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Giro d'Italia • Stage11
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Tarvisio - Vajont
Giro d'Italia - 15 May 2013

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No change in the overall standings as the race favourites cross the line together in a select group.

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Movistar's Benat Intxausti attacks the main pack in a bid to get back into the top 10 with some seconds over his rivals.

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Danilo Di Luca (Vini Fantini) looked to have fourth place sewn up, but he's caught by some of the other escapees and it's Sky's Salvatore Puccio who crosses the line for fourth.

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Stefano Pirazzi (Bardiani) takes third place and some vital blue jersey king of the mountains points some three minutes down. He'll be frustrated not to have got the win because he was clearly the best climber in the break.

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Navardauskas ripped up that final climb. Daniel Oss (BMC) crosses the line for second place more than a minute down.

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Victory for Ramunas Navasdauskas of Garmin-Sharp. The Lithuanian points to his team sponsor and raises his arms aloft as he takes a memorable victory.

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Navardauskas enters the final kilometre of this climb - the win is very much in the bag.

2km 

Hesjedal is informed of the situation by his team car and he clenches his first - a win for his team-mate is a sweetener after his travails.

3km 

While Navardauskas rides on the front of the race, Garmin team-mate Ryder Hesjedal is off the back of the peloton. He'll retire tonight, surely.

4km

Now Pirazzi goes. The Italian climber has swept up Bonnafond and Duque - he will not work to reel in Oss and get the points for second place.

5km 

Navardauskas has dropped Oss and looks like he will win this stage quite comfortably as he passes under the 5-to-go banner. Bonnafond is chasing Duque, but it will be merely a fight for places. Garmin look to have secured this much-needed morale booster.

5.5km 

Back with the peloton, it's all Blanco on the front as they pass under the 10-to-go banner.

6km 

Duque trails the two leaders by 2:32. Navardauskas sets the pace. He's the better climber of the two, but Oss is the better sprinter. So it all depends on whether or not these two riders get to the top together.

7km

We're onto the final climb to the finish, the Cat.2 ascent to Vajont. It has an average gradient of around 5% with one ramp of 9% so it's nothing too testing.

8km

Attack by Leonardo Duque of Colombia. The former Cofidis sprinter isn't too bad in the hills and he's trying his luck in pursuit of Navardauskas and Oss.

9km

Sky's Salvatore Puccio edged out in front of the chasing group before being pegged back by Di Luca. The gap is now 2:05 and so they won't want to leave it too late.

11km 

The leading duo have 1:50 over the other escapees, who include some strong climbers in Pirazzi and Di Luca. Ramunas Navardauskas wore the pink jersey last year after Garmin won the team time trial in stage four. This is Oss's first Giro.

12km 

Gretsch has cracked as the road starts to rise. That's no surprise given his huge effort on the descent to open up a gap in the first place.

16km 

Astana, BMC and Sky have all formed groups on the front of the peloton ahead of the final climb to the finish.

17km 

Gretsch seemed to be caught unawares by the returning duo and he struggled to hold their wheels. The remainder of this stage is going to be rather hellish for the German.

18km 

The three riders chasing Oss and Navardauskas (who have caught Gretsch now) are Gusev, Rodriguez and Veuchelen.

20km 

Di Luca may have kicked this all off - but he's the one suffering now, right off the back of the final chasing group. There are three riders in pursuit of Navardauskas and Oss, who are now just 45 seconds down on Gretsch.

21km 

Navardauskas and Oss have opened up a small gap over the other chasers. Garmin will be looking to get their race back on track after Ryder Hesjedal's hellish day yesterday - the Canadian defending champion lost 21 minutes after crumbling spectacularly.

24km 

The chasing group is getting nervous that Gretsch is still so far out ahead. Di Luca puts in a big dig and is followed by Pauwels and then the rest. The German still has 1:25 over the chasing group - but that dig by Di Luca will serve as a reminder to the rest of the group that they will have to up their game if they don't want to concede the stage to the Argos Shimano man.

29km 

Astana have come to the front of the peloton now as they look to keep things together going into the business end of the stage. They trail the lone leader by six minutes now.

