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Giro d'Italia 2016: Stage 10


I hope you've enjoyed the rest day but it is time to get back into the racing action with stage 10 of the Giro d'Italia. 

It's lovely and sunny for the riders as the last few sign on. Most of the pack now already up at the start line for the imminent start. 

Maglia rosa Gianluca Brambilla and his Etixx-QuickStep teammates go onto the stage. Matteo Trentin takes his young child with him too. 


Today is a tough day for the riders with a mountainous parcours that contains the first category Pian del Falco. Here is how it looks today.



This week will see the peloton tackle the big mountains for the first time and you can read up on what they can expect to face with our preview of the Giro d'Italia's second week. 


The maglia rosa is now on the start line with the other jersey wearers and the pack will be off in just a few moments for the neutral start. 


Brambilla kept the pink jersey by the finest of margins after Sunday's time trial in Chianti. He currently leads his teammate Bob Jungels by just a second. This is how things stand ahead of the start.


1 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step 34:33:04
2 Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:00:01
3 Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team 0:00:32
4 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:00:51
5 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:53
6 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:55
7 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:00:58
8 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Team Sky 0:01:18
9 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff Team 0:01:45
10 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:01:51


Brambilla is a popular leader of the race as the first Italian wearer of the maglia rosa this season and he's signing a few last-minute autographs as the riders depart for stage 10. 


It won't be long before the riders start climbing with the third category Passo della Collina coming just after the 20km mark. 


Vincenzo Nibali's bike has had a makeover for the next part of the Giro d'Italia. It is a shark theme again and you can flick through the full gallery here



On Saturday we saw a very aggressive Movistar rider, in particular Alejandro Valverde. He told Italian television this morning that they would wait for the other teams to make the move today. We'll have to wait and see if he's bluffing. 


The stage is underway. We have racing!



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Four riders are currently off the front and trying to make the breakaway.

184 riders set off this morning. There are two non-starters for today's stage and they are Fabian Cancellara and Alexey Tsatevich. Cancellara has had a rough Giro d'Italia after falling ill just days before the start and he decided to pull out following the time trial. Tsatevich, on the other hand, was given the boot by his team after spending much of Sunday's time trial drafting Giant Alpecin's Tobias Ludvigsson. 


204km remaining from 219km

Jack Bobridge is the next rider to try his hand in the break. After 15km, he's got a small gap on the peloton. 


We're awaiting a time gap for Bobridge as the Australian road champion closes in on the first climb of the day. He'll want some help if he hopes to make this stick. 


We hear that Bobridge has actually been caught. There are plenty of points up for grabs in the mountains classification so Lotto-Soudal and Nippo Vini Fantini would be interested in keeping this together for now. 


We mentioned earlier that Alexey Tsatevich had been removed from the race by his team. The Russian rider later defended his actions and expressed his disappointment at leaving the race. Read what he had to say here


It is still all together in the peloton as they begin the ascent of the Passo della Collina.


With that, the riders have done away with the only flat section of today's stage. From now on, they will either be ascending or descending. 


After some horrible weather over the weekend, the riders can expect much nicer conditions for today's stage. It is cool enough but there is only a light breeze and the sun is trying to break through. There is a chance of rain later but let's hope that it holds out. 


We're 33km into today's stage and it's still gruppo compatto for now. 


It is tight at the top of the mountains classification so it is possible that we could see a changing of the guard at the end of today's stage. Here are how things look before the top of this first climb. 


1 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal 21 pts
2 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini 20
3 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step 16
4 Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini 16
5 Stefan Kueng (Swi) BMC Racing Team 15
6 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 8
7 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 8
8 Jay McCarthy (Aus) Tinkoff Team 8
9 Alexander Kolobnev (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo 8
10 Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto Soudal 7


There are still riders trying to break free of the peloton. The latest to have a punt are Giovanni Visconti and Fancesco Bongiorno. Visconti has 16 seconds over Bongiorno and 26 over the peloton at the moment. 


Have you missed any of the action from the opening week? Why not listen to our recap of the first nine stages in the latest Cyclingnews Podcast. It includes an exclusive interview with Tom Dumoulin 


Race radio reporting that Mikel Landa is three minutes down on this climb. BMC DS Marco Pinoti posted this photo of the Spaniard just moments ago. 



That is huge for Landa and he'll face a tough battle to get back on. No word on whether he suffered a mechanical problem on the climb or if he's just on a bad day. Landa had been going well over the weekend but rest days can be funny things and riders can struggle on their first stage back. 


Danieish TV reporter Rasmus Staghoj says that he spoke to Landa ahead of today's stage and the Team Sky rider said he was looking to attack. 


Meanwhile, the other riders are up and over the first climb. Visconti has a slim lead of 14 seconds on the peloton. 


Tim Wellens was the second rider over the Passo della Collina with Ivan Rovny third, meaning that Wellens will keep his mountains jersey for now. 


Boem and Niemec have joined up with Visconti now and they hold a 30-second lead over the peloton on this descent. 


160km remaining from 219km

The gap to the escapees has gone up to 52 seconds as the near the bottom of this descent. Next up on the menu is the third category Pietracolora.


The average speed of the first hour of racing was 39.4kph.


The latest time check has Landa now over six minutes down on the bunch. How long will he keep plugging on?


With Landa in trouble, Team Sky may have to look to their next best placed rider who is Nicolas Roche at 6:47. 


Astana has reacted to the news that Landa is dropped and are putting the pace on in the peloton. The bunch is currently 1:16 behind the three leaders with another group at 3 minutes down. Landa is now 6:06 back.