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Giro d'Italia 2017: Stage 20


Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the penultimate stage of the 2017 Giro d'Italia. Make sure you put your seat belts on and keep your arms and legs inside the carriage because it's going to be an fast ride today. 

The riders are signing on and there are huge crowds in Pordenone ahead of what is set to be a very exciting day. Nairo Quintana is a very popular man this morning. 



We're just 15 minutes away from the start of the stage. It is all very close at the top of the standings and it's all up for grabs over the next two days. 


1 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 85:02:40
2 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:00:38
3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 0:00:43
4 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 0:00:53
5 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin 0:01:21
6 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:30
7 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 0:02:48
8 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott 0:06:35
9 Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors 0:07:03
10 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:07:37
11 Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac 0:08:37


One man that won't be on the start line though is Steven Kruijswijk. The Dutchman confirmed this morning that he had pulled out of the race with just two days to go after developing stomach problems overnight. You can read the full story here


Vincenzo Nibali has been chatting with race director Mauro Vegni, who availed himself of an ice cream in these scorching temperatures. Nibali's team owner, the Prince of Bahrain is in town. He told Cyclingnews that he thinks the Italian can win the Giro d'Italia but we'll have to wait and see. 



Here is a little snippet of what the Prince of Bahrain had to say this morning. 


"Vincenzo is a champion. I am pleased and honoured. I am fulfilled by what I have seen during the race. Our team is doing great. It is a matter of Vincenzo’s effort, if he wins it or not. It is the first time that we see such a close call but I think that he can do it."


The riders are on the start line and we're just moments away from the action. 



As we said, it's very close at the top of the standings and there are four riders who are in with a realistic shot at taking the overall victory. Barry Ryan has taken an in-depth look at the various storylines that could unfold over this weekend. Read that here

The riders are making their way through the neutral zone at the moment. Racing proper expected in the next couple of minutes. 


#Giro100 stage 20 is underway! Trust us, you don't want to miss this one...

@BMCProTeam Sat, 27th May 2017 10:02:59

Nairo Quintana was the man in pink this morning. What will his lead be this evening, or will he even have the maglia rosa? Who knows? 


Got a feeling it's going to be a special final two days at the @giroditalia.

@stephenfarrand Sat, 27th May 2017 10:11:24

As you can see from the profile above, the start of today's stage is relatively easy. Things will really begin to hot up just before the 100km mark when the riders begin the ascent of the Monte Grappa. Cannondale-Drapac rider Joe Dombriwski made his own prediction this morning, saying that it would be on the descent of this climb where the race would blow up. The finish is interesting too, with the last climb peaking at 15km to go - potentially a chance for Dumoulin to bring things back together if he has been distanced on that final ascent. 


Five km done and dusted and there have been plenty of attacks but the peloton is not letting anything go just yet. 


Mikel Landa finally broke his run of second places yesterday with victory in Piancavallo. The victory also helped him seal the overall victory in the mountains classification. After a tough end to the opening week, the result will be a big boost to the Spaniard and the team. 


Six riders, including Pippo Pozzato, have a 30-second lead on the peloton at the moment. We'll bring you the other names as we get them. 


There is a fast chase going on behind and the high pace means that the peloton has split into two groups.


The riders out front are: Dylan Teuns, Tom-Jelte Slagter, Matthieu Ladagnous, Dries Devenyns, Maxim Belkov and Filipo Pozzato. They now have over one minute on the chasing peloton. 


Behind this group of six, Dimension Data is doing the chasing. As the last open stage of the Giro d'Italia, there are plenty of teams eager to make it into the breakaway. 


The favourites will want to let this breakaway go as soon as possible so that they can step off the gas and save their legs for the finale. There will be plenty that aren't happy that Dimension Data has decided to chase this down. 


It's not just the fight for the maglia rosa that is going to be hotly contested this weekend. The maglia bianca is another close affair with Adam Yates leading Bob Jungels by just 38 seconds. Davide Formolo is not too far behind at 2:02 either. 



With a time trial yesterday, Yates - like Quintana in the GC - knows that he has to take time out of his closest rival if he wants to secure victory in the young rider classification.


"Yes, it’s the same [as yesterday] but he’s a tough cookie to crack. He’s good in the climbs and good in the TTs. Hopefully we have a good day today and hopefully he has a bad day," Yates said at the start this morning. 


