Giro d'Italia 2016

May 6-29, 2016, Apeldoorn, Italy, Road - WorldTour

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Daniel Benson

Welcome to live coverage of stage 6 of the Giro d'Italia.


  1. 12:12:52 CEST

    Good morning and welcome to our live coverage from the Giro d'Italia. It's stage 6 and the first mountain top finish of this year's race - the first climbing showdown of this year's race with the finish at Roccaraso. 

    We're at the start with the rollout set to take place in around 30 minutes from now. The riders are signing on at the moment.

  2. 12:14:09 CEST

    • Orica GreenEdge jersey 2016

    We'll be talking to Matt White (Orica GreenEdge) later today. So please Tweet your Giro questions to us at #AskMatt. 

  3. 12:19:53 CEST

    For now, lets have a look at the GC standings coming into the stage:


    1 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 19:40:48
    2 Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:00:16
    3 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - Merida 0:00:20
    4 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Alpecin
    5 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:00:24
    6 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:26
    7 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:27
    8 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha 0:00:35
    9 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team
    10 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sky 0:00:37


  4. 12:22:16 CEST

    • Giant Alpecin jersey 2016

    Tom 'I'm not here for GC' leads the overall but today is a test for the Dutch rider. He's been faultless so far in the race and has talked about going on the attack today too - if the opportunity comes. 


    Here's what the Giant-Alpecin rider said after pulling on pink again yesterday afternoon: “Tomorrow will suit me because it’s an uphill finish but it’s not too hard,” Dumoulin said. “But it all depends on my legs. Yesterday my legs were very good, today they were not very good. Maybe today was a good day to have a bad day. But if I have the same legs as yesterday, I will look at the possibilities and not only ride defensively.”


    Full story, right here.


  5. 12:25:39 CEST

    • Etxx QuickStep

    Sitting in second place is Etixx QuickStep rider Jungels. He has gone under the radar somewhat in this race but don't forget he was third in Tirenno earlier this spring - and although the Giro another level - he's been riding like a GC rider during this first week. There's still a long way to go in this race but today should test his mettle and pedigree. Has he been too prominent so far? We'll have to wait and see.


  6. 12:28:34 CEST


  7. 12:32:39 CEST

    That's the profile for today's stage, with climbing really throughout. The second category climb shouldn't cause any problems but it will soften up the peloton for later in the race. There's hardly a meter of flat roads before the final climb to the finish.


  8. 12:33:09 CEST

    • Orica GreenEdge jersey 2016


    “I was the first to sign on and so I hope to be first to reach the finish.”

    “The climb to the finish isn’t that hard but I’m sure someone will ride it hard, test their legs and see what happens. We want to be up there with the GC guys and not lose time. That’s the most important thing.”


  9. 12:34:38 CEST

    • Orica GreenEdge jersey 2016

    What do you think of Chaves's chances in this year's race. He had a fine Vuelta last year and is improving as a GC rider. Do you think he should be targeting stages, the GC or both? Head on over to Twitter to let me know.


  10. 12:45:06 CEST

    The riders are rolling out. There's a headwind for them at the moment. Matt White will be joining us on the phone shortly to answer your questions. Live from the Orica team car.


  11. 12:45:40 CEST

    • Astana 2016


    “The stage suits Valverde but we’ll see what happens out on the road. Different things could happen, there could be a break and so the stage could be controlled. The GC guys will all be on their guard, so well see what happens. We’ve got good guys to get in the break and so well see what happens.”


  12. 13:08:46 CEST

    • Orica GreenEdge jersey 2016

    That was Matt White, live from the Orica GreenEdge team car. We'll bring you more Twitter Q&As during the race, and thanks of course for your questions. Sorry we couldn't get through all of them. As we talked to Matt he was also on the radio, giving his riders instructions. 


  13. 13:09:46 CEST

    • Giant Alpecin jersey 2016


    “Normally it’s a hard day and it definitely will be with the weather but hopefully it will it improve. If I have good legs, then I think I can follow (the others). I think there will be attacks by Landa, Valverde and Nibali as they try to make the race hard and take time bonuses and take time before the upcoming time trial.

    “I feel good. I think today will be a first test for everyone.”


  14. 13:12:45 CEST

    • Team Sky 2016


    “I don’t think the climb is hard enough to make a real difference and I think Dumoulin should be able to defend the pink jersey. I think the finish suits Valverde and so he’s the favourite for the stage win.”


  15. 13:19:26 CEST


    Speaking of Valverde, he was one of the riders who had their bikes checked by the UCI this morning.


