Giro d'Italia 2018

May 4-27, Jerusalem, Italy, Road - GT

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Patrick Fletcher

Welcome to our full live coverage of stage 10 of the Giro d'Italia, a long rolling stage from Penne to Gualdo Tadino.

 

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  1. 10:34:24 CEST

    Buongiorno! Early start today at the Giro d'Italia and that's because we have no fewer than 244 kilometres to cover on stage 10. That's just 13 shy of this year's Paris-Roubaix.

     

    Yes, it's a brutal re-introduction after the second rest day yesterday, made all the more complicated by a couple of early climbs, and plenty of rolling terrain thereafter. 

  2. 10:35:32 CEST

    The riders are due to roll out of Penne (trying to establish any links with the pasta) at 10:50 local time, with the race proper due to get underway at 11, so in around 25 minutes.

     

  3. 10:42:26 CEST

    Rest days can be disorienting not just for the riders but for the casual cycling fan. Don't get caught short today - get back up to speed with our rest day recap.

     

    Giro d'Italia 2018: Rest Day 2 Recap

     

  4. 10:48:15 CEST

    It's not just the whole Team Sky squad; turbo trainers are a common sight at the team buses this morning. Everyone, it seems, is respectful/fearful of this very early second-category climb to Fonte della Creta. 

     

     

  5. 10:54:07 CEST

    A chaotic start is expected thanks to that early climb, which could pose significant problems to anyone who hasn't judged their rest day well. It's followed by another categorised climb, at Bruzzolana. Things should settle down somewhat thereafter but the terrain constantly undulates, and the chances of a mass sprint finish are complicated by the lat Cat-4 climb at Annifo. It's anything but straight forward. 

  6. 10:54:43 CEST

    Simon Yates signs on in the pink jersey as overall leader of the Giro

     

     

  7. 11:03:01 CEST

    They're off!

     

    The riders have rolled out and stage 10 is underway

     

  8. 11:11:19 CEST

    The flag drops and the racing is underway. Attacks flying off already. There's going to be a huge fight to get in the break today.

     

  9. 11:14:35 CEST

    As soon as a few riders go clear and look like forming a group, others ping off from the peloton.

     

  10. 11:16:59 CEST

    We've checked with our resident Italian Stephen Farrand - our European Editor who's lived in Italy since the mid-90's - and he sadly informs us that the town of Penne has nothing to do with the pasta. It is, though, he says, a former roman town famous for its goat cheese and cured meats. There you have it. 

     

  11. 11:18:31 CEST

    There's a large group out front now, with a few riders chasing. 

     

  12. 11:23:39 CEST

    The group of 13 riders has been joined by three chasers to make 16. Giulio Ciccone is still chasing but it's not looking good for the young Italian.

  13. 11:29:38 CEST

    The breakaway riders have a lead of around two minutes as they hit the foot of this early Cat-2 climb. 

  14. 11:30:19 CEST

    Ciccone is a hugely promising climber and the road heading uphill works in his favour as he closes the gap to the leaders. He's joined them now, making it 17 up front. 

     

  15. 11:31:41 CEST

    The breakaway riders

     

    Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana)

    Koen Bouwman (LottoNL-Jumbo)

    Jarlinson Pantano (Trek-Segafredo)

    Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo)

    Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin)

    Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Katusha-Alpecin)

    Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates)

    Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida)

    Tom Scully (EF-Drapac)

    Matteo Montaguti (AG2R La Mondiale)

    Ruben Fernandez (Movistar)

    Ben King (Dimension Data)

    Giulio Ciccone (Bardiani CSF)

    Ben Hermans (Israel Cycling Academy)

    Krists Neilands (Israel Cycling Academy)

    Davide Ballerini (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec)

    Jacopo Mosca (Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia)

     

  16. 11:33:18 CEST

    As the pace increases in the peloton on this climb, maglia ciclamino wearer and double stage winner Elia Viviani is one of the riders distanced. 

     

  17. 11:38:34 CEST

    There's a little added motivation for Ciccone here as this climb heads up to Rigopiano, site of a tragedy last January as an avalanche struck and killed 29 people. Ciccone is from the region, and attended a memorial service yesterday on his rest day. 

     

     

     

  18. 11:47:06 CEST

    Fernandez, Mosca, Pedersen and Schmidt have been distanced on the climb as the break continues to work with an advantage of 1:45. 

