Giro d'Italia 2013

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

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Daniel Benson

Hello and welcome to Cyclingnews' live coverage from the penultimate stage of this year's Giro d'Italia.

  1. 11:20:58 CEST

    Good morning and welcome to Silandro. The riders are now mustering the strength to roll towards the start line for today's stage. A modified, but nonetheless crucial final showdown in the mountains.

  2. 11:23:01 CEST

    As things stand, the race will go ahead and cover the 210 kilometres between here and Tre Cime di Lavaredo. The climbs of the Passo Costalunga, Passo San Pellegrino and Passo Giau have been removed from the course, although the final climbs of the Tre Croci and the Tre Cime di Lavaredo remain. And the organisers have vowed that we'll still see a summit finish today.

  3. 11:32:08 CEST

    After stage 19 was cancelled the race organisers were quick to act in confirming the stage 20 route. In terms of the battle for the GC, here's how things currently stand:

    1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 73:55:58
    2 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:04:02
    3 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 0:04:12
    4 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:05:14
    5 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida 0:06:09
    6 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:06:45
    7 Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Ag2R La Mondiale 0:06:47
    8 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 0:07:30
    9 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team 0:08:36
    10 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:09:34


  4. 11:34:54 CEST

    After a dominant, crushing, performance in the mountain time trial Nibali has extended his lead in GC. Cadel Evans is clinging onto second place but Rigoberto Uran is breathing right down his neck and will surely fancy his chances of taking second with the bonus seconds also up for grabs.


    Scarponi may also want to test the podium contenders as he's just over a minute down on Uran. The experienced Lampre leader knows what it take to crack a grand tour podium and will look to exploit any weakness or hesitation from the Colombian climber.


    Despite the modifications this still has the makings of a highly tense and exciting mountain finale.

  5. 11:37:12 CEST

    The riders have just rolled out for the start of the stage.

  6. 11:41:58 CEST

    We've talked briefly about the battle for the GC but there's also the matter of a highly sought after stage win. Movistar (4), Omega (4), Sky (2), Katusha (2), Argos (1), Bardiani (1), Lotto (1), Garmin (1), Vini Fantini (1), Cannondale (1) have all won stages but there are plenty of teams that have come away with little in the race so far.

    Blanco spring to mind, and with tomorrow certain to finish in a sprint, this is a last opportunity to go out with glory.

  7. 11:51:47 CEST

    The news that overshadowed yesterday's stage cancellation was of course the positive EPO test for Danilo Di Luca. The rider was immediately fired by the Vini Fantini team and sent backing from the race.


    Luca Scinto, his former boss, had a few choice words for the former Giro winner, saying, "He's mad, he's a cretino, he needs treatment. There's nothing else to say. We gave him a second chance and the sponsors put their faith in him and this is how he pays us back. It's crazy that a rider thinks they can get away with it like that."


    We should add that there's the matter of the B sample to be analysed but the rider is suspended until further notice.



  8. 11:54:28 CEST

    Danilo Di Luca suffers up the Galibier


    Di Luca returned a positive test from an out of competition control on April 29. He'd been a protagonist in the Giro, breaking away on a number of occasions and working for his former team leader in the mountains.

  9. 11:56:48 CEST

    Cue isn't (I'll leave it up to you if you think it's necessary and deserved) vilification from riders on twitter. Even Lance Armstrong weighed in the topic to say: "Knowing I have 0 cred on the doping issue - I still can't help but think, "really Di Luca? Are you that fucking stupid??""

  10. 200km remaining from 210km

    11:58:52 CEST

    We're 10km down in the race, meanwhile, and the race is still compatto.

  11. 12:00:25 CEST

    Robert Millar, who has written a blog for CN throughout this year's Giro d'Italia, has given us his thoughts on Di Luca. You can read them, right here.

