Giro d'Italia 2016

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

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Patrick Fletcher

Hello and welcome to Cyclingnews' live coverage of stage 7 of the 2016 Giro d'Italia. It's a 211km trip from Salmon to Foligno today in what could well come down to a bunch sprint. 



  1. 11:46:21 CEST

    Hello, good morning, and welcome to Cyclingnews' live coverage of stage 7 of the Giro d'Italia. After the GC action yesterday, today we have a 211km stage from Salmon to Foligno that could well come down to a bunch sprint. 

  2. 11:48:25 CEST

    The last of the riders are currently signing on and making their way to the start line, so we'll be underway shortly.


  3. 11:50:15 CEST

    Here's a look at the stage profile


  4. 12:00:55 CEST

    As you can see, it's a tricky start with an early second-category climb, and there is rolling terrain thereafter, though nothing unduly difficult. The key test will be the late fourth-cat climb and gentle downhill in to the finish. The sprinters teams will be looking to keep things firmly under control but we could see some opportunistic attacks. 

  5. 12:03:51 CEST

    • Start

    And they're off. The riders have rolled out of Sulmona and, in contrast to yesterday, the sun is shining. 

  6. 12:06:26 CEST

    Race leader Tom Dumoulin received a pizza as he went to sign on. Unclear if he ate it there and then or folded it up and stuffed it into his jersey. 



  7. 12:16:31 CEST

    We have some early attacks and it looks like a small group has gone up the road. Nippo Vini Fantini, the Italian Pro Conti team for whom it is a major objective in this race to be present in the breaks, are pulling on the front of the peloton, so have clearly not made it in. 

  8. 12:17:37 CEST

    The three riders who have opened up a gap are Patrick Grestch (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Stefan Küng (BMC) and Jay McCarthy (Tinkoff). 


  9. 12:18:49 CEST

    Cristian Rodriguez was also part of that move initially but has since dropped back. Nippo still chasing, and the escapees have a lead of around 30 seconds as it stands. 


  10. 12:20:14 CEST

    The riders are on the early cat-2 climb of Le Svolte Di Popoli and the break have extended their lead towards the minute-mark. 


  11. 12:21:49 CEST

    Nippo, of course, are also defending the mountains classification jersey of Damiano Cunego. If they could have kept things together it would have been a good opportunity for the Italian to pick up more KOM points.


  12. 12:25:40 CEST

    The pace is high in the bunch on this climb. Some riders are already being dropped, and the gap to the break is coming down. 


  13. 12:30:54 CEST

    Cunego attacks, in search of KOM points.


  14. 12:36:28 CEST

    • Climb

    Cunego drags a few riders with him but they can't reach the leaders in time. Here's the order in which they crested the climb:


    1. Kung

    2. McCarthy

    3. Gretsch

    4. Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal)

    5. Cunego

    6. Giovanni Visconti (Movistar)


  15. 12:38:01 CEST

    Everything has broken up on that climb to a greater extent than we had anticipated. The main group is down to about 40 riders, with several small groups on the road, and the break's advantage is slim.


  16. 12:39:55 CEST

    I think Tim Wellens, who pipped Cunego to fourth over that climb, could have taken the KOM jersey off the Italian in the process. Wellens, of course, scored big by winning yesterday's stage on the second-category summit finish. 


  17. 12:42:35 CEST

    Here are the three early breakaway men, but it looks like they're about to be caught. 



  18. 12:50:46 CEST

    • Giant Alpecin jersey 2016

    Our man Barry Ryan paid a visit to the Giant-Alpecin team bus this morning, and found the unusual sight of Nikias Arndt, Albert Timmer, and Tom Stamsnijder warming up ahead of the stage. 


    They were planning to work hard in the early part of the stage and it's paying off as race leader Tom Dumoulin is safely in the front group at the moment. 


    Stamsnijder was hopeful that Lotto Soudal and Etixx-QuickStep would help control things, but warned that it would be a complicated day: "It's a finish for sprinters but it's not an easy sprint stage."


