Giro d'Italia 2018

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

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Patrick Fletcher

Welcome to our live coverage of the penultimate stage of the 2018 Giro d'Italia, the final showdown in the battle for the pink jersey. 

 

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Giro d'Italia stage 19: Chris Froome steals maglia rosa with 80km solo raid

Chris Froome's solo Giro d'Italia victory ignites debate

 

 

  1. 09:53:57 CEST

    The morning after the night before... You wake up with a dry mouth and a foggy head, and soon comes that panicked moment of tension: 'What on earth happened?' Slowly, the disparate fragments of memory begin to align and then sharpen into focus. Bloody hell, it really happened. Chris Froome really did pull off an 80km mountain solo to take the pink jersey. 

     

    It's quite the hangover at the Giro d'Italia this morning, with the shockwaves still rippling from one of the most extraordinary stages in Grand Tour history. But we can't slob around watching Netflix in our pants... we have to pick ourselves up for one final day in the mountains, one final chapter in this crazy fight for the maglia rosa. 

     

    Can Froome hold on to complete one of the most remarkable Grand Tour victories of all time? Will there be one final twist in the tale that sees Tom Dumoulin win his second title? We'll have the answer in six hours and 214 kilometres' time. Strap yourselves in for another Giro rollercoaster.

  2. 09:58:13 CEST

    We're in Susa this morning and it's an early start, with no fewer than 214km on the menu. At the end of three weeks of racing and after yesterday's insanity, the length of this stage is almost cruel. Fortunately for the riders the first half is flat, and many will be willfully shielding their eyes from the second half of the profile. Three first category climbs back-to-back, finishing at Cervinia at 2000 metres. It's another hell of a day.

     

  3. 09:58:59 CEST

    The riders are signing on and going through the rest of their pre-race rituals. They'll roll out at 10.10 local time, with the race proper set to be waved underway at 10.20.

     

  4. 10:04:51 CEST

    Before we go anywhere, here's yesterday. Full report, results, photos, video highlights, and over 1500 comments and counting...

     

    Giro d'Italia stage 19: Chris Froome steals maglia rosa with 80km solo attack
     

     

  5. 10:11:03 CEST

    Here's how the GC looks this morning. Simon Yates is nowhere to be seen, and Froome leads Dumoulin by 40 seconds, with no one else even within four minutes.

     

    1 Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky 80:21:59
    2 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:00:40
    3 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:04:17
    4 Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team 0:04:57
    5 Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team 0:05:44
    6 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 0:08:03
    7 Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:11:08
    8 Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:12:19
    9 George Bennett (NZl) LottoNL-Jumbo 0:12:35
    10 Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:14:18

  6. 10:12:57 CEST

    The riders are on the start line and ready to go

     

     

  7. 10:14:07 CEST

    And here's Froome in pink

     

     

  8. 10:26:07 CEST

    The riders are just completing the neutralised section and then we'll be underway.

     

  9. 10:32:25 CEST

    Side note, you can pre-order our next film on Vimeo. It's called CRESCENDO, and we're going to focus on the final week of the Giro, with more behind the scenes tales from the race. It's out on June 1 but you can pick it up at our special pre-order price now.

     

  10. 10:38:48 CEST

    It's another fast and furious start to the day as teams try and position riders in the break. There'll be no shortage of parties interested in the stage win, but also the GC teams might be inclined to send riders up the road to use for their leaders later on. 

     

  11. 194km remaining from 214km

    10:47:18 CEST

    A rapid start to the day. We're already 20km in and the peloton is still all together.

     

     

  12. 10:54:30 CEST

    It's safe to say Froome's performance yesterday is not sitting easily with some. We haven't seen anything like it for quite some time, that's certainly true. The Italian papers are going as far back as the black-and-white images of Fausto Coppi this morning, but the most handy comparison people seem to be reaching for is Floyd Landis to Morzine at the 2006 Tour. The American snatched the yellow jersey from the jaws of defeat that day, but of course was soon stripped of his title for doping.

     

    Landis was the name on the lips of LottoNL-Jumbo's George Bennett yesterday, whose post-stage interview has pretty much gone viral. "Bullshit," he says in surprise when told Froome stayed away and took pink. "He did a Landis... Jesus..."

     

     

    My colleague Stephen Farrand has written this on the shockwaves of Froome's display: Chris Froome's solo Giro d'Italia victory ignites debate

     

     

  13. 10:56:36 CEST

    Five riders off the front, including Viviani, we're hearing. Maybe he's eyeing up those two intermediate sprints, but he has the maglia ciclamino pretty much sewn up already.