  12. 12:01:57 CEST

    And one more plug, we've updated our video channel with a load more content from the race, including a look at Nibali's TT bike, and his reaction to Di Luca. Here's the channel.

  13. 12:08:34 CEST

    • Blanco

    Another rider who hasn't lined up for today's stage is Blanco's Robert Gesink.


    The Dutch climber pulled out of the action yesterday with illness. Once again it's a disappointing showing from Gesink, who can't seem to keep it together for three weeks of racing.

  14. 185km remaining from 210km

    12:09:22 CEST

    25km into the stage and it's still all together.

  15. 12:11:34 CEST

    WEATHER UPDATE: At the stage start in Silandro, scattered cloud, 7 degrees Celsius. Over the race route, rain is forecast. At Misurina (km 204.2, 1757 m), possible snow and 1 degree Celsius. On the finish line at Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Cima Coppi, km 211, 2304 m), probable snow and 0 degrees Celsius.

  16. 12:17:37 CEST

    Four riders have now broken clear:

    Ermeti, Popovych, Hansen and Brutt.

  17. 175km remaining from 210km

    12:28:04 CEST

    The four leaders have a gap of 1'10 on the peloton. It looks like they're the break of the day.

  18. 12:29:09 CEST

    Surprising that only four riders have made the move though. With so many teams still  without a stage, and only two days remaining, more teams should have gone on the attack.

  19. 12:34:26 CEST

    However the bunch seem content to let the group of four go clear and the gap is now out to over 6 minutes. 

  20. 12:36:42 CEST

    It's Euskaltel on the front of the peloton leading the chase. At 6 minutes it's going to be a big ask to try and bring the move back.

  21. 63km remaining from 210km

    12:47:13 CEST

    The four leaders are working well together, while at the finish there's snow falling. 

    Hansen drops back to his team car and picks up some bottles.

  22. 12:49:22 CEST

    The peloton are strung out though, with a clearly visible Nibali near the front. Omega Pharma are on the front working for Cavendish, who will want to take some of the intermediate points.


    In the points race Cavendish has a slim leader over Cadel Evans:

    1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 113 pts
    2 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 109
    3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 103

  23. 12:49:40 CEST

    The gap meanwhile has gone out to 8'16.

  24. 13:01:44 CEST

    Euskaltel move back to the front of the peloton after Omega Pharma had taken up the reigns for a short time.

  25. 13:06:18 CEST

    Hansen, in a skin suit, sets the pace on the front of the break, while back in the bunch Cadel Evans rides with two teammates either side of him.


    Evans is in an interesting position. He may wish to attack Uran rather than ride defensively, and he's within touching distance of the maglia rossa too.

  26. 13:11:18 CEST

    The new route of stage 20 of the 2013 Giro d'Italia


    The new route for today's stage.

  27. 130km remaining from 210km

    13:12:25 CEST

    130 remaining, with the gap at 6'40.

  28. 13:20:48 CEST

    Despite four Euskaltel riders setting the pace on the front of the peloton the gap continues to ride, it's now at 7'37.

  29. 13:34:13 CEST

    The race for the white jersey could be the most intense of the day. Here's how the top two stand:

    1 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
    2 Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Ag2R La Mondiale 0:00:02

  30. 13:36:16 CEST

    Sky lead the Teams' classification with Movistar in second. Strength in numbers will be crucial on the final climb, as Euskaltel continue to set the pace in the peloton.


    Sanchez is 10th on GC but he's making his teammates do a lot of work in the first half of the race.

  31. 13:40:49 CEST

    The gap has stabilized at around 7'30 with 111km to go.

  32. 107km remaining from 210km

    13:51:38 CEST

    nearly half-way through today's stage, and the gap dips under 7 minutes. There's certainly a lot of fire power in the four man move but it's a huge ask for them to stay clear today.

  33. 13:58:42 CEST

    Brutt drops back and has a few words with Hansen who was busy with his rain jacket. The gap is down to 6'33 but the leaders are still tapping out a decent pace.