34km 

Patrick Gretsch (Argos Shimano) takes another six bonus seconds and eight points at the second intermediate sprint. Henow has 1:40 over the other escapees so he's riding well. But there is still that 7km climb to the finish - and too much effort now could be his undoing once the road heads uphill.

36km

The gap between the lone leader Gretsch and the peloton is still 1:20 with the peloton 5:50 back. The German takes a can of coke from the Argos Shimano team car as he approaches the next intermediate sprint.

41km 

Gretsch has used his time trialling ability to open out his lead to 1:20 over the other escapees.

43km

Gretsch passes through the first intermediate sprint at Lozzo di Cadore with a 45-second gap over the other escapees. Danilo Di Luca is on the back after having a chat with the Vini Fantini team car. He's joined by Juan Jose Cobo of Movistar, who's also just a bit off the back.

48km 

Back with the Giro, and Gretsch is decending with real gusto. He has 5:30 over the peloton and a small gap over his fellow escapees.

52km

ANOTHER FAILED TEST: News is filtering through of a provisional suspension of Venezuelan MIguel Ubeto Aponte of Lampre-Merida, who has tested positive for the dangerous metabolic modulator GW1516. Ubeto is not currently riding in the Giro and returned the positive sample in an out-of-competition test on 16th April 2013.

57km 

Germany's Patrick Gretsch of Argos Shimano leads the escapees down this winding descent. The peloton has cut the deficit to five minutes.

61km

The peloton cross over the summit 5:28 in arrears. Now time to see if Astana attempt to pile the pressure on Wiggins on this long downhill.

62km 

It's pretty chilly up there with many riders putting on gilets to keep warm. They will certainly need some extra cover on the long descent. Astana are still on the front of the packl alongside Blanco.

64km

It's Jackson Rodriguez (Androni - 9pts) who takes maximum points ovet the summit ahead of Stefano Pirazzi (Bardiani - 5pts) and Guillaume Bonnafond (Ag2R-La Mondiale - 3pts). That means Pirazzi is now on 43 points in the KOM standings, with Rodriguez leapfrogging Robinson Chalapud into second place, with 26 points.

65km 

Rodriguez and Bonnafond join Sarmiento and Pirazzi on the front as they race towards the summit for those blue jersey points. Rodriguez is in third position in the KOM standings after his break yesterday.

66km 

There's still a bit of snow lining the road as Stefano Pirazzi pops off the front in pursuit of those mountain points. Colombian Cayetano Sarmiento follows his wheel.

68km

SYLVAIN GEORGES UPDATE: Frenchman Sylvain Georges of Ag2R-La Mondiale has withdrawn from the Giro d'Italia after testing positive for the stimulant Heptaminol. Georges, 28, returned the positive test in a urine sample collected after stage seven of the race, on 10th May 2013. Heptaminol is a vasodilator which helps relax the blood vessels and is sometimes used in the treatment of low blood pressure.

69km 

Euskaltel's Robert Vrecer had a sudden rush of blood to the head: the Slovenian jumped clear of the pack in pursuit of the leading group but his crazy solo effort did not last long before he was pegged back by Astana.

70km 

Martens is setting the pace for the escapees as they edge through a forested area on this first Cat.2 climb of the day. Stefano Pirazzi will no doubt soon make a move for those KOM points at the summit. Astana are still holding court on the front of the peloton, which trails the break bt 5:43.

72km 

The break is riding as one and now has 5:35 over the peloton.

78km

Astana have come to the front of the peloton to take up pace-setting duties on this climb. The gap for the escapees is 4:44.

82km 

Cobo sets the pace on the gentle slopes of this climb. The rain stopped quite some time ago and the sun is now shining bright in the sky. The maglia rosa main peloton is 4:30 further down the road. As long as the gap doesn't get too big, none of these riders in the break are a threat.

85km 

Some interesting names in this break, including former pink jersey Salvatore Puccio of Sky and the 2011 Vuelta winner Juan Jose Cobo. Three riders from yesterday's break are here too: Jackson Rodriguez, Serge Pauwels and Yaroslav Popovych. The gap is five minutes.