"It’s a flat, slightly downhill TT so it suits him even better than the other one. It’s hard to put a number on it but I definitely need more time."


150km remaining from 190km

Pozzato leads the escapees over the first climb of the Ca del Poggio. With Dimension Data chasing behind, they have not been given much of an advantage. The gap has come down to just under a minute after 40km. 


There is reportedly a 30-second gap between the two pelotons with 50 riders in the first of the two groups. None of the big favourites appear to be caught out by this split. 


Between the rest of the favourites, the level is even. Thibaut looked the freshest but Nairo and Vincenzo have more experience. #Giro100

@faustocoppi60 Sat, 27th May 2017 11:07:30

The peloton winding its way through the opening kilometres of today's stage. The six leaders have 52 seconds on the first peloton and 1:39 over the second major group. 


However this Giro d'Italia plays out, Tom Dumoulin seems to have secured himself a new contract. According to the Dutch press, he has penned a new deal to keep himself at Sunweb until at least 2021. Read the full story here


The peloton appears to have stepped off the gas quite a bit as they tick along at about 30kph over this stretch. With that, the gap to the six leaders is going back out again to 1:30. There is still 20 seconds between the two pelotons. 


Scratch that. The gap has quickly ballooned to four minutes and not a moment too soon. Perhaps someone had a word with the Dimension Data team to tell them that the game was up for that breakaway. 


A little side note, the Giro d'Italia press team reports that a whopping 3.8 metric tons of rubbish was collected after yesterday's stage, 90 per cent of which will be recycled. That's rubbish from riders and fans. 


As we mentioned earlier the prince of Bahrain was in town this morning and will be around all weekend. We caught a quick word with him ahead of the stage. Read what he said here


Simone Andreetta and Gregor Muhlberger have set off in chase of the six leaders. The pair are making decent ground now that the peloton has slowed things down. They are 1:45 behind the leaders, while the peloton is almost five minutes back. 


Nairo Quintana was caught briefly by a gaggle of journalists this morning after he stepped off the sign-on stage. The Colombian was short as ever in his assessment of what was needed today. He noted that he would have to make more time on Dumoulin in the finish if he hopes to hold off a comeback from the big Dutchman. 


The GC is as wide open this year as it has been in recent seasons. Let us know what you think will happen this weekend on Twitter. You can tweet me on @SadhbhOS.


Taking a look back at the numbers from #Giro100 stage 19 ⚡️ Data here from Jan Hirt of @CCCProTeam in a strong effo…

@VelonCC Sat, 27th May 2017 11:38:24

119km remaining from 190km

After 70km, the leaders still have 1:40 over the two chasers after they brought the gap down to 1:23. The peloton is now 5:53 back on the escapees. 


 Dumoulin may have got caught in the wrong end of the peloton yesterday but he won't let that happen again. He is up near the front with Pinot and Ag2R right behind him.

 Speaking of Pinot, he seems to have overnight became the hot favourite on Twitter. Many are saying he will win the Giro, if not also this stage.

With 109 km to go, the gap ist at 6:50.


Quintana is tucked safely within a group of teammates at the head of the chasing group.


Tom Dumoulin said yesterday that he knew he was in for a bad day right from the start. He's hoping for a better day out today. 


""So far so good. I just have to see how it feels on the bike. Yesterday was a bad day but hopefully today will be better," he said on the start line.


"It will be action from the beginning to get a good breakaway. A lot of teams want to have guys in the breakaway. And then from Monte Grappa it will be full gas until the line."


Dumoulin's teammate Simon Geschke said that yesterday's struggle was more of a mental issue for Dumoulin rather than a physical one. 


"“I don‘t think his legs were that bad. He was simply not all there mentally. Physically we are all at the end, anyway," he said. 


“It was definitely not our day. But it could sure have ended a lot worse. He simply rode too far back. That was an invitation for Movistar to try something on the descent. Rookie error is exactly the right description.”


@SadhbhOS Vincenzo Nibali and Thibaut Pinot will kick Nairo Quintana off the podium after Milan ITT...

@alpe_huez Sat, 27th May 2017 11:50:51

After getting as close as 1:23, Andreetta and Muhlberger have been brought back to the peloton, making it just two groups on the road for now. The six leaders have 7:36 on the peloton as they approach the intermediate sprint. No contest there as they've got bigger things to worry about. 


