Live Coverage of Giro d'Italia - Stage 15

Race overview:

Distance: 165km

Start Location: Marostica

End Location: Madonna Di Campiglio

Welcome to live coverage of the Giro d'Italia stage 15 from Marostica to Madonna di Campiglio.

Live commentary by Sadhbh O'Shea

  1. 18:22:38 CEST

    No news on Porte's time loss or if he's come over the line. We will have the complete results, photos and report right here shortly.

     

    Thanks for joining us today.

  2. 18:08:12 CEST

    And here's the standing on GC:

     

    1 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo 60:01:34
    2 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:02:35
    3 Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team 0:04:19
    4 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:04:46
    5 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky 0:06:36
    6 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:06:58
    7 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:07:10
    8 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:08:20
    9 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 0:09:53
    10 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:10:03

  3. 18:07:41 CEST

    Here are the results for the stage:

     

    1 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana Pro Team 4:22:35
    2 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:00:02
    3 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:05
    4 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:06
    5 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:00:38
    6 Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team 0:00:42
    7 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky 0:01:00
    8 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team 0:01:10
    9 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:01:49
    10 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:02:13
     

  4. 18:07:23 CEST

    Aru's main attack never came today and Contador certainly probed for weakness but he also looked to struggle at one point. Landa comes away with the stage though after Astana did all that work on the final two climbs and Aru at least makes second place more secure with Amador losing time on the final ascent.

  5. 18:04:24 CEST

    Contador now leads Arub by 2'35. Uran is out of the top ten.

  6. 18:03:11 CEST

    And Uran is coming to the line. He'll finish over 7'30 down in a group containing Cunego.

  7. 18:01:05 CEST

    Kreuziger loses 5'30 at the line.

  8. 18:00:23 CEST

    Betancur comes over the line, having lost close to five minutes today. The time gaps are going to be huge.

  9. 17:58:50 CEST

    There's still no sign of Uran at the moment and Porte, at the last time check was over eight minutes down.

  10. 17:58:18 CEST

    We see Hesjedal coming over the line around three minutes down.

  11. 17:57:58 CEST

    Riders are coming over the line in ones and twos now as we see them trickle in. No official time gaps but Contador has extended his lead on Aru by a few seconds after a long stage.

  12. 17:55:57 CEST

    Landa wins the stage, Trofimov second, Contador third and Aru fourth.

  13. 17:55:35 CEST

    Julich: think that everyone is happy with the outcome of today. The question is now what the top 10 will look like at the end of the stage. There was some major reshuffling today! Sure that everyone will be happy with the rest day coming up tomorrow.

  14. 17:55:24 CEST

    But Contador drops him and will take third.

  15. 17:55:00 CEST

    Aru has attacked.

  16. 17:54:53 CEST

    Contador only cares about Aru and tracks him.

  17. 17:54:30 CEST

    Contador leads the chase and Landa goes by Trofimov and now leads the stage.

  18. 17:54:03 CEST

    Landa again.

  19. 17:53:46 CEST

    Contador and Aru chat. Trofimov still leads.

  20. 17:53:19 CEST

    And Contador is setting the pace once more.

  21. 17:53:04 CEST

    Julich: Astana needs to bring this back if they want to win the stage

  22. 17:52:50 CEST

    Contador is letting it go for now.

  23. 17:52:39 CEST

    Trofimov is back and he attacks straight away.

  24. 17:52:19 CEST

    Contador is riding on the front, the two Astana men on his wheel. 1km to go.

  25. 17:51:49 CEST

    Aru makes it back but the Katusha climber has been dropped.

  26. 17:51:35 CEST

    1.5km to go. Contador, can he take the stage from here?

  27. 17:51:20 CEST

    Landa sits up, waiting for Aru.

  28. 17:51:08 CEST

    Contador is there but Aru can't follow.

  29. 17:50:55 CEST

    Landa attacks

  30. 17:50:47 CEST

    Aru attacks and Contador and Landa and then Trofimov match them.

