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Carpi - Novi Ligure
Giro d'Italia • Stage11

Carpi - Novi Ligure
Giro d'Italia - 22 May 2019

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Replays show that Viviani made a hash of that - jumping off Sabatini's wheel where there was more space in favour of following Ackermann. But when the sprint opened up, the Italian had no space and had to check his speed twice as Ewan surged to the line to beat Demare by a bike length.


That was a real drag race - an interminable sprint which the Australian led for a long time. Ewan holds off Arnaud Demare and Pascal Ackermann for his second win, with an out-of-sorts Viviani in fourth ahead of Nizzolo.


Victory for Caleb Ewan of Lotto Soudal!


Now Viviani comes up with Sabatini - but has he kept it too late...


Now Groupama and Bora come to the front for Demare and Ackermann...


Under the flamme rouge and it's Conor Dunne on the front for his Israel CA teammate Cimolai.


Now it's getting faster and messier in this strong cross-headwind. Groupama and Bora primed, Viviani and Ewan a little bit further back.


Dimension Data now take up the baton for Giacomo Nizzolo.


Another CCC rider comes to the front - it's Cerny - so Mareczko has two riders with him now.


Knees' attack - which was more of a protest against the slow pace - came to nothing as CCC Team come to the front for their man Jakub Mareczko. Groupama just behind as they swing through that bend and onto the home straight.


With the engines of Guarnieri, Ludvigsson and Sinkeldam on hand, Demare has a very good lead out. And this will test them: an attack from distance from Christian Knees of Team Ineos.


Mitchelton Scott and Bahrain Merida have moved up on the left to protect Yates and Nibali. Jumbo Visma are sheltering the maglia rosa elect, Roglic. Movistar have Carapaz and Landa on the front, too. Viviani is on Sabatini's wheel but they have lost their two other QuickStep teammates on the front. It's very messy.


QuickStep lead the pack now as they enter the outskirts of Novi Ligure - that big left turn, at the Museo dei Campionissimi, coming up in 3km.


All the big sprinters and GC hopes are riding in team formation at the moment in a bid to stay near the front and avoid any crashes or splits.


Ten clicks to go now in this final bunch sprint finale ahead of the mountains.


Viviani is sat on teammate Fabio Sabatini's back wheel and behind another three QuickStep riders. It's the calm before the storm.


The finish in Novi Ligure today is just down the road from Fausto Coppi’s old house and a stone’s throw from the Museo dei Campionissimi dedicated to the five-time Giro winner and his champion of champions predecessor Costante Girardengo, another resident of what used to be Italy’s capital of cycling. After a tight right-bend, the final home straight is 3km long and rises slightly to the line, with a cross-headwind on the cards.


The peloton is stretched across a wide road - the widest, surely, we have seen in this year's race. Aerial images show the pack as wide as it is long - it's that wide.


Thomas De Gendt leads the peloton through the road-furniture obstacle course that is Tortona. Movistar have come to the front to keep their men out of trouble.


By waiting to the 25km mark, Marco Frapporti brok the 800km barrier for this year's Giro. He's on to 801km in breakaways now.


It's all over for the break who shake hands and sit up before being swallowed back into the pack just ahead of the 25km banner. Now, will anyone put in a counter-attack? Lotto and QuickStep are on the front to ensure that doesn't happen...


You have to go back to the Giro in 2015 for a Grand Tour where QuickStep have not picked up a win in the first 10 days. After Viviani's three second places and one overturned win, surely today's the day to end that run - in the home town of Fausto Coppi and Costante Girardengo...


It's Maestri who takes the points ahead of Frapporti and Cima in Pontecurone, the riders also pocketing 3-2-1 bonus seconds in that same order. Their gap is back up to 1'30".


There's a general slowing up in the peloton - perhaps because of the realisation that they're reeling in these three riders a bit too soon. There are also reports of winds ahead and at the finish and so things are a bit nervous: a cross headwind expected for the finish.


We're not too far away from the second intermediate sprint. With the gap down to 1'45" for the leaders, surely it will be their lash hurrah. There are no maglia ciclamino points available for the second sprints, remember, so there should be a ceasefire between Demare and Ackermann.


So, will Viviani finally get the monkey off his back or will he succumbed to what must be ridiculous crazy pressure bordering on Will-Cav-Win-In-Harrogate-And-Take-The-Yellow-Jersey proportions. The Italian champion is riding with his Deceuninck-QuickStep teammates and looks pretty serene for now. Instead of following the wrong wheel again today I suggest he trails his own blaze and launches first.