  34. 13:59:28 CEST

    Meanwhile the snowfall has eased at the finish line.

  35. 14:12:57 CEST

    It's a bit of a procession as we head towards the climbs. The pace is certainly high with the bunch still strung out as the gap is about to drop under 6 minutes. A reminder of the break: Giairo Ermeti (Androni Giocattoli), Yaroslav Popovych, (RadioShack Leopard), Adam Hansen (Lotto Belisol) and Pavel Brutt (Katusha).

  36. 14:21:55 CEST

    A bit less sun now for the peloton with the cloud covering becoming a little bit thicker. Nibali is having a few words with an Euskaltel rider, who is essentially helping Astana do their job.

  37. 14:23:02 CEST

    • Omega Pharma QuickStep

    As Mark Cavendish drops to the back of the peloton with two of his teammates.

  38. 14:24:32 CEST

    Nibali seemed to have asked Euskaltel why they were chasing. These seems to be some friction in the bunch, perhaps between the two Spanish teams. Paolini is sticking his neck in as well and asking what's going on.

  39. 14:24:55 CEST

    The peloton have just hit the feedzone.

  40. 14:29:34 CEST

    The peloton now race through Brunico with roughly 50 miles to go.

  41. 14:34:53 CEST

    The pace has knocked off slightly after the feedzone and the break has 7 minutes once again.

  42. 64km remaining from 210km

    14:56:38 CEST

    The gap is down to 6'44 with 64 kmt to go. The peloton and the break are both climbing a slight gradient at the moment.

  43. 15:04:20 CEST

    I cant believe it's taken so long but finally Savio pulls up alongside his rider and gives him a few instructions.

  44. 15:05:22 CEST

    Euskaltel are still burning a number of matches on the front of the peloton, with Astana able to sit back and relax on the final mountain stage of this year's race.

  45. 15:08:26 CEST

    Two Euskaltel riders have dropped back to the team car, perhaps to ask for further instructions. Knees is also back in the cars for Sky, handing back his rain jacket before returning to the back of the peloton.

  46. 15:09:42 CEST

    Snow and fog at the finish now.

  47. 15:18:42 CEST

    Cavendish moves to the front with one teammate and he wants the points at the intermediate sprint. Only two points left to fight for but they all count.

  48. 15:20:12 CEST

    Cavendish was challenged by a Vini Fantini rider but the Brit takes the points. It doesn't look like Cavendish really appreciated the challenge.

  49. 48km remaining from 210km

    15:23:54 CEST

    The gap to the leaders is now down to 4'50.

  50. 15:25:44 CEST

    Euskaltel have been joined by the Colombia and AG2R teams.

  51. 43km remaining from 210km

    15:32:06 CEST

    Snow banks are building up on both sides of the roads as the break starts to gently climb. The mountains are in the distance too, with the gap to the peloton at 4;25.

  52. 15:38:22 CEST

    The rain is starting to fall on the peloton and there are a lot of rain jackets coming out. The peloton is starting to fragment, and it won't be long until the grupetto is formed.

  53. 15:38:56 CEST

    Popovych is on the front for the break still, tapping out a decent tempo before slipping back and pulling on his gloves.

  54. 15:48:12 CEST

    Cannodale now take up the pace setting, sending their entire contingent to the head of affairs, with news that Bole has had to abandon the race.


    The gap to the leaders is now at 3'03.

  55. 15:49:52 CEST

    Ermeti takes a few risks on the descent and pulls out a very short gap. That probably wont last too long though.

  56. 15:56:47 CEST

    The four leaders have reformed as the rain continues to fall. There are just 23.8km to go with the gap at 2'36

  57. 15:57:47 CEST

    Popovych has a short gap now with the rest of the break around 20 meters back.

  58. 15:59:15 CEST

    There's a wet cobbled section coming up and the bunch are going to have to ease off when they hit that. Betancur is chasing at the back of the bunch having suffered a mechanical.