  31. 17:50:26 CEST

    Julich : Looks like Astana/Landa are looking for the stage now and sure that Alberto will have something to say about that.

  32. 17:50:12 CEST

    Contador is just watching Aru, almost daring him to attack.

  33. 17:49:52 CEST

    Aru and Trofimov have come back so we have four riders together.

  34. 17:49:13 CEST

    Contador and Landa together with Aru struggling to come back into contention.

  35. 17:48:55 CEST

    Julich: That didn’t look like a race winning attack there from Alberto. He still has to be careful, but I would expect more to come soon.

  36. 17:48:44 CEST

    Aru and Trofimov try and respond but Contador has attacked over the top with 2.7km to go.

  37. 17:48:17 CEST

    Landa attacks and Contador responds.

  38. 17:48:08 CEST

    Just 3km to go and the road is about to rise up once more.

  39. 17:46:26 CEST

    Into the final 5km to and we're about to hit a 12 per cent section. That's where the attacks will come.

  40. 17:46:03 CEST

    Julich: Remember that they are getting quite high, and this is where the riders that spent time at altitude before the Giro will have an advantage. Pretty much sure that most if not all of the riders in the front group have prepared like this.

  41. 17:45:43 CEST

    Kangert leads Landa with Contador and Aru just a little further back. The rest of the riders are just looking to consolidate their places on GC for now.

  42. 17:45:08 CEST

    The gradient dips to 3.4 per cent.

  43. 17:43:49 CEST

    159.2km remaining from 165km

    5.8km to go on the climb and Landa lifts the pace once more for Astana and Aru but Contador still looks in control.

  44. 17:43:06 CEST

     

    Julich: The important thing here is that the riders continue to eat and drink because anything can happen if you go hunger flat in the final few kms. Have to say that this is looking to be advantage Contador at the moment…

  45. 17:41:33 CEST

    But now the FDJ rider is slipping back.

  46. 17:41:19 CEST

    The magalia rosa group down to nine, Geniez, Trofimov, Kruijswijk, Konig and Amador still there.

  47. 17:39:10 CEST

    Julich: Everything still to play for here and interested who will be the first to test the waters…. Many of the guys look happy with the current pace, but it is hurting everyone.

  48. 17:38:52 CEST

    Contador is third in wheel now, just behind Aru's two remaining men.

  49. 17:37:27 CEST

    One by one they're being distanced and Monfort is the next rider to lose contact.

  50. 17:36:09 CEST

    Tiralongo has popped and now Aru is let with two men. 8.7km to go until the finish. Who will attack first, Aru or Contador?

  51. 17:35:24 CEST

    Aru is down to just three teammates as Tiralongo sets the pace for the dozen or so riders left in this group. Geniez is still in there. Porte though is at eight minutes at the moment.

  52. 17:34:32 CEST

    Hesjedal continues his lone battle and comes by Dupont with 9.3km to go.

  53. 17:31:40 CEST

    It looks like Betancur has been dropped too.

  54. 17:31:00 CEST

    The maglia rosa group is down to around a dozen men at the moment with 10.7km to go. Contador now has Aru on his wheel.

  55. 17:30:17 CEST

    Visconti is now at the back of the maglia rosa group, along with Monfort.

  56. 17:29:50 CEST

    And Tiralongo sets the pace and it lifts straight away.

  57. 17:28:34 CEST

    Contador just has to wait for now and see who makes a move. He has a decent gap on GC and it's up to others to put him under pressure and to try and crack him.

  58. 17:27:46 CEST

    Aru looks comfortable at the moment as he sits behind his teammates as the gradient rises to 6.4 per cent.

  59. 17:27:04 CEST

    Dupont is starting to struggle at the back of the maglia rosa group.

  60. 17:25:32 CEST

    Julich: Looking at the profile of this last climb, I think if Astana/Aru have to wait until the last 3km to light it up. That is 10km from now, so this is a perfect example of what I mentioned earlier about using the other team’s riders as your teammates.

  61. 17:25:14 CEST

    And we head into the final 12km of the stage.