88km

BREAKING NEWS: Sylvain Georges, who did not take to the start today, was ejected from the race after failing a doping test after stage 7 of the race on 10th May. The French Ag2R-La Mondiale rider apparently tested positive for the 'specified substance' Heptaminol. It's a vasodilator for which Dimitry Fofonov tested positive during the 2008 Tour.

90km

The break is onto the Cat.2 Sella Ciampigotta climb which has an average gradient of 4.5% and lasts about 12km.

92km

A very interesting composition there for this 20-man break with every team in the peloton represented with the exception of Astana, Lotto and Lampre. The best placed rider on GC is Petrov, who is 13:09 down on Vincenzo Nibali. Di Luca is 13:46 down - while the rest are all over 20 minutes in arrears. The gap back to the pack is four minutes.

95km

Danilo Di Luca (Vini), Egoi Martinez (Eus), Leonardo Duque (Colombia), JJ Cobo (Movistar), Ramunas Navardauskas (Garmin), Guillaume Bonnafond (Ag2R), Jackson Rodriguez (Androni), Stefano Pirazzi (Bardiani), Paul Martens (Blanco), Daniel Oss (BMC), Cayetano Sarmiento (Cannon), Johan Le Bon (FDJ), Vladimir Gusev (Katusha), Serge Pauwels (OPQS), Jens Keukeleire (GreenE), Yaroslav Popovych (RadioShack), Salvatore Puccio (Sky), Patrick Gretsch (Argos), Evgeni Petrov (Saxo), Fred Veuchelen (Vac).

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Unsurprisingly, the blue jersey Stefano Pirazzi is in this group. So is Venezuela's Jackson Rodriguez - he was very active yesterday - and two Colombians: Leonardo Duque and Cayatano Sarmiento. 2011 Vuelta winner Juan Jose Cobo is there, as is Danilo Di Luca. Full break down coming up - but it looks like this one is here to stick.

100km

BREAK: 20 riders have managed to edge ahead of the peloton following the feed zone in Ovaro. But will it stick? All the names and details when we get it.

105km

For his part, Bradley Wiggins was quick to pour ice over his team-mate's chances of taking over the team leadership. "It depends how it plays out really," he said. "I'll have to speak to Rigoberto tonight. He went all out, for the stage. It's just whether he feels now he can go for the GC. You know, there's a time trial. He's quite inconsistent like that, he can have a really good day, win a stage like today and then lose a few seconds tomorrow, so we'll have to see how he feels."

110km

Uran did promise that there would not be any in-fighting within the Sky camp - such as there was between Wiggins and Chris Froome during last year's Tour. "I don't know what will happen, but [Sergio] Henao and I are different than Froome. We always work for the team and we've never had any problems with the team," he said. "We are not like Froome. I came here with the idea of helping the squad, whatever the goals may be. We shall see. We have to take it day by day."

115km

It will be interesting to see how Sky's tactics change - if at all - now Rigoberto Uran is in third place, one second ahead of Bradley Wiggins. "We have to wait to see how the race unfolds, but I am feeling good and I proved last year I could race well into the third week," Uran said after his first Grand Tour stage win yesterday. "We will talk about it and take it day by day."

120km 

We're about 20km from that first climb of Sella Ciampigotta and still no one has managed to extricate themselves from the peloton.

125km

If you're a betting man (or women) then perhaps it's worth putting a few bob on Carlos Betancur finishing second today? The Colombian has been runner-up for the past two stages and is fast becoming the Raymond Poulidor of the 2013 Giro.

130km

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135km 

Astana driving the fast pace on the front of the peloton. They'll look to replicate this on the climb and that long descent - if they do so, there could be a fair amount of carnage.

140km

There may have been no break so far but that's certainly not because of any slackness on the part of the peloton. The average speed for the first hour has been 53.5 km/h - which is very high even through the road has been heading on a slight downhill since the start.

150km

It's not often that you have two Polish riders in the top ten of a Grand Tour but after his excellent ride yesterday, Rafal Majka of Saxo Bank moved into 10th place, two spots below compatriat Przemyslaw Niemiec (Lampre-Merida). 23-year-old Majka currently tops the white jersey youth standings with Carlos Betancur (Ag2R-La Mondiale) in second place at 1:05 and Wilco Kelderman (Blanco) third at 4:34.

