14/05/13 - 11:35
Cordenons - Altopiano del Montasio
Giro d'Italia • Stage10

Cordenons - Altopiano del Montasio
Giro d'Italia - 14 May 2013

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With those bonus seconds, Nibali increases his lead to 41 seconds ovr Evans on GC. Uran is up to third at 2:04, with Wiggins one second back. Gesink is now fifth at 2:12.


Bradley Wiggins crosses the line 1:08 down on his team-mate so he will lose time to his rivals today.


Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) takes the final bonus seconds for third place ahead of Santambrogio and Evans, 30 seconds down on Uran.


Carlos Betancur (Ag2R-La Mondiale) takes second place for a successive stage, 20 seconds down.


Colombian Rigoberto Uran (Sky) takes the win - his first major Grand Tour victory.


There are bonus seconds on offer and so there will be a big fight for second place...


Uran rides under the 1km-to-go banner. It looks like he will hold on for glory. Nibali has a slight problem with his chain, but rectifies it. Wiggins has been overtaken by Intxausti but is not too far behind.


BETANCUR attacks! No one can match him...


The gaps are not huge on this final climb. Wiggins is down, but not out. Pozzovivo is caught by the Nibali chasing group. And now Evans comes to the front.


Niemiec has dropped back to help Scarponi. Wiggo is isolated but riding his own rhythm. Uran's lead is coming down - just 16 seconds over Pozzovivo and 28 over Nibali.


The diminutive Pozzovivo has opened up a gap over Nibali and his team-mate Betancur, but the pink jersey is fighting back. Uran now has just 28 seconds. Majka, Kiserlovski, Santambrogio and Evans are there. Wiggins is on his own in pursuit of the other favourites. Scarponi is further back, as is Gesink.


GESINK AND WIGGINS ARE CRACKING! The Dutchman is pedalling squares, while the Briton is droping back along with Scarponi and Intxausti.


Carlos Betancur has a mechanical while Evans had to dodge something - either a fan or a slowing rider. Now Benat Intxausti moves to the front - and Pozzovivo and Kiserlovski.


Now Lampre lead the chase through Niemiec and Scarponi. It's the toughest part of the climb now - the 20% ramp. Evans is grimacing. Nibali looks fine. Pozzovivo is there too. Majka looks strong - and it's the Pole who is now on the front.


Uran has 50 seconds over the chasing group - and Nibali puts in a bit of a dig to take the bonus seconds for second place over the intermediate sprint.


Uran takes the most pointlessly placed intermediate sprint at Sella Nevea.


Scarponi, Niemiec, Santambrogio and Majka are all still there too. uran reaches the 5-to-go banner with a lead of 35 seconds over the 20-odd chasers.


Uran is abou to reach the 20% segment. Wiggins is taking a very passive role in the pack - he's about seven riders back, alongside Evans. Nibali is on Agnoli's wheel. Henao has been dropped again.


Astana have sent Agnoli to the front to lead the chase. He's burying himself. But Uran looks very composed. He's about 20 seconds ahead now.


ATTACK: Now Uran goes. The Colombian from Sky rides off the front of the pack and there's no reaction from the pack. Last year's white jersey as best young rider, Uran is 9th on GC at 2:49.


The road surface is pretty impressive - must have been relayed very recently. Steven Kruijswick of Blanco is struggling now as Cataldo continues to set a fierce pace. When he peels off, the attacks will come thick and fast.


The only Colombia rider (the team, no the nation) left is Darwin Atapuma but he's being distanced now, alongside Tanel Kangert of Astana. That's a blow for Nibali. Di Luca is still there, sitting on Scarponi's wheel.


It's all over for the final escapees Rodriguez and Pauwels, who are caught by the pack, led by Cataldo and Uran. Wiggins is still quite far back. Nibali, Evans and Santambrogio are all huddled together.


It's already thinning out quickly in the main pack as Suitsou drops back, his job for the day done. Rodriguez and Pauwels will be caught soon. Meanwhile, Wilco Kelderman of Blanco, the white jersey, is being shed.


We're now onto the plat du jour: the Cat.1 final climb of Altopiano del Montasio (10.9km long at 7.9% average and 20% max).


