team bus.


    You can find all of your Giro d'Italia video, right here.

  11. 12:52:11 CEST

    • Orica GreenEdge

    On the rest day we also caught up with Matt Goss and the Orica GreenEdge team. Here's another video, this time of the Australian team going through their rest day motions.

  12. 12:56:38 CEST

    • Vini Fantini

    A couple of dark horses for today could be Ivan Santaromita and Domenico Pozzovivo. Both climbers might be given some freedom by the likes of Nibali and Evans but they'll have to take a risk and strike out a little bit earlier than the main favoutires. Santaromita has looked very impressive since moving from BMC to Vini Fantini.

  13. 12:59:41 CEST

    On Wiggins, he's not given up the fight just yet. On yesterday's rest day the Tour de France champion talked up his chances. You can read his comments, right here.


    If he did bounce back and win the Giro, it would arguably be a more impressive performance than his Tour win last year. Wouldn't you agree?

    Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) kept in touch

  14. 13:00:52 CEST


    "Scarponi is maybe the one I've seen going best of all on the climbs, but I'd put Wiggins up there too because making up a minute on the final climbs like he did yesterday isn't very easy. I don't underestimate Wiggins. There are very hard stages to come and I don't rule anybody out."


  15. 13:01:43 CEST

    So far there have been a few early attacks from the peloton. Androni trying to send a number of riders up the road but so far there hasn't been a successful break.

  16. 155km remaining from 167km

    13:07:25 CEST

    Four men have jumped clear of the peloton. We're just waiting for confirmation but they appear to be Ermeti, Felline, Marentes and Ruijgh.

  17. 13:10:12 CEST

    Rob Ruijgh (Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling), Giairo Ermeti (Androni Giocattoli), Fabio Felline (Androni Giocattoli), Wilson Marentes Torres (Colombia) but no sooner have they gone clear the bunch react and bring them back.

  18. 152km remaining from 167km

    13:11:07 CEST

    15km down and it's all together as the bunch race through Casara della Delizia.

  19. 13:19:37 CEST

    In terms of weather it's 18 degrees out there at the moment but it's going to dip down to 13 as we start climbing. Blue skies, with a few clouds around but there's a 50/50 chance of rain. That could be critical on the descent of the Passo Cason di Lanza.


    There are still numerous attacks from the front of the peloton but still none of the moves are being given more than a handful of seconds. All together.

  20. 13:28:55 CEST

    Daniele Bennati (Team Saxo-Tinkoff), Kenny Dehaes (Lotto Belisol), Elia Viviani (Cannondale Pro Cycling), Tiago Machado (RadioShack Leopard), Yaroslav Popovych (RadioShack Leopard), David Millar (Garmin-Sharp), Thomas Dekker (Garmin-Sharp), Maarten Tjallingii (Blanco Pro Cycling Team), Jackson Rodriguez (Androni Giocattoli), Serge Pauwels (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Oscar Gatto (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia), Pim Ligthart (Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team), Pavel Brutt (Katusha)

  21. 13:32:08 CEST

    That's an interesting blend of riders in the break with a few sprinters like Benatti and Dehaes mixing things with Rodriguez, Machado and Popovych. It's the sort of break more akin to Classics racing than mountain stages in the grand tours.

  22. 13:34:20 CEST

    Fantini have a man in the break but it's probably not Scinto's first choice with Gatto. Garmin's intentions are fairly clear and the same with RadioShack who will be looking to push Kiserlovski higher up in GC.

  23. 127km remaining from 167km

    13:34:42 CEST

    The break already have 1'40 over the bunch.

  24. 13:35:16 CEST

    No moves from Sky, Lampre, BMC or Astana who are all saving their men for later, or they simply may have missed the move.

  25. 13:39:58 CEST

    The gap goes out to over three minutes as the leaders race through Pinzano al Tagliamento at the 45 km point. Machado is the best placed rider on GC but he's over 15 minutes down so no real threat on Nibali's maglia rosa. The interesting point will be how much the pace increases from the bunch in the first major climb.