     

  14. 10:58:26 CEST

    The five riders out front:

     

    Elia Viviani (Quick-Step FLoors)

    Matteo Montaguti (AG2R La Mondiale)

    Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain-Merida)

    Davide Ballerini (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec)

    Jacopo Mosca (Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia)

     

     

  15. 10:58:56 CEST

    The peloton is still chasing and the gap is still slim, so that quintet is by no means away just yet.

     

  16. 183km remaining from 214km

    11:06:01 CEST

    The five leaders have just 23 seconds on the peloton.

     

  17. 11:19:45 CEST

    Race information is thin on the ground at the moment but the breakaway has swelled to around 23 and is now gaining a bit more ground. We'll being you the names shortly.

     

  18. 11:25:37 CEST

    Still more riders are trying to get across to this break, so the race situation is far from settled. 

     

    The average speed so far is a whopping 49km/h. Yikes.

     

  19. 11:27:36 CEST

    Just live on our site is this excellent feature from Barry Ryan, who captures the scene and the atmosphere at the finish line atop the Jafferau yesterday. 

     

    A break from another era: Chris Froome moves into pink at the Giro d'Italia

     

  20. 11:33:18 CEST

    This large break is indeed gaining ground, and as the peloton finally takes its collective foot off the gas the gap goes out beyond three minutes.

     

  21. 11:39:13 CEST

    Here are the names of the riders we have in the break


     

    Matteo Montaguti (AG2R La Mondiale), Francesco Gavazzi, Davide Ballerini, Manuel Belletti, Marco Frapporti (Androni-Sidermec), Matej Mohoric, Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain-Merida), Giulio Ciccone, Enrico Barbin (Bardiani-CSF), Felix Grossschartner, Andreas Schillinger (Bora-hansgrohe), Matthieu Ladagnous (Groupama-FDJ), Krists Neilands (Israel Cycling Academy), Roman Kreuziger, Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott), Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors), Michael Woods (EF-Drapac), Maurits Lammertink, Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin), Koen Bouwman, Robert Gesink, Bert-Jan Lindeman (LottoNL-Jumbo), Gianluca Brambilla (Trek-Segafredo), Valerio Conti, Vegard Stake Laengen, Marco Marcato (UAE Team Emirates), Jacopo Mosca (Wilier-Selle Italia).

     

  22. 149km remaining from 214km

    11:52:00 CEST

    65km in and the gap has stabilised at 3:45. DiData's Natnael Berhane tried to bridge across to the break but never made it, so we have 27 out front.

     

  23. 11:56:50 CEST

    With all the sensation surrounding Froome's performance yesterday, Simon Yates, who had utterly dominated the Giro until two days ago, is something of a forgotten man. He was dropped on the Finestre yesterday and ended up losing nearly 40 minutes. He's now 17th overall. As implosions go, it's right up there. Yates is in the blue mountains jersey today but it's only on loan from Froome. He'll just want to get this Giro over with as quickly as possible. Here's his reaction yesterday. 

     

    Simon Yates: I was just really tired and exhausted

     

  24. 12:05:33 CEST

    It's Astana doing the work back in the bunch, and they've clipped a bit off the break's advantage.

     

  25. 129km remaining from 214km

    12:07:07 CEST

    We're already 85km into today's stage. That's absolutely flown by. Soon we'll be nearing the first intermediate sprint, where Viviani will surely skip clear to add to his collection of points. 

     

  26. 12:07:31 CEST

    Here's a reminder of the stage profile

     

     

  27. 12:17:33 CEST

    The break is coming up to the intermediate sprint now. 

  28. 12:20:32 CEST

    Here's how things stand in the points classification

     

    1 Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick-Step Floors 290 pts
    2 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe 232
    3 Davide Ballerini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 119
    4 Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott 113
    5 Sacha Modolo (Ita) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 110

     

  29. 12:26:13 CEST

    Viviani, predictably, crosses the line first to take maximum points. 

     

  30. 12:30:38 CEST

    The peloton crosses the intermediate sprint some five minutes in arrears.

     

  31. 12:38:21 CEST

    Movistar have come through to help Astana on the front of the peloton. 

     

  32. 12:41:23 CEST

    Astana are one of the few teams to have missed this break and they're keeping these 27 riders on a relatively short leash, possibly thinking about a possible stage win later. The gap is five minutes, but that's nothing when you think of the pace the GC riders will be going up these upcoming climbs. 

