New top five: 1. Nibali, 2. Evans +1:26, 3. Uran +2:46, 4. Scarponi +3:53, 5. Niemiec +4:13.
Valloire - Ivrea
Giro d'Italia - 21 May 2013
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Stage result: 1. Intxausti, 2. Kangert, 3. Niemiec, 4. Navardauskas +14, 5. Evans ST, 6. Pellizotti ST, 7. Scarponi ST, 8. Majka ST, 9. Herrada ST, 10. Betancur ST, 11. Uran ST, 12. Nibali ST.
The Santambrogio group crosses the line 2:23 down on the winner, Intxausti.
All the race favourites pass through in the main group - with the exception of Santambrogio, who is still fighting back after cracking on the Cat.3 climb towards the finish.
Navardauskas must have fought back on to the main group, because it was the Lithuanian from Garmin-Sharp that led them over the line to take fourth.
None of these three riders wants to open out the sprint... and Niemiec goes first! Intxausti then powers through and takes the win ahead of Kangert!
Niemiec leads the tio into the closing straight before sitting up to allow the others through. One of them will win, and the pace has slowed ahead of the final sprint...
Gesink has a flat tyre and is out of the equation. Just Intaxusti, Kangert and Niemiec on the front now. Looks like the Dutchman got a flat on the cobbles. We're entering Ivrea now.
Intxausti, Gesink, Niemiec and Kangert lead the race. Pellizotti is caught by Pirazzi in pursuit, just ahead of the other main favourites. The Santambrogio group is 2:30 down now.
Intxausti attacks and is covered by Kangert and Gesink. They open a small gap. Pellizzoti then has a dig from the chasing group. Niemiec joins the three leaders.
Santambrogio is riding in a chasing group two minutes down - and he's having to do all the work himself. He'll be the big loser of the day.
Tanel Kangert, the Estonia national champion, attacks - but it's foiled by Gesink and then Uran. Because Uran makes a move, Nibali is also obliged to help chase down his team-mate.
Lampre pushing on with Scarponi and Niemiec. Also in the leading group: Kangert, Nibali and Aru for Astana, Evans, Gesink, Majka, Uran, Sanchez, Intxausti, Pellizotti and Betancur.
As we near the bottom of the descent, it's coming back together - with all the main favourites there with the exception of Mauro Santambrogio on the front.
Nibali has dropped the others and is joining Betancur and Sanchez on the front! The Italian's descending skills are very strong.
Scarponi, then Nibali and Kangert, take a left hand bend very wide and almost ride into a wall. That was a close shave.
It's a very technical descent - with many bends, some cobbled sections and the odd patch of running water on the road. Mauro Santambrogio is trying to make it back to the main group after disappearing on that climb - but he'll have his work cut out.
This is going to be a very fast and furious descent - and already Betancur is almost caught by Euskaltel's Samuel Sanchez, who is in his element right now.
There's a false flat ahead of the final ramp to the finish - and Pirazzi has found the energy again for another attack! But Carlos Betancur, all in white, catches him and the other riders napping. He pulls clear to cross the summit in pokle position and will now try and ride to his first victory on the Giro. Pirazzi leads the others over the summit for second place, 8secs down on Betancur. Job well done for Pirazzi, who has consolidated his blue jersey today.
The two leaders are caught after Franco Pellizotti puts in an attack. Scarponi now leads with Nibali, Kangert, Evans and Uran right behind.
Another attack from Pirazzi to drop Duarte! But the Colombian closes him down. They are the only two riders left ahead of the pink jersey group.
Pirazzi had another pop but he's now at the back of the leading group, which seems to have dropped Verdugo. With the main pack closing in, Duarte attacks and takes Pirazzi with him. They are on the steepest 13% ramp of the climb.
One notable absentee in the pink jersey group is the bright yellow top of Mauro Santambrogio. In fact, there are no Vini Fantini riders there. Uran and Evans are there, as is Betancur and Majka.
Pirazzi catches and passes Herrada, who is pegged back by the other escapees. Duarte then digs. But the five riders are now as one.
On the front of the race, Herrada has edged ahead of Navardauskas and Verdugo. Duarte and Pirazzi have almost caught them. Back with the main group, Kelderman and Pate are being swept up.
