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Hello and welcome to our live race coverage from stage 13 of the Giro d'Italia.

We're in Ravenna for the start of today's stage and most riders have already signed on. It's a pan-flat stage and one of the last chances for the sprinters left in the race as we head to Verona for today's stage conclusion. The roll out will take place in about 25 minutes. 

Here's a reminder of how things stand in the overall coming into today's stage:

General classification after stage 12

1 Egan Bernal Gomez (Col) Ineos Grenadiers 48:29:23
2 Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana-Premier Tech 0:0:45
3 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain Victorious 0:01:12
4 Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Education-Nippo 0:01:17
5 Simon Yates (GBr) Team BikeExchange 0:01:22
6 Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:01:50
7 Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:02:22
8 Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:02:24
9 Tobias Foss (Nor) Jumbo-Visma 0:02:49
10 Romain Bardet (Fra) Team DSM 0:03:29

Please don't forget, if you're interested in streaming today's action all you need to do is read our guide to VPNs and then 'borrow' your parents' credit card. Here's our guide.

Some early good news this morning is that Segafredo have signed a contract extension to remain as a title sponsor for the men's and women's Trek-Segafredo teams. You can read our story on that right here.

Trek Segafredo have had a bit of a mixed Giro so far. The race started well but both Nibali and Ciccone lost time on the dirt roads of stage 11. They bounced back yesterday and Nibali clawed back a handful of seconds after two strong attacks. The time gained was marginal but it was the intent and desire that demonstrated that Egan Bernal may not have everything his own way in this year's race. Here's what the shark had to say about his attacks on stage 12.

We've had sprints in Verona before. This wasn't at the Giro but the Worlds in 1999 and it's still one of the best endings to a one-day race we've seen with then-unknown Oscar Freire winning the rainbow jersey. A couple of years ago I went and spoke to him (and several others) about that amazing day of racing. Here's the podcast.

Oscar Freire

(Image credit: Daniel Benson)

We're about 10 minutes from the official roll out for stage 13 of the Giro d'italia. 

Verona’s not hosted a road stage finish since 1997, when Mirco Gualdi took victory. Since then, it’s hosted the race’s final time trial on three occasions, in 2007, 2010 and, most recently, in 2019, when Chad Haga won the stage and Richard Carapaz was confirmed as the overall champion.

The main contenders for today's stage are all near the top of the standings for the points classification.

The interesting part of the first hour or racing will be which of the sprinters' teams will chase. I don't think Bora will do too much. They've won already with Sagan and have Buchmann back into contention for the GC. They don't have to chase. Cofidis and UAE on the other hand, they could control the pace of the peloton once the early attacks are made.

The riders have started to roll out under blue skies. 

In the CN blimp we're just handing over to Stephen Farrand for a bit.

Before the 198km stage starts, the riders face a 5.3km neutralised sector. 

Maglia Rosa Egan Bernal is up front and tucked up behind the race director's car. 

They riders are enjoying the sun and 24C weather.

Everyone seems happy to ride on flat roads across the Po delta to Verona.

The riders are on a bridge, the only real climbing today. 

Today’s stage is dedicated to the poet Dante on the 700th anniversary of his death.

The race reaches Kilometro Zero, the flag is waved and the stage is underway! 

Straight away the ProTeams go on the attack. 

And the peloton lets them go. 

The the trio are Samuele Rivi (Eolo), Umberto Marengo (Bardiani-CSF) and Simon Pellaud (Androni Giocattoli).

They surely know they have little chance of staying away until Verona but there are other goals: Lots of time on live television and the fight for the Fuga prize that is given to the rider who spends the most kilometres on the attack. 

Pellaud leads with 504km, Marengo is at 474km, with Rivi sixth at 240km.  

They could add close to 198km to that total today.

Behind the peloton rolls along, allowing the gap to rise to 1:30.

Before the stage, the Italian national anthem was played for Elia Viviani, who will be one of the two Italian flag bearers at the Tokyo Olympics. 