    There's a short 2km decent halfway up and if it rain it could be a point at which Nibali and Astana start to turn the screw and put Wiggins under greater pressure.

  26. 13:41:47 CEST

    Garmin and Radioshack should be able to muster a decent amount of control over the break at least in terms of marshalling them through the early stages. Both teams will have similar tactics for today and Tjallingii will be expected to pitch in too.

  27. 13:45:28 CEST

    Rodriguez flies the flag for Savio's team in the break. The Italian team boss will have wanted at least two men in the early move this morning but Rodriguez is a decent enough climber, especially compared to the majority of the riders currently in the move. Pellizotti hails from around these parts, like Gasparotto, who was at the start this morning, and Savio will be expecting great things from the Italian nation champion.

  28. 13:47:11 CEST

    the descent of the Passo Cason di Lanza is apparently as testing as that of the Crostis. Remember that was the climb that was taken out of the route back in 2011 due to safety concerns. The roads are very, very narrow and steep.

  29. 115km remaining from 167km

    13:51:37 CEST

    52km down the Astana led peloton are at 4'15.

    Nibali will need to monitor the strength of his team carefully over the next few days. He's not going to get much help from the other major teams unless he forms alliances. Think of Contador, who, on a number of occasions has rocked up at major tours with a weak team and formed deals with the likes of Euskaltel.

  30. 13:52:14 CEST

    The first uphill finish of the race. A relatively short stage, at 167 km, complicated by two extremely demanding, Category 1 climbs. The first 100 km of the stage trace a shallow but constant ascent as far as the first Intermediate Sprint at Paularo (km 102.6). Then the climb up to Passo Cason di Lanza (km 117.4) begins, with gradients up to 16%. A short, technical downhill section interrupts up the climb, before the hardest section that leads up to the pass.

  31. 13:52:27 CEST

    Beyond the pass, a long descent begins, the upper part on narrow, twisting roads as far as Pontebba (km 132.9), the lower part on less extreme gradients and on wide roads, as far as Chiusaforte (km 145.3). The final climb measures approximately 22 km, with the final 4 km at very high gradients

  32. 13:52:51 CEST

    The 11 km consists of steep, challenging climbing. After the bridge over the Torrente Raccolana (156.5), the gradient touches 14%. Between -8 km and the Intermediate Sprint at Sella Nevea (km 162.6) lies a succession of hairpin bends. The right-hand hairpins are in tunnels, with good visibility. After Sella Nevea, the road narrows, For nearly 2 km, gradients exceed 12%, with a maximum of 20%. The final 2 km are uphill, although less steep. The finish line stands at the end of a 60 m straight. The finish line is on asphalt, 4 m wide.

  33. 13:57:43 CEST

    The average speed for the first hour of racing was 49.5kph.

  34. 14:02:54 CEST

    That pace will surely have an effect on Astana's strength on the climbs coming up. Nibali's men are still on the front setting the pace with Sky, BMC and Blanco gathered behind them.

  35. 14:06:12 CEST

    The break's advantage goes out to 5'20 with 60km raced. The leaders are roughly 20km from the feedzone.

  36. 14:08:30 CEST

    A few light showers pass over the peloton but nothing to really trouble the riders on the road.

  37. 14:19:03 CEST

    The break continue to push ahead and now have a gap of 5:23 over the peloton. They're less than 30km from the foot of the first climb.

  38. 14:41:21 CEST

    Fabio Taborre has retired from the. He joins Degenkolb on the sidelines who abandoned the race the rest day. The German picked up his stage win to add to those he picked up in last year's Vuelta.

  39. 77km remaining from 167km

    14:44:19 CEST

    From here the road starts to gently rise up. We're not at the foot of the climb but already riders from the break are starting to prepare themselves, dropping back to their team cars briefly as Millar takes a turn on the front of the move.

    The peloton are still over 7 minutes down.

  40. 14:46:49 CEST

    A number of stage winners in the break today:

    Bennati won 3 stages in 2008; Millar one stage in 2011 plus TTT in 2008; Gatto one stage in 2011; and Brutt one stage in 2008.