  62. 17:24:39 CEST

    Contador is watching Aru like a hawk at the moment.

  63. 17:24:17 CEST

    Hesjedal is attacking from the chase group.

  64. 17:23:25 CEST

    Van den Broeck, Uran and Kreuziger are in the second group on the around at around 20-30 seconds.

  65. 17:21:25 CEST

    But Dupont is about to be caught with 14km to go .

  66. 17:21:02 CEST

    Onto the final climb now with Dupont just 13 seconds ahead of the maglia rosa group. Five Astana against Contador.

  67. 17:18:53 CEST

    And Conador has just sprinted out and taken two seconds at the intermediate sprint. Astana have been pace setting for so long but the race leader is laying down an important sign for the climb. He wants every second and he's showing that he will not be controlled by Astana.

  68. 17:17:47 CEST

    And Dupont is the lone leader as he approaches the final climb of the day to Madonna di Campiglio.

  69. 17:15:06 CEST

    Suitsou has dropped back to the Aru/Contador group in order to pace Konig. The gap to the two leaders is down to just 14 seconds with 17km to go.

  70. 17:14:04 CEST

     

    Julich: Well with the numbers that Astana has it is up to them to put Alberto and the others in difficulty. If Aru is strong it changes everything, but if he isn’t stronger than Alberto, than the others in the group need to take the opportunity to slip away for the stage and gain some time.

  71. 17:09:20 CEST

    The maglia rosa group is down to less than 15 riders with 21km to go.

  72. 17:08:40 CEST

    Anton was in that crash and is back with the medial car. Rogers is in a second group on the road and he will not make contact with the leaders again today.

  73. 17:07:36 CEST

    Rogers isn't there though so Contador is alone for all of the final climb.

  74. 17:07:07 CEST

    Konig is here, just between Aru and Contador. Caruso is also in the group too.

  75. 17:06:19 CEST

    Five Astana riders on the front and Astana have five men on the front and Contador is on his own. Amador is also in this group.

  76. 17:05:23 CEST

    There's a crash and Atapuma and Kreuziger both down. The BMC riders is back on his bike and chasing on the descent.


    Julich: It's all about safety on the descent for these guys, they have to be careful as we saw with that crash. This looks like a really tricky and technical descent.

  77. 17:03:49 CEST

    No time gaps to either Porte or Uran but both were dropped on the last climb.

  78. 17:02:43 CEST

    26km remaining from 165km

    On the descent now for the three leaders and the maglia rosa group with the gap at 1'19.

  79. 16:58:27 CEST

    Intxausti has attacked from the peloton as he looks to consolidate his lead in the KOM. He comes over the top ahead of his main rivals for the jersey. The maglia rosa group is down to just the top riders, maybe 30 left.

  80. 16:56:25 CEST

    Dupont is just hanging on a bit as we approach the top of the climb. Siutsou leads but Visconti jumps over the top and takes the maximum number of points available.

  81. 16:52:41 CEST

    Julich: There is only Aru that is within 2.5min, the others are more around 5min. That is why the differences that Alberto made in the TT are so important. If they were all around 2-3min it would make things much more tactical.

  82. 16:52:11 CEST

    Bookwalter is about to be caught by the Tiralongo express.

  83. 16:51:51 CEST

    Up ahead, the three leaders have 1'45 over the peloton. Cunego is losing more ground and is around 30m back on the Contador group. Cataldo has been dropped too.

  84. 16:50:55 CEST

    Kruijswijk looks strong and is just to Contador's right as the maglia rosa group continues to shed riders.

  85. 16:49:30 CEST

    Six riders from Astana left in the maglia rosa group.

  86. 16:48:19 CEST

    Tiralongo is on the front, Rogers, and then Contador and Aru.

  87. 16:47:58 CEST

    Cunego is starting to struggle off the back of the maglia rosa group. Not a good sign for the 2004 race winner. The three man break now have 1'46 with 33km to go.