The riders passed Dante's tomb as they left Ravenna.

While the Italian autostrada heads to Bologna sand then north to Verona, today's stage route cuts across the flat roads via Ferrara and Mantova. 

Ferrari was famous for his measuring of blood values. He worked for the Gewiss team when they dominated in 1994 but left the team after his famous phrase on the dangers of EPO.

185km to go

Thomas De Gendt and Belgian national champion Dries De Bondt of Alpecin-Fenix. 

Our three rider break of Samuele Rivi (Eolo), Umberto Marengo (Bardiani-CSF) and Simon Pellaud (Androni Giocattoli) have 4'59 over the peloton with 178.5km to go.

The peloton continue to ride gently as the gap moves out to over five minutes for the first time. These three leaders will probably be allowed to establish around 10 minutes before the sprint teams take over. Bernal is second wheel right now, and he's really not moved from there since moving into the maglia rosa a few days ago. 

Here's an update on Mohoric, who had that horrific crash a few days ago in which his bike snapped in two. He's recovering now but needs to take time off from racing. 

Still no intent from the main field, with the gap to the peloton going out to 6'53 with 169km to go.

And it's Ineos Grenadiers who have started to assemble at the front of the peloton. They're not really chasing, just setting a comfortable tempo and keeping Bernal out of trouble. 

That move from Ineos has sparked life from Cofidis, and Viviani's team have posted two riders on the front of the peloton with 168km to go.

The gap has moved out to 7'34 but it looks like this could be the peak as UAE Team Emirates, as we expected, are about to join Cofidis when it comes to chasing this break down.

Jumbo Visma have joined the party on the front of the peloton by providing the services of Paul Martens.

The gap is slowly starting to come down. It's at 6'52 with 152km to go.

UAE and Jumbo line out the peloton and chip another 30 seconds off the break's lead with 144km to go. 

Nizzolo has also sent a rider to the front with the Italian hoping to finally win his maiden Giro stage after so many near misses. 

A bit further back in the bunch and Bernal is wolfing down some lunch while his bodyguard Ganna rides alongside him. It's been a relatively stress-free day for the race leader.

We're just ticking down the kilometers at the moment with a gaggle of sprint teams still on the front and narrowing the break's lead. 136km to go and the gap is at 5'34. 

The break hit the intermediate sprint and it looks like Rivi took that one. It was close though. 

Pellaud is now clear of the two other riders in the break with over 127km to go.

No time gap yet for Pellaud who is intent on maintaining his advantage while the peloton sit at 5'26.

Pellaud has just ten seconds on Marengo and Rivi at this point.

Pellaud isn't sitting up as he tries to get as aero as possible with 120km to go. 

This went under the radar a bit but Mark Cavendish was a DNF in Ruta del Sol yesterday due to stomach problems. The story is here.

118km to go

Not quite sure what Pellaud is trying to achieve by this but he continues to press on.

Over in the world of gravel racing there are a couple of major events taking place this weekend. One of them is the Grasshopper Huffmaster and Olympic veteran Geoff Kabush. He pinged us some images of the road bike he's going use for the race and you can check out our feature right here.

Pellaud's efforts have dragged out the gap to the peloton to 6'12 and the two chasers still haven't made contact. 113km to go.

The two chasers are hot on Pellaud's heels and they look like they will catch him. 'Why?' will probably be their first question when contact is made. 

112km to go and the leaders reform to make a trio. No words are shared but Rivi puts his hand up for the team car. 

Having dropped to around 5'30 the gap is at least back up to 6'36 but there's no concern in the main field. 

Marengo and Rivi aren't happy with Pellaud and they're keeping the Androni rider at the front for now and not coming through for a turn. Now Rivi comes through, and some words are said. Marengo chips in too and Pellaud shakes his head. Awkward. 