  16. 13:21:44 CEST

    The race has gone through the neutralized zone, and there have been a number of attacks from the front of the field. Five riders have just jumped clear. Can they create a gap?


  17. 133km remaining from 157km

    13:23:23 CEST

    The peloton are climbing at the moment and it's been a furiously fast start. The race has broken up and then reformed several times. 


  18. 13:23:49 CEST

    The five riders, according to race radio, have been brought back so it's all back together. 


  19. 13:24:42 CEST

    Race radio has just crackled through that three riders are actually up the road and that they have three minutes on the peloton. We'll just wait for confirmation on that and then we'll try and bring you the names.


  20. 13:27:54 CEST

    Alessandro Bisolti (Nippo - Vini Fantini), Eugert Zhupa (Wilier Trestina-Southeast), Alexandr Kolobnev (Gazprom-Rusvelo) are the three riders off the front with 131km to go. The last time check we had was of three minutes and the peloton appear to have sat up. There's no GC danger from these front three.


  21. 13:28:28 CEST

    Kolobnev took 10 points at the intermediate sprint. The ex-Katusha rider racing for Gazprom these days. 


  22. 13:29:51 CEST


    "It’s raining now but the weather is likely to improve. That’s good because racing in the rain is not easy and often dangerous. The first mountain points are up fro grabs after just 54km, so I’ll go for it. I could lose the jersey but will fight to get it back.”

    “Our team is from this area in Abruzzo, so we’re playing at home, our sponsors want to do well today.”


  23. 13:30:47 CEST

    Cunego's teamamte Bisolti is in the break, so mission accomplished so far for the Italian squad. The pace is the peloton has eased since the frantic start earlier this morning.


  24. 13:33:33 CEST

    No real pressure in the break but they continue to share turns. The peloton have switched off so there's a chance for the trio to really build up a decent lead before the climbs come. 127km to go.


  25. 13:35:54 CEST


    “It could suit me but we’ll need to see how we attack the stages. The climbs are pretty rideable and I’ll try to stay with the leaders because you never know, something could happen .I expected Movistar to control the race because Valverde could win the stage. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Dumoulin up there and win too because he’s very strong.”


  26. 124km remaining from 157km

    13:39:52 CEST

    The break now have 6'06 over the bunch. Fabian Cancellara is at that the front for Trek, while Lampre are also represented. There's no single team on the the front of the bunch as we tackle the lower slopes of the first climb of the day.

  27. 13:41:42 CEST

    Uran is near the front, being helped along by his Cannondale teammates. Close by is Dumoulin, in pink, and with several of his Giant-Alpecin teammates around him. And just like that it's the German team that take control and start the set the pace. The gap is at 6'10.


  28. 13:43:42 CEST

    Tinkoff and Team Sky have also positioned a man near the front, just off the Giant train. Cancellara and Valverde catch up in the bunch  - the Spaniard many peoples' favourite for the stage today.


  29. 13:47:25 CEST

    • blank

    Catch on stage 5 with our race highlights from yesterday.


  30. 13:48:47 CEST

    Back to the front and the three man move have 6'40. The 18km climb the riders are on now averages out at 4 per cent but there is a section of 12 per cent. 


  31. 13:55:55 CEST

    The entire Giant team are on the front, controlling the pace for race leader Tom Dumoulin. The Dutch rider had been playing his chances down in the race earlier but that facade cracked slightly last night when he said he might try and attack today if there was the opportunity. 


  32. 14:04:46 CEST


    “It’s an important stage but we’ll wait and see what happens. The finish suits Valverde and so perhaps he’ll be up there and sprint for the stage win and time bonuses. But there could be other tactics too. We’ll be careful.”


  33. 14:10:36 CEST

    Weather update: At the finish we have dry roads on the final climb. The sun is out but there are dark clouds gathering overhead. 


  34. 14:15:05 CEST


    “I don’t like the weather but like most riders, well just try to get through it. We’ll see what happens out on the road.”


  35. 14:22:51 CEST

    • Astana 2016

    Nibali is moving up towards the front of the race. He's the number one favourite for the GC and here's what he had to say when asked about today's stage:


    “The Roccaraso stage could tell us something and it could tell us nothing.

    “After Roccaraso, there’ll be a lot of other big mountaintop finishes to come,” Nibali continued. “We’ll just keep trying to ride like we’ve ridden up to now. We’ve been going well as a team.”


  36. 14:25:11 CEST

    The break are still sharing the workload at the front of the race with Kolobnev currently leading. The gap to the peloton is still at around six minutes. 