The riders are now onto the Monte Grappa. The climb last featured in the 2014 Giro d'Italia as a mountain time trial. Nairo Quintana won on that day to help secure his overall victory. 


This is how the Monte Grappa shapes up. It's not overly steep but it is blooming long at 24km. The descent is not an easy task either. 



93km remaining from 190km

Movistar continues to manage things on the front with Quintana about five riders back. Team Sunweb are right on their tail. After being caught out too far back in the bunch yesterday, Dumoulin is not about to make the same mistake again. 


Here is Ilnur Zakarin at the start this morning. The Russian could play an interesting role if he goes on the attack, which is highly likely. He's got one teammate in the breakaway today and Belkov could be key for him later today. Zakarin is only 1:21 down, so he poses a big threat to the guys ahead of him in the GC. 


@SadhbhOS Quintana to lose the podium? If he climbs and time trials the way he's done so far this Giro that will definetly happen!

@Cycling_Crazy Sat, 27th May 2017 12:15:51

The gradient begins to bite and Pozzato is distanced. It's not a surprise that he is the first to go, this is not his terrain at all. 


The breakaway has been on the Monte Grappa for quite some time but the peloton is only just getting there. Lots of action on the front as the GC teams try to make sure they're in the right place. This Giro has hammered home the importance of being near the front in these situations. 


Bahrain, CCC Sprandi and Trek-Segafredo have joined Movistar on the front of the bunch. There were rumours in the French press this morning that the Velon teams of Trek and Orica would try to help Dumoulin win the Giro. We'll see if that is true. 


The steepest gradients of this climb come right at the start and the peloton is thinning out quite quickly. Rory Sutherland is setting the pace with Bahrain's Manuele Boaro right behind him. Quintana is the fourth man in that little train. Dumoulin is a little further back on the outside of the group. 


Interesting to see how present CCC Sprandi Polkowice is at the front of the bunch. Their rider Jan Hirt has enjoyed a strong final week and could be in with a shout of a top 10 by the end. It's a long shot though at 10 minutes down on the 10th place rider. 


87km remaining from 190km

Maxime Belkov is now struggling in the breakaway. He's lost about 10 bike lengths. He's grinding out his own pace. It's not lost yet for Belkov, not by a long shot. 


Meanwhile, in the peloton, Katusha is not happy with the pace. They push up the outside to stick a few riders on the front. They immediately pull out a gap with Vicioso and Kiserlovski. 


It seems that wasn't intentional. Movistar played their bluff and allowed the gap to go out. Vicioso looked over his shoulder and realised that the rest of the peloton was not behind them. They immediately sat up and went back to the peloton. They're now just behind De la Parte for Movistar. 


Those of you who watched yesterday's stage might recall Eugenio Alafaci throwing a bidon at Rory Sutherland. The Italian issued an apology about his actions and escaped with a 200CHF fine. Read the full story here


Bad news for Nairo Quintana as Winner Anacona gets distanced. It's been a tough few days and it's obviously taking its toll on the Colombian. 


84km remaining from 190km

As Anacona sturggles, Movistar disappears from the front and Katusha takes over. They're setting a strong pace and the gap to the leaders is coming down pretty quickly. The four up front have just 5:31 on the peloton. 


Another Movistar rider in trouble. This time it's Izagirre dangling towards the back. Quintana has just De la Parte and Amador with him near the front of the bunch. This has been a brutal Giro d'Italia. 


It looks like Nibali is without any teammates in that group while Dumoulin seems to have Geschke a few places back in the bunch. Katusha still putting the hurt on. 


And Pinot loses Morabito to the pace. He's still got a rider up the road and another teammate in the bunch with him. Kiserlovski is cooked and he moves off the bunch as Mamykin takes up the front. Zakarin looking relaxed in the bunch. 


Simon Geschke is now having trouble keeping in touch with the bunch. Dumoulin also has ten Dam in the group, but he is well back too. Katusha is destroying the peloton on this climb. 


Mamykin does a quick little surge and is followed by De la Parte. He decides better of it and he flicks off the front of the pack and goes back to ride with Zakarin. 


Meanwhile, Geschke and ten Dam get the hurry on by the team car and they move up to ride in front of Dumoulin. Nibali now has Pelizotti with him. Nobody too isolated just yet, but there's still a while to go on this climb. 


