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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 07, Stage 4: Policastro - Serra San Bruno 246km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Daniel Benson

Hello and welcome to stage 4 of this year's Giro d'Italia. Cyclingnews will be here to bring you live coverage throughout today's stage from Policastro to Serra San Bruno.

  1. 11:07:20 CEST

    Today is the longest stage in this year's race, topping out at an eye-watering 246 kilometres. The route once again takes the peloton along the Italian coast line, and south to Serra San Bruno.

  2. 11:08:30 CEST

    • Pink Jersey

    After some early showers this morning it's dried up nicely, with sunny skies overhead as the peloton gather on the start line. The depart is just moments away with race leader Luca Paolini at the read of the readying peloton.

  3. 11:09:16 CEST

    For a video preview of today's stage, click here.

  4. 11:12:57 CEST

    It looks a belter too, with stunning woodland scenery and the rapid 12-kilometre climb to Croce Ferrata to round things off. Though touching gradients of 10 per cent in places, the peloton is likely to be on the big ring much of the time and we can expect some ferocious racing towards Serra San Bruno (pop. 7,000), a normally quiet hilltop town famous for being the birthplace of the Carthusian monastic order.

  5. 11:16:29 CEST

    The question at the start this morning is whether Paolini  can hold the maglia rosa. The final climb is certainly long for a classics rider like the Italian but he'll be determined to hang onto the leaders jersey for as long as possible. If he can hold on today it's possible that he can retain the jersey until Saturday.


    The deciding factor won't be Paolini's legs or his ambition though. If Sky, Astana and Garmin take on the final climb in a manner similar to how they raced stage 3 then Paolini will be in difficulty. There's no killer descent this time around and if a small group of contenders goes clear Paolini could be in trouble.

  6. 11:17:32 CEST

    Stefano Zanatta says:

    "Stage 4 is notable for being the first uphill finish of the 2013 Giro d’Italia, which also marks the start of the parallel race, the one for the GC. I can see about 20 or so riders coming up to the finish line together and any of the GC contenders losing time here will probably regret it as they’ll be in big trouble later on. As regards the final climb, it’s hard to call, but sometimes these stages can become quite tactical."

     

  7. 11:19:20 CEST

    Here's the situation in the battle for GC:

    1 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha 9:04:32
    2 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:00:17
    3 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling
    4 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:26
    5 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:31
    6 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team
    7 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp 0:00:34
    8 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha 0:00:36
    9 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha
    10 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling 0:00:37
    11 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 0:00:39
    12 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:42

  8. 11:20:37 CEST

    • Team Sky

    Bradley Wiggins is perfectly placed in second overall. Astana and Garmin may put the hammer down once again in a bid to propel Wiggins into pink and therefore give him the tricky decision as to whether he should defend pink between now and the time trial.

  9. 11:21:56 CEST

    • Start

    And we're off. The fourth stage of this year's Giro d'Italia has officially started. Remember you can find all our Giro d'Italia coverage, right here.

  10. 11:23:13 CEST

    Former pro Robert Millar is back with his second blog of the race. Millar analyses the first three stages of the race and preview's today's stage too.

  11. 11:26:05 CEST

    • Katusha

    As with yesterday we're likely to see an early break form and build up a lead along the coast road. Katusha are likely to let anyone who is more than 4 minutes down skip off down the road.

  12. 241km remaining from 246km

    11:36:07 CEST

    5km into the stage and the bunch is still together.

  13. 11:37:37 CEST

    • RadioShack Leopard

    While we wait for the early move to go clear, here's an exclusive video behind the scenes look at the RadioShack Leopard team.

  14. 11:39:29 CEST

    In other RadioShack related news, Chris Horner has been ruled out of the Tour of California with a knee injury. You can read about that here.

  15. 11:41:10 CEST

    At the start this morning Eros Capecchi told Tuttobici that this would be his last Giro d'Italia. The Italian is currently suffering with allergies. A lot of riders come down with similar problems at this time of year, Dan Martin another.