  19. 11:58:10 CEST

    Scully loses contact now but we're near the top of the climb

     

  20. 12:01:02 CEST

    Ciccone reaches out at the top and takes the KOM points. Here he was at the start this morning, honouring the victims of the Rigopiano tragedy. That will mean a lot to him. 

     

     

  21. 222km remaining from 244km

    12:05:02 CEST

    The peloton comes across the top of the climb 1:10 in arrears. 

     

  22. 12:10:39 CEST

    Scully, Mosca, Fernandez, Schmidt, and Pedersen have all been swallowed up by the peloton, leaving 12 riders out front in the breakaway. 

     

  23. 12:15:58 CEST

    Mohoric has flown down this descent and has opened a gap over his breakaway companions.

     

  24. 12:19:44 CEST

    Chaves in trouble

     

    We're hearing that Mitchelton-Scott's Esteban Chaves, third overall, has been distanced by the peloton, which is being led by Team Sky. Exact time gaps are hard to come by at this point. 

     

  25. 12:23:27 CEST

    Remi Cavagna (Quick-Step Floors) and Pello Bilbao (Astana) have attacked the peloton. 

     

    An interesting move. Bilbao is in the top 10 on GC and therefore a big threat, while Cavagna going means Quick-Step have surely given up on trying to bring this one back for Viviani. 

     

  26. 200km remaining from 244km

    12:28:16 CEST

    The road continues to dive downhill as we pass the 200km to go mark. Mohoric is brought back at the head of affairs, Cavagna and Bilbao closing in. Peloton at just under 2 minutes. 

     

  27. 12:35:26 CEST

    Confirmation of Chaves' deficit crackles over race radio and Sunweb hit the front of the peloton. 

     

    This is a big development. There's always someone who gets it wrong on the rest day, and it seems Chaves has fallen into the trap. It leaves Mitchelton-Scott with a headache, as they've got a pink jersey to defend, and can't put all their resources back with Chaves. 

  28. 12:36:02 CEST

    The leaders are about to start the second climb of the day, the short Cat-3 haul to Bruzzolana. 

     

  29. 12:40:59 CEST

    Still no confirmed time gap back to Chaves. It seems he has one teammate with him in Sam Bewley, in what is the fourth group on the road (Breakaway - Cavagna/Bilbao - Peloton - Chaves).

  30. 12:46:01 CEST

    Fabio Aru's UAE teammates now chipping in on the front of the peloton. The gap to the break is just 1:15.

     

  31. 12:50:37 CEST

    Chaves at 3:35!

     

    The Colombian has lost considerable ground and is 3:35 off the front of the race. That means he's more than two minutes down on the peloton, where the rest of the overall contenders are. 

     

  32. 182km remaining from 244km

    12:51:28 CEST

    • Climb

    Ciccone, the strongest climber in the break, once again takes maximum points at the top of the Bruzzolana climb.

     

  33. 12:57:29 CEST

    A reminder of the overall standings at the start of the day

     

    1 Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott 37:37:15
    2 Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott 0:00:32
    3 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:00:38
    4 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:00:45
    5 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 0:00:57
    6 Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team 0:01:20
    7 George Bennett (NZl) LottoNL-Jumbo 0:01:33
    8 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:02:05
    9 Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro Team
    10 Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 0:02:25
    11 Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky 0:02:27
    12 Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:02:34
    13 Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team
    14 Ben O'Connor (Aus) Dimension Data 0:02:36
    15 Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team Emirates

     

  34. 13:01:18 CEST

    Any whispers of leadership headaches within Mitchelton-Scott appear to be flying out of the window. Chaves appears on Italian TV station Rai's pre-race coverage and says "There's one leader and that's Mitchelton-Scott." At the end of today, it might well be all in for Yates. 

     

  35. 13:03:47 CEST

    Thibaut Pinot's Groupama-FDJ teammates join the party at the front of the peloton now. All the other GC teams are uniting behind a common goal here. They stand here to take a major rival out of the picture and slash Mitchelton-Scott's tactical advantage in having two cards to play. 

     

  36. 13:09:28 CEST

    Despite the pace-making in the peloton, Chaves doesn't appear to be losing any ground for the time being. 

     

     

  37. 13:14:13 CEST

    "At the start of the day, we discuss the tactics on the bus, but cycling is a crazy sport, and sometimes things don't go to plan," Simon Yates said yesterday in his rest day press conference. "Etna was not planned. Esteban was not supposed to be in the break, and I was not supposed to go across to him in the end, but sometimes it happens like that."

     

    And sometimes it happens like this... You can read our full story on Yates and Chaves from the rest day, at the following link. 

