18/05/16 - 10:45
Modena - Asolo
Giro d'Italia • Stage11

Modena - Asolo

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And the new top 10 on GC - with Jungels increasing his lead by 17 seconds on everyone except Amador, who has moved 2 seconds closer...


It's impressive how consistent Valverde is - even in stages like this with a sprint towards the end...


Here's Ulissi celebrating his second win in this year's Giro...


A great day for Bob Jungels, who extended his lead on all his rivals besides Amador, who moves two seconds closer thanks to those bonuses and now trails the race leader by 24 seconds on GC.


Giacomo Nizzolo cuts a frustrated figure as he leads the pack over the line 13 seconds later. The Italian from Trek-Segafredo still hasn't won a stage on the Giro and he would have been the favourite today had it finished together...


Victory for Diego Ulissi of Lampre-Merida ahead of Andre Amador (Movistar) and Bob Jungels (Etixx-QuickStep).


Jungels opens it up but Ulissi and Amador power through. Diego Ulissi makes it two!


Remember there are bonus seconds too... Jungels leads Ulissi and Amador...


Jungels leads the trio going under the flamme rouge...


Jungels is really honoring the maglia rosa with this ride. He has 11 seconds with Amador and Ulissi...


They're making no in-roads into this leading trio, sparking Nibali and Majka to come to the front, with Chaves and Valverde just behind. They're onto a descent now ahead of the flat finish...


They're onto the cobbles and this trio have eight seconds, with Kruijswijk leading the chase...


News coming in the Pozzovivo is over a minute in arrears after being held up in that crash...


Diego Ulissi attacks! The Italian draws level with the two leaders, with Betancur trying to make the junction too. Ewan has apparently been dropped on this climb...


Just the seven seconds now as Lotto Soudal's Tim Wellens leads the chase. Jungels still dtives the pace with Amador behind. They're onto the climb up to Asolo.


The reason why Orica-GreenEdge are chasing is because Caleb Ewan is in this group - and he could be a factor in the finale, which concludes with a flat home straight.


Bardiani and Orica-GreenEdge have riders leading the chase, ahead of a Movistar wall. The gap is still 10 seconds but the finale is up and down, and includes a small section of cobbles after a punchy 6% rise.


This leading duo have 12 seconds over the chasing pack. They're one and two on the road, and one and two in the general classification.


They're onto an uncategorised climb ahead of the run into Asolo. Jungels is now driving the pace with Amador - they have around 10 seconds over the regrouped peloton behind. It's intriguingly poised.


Jungels catches Amador and they exchange a few words. Behind, Steven Kruijswijk has launched an attack - but it's short lived and the Dutchman is reeled in by the other favourites.


With no one taking it up, Bob Jungels has to take matters into his own hands. The Luxembourg rider dances on the pedals in a bid to protect his maglia rosa.


ATTACK: Andrey Amador takes advantage of a brief lull to attack after rejoining this leading group.


Nibali, Valverde and Chaves are reeled in at the bottom of the climb as a group of select favourites gather.


This is a big attack by Nibali, who has opened up a gap with Valverde and Chaves towards the end of this descent. This is an interesting move and they could well stay out. And remember: Nibali won when the Giro last came to Asolo, back in 2010.


Here's some footage from the ealier crash before the climb...


Now Nibali and Valverde sweep past Kruiswijk on this twisting, wooded, narrow descent. Many of these guys are taking some big risks here.


It's worth adding that Uran, Jungels, Majka and Zakarin are all here in this group of main favourites - but it looks like Amador got slightly distanced near the top.


It's Kruijswijk who leds the pack over ahead of Valverde, Chaves and Nibali. The other GC contenders are right there as they start this technical descent.


Vorobyev is caught and Laengen will be next - and probably before the summit... He's giving it his all, but the pack looms.


Majka is with the favourites too, as is Modolo and, of course, Jungels - the pink jersey. Meanwhile, there's an attack by Carlos Betancur of Movistar. Cunego leads the chase with Kruisjwijk in his back wheel.


Laengen has 20 seconds to play with and is grimacing away on these short and sharp hairpins. Vorobyev will be caught soon.


Many of those riders caught out in the crash are still trying to fight back on - it was a terrible moment to have a spill. Lampre have Valerio Conti pulling for Diego Ulissi, with Movistar right behind and the likes of Nibali, Valverde and Kruijswijk...


Laengen edges clear of his fellow escapees from the outset. Vorobyev is in pursuit while Bertazzo has thrown in the towel.