  16. 11:46:23 CEST

    Not much of the next 40km of the stage is particularly flat. There's no major obstacles but the terrain is ideal to launch attacks from. Around Maratea and Castrocucco there are a few inclines.

  17. 11:52:14 CEST

    It looks as though those early pitches have been the expected launchpad for the early move. We'll bring you the names of the riders as soon as we can. It looks like Sella has made though group.

  18. 12:00:06 CEST

    The break is forming and then reforming. At the moment we have Anthony Roux (FDJ), Julien Berard (AG2R La Mondiale), Emanuele Sella (Androni Giocattoli), Ricardo Mestre (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Ioannis Tamouridis (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Gert Dockx (Lotto Belisol) and Pim Ligthart (Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team) up the road with one rider chasing from behind.

  19. 12:01:23 CEST

    Johan Le Bon makes it two FDJ riders in the move. After losing Sandy Casar yesterday the French team are riding with a point to prove.

  20. 12:03:06 CEST

    Dockx has dropped back so our magnificent seven are: Johan Le Bon (FDJ), Anthony Roux (FDJ), Julien Berard (AG2R La Mondiale), Emanuele Sella (Androni Giocattoli), Ricardo Mestre (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Ioannis Tamouridis (Euskaltel-Euskadi), and Pim Ligthart (Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team) and they have 1'35 on the peloton after 21 km of racing.

  21. 12:09:34 CEST

    Unlike yesterday Sky can sit back and let other teams control the head of the race. A number of teams have missed this break so the next phase of the race will be dictated by the seven man break and the teams chasing from behind - should they be instructed to by their team managers.

  22. 12:11:23 CEST

    • Androni

    It's interesting that Sella has made  the break. Yesterday it was Rodriguez and Savio is certainly keen on taking every opportunity that comes the way of his team. In 2011 they managed to post a rider in the top ten on every single stage. With no sprinter this year that's going to be tough but they're certainly showing early aggression in this year's Giro d'Italia.

  23. 12:13:02 CEST

    Katusha look to be moving to the front as well. We said earlier that anyone more than four minutes down might be allowed to jump clear but Sella is infact just 2'39 down on GC. It's possible that the break ask him to drop back because he could seriously hamper their progress even at this early stage.

  24. 29km remaining from 246km

    12:15:24 CEST

    Just under 30 km and this is a critical part of the stage as the break attempts to establish itself. It's still touch and go. Katusha might let the gap go out, betting that the likes of Sky, Garmin and Astana will set a furious pace in the lead up to the two climbs.

  25. 12:25:08 CEST

    Done and dusted: Katusha have let this one go and in a big way. 42km of racing completed and the gap is at 7'40 according to race radio.

  26. 12:37:49 CEST

    Today's weather update: Changeable conditions with possible coastal winds. 25 degrees Celsius at sea level, 15 degrees Celsius at the finish line.
     

  27. 12:38:55 CEST

    After the Lamezia Terme plain, the climb begins towards Maierato and Vibo Valentia (GPM at km 206.8) with very ‘pedalable’ gradients despite short, very steep stretches (road surface paved with stone slabs in some villages). Beyond Vibo Valentia, the road descends as far as the final climb up to Croce Ferrata (Intermediate Sprint at Soriano Calabro (km 227.7, the halfway point of the climb) with gradients of around 5%. Stage finish is 7 km after the GPM.

  28. 12:40:40 CEST

    And our current jersey wearers:

    MAGLIA ROSA: Luca Paolini (KAT)
    MAGLIA ROSSA (Points): Luca Paolini (KAT)
    MAGLIA AZZURRA (Mountains): Willem Wauters (VAC)
    MAGLIA BIANCA (Young Rider): Fabio Aru (AST)
     

  29. 12:41:57 CEST

    • Astana

    Aru is certainly one to watch in this race. He's had a steady season with Astana and looked very impressive in guiding Vincenzo Nibali to victory in last months Giro del Trentino. He's one for the future.

