Commezzadura - Antholz
Giro d'Italia - 29 May 2019
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Here's Landa who crosses the line 4'27" down. Carapaz and Lopez come over at 4'38" and then the Roglic and Nibali group around 10 seconds later.
Nibali has nothing left! He's leaving it to Pozzovivo to close the gap but Carapaz will gain time today.
The rest of the break are arriving in dribs and drabs - the latest is De Gendt in about 10th place almost three minutes down. Behind, Landa has dropped Carthy; and further back, Carapaz and Lopez have ridden clear of the Nibali-Roglic chase group.
Second place for Esteban Chaves of Mitchelton-Scott, the Colombian coming home a massive 1'33" down on winner Peters. In the sprint for third it's Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe) who gets the better of Fausto Masnada and Krists Neilands.
Victory for Nans Peters of Ag2R-La Mondiale! His first pro win and his team's first on the Giro since 2011.
His tongue out, Peters is channelling his inner Thomas Voeckler...
Peters is approaching the biathlon range now...
Carthy and Landa have joined forces about 10 seconds clear of the other big GC riders, Lopez has recovered and is back in the select group but there's no Yates or Majka.
Under the flamme rouge for Nans Peters, who will clearly win this stage.
Now Landa attacks! Hugh Carthy chases the Spaniard. Behind it's Roglic who tries to close the gap alongside Nibali, Pozzovivo, Mollema and Carapaz.
Meanwhile, back with the main pack and it's suddenly blown up. It looks like Yates and Majka have been dropped by the big guns. Lopez was on the front - but he's now out the back!
Peters is riding like a man possessed. The 25-year-old has never won a professional bike race but will end that in the most outstanding way today.
I'm being left to eat my words by Nans Peters, whop is showing no signs of giving up. He has this one in the bag if he can keep on turning the pedals. Formolo and Masnada have joined forces behind Chaves but the Frenchman still has over a minute on the Colombian.
Chaves has dropped Neilands and Conti. It's each man for himself with all the escapees riding on their own in the pursuit of Peters.
Now it's Masnada who teies to close the gap on the three chasers, who are still well down on Peters, 1'05" to be precise.
Kangert tries to break clear of the others but there's a lot of looking around from the likes of Formolo and Jungels - you'd think they'd want this, but they don't seem too bothered.
Ag2R-La Mondiale haven't won a Giro stage since 2011. Will Peters change that today? He has Conti, Chaves and Neilands in pursuit - but they're still 55 seconds down.
We're now on the Cat.3 climb to Antholz (5.5km at 6.9%). The maximum gradient is 12% and there's a tunnel inside the final kilometre.
Still two from Astana and four from Ineos on the front. But the gap is still around 5'20".
Today's finish is on the biathlon shooting range in Antholz - perhaps that's the inspiration behind Nans Peters' attack?
Now Esteban Chaves zips clear! The Colombian closes the gap to Conti quickly and as a two they will no doubt press on to pull in Peters. Another rider is trying to bridge over - Neilands - while Kangert leads the chase from the pack.
Conti is reeled in by the chasers - then he goes again! The Roman really wants this, doesn't he?
Attack by Valerio Conti! Maglia rosa for six days, the Italian has decided to make another move. Jungels and Bakelants lead the chase...
Nans Peters has 50 seconds on the other escapees. It's an admirable, nay brave, attempt, but he's surely just burning himself out ahead of the climb.
The actual classified section of the climb doesn't take place for another 6km but the road is already going uphill. Astana and Sky still front the pack but they're making no headway: the gap isn't coming down, nor are riders being shelled out the back.
Astana have now taken up the pacing in the pack: the battle for the stage may be lost, but there's still time to be taken in the fight for pink. The gap is 5'15".
Nans Peters, the former white jersey, now has a pop, the Frenchman riding clear on another uphill drag to open up a gap of 15 seconds.
The gap drops under the six-minute mark for the break with 20 clicks to go.
It's come back together after all the disparate groups of the break reconvene on the front of the race. Back with the pack, it's Astana and Ineos who have committed to leading the chase ahead of the Movistar and Bahrain Merida trains.
Conci can't keep up with Conti, who has ridden clear. Six riders will catch Conci very soon, with another group a bit further back. Conti looking for the stage win he missed out on the day he took the pink jersey in stage 6. It was Masnada who took the win that day - and he's in the break again today, too.
Italian duo Conti and Conci have zipped clear of the break, which had split into numerous groups again as the road heads back uphill - not on the final climb proper, but on a long uphill drag ahead of the finale.
At the intermediate sprint in Breunico it was Masnada who took the spoils ahead of De Gendt and Bakelants. The two groups have come together and so the Jungels chasing group are back with the other escapees. The 18 riders still have 6'20" on the pack so surely the winner will come from this break today.
