And the new top 10 as Zakarin rises to third and Polanc keeps the pink.
Pinerolo - Lago Serrù
Giro d'Italia - 24 May 2019
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Today's stage result...
Jan Polanc comes home about 4'40" down and he will keep the pink jersey after a brave ride. Simon Yates is just over five minutes in arrears so he will ship two more minutes to Roglic and Nibali - disaster for the Briton.
Pavel Sivakov comes home 3'36" down. Then it's Davide Formolo and then Miguel Angel Lopez, who really suffered from that untimely mechanical. He's 4'20" down so that's about a minute and a half lost to Nibali and Roglic.
Richard Carapaz (Movistar) takes fourth and Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) fifth. Then Rafal Majka (Bora) comes home around 2'05" down. Roglic and Nibali have stuck to each other like chewing gum to the sole of a shoe. They cross the line together 2'56" down.
Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott) crosses the line 36 seconds down in second place before fellow Spaniard Mikel Landa (Movistar) takes third at 1'19".
Victory for Ilnur Zakarin of Katusha-Alpecin! His first major win since he took a stage in the Tour de France three years ago.
Nibali puts in a bid behind but he can't drop Roglic.
There's a lot of snow in piles on the side of the road as Zakarin zips under the flamme rouge. The victory is his, surely.
Zakarin has well and truly dropped Nieve now. We're hearing that Yates is more than two minutes down his GC rivals... Nibali, Roglic and Sivakov have caught Ciccone from the break.
Landa is about to catch Mollema but still trails the leaders by 1'02".
Now Zakarin attacks Nieve after the Spaniard tries to nip past on the inside - perilously close to a cliff drop.
Roglic attacks! With Lopez almost closing in, the Slovenian dances on the pedals. Nibali responds but Formolo has no answer. They're about to catch Sivakov.
Yes, Lopez has dropped Yates. The Colombian is about to pick up Formolo, Nibali and Roglic. Meanwhile, Landa is struggling to close the gap - Nieve has caught Zakarin and they have 1'10" to play with.
Majka now attacks - and it's Sivakov who chases after the Russian had fought back into contention. Roglic and Nibali, meanwhile, mark each other out, while Carapaz drops back. So much happening! Behind, Lopez has either been dropped by - or has dropped - Yates. Polanc, the pink jersey, has cracked, but should hold onto the race lead.
Nibali accelerates after Formolo peels off and Sivakov is the first to go. Roglic, Majka and Carapaz are with the Italian.
Pozzovivo has now blown after all that pacing for Nibali. Formolo takes the tempo-tapping up for his teammate Majka. They're 35 seconds down on Landa and 30 seconds ahead of the Lopez-Polanc-Yates group.
ATTACK FROM ZAKARIN! The rangy Russian pushes on with 5km remaining. Nieve leads the chase but Mollema doesn't have it in him to close the gap. Zakarin must have heard that Landa is almost within a minute of the lead now...
Ciccone had thrown in the towel after securing the blue jersey and setting things up nicely for his teammate Mollema, who rides with Nieve and Zakarin on the front. Meanwhile, Formolo has been caught by the Nibali group and will try to lend a hand to his teammate Majka.
Lone chaser Landa is 1'25" down on the four leaders. The Nibali-Roglic group is 1'55" down and the Polanc-Yates-Lopez group is at 2'20".
Amador has popped so Landa will now have to do this on his own. He only has 18 seconds on the Nibali-Roglic group, with the Lopez group another 25 seconds back.
Lopez' mechanical may work out well for Yates for he'll have a climbing ally with whom he can try to close the gap. But there's no denying that Yates is having a shocker - so much for his rivals "sh**ing themselves".
Pozzovivo drives the chasing group with Nibali, Sivakov, Roglic, Majka and Carapaz. They're only 10 seconds down on Landa and Amador, who have caught Dombrowski and Masnada. Meanwhile, Izagirre has dropped back to help Lopez in the maglia rosa group with Yates, who has Lucas Hamilton. They're 2'30" down on the leaders and 35" behind the other GC favourites.
Carretero has been dropped by teammates Landa and Amador. The four leaders - Zakarin, Ciccone, Mollema and Nieve - are 1'40" ahead of the two Movistar riders. They're on the short downhill section in the middle of the climb by the lake at Ceresole Reale.
Terrible luck for Lopez who had a mechanical. He tries to remove his rear wheel but can't sort it out. Then eventually changes his bike once his mechanic gets one down. But once he gets going again he's way back and behind the Yates chasing group.
