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Giro d'Italia 2013

Date range:
May 4-26, 2013
  • Giro d'Italia, ITA, WorldTour
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      130km
      Start location:
      Naples
      End location:
      Naples
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      17.4km
      Start location:
      Ischia
      End location:
      Forio (TTT)
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      222km
      Start location:
      Sorrento
      End location:
      Marina di Ascea
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      246km
      Start location:
      Policastro
      End location:
      Serra San Bruno
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      203km
      Start location:
      Cosenza
      End location:
      Matera
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      169km
      Start location:
      Mola di Bari
      End location:
      Margherita di Savoia
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      177km
      Start location:
      San Salvo
      End location:
      Pescara
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      54.8km
      Start location:
      Gabicce Mare
      End location:
      Saltara (ITT)
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      170km
      Start location:
      Sansepolcro
      End location:
      Firenze
    • Rest day

      Start location:
      End location:
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      167km
      Start location:
      Cordenons
      End location:
      Montasio
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      182km
      Start location:
      Tarvisio
      End location:
      Vajont (Erto e Casso)
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      134km
      Start location:
      Longarone
      End location:
      Treviso
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      254km
      Start location:
      Busseto
      End location:
      Cherasco
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      168km
      Start location:
      Cervere
      End location:
      Bardonecchia
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      149km
      Start location:
      Cesana Torinese
      End location:
      Col du Galibier
    • Rest Day 2

      Start location:
      End location:
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      238km
      Start location:
      Valloire
      End location:
      Ivrea
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      214km
      Start location:
      Caravaggio
      End location:
      Vicenza
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      20.6km
      Start location:
      Mori
      End location:
      Polsa (ITT)
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      139km
      Start location:
      Ponte di Legno
      End location:
      Val Martello
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      210km
      Start location:
      Silandro
      End location:
      Tre Cime di Lavaredo
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      197km
      Start location:
      Riese Pio X
      End location:
      Brescia
  • Race history

May 21, Stage 16: Valloire - Ivrea 238km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Susan Westemeyer

Back to racing -- it's the last week of the Giro, with many more challenges coming up!

  1. 10:58:31 CEST

    Welcome back to the Giro! The end is now in sight, with only six stages left to go. Today is a long one -- how will everyone have come through the hard (and cold!) weekend stages and a rest day?

  2. 11:03:54 CEST

    Today's stage might look sort of familiar, but backwards, so to speak. The group will greet the Col du Telegraphe once more and tackle Mont Cenis again, before taking off towards to finish line. It's a long one, too, 238 kilometers.

  3. 11:08:28 CEST

    As our stage preview puts it, “The stage will conclude with a loop around Ivrea, and with a mouthwatering climb to Andrate on the menu, the final 20 kilometres look terrific. It’s the perfect day for the break to stick, so everyone will be going for it. Which leads to the inescapable conclusion that the winner will be… anybody’s guess.”

  4. 11:15:00 CEST

    If things have gone according to schedule, then the race should be underway already!

  5. 11:19:57 CEST

    We have not yet heard how many riders took to the start today. 180 riders finished on Sunday, so 27 have left the race so far.

  6. 11:24:19 CEST

    The race is indeed underway, and the peloton has stayed together for the first five kilometers. We doubt it will be too much longer before a break group forms. But will they really want to tackle the Cenis on their own?

  7. 11:29:59 CEST

    • Omega Pharma QuickStep

    Happy Birthday to Mark Cavendish! The Manxman turns 28 today. And for a look at what all he has done in this Giro, take a look at our photo gallery. Think he can take stage win number 5 today?
     

  8. 11:32:15 CEST

    We have had our first breakaway attempt. Manuele Boaro (Saxo-Tinkoff) tried to get away early, but the peloton foiled his plans.

  9. 11:37:20 CEST

    The field has reached the bottom of the Telegraphe and is now ready to climb Cenis. Oh joy.

  10. 11:42:13 CEST

    What do the race leaders do on the rest day? Take a look at our newest gallery to see what Vincenzo Nibali and Cadel Evans did.

