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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 12, Stage 9: Sansepolcro - Firenze 170km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Susan Westemeyer

The Giro continues -- and starts climbing today!

  1. 12:29:19 CEST

    Tuscany, four ranked climbs and a finish in beautiful downtown Florence.  What more could one ask? The fun and games start in a few minutes!

  2. 12:34:55 CEST

    On the whole, today looks custom-made for a breakaway group, possibly to stay away until the end. The favourites can all huddle together in the peloton, eying one another, trying to figure out the new pecking order after yesterday's time trial, and looking forward to tomorrow's rest day.

  3. 12:40:19 CEST

    A Tuscan odyssey, stage 9 is effectively a dress rehearsal for the 2013 World Championship Road Race. Rolling northwest from Sansepolcro, it will finish in one of Italy’s most spectacular locations, in the heart of Florence. Notwithstanding its cultural importance, it promises action on the road too. Hostilities will begin early, the big climb up the Passo della Consuma beginning the sorting-out process.

    You can read the rest of our stage preview here, including a quote from Stefano Zanatta, and a video preview.

     

  4. 12:45:53 CEST

    Today is Mother's Day in much of the world, so let me wish a Happy Mother's Day to all my sisters in motherhood – and of course especially to the mothers and partners of all cyclists!

  5. 12:48:27 CEST

    We have had the sharp start, and as far as we know, all remaining 200 riders are on their way.

  6. 12:54:47 CEST

    What's it like out there?  Check this out: Explore the route of stage 9 in high detail with Google Maps, Earth and Street View.

  7. 168km remaining from 170km

    12:55:48 CEST

    We are sorry to repeat that it is apparently pouring down rain again. Which may be why Giairo Ermetti of Androni Giacattole crashed shortly after the start.

  8. 12:57:32 CEST

    We only have 199 riders today. Francesco Chicchi of Vini Fantini did not start.

  9. 13:01:44 CEST

    This is another stage which features roughly one flattish section, after a few hills near the start. But starting at about km60, it is all up and down.

  10. 13:03:59 CEST

    Four climbs, today, one of each category.  Things start out with the category 2 Passo della Consum, at km 81.8.  Next up is Vallombrosa, at km. 106.7, followed by Cat. 3 Montetrini and the cat 4 Pian di Mugnone.

    The category one climb Vallombrosa starts at km. 97.7 and runs 8.95 kilometers. The gradient starts out at a gentle 2.6%,  hits a stretch of 12% and then finishes up with 7.3%. Montetrini may be category 3, but it won't be any easy one. It is only 4 km to ride, but with an average gradient of  9.1&, and a maximum of  12%.

  11. 164km remaining from 170km

    13:05:14 CEST

    We have our first attempt to form a break group.  Getting away at 6km, and now with a gap of 23 seconds are: Rosa, Bongiorno, Quintero, Capecchi, Brambilla, Keukeleire and Marcato

  12. 13:09:14 CEST

    That is: Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil), Diego Rosa (Androni Giacattoli), Francesco Bongiorno (Bardiani Valvole), Carlos Quintero (Colombia), Eros Cappechi (Movistar), Gianluca Brambilla (OPQS) and Jens Keukeleire (Orica-GreenEdge).
     

  13. 13:10:21 CEST

    Vini Fantini is leading the chase and doesn't want to let this group go.

  14. 155km remaining from 170km

    13:12:45 CEST

    Nope, that was not meant to be the group of the day. They have now been caught.

  15. 13:13:57 CEST

    We already have an abandon: Tomas Gil Martinez of Androni Giocattoli.

  16. 150km remaining from 170km

    13:18:15 CEST

    Two more riders are trying their luck at getting away: Stefano Pirazzi (Bardiani Valvole) and Robinson Chalapud (Colombia).

  17. 13:20:21 CEST

    Suddenly we have a group of 12 in the lead! A group this large may well be successful. Let us try and catch the names....

  18. 13:21:29 CEST

    Whoever they are, they have 38 seconds already.

  19. 147km remaining from 170km

    13:26:01 CEST

    And now we have the names: Und das sind sie:
    Pirazzi, Visconti, Garate, Felline, Chalapud, Pantano, Mestre, Belkov, Golas, Ludvigsson, Proni, Petrov.

    They have 1:30, so it looks like this group is it!

