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Innichen - Piancavallo
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Giro d'Italia • Stage19

Innichen - Piancavallo
Giro d'Italia - 26 May 2017

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Here was the moment Mikel Landa took his win...


Confirmation of the new top ten - with Quintana in pink and the top six separated by only 1min 30sec. What a race this is proving to be.


Today's stage result: Landa takes the win for Team Sky.


Nairo Quintana will be back in pink today after taking just over a minute on Dumoulin today. He leads the Dutchman by 38 seconds. This race is perfectly poised with two days still to go.


Here comes Tom Dumoulin - he's fighting for everything. He will lose the maglia rosa but he will be within striking distance as long as he stays in touch tomorrow...


Pinot takes six seconds on that duo, and then another six or so to the others...


Pinot comes home and he will gain time on his rivals - he's really digging in, but has Pozzovivo and Zakarin behind and closing in...


We haven't had any time checks for ages, but Pinot is on the home straight...


We haven't seen Pinot for ages, but he's up the road somewhere. Zakarin and Pozzovivo still have a gap - and Nibali and Quintana put in a dig, but can't drop Hirt or Mollema.


As it stands, Dumoulin is 40 seconds back - so he's out of the maglia rosa, but the gap is small, and he holds that time trial card up his sleeve...


Meanwhile, the big favourites still have 3km to go - and it's Visconti setting the tempo for Nibali, but no one appears to have any strength left... Until Zakarin attacks, taking Pozzovivo with him. No time check with Pinot yet - unless he's already been reeled in.


Will it be a third second-place finish for that man Rui Costa? And it is, indeed. The Portugues jumps clear of Rolland to take second, with the Frenchman in third.


It's third time lucky for Landa, who takes a win after those two runner-up spots in the past few days.


Under the flamme rouge for Mikel Landa...


Support for both Nibali and Quintana, who pick up team-mates Visconti and Rojas respectively. They were in the break earlier and can now help pace them these final moments.


Costa and Rolland are now 1:45 behind Landa, who looks all but sure of winning today.


Scare for Quintana after the Colombian is momentarily dropped after Zakarin and Nibali put in a big acceleration. Mollema, Pozzovivo, Yates and the impressive Jan Hirt are still there. Quintana manages to close it.


No reaction from anyone yet as Pinot continues his attack...


Dumoulin still rides solo as he tries to return to his rivals - but the gap is still over 30 seconds for the Dutchman, so he may lose his maglia rosa today...


Attack from Thibaut Pinot of FDJ! The Frenchman zips clear of the favourites to strike first blood on this climb. He's a threat to Nibali's place on the podium, so expect a reaction from the Italian soon.


Rolland has joined Costa in pursuit of Landa, but they're one minute down still.


Dumoulin on his own now after Geschke hits the wall and peels back. The maglia rosa will have to do it by himself now - and he's in the dancing position as be strives to cut the deficit. Still no moves ahead from the other GC favourites, with Pellizotti setting the tempo.


Steven Kruijswijk has been dropped by this main pack now - and he can't keep up with Dumoulin, who rides on in pursuit with Geschke. They're still 20-odd seconds back, so it's touch and go for the maglia rosa. But he's done well to limit his losses - they have passed the steepest gradient, and he will get better as the road flattens.


Dumoulin is dropping back even further now - it looks like he's starting to really suffer. The gap is 20 seconds but he's digging in. As for Landa, he now has one minute over Costa.


Again, Dumoulin drops back. He's being paced by Geschke, but the gap is growing now. Quintana has a look back and is aware of the situation - and the 14% section is yet to come... Still, it's Pellizotti who sets the tempo for Nibali, with Mollema and Pinot there.


It's worth remembering that Costa, too, has finished runner-up twice in this Giro too - in stage 11 to Bagno di Romagna, and stage 17 to Canazei. The Portuguese trails the Spaniard by 20 seconds now as Landa continues his ride to glory.