Wiggins is actually about 20 riders back in the pack. He must have dropped back for a chat with the team car. Suitsou, Cataldo and Uran set the pace on the front ahead of the Astana troupe.


Reports coming in that Hesjedal is now six minutes down on the main pack. That's a nightmare for the defending champion if true.


No sign of Ryder Hesjedal, the defensing champion, who was dropped on the first climb today. Rodriguez and Pauwels pass under the 15-to-go banner, the former taking on an energy gel. But they only have 1:12 now over the Sky-led peloton. Sky have six riders now, so Henao has fought back with one other, probably Zandio.


Suitsou, Cataldo, Uran and Wiggins lead the chase for Sky. No sign of Henao - although he is back in the pack after chasing on with Sanchez earlier. The Colombian is probably taking a breather ahead of the business end of the stage.


Cadel Evans spoke to Eurosport this morning: "We're going to see a different set of riders ahead today and we'll see some changes on GC. It depends on the weather. It's what happens on the last climb that matters most."


We're on to the final climb - but the Altopiano proper won't start for another 10km until after the second intermediate sprint. Rodriguez is struggling to hold on to Pauwels' wheels. Rodriguez has changed his bike for a second time. They only have 1:40 on the Sky-led pack.


Brutt and Machado are caught by the peloton, Pellizotti too. He's very frustrated that he couldn't make that break stick. He wanted the home win. Just two men ahead: Rodriguez of Androni and Pauwels of Omega Pharma-Quick Step. They have 2:20 but will not stay out in front, that's for sure.


Pellizotti is riding with Machado and Brutt two minutes down on the two leaders, Pauwels and Rodriguez. The peloton are just 30 seconds behind so it's coming back together.


It's the familiar sight of Xabier Zandio driving the pace on the front for Sky. There are a cluster of Vini Fantini riders tucked in behind, including Gatto, who was in the break but has now been caught. Nibali has Agnoli and Kangert.


Jackson Rodriguez, the lone leader, finally carries out the bike change he needs to rectify that gearing problem. It takes the Androni team car an age to get a bike from the roof - but the Venezuelan is all smiles. He perhaps knows that the odds are stacked against him. The bike wasn't even set up correctly for Rodriguez, who is now riding along next to the car as the mechanic adjusts his saddle. Serge Pauwels (OPQS) joins Rodriguez on the front. No sign of Tiago Machado though.


Sky are back on the front of the main pack dictating play on this flat run to the foot of the final climb. Still no sign of Henao but Wiggins has Uran and two others there.


Nibali and Kangert look back wondering where their team-mate Valerio Agnoli is. The answer is that he's dropped back to pick up water and energy gels from the Astana car. The pace has slowed now they're at the bottom of the descent. It's the nervous calm before the storm. Rodriguez's advantage creeps back up to the four-minute mark.


Pellizotti is now 2:40 down on the lone leader Rodriguez, who has not yet been caught by Machado. The peloton rised another minute down. The Venezuelan has a problem with his gearing though - he seems to be stuck in the small ring on the back. The 28-year-old has a heap of wins in South American races but has yet to pick up a victory in Europe.


CRASH: Franco Pellizotti has come to grief on the fast descent! The Italian national champion was pushing too hard and he's overcooked a bend. He's back on his bike and on his way, but that was a scare for the Androni veteran.


Sky's Sergio Henao was in fact dropped on the last climb and the Colombian is currently trying to fight back on with Euskaltel's Samuel Sanchez.


Jonathan Vaughters has just tweeted his reactions to his man Ryder Hesjedal cracking on that last climb: "Am I bummed? Sure. But, as I've said before, these guys aren't machines. Sometimes the body is great, sometimes not. Perhaps why we always go a little over berserk when we win. We know how precious it is for things to all fall in place. Onward!"


We haven't really seen Wiggins and Nibali climb together this season. In the Giro del Trentino Wiggins suffered a mechanical and slipped way back before the deciding ascent of the queen stage, which Nibali duly won. But in last year's Tour, the Italian posed no threat for Wiggins - although the climbs were not as numerous, plus Wiggins did have Froome whereas Nibali has no one.


Astana try to put Sky under pressure on this downhill, but there are so many bends it's hard to get any significant speed on this early section.


