It's official: Carapaz leads the Giro by 7 seconds!
Saint-Vincent - Courmayeur
Giro d'Italia - 25 May 2019
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Here's the moment Richard Carapaz took a second win of the race and secured the maglia rosa.
Ilnur Zakarin, yesterday's winner, came home seven minutes down and so will plunge down the standings, perhaps even out of the top 10 having risen to third yesterday.
Now, Carapaz was 1'57" down on Roglic but pocketed 10 bonus seconds so by my reckoning will be in the pink jersey by... seven seconds.
Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) takes second place at 1'36". He's back in the top 10 after that comeback ride today. It's Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida) who leads the others home at 1'54".
No celebrations until he crossed the line there for Carapaz, who buried himself right to the end. Has he done enough for pink?
Victory for Ecuador's Richard Carapaz of Movistar! It's his second of the race...
One click to go now and the win is in the bag - but what about the maglia rosa?
Carapaz has 1'27" over Yates and 1'42" over the Roglic group. If he can find another 16 seconds he'll be in pink. He must know this because he's burying himself.
Carapaz could possibly move into pink - and perhaps Roglic is happy with this? He's not doing anything behind...
Carapaz goes under the 3-to-go banner. Sivakov put in an attack but it was neutralised by Lopez, who wants the white jersey back from the Russian. During another lull Simon Yates puts in an attack in a bid to take back some time.
Lopez starts to stretch his legs now - but, still, there's a lot of looking around.
Caruso now driving the chase. Carapaz is extending his lead and is now only 45 seconds down on Roglic on the virtual standings...
Yates is still 1'05" back from Carapaz, who looks certain he'll pick up a second stage win today. The pace behind was so slow that Sivakov came straight to the front once he rejoined the leaders.
Sivakov and Caruso are about to rejoin the main group - and Yates takes advantage of the hesitation to zip clear with Dombrowski.
Majka comes to the front after some hesitation in the chase group. They trail Carapaz by 40 seconds with Yates and Dombrowski about to rejoin.
Lone leader Richard Carapaz (Movistar) is onto the final Cat.3 climb to Courmayeur (8km at 3.2%). The reason for the low average gradient is because it goes up in steps and there's a descent mid-way up. The maximum gradient is 9% though so it's not a leg-sapper.
Rafal Majka looks to have cramps on the back of the chasing quintet. Roglic is leading on the descent with Nibali not really showing much of his revered dare-devil downhill skills. Into the last 10 clicks now...
Carapaz's lead is back up to 30 seconds. Can he hold on and take a second win today? The climb is in about 3km.
Carapaz has 17 seconds on the Nibali quintet and 27 seconds on Yates and Dombrowski.
The final climbs is the easiest of the day and will not necessarily suit the best climber. Anyone who can burying himself in the big ring stands a chance of winning this stage - even Yates is in with a shout.
The gap back to Jan Polanc over the top is 6'18" so its going to be a Slovenian changing of the guard atop the standings today.
Nice to see Carapaz grab some newspaper on the summit ahead of an old-school descent. His gap was 34 seconds going over the top...
Over the top goes Richard Carapaz. Behind, Nibali puts in an attack so he can tackle the descent in pole position. The Italian crests with Landa, Roglic, Lopez and Majka on his wheel. Yates is almost back in the picture but will need a big descent to get back in with a chance.
Carapaz is approaching the summit of this big climb, the Colle San Carlo, with a gap of 30 seconds over the five chasers. Yates is another 15 seconds back.
Majka is back with the big boys and Joe Dombrowski is also about to join them - it was the American, not the Estonian Kangert, there for EF Education First.
Rafal Majka is closing in on the four chasers.
Roglic is now out of the saddle and leading the chase in the chasing quartet. They trail lone leader Carapaz by 15 seconds. Yates is 40 seconds down and the maglia rosa group 4'25".
Nibali is in a chase group with Roglic, Lopez and Landa, the Spaniard able to sit back and be dragged along because of Carapaz being up the road.
When the big attack comes in it's from Richard Carapaz! The Ecuadorian opens up a dangerous gap and Nibali and Roglic are forced to lead the chase.
Caruso is having a monster stage. It's the Italian who is back driving the tempo with Carapaz and Roglic in his wheel, Nibali on the wheel of his Slovenian rival. The Yates trio have almost closed the gap.
Lopez strikes out once again just as the big boys are about to draw level with Ciccone. The attack comes to nothing and we have around 10 riders now with about 15 seconds over Yates, Sivakov, Carthy and Sosa.
Jan Polanc has lost the pink jersey so Roglic is the virtual leader.