  30. 12:43:16 CEST

    A couple of corrections from the early break. Here's the confirmed line up. We still have seven riders up the road but they are in fact:

    Johan Le Bon (FDJ), Francis Mourey (FDJ), Julien Berard (AG2R La Mondiale), Emanuele Sella (Androni Giocattoli), Miguel Minguez (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Ioannis Tamouridis (Euskaltel-Euskadi), and Pim Ligthart (Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team)

  31. 191km remaining from 246km

    12:44:49 CEST

    And the seven leaders have covered 55km and they currently hold an advantage of 7'55 over the peloton.

  32. 12:48:01 CEST

    • Androni

    Sella is now the virtual leader on the road by over five minutes.

  33. 12:53:54 CEST

    And now Susan is taking over live for a short time. Thanks.

  34. 13:00:24 CEST

    Interesting how this stage is shaping up. Think the break group might stay away?

  35. 180km remaining from 246km

    13:02:30 CEST

    Hard to believe, but the stage is only one-fourth done. Hm, if we figure nearly seven minutes times four, this group could wind things up right here.

  36. 13:09:23 CEST

    • Androni Giocattoli's 2012 Jersey

    Selle, our “virtual” maglia rosa, is a 31-year-old who has been riding professionally since 2004. Among his other wins he can claim a win in the 2004 Giro d'Italia.

    Actually he had four other stage wins in 2008 and finished sixth overall, but in July of that year he tested postivie for EPO-CERA. He confessed and was given a one-year suspension.

  37. 170km remaining from 246km

    13:15:13 CEST

    A tiny drop in the gap, as it is now down to 6:50.

  38. 13:22:15 CEST

    • Euskaltel

    Ioannis Tamouridis, 32, is the first Greek rider to participate in the Giro d'Italia. He is a true all around talent, having won more than 30 national titles in road races, track and mountain bike. He is in fact currently the national time trial champion.  Tamouridis turned pro in 2009 with the Greek  Continental-rankedSP Tableware team, and made the move up to the WorldTour only this year with Euskaltel-Euskadi, which finally started signing non-Basque riders.

  39. 165km remaining from 246km

    13:24:54 CEST

    The gap has crept back up to 7:20. Katusa, of course, is leading the chase and has now been joined by RadioShack-Leopard.

  40. 13:30:31 CEST

    • FDJ

    Johan Le Bon is a 22-year-old Frenchman who is also in his first WorldTour year, with FdJ. He rode since 2009 for Bretagne Schuller. This year his top results include second in Tro-Bro Leon,  fourth overall at the Three Days of De Panne-Koksijde, and fifth overall at the Three Days of West Flanders.

  41. 13:35:18 CEST

    The gap is yo-yoing around a bit and is now at 6:50, so not really a big change. We are, what, maybe a third of the way through the stage, and the day's difficulties are yet to come. So it is too early to read much of anything into the situation.

  42. 13:42:16 CEST

    25-year-old Julien Berard has spent his entire (short) career with AG2R-La Mondiale, having first served there as a stagiaire in 2009. He is still looking for his first pro win, but can look back to a number of top ten finishes. This is in fact his second Giro, having also ridden it in 2011.

  43. 158km remaining from 246km

    13:48:32 CEST

    Perhaps the chase work is finally showing some effect. The difference is now down to 6:15.

  44. 13:54:21 CEST

    • FDJ

    Francis Mourey, 32, also puts in his time on the cyclo-cross circuit. He was third in the Worlds in 2006, and has been national champ in 2005, 2007-2011 and 2013. Mourey is having some big successes on the road this year, having won not only a stage at the Circuit de la Sarthe, but also taking the win in Tro-Bro Leon, to top an all-FdJ podium.

  45. 14:01:13 CEST

    • Vacansoleil - DCM

    Pim Ligthart, 24, is from Hoorn, Netherlands, and  has ridden for Vacansoleil-DCM since 2010. His major road success was winning the national road title in 2011, and this year he has finished fifth in the Volta Limburg Classic and tenth in the Clasica de Almeria. He also rides track and can boast of many national titles. Lately he has turned to six-day races.