  88. 16:47:00 CEST

    Julich: Sure Alberto would like to have more riders with him for sure, but they have put in a massive effort the entire race. Question is what will Astana be able to do with the numbers against Alberto? You can sometimes turn the other teams riders into helpers for you.

  89. 16:46:31 CEST

    Van den Broeck is there, Betancur, Kruijswijk and Konig.

  90. 16:45:42 CEST

    Basso and Kreuziger are just off the back of the maglia rosa group. They'll look to limit their loses and then chase back on the descent. It's important for them that Contador isn't totally isolated later in the stage.

  91. 16:44:27 CEST

    Rogers appears to be Contador's only teammate left already at this stage. No sign of Krueziger at this stage.

  92. 16:43:09 CEST

    We see Zardini caught by the peloton. He apparently had a fan club out on the road, hence his attack.

  93. 16:42:22 CEST

    Julich: Yes, many of the favourites loosing contact and the race hasn’t really even started yet. Just shows how tough this first two weeks has been on everyone.

  94. 16:41:29 CEST

    Uran is tapping out a rhythm but he doesn't look at all comfortable as he continues to lose ground. Aru is just on Contador's wheel for now though as his team continue to set the pace on the climb. 36km left of the stage remaining.


    Pelizotto is being dropped too.

  95. 16:39:54 CEST

    Contador is now down to just two men and now we see Uran suffering. The Etixx rider has been dropped and his losing time. His team are pacing him but this is a worrying sign from last year's runner-up.

  96. 16:39:11 CEST

    Julich: Richie has that same look on his face I mentioned before and looks like his Giro will soon be over one way or another. When you have a goal, you have a purpose and that makes all the pain and suffering worth it. When you lose that purpose you start to look towards the next goal and you can’t do that in a GT.

  97. 16:37:13 CEST

    Astana have now taken up the pace setting with two men on the front of the vastly reduced peloton. The gap is at 1'55 to the four leaders but Porte will lose minutes today.

  98. 16:36:24 CEST

    He's alone and climbing without any help from his team.

  99. 16:35:36 CEST

    And Richie Porte is being dropped. 37km to go.

  100. 16:34:59 CEST

    More and more riders are dropped from the peloton, Gilibert included in that set.

  101. 16:34:24 CEST

    Julich: It is a very prestigious stage to win and doing it in the leaders jersey has to be in the back of Alberto's mind.

  102. 16:33:59 CEST

    Zardini has attacked from the peloton but with the Tinkoff pace setting the Bardiani rider is setting himself up for an almost impossible mission.

  103. 16:33:08 CEST

    Julich: I expect there to be some action on the Passo Daone, but the real race will happen on the Madonna di Campiglio. A lot of climbing here in the last 40km!! So if you are struggling, you can easily bleed minutes.

  104. 16:32:41 CEST

    Visconti is determined to see this move at least take the climb, as he leads his two companions. Their gap is down to 2'12 though.

  105. 16:31:32 CEST

    And we're down to just three men in the break as Bookwalter starts to struggle. Contador, meanwhile, looks good as he lets his team set the pace.

  106. 16:29:38 CEST

    Julich: This is gut check time for Richie. This is his best chance in recent years to lead his team in a GT and he has to take advantage of it. With the season that he has had, it is a bit normal to struggle a bit, but he is a champion and part of that is showing the “grinta” that it takes to turn the tables when things are going your way. The look on his face and body language when he crossed the line after the crash compared to that of Alberto said a lot.

  107. 16:28:56 CEST

    The four leaders start the Passo Daone with 2'37 on the peloton. It's a climb that's over 8km in length and it should see the peloton split to pieces because Tinkoff are setting a furious pace as they head to the lower slopes.

  108. 16:25:08 CEST

    CN: Bobby, what’s left for the others in the race? I mean can you see Aru still winning the race or his simply racing for second?

     

    Julich: I think it is WAY to early to count any of the GC riders out of the race. We have seen already that things can change very quickly. I think that today will be important for Aru to battle back after taking one on the chin yesterday. He has a strong team, but we will have to wait and see how they ride in the high mountains in the third week.

