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Buongiorno and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of stage 7 of the Giro d'Italia. 

We're happy to back in action and able to bring you our usual detailed live coverage of the stage.

As we join the action, there are 50km to go of the 181km stage. 

This is today's stage map.

The riders have just returned to the Adriatic coast and are riding into a stiff head wind. 

And this is the stage finish map, with the curves and corners.

This is a summary of the racing so far: 

Pellaud was the first up to Chieti, the only categorised climb of the stage. At the half-way point of the stage, after 90km, their lead was at 2:40. 

This is the break of the day.

After yesterday's stage in the Marche hills and the cold rain, we have a new race leader in Hungary's Attila Valter (Groupama-FDJ).

Gino Mäder won stage 6 after being part of the long break of the day, giving Bahrain Victorious some cheer after team leader Mikel Landa crashed out the day before. 

The stage to the top of the 15km San Giacomo climb also shook up the GC amongst the overall contenders.

Our journalists Barry Ryan and Alasdair Fotheringham are following all the Giro d'Italia and were at the Sam Giacomo finish to witness first hand the riders after the stage. 

 

Back to today's stage ands there are 40km to race. The riders are near Vasto now and will soon enter the Molise region, the smallest of the Italian regions.

The peloton continues to keep the three-rider break under control.  

The head wind is still strong and the clouds are gathering.  Lets hope it does not rain for the finish.

35km to go

The peloton seems to want to take control for the final 25km. They are closing down the break of the day. 

The sprinters and their teams are worried about the final 2km. 

The 200m, 12% kick-up is at 1.5km to go but there are several sections that narrow from 5km to go when the race leaves the main road.

20km to go

The trio leas by just 15 seconds.

Umberto Marengo (Bardiani-CSF), Simon Pellaud (Androni Giocattoli) and Britain’s Mark Christian (Eolo Kometa) were brave to go on the attack, surely knowing the sprinters' teams would always chase them down.

Here are the day's heros.

Gruppo compatto! 

The speed is up to 50km/h now, with the teams lined out in formation but packing the whole road.

Trek-Segafredo are hoping it will be Matteo Moschetti's day. The technical finish suits the fast Italian.

From the Cyclingnews blimp we can see nine teams lined out, filling the road. 

Inoes are lined up on the left of the road, protecting Egan Bernal.

Lotto Soudal are on the right. 

Here come Jumbo-Visma for Groenewegen.

7km to go. 

Alessandro De Marchi is chasing after a flat. 

Sagan has three riders ahead of him. 

5km to go! 

Groupama are trying to protect Attila and his pink jersey until the 3km to mark. 

Here we go! 

3km

At 2km to go, they turn right into town. 

Ewan has moved up to near the front. 

Nizzolo too. 

Onto the climb! 

Ewan in second place on the climb. 

Last km and in the curves! 

Flat for Carthy! 

Oss leads it out. 

Gaviria goes long! 

Ewan closes him down.

Ewan surges past and wins by a mile!

Sagan almost crashed in the final 300 metres as the other sprinters struggled to hold onto Ewan.  

Ewan beat Cimolai and Merlier.

This is the top ten:

That was superb speed and execution by Ewan. He had the confidence to close down Gaviria's early attack and the speed to catch him and then finish it off.

General classification after stage 7: 

Here's Ewan earlier in the stage, riding relaxed before his big moment in Termoli. 

Here's the first shot of Ewan winning in Termoli. 

Ewan pointed to his Lotto Soudal jersey , praising his teammates work in the lead out.

Hugh Carthy suffered a mechanical problem in the final kilometres and finished off the back. However he should be awarded the same time due to his problems and so stay sixth overall at 38 seconds.   

Attila Valter (Groupama-FDJ) stays in pink for another stage.

It seems Carthy's problem was a broken saddle. 

Ewan didn't have any problems at the sharp end of the sprint. His win also gave him the lead in the cyclamen points jersey.

This is the correct top ten for GC, with Carthy showing as sixth. 

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

Ewqan put his second victory in this year's Giro down to being "smart and a lot of teamwork." 

He also explained how he carefully paced his late pursuit of Gaviria.

Ewan has now won five Giro stage but he hopes for more.

Here's the final 2km and Ewan's winning sprint.

The Maglia Rosa Attila Valter seemed to enjoy his first day in the spotlight. 

Overall leader Team GroupamaFDJ rider Hungarys Attila Valter poses prior to the start of the seventh stage of the Giro dItalia 2021 cycling race 181 km between Notaresco and Termoli on May 14 2021 Photo by Dario BELINGHERI AFP Photo by DARIO BELINGHERIAFP via Getty Images

(Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The Giro’s second weekend brings two stages with 3,400 metres of vertical gain. 

There’s the same amount of climbing on Sunday but it’s packed into a shorter stage with a much more difficult finale at the ski station of Campo Felice. 

It will be fascinating to see if and how the two stages impact the GC and the big contenders, especially the dirt finish on Sunday. 

Peter Sagan missed out today but this video shows why.

Thanks for joining our live coverage today. With our servers ands site back up to full speed, we'll have more news and interviews from our journalists at the race Alasdair Fotheringham and Barry Ryan in the new few hours and then full live coverage of the weekend stages. 

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