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The profile of stage 10 of the 2021 Giro d'Italia

The profile of stage 10 of the 2021 Giro d'Italia (Image credit: RCS Sport)

As the Cyclingnews blimp takes height, the riders are lined up for the start in L'Aquila. 

The city was virtually destroyed in an a major earthquake in 2009 but can celebrate the start of the Corsa Rosa today.

The riders roll out of the city centre under warm blue skies but there are worries of immediate attacks and later echelons in the valley road to Foligno. 

The riders are tucked behind the race directors car awaiting for the flag to be dropped.

The stage starts with the Sella di Corno climb and so we're expecting attacks from the start. 

Indeed we have attacks. 

Before the start several teams warmed up on rollers, including the new race leader Egan Bernal. 

We have several attackers up the road and the peloton has slowed and blocked the road. 

There are five riders on the attack. 

They attacked on the flat, before the climb started. 

Amongst the five are some usual breakaway suspects: 

The five already have a lead of 2:00. 

The Jumbo-Visma and Alepcin-Fenix teams gathering on the front to control the breakaway.

130km to go

The break starts the Sella di Corno climb but it is not steep and so offers a fast ride over the hills toward Rieti. 

 The first intermediate sprint comes in Rieti, then the route turns due north and runs directly towards Foligno. 

The Giro d'Italia is more than a bike race.

Three riders did not start this morning: Matej Mohoric (Bahrain) after his high-speed crash yesterday and also Jasper De Buyst (Lotto Soudal) and Clement Champoussin (AG2R Citroën).   

The sprinters' team seem to have done a deal to control the break, with all the sprint teams putting a rider on the front to help with the work.  

The gap is staying at around 1:30. The peloton is keeping the five attackers on a short leash.

We have a new race leader today. 

Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) won stage 9 with an explosive attack on the steep gravel track at Campo Felice on Sunday. The Colombian became the new pink jersey after Attila Valter (Groupama-FDJ) was dropped earlier on the climb.

To read our full stage report and see our photo gallery and full results, click below.

Bernal's late attack on the Giro d'Italia's off-road summit finish of Campo Felice netted him both the stage win and the overall lead, simultaneously confirming that, after a troubled 18 months, he is back at the top of his game.

Click below to read what Bernal said after taking his first ever Grand Tour stage win and after pulling on the maglia rosa. He was in tears post stage as he spoke. 

115km to go

Alpecin, Qhubekha, UAE, Cofidis, Jumbo all have one rider on the front.

Taco Van der Hoorn (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert) is back on the attack and his team seem happy. 

The road to Rieti is fast along the valley, then stage heads into the rolling hills to cross into the Umbria region.

We've tipped over the 100km to go point of the stage. 

The speed is up in the peloton but riders can save energy by staying protected on the wheels.

Here's the intermediate sprint in Rieti.

Pellaud leads it out but goes too early. Rivi takes it, beating  Marengo and Pellaud.

We expect a big-name battle for the remaining points.

Here we go. 

Intermarche lead it out for Pasqualon.  

But Viviani comes off his wheel and beats Pasqualon and Sagan. 

Oops. We have a closed level crossing!

The break has to stop. 

The five attackers are stopped for about 30 seconds but are off again.

However the peloton was not stopped and so only the break will lose time. There will not be a resetting of the break. 

The peloton is in the centre of Rieti. 

This is the break of the day, with Simon Pellaud (Androni-Sidermec), Umberto Marengo (Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè), Samuele Rivi (EOLO-Kometa), Taco Van der Hoorn (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert) and Kobe Gossens (Lotto Soudal) giving it big licks to hold off the peloton. 

It's great to see the crowds out along the road as Italy again emerges from months of lockdown and restrictions. 

From Rieti the stage turns north and climbs over the border into Umbria and then Valico della Somma before Spoleto. 

This is the stage map.

70km to go

FOLIGNO ITALY MAY 17 Kobe Goossens of Belgium and Team Lotto Soudal Taco Van Der Hoorn of Netherlands and Team Intermarch Wanty Gobert Matriaux in breakaway during the 104th Giro dItalia 2021 Stage 10 a 139km stage from LAquila to Foligno girodiitalia Giro on May 17 2021 in Foligno Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

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The race passes near the Lago di Piediluco and the Marmore waterfall offering some stunning views. 

65km to go

As the stage crosses the mid-way point, several teams feed their riders from the roadside. 

Riders Israel, Intermarche and Bike Exchange all grab bidons and musettes. 

The peloton ups the speed for a descent, bringing the gap down to 1:25.  

However the break is also going full gas to hold them off.

Bora-Hansgrohe have taken over at the front of the peloton. 

Bora are trying to hurt their rivals on the two climbs that come in the next 10km.

There's an uncategorised climb first at Cantoniera and then the longer and steeper Valico della Somma.

Bora's high pace has brought the break to only 45 seconds.

The pace is hurting some sprinters and indeed Dylan Groenwegen has been spat out the back.

Marengo has been dropped from the break, which only leads by 30 seconds now.

The break is near the summit of the Cantoniera climb. The GC teams are also trying to stay near the front to stay safe as Bora blow things apart.

Sagan is sat behind his teammates as they close down the break. 

43km to go

Tim Merlier is off the back as the climb starts. He has 4 teammates with him but they face a hard chase on the road to Foligno.

Nizzolo is also slipping out of the back with 1km to go to the top of the Valico. 

Sagan is also suffering up front on the wheels of his teammates.

The riders can see the entrance to the tunnel, which marks the end of the climb.

Max Richeze is also spat out the back. Gaviria has lost his lead out man.

Sagan moves off the front to check which sprinters have been dropped. 

His teammates up front keep the pace high on the descent. 

The Nizzolo group is 20 seconds off the back. Fortunately the Italian has Campenaerts to help chase the Sagan peloton.

Egan Bernal is sat on the wheels not far from the front.

Nizzolo is swapping turns with Campenaerts but Israel Start-Up Nation is now riding with Bora to help Cimolai and stop Nizzolo getting back on.

And very soon there could be some strong side winds in the valley to Foligno.

Nizzolo and Campenaerts are at 26 seconds but need to make a huge effort to get into the slipstream of the team cars. 

The riders are stunning Spoleto.

Nizzolo shakes his head and they ease up.

Just before the race judges pulled out a block of team cars and so the peloton was further up the road.

ISN are still driving the pace with Bora.  

The sprinters in the front group are Sagan, Gaviria, Viviani and Cimolai. 

It's time for the time bonus sprint and Deceuninck are going for it!! 

But so are Ineos!!

But Evenepoel comes back at them, gets on Bernal's wheel and hits the front.

But Jhonatan Narváez comes up to take the sprint. He took 3 seconds, Evenepoel took 2 seconds and  took 1 second. 

15km to go

The riders in the group is starting to think about the finish now. 

Sagan has returned to the front to sit in the slipstream of his teammates. 

10km to go

Surprisingly Simon Yates is near the back. 

Indeed, the GC teams are all fighting for position. There's a breeze from the rider's left.

Bernal is riding up near the front.