Vinci - Orbetello
Giro d'Italia - 13 May 2019
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It looked quite a suspect move from the Italian and the race jury agreed that Viviani had moved off his line too much - and they have awarded the win to Fernando Gaviria accordingly. Controversy on the Giro...
NEWSFLASH: VIVIANI RELEGATED TO 73RD PLACE. GAVIRIA WINS!
Here was that moment Viviani closed the door on Moschetti, who then recovered to take fifth.
Viviani got the win ahead of Fernando Gaviria and Arnaud Demare, with Ackermann fourth. But it looked like Viviani really veered off his line there to cut up Matteo Moschetti of Trek, who will feel his chances were impeded a little...
Tao Geoghagen Hart comes home with four Ineos team-mates 1'30" down.
That was an utterly chaotic finish! The chicane blew all the trains apart and it was each man for his own after that... I'll have to watch a replay to understand who did what and how - but Viviani has the win.
Ackermann opens it up early and looks to have it in the bag - but he's overestimated the length of the home straight and the German runs out of gas. Victory to Elia Viviani of Deceuninck-QuickStep!
QuickStep and Groupama on the front as they hit the chicane - and Ackermann is right there too!
Groupama lead things onto the road crossing the lagoon, with Jungels on the front of the train with 1km to go.
Only about 80 riders left in this peloton now - the rest have been blown off the pack or held up in that crash.
Viviani and Ackermann are still here, just a little bit further back. Now Astana are driving the pace.
Israel Cycling Academy, Groupama and Mitchelton now on the front - it's very messy. Lotto are regrouping, as are QuickStep and UAE. That crash disrupted everything.
Bahrain, Mitchelton-Scott and Jumbo-Visma are on the front going into the corner - and behind there's a touch of wheels and we have a split! Team Ineos were involved in that crash - they had three down and it looked to be Geoghegan Hart again. Battaglin for Katusha went down hard, too.
The fight for positions ahead of the big left-hand turn coming up is well and truly on. Bahrain Merida still set the tempo.
Heart-in-mouth moment as Pieter Serry rides off the road in a bid to join his QuickStep teammates. Carapaz has some teammates with him now as they approach the back of the peloton.
Puncture for Richard Carapaz! The Ecuadorian changes wheels with a Movistar team-mate but will need pacing back by some others if he wants to lose no time today. He was fourth last year and this would be a blow.
They're onto that spit now but the road is sheltered by umbrella pines and so the wind may not prove such a divisive factor. Tensions are mounting, mind, as the sprinters look to be in the right place and the GC riders seek to get out of trouble.
I sense that Caleb Ewan might win today. He's been quiet today, biding his time. He went too early yesterday but had the speed and positioning from his team. Get that right and he's probably the fastest. Gaviria looks a bit out of sorts and Viviani not as strong as he was at the start of the season. Demare is not up to the task, while Ackermann, what a story that would be.
Team Jumbo-Visma have occupied the right-hand side of the road, which is the most deteriorated part - riddled with holes and roots. Mitchelton Scott are on the other side while, in between, we have QuickStep, UAE, Bora and Bahrain. Bottles are being jettisoned a gogo.
Ewan and Demare are also there as the peloton passes over the Albegna river ahead of the spit that juts out into the sea.
Viviani, Gaviria and Ackerman are all alongside each other as their teams assemble on the front of the pack ahead of what should be a dramatic finale.
Mechanicals for Tanel Kangert and another one of his EF Education First buddies. It's been an eventful day today considering a huge chunk of it was taken up by a lone breakaway.
Things have settled a little after the excitement of the previous hour. Don't expect it to last long, mind: we're approaching that coastal finale where it should all kick off once again.
Ciccone picks up the maximum 3pts over the summit ahead of two riders from Jumbo-Visma. It was uncontested as the Italian extended his tally to 24pts in the KOM standings. His closest rival is Francois Bidard of Ag2R-La Mondiale on 6pts.
We're on the Cat.4 climb to Poggio l'Apparita and - right on cue - Italy's Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) has come to the front to protect his lead in the maglia azzura competition.
Tom Dumoulin is off the back with two Sunweb teammates, so clearly the Dutchman must have been involved in a mechanical or a incident. They're approaching that climb now.
It's all happening out there: Jelle Vanendert (Lotto Soudal) is having some beef with Antonio Nibali of Bahrain Merida - beef which seems to consist of doing the YMCA dance in front of the Shark's younger brother.
Things have calmed down a little ahead of the climb. Geoghegan Hart, who must have come down in the chaos at Grosseto, has a few Ineos teammates with him to help him back into the fold.
CRASH: Tao Geoghegan Hart is riding off the back with a bloodied knee so the Team Ineos youngster must have taken a tumble. Replays also show a near-miss in the middle of the peloton with one Jumbo-Visma rider losing his balance and almost taking out a cluster of others. Miraculously, no one went down in that case.
This route through Grosseto has resembled an assault course more than a bike race. The latest oval-shaped roundabout confounds the riders, many of whom go round while others take short cuts. It's a complete free for all.