Yates has been reduced to having a scrap with Tanel Kangert over chasing duties off the back of his rivals. Nibali, Carapaz, Roglic, Lopez and Majka are together. Meanwhile, Landa and Carretero have caught Amador so Movistar have THREE riders together now. The plan's coming together.
Landa has caught his teammate Carretero who takes up some paving. Behind, Roglic appears to have been dropped too - but he's not in as much trouble as Yates.
Ciccone, Mollema, Zakarin and Nieve are together on the front with Formolo the latest to be dropped. The gap back to the maglia rosa group is 1'55". Landa has blown things apart. Nibali and Pozzovivo lead the chase but Yates has cracked and is riding with Jan Polanc.
Mikel Landa strikes out! The Basque rider makes the first move and that causes a shake out in the main pack - and Yates, Roglic and Sivakov all dropping back a little...
Bob Jungels has been dropped from the main group. He's having a miserable Giro, as are his Deceuninck-QuickStep team.
Amador, Izagirre and Dombrowski are struggling on this steep part of the climb. Of course, it could be part of the plan for Amador to wait for Landa-Carapaz and Izagirre for Lopez-Bilbao. Masnada also feeling the pinch.
Carretero is the first to pop as Ciccone and Zakarin tap out the tempo. Nine left in the front now.
We have 10 riders in the lead now after the two groups come together. The gap is 2'15". Vuillermoz the latest escapee to be caught by the main pack.
The chase group has Zakarin, Formolo, Mollema, Amador and Nieve. They're closing in - just 15 seconds down now.
Brambilla, the outgoing blue jersey, has been caught by the main pack, which has about 20 riders in it.
Hector Carretero has opened up a small gap over the other leaders. The Mollema-Formolo-Zakarin chase group is 35 seconds down and the main favourites 2'05" down.
Zakarin comes to the front of the chase group alongside Formolo and Mollema. Further up the road, Joe Dombrowski puts in the first attack but he can't shed any of the other four leaders.
We're now onto the final climb, the Cat.1 Colle del Nivolet to Lago Serru (20.3km at 5.9% and a maximum gradient of 14%.
The pace has really eased up in the group of main favourites: the calm before the proverbial storm. It's been going uphill for the past 20km but the actual final climb is only about to get going. There will be some serious losses today so it's no surprise they're taking a breather while they can. Two minutes is the gap now.
The remnants of the break seem to have given up: all that work from the likes of Mollema, Zakarin and Formolo, but it could come to nothing. The five leaders have 40 seconds on them and 1'28" on the main pack.
This new five man group of Masnada, Izagirre, Ciccone, Carretero and Dombrowski now have 45 seconds on the main pack. Ciccone is not happy about something.
ATTACK: Fausto Masnada puts in the first dig from the break and he's followed by Ciccone, Carretero, Izagirre and Dombrowski. No surprise that: Masnada is a real live wire but also the chasing pack had got to within 25 seconds.
Brambilla and Ciccone are still driving this break on the uphill drag to the foot of the final climb. The gap is 50 seconds back to the Movistar- and Astana-led pack of favourites.
The break is: Andre Amador and Hector Carretero (Movistar), Tony Gallopin and Alexis Vuillermoz (Ag2R-La Mondiale), Fausto Masnada (Androni-Giocattoli), Ion Izagirre (Astana), Davide Formolo (Bahrain-Merida), Joe Dombrowski (EF Education First), Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott), Eddie Dunbar (Team Ineos), Antwan Tolhoek (Jumbo-Visma), Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin), Bauke Mollema, Gianluca Brambilla and Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo).
The break is approaching the second intermediate sprint. It's Masnada who takes it ahead of Mollema and Brambilla. The gap is 55 seconds.
Roglic is all smiles now he's reunited with Bouwman; Polanc and Conti are back there, too, so the Slovenian may keep the pink jersey from his compatriot for another day. Zeits sets tempo on the front while his Astana teammates Lopez and Bilbao take a breather. Jan Hirt is also there. Behind there are three Movistar riders - Rojas, Carapaz and Landa - primed for an attack on the climb proper. Yates has Hamilton and Chaves. Nibali has Pozzovivo and another Bahrain rider. Carthy, Sivakov, Jungels, Majka are there, too. I've probably missed some off the list.
The maglia rosa group has now rejoined the Roglic-Yates-Nibali group. All the favourites now have reinforcements. We're not on the final climb yet but the road goes uphill all the way until the official start of the climb in 20km. The 15-man break has 30 seconds. Gallopin's attack came to nothing so he's back in with them.
It's all coming back together... Pozzovivo is already back with Nibali in the main group of favourites, who are only 30 seconds down now. Jungels is pulling hard in the chase group with the maglia rosa and Esteban Chaves. They're about to rejoin the others.