It's an interesting little chess game at the moment as Katusha and Movistar keep battling for control of the front of the peloton. The little moves by the Sunweb and Bahrain riders were more a show of presence than anything else. Their leaders don't need them just yet with so many other riders around at the moment. 


Ladagnous now struggling off the back of the escape group. He has to put in a little dig to regain contact. The road is really narrow here and when the peloton arrives it will be hard to follow an attack if you're too far back. 


Fans have always had a slightly odd sense of humour, myself included, and it appears that yesterday fans were trying to give Dumoulin some toilet paper on the climbs. Let's hope he won't need it today. 


75km remaining from 190km

The leading group has split in half as Ilnur Zakarin lights things up on the front of the peloton. He's got some help from a teammate and they've destroyed the main group. 


Quintana is forced to chase down Zakarin, because even he at fifth overall is a big threat to the maglia rosa. 


That has had a huge impact on the group of favourites. Just 15 riders left, including Quintnaa, Zakarin, Nibali, Pozzovivo, Jungels, Dumoulin and Pinot. 


Another push again reduces the group by about 5 riders and Dumoulin is now dangling off the back. Is he in trouble?


Mikel Landa manages to get back up to that main group of favourites as Belkov drops back, giving Katusha two teammates in this group. 


The other rider with Zakarin is Kiserlovski, who looked done earlier on but he's grinding out the pace now. 


Belkov has had enough. He swings off the front but he's trying his best to keep in touch. He might be needed again. 


Mollema is leading the way in the chase group. Notably, he's got Adam Yates with him. He was hoping to make time on Jungels but he's losing it at the moment. 


20 seconds between the Mollema and Quintana groups. Quintana's group is just 2:36 behind the two remaining leaders. 


Mollema is going backwards very quickly right now. He looks like he's in a lot of trouble. 


70km remaining from 190km

Zakarin has a lucky escape as a fan falls over and almost takes him out. Fortunately, he's still standing. 


Riders making it over to the Quintana group, including Jan Hirt, Sebastian Reichenbach and Adam Yates. 


Mollema has now also made it back, as has Amador for Quintana. It looks like Phil Deignan is in that group too. 


There are about 20 riders in that maglia rosa group. 


Dupont is in that group for Pozzovivo. He keeps switching across the road, trying to find a gap so that he can move up to his team leader but the road is narrow and it's harder than it looks. 


The full make-up of that maglia rosa group: Quintana, Amador, Cataldo, Zakarin, Belkov, Kiserlovski, Jungels, Mollema, Pinot, Reichenbach, Pozzovivo, Nibali, Landa, Yates, Henao, Konrad, Fraile, Dupont and Hirt. 


67km remaining from 190km

Cataldo now attacks the bunch as Devenyns distances Teuns at the top of the Monte Grappa. 


An impressive ride from Patrick Konrad to make it into this group. He's battling on the back but still a mighty effort from the young rider. 


Over the top of the Monte Grappa and Movistar shoves past Katusha to lead it down. Quintana perhaps remembering Zakarin's big crash at last year's Giro d'Italia. Let's hope they all make it down ok. 


There are varying degrees of descending skill in this group of favourites and with such a twisting and narrow descent we're likely to see plenty of riders distanced on the way down. 


The riders are taking it quite gently at the moment as Teuns regains contact with Devenyns up front. This is a very long descent. In fact, at 26km it is longer than the climb today. 


If you missed the news earlier in the day, Steven Kruijswijk is not racing today. The Dutchman fell ill overnight and decided to abandon the race. Such a shame with just two more days to go. Read the full story here


The leaders asking the TV moto what is their gap to the chasers. If they were reading Cyclingnews then we'd be able to tell them that they've got just 2:13now, after having over 7 minutes at the start of the Monte Grappa stage. 


Ladagnous is caught and passed by the attacking Dario Cataldo. He's perhaps waiting for his teammate Thibaut Pinot in the following group. 


51km remaining from 190km

Ladagnous now back with Pinot, giving him two teammates. Amador continues to lead the descent for Quintana, keeping things fairly safe on the way down. Nobody doing anything stupid on this descent. One error could be the end of the race for someone. 

The backing off in pace means that a few dropped riders have been able to get back in touch with this group of favourites. It's hard to get an exact read on the entire make-up but Tejay van Garderen is one of those who has been lucky enough to get back up there. 