  11. 11:47:37 CEST

    Today's stage starts out in France, but they cross the border back to Italy after 78.1 kilometers, on the Mont Cenis descent.

  12. 11:50:23 CEST

    Riders continue to try and get away and continue to fail to do so. Stefano Pirazzi is near the front of the field -- he wants to grab those mountain points atop Cenis.

  13. 11:55:22 CEST

    • Pink Jersey

    Speaking of race leaders, does everyone remember our top ten? If not, you can check them out here:

    1     Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team     62:02:34      
    2     Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team     0:01:26      
    3     Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling     0:02:46      
    4     Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia     0:02:47      
    5     Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida     0:03:53      
    6     Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida     0:04:35      
    7     Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Ag2R La Mondiale     0:05:15      
    8     Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff     0:05:20      
    9     Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Ag2R La Mondiale     0:05:57      
    10     Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team     0:06:21      

     

  14. 208km remaining from 238km

    12:03:05 CEST

    The peloton has covered 30km now, and is still all together.

  15. 12:05:42 CEST

    Do we have our first serious break attempt? Blanco's Wilco Kelderman has 20 seconds on the field.

  16. 12:07:21 CEST

    Speaking of Blanco, they are down one (actually, down another one) today. Maarten Wijnants did not start. Jack Bobridge had earlier abandoned the race.

  17. 12:11:47 CEST

    We now hear that he too has been caught. We must also say that there is not a lot of information available at the moment.

  18. 12:11:48 CEST

    We now hear that he too has been caught. We must also say that there is not a lot of information available at the moment.

  19. 12:18:27 CEST

    • Red Jersey


    Mark Cavendish will celebrate his birthday in the red jersey of the leader in the points ranking:

    1     Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step     109      pts
    2     Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team     91      
    3     Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia     84      
    4     Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Ag2R La Mondiale     79      
    5     Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team     74      
    6     Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling     72      
    7     Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling     71      
    8     Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team     61      
    9     Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack Leopard     61      
    10     Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha     55    

  20. 12:20:44 CEST

    Either a very large group has gotten away or the peloton has split. The situation is not clear.

  21. 193km remaining from 238km

    12:21:55 CEST

    The leading group now has 46 seconds.

  22. 12:23:11 CEST

    We'll bring you the names as soon as we have them.

  23. 12:24:37 CEST

    The rest day seems to have reinvigorated a number of riders, with attacks right, left and centre.

  24. 12:25:26 CEST

    The group of 16 have close to a minute on the main bunch now.

  25. 12:31:55 CEST

    Kelderman was joined by 15 riders, with the names still to be confirmed through the race radio. It looks like we've got our break for the day.

  26. 184km remaining from 238km

    12:38:56 CEST

    54km of racing and the gap has gone out to two minutes.

  27. 12:48:37 CEST

    The riders in the break are: Danny Pate (Sky), Wilco Kelderman (Blanco), Eros Capecchi (Movistar), Jose Herrada (Movistar), Grega Bole (Vacansoleil DCM), Tobias Ludvigsson (Argos), Christian Meier (Orica GreenEDGE), Stefano Pirazzi (Bardiani), Matteo Rabottini (Vini Fantini), Jackson Rodriguez (Androni), Emanuele Sella (Androni), Jose Serpa (Lampre-Merida), Rory Sutherland (Saxo-Tinkoff), Gorka Verdugo (Euskaltel), Pieter Weening (Orica GreenEDGE) and Ramunas Navardauskas (Garmin-Sharp)

  28. 12:50:05 CEST

    The break's advantage has dropped though, it's down to 1'30 as they tackle the lower slopes of Mont Cenis.

  29. 13:00:39 CEST

    We've seen a number of these riders jump clear in breaks throughout the race. Navardauskas is the only one to pick up a stage win though, while Pirazzi and Rodriguez are here to battle it out for the KOM points first and foremost.

  30. 13:01:59 CEST

    The gap has now gone out to over 3 minutes, so the bunch are tackling the climb at a fairly conservative pace after yesterday's rest day.

  31. 13:03:03 CEST

    Reinforcements have come up, with Di Luca, Atapuma, Caruso & Chalapud joining the break.