No climbs at all today, it's totally flat, so it's all about the sprinters as we see their teams continue to control the race. Tomorrow the race climbs the Monte Zoncolan, so the GC riders will be more than happy with the pace of today's stage so far.

Affini is off the back of the peloton for some reason, jersey almost totally unzipped. Doesn't look good. The situation I mean, not that he looks bad with his jersey undone. I'll stop talking.

The bunch has totally lined out though, and it's about 150m in length. We've got 103km to go and the gap is at 5'46. We're almost halfway through the stage, so there's light at the end of the tunnel. 

Back to the world of gravel and the L39ION of Los Angeles are going to rock up in California for the next round of the Grasshopper series. Should be a great race. Here's what the L39ION of Los Angeles riders had to say a few days ago. 

100km to go

Paul Martens is back on the front and for the first time the gap is down to 4'52. We've got 98km to go so the peloton are slowly upping the pace. 

A reminder of the GC ahead of today's stage. We shouldn't expect any changes today given the profile of the stage but this is the Giro and almost anything can and will happen.

Oh yes, we've interviewed Hugh Carthy's rather fetching road bike. Here's the exclusive

The bunch strip out another 30 seconds off the break's advantage and it's at 4'00 with 94km to go. 

89km to go for the leaders in the break, who have seen yet another minute snipped of their advantage. The gap is at 3'05. 

A gaggle of Cofidis riders have moved closer to the front with Viviani in tow. They've been smart today, having committed earlier on but then taken more a back seat in the last hour with the chase. Can the Italian show his form of old and take a much needed win for him and his French team.

Peter Sagan and his teammate Giovanni Aleotti are chatting while they wolf down some food. The three time world champion will feature in the sprint today and could take his second stage of the race. He may not have the raw speed compared to some of the riders here but he's not far off. 

Out front and the three leaders are deep in conversation. Their lead has dropped to 2'26 with 80km to go.

This is an odd one. Gaviria is off the back of the bunch with what looks like a nosebleed. He's with the race doctor now. He didn't fall. 

A bunch of riders have dropped back to the team cars, Bernal included but the race leader is pacing himself back as we head into the final 75km of the stage.

Cofidis are back on the front with Natnael Berhane setting the pace. 

Marengo and Rivi chat at the back of the three man group while Pellaud sits on the front. The gap is down to 3'00 and to be honest the peloton have the break right where they need them. They may even sit up a bit and let the leaders move back out to 4-5 minutes.

At the back we see Groenewegen playing with his shoes. On paper, and certainly 12 months ago you'd had said he's the fastest sprinter left in the race but due his ban he's only coming back to form at the moment. His best result in the race so far was fourth on stage 2. 

Marengo was a food courier during last year's lockdown. You can read Barry Ryan's interview with the rider, right here.

Latest from Ruta del Sol....

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Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1André Greipel (Ger) Israel Start-up Nation 4:37:12
2Alvaro Hodeg Chagui (Col) Deceuninck-QuickStep
3Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo
4Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
5Alex Kirsch (Lux) Trek-Segafredo
6Rick Zabel (Ger) Israel Start-up Nation
7Enrique Sanz Unzue (Spa) Equipo Kern Pharma
8Ethan Hayter (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 0:00:01
9Alexander Konychev (Ita) Team BikeExchange
10Tobias Bayer (Aut) Alpecin-Fenix

Kilian Frankiny is on the front of the peloton now with the gap to the break back out to 3'37 with 67km to go.

Viviani is sitting just behind the Ineos pace line. 

Here's our report from Ruta del Sol, where Greipel has rolled back the years to take another win.

60km to go

Carthy drops back with some teammates and the pace is relatively stable in the main field. That said, the gap to the break is down to 2'15 with 56km to go.

In the next 20km or so the pace will really increase as the sprinters and their teams start to fight for position. 

Up front though and Rivi has attacked from the break ahead of the next intermediate sprint. He's basically replicating what Pellaud did earlier.</