Away from today's racing, there has been some good news for Stijn Vandenbergh. The Belgian crashed heavily at the Four days of Dunkirk and has been in hospital for the last two weeks with concussion. He has finally been released to go home


Simone Pettili was another rider who bridged the gap and he's now gone on the attack. He's got one of the Cannondale Drapac riders on his tail trying to chase him down and another of his teammates, perhaps Polanc. 


A hairy moment for Devenyns as he has to check his line going through a corner. All is well though and the two leaders still have 2:20 on the group behind. 


Tom Jelte Slagter is still plugging along in no man's land. He's at 1:27 behind the two leaders. 


Just 40km to go. Those three that tried to attack have been brought back. We've got a bit of a stalemate in the group of favourites for now. They're likely waiting for the final climb. 


Less than 10km until the leaders hit the final climb. It tops out with 15km to go and then there's an undulating, and at times fast, ride to the finish. 


This is what the last climb looks like. 


Slagter still on his lonesome. Not making any real ground on the two out front and the group of favourites is slowly bringing him back. 


Even in war there is time for helping your rivals. Nibali picks up a bidon from Movistar. With such tight twisting roads it's hard for the riders to drop back to the car. All's fair in love and war, well sometimes. 


Unfortunately for Tom, he will be dropped. Still, if he doesn't crack and finds some help, he can save it in the last 15 km. Limit losses.

@faustocoppi60 Sat, 27th May 2017 14:02:57

It looks like De la Parte has made it back to that favourites group, which is good news for Quintana. He's now got two teammates with him as Slagter is reeled back in at last. Dumoulin also has Geschke and Ten Dem back with him. It's on like donky kong!


Cataldo has also been bought back so it's just the two riders up the road now. They have 2:44, but they'll need as much time as possible before they start this climb in about 1km.


There's about 30 riders in that main group now, after being whittled down to less than 10 on the ascent. It's likely to be very much reduced when they hit the next climb, which the leaders have just started. 


This is the last climb of the Giro d'Italia 2017. Can the riders make it count?


The last categorised climb in this year's Giro. I'm already starting to feel sad it's over (altho it'll free up my weekends significantly)

@VeloVoices Sat, 27th May 2017 14:10:14

I don't know about you, but I'm excited about this. Movistar leads the main group onto the final climb. 


A mechanical problem for Kiserlovski at the bottom of the climb. That's a blow for Zakarin. Can he make it back on and still be able to make an impact. 


26km remaining from 190km

We're hearing that Visconti has abandoned the race. He was distanced by the bunch a long time ago. 


This is like the calm before the storm. Lots of teams coming up to the front, ready to blow the race apart. Who will go first? 


26km remaining from 190km

Dylan Teuns was dropped on the last climb by Devenyns, but now he leaves the Belgian behind on this climb. He goes it alone with 26km to go. 


Meanwhile, Teuns' former break companion Ladagnous has just dropped out of the back of the main group. Just Reichenback left with Pinot. 


Movistar trying to string out this group and there are riders dropping out the back but there are still about 30 at the moment, including all of the favourites. 


Morabito climbs his way back into that group for Pinot too. Meanwhile, Jan Hirt for CCC Sprandi is trying to move his way up as is Zakarin. Katusha was very active on the last climb, will Zakarin attack soon?


Good news for Zakarin. After a huge effort, Kiserlovski as got back into this group. How is he feeling after the chase though?


1:58 for Teuns. He's unlikely to make it, but it's a strong effort nonetheless. 


Behind Teuns, Franco Pellizzoti has been dropped. That is Nibali all alone for now. He's fifth wheel at the moment behind Pinot, Quintana and his two Movistar teammates. 


Nibali attacks!


23km remaining from 190km

This is a do or die attack from Nibali and he forces Amador to chase. His effort has shed De la Parte, which is good news. 


He doesn't have much of a gap but he's pening some serious gaps. He's got Quintana behind him now with Pozzovivo, Zakarin and Pinot. Dumoulin has lost touch. 


22km remaining from 190km

Dumoulin is grinding his way back as Zakarin and Nibali try to go again. Their efforts are for nought right now as Dumoulin is back with them. 


In all of that, Devenyns was brought back and spat out the back. His day out front is done. 


There is a halt in hostilities and a few riders are bringing their way back up. The group has swelled again to about 20 riders. Yates and Jungels are both in that group too. 