     

    Simon Yates not surprised by Giro d'Italia showing

     

     

  38. 165km remaining from 244km

    13:15:28 CEST

    The peloton are closing in on the breakaway here. 30 seconds is the gap. 

  39. 13:24:12 CEST

    With the gap coming down quickly, Tony Martin and Krists Neilands have attacked from the break and are going it alone. 

     

  40. 13:26:25 CEST

    All the other breakaway riders have been taken in by the peloton. 

     

  41. 13:28:22 CEST

    Martin and Neilands have an advantage of one minute over the peloton.

     

    Chaves is at 3:20.

     

  42. 13:29:24 CEST

    Neilands sits it up and calls it a day. He's not sure this will come to anything, even if he's with one of the strongest rouleurs in the peloton. Martin on his own, then, from range. He has history...

     

  43. 13:33:00 CEST

    It's raining and Martin is taking care as he takes on a sinuous downhill section. He's holding his gap of one minute as Sky lead the peloton. 

     

  44. 13:34:10 CEST

    Louis Meintjes' terrible Giro continues. The Dimension Data rider is with Chaves in the third group on the road. 

     

  45. 13:36:15 CEST

    We predicted a chaotic start and that's exactly what we got. Now things have settled into some sort of pattern, here's the race situation. 

     

    Lone leader - Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin)

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    Peloton (at 1 minute)

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    Chaves group (at 3:45)

  46. 13:37:53 CEST

    We're constantly updating the race situation on the right hand side of your screens. 

     

  47. 13:41:56 CEST

    When you see Tony Martin out front on his own, you can't help but think back to the 2013 Vuelta. The German embarked on a solo breakaway on stage 6, going clear pretty much from the gun. Some 175km later, he was caught by the peloton... just 20 metres from the finish line. Heartbreak. Here's our report from that day. 

     

    Tony Martin agonisingly close to solo Vuelta stage win

     

  48. 13:44:03 CEST

    Mitchelton-Scott have sent a rider back to Chaves, who is now tucked in behind three teammates. They should be able to limit the damage for a while but they're up against a committed peloton with far more firepower. 

     

  49. 13:48:25 CEST

    Chaves is flailing here, but Chris Froome has been flailing since this Giro began - since just before it began, even. The four-time Tour de France champion sat down with the press yesterday on the rest day and said his crash in the recon of the opening time trial has held him back ever since. Asked if he still believes he can win this Giro, his response wasn't such a confident one. 

     

    Chris Froome: Giro d'Italia victory is not likely but stranger things have happened

     

  50. 137km remaining from 244km

    13:51:57 CEST

    After extensive discussions with his team over race radio, Tony Martin decides against a repeat of his 2013 Vuelta epic, and sits up to be reabsorbed by the peloton. 

     

  51. 13:53:16 CEST

    The catch is made but there's no let-up in the peloton. FDJ, Sky, Sunweb, Bahrain, LottoNL (everyone, pretty much) exchange turns on the front as they seek to keep Chaves at bay. 

     

  52. 13:56:27 CEST

    Simon Yates has two teammates with him in the peloton. Chaves has three with him behind. It appears that the remaining member of the Mitchelton-Scott squad, Svein Tuft, is in the gruppetto

     

  53. 13:57:19 CEST

    A lifeline for Chaves in the form of Quick-Step. The Belgian team have Elia Viviani in that group, and are starting to assist in the chase. 

     

    The gap is down to 2:05.

  54. 14:02:05 CEST

    Quick-Step have four riders in front of Viviani in this chase group, and they're taking control here. 1:58 the gap. 

     

  55. 14:02:59 CEST

    A really fascinating tussle playing out here. GC teams vs Chaves and Viviani teammates. And we've still got 129km left!

     

  56. 14:08:08 CEST

    The sheer length of this stage provides me with a slightly tenuous link to the Spring Classics... which are the subject of our very first documentary film. If you haven't seen it yet, The Holy Week takes you behind the scenes at this year's Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, and is available to buy or rent at this link

     

     

  57. 14:10:46 CEST

    Chaves group coming back

     

    Big swing here as the latest time check puts the Colombian at just 30 seconds. 

     

  58. 14:13:08 CEST

    Cavagna, Senechal, Stybar lead the chase group. They're working for Viviani but have helped save the day here for Chaves and Mitchelton-Scott.

     

  59. 14:16:13 CEST

    Or have they? It seems the Giro's timings are all over the place, and the latest check shows Chaves/Viviani still at 1:15. 