  32. 13:10:54 CEST

    Zardini and De Greef are within 20 seconds of the lead group.

  33. 13:15:35 CEST

    Since the lead field is nearly atop the Cenis, this mght be a good time to review the mountain rankings:

    1     Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox     65      pts
    2     Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team     42      
    3     Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez (Col) Colombia     28      
    4     Jackson Rodriguez (Ven) Androni Giocattoli     26      
    5     Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Ag2R La Mondiale     23      
    6     Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia     18      
    7     Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha     18      
    8     Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling     17      
    9     Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team     15      
    10     Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli     13      
     

  34. 13:18:33 CEST

    And to no one's surprise, Pirazzi does it again, and takes 15 points for being first over the top.

  35. 170km remaining from 238km

    13:22:43 CEST

    Zardini and De Greef have caught the lead group, giving us 22 riders up front.

  36. 13:30:13 CEST

    Caruso is the best-placed rider in the group, at 9:57 down.

  37. 13:31:22 CEST

    And just to have them all together in one place again, our break group consists of:


    Danny Pate (Sky), Wilco Kelderman (Blanco), Eros Capecchi (Movistar), Jose Herrada (Movistar), Grega Bole (Vacansoleil DCM), Tobias Ludvigsson (Argos), Christian Meier (Orica GreenEDGE), Stefano Pirazzi (Bardiani), Matteo Rabottini (Vini Fantini), Jackson Rodriguez (Androni), Emanuele Sella (Androni), Jose Serpa (Lampre-Merida), Rory Sutherland (Saxo-Tinkoff), Gorka Verdugo (Euskaltel), Pieter Weening (Orica GreenEDGE) and Ramunas Navardauskas (Garmin-Sharp), Edoardo Zardini (Bardiani Valvole), Francis De Greef (Lotto Belisol), Danilo Di Luca (Vini Fantini), Darwin Atapuma (Colombia), Damiano Caruso (Cannondale) and Robinson Chalapud (Colombia)
     

  38. 157km remaining from 238km

    13:33:05 CEST

    The Giro d'Italia has returned to Italy! They crossed the boundary from France on the descent.

  39. 13:38:58 CEST

    Looks like Pirazzi didn't get those 15 points after all. Officialy it is now said that Rodriguez was first over the line, with Pirazzi second and Sella third.

  40. 13:41:30 CEST

    The peloton is keeping this group on a short line -- the gap is remaining steady around the 3 minute mark.

  41. 13:47:46 CEST

    The lead group has gone some 98 km now, and is nearly at the foot of the descent. From there it is rolling-to-bumpy until the climb near the end.

    And so far the gap is still holding at 3 minutes.

  42. 13:51:57 CEST

    Let's look at some more of the special classificaitons, such as the sprint ranking:

    1     Rafael Andriato (Bra) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia     20      pts
    2     Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha     19      
    3     Cameron Wurf (Aus) Cannondale Pro Cycling     18      
    4     Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team     15      
    5     Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team     13      
    6     Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team     13      
    7     Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Argos-Shimano     13      
    8     Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling     11      
    9     Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia     11      
    10     Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano     10     

  43. 13:53:14 CEST

    As expected, the gap has started to grow now that the terrain has flattened out. It is up to 3:30.

  44. 13:57:05 CEST

    Most combative rider to date is Giovanni Visconti (Movistar), best young rider is Carlos Betancur (AG2R), and best team is Sky.
     

  45. 131km remaining from 238km

    13:59:28 CEST

    The gap is now at 4:20. But remember, we aren't even halfway through the stage yet!

  46. 14:06:14 CEST

    The group was apparently too big for Sella. He has tried to jump, followed by Kelderman and Navardauskas.

  47. 14:07:06 CEST

    They didn't get away, though.

  48. 14:10:54 CEST

    There are two ranked climbs in today's stage, the Cenis early on – you remember that one, with all the snow banks – but the more interesting one comes near the finish. The Andrate is only a category three, but it has a six km long climb, with a gradient of up to 13%. Then there is a 10 km long descent, leaving about 7.5 km of flat run-in to the finish. Although there is a significant bump with about two km to go, which could be the scene of the final escape attempt....

