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Stage 14 profile 2021 Giro d'Italia

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Hello and a belated welcome to our live coverage of stage 14 of the Giro d'Italia!

78km to go

Our servers seem to have objected to RCS sticking 130 kilometres of flat at the front of this first big mountain stage of the race. Nonetheless, we're back in time for the main action of the day.

Our break of the day went away fairly early on. George Bennett and Bauke Mollema are the biggest names there, with the New Zealander best on GC at over 11 minutes down.

The break are currently 8:30 up the road, with Astana-Premier Tech leading the peloton at the moment.

69km to go

Andrea Pasqualon (Intermarché-Wanty Gobert) and Ruben Guerreiro (EF-Nippo) are arguing about something in the peloton. No idea what. Quite a few passionate hand gestures being bandied about...

Astana have committed their whole team to the front now. EF are also up there.

65km to go

The break are just under six kilometres from the top of this climb.

We're still having some technical errors on the site, such as newly uploaded images  and articles not showing, but things are improving. At least this live coverage is up and running in time for the finale here.

Riders are struggling at the rear of the peloton now. The pace has gone up and the peloton has made 30 seconds on the break.

Groups of Ineos, EF, Bora, QuickStep and BikeExchange riders are all stationed behind the Astana train.

60km to go

Affini is putting in work at the front of the break for his teammate Bennett.

A look at the climb the riders are currently tackling.

Some jackets for men in the breakaway ahead of the upcoming cold descent.

Earlier on today it was reportedly 3 degrees celsius on top of the Zoncolan with quite a thick fog/mist,  so things aren't much better up there.

Overcast on the Forcella Monte Rest, though.

56km to go

Fabio Felline drops off the front of the peloton but he could come back  on the descent to  help out once more.

Mollema took the maximum 18 points over the top. He has 31 now, 65 down on the
blue jersey Geoffrey Bouchard.

50km to go

There's another small hill at the bottom before they hit the valley road and continue north.

The peloton has split up a little on the descent!

Vlasov and three Astana teammates are away with Pello Bilbao and Egan Bernal. They're around 15 seconds up on the next group, led by EF.

Gorka Izagirre, Tejada, Sánchez are with Vlasov. Bilbao is there too, as are  Castroviejo and Bernal.

That lead group has around 33km to go to the start of the Zoncolan.

45km to go

15 seconds between groups and then another 20 to Evenepoel's group.

Sánchez continuing his work as the lead group head down the other side of the small unclassified climb.

40km to go

Now he has made it across with two teammates. Maybe 60 riders in the peloton, five minutes down on the break.

In the valley now and the gap to the break is up to 5:50.  Astana continue to work...

24km to go

Gap up to six minutes now. No high pace from Astana in the valley.

Affini leads the break over the intermediate sprint point. A lot of work for the Italian today.

Now Mosca takes to the front. He's been putting in work for Mollema today, too.

Here's a look at the top of the Zoncolan.

Astana continue to control the peloton as they pass the sprint.

Here is the Zoncolan, from Sutrio for the first time since 2003. It's the 'easier' side compared to the usual ascent from Ovaro (2007, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2018), but it's still a very hard climb as you can see...

The break pass through Sutrio. Affini and Mosca drop away after their hard work. 

Just seven men left in the break now, then, as they start the climb. 6:25 to the peloton.

The break are on the lower slopes of the climb now.

You'd expect Bennett and Mollema to be the strongest from this break. The likese of Tratnik, Oliveira and Covi are also good climbers but not quite on  the same level going uphill.

10km to go

Now Fortunato pushes on in pursuit of Tratnik.

Tough slopes early on but nothing insane. The final three kilometres average 13 per cent, though.

Astana continue to work in the peloton, with two men left for Vlasov. Ineos sit behind.

The 18-year-old Ponomar is dropped from the breakaway.

9.5km to go

So we have Tratnik out front, Fortunato chasing, then Mollema, Oliveira, Covi and Bennett.

Fortunato is closing on Tratnik here.

8km to go

No time gaps for those at the front yet.

Preview: Zoncolan finale offers old twist on new Giro d'Italia classic

Moscon drops off now. Narváez takes it up on the front.

7km to go

It's Fortunato's (and his team's) first Giro. The 25-year-old has some climbing chops though, finishing seventh on the queen stage of the Vuelta Asturias this year, and taking eighth at last year' Tour de Langkawi.

6km to go

Well Nibali isn't there anymore. He drops.

The peloton are currently seven kilometers out from the finish.

45 seconds between the Bennett-Mollema-Oliveira-Covi group and the leaders.

5km to go

Fortunato and Tratnik still together.

The leaders are on the less steep section – 1.5km at 4.5 per cent – before the brutal gradients to the line.

The four chasers are making no headway here. 4:15 for the Ineos-led peloton now.

3.5km to go

Fortunato leads the duo onto the double-digit gradients. There's an average of 13 per cent and maximum of 20 per cent to the line now.

50 seconds to the chase, four minutes to the peloton.

The peloton are still chipping away at the lead but the chasers aren't doing anything.

2.5km to go

20 per cent gradients for the leaders now, and it shows.

Castroviejo and Martínez left for Bernal.

Fortunato is distancing Tratnik! 

Eolo-Kometa co-team boss Alberto Contador said he's ride from Madrid to Milan if the team win a stage at this Giro. Just imagine them winning on Zoncolan!

2km to go

Mikel Nieve the latest to drop from the peloton.

Evenepoel near the back of the peloton as Martínez takes over at the front.

Formolo gone from the peloton now.

1.5km to go

3:10 back to the peloton.

Wanty's Rein Taaramäe put in a dig but couldn't get away.

Tratnik not so far behind Fortunato now as the Italian gets an unwanted push from a spectator.

These slopes are brutal.

1.2km to go

Ponomar is caught by the peloton. Nice ride from the youngster.

Evenepoel is dropping!

A few wheel-lengths off the back.

1km to go

Bernal is right with him. Buchmann chases behind.

Fortunato is 700 meters away from a glorious win!

The peloton has totally fractured now.

Tratnik is probably fewer than 50 metres back but that is still 5-10 seconds on this gradient...

Buchmann chases Bernal and Yates. Martínez on him.

Vlasov is nowhere after all the work Astana had been doing.

500m to go

Yates and Bernal still alone.

Tratnik swinging across the road as Fortunato looks in severe pain. Brutal.

300 to go!

No time gaps for the GC men yet.

Wow. What a ride from Fortunato today. He's doing this!

The Italian emerges from the mist. 100 to go.

Lorenzo Fortunato wins on the Zoncolan!!

A debut win for Eolo-Kometa on the toughest climb of the race. Amazing!

Tratnik takes second, 25 seconds down.

Bernal has gone now. He passes Bennett.

Yates can't follow!

Covi finishes second, a minute down.

Bernal is dominating this Giro.

Mollema is overtaken by Bernal in the closing metres.

1:43 down, Bernal finishes.

10 seconds to Yates.

Bennett next.

Martinez and Caruso finish with Ciccone. 2:25 down.

Dan Martin and Buchmann at 2:30.

Carthy at 2:40. Vlasov at 2:55. Evenepoel at 3:10.

Bernal now in pink by 1:33.

Here's what Fortunato had to say after his incredible victory today..

A shot of our winner today.

Yates and Bernal in action on the climb.

Here's what Bernal had to say after the finish...

Fortunato celebrates his famous win on the podium.

A nice shot of Martínez and Bernal leading the peloton on the steep slopes of the Zoncolan.

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