  41. 14:47:38 CEST

    Popovych has ridden the race six times. Remember when he was tipped as the next Eddy Merckx? But he's never won a stage.

  42. 14:48:26 CEST

    • RadioShack Leopard

    The RadioShack rider was in the top five back in 2004 and even wore the maglia rosa from stages 13-16.

  43. 72km remaining from 167km

    14:50:02 CEST

    72 kilometres remaining the rain is holding off at the moment with blue skies and scattered clouds above us. Sky have made their presence felt at the front of the bunch, moving alongside Astana at the head of affairs. The latest time check is 7'50.

  44. 14:51:31 CEST

    Blanco, as they have throughout this year's race, form that pod around Robert Gesink. They've done such a good job of keeping him out of trouble through the opening week of racing. He'll be a really interesting rider to watch on today's final climb. This time last year he was destroying the field in California.

  45. 14:54:42 CEST

    Evans is right on Nibali's wheel. Before stages he'll define a game plan with his teammates. When at Lotto he used to ask him teamates to bring him to a specific rider's rear wheel at a precise point in the race.

  46. 14:55:23 CEST

    The gap has gone out now to 9'09 with Bennati taking a long pull on the front of the break.

  47. 15:01:09 CEST


    Viviani picks up the intermediate sprint points.

  48. 15:01:43 CEST

    From here the roads continues to rise as the break head towards the foot of the climb.

  49. 64km remaining from 167km

    15:02:44 CEST

    64 km to go and the gap is at 8'03.

  50. 15:05:33 CEST

    The break immediately spread over the road as each rider tries to pick his line and find his pace. Two factor here: firstly, it's the day after a rest day and that can play havoc with a rider's legs. Secondly, it's the first day in the mountains and some riders can really struggle to adjust to the pace, dropping down to a 39' ring.

  51. 15:06:04 CEST

    Astana continue to do the job that Sky are accustomed to, sitting on the front and controlling the pace of the field.

  52. 15:06:40 CEST

    Do you think Nibali will extend his lead today? Let me know here.

  53. 15:08:01 CEST

    The peloton are on the foot of the first climb now too as up ahead Rodriguez set the pace for the break. He flicks his arm out, calling for some assistance.

  54. 15:08:54 CEST

    Astana aren't hanging around, and they already have the peloton strung out through these tight and twisting roads.

  55. 15:12:17 CEST

    Dehaes is the first rider from the break to run into difficultly.

  56. 15:13:51 CEST

    Now Sky have come to the front and they start to set the pace for Wiggins/Henao/Uran.

  57. 15:14:46 CEST

    Popovych is setting the pace for the break with Dekker on his wheel.

  58. 15:16:22 CEST

    Aru is in difficulty as Sky continue to do the damage the peloton is really thinning out with Paolo and Oss among those dropped.

  59. 60km remaining from 167km

    15:16:43 CEST

    60km to go and the gap is down to 6'31.

  60. 15:17:26 CEST

    Sky are trying to pull Astana apart here and isolate Nibali as quickly as possible.

  61. 15:20:14 CEST

    Nibali still has a number of men with him as Wiggins turns his head to see what damage has been done. All the main contenders are still in the mix.

  62. 15:22:01 CEST

    Popovych continues to set the pace for the break but the gap continues to drop.

  63. 15:24:52 CEST

    Nibali has dropped his chain and needs to stop by the side of the road to fix the situation. Sky maintain their pace setting.

  64. 15:25:38 CEST

    Up ahead the break is starting to split with Rodriguez putting in a sizeable dig.

  65. 15:26:00 CEST

    Nibali has made it back into the peloton and onto the Sky express.

  66. 15:26:33 CEST

    The gap though is down to 4'35.

  67. 15:27:47 CEST

    Jackson Rodriguez has a decent gap on the remnants of the break with Gatto, Pauwels and Popo chasing.

  68. 15:28:34 CEST

    Hesjedal is at the very back of the peloton. They're on a descent but that's a very worrying sign for the defending champion.