     

  49. 14:16:59 CEST

    • Feed

    The feeding zone has been reached, marking roughly the half-way mark in the stage.

  50. 14:27:02 CEST

    Team Sky realize that they can probably no longer win this Giro -- but they are determined to do what they can against Vincenzo Nibali.

  51. 14:33:20 CEST

    Sky's Dario Cataldo has an unusual hobby:  designing shoes. Racing shoes, that is. Take a look and listen here.

  52. 14:37:04 CEST

    Astana is leading the chase, of course.

  53. 105km remaining from 238km

    14:39:05 CEST

    The gap was never huge, and has now started creeping down, to 3:50.

  54. 14:45:05 CEST

    It is cool and slightly overcast today -- which by this Giro's standards, is fantastic weather.

  55. 14:48:36 CEST

    • Team BMC

    Taylor Phinney has abandoned the Giro. The BMC rider had to leave due to saddle sores.

  56. 90km remaining from 238km

    14:54:20 CEST

    Nothing has really changed. The 22 riders up front have a 4:04 lad, and Astana is leading the chase.

  57. 14:55:27 CEST

    Fabio Felline of Androni has jumped from the field and has a few meters' lead. Is he seriously trying to move up? No. He stopped to greet family and friends on the side of the road.

  58. 14:59:23 CEST

    Navardauskas leads the break. He would no doubt dearly love to take another stage win here.

  59. 15:01:55 CEST

    Lotto's Kenny De Haes does some fancy leg stretching exercises on his bike, while riding at full speed.

  60. 15:03:46 CEST

    Stefano Garzelli has dropped back to the VIni Fantini car for a moment.

  61. 15:06:49 CEST

    Unfortunately we see a few raindrops. We hope there aren't any more!

  62. 15:07:30 CEST

    Sella tried once again to get away, but was again unsuccessful. And the gap has now crept up to 4:44.

  63. 15:13:42 CEST

    German Andreas Klier spent 17 years on the bike, and has just now moved over to the team car. He talked to Cyclingnews about what is like “on the other side”.

  64. 15:15:28 CEST

    The lead group is going over one of those bumps on the road, with Di Lucas leading the way.

  65. 15:18:53 CEST

    The lead group is back in sunshine again, and now has a gap of 5:04.

  66. 15:25:49 CEST

    The gap got too high for Astana, we gather. Katusha and RadioShack are helping with the chase, and the peloton is strung out single file, flying along.

  67. 15:28:52 CEST

    Euskaltel's Verdugo drops back to the team care to take off and drop off his arm warmers.

  68. 15:30:49 CEST

    Evans is tucked in safely amongst his teammates, looking grim, as usual.

  69. 64km remaining from 238km

    15:32:29 CEST

    The gap has dropped to four minutes, and falling, but it looks like the peloton has taken the speed out a bit.

  70. 15:38:24 CEST

    RadioShack and Katusha have now firmly taken control of the chase, and the gap has dropped to 3:19.

    RadioShack is apparently riding in support of Robert Kiserlovski, who is 11th overall. Evidently they see the break group as a thread to that.

  71. 15:43:22 CEST

    The gap is really plummeting now, down to 2:34. Is it time to start the chorus of "Don't catch them too soon....." ?

     

  72. 15:45:07 CEST

    We have the first intermedaite sprint of the day. Rabbotini, Di Luca and Pirazzi jump for the points.

  73. 15:47:41 CEST

    The field crosses the sprint line 2:10 down. The points went in this order: Di Luca, Rabottni, Pirazzi.

  74. 51.6km remaining from 238km

    15:50:23 CEST

    Pate and Sutherland realize the end is approaching for this group, and take off.

  75. 15:50:48 CEST

    Meier gives chase and catches them.

  76. 15:51:20 CEST

    In fact the group is splitting into smaller groups, as the gap has dropped to 1:58.

  77. 15:52:06 CEST

    Navaradauskas leads a group up to the three leaders and just flies on by.

  78. 15:54:58 CEST

    The front group had come together, but Pate tries again. Rodriguez catches him, with more behind him. The group is sort-of together now but certainly not working as a group.