  109. 16:23:31 CEST

    The pace rises at the front of the peloton and Juul Jensen takes over.

  110. 16:20:09 CEST

    46km go to and the gap moves out to 3'21. Visconti moving into the top ten as things currently stand but there's still a long way to go. The Italian will be more concerned with the possible stage win but he'll want a much bigger gap before starting the final climb of the day.

  111. 16:17:44 CEST

    Julich: The gaps between him and the others is getting bigger and Alberto has shown in the past that he recovers better than anyone in Grand Tours.

  112. 16:17:12 CEST

    CN: Are you expecting another attack from Contador today and do you think he can put the race to bed?


    Julich: I think that there is blood in the water right now and we all know how Alberto likes to attack. This sort of finish really plays to his strength and sure we will have an exciting finish. He did a big effort yesterday, so I would imagine that much of it depends on how he recovered from that effort.

  113. 16:16:09 CEST

    Porte, meanwhile, is bringing Porte closer to the front of the peloton. The Team Sky rider just looking to get through the stage today and possibly go for a stage win next week. The last few days have been a huge disappointment for the Team Sky leader.

  114. 16:14:46 CEST

    Rosa, the KOM jersey, Rosa and the rest of the early break are about to be caught by the bunch so that leaves us with four riders up the road and the gap at 3'03.

  115. 16:13:02 CEST

    Visconti pushes on, he clearly isn't too concerned about the KOM jersey and he's looking for a possible stage win. We're into the final 50km of racing today and the race is building up nicely.

  116. 16:12:00 CEST

    CN: Is that what you'd do as  GC rider? Train on the TT bike one day and then back it up with a day in the mountains on your road bike?

     

    Julich: Race simulation is what training is all about now a days. If you want to be familiar with the sensations the day after a hard TT, you have to emulate a hard training in the climbs the next day.

  117. 16:08:26 CEST

    Dupont has made it three men at the front and it looks like the chasers are easing up slightly. Bookwalter makes it four leaders up the road.

  118. 16:06:52 CEST

    CN: Bobby what did you make of yesterday's TT and the affect it had on the GC?


    Julich:
    Well, everyone knew that it was coming and definitely caught out some of the GC favourites. Obviously Contador has to be happy with the time that he gained on the others after his crash the day before.

     

    With the Giro having such a hard first week, many riders seemed to take it as an active rest day. The guys that went full gas are the ones that have the toughest job today. Many riders train very long and hard on their TT bikes, but only the best ones can back up the next day with a strong ride in the mountains.


    CN: Were you surprised by Alberto's ride?

     

    Julich: I was not surprised at all with Alberto’s ride. He had a good look at it before the race started and knew what he had to do….especially in the second half of the race.

  119. 16:03:43 CEST

    And there are attacks from the break and Visconti and Siutsou have taken off.

  120. 16:03:02 CEST

    Paulinho continues to anchor himself to the back of the lead break even though a few riders have drifted back and made their feelings known. At the back of the peloton a few riders are starting to suffer and gaps are opening up on the climb as Tosatto sets the pace.

  121. 15:59:52 CEST

    We're closing in on the second climb of the day and we're happy to say that Bobby Julich will be joining us shortly for the rest of the stage.

  122. 15:58:37 CEST

    105km remaining from 165km

    Into the final 60km of racing and the gap has moved out to 3'19.

  123. 15:51:01 CEST

    Uran is just off the back of the bunch at the moment and is being paced back to the main group. No crash, it looks like he just stopped for a comfort break after the feedzone.

  124. 15:45:59 CEST

    The peloton now pass through the feedzone with 69km of racing remaining. Meanwhile the Tinkoff car reaches Paulinho and there's a brief discussion.

  125. 15:43:57 CEST

    Matteo Tosatto continues to lead the peloton and he'll do that as they approach the second climb of the day, the Passo Daone.

  126. 15:36:35 CEST

    Visconti continues to pull the break on a gentle rising climb and the gap continues to go out, it's up to 2'41 now.