The likes of Jungels, Bouwman, Vendrame, Chaves, Kangert and de la Parte are riding in pursuit of the leaders. Talking of Jungels, he's had a pretty rotten Giro and is currently down in 29th place. His previous two Giri have seen him finish 6th and 8th so he's in line for an all-time low. His Deceuninck-QuickStep team, amazingly, are still without a stage win.
Talking of Ineos and Movistar: those two teams are on the front of the pack now as the gap comes down a little to 6’50”. The eight leaders have 35 seconds on another chase group formed when the break splintered on the last climb. Bob Jungels is in that second group and he’s leading the chase.
Remember that it's Richard Carapaz's 26th birthday today. He's laughing, perhaps, because he's just told his teammates about his expected move to Ineos at the end of the season... at least, those are the rumours doing the rounds at the moment.
Lone leader Bakelants has been caught ahead of the summit. It's Masnada who takes maximum points over the top in a group that now also includes Peters, Formolo and Hamilton, on top of De Gendt, Neilands and Brambilla. The eight leaders have about 6'30" over the pack.
Masnada and Brambilla have joined De Gendt and Neilands. Behind a trio has Formolo at its head. The break has been blown apart on this climb.
Antunes fades so it's now just Neilands and De Gendt up the road in pursuit of Bakelants but a look over his shoulder and the Belgian leader will see that its all coming back together on this, the steepest 12% section of the climb.
It's De Gendt time! The Belgian decides now is the moment to make his move, riding clear of the break in pursuit of his compatriot Bakelants. He takes Neilands and Antunes with him.
We're onto the second categorised climb of the day, the Cat.3 ascent to Terento (6.6km at 7.6%). Bakelants is riding well to keep his fellow escapees at bay. The Belgian's lead is 1'02" over them and 6'41" over the pack.
Movistar and Bahrain Merida have committed to the chase again after Team Ineos' stint on the front. The gap is down slightly to 7'10".
Tanel Kangert is in the break and this morning he spoke to the Giro's official site.
One minute for Bakelants over the break with the peloton now at 7'55".
Back with the peloton and it's all Team Ineos as Puccio, Knees and Dunbar take up the chase. They are worried about Pavel Sivakov's place in the top 10 and the threat posed by Formolo up the road. The Russian conceded the white jersey to Miguel Angel Lopez yesterday, so to slip out of the top 10 on a day like this would be a wretch.
Bakelants goes over the top of the climb in pole position. He'll have a short descent now to the foot of the next climb. Behind, it's Fausto Masnada - who's been everywhere in this Giro since winning stage 6 - who zips ahead to take second place ahead of Formolo. They trail the lone leader by about 42 seconds.
Bakelants has completed the tough double-digit section of this climb and has 35 seconds on the break, who didn't give Neilands any headway. The peloton is another seven minutes back.
Salvatore Puccio has upped the tempo back in the pack for Ineos, who are clearly worried about Formolo in the break. Meanwhile, Krists Neilands has darted clear of the break in pursuit of Bakelants.
As the road ramps up after the sprint on the Cat.4 climb to Elvas (3.4km at 7.6%) there's an attack from Jan Bakelants from the break.
Mirco Maestri wins the intermediate sprint ahead of Fausto Masnada, who nevertheless moves above Damiano Cima to the top of the intermediate sprint standings by three points.
We're approaching the intermediate sprint at Bressanone, which is also known as Brixen in these parts of South Tyrol.
There's an abundance of castles - as you may have seen - in this area but the road the riders are on isn't the most scenic: its the smaller road which runs alongside the motorway and the river up the Isarco Valley. The gap is up to seven minutes now as Team Ineos now come to the front of the pack to lend a hand to Movistar. They are probably there to defend Pavel Sivakov's place in the top 10 from Davide Formolo, who is in the 18-man move up the road.
The peloton is passing through the feed zone. For me, the favourites for today's stage from this break are Masnada, De Gendt, Kangert, Chaves, Jungels, Formolo, Brambilla and Conti. Of those, I'd put Masnada, Jungels and Formolo on a level above the others. Forced to pick one, I'd go for Masnada - he's proved himself consistently over the race where others have not.
A reminder of our 18 riders in the break: Andrea Vendame and Fausto Masnada (both Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec), Nans Peters (Ag2R-La Mondiale), Amaro Antunes and Victor De La Parte (both CCC), Tanel Kangert (EF Education First), Krists Neilands (Israel Cycling Academy), Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal), Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott), Nicola Conci (Trek-Segafredo), Koen Bouwman (Jumbo-Visma), Bob Jungels (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe), Gianluca Brambilla (Trek-Segafredo), Jan Bakelants and Chris Hamilton (both Sunweb), Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) and Mirco Maestri (Bardiani-CSF).