  37. 14:35:03 CEST

    • blank

     The latest episode from InCycle is a cracker by the way. It's based around the Giro and features at least a dozen riders, including Marcel Kittel. You can check it out here.

  38. 14:41:48 CEST

    A reminder of the riders in the break. We have Alessandro Bisolti (Nippo - Vini Fantini), Eugert Zhupa (Wilier Trestina-Southeast), Alexandr Kolobnev (Gazprom-Rusvelo). They have around six minutes on the peloton.


  39. 14:52:30 CEST

    The rain is now starting to fall on the riders as they start to descend. No time checks at the moment as Bisolti leads the break. Giant-Alpecin are still on the front and controlling the peloton.


  40. 14:55:06 CEST

    Bisolti was first over the climb but Cuneno, his teammate, was fourth and therefore retains his KOM jersey for now. It's Movistar who now move up towards the front of the bunch too as they seek to position Valverde at the head of affairs for the long descent. 


  41. 89km remaining from 157km

    14:57:14 CEST

    Rojas is doing the work for his team leader, with the gap to the break down to roughly four minutes. At the start of the climb it was nearer to seven. A few gaps appearing in the bunch on the wet descent. 


  42. 14:59:02 CEST

    1:50 is the gap to the break now as we see Zhupa creep around a corner at a snail's pace. 


  43. 15:01:52 CEST

    The gap is down to just 1'06. The break are through most of the descent with only really Zhupa out there willing to continue. Movistar are still leading the peloton.


  44. 15:05:41 CEST

    Astana and Giant both have men on the front as the peloton snakes down the descent, with Rojas doing the work. He's been there since the summit of the climb. It's a very technical descent, made even harder by the wet conditions, although the roads are starting to dry out.


  45. 15:12:08 CEST

    Nibali is holding court at the front of the peloton with Scarponi, the 2011 winner of this race. Valverde is doing the same with his Movistar men. We're off the descent now and back onto dry, flat roads. 


  46. 15:12:36 CEST

    A few rain jackets will be lost in the next few minutes as the bunch spread out over the wide roads. 


  47. 15:13:45 CEST

    Yesterday's stage winner Greipel is scoffing a gel as Roche drifts back to the team car for a chat and some new bottles. 


  48. 74km remaining from 157km

    15:16:15 CEST

    The bunch have switched off and that's going to allow the break to push the gap back out. It's just Zhupa and Bisolti left now and they have 1'41 with 75km to go.


  49. 15:17:32 CEST

    Boswell another rider on the front of the bunch and enjoying a spot of lunch. 


  50. 15:22:32 CEST

    With the pace in the peloton easing the break have moved out to 3'00. There's still 72km to go and the major ascent to the finish. The bunch are just toying with them, allowing them to hang out there until the final climb. 

  51. 15:24:49 CEST

    Interesting: There's been a counter attack with Wellens, Ligthart and Didier going clear. The two Lotto Soudal riders sniff an opportunity here and they're perhaps anticipating the later moves. There's still such a long way to go though. The counter attacking riders are not in contention for the GC, so it's all about the stage.


  52. 15:28:01 CEST

    The counter attack has already put two minutes into the peloton. The first group on the road are four minutes clear. 


  53. 15:30:43 CEST

    The Wellens group hit the feedzone and continue to pull back time on the leading pair.


  54. 15:34:38 CEST

    The leading pair have 1'11 on the Wellens group so they should merge to make a five man break. The peloton are nearly five minutes down.


  55. 62km remaining from 157km

    15:39:50 CEST

    • Lotto Soudal jersey 2016

    And so the two breaks have merged, giving us five leaders at the front of the race. The bunch are still five minutes back and Wellens has a teammate with him. Could the Belgian spring a surprise and win the stage?


  56. 15:45:01 CEST

    • Astana 2016

    Two riders down, one of them is Agnoli for Astana. He's back on his feet and should be riding again soon. Just a touch of wheels there and no real harm done.


  57. 59km remaining from 157km

    15:46:26 CEST

    The gap is at 5'19. Realistically Wellens needs at least five minutes at the foot of the climb if he is to take the stage. 


  58. 15:50:52 CEST

    Well it's Lampre who have decided to take up the chase as we see Valverde pull over due to a mechanical. It seems to hold him for an age but he's now chasing back to the peloton. Lampre have ever rider on the front, all for Ulissi. 


  59. 15:51:47 CEST

    Ulissi has already won a stage in the race and must be confident that he can live with the best climbers on the final ascent. The break, meanwhile, have 5'25.