  69. 15:30:51 CEST

    Pellizotti clearly hasn't read the script. He and teammate have jumped clear on the climb and Sky have let them get a small advantage.

  70. 15:31:20 CEST

    The maglia rosa group is down to less than 40 riders.

  71. 15:32:46 CEST

    Hesjesdal  is out of the saddle but he's dropped from the Sky group. He has Danielson for cover but it's not going to be enough.

  72. 15:33:19 CEST

    Pellizotti has gone passed David Millar.

  73. 15:33:45 CEST

    Rosa and Pellizotti have about 20 seconds on the peloton.

  74. 15:35:44 CEST

    Samuel Sanchez is also under pressure and has dropped to the back of the maglia rosa group. Sky are splitting the race to pieces.

  75. 15:36:56 CEST

    Pellizotti drops Rosa and starts to push through the rest of the break.

    Down the road Danielson is pacing Hesjedal.

  76. 15:37:15 CEST

    He can't even hold the American's wheel at the moment though.

  77. 15:38:29 CEST

    Savio seems to have played this one well. Pellizotti should be with Rodriguez by the foot of the final climb.

  78. 15:41:52 CEST

    Sanchez is losing contact now.

  79. 15:42:31 CEST

    Five Sky riders on the front setting the pace with Nibali down to one or two men. Scarponi looks to be on his own.

  80. 15:43:47 CEST

    Three men left with Wiggins as Nibali and Evans rider almost side by side. Gesink is also still here.

  81. 15:46:51 CEST

    Henao has been dropped. So Sky are left with Uran, Wiggins, Cataldo and Siutsou.

  82. 15:49:14 CEST

    Rodriguez leads over the top of the climb. He has 4'00 over the peloton.

  83. 46km remaining from 167km

    15:53:02 CEST

    46km to go and the remnants of the break are on the descent. It's dry at the moment but snow on the banks of the road. The gap between Rodriguez and the maglia rosa group is down to 3'30.

    The descent is so , so fast though. And narrow with Rodriguez not holding back  on the corners.

  84. 15:53:28 CEST

    Nibali has put a man on the front as the peloton start the descent as well now.

  85. 15:55:34 CEST

    Astana are really pushing the pace on the descent, looking for every vulnerability in the Sky camp. Nibali is currently in second wheel.

  86. 15:59:07 CEST

    The descents on the switchbacks are steep and tight. The peloton are doing a good job though and taking the corners well.

  87. 16:03:40 CEST

    Pellizotti loses it on a corner. He's quickly up and riding again though. Very lucky there because that could have been a lot worse for the Italian national champion.

  88. 16:07:31 CEST

    Rodriguez seems to have some problems with his gears. Pellizotti is now with Dekker and Viviani.

  89. 16:08:13 CEST

    Bentancur is at the back  of the peloton calling for his team car. He's been there for around 10 km of racing.

  90. 16:09:05 CEST

    Agnoli is back with the Astana team car and picks up some supplies before the start of the final climb of the day. It's all uphill from here.

  91. 16:09:54 CEST

    The pace slows at the front of the bunch as everyone gets ready for the final climb.

  92. 16:16:46 CEST

    Sky take control once again and move to the front after the brief let up in pace. Wiggins still with three teammates as the peloton head towards the final climb of the day of Altopiano del Montasio.



  93. 16:17:12 CEST

    Rodriguez meanwhile gets the bike change he's been calling for.

  94. 16:18:48 CEST

    The saddle isn't right and he drops back to the team car to have it adjusted.

  95. 16:20:15 CEST

    Pauwels has joined up with the Androni rider at the head of the race. They have 3'30 on the maglia rosa group.

  96. 16:23:10 CEST

    A reminder of the top ten as we start the final climb in just a few moment:


    1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 34:19:31
    2 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:29
    3 Robert Gesink (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:01:15
    4 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:01:16
    5 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:01:24
    6 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling 0:02:11
    7 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 0:02:43
    8 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida 0:02:44
    9 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 0:02:49
    10 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team 0:03:02

  97. 16:23:57 CEST

    Pellizotti has been caught by the maglia rosa group.