Numerous attacks coming fron the main pack, with Visconti and Dupont having a pop. Scarponi is leading the group of main contenders, with Nibali in his wheel.
The Colombia rider is Fabio Duarte and he's almost caught Sella. Navardauskas has caight the two leaders, while numerous riders are being tailed off the back of the pack.
A rider from Team Colombia jumps out of the peloton in pursuit of the leaders. Up front, Herrada is joined by Verdugo, while Pirazzi looks in a bit of pain after that initial surge.
The break is coming back together once again - although the peloton now trails by just 30 seconds. Now Herrada tries his chances from the escapees...
We're on to the second and last climb of the day, the Cat.3 ascent of Andrate (6.2km at an average of 8% and a maximum of 13%).
We now have eight riders out ahead of the peloton, which trails at 45 seconds. And straight away, Stefano Pirazzi attacks - sparking a response from Verdugo and Kelderman.
Verdugo, Bole, Navardauskas, Herrada and Pirazzi are just 15 seconds behind the leading trio now - but the peloton also lurks at 1:07.
Sella takes the points at the second intermediate sprint ahead of Pate and Kelderman. But that will be of no concern for the leaders at this stage, with the final climb looming.
Sella, Pate and Kelderman still have 23secs over the five chasers and 1:26 ove the peloton.
There are just five riders in pursuit of the leading trio: Verdugo, Herrada, Pirazzi, Bole and Navardauskas. The other escapees have sat up and will soon be mopped up by the pack.
The leading trio have 23 seconds over the other escapees as they enter the cobbled streets of Ivrea, where we will see the finish in about 35km. The peloton rides at 1:30.
There's a lot of remonstrations going on in the peloton as Emanuele Sella jumps clear to spark a response by Kelderman. It's little and large here with the Dutchman and the controversial pint-sized Italian climber. Danny Pate soon rides clear of the other escapees in pursuit of the leading duo.
Kelderman comes to the front on a downhill drag, just as Navardauskas attacks from the back of the break, taking Verdugo with him. It seems pretty futile, with the peloton now riding at 1:35.
Now it's Damiano Caruso who's setting the pace - and he's the main reason why the break's chances aren't so big. They're all attacking each other now with the likes of Sella, Pate and Sutherland all putting big digs on the front. Back with the pack, it's still Katusha and RadioShack - but that have 2:05 to recoup still.
Those three riders are pegged back after a hefty pull by Garmin's Navardauskas, the stage 11 winner. Some of the escapees are struggling to keep up now the pace has increased so drastically.
ATTACK: Pate and Sutherland catch the break napping and nip off the front. They have one rider in pursuit - it's one of the GreenEdge chaps. Meier. It's an English-language alliance with a Canadian, American and Australian.
Di Luca takes the first intermediate sprint ahead of Vini team-mate Rabottini and the blue jersey Pirazzi. There's a fair bit of friction in this leading group at the moment, with certain riders not pulling their weight. The peloton passes through the sprint 2:10 down on the 22 leaders.
Some of the arm warmers have come off as the clouds clear to reveal a light blue sky and - wait for it - even some sun. The gap is now 2:25.
Katusha have joined RadioShack on the front. There's a lot of lying water on the road and a fair few potholes. One Katusha rider swerved quite violently to miss a hole just then. The gap is coming down fast: 3:18. Now sign of Omega Pharma-Quick Step, which suggests they think that climb at the end will put pay to Cavendish's chances of the win.
The gap drops below the four-minute mark as the leaders pass through the town of Favria.
RadioShack have come to the front of the peloton to help lead the chase. They don't have any rider in the break so their motivation is clear. They're also without a win on the Giro - although youngster Giacomo Nizzolo has come close in the sprints.
There's a bit of rain on the road so there must have been a downpour here a little earlier. But the sun's out now.
De Greef leads the break on a downhill stretch after a short punchy climb. The gap is now 5:15.
Besides Navardauskas there are five other stage winners from the Giro in this leading group: Eros Capecchi (2011 stage 18), Matteo Rabottini (2012 stage 15), Danilo Di Luca (six stages from 2000-2009), Emanuele Sella (four stages 2004-2008), Pieter Weening (2011 stage five).