The race hugs the banks of the river Adige, the second largest river in Italy after the Po. It's a steady uphill grind over bridges and through occasional tunnels as the riders penetrate deeper and deeper into South Tyrol, with its Austrian and Germanic influences, both linguistically and culinary. The gap is six minutes still for these 18 escapees.
The gap is pushing six minutes as Nibali's Bahrain Merida move up to help out Movistar with the pace-setting in the peloton. They're heading deep into the Dolomites today with the famous Sella Ronda mountain on the horizon. But there are no big climbs on the menu - just three lower-category ascents.
The gap has ballooned above five minutes now so Movistar have well and truly given this one its blessing. Could this be Formolo's way back into the top 10?
The gap is stretched to 2'30" for this 18-man move. There's no sign of Ulissi, who must have dropped back to the peloton after failing to make the connection.
The danger man in this group - at least in GC terms - is Davide Formolo, who is 11'51" down in 12th place. For that reason, it's unlikely the gap will get too big for this break, even if the Italian isn't exactly a threat to Carapaz and the big guns.
The gap is 1'20" so it looks like Movistar have granted this break some leeway.
Yes, the two groups have come together - with the exception of Ulissi, who seemed to have been tailed off a bit by the chasers on the descent. The leaders are: De Gendt, Antunes, Peters, de la Parte, Kangert, Chaves, Madnada, Conci, Bouwman, Jungels, Formolo, Maestri, Vendrame, Brambilla, Conti, Bakelants and Chris Hamilton (not Jai Hindley, as we thought).
With the descent almost over there's almost contact between the two groups...
Jay Hindley has joined Sunweb teammate Bakelants in the chase group on the descent.
The race is very fluid and there's bound to be a shake up on this descent. The 11 leaders have 52 seconds on the pack but it's difficult to know about the status of play between the two entities because so many riders tried to join the bridging over party late in the climb.
A few rain drops coming down - nothing like yesterday on the Mortirolo just yet, but perhaps a taster of things to come...
The pursuers are: Bob Jungels (Deceuninck-QuickStep, Valerio Conti and Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates), Gianluca Brambilla (Trek-Segafredo), Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Jan Bakelants (Team Sunweb). Others were trying to join ahead of the summit, while Arnaud Demare, of all people, was there until his climbing legs packed in.
The break has 11 riders and they have just gone over the summit. They are: Andrea Vendame and Fausto Masnada (both Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec), Nans Peters (Ag2R-La Mondiale), Amaro Antunes and Victor De La Parte (CCC), Tanel Kangert (EF Education First), Krists Neilands (Israel Cycling Academy), Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal), Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott), Nicola Conci (Trek-Segafredo) and Koen Bouwman (Jumbo-Visma).
Brambilla and Jungels have caught Conti, with the other pursuers digging in. It looks like Hindley from Sunweb and Ulissi of UAE.
More riders are trying to come across - Bob Jungels and Gianluca Brambilla are together, then there's another trio in pursuit. The gap for the nine-man break is 55 seconds.
De Gendt, Antunes, Peters, De la Parte, Kangert, Chaves, Masnada, Conci and Neilands are in this move. It was Neilands who instigated things before Peters led the chase. Valerio Conti is trying to bridge over from the Movistar-led pack.
A break now has some day light between itself and the pack with a few more riders trying to bridge over...
Nans Peters and Valerio Conti - the former white and pink jerseys respectively - dart clear with six or seven in pursuit. The Mitchelton-Scott team of Simon Yates lead the chase and close it down.
Having passed through the town of Fondo, the climb now starts. The Passo dell Mendola (8.4km at 4.5% but a maximum ramp of 15% near the start) is uncategorised this year. It's the 19th time it's been used in the race and last year it had Cat.1 status - go figure!
Arnaud Demare, the maglia ciclamino, punctured but managed to get back on. The peloton, which had split in three, is now back together. Miguel Florez and Enrico Battaglin tried their luck but to no avail.
The peloton splits as the road starts to edge uphill towards the foot of the climb.
Six riders triy their luck before the first climb of the day but there was no leeway granted to Frapporti, Serry, Neilands, Wyss, Conci and Maestri.
No break after the first 10-odd kilometres today, which have all been slightly downhill.
They're off! The remaining 145 riders get going - everyone who finished yesterday's sodden stage have taken to the start for more climbs and punishment today.
Here's the official profile of today's undulating stage, with three lower category climbs in the final half.
Richard Carapaz retained his maglia rosa, his nearest challenger now Nibali at 1'47" with Roglic dropping to third.
Yesterday, Slovenia’s Primoz Roglic dropped to third in the overall standings after a trademark Vincenzo Nibali attack on the rain-soaked Mortirolo as Italy’s Giulio Ciccone won Stage 16 and extended his vice-like grip on the blue jersey.
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