  19. 12:54:39 CEST

    Situation update


    So, the break has been caught, and there is a front group of around 50 riders, which includes Dumoulin. We might have expected things to calm down and come back together in the aftermath of the climb but the pace is still high and there is a group containing the main sprinters which is 1:30 in arrears. Groups in between, too. 


  20. 173km remaining from 211km

    12:57:09 CEST

    The riders hit the 38-kilometre mark after one hour of racing.


  21. 13:02:02 CEST

    This race is simply not settling down. More moves going off the front of the bunch. The rain has stopped for now. 


  22. 13:08:12 CEST

    We're still awaiting confirmation of who's in the group at the back, but we know that Marcel Kittel, and probably many other sprinters, are there. They find themselves 2 minutes behind now, and this is looking like a really complicated affair now for the fast men. 


  23. 13:12:01 CEST

    The second and third groups on the road have now merged, so we have one large chase group over two minutes down on the leading group of 50.


  24. 13:12:26 CEST

    Dumoulin, along with all the main GC favourites are up at the head of the race. 


  25. 13:17:28 CEST

    Kung, who was in the early breakaway trio, goes on the offensive once more, attacking off the front of the lead group. 

  26. 13:22:53 CEST

    Foligno has hosted two Giro stage finishes in the past. The last one was two years ago, also on stage 7 curiously enough, and it was Nacer Bouhanni who took the spoils. It's not looking so sure for the sprinters today.

  27. 13:24:36 CEST

    Kung has made this attack work for now, and has around half a minute on the pink jersey group. Chase group still trying to come back - we'll get a time check for you shortly. 


  28. 13:33:09 CEST

    More moves off the front of the bunch now as Axel Domont (Ag2r), Giolui Ciccone (Bardiani-CSF), Stefan Denifl (IAM), Ilya Koshevoy (Lampre-Merida) and Daniel Martinez (Wilier-Triestina-Southeast) set off in pursuit of Kung.


  29. 13:34:25 CEST

    Those five riders make the bridge, and the peloton are happy to let a proper breakaway form and duly ease up. Six riders out front, then.


  30. 13:41:32 CEST

    Ciccone picked up maximum points at the intermediate sprint in L'Aquila, followed by Denifl and Kung.


  31. 13:43:34 CEST

    Riders who were previously dropped are coming back up to the pink jersey, and the race looks to be settling back into a more normal format. 


  32. 13:47:42 CEST

    Alejandro Valverde has said that Tom Dumoulin was trying to mislead his rivals by insisting he's only at the Giro for the time trials, not the GC. The Spaniard is very wary of the threat carried by the Dutchman. You can read the full story here:


    Valverde: Dumoulin tried to mislead the enemy with his Giro d’Italia tactics


  33. 13:50:13 CEST

    Here's what the new breakaway looks like


  34. 13:53:43 CEST

    So, breakaway and a peloton. That wasn't hard, was it?!

  35. 13:58:17 CEST

    Situation update


    Six-man breakaway (Kung, Domont, Denifl, Koshevoy, CIccone, Martinez)


    Peloton (+2:30)


  36. 121km remaining from 211km

    14:01:21 CEST

    90 kilometres covered in the race and the riders are heading downhill towards the feed zone at Terme di Cotilia. It's dry out there for now. 

  37. 14:04:03 CEST

    GC digest


    Today isn't going to be too significant in terms of the overall classification, but yesterday was, with the first summit finish of the Giro. Barry Ryan took a look at how the action has left the GC complexion:


    Giro d'Italia: How the GC contenders lie after first mountaintop finish


  38. 14:17:34 CEST

    The situation is stable with the breakaway men enjoying a three-minute buffer over the peloton. 


  39. 14:22:03 CEST

     The polemics continue in Italy after Nibali's failed attack during yesterday's stage. 

  40. 14:25:55 CEST

    “There’s not much to clear up but we did speak after the stage,” Nibali confirmed before the start today.

