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Giro d'Italia • Stage15

Valdengo - Bergamo
Giro d'Italia - 21 May 2017

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That's all we've got time for today. Thanks very much for joining us. Tomorrow is a rest day at the Giro, but we'll be back on Tuesday with live coverage of stage 16, which travels 222km from Rovetta to Bormio in the Alps and contains ascents of the Passo del Mortirolo, Passo dello Stelvio and Umbrailpass, so it should be a belter. See you then.


That was a seriously fast stage. The riders averaged 46kmh, which meant they finished more than 20 minutes ahead of the fastest schedule.


Reaction from Dumoulin: "It was a hard day, a very high average [speed]. We had a breakway, but a lot of teams weren't happy and they kept attacking. After 110km, the real breakaway finally formed. A lot of favourites attacked at the end, but we stayed calm and it was a good day for us."


Reaction from Jungels: "I'm super-happy with this victory. I knew I had good legs. I was good on the climbs and in the final. The final climb was a bit longer than I expected, but on the downhill I was in a good position. The sprint was perfect. I got on the wheel of Pozzovivo, started the sprint at the right moment and it was perfect. A stage of the Giro is incredible, and in front of these guys is unbelievable."


That was clever from Quintana at the end there. He recognised Jungels was the fastest sprinter and sat on the Quick-Step man's wheel. Quintana couldn't come around Jungels, but he used the slipstream to take second place on the day and six bonus seconds.



Here's Jungels crossing the line:


Quintana picked up six bonus seconds, which means he reduces Dumoulin's overall lead to 2'41".


Stage 15 result

1 Jungels

2 Quintana

3 Pinot

4 Yates

5 Pozzovivo

6 Patrick Konrad

7 Vincenzo Nibali

8 Tom Dumoulin

9 Ilnur Zakarin

10 Bauke Mollema


The race favourites sprinted for the line, and it was Jungels who comfortably came out on top. Dumoulin finished in the lead group to retain his overall lead.


Nairo Quintana finishes second.


Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors) wins stage 15 of the Giro d'Italia in a sprint.


Quintana in front group. Bauke Mollema attacks.


Jungels leads them under flamme rouge. Lead group of seven riders.


Quintana slightly distanced. He's in a group about 5sec down. Jungels attacks again.


Tom Dumoulin joins lead group. Nibali had been driving hard but he wasn't pulling away and so has sat up.


They're over the top and descending. Nibali leading Pozzovivo, Jungels, Thibaut Pinot and Adam Yates,


Nibali catches and passes Jungels. So too does Pozzovivo.


Attacks from behind now as Domenico Pozzovivo and Nibali kick.


Jungels has 25m over the rest of the field and is driving hard.


Breakaway caught. Bob Jungels attacks.


Gap down to seven seconds. Final climb about to start. Bahrain-Merida still on the front of the peloton.


Here's Kangert's crash:


Bahrain-Merida have hit the front. They're looking to set up Nibali. The gap is down to 11 seconds.


The front five's lead is now 17 seconds. Just over 2km to the start of the climb.


Sanchez, Deignan, Molard, Van Rensburg and Rolland are still out front, but their lead is now down to 19 seconds. It's tough to see them hanging on over this last climb.


Huge crash in the peloton, and it's Astana's Tanel Kangert who hits the deck. He was unsighted and hit a small traffic island with a little post on it. He flew over the top of his handlebars and landed hard.


Bahrain-Merida sit just behind ORICA-SCOTT in second place in the peloton. This finish - climb and then descent - should suit Vincenzo Nibali perfectly.


ORICA-SCOTT continue to lead the peloton. Adam Yates must be feeling good because the Australian team have done a lot of work on the front today.


Rolland looks like he's getting the hunger knock. He's just asked the neutral service car for a gel, but they didn't have one and he's not allowed to receive food at this point anyway. The gap to the peloton is down to 25 seconds.


One more climb to go, but it's uncategorised. It starts about 4.6km from the finish, is about 1.2km long and has a maximum gradient of 12 per cent. A couple of sections of it are on cobbles.


The riders have just finished the descent and the gap between the lead five and the peloton is holding at 33 seconds.


Crash in the peloton. Two Cannondale-Drapac riders, including Davide Formolo, and Team Sky's Kenny Elissonde go down and they look hurt.


Rolland is struggling to keep pace with Sanchez, Deignan, Molard and Van Rensburg on the descent and is in danger of being dropped. ORICA-SCOTT continue to lead the peloton down the descent, 34 seconds back.