Zakarin attacks and he brings Pozzovivo with him. It is Hirt that does the chasing. 


With each attack, Mollema is having to fight hard to get back. It seems like only a matter of time before he blows up for good. 


It is strange that the others aren't really chasing. Zakarin is 1:21 behind in fifth place and Pozzovivo 1:30 in sixth. 


Just as I write that, Quintana attacks and takes Nibali with him. 


During his last attack, Quintana didn't work with Nibali, much to the annoyance of the Italian. There is no love lost between the pair, but they are working together for now. 


20km remaining from 190km

The pair are 13 seconds behind Pozzovivo and Zakarin, who are just 16 seconds behind Theuns. 


Zakarin doing much of the work in his group as Pozzovivo sits on his wheel. They're just about to make contact with Teuns. 


They do catch Teuns, who is utterly cooked and can't even attempt to stick with them. 


Further doen the climb, Dumoulin is trying to rally the troops in a chase. FDJ is setting the pace for now and they're clawing their way back to Quintana and Nibali. 


Quintana and Nibali are now 15 seconds behind the two leaders. There is a further 12 seconds between them and the Dumoulin group. 

Pinot attacks now and leaves the Dumoulin group behind. Jungels is setting the pace for the chase. 


Pinot easily makes it back to the Quintana group and now Dumoulin is working hard to close the gap. It's only a few seconds between them now. 


18km remaining from 190km

Sunweb said this morning that Dumoulin's rivals would need about a minute on him by the end of the day. They're going to need a bit more on him at the top of the climb if they want to do that. 


Quintana attacks as the slope hits 11 per cent. Pinot is right in his wheel. 


Pinot is looking pretty strong now. Nibali must be pretty worried about him because he could well overtake him in the time trial tomorrow. 


Just nine seconds between Quintana and Dumoulin for now. The Colombian is not making much ground on his closest rival. He needs to hope that the constant digs will cause Dumoulin to blow up. 


Dumoulin is not giving up though and he grinds it out. He's back with Quintana, as is Jungels, Yates, Mollema, Hirt and Reichenbach. 


17km remaining from 190km

There is a small relaxation before Pinot attacks. Nibali and Quintana go with him and Dumoulin has to chase again. 


Meanwhile, Zakarin and Pozzovivo have 20 seconds on this group. 


Quintana attacks again but he's brought back. Everybody is on their limit here. 


Pinot goes again. He's lighting up this final climb and throwing in everything he's got. It's a mighty effort from the Frenchman. 


There was a suspicion that Trek would help Dumoulin today, but that has not come to fruition. Dumoulin looks to Mollema but his compatriot is struggling to keep in touch. 


16km remaining from 190km

Jungels is helping Dumoulin here though and he's helping to keep this trio in sight. Both Nibali and Pinot have tried to go again, but to no avail right now. 


Just 1km to the top of this climb for Zakarin and Pozzovivo and they've got 22 seconds on the chasers. There will be bonus seconds on the line if they can make it to the line in the lead. With it all so close together, they will be crucial today. 


Dumoulin and Jungels are losing ground. There's now 13 seconds between them and the Quintana group. Dumoulin now takes up the front. 


This is working well for Jungels. Yates has been unable to attack and if it stays like this then he should be able to take the white jersey in the time trial. 


Pozzovivo leads Zakarin over the top of the final climb. They've got 13 seconds for now, can they hold off the chasers?


14km remaining from 190km

Pinot almost sprints to the top of the climb and he crosses the top more than 20 seconds ahead of Dumoulin. There is a descent to come though, can Dumoulin close the gap?


Nibali leads Quintana and Pinot - in that order - down this descent. Probably the best wheel in the peloton to follow in these situations. 


Zakarin and Pozzovivo are not strong at descending and they're losing huge amounts of time to the Nibali-led group. 


11km remaining from 190km

Seven seconds between the Quintana group and the leaders. Dumoulin is 23 seconds behind Quintana. 


10km remaining from 190km

Zakarin and Pozzovivo are now caught with just 10km to go. 


27 seconds is now the gap to the Dumoulin group. If this goes out much more than it could be terminal to Dumoulin's overall chances. 


Dumoulin moves over and Jungels is setting the pace again. These two have been working very well together. And now Mollema takes up the front of the punch. 


The leading group is now attacking each other rather than working together. They're little digs have damaged their lead and now the Dumoulin group is just 15 seconds back. This is playing into Dumoulin's hands right now. 