It's Arnaud Demare who once again takes the points in the intermediate sprint - but no one wanted to take him on. Ackermann may have done so had he not lost many places going though that chicane.
Numerous riders are forced to jump over traffic islands and onto the pavement on another tight chicane through to a roundabout... more heart-in-mouth stuff.
The road is in a terrible state as the riders enter Grosseto with numerous pot-holes, manhole covers and bumps causing the riders to bunnyhop and dodge their way around. Bora still lead the way with Bahrain Merida and Mitchelton-Scott all in the mix. It's a very technical route through the centre of the city, via numerous roundabouts, which has stretched out the pack considerably.
They are way behind schedule today - around 20 minutes slower than the slowest expected average pace. QuickStep and Bora have now put men on the front ahead of the intermediate sprint.
Sunweb, Mitchelton-Scott, Jumbo-Visma, Ineos, Bahrain Merida and Groupama are all there on the front. We have the second intermediate sprint at Grosseto coming right up - hence Groupama's presence pulling hard for Demare - followed by the Cat.4 climb.
The pack is all strung out still and some riders have been tailed off. Ivan Sosa of Team Ineos had a mechanical and is riding in a group behind with Conor Dunne, the Irish national champion.
Breakaway over! Well, that escalated fast... One moment you're rolling along with a five-minute gap, the next you're clinging on for dear life at the back of a peloton which is going hell for leather. It will be interesting to see now if there's a lull and a counter-move.
Movistar, Trek, Groupama and Jumbo-Visma are on the front now as the peloton zips on at a fair lick. There's definitely something brewing - either they have heard that a big name rider is in difficulty, or those winds are going to be worse than expected. This has spelled the end for our Japanese leader, who only has 30 seconds to play with now.
We now have a race on our hand! The sudden acceleration by Trek on the descent has strung things out and cause a few splits in the peloton. The final third of this stage is more exposed and there are heavy winds expected so the teams have now swarmed to the front to anticipate the danger. The gap is down to just one minute!
There's a bit more tension in the bunch now as they crest the top of this long uphill drag and start this short but sharp technical descent. Trek-Segafredo have sent three riders to the front and the gap has tumbled down to 2'45" for our escapee.
Astonishingly, there are still stages which are 235km, 238km, 239km, 221km, 232km, 226km and 222km remaining in this race.
We've passed the hilltop town of Gabellino and the road continues to hear uphill. This isn't a categorised climb but a very long uphill false flat. The gap is down to 4'30" for our lone leader as we enter the final 100 clicks.
Sho Hatsuyuma is riding 2.9km ahead of the pack but his lead is coming down a little now that Lotto Soudal have taken up the pace-making for their sprinter Caleb Ewan. Dumoulin, meanwhile, is back into the peloton after his little break.
We always get one of two of these kinds of stages in a Grand Tour but not often as early as day three... The peloton is soft-pedalling and joshing around as they edge through the feed zone with a deficit of six minutes. Tom Dumoulin is currently well off the back after stopping for a call of nature or to talk to his Sunweb directeur sportif.
Thomas De Gendt is still fronting the podium on this climb with a rider from Israel Cycling Academy in his wheel. They're followed by the whole Jumbo-Visma squad, including the pink jersey Primoz Roglic, who will be on alert for any attacks on the descent. It's an easy day for the riders, what with just one escapee up the road, and not too many difficulties up ahead. Unless the wind returns, that is. The gap is 6'38".
Hatsuyama takes on some sustenance as he continues riding this uncategorised climb to Cantoniera di Montebello. He stretches his lead up to well over seven minutes but it's dropped a little now that he's going back uphill.
It looks like there's a peloton-wide agreement to take their collective foot off the gas and ease up a little. Thomas De Gendt - a man who is usually in Sho Hatsuyama's shoes - is on the front and chewing the fat with Pieter Serry of Deceuninck-QuickStep. The gap has grown to 6'28" accordingly.
It's certainly been a show-stopping performance so far today from our lone leader.
Team Ineos, Astana, Lotto Soudal and Bahrain Merida all have riders on the front of the peloton as the pace eases up to allow Hatsuyama to extend his lead to over five minutes.
The gap is coming down now for our lone leader, who now has 3'45" over the pack.
Arnaud Demare darts clear to take the maximum points for second place in the sprint with one of his team-mates taking points for third place before Elia Viviani in fourth.
The peloton is all strung-out now after Groupama-FDJ have upped the tempo ahead of the intermediate sprint for their man Arnaud Demare...
Sho Hatsuyama wins the intermediate sprint at Poggibonsi - but it's uncontested for he is the only rider out ahead of the peloton if you're only just joining us. The Japanese has a gap of 4'38" over the main field.
It was a great day for Bora-Hansgrohe yesterday: not only did Pascal Ackermann win stage 2 after a textbook lead-out from his team-mates, the former world champion Peter Sagan ended his drough with victory in the opening stage of the Tour of California.