     

  33. 12:42:26 CEST

    Here's a shot of Viviani driving the break clear earlier on.

     

     

  34. 100km remaining from 214km

    12:46:23 CEST

    We reach the 100km-to-go mark now, and the gap is down to 4:50. 

     

    We're already coming to the end of the flat roads, and in around 10km' time we'll be climbing, and it's pretty much all up or down from there on in.

     

  35. 12:49:18 CEST

    Whereas yesterday served up the mighty Colle delle Finestre, there was also the gentler climb to Sestriere and the short - albeit steep - final haul up the Jafferau, and also plenty of valley roads in between. 

     

    Today, by contrast, packs three long first-category climbs and 4000m of elevation gain, into just 90 kilometres. It's a brute. 

     

  36. 12:50:32 CEST

    More on the climbs, along with comments from Chris Froome this morning, in this latest story from Barry Ryan. 

     

    Chris Froome: We've seen how quickly things can change at the Giro d'Italia
     

     

  37. 12:53:11 CEST

    A little word on Cervinia, which might be ringing some bells. Yes, Fabio Aru won here in the final week three years ago (No repeat in prospect, as Aru abandoned yesterday). Yes, Ryder Hesjedal took the maglia rosa back from Joaquim Rodriguez here in 2012. And yes, Ivan Gotti won here to usurp Pavel Tonkov and win his first Giro in 1997.

     

  38. 12:57:21 CEST

    Side note, you can pre-order our next film on Vimeo. It's called CRESCENDO, and we're going to focus on the final week of the Giro, with more behind the scenes tales from the race. It's out on June 1 but you can pick it up at our special pre-order price now.

  39. 90km remaining from 214km

    12:58:40 CEST

    Just before the start of the first climb we have another slightly incongruous intermediate sprint. Expect Viviani to reach out once again before taking it as easy as he can all the way to the finish.

     

  40. 84km remaining from 214km

    13:04:52 CEST

    Viviani does indeed take maximum points at the intermediate sprint. Job done. The maglia ciclamino is his, provided he stays upright through to Rome tomorrow. 

     

  41. 13:05:15 CEST

    And now the climbing begins!

     

  42. 13:06:05 CEST

    The first climb is the Col Tsecore, and this is what it looks like

     

     

  43. 13:06:22 CEST

     

  44. 13:07:27 CEST

    The breakaway starts to thin out on the lower slopes. Meanwhile the peloton is approaching the climb with Astana still on the front. 

     

  45. 13:10:56 CEST

    About 10 riders have been shelled out of the break so far as Kreuziger sets the pace. 

     

  46. 13:12:46 CEST

    Kreuziger and Nieve have been let off the leash today, after Yates' dramatic implosion yesterday. Nieve, who'd been injured ahead of this Giro, had been saved for this brutal final week, but his job never really began, with Yates showing signs of weakness on Thursday and then cracking completely on Friday. Both Nieve and Kreuziger have won stages at the Giro in the past. 

     

  47. 13:14:40 CEST

    Credit to Androni for getting literally half of their team in the break today. Gianni Savio's men been a constant in the breaks at this Giro and they're finishing with a bang. 

     

  48. 13:16:20 CEST

    Astana continue their charge, setting the pace in the peloton on the lower slopes of the climb. Half a minute quickly comes off the gap.

     

  49. 13:24:58 CEST

    Simon Yates dropped

     

  50. 13:26:16 CEST

    It's an utterly miserable end to what had not long ago been such a great Giro for Simon Yates. The Mitchelton-Scott rider's legs are stilly empty, and he can't live with the tempo being set by Astana. He's out of the back and will ship minutes once again. 

     

  51. 13:27:02 CEST

    Conti pushes on in the break, where a selection of around 10 has been made. 

     

  52. 13:29:47 CEST

    Leading the race now, we have:

     

    Nieve

    Woods

    Conti

    Brambilla

    Lammertink

    Ciccone

    Grosschartner

    Mohoric

    Visconti

    Bouwman

    Gesink

     

  53. 74km remaining from 214km

    13:31:19 CEST

    The leaders are climbing well here. The gap back to the peloton still stands at 4:45.

     

  54. 13:32:26 CEST

    Mohoric attacks and opens up a small gap.