Climb time! Here it is, the Cat.4 ascent of Forcella Mostaccin – just 2.9km long but peaking at a gradient of 16% and an average of 9%.


Domenico Pozzovivo of Ag2R-La Mondiale caught out too by that crash. Rafal Majka's Tinkoff team setting a fast tempo ahead of the climb, alongside Katusha...


Meanwhile, the break continues with a lead of 1:35 ahead of this decisive climb. They will be caught before the top.


One of the big name riders to be caught out in the crash was Michele Scarponi of Astana - and Tanel Kangert. Evgeni Petrov of Tinkoff has a problem with his collarbone, it seems. Arnaud Demare was affected. Gianluca Brambilla, the former maglia rosa, too.


Over half the peloton was caught behind that crash - which occurred alongside a ditch into which Australian Leigh Howard (IAM) ended up, with water up to his ankles.


CRASH: And it's a big one. Riders from FDJ, Astana, Tinkoff, Orica-GreenEdge, IAM and Sky among a whole raft caught out in a big pile-up near the front of the peloton.


Damiano Cunego and his Nippo-Vini Fantini team have come to the front of the pack in anticipation of the Cat.4 climb coming right up, where the Italian veteran will look to pick up some more points to consolidate his lead in the blue jersey KOM competition.


Trek-Segafredo - and in particular Jack Bobridge, the Australian national champion - have invited Lampre-Merida through to have a pull. The Italian team have Diego Ulissi who could well be in the mix to double up his stage tally today.


The riders are snaking their way through the scenic town of Castelfranco Veneto, where the fans are out in their droves. It has a famous medieval castle and an impressive neoclassical catherdal with an altarpiece by Giorgione. The gap is 3:35 for the three leaders, who have been out since the 80th kilometre.


Gasprom-RusVelo clearly have plans for the finale because they have two men on the front again, with Trek right behind. The lead for the three escapees is still 3:20 so it's pretty stable for now.


Slow motion TV replays showing a near miss at a roundabout between the front of the Movistar train and a female spectator on the side of the road... that could have been nasty.


Once again, it's the entire FDJ team doing a full lead out for Demare, who takes the points for fourth place ahead of Trentin. Demare will be making some inroads on Greipel's points tally and he'll be aware that his German rival has announced that he may not hang around all the way to Turin. Demare, on the other hand, may not be riding either the Tour or the Vuelta, so this is a great chance for the Frenchman to win a points classification jersey if he sticks right through to the end.


Once again the break pass through the second intermediate sprint at Villa del Conte and once again it's Vorobyev who leads them through, uncontested. This time Bertazzo takes second place ahead of Laengen. They have 3:22 over the pack so it's a question of when and not if they'll be caught.


Bob Jungels leads the youth classification but because he's in pink the white jersey is on the shoulders of Davide Formolo of Cannondale. The Italian climber - a stage winner in last year's race in La Spezia - is 5:32 down on Jungels in the standings but he should come into his own in the mountains, so this is a competition that's far from over.


There's almost a flashpoint in the peloton when a fan splashes a bottle of water over the riders as they zip around a corner. Some duck instinctively and veer off course - almost causing a pile-up... The gap is 3:37.


The gap has come down to under four minutes now so it looks like this break is pretty doomed - considering they had well over 10 minutes to play with not so long ago...


Trek-Segafredo are back on the front of the pack with a couple of Gazprom riders. They're followed by the Etixx-QuickStep team of maglia rosa Bob Jungels, who in turn are shadowed by the Movistar team of Andrey Amador and Alejandro Valverde, second and third on GC respectively. Amador, the Costa Rican, tried to snare the pink jersey yesterday. He's just 26 seconds down on Jungels so if the Luxembourg rider has any problems today then Amador will be ready to pounce...


Controversial former rider Michael Rasmussen thinks that today's finish - which comes after a punchy Cat.4 climb which the riders crest with 20km remaining - will not be contested by the sprinters because of the rolling nature of the approach...


A reminder that before today's stage Germany's Andre Greipel, Lotto Soudal's double stage winner, led the red jersey standings with 119 points to Demare's 91.


FDJ and Gazprom-RusVelo have come to the front of the peloton to help with the chase in this strung-out peloton. In fact, it's the intermediate sprint points they're after and FDJ give Demare a four-man lead-out but it looks like the Italian Matteo Trentin (Etixx-QuickStep) pips the Frenchman for fourth.


The intermediate sprint at Grisignano di Zocca is not contested for the break with Katusha's Vorobyev leading Laengen and Bertazza over the line. It will be interesting to see if the red jersey contenders battle for the remaining points once the peloton passes through...