Majka has rejoined the big guys with Caruso and, I think, Kangert. Sivakov is doing his best to bridge over with Carthy, Yates and another Ineos rider.
Nibali puts in another attack. Roglic, Carapaz and then Lopez and Landa follow. Behind it's Majka who leads the chase.
Lucas Hamilton has dropped back and is helping pace Simon Yates. They only have 20 metres to close so he could get back in it yet.
Just as Simon Yates manages to almost rejoin the big boys, Lopez puts in an attack. That may be the final nail in Yates's coffin. Lopez is pulled to heel by the others and Caruso is back driving the tempo for Nibali.
Giulio Ciccone strikes out to drop Sosa and Cattaneo. The Italian has 16 seconds on the main group so it will be tough for him to stay out all the way to the summit, but he's going for it.
Just a dozen riders now in this group of favourites. They trail the trio in the lead by 25 seconds. Caruso still leads the main pack. Yates is out of the saddle and in pursuit - he has almost closed the gap after dropping Mollema and passing Formolo.
Ciccone and Cattaneo have been joined by Sosa on the front of the race. Mollema and Yates have been dropped by the group of favourites.
That was very good from Majka and Formolo, who didn't panic and dragged the chasers back to the Nibali group. Yates was there but he appears to be struggling again, dropping back a little.
Ciccone and Cattaneo are on the front. They have 50 seconds on this group of favourites and 2'00" on the pink jersey group. Polanc will lose the maglia rosa after all.
Caruso has dropped back from the break for Nibali. He's about to be picked up. Amador, too, has come back for Landa and Carapaz.
Landa now setting the pace in this quintet with Lopez, Roglic, Nibali and Carapaz. Behind it's Bora duo Majka and Formolo who lead the chase in a larger group that includes Sivakov and Yates. The gap isn't huge and it may come back together again.
Meanwhile, it's Cattaneo who leads the race with Dupont in pursuit. The break has been blown to smithereens - much like the peloton - and we have only just started this climb.
Nibali attacks! Roglic covers that attack - followed by Landa, Carapaz and Lopez - but Simon Yates is one of the riders who has no reply.
It's Nibali's Bahrain Merida team setting the tempo now and many riders have been dropped - including Bob Jungels and Pello Bilbao. The maglia rosa has been distanced, too.
Ciccone on the front of the break, which has 1'40" to play with over the pack, which is being led by Jumbo and Movistar. Mollema is also right in the mix.
We're onto the Cat.1 Colle San Carlo (10.5km at 9.8%) which has some ramps of 15% in the first half. It's a relentlessly steep slog and should blow things apart.
Masnada 'wins' the intermediate sprint ahead of Izagirre and Ciccone.
Cattaneo, Masnada, Izagirre and Ciccone drive the pace of this break. Jumbo still have the fresh faces of Tolhoek, Bouwman and Kuss setting tempo for Roglic.
The riders are onto the small climb towards the second intermediate sprint, which precedes the penultimate (and biggest) climb of the day. The gap is still 1'25".
A nice snap from earlier on the second climb.
Well, well... perhaps Jan Polanc will keep hold of the maglia rosa again after all.
Wheel change for Gallopin, who had been dropped by the break and will now, in all likelihood, get caught by the peloton before the next climb.
After such a riotous start today, I had to say that things have got a little sedate in this stage. I'm sure it'll all kick off on the next climb - well, I hope - but for now it does seem a little bit too easy. In any case, the gap is down to 1'22" on this descent. 50 clicks to go!
Antwan Tolhoek leads the Jumbo-Visma train over the summit 1'30" in arrears. It looked like Miguel Angel Lopez had put in an attack for Astana but the Colombian was just edging ahead to pick up a water bottle.
For the third climb running it's Ciccone who takes the KOM points over the summit ahead of Masnada, Sosa and Caruso. He's really owning this maglia azzurra competition is the Italian youngster.
Lucas Hamilton needs a new rear wheel and that change takes quite a long time. The Australian will have to fight back into the break now with the peloton now within two minutes of the leaders.
We're hearing that it's raining at the finish...
Will the winner come from the break today? It's unlikely, because their gap is small and you'd expect one of the big GC riders to try something on later. Sosa, Ciccone, Izagirre or Masnada could win on paper, but I just don't think they'd get the chance. Sosa is unproven, Ciccone's there for the KOM points, Izagirre is short of form and riding for Lopez while Masnada already has a win and will struggle once the GC fireworks explode behind. As for Amador, he's in there for Landa and Carapaz (like yesterday) while those two Ag2R riders just don't have what it takes. Carthy, perhaps, could do something, but he's still relatively new to this game.