Machado was 18 seconds down on Rodriguez over the sumit. Pauwels and Gatto were +1:12, Pavel Brutt at +1:50, Thomas Dekker and Elia Viviani were +2:10.


Sky led Astana take up the chase for the last section of the climb as they crest the summit. They pass over 3:33 down on the lone leader, who is edging his way down this narrow and winding descent through the trees.


Jackson Rodriguez (Androni) goes over the summit of the Passo Cason di Lanza in pole position to take 15 poins. Tiago Machado (RadioShack) crosses over for second. Serge Pauwels (OPQS) is third and Oscar Gatto fourth (Vini Fantini).


Nibali, Evans, Scarponi and Gesink are all here in this main group. Ag2R pair Pozzovivo and Betancur are there too. Intxausti, the former pink jersey, is hanging in at the back. Kangert is there for Nibali, as is one more Astana man - either Aru or Tiralongo. Scarponi has Niemiec. Majka of Saxo-Tinkoff is in the group. But Hesjedal and Sanchez have been dropped.


Sky are down to four on the front: Wiggins, Uran, Henao and one other, it looks like Suitsou. There's a world of pain etched on the faces on most of the riders' face.


We're back into a tree section of the climb, with the piles of snow still heaped up beside the road. Pellizotti is eating his way through the escapees, picking them off one by one. He'll soon be with lone leader Jackson Rodriguez, who leads the pack by 3:30.


Pellizotti has now dropped his team-mate Rosa and has passed another one of the initial escapees, Ligthart. Hesjedal is being paced by Tom Danielson. He is really struggling and will lose minutes today.


Pauwels (OPQS), Machado (RadioShack) and Gatto (Vini Fantini) are riding as a threesome in pursuit of lone leader Rodriguez, with the peloton now less than four minutes back following the almighty pace-setting of Sky.


Ryder Hesjedal is in trouble. The defending champion is being distanced by the Sky-led main pack. Disaster for the Canadian, who looked so strong entering the race but has faded fast in recent days. Pellizotti and Rosa have passed David Millar, the first of the initial escapees to be caught by the pack. He'll have to help Hesjedal now...


ATTACK: Italian national champion Franco Pellizotti attacks the peloton with his Androni team-mate Diego Rosa. No surprise to see Pellizotti here - his home town is Paularo and he'll be motivated to win today.


The bearded Xabier Zandio has been doing all the pace setting for Sky, whose riders all reach for an energy gel in unison ahead of the downhill section of this climb. Their efforts means the break have returned to within 4:40 of the peloton.


ATTACK: Jackson Rodriguez of Androni Giocattoli edges clear of the other escapees. The leading riders are now out of the wooded section and are onto some tight hairpin bends surrounded by green meadows.


Mechanical for Nibali! The race leader drops his chain and drops way back in the peloton as Sky continue to set a strogn pace. Not a good time to have a problem for the pink jersey...


Sky's pace has the peloton in all sorts of difficulties - it's thinning out quicker than Bill Nighy's hair. Back with the leaders, Viviani has fought back on as they reach the flat section ahead of the quick downhill drag.


A few riders are being shelled out of the leading group. Dehaes has gone and so has Bennati. And now Viviani. Back with the pack, Astana have completely vanished - Nibali now just has Tanel Kangert. And guess what? I's Sky who have come to the front and are throwing down the hammer.


Popovych sets the pace for the escapees while Astana have already strung out the peloton with a fast rhythm back with the pack.


Although already at 680m above sea level, the leading break is now onto the first major climb of the day, the Cat.1 Passo Cason di Lanza (12.3km long, 8.5% average, 16% max). It's a highly irregular climb on a very narrow road. There are some real steep segments but also a 2.5km downhill run half way through. The gap is 7:45 for the 13 leaders.


Those five points for the intermediate sprint put Viviani to within one point of Mark Cavendish in the red jersey competition. Cav trails Cadel Evans by just three points in the standings. The Italian will now aim to get over the summit of this climb in contention so that he can get more points in the next sprint ahead of the final climb. It's a big ask.