Dumoulin is rallying. He's near the back of this main pack but he's talking to team-mate Geschke, and just behind Zakarin, so it's not all bad news. On the front, it's Winner Anacona paving the way for Movistar team-mate Quintana. They're on the 10% section, while the leaders - Landa and Costa - are on the 14% ramp.


Landa has caught and passed Costa, with Rolland a bit further down the road. Landa knows that he must make the difference on this steeper part of the climb - and he also knows that he needs to arrive at the finish on his own, or risk losing out in a sprint for a third time in four days.


Dumoulin managed to fight back on with the group of favourites, but he's now struggling to hang on. He was always going to find the opening half of this climb tough - now it's a case of damage limitation before it flattens out over the final third. That's where he will look to limit his losses.


Costa, who did manage to ride clear earlier, has caught and dropped Sanchez on the front. Sanchez was trying to win for his late team-mate Michele Scarponi, but he's struggling now - and Landa passes him, then Rolland.


TROUBLE FOR DUMOULIN: The pink jersey is distanced by the other favourites as this climb starts to get steeper...


FLASH POINT: Eugenio Alafaci of Trek throws a bidon at Rory Sutherland (Movistar) on the front of the main pack as they start the climb.


Henao opens up a small gap behind before Costa puts in an attack. He's reeled in by this small group that includes Rolland, Henao and Landa.


Four times a stage winner in the Tour de France, Sanchez has never won on the Giro - and he hasn't won in a Grand Tour since 2012. Could today change that? He has 33 seconds over the chasers.


Henao, Rolland, Landa and Costa lead the chase in the break - they trail Sanchez by 45 seconds now. The peloton has closed the gap to 9:35 as they continue their approach to the foot of the climb.


We're onto the final climb, the Cat.1 Piancavallo (13.8km at 8.1% with a maximum of 14%).


Sanchez and Molard have opened up a gap of 35 seconds as they swing onto the final climb to Piancavallo - and the Spaniard drops the Frenchman almost instantly.


Almost time for these two to resume their battle...


The route takes the riders across a series of high and structurally imposing bridges as they zip over almost-dry river beds as they continue towards the foot of this final climb, which is where the fireworks should resume after this hiatus. The gap is still 11 minutes for the leaders - just as Luis Leon Sanchez puts in a big attack from the break. Rudy Molard is the man who leads the chase.


Bahrain Merida, Movistar, Sunweb and CCC Sprandi Polkowice have all come to the front of the peloton ahead of this climb. Meanwhile, back with the break and Luis Leon Sanchez appears to have been eating for the best part of 20km. He's still masticating as he comes to the front for a turn. The gap is 11:45.


And still the gap grows - it's up to 12 minutes now for the leaders. Here's what the riders have in store for that final climb to Piancavallo, courtesy of Juan Antonio Flecha, doing his best Peter Sagan impression...


Eros Capecchi darts clear of the break to mop up the points at the intermediate sprint and help protect the lead of Quick-Step Floors team-mate Fernando Gaviria in the maglia ciclamino points classification. Rolland takes second place as the gap grows to 11 minutes for these 18 riders in the break.


One of the big favourites will be Mikel Landa, who has a practically unassailable lead in the maglia azzurra KOM standings. The Spaniard had 189pts this morning with his nearest rival being compatriot Luis Leon Sanchez on 108pts followed by fellow Basque, Omar Fraile on 104pts. Remember, Landa has twice finished second in this race - missing out to Nibali at Bormio three days ago and Van Garderen yesterday at Ortisei.


It feels like a totally different stage now that things have calmed down after that truly explosive opening couple of hours. The gap for this large leading group is up to 10 minutes now and so the winner will certainly come from here.


So, some very solid climbers up the road. On paper, the favourites look like Sanchez, Landa, Rolland, Costa and Plaza. Or will one of the outsiders come good - one of the Bardiani or Wilier riders, perhaps?


