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93rd Giro d'Italia - Stage 15 Live 1
By Staff
Date: 5/23/2010
93rd Giro d'Italia - Stage 15 Live 1

93rd Giro d'Italia - Stage 15 Live 1
Six play the role of outriders in the wind... with an 11 minute gap as they climb the Sella Chianzutan

© 210 Gazzetta dello Sport

2010 Giro d'Italia
Jersey Leaders -  Stage 15

Maglia Rosa:  David Duran Arroyo Caisse d'Epargne
Maglia Rossa: Alexander Vinokourov  Katusha
KOM:  Matthew Lloyd  Omega Pharma/Lotto
U26:  Richie Porte Saxo Bank
Team:  Liquigas/Doimo
Stage 14 Report

Sunday 23  May
cWelcome to stage 15 of the Giro D'Italia from Mestre to the top of the steep Monte Zoncolan over 222 km. Another long day in the saddle. The riders have four climbs on the menu today:

The Climbs:
153.1 km: Cat. 2 Sella Chianzutan -955 m (10.9 km - 5.3%)
 182.8 km: Cat. 1 Passo Duron - 1069 m (4.3 km - 9.8%)
201.9 km: Cat. 2 Sella Valcada  - 958 m (6.5 km-6.2%)
222 km: Cat. 1 Monte Zoncolan - 1730  (10.1 km-11.9%)

Stage 15 Mestre - Monte Zoncolon  218 km

© 2010 Gazzetta dello Sport

After yesterday' stage and a new pink jersey David Arroyo (Caisse D'Epargne) the race is totally open again. We join the race in progress with six leaders who have a lead of 14 minutes on the bunch. The break is now on the first climb of the day the Sella Chianzutan.

General Classification After Stage 14
1 Arroyo Duran David Esp Gce Caisse d'Epargne 61:22:54
2 Porte Richie Aus Sax Saxo Bank 0:39
3 Tondo Volpini Xavier Esp Ctt Cervélo TestTeam 2:12

4 Kiserlovski Robert Cro Liq Liquigas/Doimo 2:35
5 Gerdemann Linus Ger Mrm Team Milram 3:52
6 Sastre Candil Carlos Esp Ctt Cervélo TestTeam 5:27
7 Wiggins Bradley Gbr Sky Team SKY 6:32
8 Nibali Vincenzo Ita Liq Liquigas/Doimo 6:51
9 Vinokourov Alexandre Kaz Ast Astana 7:15
10 Evans Cadel Aus Bmc BMC Racing 7:26
11 Basso Ivan Ita Liq Liquigas/Doimo 7:43
12 Scarponi Michele Ita And Androni Giocattoli 9:02
13 Pinotti Marco Ita Thr HTC/Columbia 10:23
14 Karpets Vladimir Rus Kat Katusha 10:45
15 Cunego Damiano Ita Lam Lampre/Farnese Vini 11:11

The six leaders are Ludovic Turpin (Ag2r), Jackson Rodriguez (Androni), Guillaume Le Floch (Bouygues), Nico Sijmens (Cofidis) and the Quick Step duo Jerome Pineau and Francesco Reda,

The teams of Caisse D'Epargne and Liquigas are controlling the race. Liquigas has to open the race today with both Nibali and Basso in their ranks.

From the riders in the break Jerome Pineau already won a stage in the Giro D'Italia. He won a stage in the first week by beating Cofidis rider Fouchard and Japanese Arashiro in the sprint. Pineau finished also second in the stage won by Pozzato. The guy is really on fire this stage race. Liquigas is now taking full control in the bunch. The whole team in front of the bunch with just one Caisse rider being solidair with them

there is a lot of racing all over Europe and the world as well. We can mention that Trek-Livestrong rider Taylor Phinney has won the Olympia's Tour stage race in The Netherlands. After winning the prologue and the first two stages Phinney was also the best in the final stage a 9,5 km individual time-trial. His teammate and compatriot Jesse Sergent finished as third. The other stage wins went to

twice Coen Vermeltfoort and the queens stage through the hills went to Jonas Lindgren. The stage in the Circuit de Lorraine yesterday was won by French climbing hope Pierre Rolland. Footon's Fabio Felline keeps the overall jersey.

HTC-Columbia took a one-two in the time-trial of the Tour of California. Tony Martin won the ITT with race leader Mick Rogers in second. with one stage to go Rogers is as good as sure of the overall win, and finally it was Marianne Vos who won the penultimate stage in the Tour de L'Aude by beating Ina-Yoko Teutenberg and TIBCO's Joane Kiesanowski in the bunch sprint. Emma Pooley retains the overall lead.

Back to the Giro we have a mechanical for Saxo Bank's Anders Lund. Lund has been helped and is on his way to the back of the bunch again

83 km to go with all the major climbs of today still to come. It will be a hell of a stage end. We can also mention that double stage winner Tyler Farrar and Katusha's Robbie McEwen didn't take the start today.

54 Jerome Pineau (Fra) Quick Step 1:04:49
61 Jackson Rodriguez (Ven) Androni Giocattoli 1:15:33
71 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1:25:35
128 Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step 2:09:36
135 Guillaume Le Floch (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 2:14:53
152 Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne 2:26:57

This are the placings of the six riders in the break. None of them is dangerous for race leader Arroyo We can also mention that Cesenatico stage winner Manuel Belletti has left the race as well.

The break is at 3 km from the top of the first climb of the day the Sella Chianzutan;the gap of the six leaders is down to 11.30
they lost 3 minutes on the climb already. I expect the stage winner is in the bunch.

 Another abandon Guillaume Blot of Cofidis.

They are descending the Sella Chianzutan now. Another abandon Footon's Giampaolo Cheula, and that on his birthday. 159 riders are still in the race.

I swear we will arrive in Verona with about 45 Riders Bart.

72 km to go - Ludovic Turpin took the maximum points

67 km to go -  The six still in front with about 10 minutes on the bunch led by Basso's and Nibali's Liquigas. Another abandon Paul Voss (Milram). Voss was the first KOM leader in the race. It starts you wondering with the abandons of Farrar, McEwen, Belletti, Cheula, Blot and Voss how many more riders will drop out on this monster day.

The top will be with about 40 km to go. It's a tough climb. Let's see whom of the favorites or sub favorites will launch an attack to make the race hard before the Zoncolan.

60 km to go -  the gap of Pineau, Le Floch, Reda, Rodriguez, Sijmens and Turpin is down to 9.45 with Liquigas giving full gas.

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