  60. 15:56:17 CEST

    Lampre have been replaced on the front by Giant, with 50km to go. The Wellens group have 5'50 on the bunch.


  61. 16:01:04 CEST

    Giant, of course, looking to protect Dumoulin but the race leader has also talked about attacking today. The climb does suit him and we saw in the Vuelta that he can perform in the high mountains. Today should also see the likes of Landa, Majka, Valverde and Nibali on the front foot.


  62. 16:06:04 CEST

    A few more GC teams, Tinkoff and Sky are starting to organise their troops at the front of the peloton. The break though extend their advantage to 6'15 with 44km to go.


  63. 16:11:12 CEST

    The gap continues to rise, and the break have 7'08 as Giant pull off the front and take on food. Team Sky are near the front but no team look interested in pulling the peloton along. Dumoulin had gone back to the team car, so that's why his team stopped work. 


  64. 39km remaining from 157km

    16:12:12 CEST

    • Pink Jersey

    A reminder of the riders in the break:

    Alessandro Bisolti (Nippo - Vini Fantini)
    Eugert Zhupa (Wilier Trestina-Southeast)
    Laurent Didier (Trek-Segafredo)
    Pim Ligthart (Lotto Soudal)
    Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal)


    Peloton at 7'25.


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  66. 16:17:17 CEST

    8'19 for the break with 35km to go. 


  67. 16:22:05 CEST

    • Trek Segafredo 2016

    Didier takes a turn on the break. He rode for Riis a few years ago before finding his way at Trek. Decent rider, and workhorse but never really taken a major win. Could today be his day? Lotto will need to watch him on the final climb. Interviewed him back in 2010. The story is here. Engineer graduate, he is.


  68. 16:22:59 CEST

    8'51 now for the break so the stage win will come from this five. There are just 33km to come. 


  69. 30km remaining from 157km

    16:30:50 CEST

    • Orica GreenEdge jersey 2016

    Into the final 30km and Orica GreenEdge push up to the front of the peloton and string the peloton out. The chase is on but really it's all about the battle for GC, the stage win should come from the riders in the break. The gap is at 8'31.


  70. 16:32:55 CEST

    Nibali, jersey open, is sitting with his teammates near the front of the bunch. So much pressure on the Italian in this race, especially given that his contract is up and he failed to really deliver last year in the Tour de France. And there's been a crash.


  71. 16:33:49 CEST

    Just one rider down, he's from Bardiani but no confirmation on the name yet. The fall happened near the back of the peloton. It's Bongiorno.


  72. 16:36:20 CEST

    Lampre are back to the front, along with Nibali's Astana squad. The gap to the break is down to 8'00 with 27km go to as the break hit a bit of a false flat section. Zhupa and Bisolit have been out in front since the first 20km off the race.


  73. 16:41:26 CEST

    Orica leading the bunch on behalf of Chaves, who has talked up his chances already ahead of today's stage. The climber was one of the revelations at the Vuelta last year and is targeting the GC and stage wins once again.


  74. 16:42:50 CEST

    A few riders already going out of the back of the peloton, and they include Ewan. It's all about survival for the sprinters today. The five leaders have 7'11 with 22km to go. 


  75. 16:46:24 CEST

    We're into the final 20km of the stage, and the gap is at 6'54. Perhaps the peloton could still content the stage win? 


  76. 16:50:32 CEST

    Rapid pace setting from Lampre Merida as we head towards the first summit finish of the Giro d'Italia. Wellens and his companions have 6'42. 


  77. 16:51:38 CEST

    The road kicks up and Ligthart has pulled off at the front of the break, his work done. Wellens takes over and drives on as he knows that the responsibility to lead the break rests on his shoulders. 


  78. 15km remaining from 157km

    16:52:54 CEST

    And Astana start to take over at the front with Lotto and Lampre there too. Up the road and Didier takes a long pull for the break. They have 6'12 with 15km to go.


  79. 16:53:46 CEST

    And Didier has attacked. That's a bold move from the Trek rider and it looks like that's the end for Zhupa.


  80. 16:54:23 CEST

    Nope, he makes it back but Didier still has a small gap. Wellens is forced to lead the chase.


  81. 16:55:13 CEST

    And Zhupa has attacked. They're back together but only for a moment as Welllens attacks with 14.9km to go.


  82. 16:55:47 CEST

    Didier has gone after the Lotto rider as the gap drops to 5'42. Lampre lead the peloton onto the climb with Astana.