     

  60. 115km remaining from 244km

    14:24:25 CEST

    The gap is rising again. 1:51 is the latest check as the riders take on another gentle swooping descent. 

     

  61. 14:26:08 CEST

    It's Robert Gesink leading the peloton, teammate of George Bennett, who's seventh overall. Behind him are two representatives from Sky. 

     

  62. 14:28:08 CEST

    In our podcast from yesterday's rest day, we talked about the chances of Chaves and Yates, as well as Froome, Dumoulin, Pinot, Pozzovivo... everyone, basically. You can listen here:

     

    Yates soars, Froome flops - Giro d'Italia rest day podcast

     

  63. 14:34:19 CEST

    The gap has stabilised at 1:50. Quick-Step still with four on the front of the chase group. 

     

  64. 14:39:45 CEST

    Chaves' teammates are leaving it to Quick-Step here. They've done a lot of chasing already today and indeed over the past few days as they've helped control the peloton for the pink jersey of Yates. Tired legs, no doubt, but they can't sit back, as the gap is going out again. 2:20 now, and this is slipping away from them again. 

  65. 14:41:17 CEST

    Talk of a Chaves crash early on have been debunked by Mitchelton-Scott DS Matt White. The latest rumour is pollen/allergies. We'll have to wait until the end of the stage to find out exactly how he came to be dropped. 

     

  66. 14:43:07 CEST

    As the gap yawns out to 2:30, Quick-Step disappear from the front of the chase group. Have they called it a day?

     

  67. 14:43:37 CEST

    It seems so, as replays show the blue jerseys exchanging words before easing up. 

     

  68. 100km remaining from 244km

    14:45:49 CEST

    That's just about the worst news for Chaves and Mitchelton-Scott. They have no option but to hit the front of that chase group now, and even Chaves himself comes through for a turn, as Bewley pants behind. Big moment - this could be game over for Chaves at this Giro. 

     

  69. 14:48:29 CEST

    Kreuziger and Juul-Jensen are the other Mitchelton-Scott riders with Chaves. They're still riding but the gap has gone out to 3 minutes. 

     

  70. 14:50:08 CEST

    Chaves is leading the chase here, and that should never be part of the plan. The gap is going out all the time as Kreuziger disappears from the front. 3:15, and counting....

     

  71. 14:53:47 CEST

    There are still 95 kilometres left to race here. Is 95km of full gas chasing going to be worthwhile, when this now is surely a situation beyond rescue? Cruel as it may be for Chaves, Mitchelton-Scott may well have to call this off and save the resources of Kreuziger, Juul-Jensen, and Bewley - they still have the pink jersey to defend, and some mightily tough stages coming up. 

     

  72. 91km remaining from 244km

    14:58:34 CEST

    We have an intermediate sprint now, which holds bonus seconds of three, two, and one for the first three across the line. Normally these are shared among the break but today there is no break and that means the GC riders can get involved. Pinot looks interested, as does Yates.

     

  73. 14:59:29 CEST

    Pinot is effectively led out by a teammate, but Yates is on the wheel and springs away to take it at a canter. Three bonus seconds for the Brit, who extends his overall lead. 

     

  74. 89km remaining from 244km

    15:00:51 CEST

    Two bonus seconds for Pinot over the rest. Third place went to Androni's Marco Frapporti, who has used this opportunity to try and launch a new breakaway. He's alone now at the head of the race. 

  75. 15:05:38 CEST

    Chaves crosses the intermediate sprint line 5 minutes down.

     

    I think we can say with some certainty now that today has been a terminal blow to his hopes at this Giro. 

     

  76. 84km remaining from 244km

    15:07:11 CEST

    Frapporti leads the race by 30 seconds. He's all alone, with 84km left to cover. 

     

  77. 15:08:31 CEST

    Here's the main peloton

     

     

  78. 15:18:03 CEST

    The gap to Frapporti goes out to a minute. The Italian surely won't win the stage, but he is extending his lead in the Fuga Pinarello standings - for those who've spent the most kilometres in breakaways. Frapporti was on 386 at the start of the day and that's ticking up all the time now.

     

  79. 15:24:27 CEST

    It seems Sam Bennett is in the peloton, which would make him a favourite for the stage win today. Bora-Hansgrohe aren't working at the moment - it's FDJ - but they surely will later on. 

     

  80. 66km remaining from 244km

    15:32:07 CEST

    Frapporti now has two minutes over the peloton, with Chaves at eight minutes. 