  20. 13:33:29 CEST

    The gap is holding steady for:  Stefano Pirazzi (Bardiani Valvole), Giovanni Visconti (Movistar), Juan Manuel Garate (Blanco), Fabio Felline (Androni Giacattoli), Robinson Chalapud (Colombia), Jarlinson Pantano (Colombia), Ricardo Mestre (Euskaltel), Maxim Belkov (Katusha), Michel Golas (OPQS), Tobias Ludvigsson (Argos-Shimano), AlessandronProni (Vini Fantini) and Evgeni Petrov (Saxo-Tinkoff).
     

     

  21. 13:38:21 CEST

    Yesterday's time trial gave the overall GC a good shake-up.  Let's take a look at the top ten:

    1     Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team     29:46:57      
    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     Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp     0:02:05      
    7     Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling     0:02:11      
    8     Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia     0:02:43      
    9     Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida     0:02:44      
    10     Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling     0:02:49     

  22. 134km remaining from 170km

    13:42:37 CEST

    The gap has jumped to 2:30, and it is 20° and raining.

  23. 13:45:35 CEST

    Astana, with the overall leader in its ranks, is at the head of the field controlling things.

  24. 13:50:44 CEST


    Mark Cavendish of Sky is still in the red jersey of the points leader. It would be a surprise to see him in at the finish today, though.

    1     Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step     58     pts
    2     Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling     52      
    3     Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team     49      
    4     Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox     45      
    5     Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol     39      
    6     Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha     35      
    7     Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ     31      
    8     John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano     30      
    9     Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp     30      
    10     Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia     29    

     

  25. 125km remaining from 170km

    13:54:50 CEST

    With 125 km to go, and all the climbing still to come, the gap is at 2.58.

  26. 14:01:06 CEST

    Our best young rider going into today's stage is Wilco Kelderman of Blanco – 22 years old!

    1     Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team     29:50:23      
    2     Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff     0:00:43      
    3     Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team     0:01:05      
    4     Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La Mondiale     0:02:42      
    5     Diego Rosa (Ita) Androni Giocattoli     0:05:13      
    6     Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox     0:05:27      
    7     Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) Colombia     0:06:26      
    8     Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox     0:11:53      
    9     Stefano Locatelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox     0:12:38      
    10     Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia     0:13:06      
     

  27. 116km remaining from 170km

    14:04:13 CEST

    Belkov takes the first intermediate sprint. The gap is now 3:05.

  28. 14:13:17 CEST

    • Astana

    And the best team ranking is led by the maglia rosa's team......

    1     Astana Pro Team     88:40:51      
    2     Blanco Pro Cycling Team     0:00:34      
    3     Sky Procycling     0:02:06      
    4     Lampre-Merida     0:04:55      
    5     Movistar Team     0:08:05     

  29. 14:15:35 CEST

    • Team Sky

    No one knew quite what to expect from Bradley Wiggins (Sky) yesterday in the time trial. He ended up second and might have won if he had not punctured early on, losing time.  But would he have been able to make up enough time to move atop the GC? As it now stands, he is fourth, at 1:16 down.

  30. 14:20:09 CEST

    Wiggins didn't talk to reporters after the time trial, but

    later shared his thoughts on the team's website.

    Like so many others, he noted that there are still two weeks to go, and with three Sky riders in the top ten, “We’ve got a few cards to play.”

     

  31. 14:21:49 CEST

    • Climb

    With a reduced gap of 2:48, the leaders have started up the first ranked climb of the day, the category 2 Passo della Consuma.

  32. 14:26:52 CEST

    Vincenzo Nibali of Astana put in a strong performance yesterday, finishing fourth on the day, and only 11 seconds behind Wiggins. That was more than enough to put him at the head of the field, leadng the GC by 29 seconds over BMC's Cadel Evans.  But the Italian knows that there is  still a very long way to go in this race.

  33. 101km remaining from 170km

    14:31:44 CEST

    The gap has dropped to 2:44 as they all head up the climb.

  34. 14:34:05 CEST

    And we see that it is pouring down rain at the finish line. Let's hope the weather doesn't interfere with tv sending us lovely pictures!

  35. 14:41:02 CEST

    • Team BMC

    Cadel Evans (BMC) has been quiet and unobtrusively riding a good Giro, and moved himself up to second place yesterday. He was pleased with his time triall ride, but noted that “the real Giro is just starting.”
     

  36. 96km remaining from 170km

    14:41:48 CEST

    With 96 km to go, it looks like the gap has jumped back to  3:40.