  46. 14:06:22 CEST

    It is lunchtime now out on the course, and we are told the gap is now at 6:40.

  47. 14:08:42 CEST

    Turning things back over to Dan now.

  48. 14:16:17 CEST

    Thanks Susan. The leaders have just raced through the feedzone with the peloton still at 6'40. Sella remains the leader on the road.

  49. 14:25:41 CEST

    The bunch follow through the feedzone. The next 80 kilometres are flat and follow south and through both Paolo and Amantea.

  50. 14:33:27 CEST

    The bunch are content to let the seven riders in the break to continue up the road. They'll likely start the chase with 100km to go but it will be a gradual affair. They wont want/need to make the catch until the slopes of the final climb.

  51. 14:42:14 CEST

    We're just over halfway through today' stage. The peloton continue to tap out a gentle pace but they've managed to chip a couple of minutes off the break's lead.

  52. 14:54:00 CEST

    Sella is currently 1'31 ahead on GC but there's a long way to go and the gap is starting to tick down rapidly now.

  53. 14:54:35 CEST

    Katusha have moved their entire team to the front and Garmin have done the same as well. The action is starting to hot up.

  54. 99km remaining from 246km

    14:59:27 CEST

    Less that 100 km to go and the group is 3'50 ahead of the Katusha led peloton. The Russian team are riding the perfect stage to far but they're going to have to keep Paolini in contention when we reach the climbs. It's a big ask but he has a chance.

  55. 15:01:52 CEST

    The bunch has strung out and Paolini grabs an energy bar.

  56. 15:04:58 CEST

    As a couple of Garmin riders drop back and pick up food and drink for Hesjedal. The break have started to attack each other with one of the Euskaltel riders trying to force a move.

  57. 15:06:21 CEST

    Hesjedal is actually coming back through the cars at the moment. The pace has slowed in the bunch and the Garmin leader won't have any trouble.

  58. 15:07:25 CEST

    Le Bon, Minguez and Ligthart have jumped clear.

  59. 92km remaining from 246km

    15:07:57 CEST

    The bunch are at 3'48 with Katusha continuing to tap out their steady pace.

  60. 15:09:48 CEST

    The three leaders have 20 seconds over the chase group and that could certainly play into their hands. Having dropped Sella the peloton might give them a bit more room.

  61. 15:12:27 CEST

    Berad makes it over to the three leaders.

  62. 15:12:56 CEST

    It will surely be all over for Sella and his two companions.

  63. 15:13:36 CEST

    Astana have organised themselves behind Garmin and Katusha but so far Sky have taken a backseat in today's proceedings.

  64. 82km remaining from 246km

    15:19:45 CEST

    2'19 to the Sella group and the bunch are at 4'48.

  65. 15:22:28 CEST

    Paolini drops back  to the and has a word with the Katusha DS. They'll be discussing how much more work they'll need to do before the final climbs.

  66. 15:22:47 CEST

    Ligthart takes the intermediate sprint points.

  67. 74km remaining from 246km

    15:33:28 CEST

    The four leaders are working well here and Paolini is talking to Sky at the moment. Presumably about how the chase will be organised. Wiggins is second on GC so there's some expectation on Sky to pitch in with the work. At the moment Wiggins' team are sitting in the middle of the pack and waiting.

  68. 15:35:29 CEST

    Paolini is near the back of the bunch continuing to talk with riders. The experienced Italian is looking for allies out on the road.

  69. 15:46:34 CEST

    The gap is down to 4'00 again and with 65km to go it's stacked in favour of the bunch. Vini Fantini are on the front now for Santambrogio  has had a very strong season with his new team.

  70. 15:47:13 CEST

    There's crash in the bunch.

  71. 15:48:06 CEST

    Three Omega riders are down but they all  look to be up and chasing again. Capecchi as well and he needs a new front wheel.

  72. 15:48:38 CEST

    A lot of riders were caught from the fall but it should all come back together.

  73. 15:49:53 CEST

    Pippo was caught up in the fall Navarro as well and both are in a chase group.