     

  55. 13:37:44 CEST

    Astana, of course, have Miguel Angel Lopez in fourth overall and in the white jersey for best young rider. He's 47 seconds up on Richard Carapaz in that competition, and securing that jersey is an obvious priority, though the podium isn't out of reach, with 40 seconds separating him from Thibaut Pinot.

     

  56. 13:38:00 CEST

    Mohoric is brought back to the break as Lammertink and Visconti are dropped.

     

  57. 13:46:05 CEST

    5:20 is the gap now, between the nine leaders and the Astana-led peloton, who are setting a steadier tempo now. The bunch has nevertheless been thinned out. 

     

  58. 13:48:58 CEST

    "A little disappointed," is how Tom Dumoulin described himself yesterday evening. He might have entertained the idea of Yates cracking but he surely couldn't have imagined the maglia rosa passing to anyone but himself. He now finds himself with 40 seconds to make up on a Chris Froome who put everyone to the sword yesterday. Here's his reaction to yesterday's events.

     

    Giro d'Italia: Tom Dumoulin left on the ropes by Chris Froome's solo attack

     

  59. 69km remaining from 214km

    13:51:13 CEST

    We're on the upper slopes of the Col Tsecore now, and this is where it's at its steepest, with numerous tight switchbacks. The gradients here reach 15 per cent, while the average gradient of the climb as a whole is 7.7 per cent.

     

  60. 13:53:35 CEST

    Ciccone could, in theory, claim the mountains classification today, but he'd have to be first over all three climbs, including taking the stage win at Cervinia. He's fifth in the standings on 52 points, with Froome out front on 123. 

     

  61. 13:54:07 CEST

    And Ciccone comes to the front now in the final kilometre of the climb.

     

  62. 67km remaining from 214km

    13:55:00 CEST

    Ciccone does indeed lead the race over the top of the Col Tsecore, picking up 35 KOM points for his efforts. 

     

  63. 13:59:48 CEST

    Astana lead the peloton over the top of the Col Tsecore, 5:30 in arrears. It's all relatively calm for the time being.

     

  64. 14:00:40 CEST

    Here's Froome on the climb

     

     

  65. 14:05:34 CEST

    We know all about Mohoric's descending skills, and he's using them here to open up a gap once his breakaway companions. 

  66. 14:06:10 CEST

    We're descending for nearly 20km. Here's a reminder of the stage profile

     

     

  67. 14:06:42 CEST

    Still Astana lead the peloton. Froome and Sky tucked in behind. 

     

  68. 14:10:31 CEST

    Side note, you can pre-order our next film on Vimeo. It's called CRESCENDO, and we're going to focus on the final week of the Giro, with more behind the scenes tales from the race. It's out on June 1 but you can pick it up at our special pre-order price now.

  69. 50km remaining from 214km

    14:13:24 CEST

    Crikey, Mohoric has found half a minute here.

     

  70. 14:14:20 CEST

    Meanwhile his teammate Visconti is also descending well. He was dropped on the climb but is back in the main breakaway, which is now a group of 9 chasing Mohoric. 

     

  71. 44km remaining from 214km

    14:21:39 CEST

    Mohoric is about to hit the second climb of the day, the Col Saint Pantaleon. 

     

  72. 14:24:33 CEST

    Here's what the climb looks like

     

     

  73. 14:27:30 CEST

    Mohoric still has 30 seconds, and the peloton is now at 6:30. It's starting to look like the break might just have a chance. A lot will depend on how the GC teams ride this penultimate climb. If one team really decides to take it up and shred the bunch then the gap could tumble. Sky ripped it up early yesterday, of course, but with the pink jersey on the shoulders of Froome there's no onus on them to try anything today, and instead we should see a more conservative approach. 

     

  74. 14:28:45 CEST

    Pinot dropped!

     

  75. 14:29:23 CEST

    My oh my. Another twist in this Giro. The Frenchman has almost ground to a halt on this climb.

     

  76. 14:30:31 CEST

    Pinot has three teammates with him and he's taking on some food. He's spinning his lowest gear at an alarmingly slow rate. Put simply, his legs look completely empty. 

     

  77. 14:31:16 CEST

    Pinot swings and nearly rides into his team car as he gets a gel. He's like a disoriented boxer stumbling around in the ring after a heavy blow.

     

  78. 14:31:36 CEST

    Astana's pacemaking, then, is paying off. Lopez is riding onto the podium.

     

  79. 14:33:59 CEST

    Pinot is already 1:40 down. This looks terminal.