There was a momentary split in the leading group but it's back together. Their advantage is 4:50 now as stage 11 winner Ramunas Navardauskas sets the pace on the front. The Lithuanian is the only rider in the 22-man group to have already won a stage in this year's race.
Paolo Tiralongo leads the peloton for Astana. The Italian has had a tough Giro having crashed early in the race. He's now suffering from bronchitus but it determined to stick around and help Vincenzo Nibali complete the job. Tiralongo has won stages in the previous two Giros but a victory in 2013 may prove a step too far.
Danilo Di Luca, the elder statesman of this break, is not happy with the pace and has had a pop at some of the tail-enders of this group. The gap is still four minutes but they'll want to have most of that - if not more - as they start the final climb to be in with a comfortable shout at the finish.
Italy's Fabio Felline has ridden off the front of the Astana-led peloton in pursuit of the leading 22-man group. He's smiling at the cameras and saluting the crowd so it seems like this is more of a processional thing. Yes, indeed. The Androni rider stops at the side of the road to say hello to some friends and family members. A nice scene there.
The second and final climb of the day, the Cat.3 Andrate, starts with 23km remaining. It lasts just over 6km at an average gradient of 6% and a ramp of 13% around halfway through - which should see away any lingering sprinters who might sniff out a win. What's more, it's followed by a 17km technical descent and then a winding run into the finish, which will make any chase rather tricky. In short: if you're on the front going over the top of the Andrate, you're in with a very good chance.
The break is getting quite feisty with numerous little digs coming from guys who fancy an early selection. Back with the bunch it's Astana who lead the peloton. The gap is still 4:15.
A reminder of the 22 leaders: Caruso (Cannondale), Bole (Vacansoleil), Capecchi and Herrada (Movistar), Kelderman (Blanco), Ludvigsson (Argos), Meier and Weening (GreenEdge), Navardauskas (Garmin), Pate (Sky), Pirazzi and Zardini (Bardiani), Di Luca and Rabottini (Vini), Rodriguez and Sella (Androni), Atapuma and Chalapud (Colombia), Serpa (Lampre), Sutherland (Saxo-Tinkoff), De Greef (Lotto) and Verdugo (Euskaltel). They have 4:20 over the pack.
NEWSFLASH: Whatever Evans's fate, he'll have to seal it without BMC team-mate Taylor Phinney after the American youngster abandoned with saddle sores.
Cadel Evans has been pretty impressive in this Giro - especially given he entered the race on the back of a year's bad form. The Aussie veteran says he's riding primarily to get in shape ahead of the Tour - so sitting in second place is certainly admirable. He was the fastest rider on the uphill segment of the opening ITT but failed to test Nibali or Uran in the mountains. You sense that he can hold on - but not recoup any time. Still, a podium place looks a real possibility.
Sky's Rigoberto Uran and BMC's Cadel Evans will have to attack Vincenzo Nibali this week if they want to steal the maglia rosa off the Astana rider's shoulders ahead of Brescia. "I think both Evans and I are trying to secure our podium places, while knowing that anything can happen. At the moment, it looks pretty difficult [to challenge Nibali]. The time gap to Nibali is pretty big. It's difficult but not impossible," Uran said on Monday's rest day..
The gap is 4:15 for the leading 22 riders as they approach the feed zone at Condove.
THWARTED ATTACK: Sella, Navardauskas and Kelderman try to edge clear of the break but the trio is reeled in. That was an odd move - especially coming so early in this stage. But perhaps they are keen to shed the danger man, Caruso, who could hinder the break's chances in the long run.
Today's finish town, Ivrea, is renowned for its annual 'Battle of the Oranges' - a peculiar traditional carnival in February in which thousands of locals are divided into nine combat teams and throw oranges at each other with considerable violence. Think of that famous tomato-throwing festival in Spain but then replace the soft fruit with a harder, orange equivalent. Perhaps the 'Battle of the Oranges' is the inspiration behind Euskaltel's Gorka Verdugo's presence in the break...
After its foray into France, the race is back on Italian soil now - and will remain so right to the finish in Brescia on Sunday. The gap is 4:20 now for the 22 escapees.