  59. 16:01:11 CEST

    Cavendish leads the bunch as he takes the corner onto the cobbled section. He wants the final two points on offer from the intermediate sprint.

  60. 16:02:06 CEST

    The Omega Pharma sprinter cleans up as Betancur is still chasing with 20km to go.

  61. 16:02:29 CEST

    Popovych is clear, well clear now with Brutt chasing.

  62. 16:03:18 CEST

    No Popovych has cracked and it's  Brutt who is now clear of Adam Hansen.

  63. 16:04:21 CEST

    And now Cadel Evans moves to the front of the bunch, with Nibali right on his wheel.  The Cannondale pace as split the bunch and Betancur is in big trouble as he tries to chase back.

  64. 20km remaining from 210km

    16:04:37 CEST

    20km to go for Brutt.

  65. 16:05:19 CEST

    Weening is now trying to break clear, with Brutt holding a gap of 2;13.

  66. 16:08:34 CEST

    Race radio states that Betancur is a minute down on the maglia rosa group. That could be curtains for his white jersey chances.

  67. 16:09:02 CEST

    The riders are on the penultimate climb with Weening holding 20 seconds over the Nibali group

  68. 16:11:43 CEST

    Betancur has made it back to the leaders, just as Pirazzi jumps clear of the bunch.

  69. 16:13:38 CEST

    So Brutt leads by 1 minute on Hansen, Weening at 1'43 and the maglia rosa group at 2'07.

  70. 16:15:08 CEST

    Brutt just hunches over the bars and pushes out a huge gear. Weening on the other hand looks a lot fresher at the moment but it's the Katusha rider who leads the stage, as Euskaltel use Verdugo to set the pace for the maglia rosa group.

  71. 16:16:00 CEST

    Atapuma has dropped Pirazzi and his riding through the initial break.

  72. 16:18:21 CEST

    Verdugo pulls over as Weening catches Hansen as Saxo push the pace for Majka.

  73. 16:19:16 CEST

    Betancur has changed bikes now and Saxo are looking to take advantage.

  74. 15km remaining from 210km

    16:20:29 CEST

    15km to go and Brutt has 1'04 on Weening. Everyone else on the attack has been caught though.

  75. 16:21:52 CEST

    Pirazzi puts in another dig.

  76. 16:22:10 CEST

    Brutt is really struggling though.

  77. 16:23:12 CEST

    Astana start to the pace, Nibali followed by Evans and Caruso.

  78. 16:25:25 CEST

    Brutt crests the top of the climb, with Weening at 26 second, and Pirazzi at less than 40.

  79. 16:25:41 CEST

    Astana are next over the top at 48 seconds.

  80. 16:27:50 CEST

    Brambilla has caught Pirazzi, dropped him and now leads Weening.

  81. 16:28:06 CEST

    Capecchi has now attacked from the front of the peloton

  82. 16:31:19 CEST

    Capecchi has caught Weening as Brambilla leads them up to Brutt.

  83. 16:31:44 CEST

    Less than 8km to go, the final climb of this year's Giro.

  84. 16:32:44 CEST

    They drop Brutt so it's Weening, Capecchi and Brambilla clear with the Movistar rider looking the strongest.

  85. 16:33:20 CEST

    An attack from Atapuma coming from the maglia rosa group.

  86. 16:34:43 CEST

    The three leaders have 58 seconds on the maglia rosa group with 7.5km remaining.

  87. 16:37:42 CEST

    6km to go and Capecchi has left his breakaway companions.

  88. 16:39:02 CEST

    Kiserlovski has attacked from the Nibali group.

  89. 16:40:37 CEST

    Astana control the maglia rosa group, with no sign of Evans or Uran attacking.

  90. 16:43:28 CEST

    Capecchi still leads as the pace in the maglia rosa group jumps up. As Weening is clear and in second.