     

  80. 14:36:53 CEST

    Meanwhile up in the break Mohoric has lost ground and has actually been dropped, along with Visconti. Nieve leads the way with Brambilla, Woods, Ciccone, Grosschartner, and Gesink hanging on. 

     

  81. 37km remaining from 214km

    14:41:26 CEST

    Nieve, Brambilla, and Grosschartner are pushing on. Ciccone and Woods distanced now.

     

  82. 14:42:08 CEST

    Meanwhile it's Luis Leon Sanchez leading the peloton, with Lopez tucked in second wheel. The gap is six minutes.

     

  83. 14:44:56 CEST

    Pinot's dreams of the podium - and he was dreaming after being so upset at missing out so narrowly last year - have evaporated. At this rate he'll crash out of the top 10 and plummet down the standings. 

     

    Amazing stuff. Two days and two complete implosions from two major contenders. 

     

  84. 14:48:09 CEST

    Pinot has four teammates with him now and they each put a hand on his back. He's hunched over his bars spluttering as he pedals at just a few kilometres per hour. This is sad to see. He is well and truly cooked. His rivals ale already six minutes up the road. Just finishing now will be a huge challenge. 

     

  85. 34km remaining from 214km

    14:50:07 CEST

    Ciccone, Woods, Conti and Gesink have settled into a chase group, and they're 25 seconds or so in arrears of Nieve, Brambilla, and Grosschartner on the upper slopes of this climb. 

     

  86. 14:51:57 CEST

    The race forgets about Pinot and Astana continue their charge. Still Team Sky are tucked in behind, followed by Movistar and then Sunweb a little further down. Dumoulin wears a pained expression but looks to be pedalling fluidly. He needs to go on the offensive today but it seems he'll be putting it all on the final climb. 

  87. 14:52:46 CEST

    Still the leaders have 6:38, and if they can hold that sort of advantage over the top of this climb then they have every chance of stage honours.

     

  88. 14:53:08 CEST

    Nieve attacks. Grosschartner goes with him but Brambilla has no response.

     

  89. 14:56:13 CEST

    And Nieve kicks again, and this time Grosschartner is dropped. The Spaniard is clearly coming into form in this final week, after an injury disrupted his pre-race preparations. Mitchelton-Scott would have preferred if he was guiding Yates to overall victory today, but a victory here would something of a consolation.

     

  90. 15:03:43 CEST

    Astana continue set a steady tempo at the head of the peloton, which still contains more than 30 riders. 

  91. 15:04:20 CEST

    Lutsenko pulls over and almost grinds to a halt. His day is done and it's over to Sanchez again to lead the way.

     

  92. 29km remaining from 214km

    15:04:58 CEST

    Nieve has a handy lead here as he comes towards the top of the climb. The Spaniard still looks very springy indeed.

     

  93. 27km remaining from 214km

    15:08:32 CEST

    Nieve crest the climb and immediately slots into an aero tuck on his top tube. It's another fast descent, though shorter at just under 10km. 

     

  94. 15:09:07 CEST

    Astana continue to tap it out further down the mountain. The gap has yawned out to 8 minutes, and Nieve looks well on his way to a third career Giro stage win. 

     

  95. 15:10:09 CEST

    Ciccone, Gesink, Woods, Brambilla are all already 1:40 down on Nieve. We haven't had a check on Grosschartner in a while, so not sure if he's tracking Nieve down.

     

  96. 15:12:37 CEST

    A quick check on Pinot. He's 22 minutes down on the front of the race - that's nearly 14 minutes down on the GC group. 

     

  97. 15:14:42 CEST

    We've had confirmation that Chris Froome's bike was X-rayed after yesterday's stage to check for a hidden motor, using the UCI's new technology. The bikes of the top eight riders were all checked. 

     

    Here's the full story

     

  98. 15:15:52 CEST

    8:20 now for Nieve. Sanchez is leading the peloton towards the top of the climb but the pace has been knocked off a little. Understandable, I guess, when part of the job has already been done and Lopez is sitting pretty in a virtual podium position. 

     

  99. 20km remaining from 214km

    15:16:43 CEST

    Froome accelerates at the top of the climb. It's not an attack, but it seems he's interested in extending his lead in the mountains classification. Sanchez, however, springs away to deny him. 

     

  100. 17km remaining from 214km

    15:19:42 CEST

    Nieve has made quick work of this descent and will soon be climbing towards Cervinia. 