Just over two minutes now for the three leaders as they enter the final 50km. Mikkel Honore of QuickStep is on the front with Miles Scotson of Groupama lending a hand. Lotto Soudal have Thomas De Gendt there, too, while Androni have their entire team - except their man in the break, Frapporti - working, presumably, for Manuel Belletti, who has yet to finish better than 5th in a sprint.


The gap is back above the three-minute mark for the three leaders. After the intermediate sprint, Demare now leads Ackermann by 159 points to 158. Ewan is 50 points back.


The sprint is a bit of a shambles for Bora-Hansgrohe: Demare zips clear with Ackermann on his wheel, and when it looks like the German won't beat the Frenchman, his teammate Rudiger Zelig comes through in a bid to beat Demare, but instead just pips Ackermann and denies him points...


Damiano Cima bounds clear and finds no opposition as he extends his lead in the intermediate sprint competition. Frapporti and Maestri pass through shortly after. The gap is 2'23".


Ackermann is now on the back wheel of Demare and his Bora train is readied ahead of the intermediate sprint. Just one point separates the two sprinters in the maglia ciclamino battle. As for the three leaders, Cima leads the intermediate sprint classification and so he'll be keen to consolidate that, but Frapporti could close the gap a little if he gets the better of his compatriot.


We're approaching the first intermediate sprint at San Zenone al Po. With Ackermann and Demare split by just the one point, we can expect a bit of a battle when the peloton comes through. They're currently 2'40" down on the three leaders.


Italy's Ivan Santaromita (Nippo-Vini Fantini) must have taken a tumble because he's got a Roglic-style tear in his shorts and a cut on his left elbow.


It's a good question...


The moment local lad Jacopo Guanieri stopped to greet his brother and fans earlier today.

Video - Guarnieri stops mid-race to greet fans


Video - ‘I've never lost that much skin!’ – Ackermann returns after massive crash


The Groupama, Lotto Soudal and QuickStep teams of Demare, Ewan and Viviani have been sharing out the work load on the front of the peloton, keeping this break in check. Bora-Hansgrohe haven't really got involved - but their man Ackermann is still raw from his crash yesterday.


The pack has passed through the city of Piacenza, which is at the confluence of the Trebbia (draining the northern Apennines) and the Po, draining to the east. The home town of Filippo Inzaghi, the footballer, and Giorgia Bronzini, the 2010 and 2011 world champion cyclist.


I took from all the earlier eating that the riders had already passed through the feed zone. But that was just a mere amuse-bouge area ahead of the main course proper. It's now, as the three leaders cross a tributary of the River Po 3'45" up the road, that the riders in the peloton pick up their lunch musettes.


Awaiting the Italian in his home town was his brother Alessio in a fetching blonde wig...


Guarnieri won the Six Days in 2011 alongside Elia Viviani in the town's velodrome...


Some context for that bit of excitement from Guarnieri, who stopped in his home town of Fiorenzuola d'Arda after 90km of riding...


ATTACK! Only kidding... What actually happened is that Groupama-FDJ's Jacopo Guarnieri was allowed to ride clear of the pack so he could stop to greet his family and friends on the side of the road in Fiorenzuola d'Arda - one of those quirky traditions we occasionally see in Grand Tours.


The peloton is passing through the feed zone with a deficit of 3'45" on our three leaders - Frapporti, Cima and Maestri. The city of Piacenza is on the horizon and will be the next major port of call - not that we're anywhere near the sea, mind.


Tomorrow's stage recalls one of the most famous moments in Giro d'Italia history. I wrote this long-read piece on Fausto Coppi's break between Cuneo and Pineroli in 1949 with a little help from the campionissimo's biographer Herbie Sykes.


The break is down to two riders while Mirco Maestri attends to a mechanical. While he gets a new wheel, Frapporti sits up and chomps on an energy bar while Cima takes the opportunity to stop for a call of nature.


The gap is four minutes with 150km remaining as the break continues its west-ward schlep along the Po valley. It's QuickStep's Mikkel Honoré setting the tempo on the front of the pack.


The Viviani conundrum is an interesting one. So hot in the spring, the Italian has been low on morale here in Italy. Sure, it may have been different had he not been deprived of his win in stage 3 but on the whole Viviani seems to have been following wheels - and often the wrong wheels - rather than dictating the sprints himself. Some people think he's missing a pilot like Max Richeze - but he has Fabio Sabatini with him, but so often has lost the Italian's wheel. Viviani inferred that he's missed Michael Morkov's presence in his train - and the two should be reunited for the Tour. But he really needs a win today to save his race - there's no two ways about it.