  127. 15:33:17 CEST

    Rosa drifts back and seems to be trying to match Paulinho's tactic or is trying to encourage the Tinkoff rider to come through and work.

  128. 15:31:03 CEST

    The leaders would normally mind that Paulinho isn't working but there's an unspoken agreement  - it seems - that Tinkoff will let this move establish a lead if Paulinho's presence isn't questioned.

  129. 15:29:46 CEST

    Paulinho continues to just sit at the back of the break. Tosatto sets the pace and Contador pulls out of the line to just check on his gears.

  130. 15:29:03 CEST

    Here's where we were coming into the stage in terms of the KOM and with Intxausti the only rider in the top five to make the break, the blue jersey is finding a permanent home at Movistar.

     

    1 Benat Intxausti (Spa) Movistar Team 61 pts
    2 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin 53
    3 Carlos Betancur (Col) AG2R La Mondiale 46
    4 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 43
    5 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team 23

  131. 15:27:30 CEST

    Visconti looks to be letting his top ten ambitions go though because he's on the front and setting the pace for the break. His work takes the gap out to 1'54 as Tinkoff ease the pace slightly back in the bunch.

  132. 15:26:12 CEST

    Visconti is the highest place rider on GC in the move, 6'04 down on Contador. Movistar's ambitions of a stage, the KOM and moving Visconti into the top ten can dovetail nicely with Contador's overall aim of winning the race, and both teams are wise to this scenario. The gap to the break has moved out to 1'20 with 78km to go.

  133. 15:23:58 CEST

    A couple more riders have joined the break: Gavazzi and Bookwalter, according to race radio. Movistar in a strong position though with two men in the break as they look to secure the KOM jersey.

     

    1 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo 55:39:00
    2 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:02:28
    3 Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team 0:03:36
    4 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:04:14
    5 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:04:17
    6 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:04:50
    7 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:04:55
    8 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:04:56
    9 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:04:57
    10 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky 0:05:35

  134. 15:19:17 CEST

    And on the descent the leading groups has merged with Paulinho just drifting to the pack and policing his escape companions.

  135. 15:17:04 CEST

    The rest of the Tinkoff team have moved up to join the maglia rosa at the front of the peloton but they've let a counter attack go up the road, and indication that the pace is steady rather than frantic. The idea being that they want to see Paulinho establish a decent lead before the final climb of the day. The riders in the counter attack are Dupont, Montaguti, Rosa, and Siutsou.

  136. 15:14:38 CEST

    Contador is left with five men on the front of the peloton as we head into the final 90km of racing. The Spaniard has a man up the road and he's clearly trying to put Astana and Aru to bed while he has them on the back foot after yesterday's time trial.

  137. 15:12:10 CEST

    92km remaining from 165km

    Despite having a man out front, Tinkoff-Saxo are doing the pace setting on the front of the peloton and they're bringing riders back from the earlier escape. While out front Intxausti and Zakarin look like they want to wait for Pauhlino who is just 20 seconds back.

  138. 15:08:19 CEST

    Pauhlino was briefly with Siutsou on that descent but the Tinkoff-Saxo rider has dispatched with his companion and has cut the gap to the three leaders down to 25 seconds.

  139. 15:03:59 CEST

    Visconti is also hammering it down the descent and he's left his escape companions behind. They can't even see him as he flies around each bend.

  140. 15:02:49 CEST

    101km remaining from 165km

    Kantsantsin Siutsou has gone off in chase of our three leaders. He's caught some of the other chasers and he's flying down this descent.

  141. 14:57:56 CEST

    Behind them, Gilbert has attacked from the peloton. Interesting tactic by the BMC rider.

  142. 14:57:13 CEST

    There is no contest and Intxausti takes the points easily. The peloton is only 46 seconds behind them at the top of this climb.