     

  101. 15:20:54 CEST

    Sky take over from Astana on this descent, with Froome on the wheel of Puccio. Still plenty of Sky jerseys to protect Froome on the final climb.

     

  102. 15:21:36 CEST

    Here it is

  103. 15.5km remaining from 214km

    15:22:29 CEST

    Nieve has 1:18 over the chasers, his former breakaway companions. The peloton are 8:45 back. 

     

  104. 15:27:06 CEST

    Sky still on the front on the approach to the final climb. 

     

  105. 15:28:45 CEST

    Puccio, Elissonde, De La Cruz, Henao, Froome. 

     

    The Sky train is in full working order.

     

  106. 15:31:28 CEST

    Mechanical for Gesink, and that might just end his hopes today. 

     

  107. 15:32:21 CEST

    Nieve still looks strong as he takes on these steady gradients. Grosschartner is still chasing alone but we haven't got an accurate time gap at the moment. 

     

  108. 15:34:45 CEST

    Movistar take over from Sky now in the peloton. They have Richard Carapaz in fifth overall - fourth now since Pinot's decline - and looking to take the white jersey off the shoulders of Lopez. 

     

  109. 10km remaining from 214km

    15:35:24 CEST

    Nieve passes under the 10km to go banner. He has nine minutes in hand over the peloton, but there's still a chance he could be caught by Grosschartner. 

     

  110. 15:36:52 CEST

    Still no sign of Dumoulin or Sunweb taking it on here. The 2017 champion is biding his time but is running out of road. I guess his only hope now is to launch one big attack in the final couple of kilometres and hope Froome's legs feel the effects of yesterday's efforts. 

     

  111. 15:38:21 CEST

    Grosschartner is 1:40 down. Barring a collapse, Nieve is on his way to victory.

     

  112. 7.2km remaining from 214km

    15:43:52 CEST

    Still Movistar drilling it through De La Parte as the climb ramps up. Froome looks as comfortable as his ungainly style could ever allow. 

     

  113. 15:44:28 CEST

    De La Parte is doing a big turn here. Just 16 riders left in the maglia rosa group now. 

     

  114. 15:45:56 CEST

    It's De La Parte, then Betancur, then Carapaz for Movistar. Lopez is alert and positioned on the wheel of his white jersey rival. Henao and Froome are next in line, followed by Dumoulin and Oomen for Sunweb. 

     

  115. 15:46:15 CEST

    De La Parte's job is done. Over to Betancur. 

     

  116. 15:46:26 CEST

    Poels right at the back of this group.

     

  117. 15:46:56 CEST

    Henao is the only rider left for Froome.

     

  118. 15:47:02 CEST

    Dumoulin attacks!

     

  119. 15:47:22 CEST

    It had to happen, and here it is! 

     

    Dumoulin looks over his shoulder and Froome is alive to it.

     

  120. 15:47:30 CEST

    The group has exploded.

     

  121. 15:47:52 CEST

    Just Dumoulin, Froome, Carapaz, Lopez, Pozzovivo, and Formolo left.

     

  122. 15:48:00 CEST

    Formolo attacks.

     

  123. 15:48:17 CEST

    They ease up and the dropped riders come back. Oomen, himself in the top 10, attacks now.

     

  124. 15:48:23 CEST

    Dumoulin goes again!

     

  125. 15:48:50 CEST

    He's brought back once more, but now goes again!

     

  126. 15:49:08 CEST

    So Dumoulin is opting for a flurry of attacks to try to soften Froome. 

     

  127. 15:49:19 CEST

    And now Froome goes!

     

    Attack the best form of defence....

     

  128. 15:49:45 CEST

    Dumoulin's right at the back of the group...

     

    But is he bluffing? Because he shoots back through and off the front. 

     

  129. 15:50:05 CEST

    Froome works his way back

     

  130. 15:50:17 CEST

    Formolo still with a few bike lengths.

     

  131. 15:50:55 CEST

    A lull now.

     

    Dumoulin, Froome, Pozzovivo, Oomen, Lopez, Carapaz are the riders in this group. 

     

    Poels is trying to get back in. 

     

  132. 15:51:37 CEST

    This is still a long way out. Nieve is 4.5km from the finish and these GC guys are 8 minutes down the road. 

     

  133. 15:52:49 CEST

    Gesink has recovered from his mechanical and has caught and dropped Grosschartner. 