     

  81. 15:37:34 CEST

    "If I had to bet on someone, I'd bet on myself."

     

    More gold from Fabio Aru, whose confidence appears to be in no short supply despite him being 15th overall, 2:36 down. For more from the Italian champ, along with updates on Richard Carapaz and Pello Bilbao, check out the latest edition of our Giro d'Italia News Shorts

     

  82. 15:43:02 CEST

    A shot of Chaves before the plug was pulled from that chase. 

     

     

  83. 15:46:28 CEST

    Rafa Valls crashed earlier and has abandoned the race with a rib injury

     

     

  84. 55km remaining from 244km

    15:48:48 CEST

    With 55km left to race, Frapporti leads the race by 2:30 over a peloton which contains all the GC contenders apart from Esteban Chaves, who's in a group with Elia Viviani that's now some seven minutes adrift of the peloton. 

     

  85. 15:59:02 CEST

    EF-Drapac have put Dombrowski on the front of the pink jersey group, but their sprinter Sacha Modolo is not there - he's back with Viviani and Chaves and therefore out of the picture. 

     

  86. 48km remaining from 244km

    16:01:54 CEST

    The riders are heading towards the late Cat-4 climb to Annifo. The climb hasn't officially started yet but the legs are being sapped by a lengthy section of false flat. Here's a reminder of the stage profile. 

     

     

  87. 16:09:02 CEST

    The rain capes are coming back on. It's been coming down pretty much all day at the finish. 

  88. 16:13:27 CEST

    Away from the Giro, we also have WorldTour racing happening over the Atlantic at the Tour of California. Team Sky's Colombian prodigy Egan Bernal won at the Gibraltar Road summit finish yesterday, with a time trial on Wednesday set to further shape the overall classification. 

     

    For all of our content from the Tour of California, including race reports, results, photos, video highlights, news reports, and analysis (we're taking it seriously...), click here

     

     

  89. 40km remaining from 244km

    16:19:10 CEST

    Frapporti grimaces as he heads under the 40km to go banner. He still has a lead of 2:30 but knows the stage win is unlikely in the extreme. Still, he's earned plenty of exposure out there for his Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec team and their sponsors. 

     

  90. 16:19:48 CEST

    Davide Villella (Astana) attacks from the peloton they themselves pass through the 40-to-go banner. 

     

  91. 16:20:46 CEST

    And now the attacks come thick and fast...

     

    Matej Mohoric, who was in the original break earlier today, has pinged off, as has a rider from UAE, and another from Astana.

     

  92. 16:21:39 CEST

    Bora will have to do some work now, surely. It's up to them to keep a lid on things here in order to bring about a bunch kick for Bennett. 

     

  93. 16:22:42 CEST

    AG2R and Lotto Fix All have put a rider each up there, along with another rider from Androni.

     

  94. 16:24:07 CEST

    It's Nico Denz for AG2R, Davide Ballerini for Anrdoni, Victor Campenaerts for Lotto Fix All. Also a Movistar rider up there, but it's coming back now.

     

  95. 36km remaining from 244km

    16:25:06 CEST

    Mohoric, in the drops, catches Villella, who nips straight into the slipstream of the Bahrain-Merida man. They'll work together here in pursuit of Frapporti, who's lead has come down to 1:30 thanks to this flurry of attacks. 

     

  96. 16:26:02 CEST

    The rest of the attackers have been brought back so it's just Villella and Mohoric off the front of the peloton, but they only have a slim advantage of 20 seconds or so. 

     

  97. 16:26:32 CEST

    Bora put a rider on the front now.

     

  98. 32km remaining from 244km

    16:31:23 CEST

    Villella and Mohoric are rapidly closing in on Frapporti, who must be tiring after nearly 60km out front on his own. 

     

  99. 16:33:41 CEST

    Villella and Mohoric catch Frapporti, not even looking at the Italian as they forge on. Frapporti tucks into the wheel, where he's likely to remain for much of the remainder of this stage. 

     

  100. 16:34:09 CEST

    The leading trio are coming towards the top of this Cat-4 climb at Annifo. 

     

  101. 16:34:57 CEST

    The gradients kick up in the final few hundred metres and that spells curtains for Frapporti, who simply can't live with the pace of these fresher WorldTour riders. Two left out front. 

     

  102. 16:35:51 CEST

    Back in the peloton, Ciccone, who was first over the two early climbs today, skips away to take the remaining point at the KOM. Sergio Henao was also up there looking interested. 

