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Giro d'Italia - 20 May 2015

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The main peloton passes through the finish around 10 seconds later and it will be no change at the top of the standing - despite that little dig near the top of the final climb by Alberto Contador.

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It's Carlos Betancur who takes second place ahead of Franco Pellizotti 54 seconds down on the lone leader Zakarin.

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Victory for Russia's Ilnur Zakarin of Katusha!

1km 

He's managed to stay upright on the wet descent, and he's now onto the race course in pole position...

2km 

Philippe Gilbert pings off the front of the peloton - but he's left it way too late. That's surely just a token attack because it's what he was mentally prepared for. Zakarin will win this one - and he'll do it imminently.

4.5km 

Contador is back with the main pack after that cheeky dig. Aru was caught out there and relied on team-mate Cataldo to neutralise the attack.

6.5km

Attack from Alberto Contador! The Spaniard catches his rivals napping and opens up a small gap. No reaction from Aru or Porte as Contador is joined by a cluster of other riders ahead of the descent...

7km 

Over the top goes Ilnur Zakarin and it's all downhill from here... The chasing pack passes over the top over a minute back...

8km 

Hesjedal cuts a disconsolate figure as he tries to rally his fellow escapees - they all know they've been rumbled by Zakarin. But the Canadian won't give up. After all, the Russian leadr may fall on the descent...

9km 

Orica-GreenEdge realise they cannot turn this one around and they take their foot off the gas. Astana now lead the peloton, notionally, for Fabio Aru. The win belongs to Zakarin.

10km

Hesjedal leads the chase but it looks like it's going to be in vain. If Zakarin gets over the summit in pole position, then he will win this race - baring a fall. The 25-year-old has a whole minute over the other escapees...

11km 

Uran is back with the main peloton after fighting back on hard. Meanwhile, Zakarin still rides solo on the front of the race with a 1:24 gap over the pack. It looks like the peloton won't reel him in - but one of the six chasing riders might still do it. They're back onto the final ascent of the Tre Monti climb.

14km

That fall was out of the corner on the race track and it looked like Uran touched a wheel and went down. He's torn his jersey on his shoulder but he's back on his bike and with his team-mates as he tries to fight back on.

15km

CRASH: An Etixx-QuickStep rider hits the deck - and it's Rigoberto Uran!

16km 

Zakarin completes the long descent in this heavy rain to hit the motor racing circuit at Imola. He'll soon hear the bell as he passes through the finish area for the penultimate time.

20km 

Zakarin has a little gap over the six chasing riders. The Russian won the Tour of Romandie last month and so he entered the race in fine form. He's being chased down by Kruijswijk, who has just pinged off the front.

22km

Michael Matthews is still with this streamlined peloton, which passes over the summit 1:18 in arrears. The stage win for the Orica-GreenEdge man is still on.

24km

Betancur drives the pace as he tries to unwrap a gel. Hesjedal and Zakarin come through, with Intxausti lurking. The Spaniard wants those points for the blue jersey competition... but it's Zakarin who takes the points going over the top. It's no matter - Intxausti will still wear blue tomorrow.

25km 

We're onto the third ascent of Tre Monti - and this is the one that is categorised. Kung has almost caught Turkiewicz and Montaguti - but in turn he's almost been caught by the peloton.

29km

The break leads Kung by 1:08 and the peloton by 1:35. Sean Kelly - back in the commentary box for Eurosport - thinks one of the escapees will hold on for the victory.

33km 

Kung is riding well clear of the pack now - he may catch the leaders soon.

35km

BMC's Stefan Kung has opened up a gap on the descent off the front of the peloton, which is led by Tinkoff-Saxo and trails the break by 1:33.

38km

Hesjedal drives the break towards the summit of the second ascent of Tre Monti. Betancur is in his wheels. The gap is back to 1:40. A chasing duo of Rutkiewicz and Montaguti pass over 26 seconds later, but no sign of Fernandez.

40km 

Rosa and Kruijswijk are back with the leaders, so we have seven out ahead. Fernandez, Rutkiewicz and Montaguti did not make the cut.