  79. 15:55:49 CEST

    Carus now leads a little group. He is in fact, the reason for the whole chase. If he would drop back, the field may very well just let the rest of the break group go.

  80. 15:57:16 CEST

    Rabottini is the next to jump, followed by all of the others....

  81. 15:59:25 CEST

    • Movistar

    Winning the 15th stage was a very emotional moment for Giovanni Visconti (Movistar), particularly with regards to its association with Marco Pantani – the two men share the same birthday.

  82. 16:00:26 CEST

    Constant attacks out of the lead group. Verdugo and Navardauskas give it a go -- but no go.

  83. 16:04:09 CEST

    We have two riders in front, Kelderman and Sella, with Pate giving chase.

  84. 16:04:31 CEST

    Meanwhile we have 39km to go and the gap is 1.28.

  85. 16:07:19 CEST

    Pat has caught the other two leaders, and they have a 19 second gap.

  86. 16:09:38 CEST

    The former break group has now broken up. They have entered the finish town of Ivrea and will take off on a 40km circuit course, including the final climb, before coming back to town for the finish line.

  87. 16:10:46 CEST

    Di Luca apparently had a mechanical problem and is already back in the peloton.

  88. 16:14:18 CEST

    There is a group of five chasing the three leaders: Navardauskas, Verdugo, Bole, Pirazzi and Herrada

     

  89. 16:14:53 CEST

    This new situation seems to make the peloton happy again. The gap goes back up to 1:30.

  90. 30km remaining from 238km

    16:16:17 CEST

    30km to go, and it won't be easy for those three out there in front.

  91. 16:17:53 CEST

    At last RadioShack is happy with things they are now, and they have pulled out of the lead work.

  92. 16:19:52 CEST

    All the gaps are falling: 15 seconds to the chase group, and 1:11 to the peloton.

  93. 16:23:44 CEST

    The five chasers have caught the three leaders, giving us eight up front now. The gap is only 49 seconds back to the field, though.

  94. 23.7km remaining from 238km

    16:24:53 CEST

    PIrazzi promptly jumps, and Kelderman gives chase.

  95. 16:25:42 CEST

    oh dear, some male fans wearing what look like bumble bee tutus..... as the group catches Pirazzi again.

  96. 16:26:25 CEST

    RadioShack back up front again, as they climb up through some very narrow streets in town.

  97. 16:27:11 CEST

    A Colombia rider has now jumped from the field.

  98. 16:27:59 CEST

    Herrado and Verdugo have a minimal lead on the group, as thy suffer up the steepest part of the climb.

  99. 16:28:44 CEST

    The Colombia rider is Duarte, and he has now caught the first rider to fall back from the chase group.

  100. 16:29:17 CEST

    Navardauskas has joined the two leaders.

  101. 16:30:11 CEST

    Bole is definitely suffering on this long climb.

  102. 16:30:32 CEST

    Looks like Cavendish is dropping off the back of the field.

  103. 16:32:15 CEST

    Many attacks out of the peloton now.

  104. 16:32:41 CEST

    Nibali and Evans, with other favourites, are in a group which has gotten a gap on the field.

  105. 16:33:41 CEST

    Kangert is now at the front of the favourites' group, doing the job he has done so often in this race.

  106. 16:34:13 CEST

    Herrade pulls away, but Navardauskas pulls up to him.

  107. 16:35:20 CEST

    Pirazzi moves up to the leaders, and takes off on his own. Durae is the next to go, having caught the leading group.

  108. 16:37:23 CEST

    The lead group comes togethr and falls apart with regulartiy. But Pirazzi is desperate to get the mountain points, and keeps jumping.

  109. 16:37:48 CEST

    Santanbrogiu is not in the group of favourites.

  110. 16:38:32 CEST

    Duarte is the next to go from the lead group, but the favourites' group is only seconds back.

  111. 16:39:16 CEST

    PIrazzi fights hard to follow Duarte.

  112. 16:40:07 CEST

    Pirazzi jumps yet again and passes Duarte. Behind them, Nibali has moved in front of Kangert, ready to react to any danger.