ORICA-SCOTT are leading the peloton down the descent and have cut the front group's lead to 32 seconds. A breakaway win today is looking unlikely.


So far, so good for race leader Tom Dumoulin:


This is a seriously technical descent, containing no fewer than 19 hairpins. Having crashed on the last descent, this will be a nervous next 10 minutes or so for Nairo Quintana.


Rolland leads the five leaders iver the summit of Selvino, 42 seconds ahead of the peloton. Everyone is now descending.


Here was Quintana's crash:


Quintana crashed when he overshot a right-hand turn on the descent. He's now safely back up at the front, just behind Vincenzo Nibali and Tom Dumoulin.


Janse van Rensburg, Deignan and Molard have now been caught by Sanchez and Rolland, so the lead group is up to five. They lead the peloton by just 46 seconds after ORICA-SCOTT's injection of pace.


Quintana had to stop for a bike change because it seems he crashed on the descent from the first climb. He looks uninjured.


The front three are now only 23 seconds ahead of the chasing quartet, but their lead over the peloton is up to 1'15". Quintana is making his way back up through the peloton. ORICA-SCOTT have now hit the front of the peloton with Carlos Verona.


Nairo Quintana (Movistar) has to stop for a bike change. Terrible timing because the pace is back in the peloton after Quick-Step Floors and Bahrain-Merida moved to the front and upped the pace.


The three groups have just finished the descent down from the summit of Miragolo San Salvatore and are now starting up the second climb of the day, the category-two ascent to Selvino. It's 6.9km long and has a maximum gradient of nine per cent.


Rolland has now caught up with Amezqueta and Barbin, who had been in the breakaway, and that trio has also been joined by the attacking Sanchez. So the situation is:

Deignan / Van Rensburg / Molard - 32" - Rolland / Amezqueta / Barbin / Sanchez - 52" - Peloton.


Janse van Rensburg leads Molard and then Deignan over the summit of Miragolo San Salvatore. Rolland follows 39 seconds later, nine seconds ahead of Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana), who has just attacked out of the peloton. The peloton is now 1'02" down on the breakaway.


Now Julen Amezqueta is dropped out of the breakaway, so the leader group is down to just Janse van Rensburg, Deignan and Molard. They're 46 seconds ahead of Rolland and 57 seconds ahead of the peloton.


Barbin has been dropped out of the breakaway, so the lead group is now down to four with a gap of 55 seconds. Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac) has attacked out of the peloton and is between the peloton and the breakaway.


Here's the peloton:


Just a quick reminder of today's profile. The riders are currently tackling the day's first categorised climb.

Giro Stage 15

Team Sunweb have eased off the pace on the front of the bunch and have allowed the five leaders to stretch their lead back out to 53 seconds.


There are just five breakaway riders left in the lead of the race: Enrico Barbin, Rudy Molard, Jacques Janse van Rensburg, Philip Deignan and Julen Amezqueta. Another four breakaway riders are 32 seconds back, and then peloton is now 49 seconds adrift. Fernando Gaviria had been in the break but has now been dropped and caught by the peloton.


Having just buried himself on the front of the peloton, ORICA-SCOTT's Caleb Ewan has just abandoned the race. That's no surprise given that he's a sprinter and there are no more sprint stages left. Bora-hansgrohe's Rudiger Selig abandoned earlier in the day.


ORICA-SCOTT have run out of men and Team Sunweb have consequently taken back over on the front to the peloton. The gap to the breakaway is now holding at about 45 seconds.


The breakaway has already split in two on the lower slopes of the climb. Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) and Philip Deignan (Team Sky) are among the five in the front group.


The riders are now about to start up the first of the day's two categorised climbs, the category-two Miragolo San Salvatore. It is 9.8km long and has a maximum gradient of 11 per cent, although the average grdient is a gentler seven per cent.


This breakaway is looking increasingly doomed because ORICA-SCOTT have now cut the gap down to 56 seconds.


Wow. ORICA-SCOTT have strung out the peloton so much that we're now seeing splits towards the back. The breakaway's gap is now down to 1'31".


The gap continues to fall and now stands at 1'48". Caleb Ewan, ORICA-SCOTT's sprinter, is currently setting the pace on the front of the peloton and has it strung out in a long line. Eurosport summariser and reigning British national champion Adam Blythe remains convinced the break will stay away to the finish, though.