41km

Zakarin ups the tempo and creates a split in the break, taking Intxausti, Hesjedal, Pellizotti and Batancur with him. Kruijswijk and Rosa are fighting back on on the climb. The gap is 1:20.

44km 

If Siutsou has been distanced, it's only from the first, main maglia rosa peloton. There's a second pack of riders about two minutes off the back, with numerous strugglers in between. BMC still drive the pace.

45km

It's a very wet and slippery descent - especially in this rain. The peloton is really strung out as they enter the Imola motor-racing circuit for the first time and pass over the finish line for the first time. They trail the leaders by just 55 seconds now. Sky's Kanstantin Siutsou has been distanced.

50km 

It's coming down steadily - by my reckoning we'll be back together before the third ascent of Tre Monti. It's 1:20 now.

54km 

The peloton is bunching up once again after that period of feistiness. All the big teams are near the front as the gap comes down to 1:40. Pellizotti leads the break over the summit of this climb for the first of four ascents.

56km

We're onto the first ascent of the Tre Monti climb - the third of which is categorised (4). It's 4km long at an average gradient of 4% and a max gradient of 10%.

57km

Now Sky have come to the front to chase with BMC. Bernie Eisel was on the front for a few pulls, with five other team-mates tucked in behind the BMC train. Remember that Leopold Konig is now the best placed Sky rider after Richie Porte was dealt that two-minute penalty yesterday.

60km 

Remember, no one gave the break a chance yesterday - so the carrots are not cooked yet. The gap is sti;ll around the 2:15 mark as BMC continue to lead the chase - perhaps with a view to leading out their man Philippe Gilbert, who would try to break clear on the fourth and final ascent of the Tre Monti climb before zipping to victory in Imola.

65km 

Astana made the connection but there's a split in the peloton with around 50 riders fighting back on. The gap is down to 2:20 for the 10 escapees.

70km

Astana's Diego Rosa takes the bonus seconds and points at the intermediate sprint at Borgo Tossignano - but it's uncontested. Meanwhile, there are splits in the peloton - as Tinkoff-Saxo and BMC combine to distance Astana and the others...

75km

The rain's falling pretty heavily now. The break has completed the descent from that last climb and are now making their way to the start of the circuit around Imola. They'll negotiate four laps - each with a punchy climb - before the finish. BMC still lead the chase. The gap is 2:45.

80km

It's BMC setting the tempo on the front of the pack as they approach the summit of this climb. The peloton crosses with a deficit of 3:39 over the break.

82km

Party pooper Carlos Betancur takes maximim points over the summit, outsprinting Intxausti and Kruijswijk. The Colombian takes seven points and the Basque rider takes four - but that will be enough for Intxausti to level Geschke's tally and move back into the lead. That said, there are still some heated words going on between Betancur and the new blue jersey ahead of this descent...

83km 

It was Benat Intxausti who took maximum points on the first Cat.3 climb - and that put him onto 46 points in the blue jersey competition. He trails Simon Geschke by just four points and so the Movistar rider could be back in blue this evening - provided he crests this current climb, the Cat.3 Valico del Prugno, in pole position.

85km

Tinkoff-Saxo made the peloton slow down considerably on that wet descent, which made the advantage of the break creep up to four minutes. It looks like Luca Paolini of Katusha has taken a tumble - his shorts are torn and he has a little gash to his left thigh.

88km

It's a rainy day in Emilia-Romagna - although at the moment it's not falling heavily enough to warrant rain capes. Back with the pack, it's the Tinkoff-Saxo team-mates of pink jersey Alberto Contador who are controlling the tempo as they negotiate some tricky hairpins on this descent. The gap is up to 3:20.

90km 

There are some familiar faces in this break: Betancur, Montaguti, Pellizotti, Intxausti, Hesjedal, Zakarin and Kruijswijk have all been on the offensive in previous stages, many of them in the same stage(s).

95km 

We're four climbs into the stage - just one categorised - and the break has just over three minutes on the pack. Three riders have been dropped from the leading group - Chavanel, Berlato and Stortoni - leaving 10 escapees on the front of the race.