     

  134. 15:53:13 CEST

    Poels is dragging his way back to the GC group. Dumoulin calls for Oomen to set a high pace. 

     

  135. 15:53:47 CEST

    Poels is back in

     

  136. 15:55:34 CEST

    Dumoulin goes again in a tunnel!

     

  137. 15:55:41 CEST

    Froome responds once again.

     

  138. 15:55:51 CEST

    They've caught Formolo now

     

  139. 15:56:00 CEST

    And Froome counter-attacks again!

     

  140. 15:56:10 CEST

    The maglia rosa is looking strong here

     

  141. 15:56:17 CEST

    Dumoulin dropped!

     

  142. 15:56:30 CEST

    Dumoulin shakes his head, he's losing ground here. 

     

  143. 15:56:42 CEST

    Carapaz goes now. Lopez and Froome follow.

     

  144. 15:57:12 CEST

    Dumoulin isn't in crisis mode but it's almost impossible to see him winning the Giro from here.

     

  145. 15:57:44 CEST

    Carapaz ploughs on but Lopez is on the wheel. Froome is there on the wheel as Pozzovivo and Formolo start to drag themselves across. 

     

    5km to go for this group.

     

  146. 15:58:06 CEST

    Dumoulin is slipping back now. His challenge is over, surely.

     

  147. 15:59:44 CEST

    Nieve is into the final 2km and he still looks cool and composed. 

     

  148. 16:00:02 CEST

    Dumoulin is starting to drag his way back, as he does. Froome comes to the front of the group and lifts the pace. 

     

  149. 16:00:21 CEST

    The group is slowing up again and Dumoulin gets back in. 

     

  150. 16:00:55 CEST

    And now Froome and Dumoulin's respective teammates, Poels and Oomen, get back in.

     

  151. 16:01:29 CEST

    Froome, Lopez, Carapaz, Pozzovivo, Formolo, Dumoulin, Oomen, Poels. They're the 8 riders in that maglia rosa group.

     

  152. 1km remaining from 214km

    16:01:37 CEST

    Flamme rouge for Nieve.

     

  153. 16:01:54 CEST

    Nieve knows he has this in the bag as he messages in on the radio

     

  154. 16:02:39 CEST

    Nieve comes to the line and sits up

     

  155. 16:03:01 CEST

    He punches the air with both arms as he wins his third Giro stage.

     

  156. 16:03:18 CEST

    A worthy win for Nieve but our attention must return back down the mountain.

     

  157. 16:03:59 CEST

    Carapaz attacks!

     

  158. 16:04:11 CEST

    Lopez responds immediately.

     

  159. 16:04:37 CEST

    The two young riders are away, and this is simply a fight for the white jersey. Dumoulin and Froome aren't responding.

     

  160. 16:05:04 CEST

    Robert Gesink comes to the line for second place. A nice ride considering his mechanical.

     

  161. 16:05:24 CEST

    Oomen leads the way for Dumoulin. Does the 2017 champion have anything left?

     

  162. 16:05:33 CEST

    Grosschartner seals third place.

     

  163. 16:06:17 CEST

    Oomen started the day 10th overall but is putting time into Konrad, Bennett, and Bilbao. 

     

  164. 16:06:50 CEST

    Lopez remains glued to Carapaz's wheel. 

     

  165. 16:07:40 CEST

    The GC riders come into the final kilometre

     

  166. 16:08:00 CEST

    Ciccone takes fourth on the stage and Brambilla fifth.

     

  167. 16:08:24 CEST

    Here come the GC riders into the final few hundred metres. Lopez and Carapaz aren't far ahead anymore.

     

  168. 16:08:43 CEST

    A sprint from Poels sees them overtake Carapaz and Lopez. 

     

  169. 16:09:05 CEST

    Froome comes home alongside Poels and shakes his teammate's hand. 

     

    Froome has won the Giro d'Italia.

     

  170. 16:09:20 CEST

    A downcast Dumoulin crosses the line just behind Froome. 

     

  171. 16:09:35 CEST

    About a minute behind come Bilbao, Bennett, and Konrad.

     

  172. 16:11:52 CEST

    Froome is mobbed by the media at Cervinia

     

     

  173. 16:24:53 CEST

    Stage top 10


    1 Mikel Nieve (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott 05:43:38
    2 Robert Gesink (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo 00:02:17
    3 Felix Grossschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe 00:02:41
    4 Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Bardiani CSF 00:03:45
    5 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 00:05:23
    6 Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky 00:06:03
    7 Chris Froome (GBr) Great Britain 00:06:03
    8 Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe 00:06:03
    9 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 00:06:03
    10 Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team 00:06:03

     

  174. 16:26:42 CEST

    Here's a quick reaction from Dumoulin, speaking in Dutch. 