The breakaway's lead had earlier reached two and a half minutes, but it's now back down at 2'06" and it's still ORICA-SCOTT who are chipping away at it on the front of the peloton. They definitely look like they want to bring the escape back.


Here are the breakaway riders, being driven on by Fernando Gaviria:


Bizarrely, the team setting the pace on the front of the peloton is not race leader Tom Dumoulin's Team Sunweb, but ORICA-SCOTT. They're not in the breakaway, so maybe the Australian team want to bring it back after all. Adam Yates would be their best bet for a stage win on today's finish. The gap is now 2'28".


The breakaway's lead is now up to 1'56" and Adam Blythe, who is currently summarising alongside Rob Hatch in the Eurosport commentary box, thinks this group of 10 will stay away all the way to the finish.


The riders in the new breakaway are: Enrico Battaglin (LottoNL-Jumbo), Enrico Barbin (Bardiani-CSF), Rudy Molard (FDJ.fr), Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors), Silvan Dilier (BMC Racing), Evgeny Shalunov (Gazprom-RusVelo), Simone Petilli (UAE Team Emirates), Philip Deignan (Team Sky), Jacques Janse van Rensburg (Dimension Data) and Julen Amezqueta (Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia). Their lead is now 47 seconds and continues to grow. The pace in the peloton has been knocked off.


A new 10-man breakaway has formed and has opened up a lead of 28 seconds. Let's see if the peloton lets it go. Things look calm-ish in the bunch, so there's a good chance it will.


All of the five initial breakaway riders have now been caught, so we're getting fresh attacks out of the peloton as riders try to form a new breakaway. The pace is still through the roof and the average speed after 107km of racing is now a whopping 52.1kmh.


To give you an idea of how today's stage finish might play out, the final kilometres are the same as last year's Il Lombardia. That day Esteban Chaves (ORICA-SCOTT) sprinted to victory ahead of Diego Rosa (then Astana) and Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac). Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale) finished six seconds later in fourth, but it was 1'19" before fifth-placed Davide Villella (Cannondale-Drapac) crossed the line. It shows that gaps are not only possible today, but they could also be substantial.


This is getting a bit ridiculous now. The pace in the peloton is still sky high as teams try to add riders to the breakaway, but all the attacks are being chased down. The relentless speed has cut the leading five's gap to 10 seconds, and as I write, Devenyns has cearly had enough and so has just attacked to move into a solo lead.


The breakaway quintet continue to dangle just 31 seconds in front of the peloton. The chase back in the bunch has led to a lightning-fast pace today and at this rate, they're going to be finishing well ahead of schedule.


With a definite escape group still to form, Brian Smith and Adam Blythe discuss Team Sky's chances of breakaway win today:


The breakaway quintet are still up the road, but their lead remains at just 14 seconds. We're seeing some fresh attacks out of the peloton, but no one has been allowed to go clear as yet. Today has potential for a breakaway winner, so forming the escape was always going to be a complicated affair.


The riders have just gone through the day's first intermediate sprint, with Zhupa leading fellow escapees Barta and Hofland over the line for maximum points.


Here's The Coach, Brian Smith, giving his thoughts on today's stage:


Live coverage is just starting over on Eurosport 1 and we've currently got the breakaway on screen, but their gap is down to just 11 seconds and it looks like they're going to be caught.


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Five riders have broken away from the peloton, but they have only been given a lead of just over 30 seconds so far. They are Jeremy Roy (FDJ.fr), Jan Barta (Bora-hansgrohe), Moreno Hofland (Lotto Soudal), Dries Devenyns (Quick-Step Floors) and Eugert Zhupa (Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia). Cannondale-Drapac are on the front of the peloton and seem intent to chase the escapees down.


Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) started today's stage with a healthy 2'47" lead over second-placed Nairo Quintana (Movistar) following his impressive win on the summit finish at Oropa on stage 14. Thibaut Pinot (FDJ.fr) is 3'25" down in third overall, while Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) is 3'40" adrift in fourth.


The stage got underway a few minutes ago, and here was the scene.


Here's the profile of today's stage.

Giro Stage 15

Hello and welcome along to our live coverage of stage 15 of the Giro d’Italia. Today’s route takes the riders 199km from Valdengo to Bergamo in the foothills of the Alps. After a flat first 150km, the peloton will tackle two back-to-back categorised climbs and then a short and sharp uncategorised climb just before the finish. It should be an exciting finale, with the potential for time gaps – albeit small ones – between the overall contenders.