The break has entered Paulero and it's Pim Ligthart of Vacansoleil-DCM who leads out the sprint for the intermediate sprint with gusto. Elia Viviani (Cannondale) and Daniele Bennati (Saxo-Tinkoff) lead the chase and in the end, as expected, Viviani takes the points ahead of Ligthart and Bennati.


Cadel Evans, a revelation during the first phase of the race, is now in Nibali's wheel. The Australian is showing the kind of form that saw him ride to Tour de France glory in 2011. But the serious stuff has yet to start and today's finish will be a real test for the veteran. Astana still drive the pace in the peloton, which trails this 13-man break by six minutes.


Astana have their whole quota of nine riders on the front of the peloton, with Sky matching their rivals with seven riders. Tucked behind there's Michele Scarponi, hugging Nibali's wheel and isolated from any Lampre team-mates, and a cluster of Blanco riders. With the breaksway, it's Ukranian veteran Yaroslav Popovych driving the pace.


Astana, Sky and RadioShack are all on the front of the peloton. The road is certainly heading upwards now, but the first Cat.1 climb of the day will not start properly until the riders pass through the first intermediate sprint at Paularo in about 12km.


It's the feed zone for the peloton now. That big of news about Sacha Modolo joining the leaders a bit earlier was incorrect: the Italian sprinter is not with these 13 escapees.


Fabio Taborre (Vini Fantini) has retired from the race. The Italian youngster was the last man to be caught from the break in stage three but was suffering from a fever last night and it clearly didn't get any better today.


The gap is up to seven minutes now for the escapees - still no threat on the pink jersey Vincenzo Nibali, whose nearest opponent in this break is Machado, 15:26 down on GC.


Katusha have had a great Giro so far after being allowed back into the race following an appeal lodged with the Court of Arbritation for Sport. Two stage wins for Luca Paolini and Maxim Belkov plus a four-day stint for an Italian, Paolini, in pink will have made race director Michele Acquarone very pleased. The Russian outfit have another rider in today's break - the 31-year-old Pavel Brutt, who is already a stage winner on the Giro from back in 2008.


Tiago Machado is one of the dangermen in this break. The Portuguese 27-year-old is a consistent performer who usually places in the top ten for every short stage race he enters. His Grand Tour record is less impressive, but he finished 19th in the 2011 Giro and will look to climb up the overall standings with a solid ride today. A decent climber, the RadioShack man also has the experience of Yaroslav Popovych to rely on today. Together, they should make a fine partnership.


The gap is up to 5:23 for the escapees as some light drizzle comes down over the peloton. Bradley Wiggins, troubled by the wet conditions in the opening week, will hope the rain holds off for that large descent ahead of today's final climb.


A very quick average speed for the first hour of racing today: 49.5km/h. Considering the climbs that are on the horizon, there are going to be some very tired legs arriving at the foot of the Passo Cason di Lanza in just over an hour's time. The break now features 14 riders: Sacha Modolo (Bardiani Valvole) had been riding in pursuit ever since the break formed - and the Italian sprinter has now made contact. The peloton is five minutes behind.


We have two big Cat.1 climbs on the agenda today: Passo Cason di Lanza (12.3km long, 8,5% average, 16% max) and the first altitude summit finish of the race, the Altopiano del Montasio (10.9km, 7.9% average, 20% max). The first climb snakes up a very narrow and winding road through trees. There's a technical 2.5km descent half way through which will not be much of a break for the riders because of the difficulties it poses. Meanwhile, the final climb was until recently still covered in snow.


The escapees pass through the town of Folgaria with a lead of 4:10 over the peloton, which is being led by the Astana team of pink jersey Vincenzo Nibali.


Remember, you can join in all the debate on Twitter, too, throughout the stage with me: @saddleblaze. At the moment we're discussing Wiggo's comment that he is "descending like a girl" and comparing it to Peter Sagan's bottom pinch from the classics. My thoughts: Wiggo can be forgiven for using language that is essentially a common idiomatic espression, whereas Sagan's actions were merely an expression of crassness.


The escapees have three minutes on the pack now. It's an interesting group in which many different motivations are coming into play. Viviani surely has his eyes on the intermediate sprints - he's just 9pts down on Evans in the red jersey standings. Machado is the best-placed rider on GC, 15:26 down on Nibali, so the Portuguese will want to improve his standing and open RadioShack's account. Millar and Dekker are presumably a platform for Hesjedal later on. This is Ligthart's third break so far.