This could still come back together before the finish. How disheartening would that be for Quintana and co?


7km remaining from 190km

It seems someone has developed a bit of cop on for now and the five up front are actually working together. They probably got a bit of a fright when they got the updated time gap. 


Dumoulin, Jungels and Mollema have been playing this very well. There hasn't been much of a panic from them and they are only 12 seconds back here. 


Nibali gets a gel down. This has been a brutally tough finish. Little time to eat really. 


5km remaining from 190km

10 seconds now, this is tense. This is really tense. 


Pinot is grimacing really hard and can hardly do a pull on the front. It is Quintana who the bulk of the work has fallen to. 


Just seven seconds now and Yates has a little look up front. Is he planning an attack soon? He will need one. 


3km remaining from 190km

The road has really straightened out and Dumoulin is using his power advantage in an attempt to shut this down. Nibali puts the burners on though and he's pushing the gap out just a touch. It's just 12 seconds though. 


Nibali attacks


Nibali's attack is quickly shut down but it does distance Pozzovivo. 


3km remaining from 190km

Just 3km to go and the gap has grown to 20 seconds. 


2km remaining from 190km

Yates is now putting in some little efforts but with his size he doesn't make much of an impact on this terrain. 


1km remaining from 190km

Pozzovivo has made it back to that lead group. The gap is growing out and Dumoulin's podium place is under threat. 


Flamme rouge and the gap stays at 20 seconds. 


There is now the fight for the bonus seconds to come and that cat and mouse could help Dumoulin. We'll see. 


Quintana leads the sprint from the final corner. 


Pinot is gaining on him though and brings him back. 


Pozzovivo goes and Pinot follows again


Pinot wins


Zakarin finishes second with Nibali in third. 


No bonus seconds for Quintana, which will make Dumoulin happy. The Dutchman looked in some serious trouble though at the finish as he was distanced in the sprint for the line. 


We wait for confirmation of the top 10 in the GC, but Dumoulin may well have slipped off the podium, at least for today. 


The confirmed time gap sees the Jungels/Dumoulin group finish 15 seconds back. The jury didn't give any time gaps there. 


Wow! What a stage that was. 


There were so many games at play during that finale as riders fight for their places in the standings. What a performance from Thibaut Pinot. He was relentless in his chasing and then his attacking and he wins his first ever Giro d'Italia stage. If he can hold it together tomorrow, he's in with a strong shot at the podium. 


Pinot spoke briefly before he stepped onto the podium, this is what he had to say: "Until 3km to go, I was just trying to make time. I didn’t have the stage win in mind.


"The time gap is not big, the time trial tomorrow is pretty flat and it suits Dumoulin a lot. The most important thing will be to limit the damage."


The updated GC sees Nibali just 39 seconds behind Quintana while Pinot is now third at 43 seconds. Dumoulin is now 53 seconds back in fourth place. 


The major efforts of this year's Giro d'Italia was very telling in today's stage. No one rider was really able to build up a large gap and while some were distanced, the pace was not sufficient to really put someone to the sword. There is still a lot to play for tomorrow. 


Tomorrow's time trial will be very different to the first one at the start of week two. It is flatter so that should suit the specialists more but we've had two weeks of extremely tough racing so there could be a lot of surprises.


Confirmation as to how things finished in today's stage. 


1 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 4:57:58
2 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin
3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
4 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
5 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team
6 Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors 0:00:15
7 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott
8 Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJ
9 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
10 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb


This is what it did to the overall classification with just one stage remaining. 


1 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 90:00:38
2 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 0:00:39
3 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 0:00:43
4 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:00:53
5 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin 0:01:15
6 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:30
7 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 0:03:03
8 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott 0:06:50
9 Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors 0:07:18
10 Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac 0:12:55


This is the moment that Thibaut Pinot won the stage. 


Here he is on the podium after the stage.


Nairo Quintana has 53 seconds on Tom Dumoulin going into the final stage. His team manager Eusebio Unzue thinks that the Dutchman is still the big favourite and isn't convinced that they have enough time over him to keep the pink jersey until the finish in Milan. 


"We tried absolutely everything. We tried to increase the gap and we tried to make it a bigger advantage," he said. "We have managed to make it a bigger advantage but I still think that it will probably be too small to win overall. I think that today showed who the favourites are and I think that it confirmed that Dumoulin is still the favourite."