     

  103. 16:40:05 CEST

    The pace has increased in the peloton and Villella and Mohoric count on a lead of just 21 seconds. 

     

  104. 16:40:54 CEST

    A shot of Frapporti before he was pegged back.

     

     

  105. 16:41:52 CEST

    Mohoric is the superior descender and he's dropped Villella. 

     

  106. 16:42:34 CEST

    Nico Denz has pushed on again and he's up ahead of the peloton with Sergio Henao and Alessandro De Marchi just behind. 

     

  107. 16:45:27 CEST

    Denz is really pushing on down this wet descent.

     

  108. 16:45:43 CEST

    Richard Carapaz is off the back as the peloton splits on this descent. 

     

  109. 20km remaining from 244km

    16:47:20 CEST

    As Mohoric dives under the 20km to go banner, Villella is almost back on. Denz has made up plenty of ground, too, and is not far off himself. 

     

  110. 16:49:00 CEST

    Denz latches on and almost takes out Villella as he comes round on a hairpin. The AG2R rider is straight onto the front and Villella is off the back again.

     

  111. 16:49:10 CEST

    Mechanical for Dumoulin

     

  112. 16:49:48 CEST

    The 2017 champion gets a quick bike change but now he faces a tricky chase on a treacherous descent. 

     

  113. 16:51:03 CEST

    A teammate duly drops back to assist Dumoulin in that chase. Replays shows the Dutchman went wide on a bend and unclipped - a puncture, perhaps. 

     

  114. 16:51:36 CEST

    It's Sam Oomen pacing Dumoulin back, though more assistance now comes in the form of the slipstream of the Sunweb car. 

     

  115. 16:52:20 CEST

    Henao and De Marchi are still working together in pursuit of the leaders, though they only hold a small advantage over the peloton. 

     

  116. 16km remaining from 244km

    16:53:00 CEST

    Dumoulin is back in the peloton. Panic over. 

     

  117. 16:54:16 CEST

    Denz, Mohoric, and Villella are back together out front as the road flattens out and even kicks up again. The latest time check shows the peloton at 1:20. That really shot up on that descent. 

     

  118. 16:54:43 CEST

    Henao and De Marchi are at 17 seconds, so this could yet become a five-man lead group. And it could be game on for the stage win...

     

  119. 16:54:58 CEST

    And now a bike change needed for Carapaz

     

  120. 16:55:57 CEST

    Another short section of downhill sees Mohoric distance Denz and Villella once more. 

     

  121. 16:57:18 CEST

    Another Androni rider has attacked the peloton but he's not getting anywhere. What have Bora got here? Not much, it seems. They've one rider on the front and the gap isn't coming down.

     

  122. 16:58:03 CEST

    Impressive stuff here from Denz, who rides away from Villella and links up with Mohoric once more. Meanwhile Henao and De Marchi are losing ground - they're 35 seconds down now.

     

  123. 16:58:49 CEST

    Androni are indefatigable today. Another attack from Gianni Savio's Italian Pro Conti team.

     

  124. 10km remaining from 244km

    17:00:29 CEST

    Just 10km to go now and it's Mohoric and Denz leading the race. Villella is several seconds behind, and then Henao and De Marchi 20 or so more seconds behind him. The peloton, meanwhile, is 1:06 off the front of the race. 

     

  125. 17:01:12 CEST

    Andrea Vendrame is the latest Androni rider on the move. We've seen him in the break already at this Giro. He has his arms folded over his bars but he's not getting very far. 

     

  126. 17:02:21 CEST

    Henao, still wearing his decidedly un-aerodynamic rain cape, is still giving it everything with De Marchi, but theirs looks a futile cause. They're 46 seconds off Mohoric and Denz now.

     

  127. 7km remaining from 244km

    17:03:23 CEST

    7km to go now and Mohoric and Denz may well fight it out for the stage here. They have 1:16 over the peloton, where Katusha and EF are working.

     

  128. 17:05:51 CEST

    Mohoric won a stage of the Vuelta last year and victory here would slot right in alongside that on the talented 23-year-old's growing palmares. Denz, himself only in his third season as a pro, is searching for his first ever win. 

     

  129. 5km remaining from 244km

    17:06:14 CEST

    Just under 5km to go now and De Marchi and Henao are caught by the peloton.

     

  130. 17:06:36 CEST

    Meanwhile the game is surely also up for Villella.

     

  131. 4km remaining from 244km

    17:07:45 CEST

    Mohoric and Denz continue to collaborate to the time being. With just under a minute in hand, one of them will be walking away with the stage win, provided they don't start playing cat-and-mouse too soon. 