    “It was a risk yesterday and perhaps we messed up in the heat of the moment. It was not an easy stage and not a steep climb but Domoulin went well. After his attack nobody wanted to help the chase.”


  41. 14:27:18 CEST

    Nibali added: 

    “There’s not much to clear up but we did speak after the stage,” Nibali confirmed before the start today. “It was a risk yesterday and perhaps we messed up in the heat of the moment. It was not an easy stage and not a steep climb but Domoulin went well. After his attack nobody wanted to help the chase.”

    “We know that Dumoulin is very strong and so we’ll start focusing on him more and change our tactics. Now we now what we’ve got to deal with. We made a mistake yesterday but the Giro is still long. Today is a kind of transfer stage and we’ve got to focus on the important stages to come.”


  42. 14:34:02 CEST

    The finish in Foligno is suited to a sprint finish but it will be interesting to see the effects of the aggressive racing will impact the finish. 


  43. 14:35:02 CEST

    The 211km stage is very similar to the one of 2014, when Nacer Bouhanni won the sprint, beating Giacomo Nizzolo and Luka Mezgec. 


  44. 106km remaining from 211km

    14:36:57 CEST

    The six attackers still lead by 3:05.


  45. 14:40:28 CEST

     Astana DS Beppe Martinelli was also questioned about the tactical mistakes of yesterday. He played down a suggestion that Nibali made a mistake by blaming his team car for ordering him to attack. 

    “Is there a problem? How many times does a football coach make a tactical decision during a match without any problems. If Vincenzo had closed the gap it’d have been a perfect tactic, he didn’t do it… so we made a mistake,” Martinelli said.  

  46. 14:42:36 CEST

    To read more about Astana's tactics, click here to see what Paolo Bettini said.

    He suggested that "Letting Dumoulin gain seconds is like playing with fire"



  47. 14:47:38 CEST

    The riders are currently passing through the feed zone, taking their musettes to enjoy their lunch at the mid-way point in the stage.  


  48. 14:53:19 CEST

    After rain during yesterday's stage, the weather is better today and improving all the time. The roads are damp in the race but the sun is out at the finish.


  49. 14:55:29 CEST

    The early climbs of the stage caused some aggressive racing and splits in the peloton. At one point the peloton was split into three groups with 50 riders up front. 


  50. 14:55:58 CEST

    Things have since calmed down but it will be interesting to see who will chase the break today. 


  51. 92km remaining from 211km

    14:58:18 CEST

    Weather forecasts predict more rain in the days to come, especially for Saturday's dirt road section before Arezzo and then during Sunday's 40km Chianti time trial.  


  52. 15:01:27 CEST

    Kung is riding aggressively today in the break. He has a tough relationship with the Giro. He crashed out last year and crashed during the opening time trial in Apeldoorn, after setting a fast intermediate time. 


  53. 15:03:34 CEST

    Behind Lotto Soudal and FDJ are leading the chase for Greipel and Demare respectively.


  54. 86km remaining from 211km

    15:05:34 CEST

    The riders are now on the valley road after Rieti. They will soon drop down to Terni and then face the final climb of the day: the Valico della somma. 


  55. 15:06:19 CEST

    After the steady climb it will be a downhill run virtually on the road to Foligno. 


  56. 15:09:02 CEST

    Valerio Agnoli is riding i support of Vincenzo Nibali at the Giro d'Italia but is also celebrating fatherhood today after his partner gave birth to a baby boy. According to reports they have opted to call him Luis Leon. 


  57. 15:15:15 CEST

    Crash. There's a Movistar rider down on the ground and this does not look good. 

  58. 15:16:24 CEST

    It's Javi Moreno and there are two doctors and one Movistar staff member tending to him as he lies flat on the ground. He's conscious and moving, but he has obviously taken a huge knock there. 

  59. 15:17:47 CEST

    Doctors are holding Moreno's neck in place and the rider points to his shoulder. Is this a collarbone injury? What's certain is that his Giro is over, and he's being put into an ambulance on a stretcher. 