155km 

Still no break today and we're almost 30km into the stage. Perhaps one of the race's serial escapees will feel a sudden urge? Pim Ligthart (Vacansoleil) leads the Fuga Pinarello classification as the race's most attacking rider. He's been involved in three breaks to date. Emanuele Sella (Androni) is second ahead of the peloton's only Greek rider Ioannis Tamourdis (Euskaltel) and Cameron Wurf (Cannondale).

160km

At the foot of the first climb of today's stage, the Sella Ciampigotta, is the town of Ovaro. It's here that also marks the start of the infamous Monte Zocolan, arguably the hardest climb in Italy - if not the whole of Europe. The riders will be pleased to be turning left and not right at the sign posts...

165km 

No action for far from the peloton with the riders clearly still knackered from yesterday's titanic effort. To be fair, it's raining now and there's nothing more depressing than being part of a foiled break than doing so in the rain.

170km

Despite the big climbs on yesterday's menu, there was no change at the top of the blue jersey KOM standings, with Stefano Pirazzi (Bardiani Valvole - 38pts) leading Robinson Chalapud (Colombia - 23pts). It will be interesting to see if either of these riders get into the break today - with just those two Cat.2 climbs on the agenda, there may not be much point - although anyone in the break stands a big chance of winning the stage, and that's an incentive.

175km 

Not much action is likely to happen during today's stage until the final third. A breakaway is likely to form on the initial downhill slopes and it will no doubt arrive at the foot of the Cat.2 Sella Ciampigotto with a healthy gap. The descent of the climb will be fast and furious - and it is here where we may see some of the GC riders attacking to put someone like Bradley Wiggins under pressure. Two intermediate sprints are then followed by a lumpy run and then a 7km Cat.2 climb to Vajont.

178km

Today's stage honours the victims of the Vajont Dam tragedy, fifty years after more than 2,000 people died in flooding in the Pieve Valley on 9th October 1963.

180km

Cadel Evans (BMC) is once again wearing the red jersey. The Australian veteran has been a consistent finisher in this year's Giro and leads the points classification by 73 points to Elia Viviani's 60. Omega Pharma-Quick Step's Mark Cavendish trails Cannondale's Viviani by two points.

182km

The remaining 192 riders get this slightly transitional stage 11 under way.

11:35

Just one non-starter today: Sylvain Georges of Ag2R-La Mondiale is calling it a day.

11:30 

Those two climbs in yesterday's stage were so brutal all the riders were using compact chainsets - but today's stage will feel flat in comparison. The two climbs are rather gentle, with a maximum gradient of just 9%. As such, the riders will be using bigger gears and so we'll see a whole different sort of drama. With those back-to-back summit finishes looming for the weekend, it may be a quiet day for the GC riders with a breakaway staying out till the end.

11:25 

The sun is peeking through the clouds and the temperature is 18 degrees Celcius in Tarvisio as the riders make their way through the neutral zone. There's a chance of rainfall during the stage, which may make that long descent ahead of the finish rather decisive.

11:20

Vincenzo Nibali cannily took second place in the second intermediate sprint 5km from yesterday's finish, before taking more bonus seconds in third place at the end of the stage. That means he now leads Cadel Evans by 41 seconds on GC, with Rigoberto Uran leap-frogging his Sky team-mate Bradley Wiggins into third place. Uran is 2:04 down on Nibali and one second ahead of his team leader. Robert Gesink completes the top five at 2:12.

11:15

Yesterday, it was a bittersweet day for Team Sky in the Friulian mountains as Bradley Wiggins lost more time to his rivals after Colombian team-mate Rigoberto Uran soloed to a stage 10 victory in the first summit finish of the Giro. 2012 Tour de France winner Wiggins finished the stage in 10th place and dropped to 2:05 behind maglia Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) on GC. Defending champion Ryder Hesjedal cracked completely on the first of two climbs, losing 21:58 and crossing the line a broken man.

11:10

Welcome to LIVE coverage of stage 11 of the Giro d'Italia - an 182km ride from Tarvisio to Vajont which includes a large Cat.1 climb in the middle and then a second, smaller, Cat.2 ramp up to the finish.