  37. 14:43:19 CEST

    Fortunately it looks like it not raining on the peloton -- at least at the moment.

  38. 14:44:05 CEST

    Just a reminder, this is our group: Stefano Pirazzi (Bardiani Valvole), Giovanni Visconti (Movistar), Juan Manuel Garate (Blanco), Fabio Felline (Androni Giacattoli), Robinson Chalapud (Colombia), Jarlinson Pantano (Colombia), Ricardo Mestre (Euskaltel), Maxim Belkov (Katusha), Michel Golas (OPQS), Tobias Ludvigsson (Argos-Shimano), Alessandro Proni (Vini Fantini) and Evgeni Petrov (Saxo-Tinkoff).
     

  39. 14:44:23 CEST

    Turning things over to Dan for a spell.

  40. 14:45:45 CEST

    Astana are on the front still, controlling the race.

  41. 93km remaining from 170km

    14:47:35 CEST

    93 km remaining and Chalapud has put in an attack on the climb. he's second in the KOM competition so picking up 9 points at the top of the climb will see him take the lead.

  42. 14:47:58 CEST

    But Pirazzi has attacked too and is about to catch the Colombia rider.

  43. 14:51:19 CEST

    The two riders have linked up with Pirazzi setting the pace.

  44. 14:51:40 CEST

    The pair are taking it in turns to attack each other.

  45. 14:53:54 CEST

    Pirazzi squeezes Chalapud into the barriers at the top of the climb. The Colombia rider isn't too happy about that that move but I don't think he can have too many complaints.

    Visconti was fourth over the line.

  46. 14:56:18 CEST

    The peloton are rolling up the climb in fairly relaxed fashion. The gap to the break has gone out to 4'53. The roads are a little wet so the peloton may take the descent a little slower than usual. It's unlikely that Nibali will try anything today, or at least this far from the stage finish.

  47. 14:58:58 CEST

    Astana lead the peloton on the descent, the two leaders have pushed on ahead of the rest of the break.

  48. 15:03:00 CEST

    Pirazzi is pushing on but Chalapud is simply following on the descent. Pirazzi clearly wants to take advantage but the summit of the next climb is still a long way off.

  49. 15:07:55 CEST

    The rain is coming down fairly steadily now as Visconti leads the chase from the second group. Astana have moved to the front of the peloton, controlling the field with a steady but unspectacular pace.

  50. 15:10:15 CEST

    Belkov has made it up to the two leaders so we now have three riders clear of the chase group. The peloton trail by 5'09

  51. 15:13:06 CEST

    Confirmation that Pirazzi leads the KOM by 5 points. Visconti bumped down into second place as a result of that last climb.

    As Belkov is now pushing on with Chalapud.

  52. 15:17:54 CEST

    The peloton isn't taking any risks as they head through a tight road section.

  53. 15:18:45 CEST

    Pirazzi moves back up to the leads. If he can get a  couple more minutes on the GC he'll be the virtual leader on the road. Smart from Astana if they let this one go.

  54. 15:23:41 CEST

    The bunch head through the feedzone at a very gentle pace. The gap could go out by another minute right now.

  55. 15:25:31 CEST

    The rain has started to come down a lot heavier now. The ideal situation for Nibali might be that Pirazzi moves into pink at the end of the stage but the Astana leader is able to put more pressure ,and perhaps time, into Wiggins on the final run into the finish. Sky will  have to be wary of such a move today.

  56. 15:28:35 CEST

    The three leaders are onto the climb of Vallombrosa.

  57. 65km remaining from 170km

    15:36:40 CEST

    Some confusion at the head of the race as Chalapud and Pirazzi come to a standstill on the climb and Belkov comes back up to them.

  58. 15:37:28 CEST

    There's no cohesion between the three riders. Belkov now has a small gap on the other two in the break.

  59. 15:38:50 CEST

    Pirazzi attacks.

  60. 15:40:55 CEST

    Susan back in the saddle again.

    Cavendish is to be seen where we expect to see him today: at the back of things.

  61. 15:42:38 CEST

    PIrazzi jumps to take the mountain points, followed by Chalapud who nearly caught him at the last minute. We don't see Belkov at the moment.

  62. 15:46:14 CEST

    • Climb

    Belkov crosses over some 50 seconds later. The rest of the group is falling apart and dribbles over the line about 1.17 later. What will the gap be to the peloton?

  63. 15:48:51 CEST

    BMC has moved up to the front of the field, and now a Cannondale rider jumps out to be the first of the group under the banner. Were there still points available?