  60. 15:19:08 CEST

    While Moreno heads to hospital, the race goes on, and Alejandro Valverde has lost a key support rider. 


  61. 15:20:59 CEST

    We'll bring you an update on Moreno's condition as soon as we know more. 


  62. 15:25:25 CEST

    We have confirmation that Moreno has fractured his collarbone. The race doctor tending to the Spaniard was certain of it, and told the moto cameraman. 


  63. 70km remaining from 211km

    15:26:49 CEST

    Meanwhile, back in the race, we're approaching the 70km-to-go mark and the breakaway riders have a lead of three minutes. 


  64. 15:30:18 CEST

    FDJ currently lead the peloton, working for Arnaud Demare, who has finished second on two occasions so far at this Giro. Behind the white and blue jerseys are Lotto Soudal, looking to set Greipel up for a second stage win. Then it's Giant-Alpecin, keeping Dumoulin safe and sound. 


  65. 15:38:13 CEST

    We've just come through Marmore, with riders within reach of the spray coming off a huge, 165-metre manmade waterfall. 


  66. 15:41:01 CEST

    FDJ and Lotto continue to drive this. No sign of Etixx-QuickStep at this point - they'll just want Marcel Kittel to get over this upcoming climb before they think about working for the finale. 


  67. 15:43:54 CEST

    It won't be long before the riders hit the bottom of this cat-4 climb, so here's a reminder of the stage profile. 


  68. 15:49:49 CEST

    As the riders make their way up the lower slopes of the climb, the pac in the bunch has caused the breakaway's lead to come down to under the 2-minute mark. 


  69. 15:54:28 CEST

    Lotto and FDJ still at the front, GC teams not far behind. It's a steady pace at the moment, no attacks and no real pressure being applied at the moment. 


  70. 16:01:15 CEST

    1:20 is the gap now. The sprinters' teams will be happy to keep this steady now. They'll want to keep this break dangling out there so that the race doesn't come back together and encourage further attacks. 

  71. 16:05:58 CEST

    A nice shot of the Italian Apennines on the approach to this climb


  72. 16:07:58 CEST

    Attack. Damiano Cunego goes, taking a Nippo teammate with him. The Italian wants to pick up the final KOM points on offer at the top of this climb. Tim Wellens moved ahead of him on the provisional standings earlier today on the second-category climb, so Cunego wants to make sure he stays in the blue jersey tomorrow. 


  73. 16:09:18 CEST

    Cunego has 30 seconds, while Dimension Data hit the front of the bunch. 


  74. 16:12:30 CEST

    With six men in the break, Cunego has to get over to the break to have any chance of getting a KOM point. We're nearing the summit and he hasn't made it, so it's not looking good for the Italian. 


  75. 16:14:33 CEST

    • Climb

    Martinez takes maximum points at the top of the climb. Ciccone was the only other rider to really test him but it was comfortable for the Colombian. 

  76. 16:15:25 CEST

    Cunego comes over 40 seconds later. He has now lost the KOM jersey which will pass over to Tim Wellens at the end of the stage. 

  77. 16:16:34 CEST

    Gaps in the bunch!


    The peloton splits slightly as the riders come over the top of the climb and Kittel is caught several seconds behind. He shouldn't have any issue, however, regaining contact. 

  78. 16:21:00 CEST

    “Astana has the strongest team. Landa, who’s helping you?”


    That was the headline in yesterday's Gazzetta dello Sport, with three riders who were supposed to be here for Sky, Leopold Konig, Benat Intxausti, and Sergio Henao, all absent. We have an update on Konig, who has a knee injury and should be back to racing in June. 


    Konig slated to return at Dauphine or Tour de Suisse


  79. 16:21:46 CEST

    As the gap continues to come down, Kung takes off on this descent and goes solo. 

  80. 16:23:08 CEST

    Kittel isn't back on yet. He finds himself 20 seconds down on the pink jersey group. 