  74. 15:51:35 CEST

    1 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha 9:04:32
    2 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:00:17
    3 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling
    4 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:26
    5 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:31
    6 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team
    7 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp 0:00:34
    8 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha 0:00:36
    9 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha
    10 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling 0:00:37

  75. 15:52:09 CEST

    Santambrogio is 11th, 39 seconds down on pink. Sky, Astana, Garmin, they might let the Italian go if he attacks.

  76. 15:57:08 CEST

    Hesjedal is at the back of the bunch still. He needs to move up soon. That crash just a few minutes ago was a warning sign to all the GC contenders.

  77. 15:58:58 CEST

    The four leaders are on the lower slopes of the Vibo Valenta. It's a 3rd cat climb and they have a lead of 1'39.

  78. 15:59:39 CEST

    Vini Fantini continue to set the pace at the head of the field.

  79. 16:01:07 CEST

    The leaders will be caught before the summit of this climb at this race. Paolini is near the front again, along with his Katusha team but it's still the Fantini team doing most of work. Garzelli is in the mix too.

  80. 16:03:52 CEST

    Minguez knows the game is up. He's picked up a number of bottles from the team car in preparation of the catch.

  81. 51km remaining from 246km

    16:08:21 CEST

    A shade over 50km to go and the break have started to split on the climb. However they only have 44 seconds on the peloton. Astana have now moved up alongside Vini Fantini. Hesjdal and Wiggins have to pay attention.

  82. 16:09:45 CEST

    It's actually Minguez who pushes on alone.

  83. 16:13:48 CEST

    Cataldo is off the back again. He's been suffering with illness for the last few days.

  84. 16:14:33 CEST

    Cyclingnews' European editor had this to say about today's final climb: "it twists and turns for 12km through a series switchbacks but the gradient is very regular and the road surface is smooth. it's hard to see any of the major contenders being put into difficulty and the final 6km from the summit to the finish is quite straightforward - primarily false flat and not as technical as yesterday's finale."

  85. 16:16:20 CEST

    Miguez continues to push on with Le Bon chasing him. The bunch have both riders within a minute still

  86. 16:21:50 CEST

    The rains now hits the peloton hard. The bunch are climbing in the big ring as Minguez solos to the top of the climb. He has 38 seconds on the bunch.

  87. 42km remaining from 246km

    16:25:56 CEST

    The catch has been made the the bunch is back together. Vini Fantini sweep right passed the Euskaltel rider as David Millar has a mechanical at the back of the peloton.

  88. 16:27:02 CEST

    Blanco have moved up to the front as Wiggins, Nibali and Hesjedal begin to watch each other.

  89. 16:27:27 CEST

    Bobridge is suffering at the back of the peloton.

  90. 16:28:12 CEST

    Gretsch has now attacked from the bunch but he's only managed to pull out 10 meters. There's fog and rain at the top of the climb.

  91. 16:28:50 CEST

    A number of the sprinters are starting to drop off the back, including Mark Cavendish in the red jersey.

  92. 16:30:12 CEST

    Pirazzi joins up with Gretsch at the front of the race.

  93. 16:31:21 CEST

    Pirazzi takes the points at the top, Gretsch second and Visconti third.

  94. 16:32:28 CEST

    That's enough for Visconti to take the lead back in the KOM but there's still one more climb to come.

  95. 16:33:37 CEST

    The wet roads and the downhill will lead to some very nervous riders in the peloton.

  96. 16:37:47 CEST

    Nibali has crashed. He's up and chasing but on a spare bike.

  97. 16:38:18 CEST

    The Italian is firing through the team cars at such a fast rate but that's a blow for the Astana leader

  98. 16:38:59 CEST

    The previous group has been caught and Duque is leading by himself now.

  99. 16:39:48 CEST

    There's no footage of the Nibali crash mind but he's making his way back to the bunch now.

  100. 16:40:13 CEST

    It may have just been a wheel change in fact.

  101. 30km remaining from 246km

    16:41:39 CEST

    Duque has been brought back but there's an attack from a Lotto rider.