     

  132. 17:08:07 CEST

    Lotto Fix All take it up in the peloton. 50 seconds the gap with just over 3km to go.

     

  133. 17:08:37 CEST

    Mohoric and Denz swap turns and exchange words.

     

  134. 17:09:33 CEST

    Another downhill section sees Mohoric get back into that aero tuck. Denz gets into his and makes sure not to lose the wheel this time.

     

  135. 1.8km remaining from 244km

    17:09:45 CEST

    Adam Hansen attacks from the bunch

     

  136. 1km remaining from 244km

    17:10:17 CEST

    Mohoric and Denz take the flamme rouge with a lead of 43 seconds

     

  137. 17:10:36 CEST

    Mohoric on the front through the sweeping right-hand bend

     

  138. 17:10:44 CEST

    Still Mohoric on the front

     

  139. 17:10:57 CEST

    Denz staying calm on the wheel. He's in the best position here.

     

  140. 17:11:11 CEST

    Mohoric looks over his shoulder, Denz isn't budging...

     

  141. 17:11:23 CEST

    Mohoric soft-pedals, and now winds it up...

     

  142. 17:11:35 CEST

    Denz springs out of the saddle and draws up...

     

  143. 17:11:50 CEST

    Here comes Denz, but he can't come round!

     

  144. 17:11:57 CEST

    Mohoric takes it!

     

     

  145. 17:12:17 CEST

    Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida) wins stage 10 of the Giro d'Italia

     

  146. 17:12:33 CEST

    Sam Bennett sprints from the bunch to grab the final podium spot. 

     

  147. 17:13:35 CEST

    All of the GC favourites finished safely in that bunch. That is, apart from Esteban Chaves, who will be out on the road for another 15 minutes on what has been a terrible day for him and Mitchelton-Scott. 

     

  148. 17:17:20 CEST

    Denz did everything right there - he just didn't have the legs. He allowed Mohoric to lead through the final kilometre and was able to stay in the slipstream as Mohoric wound up his sprint. As he made his own surge and dived out into the wind, it still looked good as he began to draw up alongside, but precisely at that moment, when they were neck-and-neck, he began to fade, and Mohoric found a second wind, taking him to the line, where he raised both arms above his head. 

     

    Beyond the line, a sporting handshake between the two.

     

  149. 17:17:42 CEST

    Top 10

     

    1 Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain-Merida 06:04:52
    2 Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale
    3 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe 00:00:34
    4 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) LottoNL-Jumbo
    5 Davide Ballerini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
    6 Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Katusha-Alpecin
    7 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
    8 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-Segafredo
    9 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
    10 José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin

  150. 17:21:57 CEST

    Simon Yates keeps the pink jersey, and even extends his lead after taking those bonus seconds at the intermediate sprint.

     

    After Chaves' demise, Tom Dumoulin is up to second overall, now at 41 seconds, with Thibaut Pinot third at 46 seconds. 

     

  151. 17:28:29 CEST

    Let's hear from the Matej Mohoric in his stage winner's flash interview

     

    "I’m super happy - not just for me but for the team. They gave me this opportunity even though Domenico [Pozzovivo] is feeling very good for the GC. He gave me a free pass today to play for the stage win, and I’m super happy for it.

     

    "I was not super confident, that’s why I tried to attack him [Denz] several times in the last 10km, but then he collaborated, even though I attacked him. So I decided to risk it all for the final sprint. I was not super confident but when I saw he was not pacing me, I had even more power and tried to go all the way to the line."

     

  152. 17:29:16 CEST

    Here's the new GC


    1 Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott 43:42:38
    2 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb 00:00:41
    3 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 00:00:46
    4 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 00:01:00
    5 Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team 00:01:23
    6 George Bennett (NZl) LottoNL-Jumbo 00:01:36
    7 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team 00:02:08
    8 Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro Team
    9 Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 00:02:28
    10 Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky 00:02:30

     

  153. 17:32:28 CEST

    Stay with us here for post-race quotes and reaction, along with the first photos coming in from the finish. An eventful day, and much to dissect.

     

  154. 17:33:39 CEST

    The moment Mohoric knows he's won it, and Denz knows he's lost it

     

     

  155. 17:36:18 CEST

    The big storyline today is undoubtedly Esteban Chaves, who plummets out of contention having started the day second overall. The Colombian, we remind you, was dropped on the early second-category climb to Fonte della Creta and, after a prolonged attempt at a chase, waved goodbye to his hopes at this Giro. 