Interesting that Movistar are still being very cautious about this one. After three hard weeks of racing, it could be a lot harder for Dumoulin to make up that time than it ordinarily would be. Although, it remains to be seen how Quintana is after today's efforts. He could capitulate on that flat course. This could be like 2012 all over again, where Hesjedal pipped Rodriguez to the win.


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Dumoulin had a smile on his face after the line. He's happy that he'll be back on his favoured terrain tomorrow. 


"Finally the climbs are gone. I was very happy that I had better legs and I had a good day again. I’m forever grateful for the help in the final from Mollema, Jungels and Yates.


"The time gaps tomorrow will not be as big as in the last TT, definitely not, so I will just have to fight for every second and we’ll see how it goes tomorrow."


A huge crowd of Colombians in front of the podium as Nairo Quintana steps onto the podium. They will be hoping that he can hold onto the pink jersey tomorrow. It has been a good year for the Colombians with Fernando Gaviria adding four victories to Quintana's one and stint in pink. 


Nairo Quintana talks to the press following the stage. 


Adam Yates held onto the white jersey for today, but Bob Jungels closed the gap to 28 seconds. Yates is a well grounded person and he's under no illusions about how things will go tomorrow. 


"Tough day, but at the end we’re still in the top 10 so all good, he said. "I was suffering quite a bit on the first climb, the big one. I was dropped with Mollema and a couple of other guys. We managed to get back but I wasn’t expecting the climb to be so hard. In the end, we got over it and I tried to recover a little bit. There were just a few guys that were better than us.

"In general its all good and today I needed to take some time out of Bob to keep hold of white. 28 seconds isn’t really enough to hold off a TT specialist over 30kms. It’s going to be a tough one but I’m going to do my best."


We have a full recap of today's action with pictures and results available here


Vincenzo Nibali moved up into second overall after an aggressive ride today. You can read what he and others had to say after the stage right here


"It was really hard, the racing started so early on, before the first climb even," he said after the stage. "It definitely made it very tough. It was really hard to make the domestiques go all out and we did Monte Grappa really fast and Katusha really pressed the pace there and everyone was trying to increase the gap over Tom. I tried, I tried to go after Quintana as well but in the end the only one that didn’t really collaborate was Zakarin. I think that big congratulations should go to Pinot because he did a really great sprint to the line."


There are two classifications that have been effectively decided today. The first of those is the points classification, which has been dominated by Fernando Gaviria. 


1 Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors 325
2 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo 192
3 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe 117
4 Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Dimension Data 100
5 Lukas Postlberger (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 98
6 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo 76
7 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data 76
8 Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier Triestina 70
9 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 70
10 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb 68


The other classification is the mountains where Mikel Landa sealed the deal today. Obviously, they both have to make it to the finish tomorrow. 


1 Mikel Landa (Spa) Team Sky 224
2 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team 118
3 Omar Fraile (Spa) Dimension Data 104
4 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 70
5 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale-Drapac 70
6 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin 66
7 Igor Anton (Spa) Dimension Data 56
8 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb 55
9 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 54
10 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 53


Before we wrap things up, let's just take a quick look forward to tomorrow's stage. As Yates pointed out, it's pretty downhill. With three weeks in the legs, there could be big gaps in places, it just depends on where. 


Nairo Quintana has said in his post-stage press conference that he needs to do the time trial of his life in order to keep hold of the pink jersey. It's not beyond belief that if he has a bad day then he could well drop off the podium. What a surprise that would be. 


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Here is a little of what Quintana said in the press conference. We will have more of it later. 


"Sunday's TT will be much different to the first one in this Giro. It's a pan-flat course, perfectly suited for specialists. I just hope to defend myself well. We haven't got that much time on our rivals, but sometimes things turn out well for me on such courses, and obviously, I'll do my best. The physical condition seems to be level within us, and I feel like gaps won't be really big. Dumoulin is the most dangerous rival, and Nibali and Pinot also do well on TTs. However, should things go just normal tomorrow, I shouldn't lose too much time. I also rely on fatigue: after 20 days of grueling racing in this Giro, I should stand a little more of a chance against them."


That is it from our live coverage today, I hope you enjoyed it. We'll be back for one last push tomorrow and the 2017 Giro d'Italia will finally be decided. Remember you can check out all the action from today's stage here


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