  102. 16:42:48 CEST

    Another attack from Argos Shimano but there are groups all over the road at the moment.

  103. 16:43:39 CEST

    The descent has split the field far more than the last climb did and it's Gretsch with Willems who are off the front together.

  104. 16:45:23 CEST

    Aru brings Nibali to the front of the peloton. Sky, Garmin are both already there with their leaders. Positioning will be important as the peloton tackle the final climb of the day.It's 12km in length.

  105. 16:46:33 CEST

    Weening has a mechanical and is now forced to chase back  to the main field. He's GreenEGDE's best climber in the race so it's critical for the Australian team that the Dutch rider makes contact with the leaders.

  106. 16:47:06 CEST

    The two leaders have 28 seconds has as Dowsett needs a wheel from the Movistar team car.

  107. 25km remaining from 246km

    16:48:12 CEST

    25km to go and the two leaders have just a few seconds left of their lead.

  108. 16:51:28 CEST

    The two leaders have been caught and now Marcato pushes clear.

  109. 16:52:17 CEST

    Parazzi is coming across now too.

  110. 16:52:59 CEST

    The two Italians start to work together but they've only a few seconds lead on the chase group of race favourites..

  111. 16:54:30 CEST

    More riders have moved into the lead group. AG2R and Vini Fantini both present.

  112. 16:56:01 CEST

     

    Katusha is second wheel in the peloton as they set the tempo with 19km to go.

  113. 16:58:39 CEST

    Marcato takes the intermediate sprint seconds but he's now alone as he takes on the final climb of the day.

  114. 16:59:36 CEST

    Marcato has pulled out 20 seconds on the peloton as Katusha continue to do the pace setting.

  115. 17:00:05 CEST

    Marcato has been joined by Pirazzi and the rest of the break.

  116. 17:00:32 CEST

    Ventoso needs a wheel and a teammate  stops to help him.

  117. 17:03:02 CEST

    Katusha monitor the situation on the front still. They're doing an excellent job for Paolini.

  118. 17:04:04 CEST

    Sylvain Georges pushes on alone and he's nearly gained a minute on the peloton.

  119. 17:06:43 CEST

    Sylvain Georges won a memorable stage at the Tour of California last year. He's putting on a show today but his gap is down to 37 seconds.

  120. 17:07:03 CEST

    Sky have now taken control of the bunch.

  121. 17:07:22 CEST

    Wiggins has three men on the front setting the tempo.

  122. 17:07:50 CEST

    Wiggins sits in third wheel with Di Luca on his wheel.

  123. 17:09:03 CEST

    Nibali and Hesjedal are both near the front as well. Evans a little further back but looking in contention.

  124. 17:09:35 CEST

    Henao is in second wheel for Sky, Wiggins just behind him. Cobo has been dropped.

  125. 17:10:36 CEST

    Wiggins looks comfortable and Evans, Scarponi are riding next to each other.

  126. 17:10:52 CEST

    The lone AG2R leader has 31 seconds on the peloton.

  127. 17:13:11 CEST

    Sky continue to wrestle control of the peloton on the climb. They've done this countless times in the last 18 months and today is no different. Everyone else just sits in and follows the pace.

  128. 17:13:56 CEST

    The stage doesn't finish at the top of this climb though. There's a slight flat/downhill section where attacks play a part.

  129. 17:14:20 CEST

    Paolini is still  in the group so he's keeping his jersey here.

  130. 11km remaining from 246km

    17:15:26 CEST

    11km to go and Sylvain Georges has 23 seconds.

  131. 17:17:38 CEST

    Di Luca attacks.

  132. 17:17:58 CEST

    10km to go and the former Giro winner is taking on Sky.

  133. 17:18:10 CEST

    Georges has just 10 seconds.

  134. 17:18:56 CEST

    Di Luca makes contact, and he's brought one other rider with him.

  135. 17:19:37 CEST

    Di Luca powers on and he's dragging the two riders with him.

    And Georges has blown.

  136. 17:19:55 CEST

    The rider with Di Luca is Gomez.