  98. 16:28:07 CEST

    A group containing Sanchez has made it back to the peloton. Hesjedal isn't in there though.

  99. 16:28:57 CEST

    The gap to the two leaders is now just 1'42 with 18km to go.

  100. 16:33:06 CEST

    Gesink, Wiggins, Nibali, Evans, they're all in there. Scarponi too as Sky continue on the front of the peloton.

  101. 15km remaining from 167km

    16:35:09 CEST

    15km to go as Vini Fantani move up with three riders in the peloton. Sky have four men, Astana four as well.

  102. 16:40:04 CEST

    Wiggins is little bit further back in the group while his teammates set the pace.

  103. 16:41:05 CEST

    The two leaders exchange a few words but the game is almost up with the gap at one minute.

  104. 16:41:34 CEST

    Wiggins still  hasn't moved up yet. Has Sky switched to plan  B with Uran?

  105. 16:43:22 CEST

    Rodriguez and Pauwels can see the cars beginning to pull over, a sign that they're about to be caught by the peloton.

  106. 16:45:17 CEST

    Kelderman is being dropped. The rider in white is off the back.

  107. 16:46:16 CEST

    Rubiano also dropped as the two leaders are caught.

  108. 16:46:36 CEST

    And Sanchez is at the very back of the field too now.

  109. 10km remaining from 167km

    16:47:05 CEST

    Nibali looks strong at the moment as he simply follows the pace, Evans too.

  110. 16:47:33 CEST

    Cataldo leads Uran with Wiggins still in the middle of the group.

  111. 16:47:53 CEST

    Kangert has been dropped now too.

  112. 16:48:24 CEST

    Wiggins has Gesink his wheel at the moment but he's still around 15 riders back.

  113. 16:49:05 CEST

    9km to go. Evans,Wiggins, Gesink, Nibali, Wiggins and Uran all still in the lead group.

  114. 16:49:20 CEST

    Di Luca is also in the mix.

  115. 16:49:46 CEST

    Santambrogio is on his wheel at the moment and looking strong.

  116. 16:50:18 CEST

    Agnoli loses contact and Cataldo is turning up the pace.

  117. 16:50:43 CEST

    When Cataldo pulls over will Uran attack?

  118. 16:50:54 CEST

    And Uran has attacked.

  119. 16:51:07 CEST

    The Sky climber has clipped off the front of the group.

  120. 16:51:26 CEST

    He's 2'49 down on pink so Nibali can't give him too much room.

  121. 7km remaining from 167km

    16:51:58 CEST

    7km to go and Nibali puts Agnoli back  on the front.

  122. 16:52:17 CEST

    And it looks like Wiggins has moved up to the near the front of the peloton too.

  123. 16:53:11 CEST

    The first really serious questions are being asked of Nibali in this year's Giro d'Italia.

  124. 16:54:00 CEST

    Uran looks to be pulling away here. Nibali is under pressure.

  125. 16:54:28 CEST

    The Sky rider has 17 seconds.

  126. 16:56:16 CEST

    Wiggins is on Evans' rear wheel but the pace is about to get a lot steeper.

  127. 16:57:49 CEST

    30 seconds now for Uran.

  128. 16:58:19 CEST

    Di Luca is in trouble and has been dropped.

  129. 4km remaining from 167km

    16:59:53 CEST

    Uran looks comfortable at the moment. He takes a quick look back but he's clear.

  130. 17:00:54 CEST

    Agnoli leads the chase but the gap has gone out to 45 seconds.

  131. 17:01:23 CEST

    And now Nibali takes it up from the front of the peloton.

  132. 17:01:45 CEST

    No acceleration, he just calmly moves to the front and carries on with the pace work.

  133. 17:02:22 CEST

    And Nibali takes 3 seconds at the time bonus sprint. The gap is out to 50 seconds.

  134. 17:02:36 CEST

    4km to go and Uran is turning the race on it's head at the moment.

  135. 17:02:56 CEST

    The main contenders are all still together with Nibali and Scarponi side by side.