The two groups have come together: the initial six leaders - Pello Bilbao and Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana), Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac), Evgeny Shalunov (Gazprom-Rusvelo), Sebastian Henao (Sky) and Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) - have been joined by Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain-Merida), Clement Chevrier (Ag2r La Mondiale), Nicola Boem, Lorenzo Rota (Bardiani-CSF), Rudy Molard (FDJ), Jose Herrada, Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar), Ruben Plaza (Orica-Scott), Eros Capecchi (Quick-Step Floors), Mikel Landa (Team Sky), Matteo Busato and Ilia Koshevoy (Wilier-Southeast). The gap is now seven minutes.


Puncture for the maglia rosa... he needs a front wheel change. Gosh, he's been up against it today, eh? "Attack, attack, attack!" says Sean Kelly in the Eurosport commentary box...


And now it has been confirmed by the Sunweb DS that Dumoulin WAS NOT having a comfort break when that earlier attack came. So I guess we can put that rumour to bed now... at least until after the stage.


The gap is growing considerably: the leaders now have more than six minutes on the pack, with the large chasing group 25 seconds down. So it seems that the winner today will come from these two groups. Perhaps it will be third time lucky for Mikel Landa?


The pack has really swelled up now after that truce - and look, the maglia rosa has now been joined by four Sunweb team-mates, including strong climbers Geschke and ten Dam. That will be music to Dumoulin's ears.


It's a strong chasing group with the likes of Visconti, Chevrier, Boem, Rota, Molard, Herrada, Rojas, Plaza, Capecchi and Landa among those in it. They're 40 seconds back on the leaders so expect the two groups to join soon ahead of the final climb.


The first break has one minute on the chasing group with the main pack now 3:45 back after really easing up. Understandable, given how those last two hours were ridden full throttle.


A chasing group has formed while the big favourites take some time out - with Dumoulin currently riding back with his team car, picking up a fresh bidon and some food. Go easy on the gels, Tom! Movistar have two riders in this chasing group and Bahrain have won - in stark contrast to Sunweb, who have no riders anywhere near the front, just Dumoulin. Mikel Landa is here too for Sky.


As the road flattens out, the pace in the main pack slows considerably, allowing a counter attack from five riders - including Movistar's Jose Joaquin Rojas. Incidentally, it was the Spanish national champion Rojas who, apparently was shadowing Dumoulin earlier in the stage, and then radioed into his team-mates when the Dutchman was taking a comfort break, informing them that now was the time to attack... If true, that's pretty damning.


The gap for the six leaders is up to 58 seconds now on this descent. Remember, there's a long plateau ahead of the final climb so it could well all come back together before the final climb - with team-mates rejoining this very small select pack to help out some of the big guns. Perhaps not for Dumoulin, though...


Dumoulin has learned from his mistakes and is near the front on this descent, with Quintana right in his wheel. Apparently Amador is back, so the Colombian has a team-mate ahead of the final climb.


Sebastian Henao defends the KOM lead of team-mate Mikel Landa by cresting the summit in pole position. The pink jersey group comes over 39 seconds down - and it includes, incidentally, that man Landa, who has twice missed out on stage wins in the past few days, losing sprints to Nibali and Van Garderen.


Evgeny Shalunov, who was in the initial break, is also in this new break that formed after Sanchez's attack. They have 2km until the summit. The six leaders are: Henao, Sanchez, Bilbao, Rolland, Costa and Shalunov. Their advantage is 23 seconds.


Sanchez has 16 seconds now as Costa and Rolland lead the chase. Back with the main pack and it's Jungels and Devenyns who are setting the tempo. Sanchez is caught by the chasers, who are joined by Sebastian Henao of Team Sky and Bilbao. Meanwhile, the big guns are taking the opportunity to drop back to their team cars - probably for sustenance after missing the feed zone earlier.


ATTACKS: Sensing a GC stalemate for the moment, a number of riders from the initial break try their luck. It's Rui Costa and Pierre Rolland who first ping clear alongside Pello Bilbao - but then the latter's Astana team-mate uses the move as a springboard for his own attack around 3km from the summit.


Time to take a breather and enjoy the astonishing views for a moment during this lull...