The leaders are approaching the first intermediate sprint and the gap has come down to 5:55 and so they won't necessarily contest the win. With the mountains approaching, time is running out for many riders and teams to get a victory in this race, so many will be eager to bring this back.


That said, the gap is coming down now that Trek-Segafredo have thrown some men on the front - including Aussie national champion Jack Bobridge. It's 6:30 now for the break.


It's looking increasingly like this stage will be won by one of the three leaders on the road right now. Both Laengen and Bertazza are riding their maiden Grand Tours while Vorobyev made his debut in last year's Giro, which he did not complete. They're a young trio, IAM's Laengen the oldest at 27, while Vorobyev is 25 and Bertazza is 24.


Yes, indeed, and here's the evidence: Bertazzo's fans making their presence known. They'll be pleased to know that their man rides in a three-man break which now has 10:50 to play with over the pack.


It's great to see Liam Bertazzo of Wilier-Southeast in this break: the 24-year-old Grand Tour debutant is from this neck of the woods - the town of Este, to be precise, which the race passed nearby just after the feedzone. His local cycling club at Monselice have set up a fan club for the Bertazzo, who will no doubt be in force today on the side of the road.


Confirmation of that withdrawal of Tom Dumoulin from his Giant-Alpecin team. A sorry end to the race, but the Dutchman has really been suffering the past few days.


BREAKING: Tom Dumoulin appears to have withdrawn from the race. The Dutchman wore the first maglia rosa after victory in the opening time trial in Apeldoorn, lost it to Marcel Kittel, but then won it back before cracking on the Alpe di Poti en route to Arezzo in stage eight. The Giant-Alpecin rider has been struggling with saddle sores.


The average speed for the second hour was down a little at 49.7km/h but still super fast. Of course, the context should be remembered: it's flatter than a pizza margherita out there - plus there could well be a favourable tailwind.


The gap has creapt up to 7:30 for the three leaders. Laengen, who finished third in the Chianti time trial on Sunday, is the best placed rider on GC of this trio, but the Norwegian is a huge 1h 16m 05s down on Bob Jungels and so Etixx-QuickStep are happy to let this one go.


We join the race now LIVE as the three leaders have passed through the feedzone at Piacenza d'Adige with a lead of almost six minutes on the peloton.


BREAK: Three riders finally managed to extricate themselves from the peloton. Once egain, Anton Vorobyev (Katusha) was there - the Russian joined this time by Norway's Vegard Stake Laengen (IAM) and Italian Liam Bertazzo (Wilier Triestina-Southeast).


It was still "gruppo compatto" with 178km remaining - and indeed with 160km remaining too, with no break being able to establish itself after the failure of those early nine riders to force a move that stuck. One reason for this could well be the staggering average speed of 51.5km/h that the riders produced for the first hour of racing - on a day with well over 200km on the menu...


The early break was reeled in thanks to some fervent pace-setting by Lampre-Merida, who had missed the move.


The break featured Manuel Quinziato (BMC), Moreno Moser (Cannondale), Leigh Howard and Roger Kluge (IAM), Giacomo Berlato (Nippo Vini Fantini), Anton Vorobyev (Katusha), Manuele Boaro (Tinkoff), Pippo Pozzato and Eugert Zhupa (Wilier Triestina-Souheast). But the gap was still under one minute after around 20-odd kilometres of racing.


Nine riders managed to ping off the front early on to hold a slim advantage over the pack.


Mikel Landa's departure yesterday left 183 riders in the race as they got started after the short neutral zone.


And here are the riders rolling out of the official start at Modena, the home of balsamic vinegar. It's a sunny day in Emilia-Romagna in northern Italy...


Yesterday, Luxembourg's Bob Jungels moved into the race lead on a dramatic day in the Apennines that saw Italian neo-pro Giulio Ciccone solo to victory in Sestola and Spaniard Mikel Landa withdraw through illness. If Landa’s shock withdrawal soon after was a bolt from the blue then the same could be said for Ciccone’s win. In his first Grand Tour, the 21-year-old from Chieti in the Abruzzo region of southern Italy proved the strongest of a 13-man break that also included his Bardiani-CSF team leader Stefano Pirazzi. Read all about it by clicking the link below...


Hello and welcome to live coverage of stage 11 of the Giro d'Italia - a largely pan-flat 227km stage from Modena to Asolo which should spark into life in the last hour when a Cat.4 lump precedes some rolling roads to the finish.