  137. 17:20:24 CEST

    The two are swapping turns on the front as the rain continues to come down.

  138. 17:20:56 CEST

    Team car lights are on and the mist is falling but Di Luca keeps going and Gomez comes through and takes another turn.

  139. 17:22:04 CEST

    Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez and Danilo Di Luca forge  on and continue to put more time into the peloton.  Sky continue with their pace.

  140. 17:22:30 CEST

    Di Luca raises the pace but Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez hangs on.

  141. 17:23:21 CEST

    Di Luca looks back but the gap is increasing. These two have less than 2km to go until the top of the climb. Henao and Uran are left to pace Wiggins.

  142. 17:24:44 CEST

    Just 7km remaining in the stage as Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez takes maximum points at the top of the climb followed by Di Luca.

  143. 17:25:20 CEST

    A wet descent towards the finish, the gap around 10 -12 seconds.

  144. 17:26:05 CEST

    Di Luca has attacked. He's brought back on the flat section so it's two leaders together again.

  145. 17:26:30 CEST

    Di Luca is powering towards the finish with 5km to go.

  146. 17:27:50 CEST

    The gap holds at around 10km .

  147. 17:28:14 CEST

    Di Luca has done so much of the work, will he have anything left if it comes down to a sprint?

  148. 17:28:51 CEST

    The road hits an incline and the Italian jumps again. He's brought back  quickly though.

  149. 17:29:19 CEST

    The lead is down to just 7 seconds with 2.3km to go.

  150. 17:30:26 CEST

    Di Luca can create small gaps  simply because he can take the wet corners better but they're onto the final small climb before the finish and they're about to caught.

  151. 17:30:42 CEST

    1.4km to go.

  152. 17:30:59 CEST

    They've still not been caught, the gap is at 30 meters.

  153. 17:31:12 CEST

    Paolini is there.

  154. 17:31:21 CEST

    Di luca leads outs.

  155. 17:31:36 CEST

    Can he hang on?

  156. 17:31:47 CEST

    Here come Katusha

  157. 17:31:58 CEST

    Di Luca is caught.

  158. 17:32:44 CEST

    The sprint opens up. Henao is there for Sky but he can't come through.

  159. 17:33:34 CEST

    Enrico Battaglin is on the front with 200 to go and he's going to hold on.

  160. 17:33:48 CEST

    He has a gap and he takes the stage win.

  161. 17:34:19 CEST

    That's a huge win for the young Italian and his wildcard team. Fellini was second and Visconti third.

  162. 17:35:00 CEST

    Paolini finished in 10th and will keep his maglia rosa. In the end he was able to hang on with some ease as the favourites saved their powder for another day.

  163. 17:37:39 CEST

    Wiggins has lost time. Confirmation is that the Sky leader has dropped down in GC.

  164. 17:38:38 CEST

    Henao has apparently moved into second overall. If that's correct then that's a big disappointment for Sky.

  165. 17:40:35 CEST

    Wiggins drops to 6th, 34 seconds down.

  166. 17:41:54 CEST

    Hesjedal was in the top ten so he hasn't lost time. We're just waiting on the confirmed top ten.

  167. 17:42:48 CEST

    1 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox 6:14:19
    2 Fabio Felline (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
    3 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team
    4 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling
    5 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ
    6 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team
    7 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team
    8 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp
    9 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) RadioShack Leopard
    10 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha

  168. 17:43:57 CEST

    Provisional top ten in GC:

    1 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha 15:18:51
    2 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 0:00:17
    3 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:26
    4 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:31
    5 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp 0:00:34
    6 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling
    7 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha 0:00:36
    8 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling 0:00:37
    9 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 0:00:39
    10 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:42

  169. 17:44:56 CEST

    Wiggins drops below Nibali and Hesjedal  in the battle for pink. It's just a handful of seconds and we don't know the reason for the loss of time yet.

     

  170. 17:51:45 CEST

    Still no confirmation as to what happened with Wiggins but keep your eyes peeled to the homepage for news. Meanwhile you can find our report, results and photos, right here.