It's all back together! It will be intriguing to see if any words are exchanged between Dumoulin and his rivals, or if the Dutchman will let it lie, learn from his mistakes, and let his legs do the talking...


Franco Pellizotti, the 39-year-old local veteran, sets the tempo for his Bahrain team-mate Nibali. Behind, Pinot is there with FDJ team-mate Reichenbach, and then we have Katusha's Zakarin and Quintana, who no longer has any Movistar team-mates it seems.


The latest we're hearing - this time from the Sunweb team car - is that the attack came when Dumoulin was taking a comfort break... so it looks like this will rumble on and on today, and beyond. Meanwhile, on the road, there's still 22 seconds separating the leaders and the Dumoulin chase group.


It's over for the break, which is caught by the Quintana-Nibali-Pinot group. Behind, it's Dumoulin, Mollema, Kruijswijk and Yates who are all on the front of the chasing group, 28 seconds down.


Bahrain Merida and Movistar are driving a fierce pace on the climb - and so they should be, because the Dumoulin group is still behind on this climb. Bahrain have split this leading pack to pieces and there's a select group on the front with Quintana, Nibali, Jungels, Pinot, Pozzovivo, Zakarin and 10 or so others - they're 15 seconds behind the break now, with the Dumoulin group - with Mollema and Kruijswijk and Yates - still 30 seconds back.


The break is onto the Cat.2 Sella Chianzutan (11.8km at 6.1% and a maximum gradient of 11%). The tweet below was clearly written before Dumoulin was caught out dozing... the Dutchman will start the climb behind and will have ground to cover up.


The gaps are coming down now: just one minute for the break, with the Dumoulin pack 25 seconds behind the Bahrain-Merida-led first pack, which includes Nibali, Quintana, Pinot and Pozzovivo. The second climb is coming right up...


The latest coming from Brian Smith, our Eurosport "Coach", is that there was not a toilet break involved - Dumoulin and his Sunweb team-mates were just caught out sleeping towards the back just as some splits started to form on the descent. Meanwhile, the break - who only have 1:15 now - have passed through the feedzone. But with the race on, not many riders will slow for a musette.


Because of the fierce battle going on for pink and podium places, the Movistar-Bahrain-FDJ pack has slashed the lead of the break to 1:35. It's all the Dutch riders who have been caught out, so we have Kruijswijk, Mollema and Dumoulin in the second pack, 2:22 down - so they have about 50 seconds to close, still. They will probably get back on, but it could take its toll on the final climb to Piancavallo. But not just for Dumoulin and the chasers - the others may tire themselves out riding too hard, too early.


It's definitely all happening - and here you can see the gap between the two parts of the peloton. The break are still three odd minutes ahead of the first chasing pack. If those rumours about Dumoulin being attacked when going to the loo are true, then there will be some heated exchanges later on - especially in the light of all that has gone on before in this race...


News coming in that the split happened when Tom Dumoulin was having a comfort break... with the maglia rosa off the back, his rivals turned the hammer. This is going to get very spicy indeed. What has worked in favour for Dumoulin is the fact that Yates is also in this second peloton, so Orica-Scott are helping lead the chase. The time gap is said to be down to just 15 seconds, so either there are some GPS issues, or the first gap was exaggerated. Either way, fascinating stuff.


Wow, it's not looking good for Dumoulin... there's already a two-minute gap between this splinter group of the main pack, which broke clear earlier on this descent. Quintana, Nibali and Pinot are all on the right side of the split...


PINK JERSEY IN TROUBLE: There's been a split in the peloton on this descent and Tom Dumoulin is on the wrong side of it. Movistar, Bahrain Merida and FDJ are driving the pace in the leading pack, with Dumoulin now needing his Sunweb team-mates and the LottoNL-Jumbo team-mates of compatriot Steven Kruijswijk to lead the chase. It's all happening.


The gap of the 14-man break is up to 5min 30sec on this long descent.


