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93rd Giro d'Italia - Stage 11 Live Part 1
By Nick Bull
Date: 5/19/2010
93rd Giro d'Italia - Stage 11 Live Part 1

93rd Giro d'Italia - Stage 11 Live Part 1
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2010 Giro d'Italia
Jersey Leaders - Stage 11

Maglia Rosa:  Alexander Vinokourov
Maglia Rossa: Tyler Farrar Garmin/Transitions
KOM:  Matthew Lloyd  Omega Pharma/Lotto
U26:  Richie Porte Saxo Bank
Team: Liquigas/Doimo
Stage 10

Wednesday  5/19 Stage 11: Lucera - L'Aquila 191 km
1450 CET - A group of 56 riders went clear 20km into today's stage, and remarkably, 49 of them are still upfront. Those in the break include:

Richie Porte, Chris Anker Sorensen, Laurent Didier (Saxo Bank);
Bradley Wiggins, Michael Barry, Steve Cummings, Morris Possoni (Team Sky);
Matt Goss (HTC-Columbia); Giampaolo Caruso, Joan Horrach (Katusha); Matteo Bono (Lampre-Farnese Vini);
Valerio Agnoli, Tiziano Dall'Antonia, Robert Kiserlovski (Liquigas-Doimo);
 Jan Bakelandts, Francis De Greef, Matthew Lloyd (Omega Pharma-Lotto); Dario Cataldo, Jerome Pineau (Quick Step); Stefan Kruijswijk, Maurzio Ardila (Rabobank);

Andrey Amador, David Arroyo, Arnold Jeannesson, Vasil Kiryienka, Alberto Losada (Caisse d'Epargne); Carlos Sastre, Volodymir Gustov, Marcel Wyss, Xavier Tondo (Cervelo TestTeam);
David Moncoutié, Arnoud Fouchard (Cofidis); Dominico Pozzovivo (Colnago-CSF Inox); Giampaolo Cheula, Iban Mayoz (Footon-Servetto);
David Millar, Dan Martin (Garmin-Transitions); Brent Bookwalter (BMC-Racing Team); Massimo Codol, Alessandro Donati (Acqua & Sapone); Herbert Dupont, Alexander Efimkin (Ag2R-La Mondiale);
Thomas Voeckler, Damien Gaudin, Yuri Trofimov (Bbox Bouygues Telecom); Linus Gerdemann, Matthias Russ (Milram).

The peloton are around 15'30", but are trying to close the gap on the wet roads into L'Aquila.

1455 CET - Following the retirement of Jeff Louder (BMC Racing Team), Cadel Evans is left with just five team-mates. Adam Hansen (HTC-Columbia), Adam Blythe (Omega Pharma-Lotto) and Thomas Rohregger (Milram) have also retired from the race.

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1456 CET - Remember, Saxo Bank's Richie Porte was just 2'26" down on race leader Alexandre Vinokourov this morning. Why have Astana and Liquigas allowed him to (a)get into a breakaway and (b)allow a group such a gap......?

Caisse d'Epargne's David Arroyo was in 11th place at the start of the day, 4'22" down, and even crash-victim Bradley Wiggins currently stand to make up the 10'54" he is down by. Xavier Tondo is also upfront, and he has just 6'34" to make up on Vino.

1500 CET -70km to go. The gap is now 15'11

We should remember that L'Aquila was devastated by an earthquake on April 6 2009. 308 people died, and the town was ruined by this vicious act of nature. Race organisers stated they would bring the Giro to the town in 2010 - they kept their word. And, by the looks of it, they will witness a decisive stage...

1505 CET - Astana's work to close the gap to our leader has broken the peloton in two. Upfront, our leaders are approaching the final climb of the day - Capo di Valle, which is a Cat. 2 climb.

Michael Barry has rejoined our leaders after a crash in the feed zone. He looks to be ok. Luckily, the rain has stopped where our lead group (aka mini-peloton) are.

1508 CET - 65km remaining. The pace upfront has slowed momentarily, as our leaders enjoy some energy bars and take a drink or two. No great importance, though, as the gap still remains around the 15 minute mark.