We're around 4km from the summit of this tough climb and the breakaway, which is working well together although not pulling up trees, is 2'20" ahead.
The four chasers have joined the leaders so we now have a strong 12-man break with a gap of 2'25". Jumbo Visma have some help from Jan Polanc's UAE Team Emirates on the front of the pack now.
Time to climb! We're onto the third climb now, the Cat.2 ascent to Truc d'Arbe (8.2km at 7%).
Some people are questioning why Jumbo-Visma are chasing so hard when there's no direct pressure on Roglic from this break. Well, here's a possible explanation...
The four chasers are within a minute now of the eight-man break on this twisting descent, which weaves its way through dense pine woodland and past lush fields of buttercups. The Jumbo-Visma-led peloton is all strung out at 2'15" in arrears.
Ciccone doubles up by going over the top in pole position to consolidate his lead in the maglia azzurra standings. Sosa was second ahead of one of the Androni riders, probably Masnada.
The leaders have 1'30" on the chasing quartet and 2'45" on the pack. The roads look wet up here.
Ivan Sosa drops back to the Ineos team car and picks up a gilet ahead of the summit. Sensible, for the temperature has dropped and the Colombian could get cold on the descent. And while it's sunny, the clouds gathering do look menacing.
Who's have thought, even a few weeks ago, that we'd have two Slovenians topping the standings going deep inside the second week of a Grand Tour? If UAE Team Emirates rider Jan Polanc is likely to lose the maglia rosa today, then compatiot Primoz Roglic is the most likely to take over.
Izagirre and Caruso have joined Gallopin and Dupont. This quartet have about 30 seconds on the pack, who trail the eight-man break by 3'25".
Yet more movement: Damiano Caruso zips clear to join Izagirre so Bahrain Merida have a rider up the road for Nibali.
More movement: Ion Izagirre darts out of the pack to open a small gap. So, Astana are sending a man up the road. Izagirre's had a pretty rotten race so far, the Basque rider is currently 36 minutes down on GC.
Now Ag2R-La Mondiale make a move with two riders zipping clear of the pack: Frenchmen Tony Gallopin and Hubert Dupont. Such is the tempo, they open up a big gap quickly and there's no reaction from the peloton.
If the sight of Haller tapping out tempo on the front of the pack wasn't enough to sum up the gentle pace then the presence of Pascal Ackermann still riding comfortably in the peloton underlines once again that things are rather leisurely at the moment - the German not yet dropped like his sprinter counterpart Demare. The gap is 3'35".
Nice snap on the Getty wires from the first climb today.
Arnaud Demare has been dropped and is surrounded by some of his Groupama-FDJ teammates in the gruppetto. He's wearing this monstrosity of a ciclamino get-up today, so it's nice that we won't have to see it on the TV screens any more.
Ivan Sosa setting the tempo for the break while Haller continues to set the pace for the pack, which is curious, because it's not entirely obvious who he's doing it for. Zakarin, I suppose, but there's no sign of yesterday's stage winner as yet.
Marco Haller's position on the front of this main pack is an indication of how gentle things are going on this second climb. They're approaching the steepest part of the climb, which hits 13%, so that may whittle things down a little. For now, the break has a lead of 2'45".
We're now onto the second climb of the day, the Cat.1 climb to Verrogne (13.8km at 7.1%).
Jumbo-Visma are now pulling in the peloton for Roglic, who clearly sees those two Mitchelton-Scott riders in the break, plus Movistar's Amador, as a bit of a threat. The gap is still around the two minute mark.
Yep, it's a stalemate for the leaders: Landa and Nibali were deep in discussion as the pink jersey group almost came to a standstill before the peloton - being driven by the Groupama team of Arnaud Demare - zipped past at top speed. So, Roglic has his reinforcements and things have settled ahead of the intermediate sprint and second climb. The gap is two minutes for these eight leaders.
The eight leaders are: Andrey Amador (Movistar), Mattia Cattaneo and Fausto Masnada (Androni-Giacattoli), Hugh Carthy (EF Education First), Chris Juul-Jensen and Lucas Hamilton (Mitchelton-Scott), Ivan Sosa (Team Ineos) and Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo). They have 1'50" now over the pink jersey group, which has sat up and is waiting for the peloton.
Hugh Carthy and Ivan Sosa are about to join a group of six out ahead so we will have a break of eight. It looks like Andrey Amador is up there, as well as Ciccone and two Mitcheltons and two Andronis.