The leaders have almost reached the foot of the descent. On the menu for the mid-section of the stage is a long 110km flat drag before the final punchy Cat.3 climb of the day, which comes around 15km from the finish in Ivrea. Expect the gap to grow but not by too much - Caruso is not only a threat on GC to the maglia rosa, but more directly to Ag2R pair Betancur and Pozzovivo and Lampre duo Scarponi and Niemiec.
Interestingly, Caruso and Kelderman are 18th and 19th respectively on GC - even though they are separated by three and a half minutes.
It's started to drizzle. The 22 leaders still have 2:56 over the pack. The arrival of Damiano Caruso into the group means it is he - and not Kelderman - who is the best placed rider on GC in this leading group. The Italan from Cannondale is 9:57 down on former team-mate Vincenzo Nibali - so Astana won't be too keen to let this group gain too much of an advantage.
Confirmation of those mountain points at the summit of the Mont Cenis: 1. Pirazzi (15pts), 2. Serpa (9pts), 3. Rodriguez (5pts).
The 22 leaders have a three-minute advantage over the peloton on the long descent to Susa. The roads - like they were two days ago - are flanked by banks of snow.
Stefano Pirazzi (Bardiani Valvole) took the maximum 15 points at the summit of the Col du Mont Cenis to consolidate his lead at the top of the blue jersey mountains classification. We now have 22 riders in the leading group after De Greef and Zardiani made contact.
Zardiani and De Greef have moved within just 20 seconds of the leading group as the escapees approach the summit and Pirazzi pings off the front...
The new additions to this break means Vini Fantini (Di Luca & Rabottini), Colombia (Atapuma & Chalapud), Movistar (Capecchi & Herrada), Androni (Rodriguez & Sella) and GreenEdge (Meier & Weening) all have two riders in the break. Should Zardini arrive with De Greef, then Bardiani Valvole will have a second rider alongside Pirazzi.
France's Anthony Roux (FDJ) has abandoned the race on the Col du Mont Cenis.
Four more riders have joined the leaders: Danilo Di Luca (Vini Fantini), Darwin Atapuma and Robinson Chalapud (both Colombia) and Damiano Caruso (Cannondale). The break has three minutes over the pack. Two more riders are stuck between the leaders and the peloton: Francis de Greef (Lotto Belisol) and Edoardo Zardini (Bardiani). They trail the leaders by about one minute.
This is an interesting break powered by myriad motivations. The likes of Pirazzi and Rodriguez are clearly after the KOM points for the blue jersey. Navardauskas already has a win but will hope to boost Garmin's race once again following the withdrawal of Ryder Hesjedal. 22-year-old Swede Ludvigsson has been involved in two previous breaks. Rabottini will try and repeat his glorious solo win from last year. Weening and Meier will bid to save GreenEdge's torrid Giro. Capecchi is a danger man...
That man Wilco Kelderman (Blanco) is the best placed rider on GC in this break: the Dutchman is 13:29 down on maglia rosa Vincenzo Nibali. Kelderman is currently third in the white jersey competition, trailing Betancur by 8:14 and Majka by 8:09.
We're onto the first climb of the day, the Cat.1 Col du Mont Cenis (10km at 7%). The riders tackled this obstacle from the opposite direction on Sunday and so they will know the roads. The lead is 1:14.
16-man break: Grega Bole (Vacansoleil), Eros Capecchi and Jose Herrada (Movistar), Wilco Kelderman (Blanco), Tobias Ludvigsson (Argos), Christian Meier and Pieter Weening (GreenEdge), Ramunas Navardauskas (Garmin), Danny Pate (Sky), Stefano Pirazzi (Bardiani), Matteo Rabottini (Vini), Jackson Rodriguez and Emanuele Sella (Androni), Jose Serpa (Lampre), Rory Sutherland (Saxo-Tinkoff) and Gorka Verdugo (Euskaltel).
We have 16 riders with a lead of about a minute now. They include blue jersey Stefano Pirazzi, Movistar's Eros Capecchi, former stage winner Ramunas Navardauskas, American Danny Pate and the initial escapee Kelderman.
CRASH: Steve Morabito (BMC) hits the deck but is back on his bike. 15-odd riders have joined Kelderman out in front of the race. Full details coming up.