100km

As for Simon Clarke, the other rider to be penalised in the 'wheelgate' incident, the Orica-GreenEdge rider had this to say: "The penalty is really unfortunate. Obviously that wasn’t my intention – I was just helping out a friend. You never want that on anyone – especially not a GC guy. I actually nearly crashed because he punctured in the middle of the roundabout. So I had already stopped with him – and saw that he had no team-mates and so it was a spontaneous decision to give him the wheel. I didn’t even think. Regret’s not the right word – I just did what I thought was the best thing to do at the time. I made a decision and I have to stand by it."

105km

Asked how he felt when learning about his harsh two-minute penalty, Richie Porte this morning told Eurosport: "One of shock and disbelief - but rules are rules. I didn't know about that one. There's nothing we can do now. Simon Clarke and Michael Matthews helping out was a great picture for cycling, but the jury obviously disagreed. There's not much I can do now. At the end of the day, it wasn't an ideal time to pucture. But the sun's out today and I'll keep fighting. I'm an underdog now and I'll have to come from behind. It actually feels a little easier."

110km

The gap is about two minutes for the leaders. The break formed 25km into the stage on the Cat.3 Passo del Trebbio.

115km

Full composition of the 13-man break: Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo), Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha), Matteo Montaguti (Ag2R-La Mondiale), Ryder Hesjedal (Cannondale-Garmin), Marek Rutkiewicz (CCC Sprandi Polkowice), Carlos Betancur (Ag2R-La Mondiale), Ruben Fernandez (Movistar), Franco Pellizotti (Androni Sidermec), Benat Intxausti (Movistar), Diego Rosa (Astana), Simone Stortoni (Androni Sidermec), Sylvain Chavanel (IAM Cycling) and Giacomo Berlato (Nippo-Vini Fantini).

130km 

Around a dozen men managed to break clear, including Steven Kruijswick (LottoNL-Jumbo), Carlos Betancur (Ag2R-La Mondiale) and stage 9 winner Benat Intxausti (Movistar).

146km

At the first intermediate sprint - just 7.6km from the start - Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek Factory Racing) pipped Elia Viviani (Team Sky) for maximum points. Yesterday's stage winner Nicola Boem took third place to consolidate his lead in the red points jersey standings. His win yesterday put him on 98 points to Andre Greipel's 85.

150km

Attacks came thick and fast at the start of the stage, which concludes with four circuits around Imola before a grandstand finale at the Ferrari motoracing circuit. There are numerous small peaks including two Cat.3 climbs on the agenda.

153km

With Italian Matteo Pelucchi (IAM Cycling) retiring yesterday, the peloton was down to 187 riders as it rolled out of Forli for the start of today's stage.

12:55

Porte had already dropped to fourth place on GC after losing time at the finish - but with that extra two-minute penalty he is now in 12th place some 3:09 behind pink jersey Alberto Contador. The Spaniard leads Italian Fabio Aru by three seconds and compatriot Mikel Landa (also of Astana) by 46 seconds. Contador's Tinkoff-Saxo team-mate Roman Kreuziger moves ip to fifth place at 1:46, 30 seconds behind another Astana rider, Dario Cataldo.

12:50

Porte was docked two-minutes and dealt a token fine for accepting a wheel change from a rider in a rival team in the closing moments of yesterday's stage 10, won by Italy's Nicola Boem of Bardiani-CSF. Porte punctured 7km from the finish and rolled home 47 seconds behind his GC rivals - but it later emerged that he had received assistance from his friend Clarke, and the UCI stuck to the rule book and slapped him with a ban. This act of sportsmanship / national collusion (delete as appropriate) has sparked heated debate on social media, with most people sticking their neck out for the unfortunate Tasmanian.

12:45

Hello and welcome to live coverage of stage 11 of the Giro d'Italia - as the dust settles from yesterday's 'wheelgate' incident involving Team Sky's Richie Porte and fellow Australian Simon Clarke of Orica-GreenEdge...