  81. 16:24:31 CEST

    Matteo Trentin comes to the front of the bunch to try and knock off the pace with his leader Kittel caught behind. Cannondale, though, are keen to drive this one on. 


  82. 25km remaining from 211km

    16:28:40 CEST

    Kung has his arms tucked over his bars as he uses his endurance track caliber to stay clear. He has just under a minute, while the rest of the break has been caught by the bunch. 


  83. 16:29:28 CEST

    • Cannondale 2016

    Cannondale are really going for it here. They don't have a sprinter in the top tier at this race, but they have been seen working on the flat stages. 


  84. 16:31:21 CEST

    The peloton resembles one big single file line as the pace stays high. 


  85. 16:31:39 CEST

    Marcel Kittel makes it back on


  86. 16:33:26 CEST

    It's Ramunas Navardauskas drilling it on the front of the bunch and the pace means that Kung's lead is coming down fast. The BMC man now has under half a minute. 

  87. 16:35:45 CEST

    Puncture for Pippo Pozzato, so he'll probably just have to roll home now. 

  88. 16:39:26 CEST

    Here's a look at the finale of today's stage. Three 90-degree bends around the flamme rouge make this a technical, and potentially messy one. The rain is holding off at the moment though. 



  89. 16:40:35 CEST

    The peloton bunches back up as they come under the 15km to go banner. Time for the sprinters' teams to start to push for position. 


  90. 11.5km remaining from 211km

    16:43:23 CEST

    Kung has just 10 seconds now 


  91. 16:45:26 CEST

    The peloton strings out once more as they bring Kung into sight. IAM Cycling take it up now. 

  92. 8.5km remaining from 211km

    16:47:28 CEST

    Kung's doing a remarkable job of keeping himself out there as long as possible. It's a futile effort but he still has just under 10 seconds. 


  93. 7km remaining from 211km

    16:48:36 CEST

    Kung is caught. Now it's all about the sprint trains. 


  94. 16:49:15 CEST

    Adam Hansen gets out of the saddle and really drives things on for Lotto Soudal. The Belgian team has lots of men up there, and so do IAM. 


  95. 16:49:44 CEST

    It's not clear at the moment whether IAM will be leading out Pelucchi or Howard. 


  96. 16:50:15 CEST

    Fabian Cancellara, who was ill at the start of this Giro, forces his way up through the bunch, dragging Nizzolo with him.

  97. 16:51:12 CEST

    Marcel Kittel is out of the picture!


    The German is forced to dismount. It's unclear if it was a crash or a mechanical but what's certain is that he will not be contesting today's sprint. Big blow for the red jersey. 


  98. 4km remaining from 211km

    16:51:49 CEST

    The pace is so high right now. It can't be overstated how important positioning will be in this technical finale. 


  99. 16:52:13 CEST

    Hansen still smashing it on the front and riders are getting shelled out of the back. 


  100. 16:53:00 CEST

    Last 3km. Lotto with three men on the front, and is Greipel now the hot favourite?


  101. 16:53:29 CEST

    Lampre move up now. Nozzle's Trek well positioned. Demare has one teammate.


  102. 1.5km remaining from 211km

    16:54:30 CEST

    LottoNL now move to the front, working for Moreno Holland. Lotto Soudal now down to two men. Roelandts it is now the last man for Greipel.


  103. 16:54:43 CEST

    Into the technical section. Ewan is up there too


  104. 16:54:58 CEST

    Lampre lead under the flamme rouge. Headwind. 


  105. 16:55:17 CEST

    Herre we go. Rolland's leading out for Greipel.


  106. 16:55:27 CEST

    Orica come through now


  107. 16:55:37 CEST

    Ewan is on second wheel


  108. 16:55:49 CEST

    Ewan goes first but fades


  109. 16:56:02 CEST

    Greipel takes the win!


  110. 16:56:40 CEST

    Ewan was fading on the right, Modolo was coming up on the left, but Greipel punched his way through the middle to take his second victory of this Giro. 