Kelderman is still out ahead alone but he won't be for long: numerous attacks are coming in and a cluster of riders have formed a group off the front of the pack in pursuit.
While it seems like Nibali has yet to break a sweat in the 96th edition of La Corsa Rosa, former British cyclist Robert Millar has described this year's Giro "not really bike racing anymore, [but] survival training". Also on the rest day, former Colombian great Ivan Parra has also called on his countrymen to form a Colombian alliance in a bid to win more stages and perhaps elevate Rigoberto Uran into the maglia rosa.
Kelderman may be on the attack (with 20 seconds over the pack), but we've had news through that his Blanco team-mate Maarten Wynants did not take to the start today.
ATTACK: Wilco Kelderman (Blanco) has forged ahead of the pack. Since team leader Robert Gesink imploded on the climb to Jafferau to drop out of the top ten, Blanco have ridden a fairly aggressive race - with Gesink, Garate and Kelderman all going on the offensive.
The peloton is about to pass through the town of Modane, which until 1861 was bizarrely enough a part of the Kingdom of Sardinia. The battle for the white youth jersey is s two-way tussle between Carlos Betancur (Ag2R-La Mondiale) and Rafal Majka (Saxo-Tinkoff), with the Colombian leading the Pole by just five seconds after taking bonus seconds for second place on Sunday.
One rider likely to attack ahead of the first climb is Stefano Pirazzi of Bardiani Valvole. The Italian climber is the current blue jersey - and has been for seven days now. Before Pirazzi took the blue jersey, it was on the shoulders of Giovanni Visconti of Movistar. By winning stage 15, Visconti has put himself back in the reckoning for the KOM title: he has 42 points in the competition with Pirazzi leading on 65. South Americans Chalapud, Rodriguez and Betancur lurk on 28, 26 ans 23 points.
The riders are now in St Michel de Maurienne on the 40km drag to reach Lanslebourg, at the foot of the first climb, the Col du Mont Cenis. Once over the top, the riders will be back in Italy for the second phase of today's stage. The attacks are currently coming thick and fast.
Happy birthday to Mark Cavendish - 28 years old today. Having won four stages already (and in doing so securing his 100th career win as a pro) Cavendish leads the red jersey points standings with 109 points to Cadel Evans's 91. Mauro Santambrogio is third on 84, while the consistent Carlos Betancur is fourth on 79.
The riders are on the 15km descent to the foot of the Col du Mont Cenis - which they will tackle from the side descended in Sunday's stage 15. Italy's Manuele Boaro (Saxo-Tinkoff) just had a pop at attacking on the downhill but he couldn't open up a significant gap.
A reminder of the GC heading into the last six days of racing. Italian Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) leads Australian veteran Cadel Evans (BMC) by 1:26 and Colombian Rigoberto Uran (Sky) by 2:26. Mauro Santambrogio (Vini Fantini) is fourth, one further second adrift, while Michele Scarponi (Lampre) is fifth at 3:53.
Stage 16 of the Giro d'Italia is under way. 180 riders take to the start with no withdrawals to report on as yet. It's a cloudy and mild day - no rain though, which will please the riders.
After a much needed rest day, today's stage is the second longest in the race and features two climbs - the first, the Col du Mont Cenis, towards the start after an opening downhill drag from the ski resort of Valloire, and the second, the Cat.3 Andrate, 15km ahead of the finish in Ivrea. The parcours suits a break and that last climb will make it hard for any pure sprinter to emerge victorious...
On Sunday, the day before the second rest day, Italy's Giovanni Visconti of Movistar defied the snow to take a remarkable solo victory at the Marco Pantani monument on the Col du Galibier in stage 15 of the Giro d'Italia. Visconti rode the entire final climb alone as first rain - and then snow - fell on the 145km stage. Visconti finished 42 seconds ahead of a quartet of riders featuring two Colombians - Betancur and Duarte - and two Poles - Niemiec and Majka.
Welcome to LIVE coverage of the 2013 Giro d'Italia. Vincenzo Nibali is the overall leader as the race resumes with a 238 kilometre hilly stage from Valloire in France to Ivrea in Italy.