  83. 16:57:52 CEST

    Wellens is riding this like a mountain TT, his hands over the bars in a TT position. He's spinning his legs but losing time on the peloton. Didier hasn't given up but he's around 15 seconds down already. 


  84. 16:59:29 CEST

    Out of the saddle or Wellens as he hits a 8 per cent section of the climb. Still 13km to go and Astana take over at the front of the peloton. Cunego has been dropped by the peloton. That's somewhat of a surprise to see him lose ground so early. 


  85. 13km remaining from 157km

    17:00:46 CEST

    Attack from Astana and it's Fuglsang That's a bold move and one that others need to react to. 


  86. 17:01:41 CEST

    And it's Sky who react by sending Lopez up the road to try and mark Fuglsang. Astana had shed the bunch to under 40 riders just before the Dane attacked. 


  87. 17:02:16 CEST

    Wellens is holding on though, 4'37 with 12.7 to go. Didier still chasing as Lopez is caught. 


  88. 17:02:55 CEST

    Kanstantsin Siutsou moves out of the bunch as Fuglsang goes past Ligthart like he's not moving. 


  89. 17:03:42 CEST

    Wellens though just continues to spin the gears as the road briefly flattens. It allows the Belgian rider to once more arch over the bars as if he's riding a time trial.


  90. 17:04:41 CEST

    Now Giant move to the front of the peloton. They have lost 20 seconds to Fuglsang. Movistar, meanwhile, can just watch and wait. They still have Betancur, Amador and Valverde waiting in the wings.


  91. 17:06:04 CEST

    Kanstantsin Siutsou has made it up to Fuglsang, and they have 30 seconds on the Giant-led peloton. 10.7km to go.


  92. 17:07:07 CEST

    The maglia rosa group hit a 12 per cent stretch of the climb and that sees a few more riders slip off the back. And to think, they said this climb wasn't hard enough to make a decent selection. 


  93. 17:07:46 CEST

    Wellens though still has 4'55 with to go. The Belgian is putting in a hugely impressive ride but there's still a long way to go.


  94. 17:09:48 CEST

    The road has dipped and that will help Wellens. Back down the road and Giant continue to lead the peloton with Dumoulin neatly tucked in. So far, so good for the race leader although Fuglsang has asked questions with his attack.


  95. 17:10:54 CEST

    Kanstantsin Siutsou and Fuglsang have never been on the same team but they're working well together at the moment, as up the road Bisolti links up with Didier. 


  96. 17:12:25 CEST

    Fuglsang is now the virtual leader on the road. He started the stage 35 seconds down on Dumoulin. 


  97. 17:13:17 CEST

    Uran is near the back of the bunch on the climb. That's not where the climber wants to be. He does have support around him though.


  98. 17:14:22 CEST

    Wellens is still holding his own, wit 6.4km to go he has 4'00 on Fuglsang as Movistar come to the front and set the pace at the the front of the peloton.


  99. 17:16:19 CEST

    Almost the perfect situation for Astana who have Fuglsang riding towards the pink jersey. Nibali can just sit back as the other teams lead the chase. 


  100. 5km remaining from 157km

    17:18:26 CEST

    Just 5km to go for Wellens, and he has 4'16 on the Dumoulin group. He moves out to the saddle for the first time in what seems like an age. The Tinkoff team now lead the bunch. 


  101. 17:19:13 CEST

    Hesjedal, Landa, Uran, Chaves all in the main field still. 


  102. 17:19:49 CEST

    Wellens is looking good for the stage win but we've still not seen any attacks from the GC men.


  103. 17:20:27 CEST

    Movistar line the pack out once more and Fuglsang and Kanstantsin Siutsou will be caught soon. 


  104. 17:21:30 CEST

    Into the last 4,000 m for Wellens. The stage win is surely heading to the Lotto Soudal rider.

  105. 17:22:51 CEST

    Didier has been caught by Fuglsang and Kanstantsin Siutsou, who actually still have around 30 seconds on the Movistar led peloton. Wellens though is being cheered on by the fans as he moves into the drops.


  106. 3km remaining from 157km

    17:24:04 CEST

    Now just 3km for Wellens. Landa has moved up in the peloton and sits near Nibali but Nibali attacks. 


  107. 17:25:12 CEST

    Nibali goes for it but he's about to be caught by Sky. Dumoulin has attacked just as the Italian has been caught. 


  108. 17:25:55 CEST

    The race leader is joined by Zakarin and Pozzovivo.