Inevitable comparisons are being drawn to Stage 13 of the 2006 Tour de France, when Oscar Pereiro effectively won the Tour, by virtue of being in a break that finished 29'57" ahead of the peloton. That stage, from Béziers to Montélimar, measured 230 km in length; not to dissimilar from today.

But, let's not forget Stage 8 of the 2001 Tour, from Colmar to Pontarlier (222.5 km), when a break finished 35'54" ahead of the peloton on a cold and wet day. This contributed to Andrei Kivilev, a good friend of current race leader Vinokourov, finishing 4th in Paris.

1517 CET - The gap is down to 14'35" now. I say "down", it's still huge.

1520 CET - The peloton is now in two groups. The first contains Vino, Cadel Evans, Vincenzo Nibali, Ivan Basso, Michele Scarponi and Stefano Garzelli. The second doesn't appear to contain any race favourites, and is 17'35" behind our leaders.

We will call the Vinokourov group the Maglia Rosa group, unsurprisingly.

1525 CET - 53km to go. It's raining heavily again where our leaders are, but dry for the Maglia Rosa and remnants of the peloton.

14'38" is the gap between the leaders and the race leader's group.

1527 CET - I cannot help but think that Astana's pulling, which split the peloton into two, has been detrimental to the chase, which is STILL struggling to make inroads into the gap.  Our leaders are now on the final climb of the day, the Capo di Valle.

This is 8.5km long, and averages around 6%, so some riders who have down a lot of work upfront will probably be dropped.

1532 CET - 13'04" is the latest gap we're getting. Slowly, slowly, catch a monkey..

1533 CET - 50km to go. One of the Bbbbbox Bouygues riders has been dropped on the climb. At least 6 riders have been shed by this front group on the climb. 12'50 is the new gap.......however, one suspects this climb is exacerbating the decrease in the breakaway's advantage.

Yes, I said exacerbate......My ma would be proud.....

1537 CET - Puncture for Vinokorouv. It's not his day, thus far, is it?! He's just rejoined the back of the Maglia Rosa group.

1541 CET -
I've been watching the face closely, and Xavier Tondo is looking extremely comfortable on this climb. He could be 5th in GC at the end of the stage....

1542 CET - 12'50" is the current time gap. The Maglia Rosa group have started on the climb, as our leaders reach the top of it. Jan Bakelandts takes the prime; Tondo and Matthew Lloyd challenge for second, with the former getting the place

1547 CET - 44km to go before we reach the finish in

Acqua & Sapone's team director Cenghialta was in fact whining about the fact the peloton was NEVER told about the gap until it reached eight minutes.

Scarponi, Basso, Nibali and Pinotti are all riding at the head of the Maglia Rosa group. Vino is highly at risk at losing the jersey today, but it's hardly going to be a drama to him. Vinokourov is sitting on Karpet's wheel, just behind Stefano Garzelli - who looks resplendant in rain cape/helmet/cap/head warmer....

It always helps when four or five teams have rain jackets of a similar blue colour. A dozen riders have recently been dropped by the main peloton as Vino and the others are about 3 km. from the top of the climb.

 1550 CET - Judging by his facial expression, Vladimir Karpets would be happier swimming in a shark cage.  The Russian Katusha rider's grimace says it all today.  Rubens Bertogliati is doing ALL the work in the Rosa group.

 Liquigas really look like the Italian National team with those light blue rain jackets.

1555 CET - The GC group must be approaching the top of this climb, as the clock currently stands at 12'00".. and counting.
12'54" is the gap at the top of the climb.

1600 CET - 35km to go.  The gap is still flickering around the thirteen minute mark.

Bertogliati did quite a fine job in driving the chase, as all by himself he gained some ten seconds on the breakaway. Okay, it's an hilarious gain, but from the perspective of just one man vs. a wild bunch of fugitives it's quite of an accomplishment.  Sure it wouldn't be bad if the rest of the peloton were more active in the pursuit.

 And it's all up to the Italian NT now. Oops sorry it's Liquigas! Vino keeps sitting in the middle of the pack or just around that. But the Kazakh has got just a teammate or two around to help, after all.

Matthew Lloyd, a man on a KOM mission, was just swallowed by the field.

Richie Porte is the current virtual Maglia Rosa on the road with a lead of 01'56" on David Arroyo.

1607 CET - 30km to go.

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