  136. 17:03:25 CEST

    Uran increases the pace again and chips another few seconds from the leaders.

  137. 17:03:39 CEST

    Henao has been dropped again and Cataldo.

  138. 17:04:02 CEST

    Wiggins is still with Nibali and co. as Scarponi has a teammate to set the pace.

  139. 17:04:47 CEST

    Majka is on the front for Saxo but Lampre come back over the top and set the pace again. Still no attacks from the favourites.

  140. 17:04:58 CEST

    Betancur has been dropped.

  141. 17:05:13 CEST

    Intxausti has attacked.

  142. 17:05:32 CEST

    And now Gesink is slidding off the back and so is Wiggins.

  143. 17:05:46 CEST

    Wiggins and Gesink are off the back with 3km to go.

  144. 17:06:10 CEST

    Pozzovivo leads Nibali

  145. 17:06:26 CEST

    Kiserlovski is there too.

  146. 17:06:51 CEST

    Scarponi is being dropped too.  He's with Wiggins.

  147. 17:07:26 CEST

    Pozzovivo leads the chase of Uran with Evans and Nibali just a little further back

  148. 17:07:59 CEST

    Uran now has 28 seconds with Wiggins on the ropes and Nibali just dropping all his rivals.

  149. 17:08:16 CEST

    Wiggins has dropped Scarponi and he's on his own.

  150. 17:08:45 CEST

    Nibali has dropped Evans now too as Gesink starts to drag himself back into contention.

  151. 17:09:12 CEST

    Riders are all over the road at the moment.

  152. 17:09:50 CEST

    Evans is giving it everything to get back on terms with Nibali. Betancur and Santambrogio are also there.

  153. 2km remaining from 167km

    17:10:08 CEST

    Just 2km to go.

  154. 17:10:52 CEST

    The road starts to level off and this is where Wiggins can try and claw back some time.

  155. 17:11:20 CEST

    Evans is back in Nibali's wheel.

  156. 17:11:35 CEST

    Wiggins still clear of Scarponi and few other riders.

  157. 17:11:56 CEST

    And now Evans leads the chase for Uran with Nibali on his wheel.

  158. 17:12:39 CEST

    A complete shake up of the GC today as Wiggins looks set to lose more time. And Betancur attacks the Nibali group.

  159. 17:13:00 CEST

    Evans just puts his head down and carries on setting the pace. Uran has 1km go to.

  160. 17:14:28 CEST

    Uran is heading to the finish and now he'll take the stage and he'll also take Sky's leadership.

  161. 17:14:36 CEST

    Nibali attacks.

  162. 17:15:01 CEST

    Uran takes the stage win.

  163. 17:15:17 CEST

    Betancur is second.

  164. 17:15:52 CEST

    Nibali takes third on the stage ahead of Evans and Satambrogio.

  165. 17:16:15 CEST

    Wiggins comes in and loses over a minute.

  166. 17:21:20 CEST

    Nibali leads Evans by 41 seconds while Uran moves up to third. Wiggins holds fourth.

  167. 17:24:45 CEST

    Top ten:
    1 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 4:37:42
    2 Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Ag2R La Mondiale 0:00:20
    3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:31
    4 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 0:00:31
    5 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:31
    6 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:31
    7 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Ag2R La Mondiale 0:00:31
    8 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) RadioShack Leopard 0:00:47
    9 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:06
    10 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:01:08

  168. 17:30:28 CEST

    So Nibali pulls on another maglia rosa. He rode well today, covered the moves that needed covering and then extended the time gaps over Gesink and Evans. Uran is now a genuine threat, if Sky start to concentrate on the climber's chances of overall victory. Wiggins isn't out out of but he's lost more time.

  169. 17:31:43 CEST

    General classification after stage 10
    1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 38:57:32
    2 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:41
    3 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 0:02:04
    4 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:02:08
    5 Robert Gesink (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:02:12
    6 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:02:13
    7 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 0:02:55
    8 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida 0:03:35
    9 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Ag2R La Mondiale 0:04:17
    10 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:04:21

  170. 17:32:48 CEST

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