With just the one rider up the road, the first intermediate sprint at Poggibonsi - which is coming up shortly - is going to have a bit of extra importance when the peloton whizz by. Hatsuyama will mop up the maximum 20pts but thre will be 12-8-6-4-3-2-1 points up for grabs at both sprints when the sprinters come through. This could be key in the battle for the maglia ciclamino.
Hatsuyama gesticulates wildly at a group of men watching on the side of the road - it's as if the Japanese was asking them to ditch what they're doing and join in. He could certainly do with a hand out there in what is clearly an exercise in getting some sponsorship air-time and notching up an experience he'll probably never forget.
The race is passing over the rolling roads and Tuscan hills west of Siena. The wind has eased but the sky looks very threatening with huge, billowing, grey thunderclouds gathering overhead. Our lone leader Sho Hatsuyama, incidentally, was the Japanese national champion in 2016. This is his first Grand Tour although he knows this neck of the woods having ridden Strade Bianche for the past two years.
Interesting that none of our TV commentators, presenters and panellists have opted for Caleb Ewan today. The Australian was third yesterday after opening up the sprint early off the back of an expert Lotto Soudal lead-out. Should he get his timing right, he'll surely be in the mix. No surprise to see Viviani and Ackermann on the list, although not much love for Gaviria and Demare... Who do you think will win? Send me your thoughts @Saddleblaze on Twitter.
Hatsuyama is over the climb and he took some of the bends on the descent extremely gingerly, overcooking at least one of them. Still, he's maintained his 4'30" lead over the pack.
It's going to be a long day in the saddle for our lone Japanese rider, Sho Hatsuyama, who set off after one kilometre and wasn't followed by anyone. It looks to be a thankless task for the Nippo-Vini Fantini rider - there's probably a Japanese word for the kind of attack this is, but it doesn't come to mind.
Still over four minutes for our escapee Hatsuyama, who is approaching the uncategorised climb to Poggio All'Aglione.
The gap is up to four minutes for our lone leader.
A nice touch from the Shark this morning. He's going for his third Giro title this month and is currently sitting pretty in third place on the standings.
This is a brave move from Nippo-Vini Fantini's remaining Japanese rider, Hatsuyama. He saw team-mate and compatriot Hiroki Nishimura harshly kicked out of the race on Saturday after finishing outside the time limit in the opening time trial. Hatsuyama is now doing his best to save a bit of face for the Land of the Rising Sun, who have strong links with his Italian wildcard pro-conti team via the Nippo sponsor. The gap is up to 1'50".
There are strong cross-tail winds today as the race heads south with a 42.5 km/h wind blowing from the north-east. That should speed things up a little.
There was an early attack by the Japanese rider Sho Hatsuyama (Nippo-Vini Fantini) who quickly opened up a gap of more than a minute.
The riders travel south to the west of Siena today with two sprints - at Poggibonsi and Grosseto - ahead of the only categorised climb, the Cat.4 Poggio L'Apparita, ahead of a blustery finish on an exposed peninsula that juts out into the Tyrrhenian coast.
Stage 3 is under way!
The maglia azzura is being worn by Giulio Ciccone of Trek-Segafredo. The Italian was fastest up the climb on Saturday's time trial and then consolidated his lead by taking maximum points over yesterday's two categorised climbs. With only 3pts up for grabs today - and in the next two stages, too - his KOM lead won't be in jeopardy until Thursday's stage 6, which features the first Cat.2 climb of the race.
Along with his victory yesterday, Pascal Ackermann also picked up the maglia ciclamino. He leads the standings on 25pts ahead of Elia Viviani who is on 18pts. Saturday's ITT winner Roglic is in third on 15pts.
In his latest Eurosport podcast, Bradley Wiggins says the current race leader has come into the Giro already in top form and suggests he may tail off come the third week, opening the door to someone like Simon Yates who he feels is the favourite for the pink jersey come Verona. Sir Brad was joined by former Sky team-mate Simon Gerrans as they reminisced over their years together...
The riders are just about the leave the neutral start in Vinci ahead of today's third stage. Stay tuned for all the live action... Our roving reporter Matt Stephens has been there with the town's namesake this morning.
Here's our maglia rosa this morning at the sign-on. Having won Saturday's opening time trial, Primoz Roglic leads Adam Yates by 19 seconds, Vincenzo Nibali by 23 seconds and Miguel Angel Lopez and Tom Dumoulin by 28 seconds.
Here's what the riders can expect today - some rolling roads but just the one categorised climb in what is far from a routine sprint stage, especially with the reports of heavy winds that we're hearing...
Here's how Pascal Ackermann won stage 2 as well as all of the other key moments.
Yesterday, German champion Pascal Ackermann roared to victory in stage 2 ahead of Italy’s Elia Viviani and Australia’s Caleb Ewan as Slovenian Primoz Roglic retained the pink jersey. Ackermann held his nerve in a fiercely contested bunch sprint, the 25-year-old Grand Tour debutant narrowly avoiding a spill before powering past his more experienced rivals to take a maiden Giro scalp at the earliest possible moment.
Ciao ragazzi! Welcome to live coverage of stage 3 of the Giro d'Italia - a 220km ride from Vinci to Orbetello which may see the sprinters do battle once again.