  113. 16:41:06 CEST

    Pelizotti attacks out of the favourites' group, which is now only a few meters behind the two leaders.

  114. 16:41:52 CEST

    It looks as if Pirazzi will have no chance for thoese points. Nibali leads the chase that catches the two.

  115. 16:43:21 CEST

    Pirazzi won't give up, as he attackes yet again. But Betancur passes him with an attack -- not to get the mountain points (which he does) but to go for the whole thing!

  116. 16:44:01 CEST

    PIrazzi does pick up four points and promptly slows down - his work is done for the day.

  117. 16:44:31 CEST

    Scarponi was third over the mountain.

  118. 16:45:36 CEST

    Looks like about 15 riders chasing Betancur on this descent. Samuel Sanchez of Euskaltel is nearing him, and the Colombian is happy to have the support.

  119. 16:46:24 CEST

    A very technical descent, some narrow cobbled roads in town, turning over to woods and countryside.

  120. 16:47:08 CEST

    Santambrogio is not in the favourites' group but does perhaps have a chance to catch them again.

  121. 16:48:08 CEST

    Nibali comes close to a wall on a curve -- very close...

  122. 16:48:51 CEST

    NIbali has jumped and is ctching up to the two leaders!

  123. 16:49:29 CEST

    Is he looking for the stage win here?

  124. 16:50:13 CEST

    Scarponi has also caught the three leaders, so we have a high-powerd foursome in front -- with two more just catching them.

  125. 16:50:58 CEST

    That is too many for Sanchez, who goes n front. Evans has now caught the lead group, and we gather, Uran as well.

  126. 16:51:47 CEST

    As they near the bottom, Betancur takes a slight lead.

  127. 16:52:38 CEST

    He is back int the group, which is now about 12-15 riders.

  128. 16:53:09 CEST

    Lampre has two riders at the front, and Nibali moves to be with them.

  129. 16:54:51 CEST

    Kangert jumps! And is promptly marked by Gesink.

  130. 16:55:23 CEST

    Uran joins them, and Nibali sees the danger, moving up to join them.

  131. 16:56:39 CEST

    Santambrogio is now two minutes back. He is leading a small group with several Sky riders in it, and they are certainly not going to help him move up and potentially endanger Uran's GC osition.

  132. 16:57:07 CEST

    Constant attacks out of the lead group.

  133. 4.5km remaining from 238km

    16:57:45 CEST

    Pelizzoti goes.

  134. 16:59:16 CEST

    The othrs give chase, with Uran covering a move by Majka.

  135. 16:59:52 CEST

    2.8km to go, and who attacks? Pirazzi again!

  136. 17:01:20 CEST

    1.8km and now Sanchez jumps. Gesink with a mechanical problem.

  137. 17:02:26 CEST

    NIemic, Intxausti and Kangert togther in the lead, with only few hundred meters to go.

  138. 17:02:41 CEST

    The three poker around -- who will go first?

  139. 17:02:56 CEST

    Niemiec goes first!

  140. 17:03:21 CEST

    Then Intxausti goes for it, and takes the win just ahead of Kangert!

  141. 17:04:28 CEST

    Navardauskas leads the group of favourites over the line. Santambrogio is still on the road.

  142. 17:05:57 CEST

    He fnally crosses the line at 2:23 down, with is 2:10 behind Nibali.

  143. 17:10:24 CEST

    Our top ten on the stage:

    1 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team 5:52:48
    2 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team
    3 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida
    4 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin-Sharp 0:00:14
    5 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:14
    6 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:00:14
    7 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:00:14
    8 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:14
    9 José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:14
    10 Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:14

  144. 17:16:42 CEST

    And our top ten in GC:

    1  Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team  67:55:36  
    2  Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team  0:01:26  
    3  Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling  0:02:46  
    4  Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida  0:03:53  
    5  Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida  0:04:13  
    6  Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  0:04:57  
    7  Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La Mondiale  0:05:15  
    8  Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  0:05:20  
    9  Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team  0:05:47  
    10  Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  0:07:34

  145. 17:18:33 CEST

    One more down, five more to go! Join us again tomorrow for another exciting Giro stage!