ATTACK: Tony Gallopin zips off the front. It's his 31st birthday today and he looked to have been dropped on the climb but the Frenchman managed to return to the fold and has now gone for a long one.
Brambilla, the blue jersey, is making his way back to the leaders after being tailed off (by his own Trek teammates, to be fair) on the descent.
The group of favourites features Landa, Carapaz, Lopez, Bilbao, Nibali, Majka, Carthy, Yates, Hamilton, Sivakov and Roglic.
The break is down to 16 riders and is being driven by Ciccone and Mollema on the descent. The gaps have remained pretty similar: 1'10" back to the favourites and 2'00" back to the maglia rosa group.
Some very narrow roads and technical turns on this descent. The gap between the break and the favourites is 1'05" with the maglia rosa group at 2'10".
Jan Polanc is almost two minutes down on the main group when he crests the summit. We may see a new man in pink this afternoon.
Carretero comes to the front on the steep ramp near the summit but Ciccone darts clear with Pozzovivo and it's the man who was in blue who takes the points that will put him back in blue. Bilbao leads the small group of favourites over the summit with a deficit of 1'04".
Not long to go to the summit now - and the fans are out in their droves. Mikel Nieve is setting tempo now for the leaders but Mollema and Ciccone are lurking for the blue jersey points. The favourites are just 55 seconds down now.
Roglic completely isolated: Bouwman sunk like a stone and Kuss didn't last much longer. Lopez has Bilbao and Cataldo, who has dropped back from the break and is now pacing. Jungels is in the maglia rosa group 2'25" down on the leaders with the Yates-Roglic-Nibali group at 1'35".
More and more riders caught and passed by the pack. The break is down to around 15 riders now. Yates has Chaves and another teammate in the main 'pack'. Landa and Carapaz are there, and Majka, Nibali and Roglic. Carthy, Zakarin and Sivakov, too.
The pink jersey Jan Polanc has been distanced along with Bob Jungels. Just 13 riders now in the group of GC favourites.
IT'S ASTANA TIME! Pello Bilbao brings Miguel Angel Lopez to the front and there's a sudden acceleration which puts many riders in trouble.
Antonio Nibali, Vincenzo's brother, is the latest rider to be caught by the pack after dropping back from the break.
Cataldo and Juul-Jensen have been dropped by the break, whose gap has grown out slightly to 2'20". Tom Leezer and Sep Kuss continue to tap out tempo for Roglic, who has Koen Bouwman alongside him and Antwan Tolhoek further up the road in the break.
Italians Ciccone, Formolo and Brambilla are setting the tempo in the break. The gap is still 2'05". Rojas drops back to pick up water but struggles to fight back into the move. He'll be next to be caught by the pack.
Jumbo-Visma have three riders with Roglic on this climb. They have just picked up some water bottles. They will have to be careful near the summit because Astana, Movistar, Mitchelton-Scott and Bahrain Merida may attack because they all have riders ahead in the break.
Conci is the first rider from the break to be caught by the pack. The Italian was setting the tempo earlier and was always going to be the first Trek match to be burned.
We're onto the second climb of the day, the Cat.2 Pian del Lupo (9.4km at 8.7%). It's Brambilla, who is keeping the blue jersey warm for his teammate Ciccone, who sets the tempo with Dunbar on his wheel. The break has 1'55" on the pack. This climb has a maximum ramp of 14% a third way up.
The break has just passed through the first intermediate sprint at Cuorgne. It was JJ Rojas who picked up maximum points ahead of Masnada and Conci with the peloton passing through two minutes down. We don't have a time gap back to the Demare gruppetto but there has been an estimate of around five minutes, which I reckon could be a little generous.
A reminder of the 26 riders in this break: Andre Amador, Hector Carrettero and Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar), Tony Gallopin and Alexis Vuillermoz (Ag2R-La Mondiale), Mattia Cattaneo and Fausto Masnada (Androni-Giocattoli), Dario Cataldo, Ion Izagirre and Andrey Zeits (Astana), Antonio Nibali and Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida), Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe), Victor De La Parte (CCC Team), Joe Dombrowski (EF Education First), Krists Neilands and Ruben Plaza (Israel Cycling Academy), Chris Juul-Jensen and Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott), Eddie Dunbar (Team Ineos), Antwan Tolhoek (Jumbo-Visma), Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin), Bauke Mollema, Gianluca Brambilla, Giulio Ciccone and Nicola Conci (Trek-Segafredo).
Conci, the Italian rookie, is setting tempo on one of these ramps, paving the way for his Trek teammates Mollema, Ciccone and Brambilla. Rojas is there, too, for Movistar. Back with the pack it's still UAE and Jumbo-Visma who control the chase.