     

    Teammate and race leader Simon Yates and team DS Matt White have both spoken about what happened to Chaves, and will being you their input in a moment. 

  156. 17:38:06 CEST

    "He just had a bad moment in the first climb of the day," says Yates of Chaves. "Straight out of the rest day you don't know how the body responds. He just had a bad moment and like that, it's over. It was a really hard chase. I know he's worked extremely hard for this. Maybe he can bounce back and get a few stage wins."

     

    Asked if his tactics now change, he says: "No, I was going to approach the race exactly the same. There are many more difficult stages to come. We'll see how that goes."

  157. 17:40:00 CEST

    Matt White, meanwhile, suggests allergies could be to blame...

     

    "I haven’t spoken to him since we passed him in the race but in the last couple of days he’s had a scratchy throat with allergies. When I talk to him at the finish, we’ll know the real details. He didn’t crash and he’s not sick or injured, so I’m presuming he had problems with allergies. There’s a lot of pollen around.

     

    "For Esteban it was a bad day. Now his chances of general classification have gone. But look, Simon is still in a very good position and now all of our energy will turn to looking after him and keeping the maglia rosa."

  158. 17:45:06 CEST

    Here's our report page, where you can find a write-up, results, and photos. 

     

    Giro d'Italia: Mohoric wins stage 10

     


     

     

  159. 17:51:09 CEST

    More from Yates, this time on his sprinting for the time bonus at the intermediate. 

     

    "I was going to go for them as well, but I saw Pinot lining up with the team to do a lead-out for the sprint. I came behind him and managed to beat him in the sprint.

     

    "I don’t need seconds on Dumoulin before the time trial - I need minutes," he later adds on Italian TV. "For sure two minutes will be the minimum, closer to three minutes would make me more comfortable."

  160. 17:53:16 CEST

    And now we can hear from Esteban Chaves, speaking to RAI

     

    "That’s the Giro," says the Colombian.

     

    "I’ve got a difficult relationship with Italy - it’s love and hate. Just a few days ago I enjoyed one of the best days of my career and now it’s hard for my morale. But that’s life, we can only do our best. The important thing is that we’ve still got the leader’s jersey. Our plans won’t change.

     

    "We’ve still got to understand my problems. I just didn’t have the strength and couldn’t stay with the best on the first climb. We tried to chase with the team and got to within one minute but it didn’t work out.

     

    "Our goal doesn’t change as a team. We started with the idea to win the Giro and we’ll continue with that plan."

     

  161. 18:04:29 CEST

    Here's the reaction of the runner-up, Nico Denz, speaking to French media at the finish

     

    "At the end there I was on the limit. He deserves it. He deserves it. But frankly I'm disappointed. 

     

    "I've felt very strong at this Giro. The team said that today if I wanted to do something, it was a good day to do it, because the sprinters were dropped and it was mainly climbers. I came very close. It's a big disappointment. 

     

    "I was behind him, and he launched his sprint at the moment I wanted to launch mine, and then he was just too strong. We were side-by-side, but he won because he was stronger."

  162. 18:10:32 CEST

    Here's Chaves in a moment of desperation

     

     

  163. 18:13:25 CEST

    Want all the flash post-stage reaction in one handy place? You know what to do...

     

    Giro d'Italia 2018: Stage 10 finish line quotes

     

  164. 18:25:27 CEST

    Here's Richard Carapaz, who had a late puncture and a moment of panic but got back on and finished safely in the peloton to retain his place on the top five. 

     

    "I had a flat tire today, but thanks to the team I got a new bike and I could get back on," he said. 

     

    "It's been a very hard stage. Also we had some surprises on how hard it was in the finale, but in the end it all went well."

  165. 18:33:45 CEST

    The full results are in and we can tell you that Esteban Chaves - and Louis Meintjes for that matter - crossed the line some 25 minutes down on the peloton. That leaves Chaves 39th overall at 25:26. 

  166. 18:38:57 CEST

    That's it for our live coverage today. We'll have all the talking points covered with in-depth reaction, news stories, and analysis to come on Cyclingnews.com in the coming hours. In the meantime, I'll leave you with our stage report and a photo of the day's winner, Matej Mohoric. Thanks for joining us today - extra points if you were there for the full 244 kilometres, and full marks if you did the build-up and debrief, too. Let's do it all again tomorrow. Ciao.

     

    Giro d'Italia: Mohoric wins stage 10

     


     

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