  64. 15:52:58 CEST

    The gap, by the way, was 6:23, and Belkov has once again caught the two leaders. That yo-yoing around can't be good for him.

  65. 15:54:48 CEST

    Not only has Belkov caught the other two, he has gone on in front alone!

    Very bad weather right now for the peloton. Heavy driving rain and fog -- not really what one wants on a descent.

  66. 15:58:06 CEST

    We now have one leader, Belkov, chased by Chalapud and Pirazzi. They are followed by a group of four: Garate, Pantano, Mestre and Petrov.

    The rest of the earlier break group are somewhere out there, too.

  67. 50km remaining from 170km

    16:00:45 CEST

    50 km to go. Will the field catch the leaders? Anything might still happen today, with this bad weather and the climbs.

  68. 16:03:15 CEST

    • Katusha

    Belkov is not at all afraid on this rainy day and is tackling the climbs with great confidence and high speed.

  69. 16:04:40 CEST

    One of the Astana riders apparently crashed, or at least didn't quite make the curve....

  70. 16:05:07 CEST

    Yes, he crashed. And slid along the wet road a loooong way....... Ouch!

  71. 43km remaining from 170km

    16:07:47 CEST

    Belkov now hat 1:35 on his two closest chasers, with the field at 6:52.

  72. 16:09:35 CEST

    Well, with 42km left to go, and the field nearly seven minutes back, we think it likely the break won't be caught....

  73. 16:10:38 CEST

    Bobby Julich is back in pro cycling! He will consult for BMC Racing Team. Read about it here.

  74. 16:13:58 CEST

    Now here is a surprise: Wiggins has dropped back! He is at some 30-40 seconds behind the field. Can it be that the thoughts of crashing on a rainy descent are holding him back?

  75. 16:14:40 CEST

    Lots of water on the road, and we mean LOTS. The car following Belkov just drove through a huge puddle and splashed up a small tidal wave.

  76. 37km remaining from 170km

    16:15:35 CEST

    Wiggins falls even further back. The field is at 7:29, and the Sky rider at 8:24.

  77. 16:16:53 CEST

    Wiggins' difficulties means that Team Sky has pretty much disappeared out of the peloton. They have all gone back to help their captain.

  78. 169.65km remaining from 170km

    16:18:23 CEST

    Belkov now has 2:21 over his closest chasers.

  79. 16:21:43 CEST

    Wiggins' teammates are slowly bringing him back to the peloton, the gap between them is now only  20 seconds.

  80. 16:22:35 CEST

    A Garmin rider has moved to the head of the peloton. They don't want Wiggins to catch up again, of course. BMC is doing its share, as well.

  81. 16:24:11 CEST

    There are, of course, two more ranked climbs to come. And the back to the Sky train has increased, over 40 seconds again.

  82. 16:25:53 CEST

    The good news is that Belkov is no longer riding in rain. The road is of course still wet, but at least the moment nothing is coming down.

  83. 16:28:01 CEST

    Two Garmin riders now driving the field, ahead of Astana. The gap is jumping around the 30-40 second mark, but Sky so far has been unable to get much closer.

  84. 16:31:20 CEST

    The gaps now are: Belkov  3:10 ahead of the former break group, with the peloton at 6:42 and Wiggins at 7:19.

    The former break group has by now caught Chalapud and Pirazzi.

  85. 25km remaining from 170km

    16:33:33 CEST

    Belkov heads up the penultimate climb. The peloton has gotten slightly closer, at 6:26, but with Wiggins still 30 seconds behind them.

  86. 16:37:13 CEST

    It looks as if Sky has been successful and caught the peloton. But what will happen on the next two descents?

  87. 16:38:59 CEST

    With Wiggins back in the peloton, Garmin moves out of the lead work. A BMC rider is still up there though, ahead of Astana.

  88. 16:41:08 CEST

    Pantano of Team Colombia has jumped from the chase group and is moving up to Belkov very quickly. And the field is now only 4:30 behind.

  89. 16:42:05 CEST

    Wiggins is at the end of the peloton, third from last actually. It will be very interesting to see how he reacts on the two descents -- both wet.

  90. 16:44:19 CEST

    It no longer looks so easy for Belkov. He went off solo very early....

  91. 16:46:31 CEST

    Belkov has definitely slowed but he is appraoching the top of the third climb, surrounded by lots of fans.