  143. 14:56:03 CEST

    106km remaining from 165km

    The gap to the chasers continues to grow as our leaders drive for the top of this first climb. Visconti is doing most of the pace setting, but he'll surely move aside for Intxausti to take the points. Will these guys wait for the chasers after the KOM?

  144. 14:52:49 CEST

    Hang on we finally have sight on a five-man group who are trying to join the leaders, they are currently 18 seconds down.

  145. 14:51:37 CEST

    108km remaining from 165km

    Our three leaders have 36 seconds on the maglia rosa and it appears that the other chasers have been  brought back into the peloton.

  146. 14:50:14 CEST

    Intxausti has joined Visconti and Zakarin to make it a three-man group out front.

  147. 14:48:38 CEST

    Problem for Damiano Cunego, he appears to have crashed in the middle of the group. Unclear how he managed to come off going uphill.

  148. 14:47:32 CEST

    Here's how it looks out the moment, we've got Visconti and Zakarin up front, being chased by Intxausti. Behind the mountains classification leader is a four-man group, which contains Chaves. The peloton are behind that four-man group.

  149. 14:46:24 CEST

    Chaves has been dropped and it's just Visconti and Zakarin out front. Intxausti appears to be not too far behind them.

  150. 14:45:02 CEST

    The Orica GreenEdge rider is Esteban Chaves.

  151. 14:43:57 CEST

    Zakarin has gone with them and they've got a small lead on the chasers.

  152. 14:42:55 CEST

    Giavanni Visconti is also part of that group and he has tried to move clear, with an Orica-GreenEdge rider chasing him down.

  153. 14:41:55 CEST

    113km remaining from 165km

    A group of around 10 is attempting to escape, with more riders trying to bridge over. In the group is 11 winner Ilnur Zakarin.

  154. 14:40:02 CEST

    Attacks continue to come on the Fricca, the average speed over the first hour of racing has been speedy 47.9kph.

  155. 14:36:56 CEST

    115km remaining from 165km

    We mentioned the mountains classification before, there are 39 points up for grabs today in that competition. Here is how the classification stands at the moment.

     

    1 Benat Intxausti (Spa) Movistar Team 61 pts
    2 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin 53
    3 Carlos Betancur (Col) AG2R La Mondiale 46
    4 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 43
    5 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team 23
    6 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana Pro Team 19
    7 Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Team Katusha 15
    8 Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida 15
    9 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 15
    10 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 15

  156. 14:34:43 CEST

    A problem for Juan Jose Lobato as the road goes up, looks like he dropped his chain. He got a helping hand from a Bardiani rider so he could keep moving.

  157. 14:31:46 CEST

    119km remaining from 165km

    The peloton is strung out like a long snake under the high pace. They're on the lower slopes of the first climb of the day La Fricca, a second category ascent.

  158. 14:25:42 CEST

    122km remaining from 165km

    Nobody can get a clear gap at the moment with the peloton motoring along at over 50 kph. A lot can be gained today in the break with plenty of mountains points up for grabs.

  159. 14:21:19 CEST

    125km remaining from 165km

    A large group of around 20 riders now has a small advantage over the peloton.

  160. 14:19:24 CEST

    127km remaining from 165km

    The two riders have been caught but there is still plenty of action at the front of the group.

  161. 14:15:40 CEST

    Fabio Felline (Trek Factory Racing) and Francesco Bongiorno (Bardiani CSF) have gone off the front of the group.

  162. 14:10:22 CEST

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  163. 14:07:07 CEST

    The quick pace continues and peloton is still all together.

  164. 14:01:18 CEST

    Today's stage finishes at Madonna di Campiglio for only the second time in the Giro's history. The first time it hosted a stage finish was in 1999 where Marco Pantani stormed to victory in the pink jersey and had all but won the overall classification. Less than 24 hours later, Pantani was leaving the race after he tested for elevated haematocrit levels.

     

    Read Stephen Farrand's look back at that day, including an interview with Pantani's directeur sportif Giuseppe Martinelli.

  165. 13:53:30 CEST

    149km remaining from 165km

    After 16 kilometres the peloton are pushing a high pace and non riders have managed to break free.