  111. 16:57:44 CEST

    Nizzolo took second in the end there, as he was when the stage finished here in 2014. 


  112. 16:59:30 CEST

    Greipel let Orica come to the front and lost a few places. He then moved over to the wheel of Sacha Modolo and produced an utterly convincing and well-timed final sprint to come through. 


  113. 17:01:21 CEST

    First shot of the sprint



  114. 17:02:21 CEST

    Top 10


    1 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal 05:01:08
    2 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
    3 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - Merida
    4 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
    5 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
    6 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step
    7 Alexander Porsev (Rus) Team Katusha
    8 Aleksei Tsatevich (Rus) Team Katusha
    9 Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSF
    10 Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky


  115. 17:05:28 CEST

    General classification after stage 7 


    1 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 29:23:23
    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 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 00:00:47
    9 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Dimension Data 00:00:49
    10 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale Pro Cycling 00:00:51


  116. 17:11:31 CEST

    Greipel speaks to Italian TV


    "It was a hard day, a really hard day,” says the German. “There was a strong break upfront but my team did an amazing job again. They killed themselves to bring the race back together. We hit the front early and but I was happy to find a gap, get through and win.”


  117. 17:12:30 CEST

    Confirmed that Esteban Chaves lost nine seconds.


  118. 17:20:25 CEST

    "It was a pretty hard day, especially at the beginning" says race leader Tom Dumoulin. "Nippo missed the break - like every day - so they then chased it down again. It was really hard and very uncontrollable. After that there was a good break up the road and it was more controllable." 




  119. 17:28:05 CEST


  120. 17:29:08 CEST

    "I was looking for a wheel to follow, I thought it was going to be too late but luckily I found a way through. I still had good power left so I was looking for a gap and Modolo stayed on his line so I found the gap and launched my sprint," Greipel tells Eurosport.


    "Before this we were already happy with the Giro so far and now we have three of the seven stages so it has been amazing.”


  121. 17:31:33 CEST

    A penny for the thoughts of Marcel Kittel


    The German punctured with 5km remaining, meaning the two-time stage winner couldn't contend the sprint. Before that he was dropped on a climb and had to chase back on. Not a good day at the office, but it's already been a highly successful Giro for the 27-year-old. 


  122. 17:34:23 CEST

    We have a brief report, results and photos on the site now, which you can find here:


    Giro d'Italia: Greipel wins stage 7



  123. 17:36:51 CEST

    To compound Greipel's joy and Kittel's woe, the Lotto Soudal man has taken the red points jersey off his compatriot and rival. 



  124. 17:39:42 CEST

    Pink jersey (Overall): Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin)


    Red jersey (Points): Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal)


    Blue jersey (Mountains): Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal)


    White jersey (Young rider): Bob Jungels (Etixx-QuickStep)

  125. 17:42:45 CEST

    Here's Tim Wellens, who moved into the lead of the mountains classification today.



    “When the escape was gone with three leaders, we thought the breakaway was gone but then the team of Cunego started to ride. I just followed Cunego and passed him before the line. It was not really my plan to take points.



    “The plan was to help Andre as much as possible. In the final I did a little bit of work for him, and I am very happy that he won.



    “I will try to take the next stages as breakaways, which is my biggest chance for a second stage win. The mountain jersey is not really an objective for me. I will just try to go for a second win. The mountain jersey is just a bonus. If you are in the breakaways it comes automatically.”


  126. 17:48:50 CEST

    We've been wrapping up rider reactions and you can find them here in today's edition of finish line quotes. 


    Giro d'Italia stage 7: Finish line quotes


  127. 18:01:38 CEST

    So, onto tomorrow, and we have a tricky stage in store - 186km from Foligno to Arezzo, where a late second-category climb and fast run down to the finish is sure to shake things up. 



    We hope you'll join us once again for full live coverage.

  128. 18:05:59 CEST

    That's it from us. Thanks for joining us today, we'll have all the latest news and reaction from the race in the coming hours, so make sure you keep an eye on Cyclingnews. Bye!



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