13-man break: Daniele Bennati (Saxo-Tinkoff), Kenny De Haes (Lotto), Elia Viviani (Cannondale), Tiago Machado and Yaroslav Popovych (both RadioShack), David Millar and Thomas Dekker (both Garmin), Maarten Tjallingi (Blanco), Jackson Rodriguez (Androni), Serge Pauwels (OPQS), Oscar Gatto (Vini Fantini), Pim Ligthart (Vacansoleil) and Pavel Brutt (Katusha).


Around a dozen riders have opened up a gap off the front of the peloton. They have about 30 seconds on the pack at the moment. Names coming up.


Carlos Quintano of Colombia has retired from the race. He's not to be confused with Movistar's Nairo Quintana, another Colombian, who is not riding the Giro but should be fairly active in both the Tour and Vuelta later in the year.


Expect to see some action from Stefano Pirazzi (Bardiani Valvole) and Robinsin Chalapud (Colombia) today. The pair duelled their way through Sunday's stage before being caught out by Maxim Belkov and the KOM points available over the two climbs today will no doubt stir their rivalry. The Italian leads the blue jersey standings by 38 points to the Colombian's 23.


That breakaway attempt is easily thwarted by the peloton. The four escapees only ever had about 10 seconds to play with. But telling that Androni put two men out on the road - they're clearly motivated for today's stage. Their main man, the Italian champion Franco Pellizotti, comes from the town of Paularo at the foot of today's first climb, the Passo Cason di Lanza.


Four riders have made an attack: Giairo Ermeti and Fabio Felline (Androni Giocattoli), Wilson Marentes Torres (Colombia) and Rob Ruijgh (Vacansoleil-DCM).


No moves so far in the peloton - the riders eager to prolong that rest day for as long as possible.


A reminder that Cadel Evans leads the red points jersey standings. The Australian has 61 points to Mark Cavendish's 58 - and with this week's stages primarily in the hills, he could well consolidate his lead come the second rest day. Cav will have a big chance to win in Treviso in a few days - but it remains to be seen if he completes what will be from here on in a very hilly race.


We're under way in Cordenons - time to see which of the GC favourites mean business. It's sunny with clouds - but there's a 65% chance of rain later today. The temperature is 20 degrees Celsius.


A few noticeable absentees today. Angel Vicioso of Katusha crashed badly towards the end of stage 9 to sustain some hefty injuries: three broken ribs, a wrist break and some shoulder trauma. The Spanish veteran completed the stage but was taken to hospital afterwards and plays no part in the rest of the race. Also pulling out on the rest day was stage 5 winner John Degenkolb, who cited fatigue from a testing season to date.


Vincenzo Nibali starts the second phase of the Giro d'Italia in the famous maglia rosa. The Italian from Astana leads Australian veteran Cadel Evans (BMC) by 29 seconds and Dutch climber Robert Gesink (Blanco) by 1:15. Bradley Wiggins (Sky) is one second further back in fourth while 2011 champion Michele Scarponi is 1:24 down in fifth. Defending champion Ryder Hesjedal is 3:11 off the pace in 11th place.


To refresh your minds of all the action from the first nine days of racing, our blogger Blazin' Saddles put together a thorough race round-up on the rest day. From Bradley Wiggins's iPod shuffle through Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet to Carlos Betancur's over-the-top celebrations for second place (he thought he'd won, bless), it's all there - including some predictions for the next six days of racing in the mountains of north Italy.


On Sunday, defending champion Ryder Hesjedal dropped out of the top 10 after losing more than a minute to his rivals on stage nine of the Giro, won by Maxim Belkov. Hesjedal crossed the line after another rain-soaked stage 1min 6secs behind a group of the race favourites to drop from sixth to eleventh place on GC. The undulating 173km stage through the Apennine mountains was won by Russian Belkov, who soloed to the first major stage win of his career.


Welcome to live coverage of stage 10 of the Giro d'Italia - a first day in the proper mountains. The 167km stage features two Cat.1 ascents and finishes atop the Altopiano del Montasio. With a rest day behind them, it's time for the big GC favourites to come out and play - or be found out.