  166. 13:51:34 CEST

    Confirmation that 177 riders signed on and we have two non-starters today, and they are Kristoff Vandewalle (Trek Factory Racing) and Oscar Gatto (Androni Giocattoli). Vandewalle put in a good time during yesterday's time trial to finish 12th. He is the first rider to leave for Trek while Gatto is Androni's second abandon.

  167. 13:45:23 CEST

    The riders are finally underway on this 165km ride to Madonna di Campiglio.

  168. 13:44:11 CEST

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  169. 13:41:25 CEST

    Alberto Contador on the start this morning.

     

  170. 13:37:51 CEST

    • Tinkoff-Saxo 2015 team jersey

    Alberto Contador's boss Oleg Tinkov flew into Italy yesterday to see his star rider take back the pink jersey. The Russian was very vocal in his belief that Contador will take the pink jersey all the way to Milan.

  171. 13:32:59 CEST

    If you're just joining us as the riders pass through the neutralised section, we can confirm that Richie Porte is riding today.

  172. 13:27:44 CEST

    And the riders are off through the short neutralised section.

  173. 13:24:25 CEST

    The jersey wearers are all lined up and ready to go as the last of the riders join the back of the peloton.

  174. 13:22:10 CEST

    Today's stage is just the second in the high mountains, and sees the riders take on three classified climbs, two of which are first category. Here's what the parcours looks like today.

     

  175. 13:19:56 CEST

    In his column for Gazzetta dello Sport, Paolo Bettini speculated that Alberto Contador might attack with 2km to go to deal another psychological blow to his rivals.

  176. 13:16:51 CEST

    • Pink Jersey

    The last of the riders make their way on stage, including maglia rosa Alberto Contador but only after a brief chat with Androni Giocattoli boss Gianni Savio.

  177. 13:15:23 CEST

    Aru had a very disappointing day yesterday. He'd been working in the wind tunnel over the winter but it didn't pay dividends. He was fairly pragmatic though when he spoke to the media afterwards. Read what he had to say after the stage.

  178. 13:13:41 CEST

    • Astana 2015 team jersey

    Former race leader and white jersey wearer Fabio Aru has said a few words to the media and is now being introduced to the crowd. He recieves a very big cheer.

  179. 13:10:57 CEST

    We're 15 minutes away from the neutral start and there is a flurry of riders coming to sign on and they're now queuing to put pen to paper ahead of the stage.

  180. 13:08:20 CEST

    • Pink Jersey

    Of course yesterday's stage has a huge impact on the overall classification with Alberto Contador taking back the pink jersey from Fabio Aru. He now has a 2:28 lead over the Italian.

     

    1 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo 55:39:00
    2 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:02:28
    3 Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team 0:03:36
    4 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:04:14
    5 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:04:17
    6 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:04:50
    7 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:04:55
    8 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:04:56
    9 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:04:57
    10 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky 0:05:35

  181. 13:05:54 CEST

    The riders are currently signing on, red jersey wearer Elia Viviani is on stage at the moment.

  182. 13:03:38 CEST

    Yesterday was a very tough day for the peloton, with the longest time trial in six years and rain falling hard throughout. There's going to be a few sore legs today. Vasil Kiryienka salvaged the day for Team Sky with the victory, this is how it finished yesterday.

     

    1 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky 1:17:52
    2 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:00:12
    3 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:14
    4 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:23
    5 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:01:09
    6 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team 0:01:17
    7 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:01:25
    8 Fabio Felline (Ita) TrekRacing 0:01:26
    9 Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:01:27
    10 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 0:01:36

  183. 12:59:26 CEST

    • Team Sky 2015 team jersey

    The news this morning is that Richie Porte will continue the Giro d'Italia, despite hinting yesterday that he might call it quits.

  184. 12:52:52 CEST

    Welcome to the second high mountain stage of this Giro d'Italia to Madonna di Campiglio. Mercifully for the riders it's dry today. There is even some blue sky in sight through the clouds above.

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