  92. 16:47:17 CEST

    And here comes Pantano, what will his gap be?

  93. 16:48:43 CEST

    Pantano makes his way through the crowded road and comes across at only 1.47 back.

  94. 16:50:21 CEST

    The peloton has gotten smaller and faster. They are now only 3:26 behind at the mountain top.

  95. 16:51:39 CEST

    • Katusha

    Belkov looks much happier now that he is not climbing.

  96. 16:56:24 CEST

    Ludvigsson has now joined Pantano in the chase.

  97. 16:57:25 CEST

    Belkov heads up the day's final climb, with difficulty.  Tired legs!

  98. 16:58:02 CEST

    Behind him, the peloton is led by Tanel Kangert giving full gas. The gap is 3:30.

  99. 17:00:01 CEST

    Lampre and BMC are now right behind Astana at the head of the peloton. We see Sky jerseys in the field, so we assume Wiggins is in there as well.

  100. 17:01:43 CEST

    And another favourite is having difficulties. Ryder Hesjedal has fallen back from the field. He is accompanied by Tom Danielson.

  101. 17:02:20 CEST

    Will the field pick up the pac again, in an attempt to dump Hesjedal, and possibly Wiggins?

    Yes, it looks like it.

  102. 17:04:06 CEST

    Belkov has achieved another goal, taking the final mountain. Only 10 km to go, and the stage win is his!

  103. 17:04:35 CEST

    Ludvigsson and Pantano are still climbing.

  104. 17:05:14 CEST

    They are 1:19 behind.

  105. 17:06:16 CEST

    But the field is catching up! It is only 2 minutes plus behind!

  106. 17:07:13 CEST

    AG2R's Carlos Betancur has jumped from the field and is giving serious chase to the leaders.

  107. 17:08:28 CEST

    With 6 km to go, Pantano and Ludviggson are 1:20 behindd. We donÄt have a time for Betancur.

  108. 17:10:01 CEST

    Hesjedal defintely out of the favourite's group.

  109. 17:11:02 CEST

    The two chasers are at 1:30, with Betancur at 1:57, and the peloton at 2:05.

  110. 17:12:32 CEST

    3km still for Belkov. It looks to be not raining in Florence, but the streets are indeed wet.

  111. 17:13:24 CEST

    Belkov looks to have this one. He is moving along smoothly again.

  112. 17:14:37 CEST

    Belkov has over a minute on his two chasers, 1:14, with Betancur at 1:35.

  113. 17:14:59 CEST

    The field is at 1:55. No word on Hesjedal.

  114. 17:15:39 CEST

    Hesjedal is at 2:40. Is the Giro basically over for him?

  115. 17:16:17 CEST

    Only 700 metres to go for Belkov.

  116. 17:17:05 CEST

    This is his second grand tour, with the first one also being the Giro. And of course this is his first grand tour stage win.

  117. 17:17:56 CEST

    One last look back, to make sure, pull the jersey into order and then raise the arms as he crosses the line!

  118. 17:18:43 CEST

    Betancur has caught the otehr two in the last km, they drop Ludvigsson, and Betancur outsprints his countryman Pantano for second place.

  119. 17:19:16 CEST

    And only 1:05 after  Belkov, the greatly reduced field crosses the finish line.

  120. 17:20:03 CEST

    Danielson and Luca Paolini accompany Hesjedal across the finish line, at 1:08, or roughly a mlinute behind this rivals.

  121. 17:21:07 CEST

    We assume that Wiggins was in the favourites' gropu, but are not sure.

  122. 17:22:12 CEST

    Betancur celebrated as he crossed the finish line. Did he think he had won?

  123. 17:23:54 CEST

    Congratulations to Belkov, who took a big chance by taking off on such a long solo flight in such bad weather conditions.

  124. 17:25:19 CEST

    As expected, Hesjedal drops out of the top ten, and is now in fact 11th, at 3:11.

  125. 17:29:30 CEST

    The top ten on today's stage:

     1 Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha 4:31:31
    2 Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:44
    3 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia 0:00:46
    4 Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano 0:00:54
    5 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:01:03
    6 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:03
    7 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 0:01:03
    8 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 0:01:03
    9 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:01:03
    10 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:01:03

  126. 17:30:23 CEST

    And the new GC top ten:

    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

  127. 17:31:01 CEST

    Thanks for reading along on another wet stage. Tomorrow is rest day, so join us again on Tuesday, as the adventures continue!