Back from picking up my lunch from the canteen (fish and chips and mushy peas, since you ask) and there's very little change: the break's lead is down a touch to 2'05" as they tackle a couple of lumps ahead of the second of three major climbs.
With the riders picking up musettes and a bit of sustenance, I'm going to take that as a prompt to fetch my own lunch. Back shortly for the next two climbs, including the stunning summit finish by Lake Serru.
We're approaching the half-way point of today's stage and the break - down to 26 riders after De Gendt's mechanical and Geoghegan Hart's crash then withdrawal - are 2'15" ahead of the pack.
If you missed this one on social media yesterday then here's another chances to see Marco Haller practice his Anglo-Saxon expletives - quite rightly, too. [NSFW]
Bad news for British fans: Tao Geoghegan Hart has abandoned the race following that earlier crash. So, just the one Ineos rider left in the break in Dunbar. Geoghegan Hart was 33rd on GC at 11'49".
Roglic may be under huge pressure today: he has Tolhoek up the road and three Jumbo-Visma riders with him now - but he's lacking mountain domestiques and all his rivals have numbers up the road, so he could find himself isolated on the Nivolet pass. Then we'll see what he's made of.
Nibali was unhappy with Roglic yesterday after the Slovenian sandbagged a fair bit in the group of main favourites. "We all worked, except Roglic," Nibali said. "I worked, Yates did turns, all the big guys in the move worked except him. He can do that because he's got a decent lead. He knows he's got the final time trial, too, and so he's defending his lead but tomorrow will be more of a direct race off."
Trek-Segafredo drive the pace on the descent and they've caused a split in the lead group. They're down a man because we're hearing that Tao Geoghegan Hart has taken a tumble - not good news for the Ineos rider, who crashed badly in the first week as well. We'll keep you updated.
Stunning finish in store today...
Eddie Dunbar - third yesterday for Ineos - was dropped on the first part of the descent but he's back with the leaders now, who have also caught De la Parte. They're on a little rise before the descent continues towards the valley that precedes the first intermediate sprint and the next climb. The gap back to the pack is still 2'45".
The CCC rider in the break - Victor de la Parte - has zipped clear of the leaders on the descent. The gap is 2'37" with Jumbo-Visma leading the chase with four riders - including Roglic - on the front of the pack.
The maglia rosa group go over the top three minutes in arrears.
It's Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) who takes the maximum 40pts over the summit of the Colle del Lys to move back into the virtual maglia azzurra. He beats Pozzovivo (18pts), Carretero (12pts), Vuillermoz (9pts), Nieve (6pts), Zeits (4pts), Zakarin (2pts) and Tolheok (1pt).
Movistar have three this break in Andrey Amador, Hector Carretero and Jose Joaquin Rojas; Astana also with Dario Cataldo, Ion Izagirre and Andrey Zeits; Bauke Mollema is in the mix with three Trek-Segafredo teammates in Nicola Conci, Giulio Ciccone and Gianluca Brambilla, the maglia azzurra; Vincenzo Nibali has his brother Antonio and Domenico Pozzovivo; Simon Yates has Mikel Nieve and Chris Juul Jensen; Primoz Roglic has Antwan Tolhoek; Also involved breakaway specialists Thomas De Gendt and Alexis Vuillermoz, birthday boy Tony Gallopin, GC riders Ilnur Zakarin and Davide Formolo, and Team Ineos duo Tao Geoghegan Hart and Eddie Dunbar, stage 6 winner Fausto Masnada and his teammate Mattia Cattaneo.
The lead is now over two minutes for the break.
Mark Renshaw (Dimension Data) and Giovanni Lonardi (Nippo-Vini Fantini) have abandoned.
The gap over the maglia rosa group is 1'25" and it's interesting to see Bauke Mollema there with three Trek teammates. He's less than two minutes behind Roglic on GC and a potential threat to the Slovenian and Nibali.
The lead group is actually much bigger than that. It also includes Antonio Nibali, Pozzovivo, De la Parte, Dombrowski, Neilands, Plaza, De Gendt, Juul Jensen, Nieve, Dunbar, Geoghegan Hart, Tolhoek, Mollema and Conci.
The lead group is said to be around 15 strong now and it includes Amador, Carretero, Rojas, Gallopin, Vuillermoz, Cattaneo, Masnada, Cataldo, Izagirre, Zeits, Formolo, Zakarin, Brambilla and Ciccone. So, it's very heavy on Movistar and Astana riders - three apiece...