One of the big subplots yesterday was the battle for the maglia bianca, with Britain's Adam Yates benefitting from some strong work by his Orica-Scott team to rise into the top ten and jump above his white jersey rivals Bob Jungels and Davide Formolo. The three riders are in ninth, tenth and eleventh place respectively, with just 28 seconds separating Yates and Jungels, who was dropped by the main pack on the third of five climbs yesterday. Formolo is 53 seconds down in what seems to be a three-horse race. But with Luxembourg's Jungels the best time trialler of the three, there is a lot to be fought for before Sunday's Milano TT.


We pick up the race LIVE now as that 14-man break approach a long 40km descent towards the feed zone and the second categorised climb of the day, having tackled the uncategorised ascent to Sappada and the intermediate sprint. Some interesting names in this break, not least former world champion Rui Costa, stage 17 winner Pierre Rolland, Belgian soon-to-be-farmer Jurgen van den Broeck, and one of Nairo Quintana's domestiques, Jose Herrada.


Giulio Ciccone (Bardiani-CSF) and Lars Bak (Lotto Soudal) were in the day's initial five-man break alongside Bilbao, Paterski and Teklehaimanot but they were dropped on the first climb as the break was bolstered with a dozen extra riders from the peloton.


At the intermediate sprint at Sappada, the Belgian Devenyns took the spoils ahead of Teklehaimanot. The gap was up to over four minutes for the 14 leaders.


On the long descent from the summit the break managed to open up a gap approaching four minutes. They are: Clement Chevrier (Ag2R-La Mondiale), Pello Bilbao (Astana), Nicola Boem (Bardiani-CSF), Gregor Mühlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe), Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac), Maciej Paterski (CCC Sprandi Polkowice), Tobias Ludvigsson (FDJ), Evgeny Shalunov (Gazprom-Rusvelo), Jose Herrada (Movistar), Dries Devenyns (Quick-Step Floors), Daniel Teklehaimanot (Dimension Data), Jurgen van den Broeck (LottoNL-Jumbo), Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) and Ilia Koshevoy (Wilier-Selle Italia).


Pello Bilbao (Astana) crested the Cat.3 Monte Croce in pole position at the head of a 14-man break.


With the sun shining, the remaining 165 riders rolled out of San Candido, Innichen to get this stage under way.


This is what's on the agenda today for the riders: two categorised climbs, some sizeable descents and a long false flat of a drag ahead of the final Cat.1 climb where this year’s Giro could well be won or lost.


And despite their heated words yesterday, it was all smiles for Dumoulin and Nibali at the start... but will, as the Italian suggested, karma come back and bite the Dutchman today?


Here are the classification leaders at the start of today's stage, with - left to right - Mikel Landa in the maglia azzurra, Tom Dumoulin in the maglia rosa, Fernando Gaviria in the maglia ciclamino and Adam Yates in the maglia bianca.


With three stages remaining of the 100th edition of La Corsa Rosa, Dumoulin leads Movistar’s Quintana by 31 seconds and Bahrain Merida’s Nibali by 1min 12secs. FDJ’s Pinot – the big winner yesterday – has closed the gap by over a minute to 1min 36sec while Zakarin of Katusha-Alpecin is 1min 58sec down in fifth.


Yesterday, American Tejay Van Garderen clinched his maiden Grand Tour scalp on Stage 18, edging out Mikel Landa of Spain in a two-way sprint on a dramatic day in the Dolomites. The BMC all-rounder outfoxed fellow escapee Landa of Team Sky to take an emotional win while the fireworks fizzled behind as the battle for pink intensified at the conclusion of the stunning 137km stage over five beautiful – yet gruelling – climbs. Frenchman Thibaut Pinot pipped Italy’s Domenico Pozzovivo for third place eight seconds in arrears after the duo took advantage of a stalemate between the maglia rosa, Tom Dumoulin, and his two big rivals, Nairo Quintana and Vincenzo Nibali, on the final climb.


Hello and welcome to live coverage of stage 19 of the Giro d'Italia, a rolling 191km ride from San Candido which concludes with the brutal climb to Piancavallo - potentially the last spot for am ambush for many of the GC favourites...