The peloton is currently passing through the city of Parma - renowned for its cured ham. Lotto-Soudal have a man on the front regulating things for their sprinter Caleb Ewan, who spoke to Eurosport this morning and said: "Today is a slight uphill finish so that should suit me. It's going to be another easy day before the finish. I can't see too many people go in the break. Timing will be key. There might be a slight head crosswind, too. If you have the power and get the timing right, then you're going to win. I'll rely on my team to get me in the good position and I think I have the right team to do that."


There's also the small matter of the intermediate sprint classification which Cima currently leads with 51 points. His nearest challenger is Frapporti on 38pts while Maestri is in fifth on 22pts.


Five minutes for the three leaders. Marco Frapporti has been out longer than anyone else in the Giro: 620km before today's stage. Damiano Cima has racked up 564km in breakaways while Mirco Maestri has 374km so far. So, this trio are ideal breakaway bedfellows, there's no denying.


It's worth adding that Arnaud Demare yesterday criticised Pascal Ackermann for his "excessive confidence and a bit of arrogance." The two riders had words after the intermediate sprint during stage 10 where Demare took three points to the German's two. "He asked me why I'd done that if he was so far ahead in the overall [points] classification," Demare claimed in his stage winner's press conference. "But a Grand Tour is long and you have to stay humble. It's his first three week stage race, he doesn't know yet how he'll get on in the mountain stages and he should stay calm."


We spoke to Pascal Ackermann this morning: "I feel really bad today - I've never had as much pain or lost as much skin as I did yesterday. But I think I was also really lucky - if I had to choose between winning a stage and crashing then I'd accept that. It's going to be really hard today but I still hope to make it to Verona." The question is: will he win another stage between now and then - and will he still be in the ciclamino?


The gap is up to 5'30" for our three leaders.


Big pressure on Elia Viviani today. The Italian national champion is still looking for his first win in this Giro after being disqualified from stage 3 (which he had won) and also finishing runner-up on three occasions. It is thought that the Deceuninck-QuickStep rider will leave the race tonight - along with Caleb Ewan but perhaps not Ackermann and Demare (who have the ciclamino still to battle for) - ahead of the mountains.


The gap is up to 4'55" for our three leaders. It's going to be interesting to see how much leeway the peloton gives this trio. It's a long stage but they won't want to make their job too hard in the second half because it's the last chance for the sprinters to get in the mix before - finally - the steep stuff.


Ackermann's crash coupled with Demare's win means the Frenchman has reduced the German's lead in the maglia ciclamino standings to just the single point. So we're going to have a fierce battle between those two riders today - although it remains to be seen how the Bora rider fares after losing so much skin in that nasty fall yesterday.


Video - Ackermann’s skin suit destroyed in huge crash


A quick reminder of yesterday's result, with the German double stage winner Pascal Ackermann denied a chance to make it three wins thanks to a touch of wheels with his teammate Rudiger Selig, who made amends by finishing third.


There's no interest to chase the leaders down from the pack and the gap has quickly grown to 2'20".


ATTACK: It didn't take long and we now have a trio of riders up the road. No guesses who they are... it's the familiar faces of Marco Frapporti (Androni-Giocattoli-Sidermec), Mirco Maestri (Bardiani-CSF) and Damiano Cima (Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizanè). They were part of an eight-man break in stage 2 and then formed a trio in stage 4. Today they're getting the band back together for one last hurrah.


One non-starter today: Matteo Moschetti (Trek Segafredo) is not being risked after slamming into the barriers in yesterday's finale. According to his team, the Italian sprinter did not lose consciousness after the crash and was cleared of risk of concussion. But he will not start stage as his shoulder and legs will take some time to heal.


The remaining 162 riders have rolled out of Carpi to get this stage under way.


Here's the official profile of the stage; apologies in advance for the next five hours.

Giro d'Italia 2019 stage 11 profile

Another sunny day on the Giro - music to everyone's ears after last week's washout. Here are the classification leaders at the start in Carpi: Giulio Ciccone (blue), Valerio Conti (pink), Pascal Ackermann (ciclamino) and Nans Peters (white).


Ciao ragazzi! Welcome to live coverage of the third rest day - sorry, stage 11 - of the Giro d'Italia: a pizza-flat (with zero toppings) 221km schlep from Carpi to Novi Ligure, and a final chance for the sprinters to do battle ahead of the mountains.