  91. 3km remaining from 210km

    16:44:07 CEST

    The gradient ramps up to 12 per cent and Capecchi is starting to struggle with 3km to go .

  92. 16:44:17 CEST

    And Nibali attacks.

  93. 16:44:37 CEST

    He has one teammate with him as he blows the race to bits.

  94. 16:44:49 CEST

    It looks like Lampre are leading the chase.

  95. 16:45:08 CEST

    Weening looks like he's catching Capecchi.

  96. 16:45:41 CEST

    Riders have come up to Nibali, Betancur and Majka both there but the race leader is setting the pace.

  97. 16:46:17 CEST

    There's no sign of Uran, and Evans has blown and has been dropped by the Sky rider.

  98. 16:46:31 CEST

    And Nibali sweeps up Weening and attacks again.

  99. 16:46:50 CEST

    Capecchi is about to caught by Nibali.

  100. 16:47:15 CEST

    Uran is with Betancur but it's Nibali who is now leading the race and clear.

  101. 16:48:01 CEST

    Scarponi is down with a further group, no sign of Evans though as Uran and Betancur chase Nibali.

  102. 16:48:22 CEST

    There's Evans, he's out of the saddle and trying to crawl his way back to Uran.

  103. 16:48:43 CEST

    Nibali is soloing clear to anther stage win.

  104. 16:50:07 CEST

    Evans continues to pass riders on the road and he's getting back to Uran and Betancur.

  105. 16:50:28 CEST

    Scarponi is back with Weening

  106. 16:50:47 CEST

    1.6km to go for Nibali.

  107. 16:51:47 CEST

    Uran lifts the pace and Evans slips back  a few more meters.

  108. 16:52:31 CEST

    Evans can't beat the gradient and second place is slipping away from the Australian.

  109. 16:53:27 CEST

    Betancur and Uran both with something to gain, Uran can take second on GC and Betancur white as Duarte makes it three chasers.

  110. 16:54:03 CEST

    Nibali rises out of the saddle with 1km to go.

  111. 16:54:57 CEST

    Evans has blown and he's being passed by rider after rider, Scaponi and Caruso both ride by.

  112. 16:55:43 CEST

    Scarponi if he can put time into Evans he might even sneak into third. He's dropping the Australian.

  113. 16:56:31 CEST

    The snow is falling, the conditions are awful but Nibali is proving that he's the best rider in the race with back to back stage win. He lifts himself out of the saddle once again and surges for the line with 400 metres to go.

  114. 16:58:27 CEST

    Nibali crosses the line and wins stage 20 of the Giro d'Italia.

  115. 16:58:42 CEST

    It looked like Duarte in second and Uran in third.

  116. 16:59:59 CEST

    Betancur will take the white jersey as Evans now comes over the line. The BMC rider should be safe in third.

  117. 17:00:27 CEST

    No sign of Sanchez though after all  that work from his Euskaltel team.

  118. 17:06:18 CEST

    1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 5:27:41
    2 Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Colombia 0:00:17
    3 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 0:00:19
    4 Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:21
    5 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:44
    6 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:00:48
    7 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:54
    8 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:00:58
    9 Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) Colombia 0:01:00
    10 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:01:04

  119. 17:10:40 CEST

    So here's the overall:

    1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 79:23:19
    2 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 0:04:43
    3 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:05:52
    4 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:06:48
    5 Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La Mondiale 0:07:28
    6 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida 0:07:43
    7 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:08:09
    8 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team 0:10:26
    9 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 0:10:32
    10 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:10:59

  120. 17:12:28 CEST

    A good day for Uran and Betancur (what could he have done without those mechanicals?) but there's no doubt that Nibali has been the strongest rider in this year's race. 


    You can find our race report, images, and results, right here.


    Thanks for joining us today, and tune in tomorrow for live coverage from the final stage of this year's race.

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