  109. 17:26:20 CEST

    Just 1km to for for Wellens though. The stage is in the bag. 


  110. 17:27:19 CEST

    Dumoulin has made it up to the Fuglsang group. Where is Nibali? Where is Valverde?


  111. 17:27:48 CEST

    Dumoulin waited and waited and there was no response from Nibali. 


  112. 17:28:50 CEST

    Dumoulin is leading the chase group behind Wellens. The race leader is in total control today.


  113. 17:29:13 CEST

    And here comes Wellens to take the stage win. 


  114. 17:29:51 CEST

    Fuglsang is leading Dumoulin to the line.


  115. 17:30:08 CEST

    He must be aiming for the bonus seconds. 


  116. 17:30:28 CEST

    Nibali has no response as more riders attack from the bunch


  117. 17:30:46 CEST

    Fuglsang takes second, then Zakarin, then Dumoulin. 


  118. 17:31:13 CEST

    Uran and Chaves are with the next riders down but Nibali has lost a handful of seconds there. 


  119. 17:32:16 CEST

    No huge time gaps there but a real warning sign for Nibali today. He was the first to attack but he had no response when Dumoulin attacked. He couldn't even follow the other GC riders when they sprinted clear in the last kilometre. 


  120. 17:35:00 CEST

    We already have a race report, right here. It's packed with race photos from the stage.


  121. 17:37:04 CEST

    • Lotto Soudal jersey 2016

    A fine opportunistic ride from Wellens today, who makes it back to back wins for Lotto Soudal.


  122. 17:42:35 CEST

    Stage results:

    1 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal 04:40:05
    2 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 00:01:19
    3 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha
    4 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 00:01:22
    5 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Dimension Data 00:01:24
    6 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
    7 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-GreenEdge 00:01:29
    8 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale Pro Cycling 00:01:33
    9 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff Team
    10 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 00:01:39


  123. 17:44:05 CEST

    • Pink Jersey

    And here's the GC standings after the stage:

    1 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 24:22:15
    2 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 00:00:26
    3 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha 00:00:28
    4 Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx - Quick-Step 00:00:35
    5 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 00:00:38
    6 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 00:00:41
    7 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - Merida
    8 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-GreenEdge 00:00:44
    9 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 00:00:47
    10 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Dimension Data 00:00:49


  124. 17:47:55 CEST

    Certainly not huge time gaps but the move from Dumoulin certainly symbolises a lot in the context of this race. Who still think he's just here for the time trials?


  125. 17:52:25 CEST

    • Pink Jersey

    Dumoulin has spoken at the finish:

    “I hadn’t planned to attack. If I see a possibility I go for it. This was a climb that suited me. You need to have the legs but I had them today.”

    “When Nibali attacked I suffered but then when he came back I went for it. You’ve got to follow the moment. I noticed that Nibali was struggling on the flatter section and so I thought I’d go for it. I really surprised myself today. Now I’m riding for the GC but we’ll see what happens. I honestly didn’t really think to go so well.”


  126. 18:05:21 CEST

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  127. 18:18:35 CEST

    Stage winner Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal)

    "It’s a very, very special win for me. I’ve got thank the belief of the team and thanks to Dumoulin who lets us get away. Tom came to me and said it was an ideal moment to attack. Pim then came to me and we pulled through. We were all well down overall and we so got plenty of space. That surprised me, but sometimes you need a little luck. On the final climb I felt that I was the strongest and I so I went for it.”


  128. 18:19:45 CEST

    • AG2R La Mondiale 2016

    A strong rid from Pozzovivo today. He went with Dumoulin's move late on and moved up on GC:

    “There was a strong headwind all stage and that’s why the stage was kind of blocked all day. The climb doesn’t allow for a big selection but then it kicked off. Dumoulin looked good and it was really hard for me to get across to him, I had to m


  129. 18:21:35 CEST

    • Etxx QuickStep

    And the rider we mentioned earlier in the stage, who has gone under the radar, Bob Jungels. 


    "I think today a lot of things changed. It was the first real mountain stage where I think all of the favourites were on the limit. It was a tough day with the rain. Everyone was freezing on the downhill, so it’s been a tough day.

    “I’m really happy to still be in this [white] jersey and to be up front in the GC, of course.

    “It was the plan to work and stay safe. When you are riding in front then it is more safe than being behind. We’ve shown great things from the first day until now. I think we will just continue like this.

    “Feeling-wise, I didn’t have my best day but when I looked at the results, I was not that bad. I’m happy right now."


  130. 18:44:57 CEST

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