The pink jersey group is around 20-strong but Roglic has no Jumbo-Visma teammates at all. It's going to be a tough day for the Slovenian - if he takes pink he's going to have to do it the hard way. That said, there seems to be a bit of a go-slow back in the main pack - a temporary ceasefire ahead of the next climb.
The three leaders have been reeled in and Androni now have two riders trying to zip clear with Ciccone also in the frame, plus a rider from Mitchelton Scott. Such a fast start to the shortest stage of this year's Giro - shortest, but one of the hardest.
Sam Oomen (Team Sunweb) has abandoned. The Dutchman finished 20 minutes back yesterday and his team now only have four riders left: Bakelants, Haga, Hamilton and Haga. Ever since Tom Dumoulin crashed out in the first week it's been a nightmare for Sunweb.
Hugh Carthy (EF Education First) is bridging over to Caruso and Bilbao, who are bickering a little. The gap is 17 seconds.
Pello Bilbao (Astana) has joined Caruso on the descent while behind that initial breakaway has been absorbed by the big GC favourites. Jan Polanc, the pink jersey, is there, but we're not sure if Bauke Mollema is in the mix. Bob Jungels was dropped on the climb but fought back. This duo has 10 seconds.
Fausto Masnada (Androni) was on the front of the break towards the summit before Ciccone darted clear to take maximum points ahead of Damiano Caruso of Bahrain-Merida, who then kicks on over the top. He'll be looking to act as a bridge for Nibali later on.
After putting his brother Antonio on the front to chase, Nibali finally makes his move and bridges over to the Roglic-Yates group.
We should add that there was a lot of beef between Nibali and Roglic yesterday after the two favourites cancelled each other out on the Colle del Nivolet. The Italian refused to shake the Slovenian's hand after the finish after Nibali was angered at Roglic not doing any pulls to reel in Carapaz and Majka. "Roglic is well placed overall but if he continues to ride like that he won't win this Giro. I won't win it too but neither will he," Nibali said after the finish, before making a snide comment about his rival coming round to his house to see his trophies...
Big acceleration from Simon Yates! Roglic and Landa follow the Briton, who had two Mitchelton-Scott teammates up the road. Very aggressive racing from the start. Now it'#s Carapaz, Sivakov and Yates putting on the pressure... before Yates puts in another big attack! Carapaz and Roglic follow and they open up a gap over the others.
The race has blown up already. Riders are in groups all over the road and Roglic has already lost his mountain lieutenant Sepp Kuss. There's a 15-man break now which had absorbed Benedetti. They have about 15 seconds on the main group of favourites.
This shows the time gaps between the supposed race favourites - with Roglic in the virtual pink jersey and both Superman Lopez and Yates more than five minutes down.
A reminder of the top 10. It's hard to see Polanc still in pink tonight with his compatriot Roglic most likely to take over the mantle once again as race leader. Zakarin is right back in it after his win yesterday, while Landa, Mollema and Sivakov rose up the standings, as did Carapaz. Simon Yates, incidentally, is 8'13" down in 12th after his shocker yesterday.
Haller, who is back from a nasty knee injury which could have costed him his entire leg, has now been caught by the peloton, which is all strung out as it weaves its way up these hairpins between steep fields of vines. Benedetti has just 10 seconds to play with.
Benedetti has dropped Haller on this climb. The Italian won stage 12 a couple of days ago in Pinerolo for his first professional win. As for Haller, the Austraian made the news that day after he confronted a fan who tried to take his water bottle out of his mouth after the finish... They had 35 seconds but their led is tumbling now.
Giulio Ciccone has attacked from the pack - the Italian is keen to snaffle as many KOM points to protect his lead in the maglia azzurra competition.
We're already onto the first climb of the day, the Cat.2 climb to Verrayes (6.7km at 8%).
Two riders up front now ahead of the first climb: Marco Haller (Katusha-Alpecin) and Cesare Benedetti (Bora-Hansgrohe).
Here's the official profile today - with just 14km of flat roads on the menu...
They're off! And there's an attack from the outset from Marco Frapporti of Androni-Giacattoli.
Let's get going because the riders are ready and primed to get the stage under way. A reminder of the classification leaders: Giulio Ciccone in blue, Jan Polanc in pink, Arnaud Demare in ciclamino and Pavel Sivakov in white.
Yesterday, Russia’s Ilnur Zakarin soloed to glory - and put himself into the pink picture - on the snow-capped Colle del Nivolet to win Stage 13 of the Giro d’Italia as Slovenia’s Jan Polanc battled to retain his maglia rosa and Briton’s Simon Yates conceded more time to his general classification rivals.
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