     

    "I've had a great three weeks here with the team. I have to thank all my teammates. I was very happy to return the favour and help Sam Oomen at the end there. I'm happy with my performance and the team's performance."

  175. 16:28:36 CEST

    A first shot of Nieve on the line

     

    @giroditalia

     

  176. 16:34:03 CEST

    Here's Lopez, who finishes on the podium of a Grand Tour for the first time in his career. 

     

    "It was a huge huge day," says the Colombian. "We went with the whole team and we went all out. The team was amazing today, they did such s good job all day, they sacrificed themselves, setting such a strong tempo. I really have to thank the whole team, especially Luis Leon Sanchez, who is like a brother to me.

     

     

    "I'm really happy. I've never been on the podium of a Grand Tour and now I'm here. Thanks to the team, for the work they do day in, day out, for the sacrifices they make. If I'm on the podium it's thanks to them. They've been by by side the whole Giro like brothers."

  177. 16:34:25 CEST

    General Classification after stage 20


    1 Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky 86:11:50
    2 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb 00:00:46
    3 Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team 00:04:57
    4 Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team 00:05:44
    5 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 00:08:03
    6 Pello Bilboa (Spa) Astana Pro Team 00:11:50
    7 Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe 00:13:01
    8 George Bennett (NZl) LottoNL-Jumbo 00:13:17
    9 Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb 00:14:18
    10 Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe 00:15:16

     

  178. 16:38:00 CEST

    And now we can hear from Froome

     

    "There were obviously attacks I had to follow but I felt very much in control, and capable of following today. Everyone had such a hard day yesterday that no one really had extra legs to go anywhere."

  179. 16:40:00 CEST

    More from Froome

     

    "This Giro has been brutal, absolutely brutal. When someone has a bad day, it's not just a matter of 30 seconds or a minute; it's 10 or 15 minutes. It's a brutal race. Today Pinot was in trouble and Astana turned the screw. Then it was just up to us to follow and for me to keep an eye on Tom."

  180. 16:42:01 CEST

    Froome pulls on the maglia rosa on the podium in Cervinia

     

     

  181. 17:01:48 CEST

    We can now see Pinot has finally finished. He's almost vomiting up there. A sorry end to his Giro.

     

  182. 17:04:22 CEST

  183. 17:11:15 CEST

    The moment Froome crossed the line

     

     

  184. 17:15:18 CEST

    Here's Nieve

     

    "It was a perfect day, the day I dreamed about. I’m really happy, also for the team after yesterday. It couldn’t be a better day for me, and now we have to enjoy the Giro we’ve done. With five stage wins, it’s been a really good Giro for us. For me, it’s important. I won for the first time in 2011 and after seven years to win again is very important for me, to be up there still. I’m very happy."

  185. 17:18:05 CEST

    Here's all your instant post-stage reaction in one place

     

    Giro d'Italia: Stage 20 finish line quotes

     

  186. 17:21:53 CEST

    Rohan Dennis finished with Pinot in the gruppetto. Not a good end to a decent enough Giro from the Australian, who fell out of the top 10 yesterday and now plummets down the standings. 

     

  187. 17:26:32 CEST

    A brilliant shot that captures the moment this contest was decided.

     

     

  188. 17:45:47 CEST

    More from Dumoulin, this time in English

     

    "I tried everything I could, and Froome was better. No regrets, no, nothing. I'm super proud of the team, of myself. This is what it is, second. I was just tired today and I wasn't sure if I would have the legs to try, but I would always regret it if I didn't so I just tried everything I had, and that's it."

  189. 17:50:26 CEST

    Pinot

     

     

  190. 17:52:44 CEST

    Side note, you can pre-order our next film on Vimeo. It's called CRESCENDO, and we're going to focus on the final week of the Giro, with more behind the scenes tales from the race. It's out on June 1 but you can pick it up at our special pre-order price now.

  191. 17:59:43 CEST

    That's it for our live coverage today. Thanks for joining us. Just one day to go! We'll be back right here tomorrow for live coverage of the final jaunt in Rome. In the meantime, keep an eye on Cyclingnews.com for all the big stories from the final decisive day at the Giro. Ciao!

     

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