It's proving tricky to get reliable updates because the host broadcaster has yet to provide any live images even though it seems to be all kicking off on the Colle del Lys. Please bear with us...
It's not just Tony Gallopin's birthday...
Davide Formolo, Ilnur Zakarin, Gianluca Brambilla and Giulio Ciccone are in a move with around 35 seconds on the maglia rosa group.
It's over for Rojas and Vuillermoz too as the leading pack is whittled down to around 20 riders thanks to the brutal pace.
We're now onto the first of three categorised climbs, the Cat.1 Colle del Lys (14.9km at 6.4%). All the attackers have been caught now except Vuillermoz and Rojas. Looks like it may not be De Gendt's day after all...
Italians Nicola Conci (Trek Segafredo) and Marco Marcato (UAE Team Emirates) have countered from the pack.
Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal), Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar), Alexis Vuillermoz (Ag2R-La Mondiale) and Chris Juul Jensen (Mitchelton Scott) have opened up a 20-second gap over the maglia rosa group just ahead of the Colle del Lys.
The peloton has split into three: the maglia rosa group which is around 70 strong; a second group 35 seconds back; then a third a further 10 seconds back and including the maglia ciclamino, Demare.
There has actually been a split in the peloton on the descent with around 70 riders in the leading group.
It's going to be a long day for Arnaud Demare: we haven't yet hit the first proper climb but the Frenchman has already been dropped by the peloton on the uncategorised climb of Cumiana. He'll struggle to hold on and make the cut to preserve his maglia ciclamino at this rate...
Ignatas Konovalovas (Groupama-FDJ) has withdrawn. The Lithuanian won the final time trial in Rome a decade ago.
That attack came to nothing and we now have another three riders trying their luck: Hector Carretero (Movistar), Dario Cataldo (Astana) and Krists Neilands (Israel Cycling Academy). It comes to nothing but it's clear that Movistar and Astana are trying similar tactics to yesterday, when they got riders up the road for Landa and Lopez to bridge over to later on the climb.
After a thwarted attack by birthday boy Tony Gallopin (Ag2R-La Mondiale), there's a trio who zip up the road: Luis Mas (Movistar), Andrea Vendrame (Androni) and Pieter Serry (Deceuninck-QuickStep).
Here's the state of play between the big race favourites: after two time trial wins, it's looking good for Primoz Roglic. But can the former [redacted] hold on in the mountains? Today is the first of five summit finishes and we can expect the likes of Yates, Lopez and Landa to have a pop.
No breakaways after the opening kilometres. There's a little climb coming up before the first categorised climb - that could be the springboard for today's break.
They're off! The remaining 156 riders have got this stage under way...
A few withdrawals to report ahead of today's stage: Jakub Marezcko (CCC Team) missed the time cut yesterday, James Knox (Deceuninck-QuickStep) is still stuggling with a knee injury, Roger Kluge (Lotto Soudal) is calling it quits after his sprinter Caleb Ewan left the day before, while sprinter Giacomo Nizzolo (Dimension Data) has also thrown in the towel.
Quick reminder of all the classification leaders: Gianluca Brambilla could only finish fourth yesterday but he crested the top of the Montoso pass in pole position and so took the maglia azzurra from his Trek teammate Giulio Ciccone; Polanc did the same with regards to teammate Conti's pink; Arnaud Demare retained the maglia ciclamino, but will have a battle to finish within the time cut today; Briton Hugh Carthy moved into the top 10 and is now in the white young rider's jersey.
Here's the official profile for the stage... It's going to be a whopper.
The riders have rolled out of Pinerolo and are currently in the neutral zone ahead of today's 196km stage, which finishes half way up the Colle del Nivolet beside the Lago Serru at Ceresole Reale. The sun's out again although the riders will rise above the snowline for the first time today with a finish well above 2000m.
Here's Polanc at the sign on this morning - all smiles after taking the pink jersey.
Here's the new top 10 after yesterday's stage with two Slovenians on the top after Jan Polanc took over from teammate Valerio Conti after starring in the break yesterday. Those are huge time gaps - although take Polanc out of the picture and it bunches up a little bit more.
Yesterday Italy’s Mr Nice, Cesare Benedetti, channelled his inner campionissimo to deny compatriot Damiano Caruso and Ireland’s Eddie Dunbar in a thrilling five-up sprint in Pinerolo, winning an explosive stage 12 as Slovenia’s Jan Polanc took over the race lead from team-mate Valerio Conti.
Ciao ragazzi! Welcome to live coverage of the stunning stage 13 of the Giro d'Italia - the first full day in the mountains with three big climbs including the race's first ascent of the Colle del Nivolet, famed for its backdrop in the bus scene of the Italian Job.