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Sulmona - Foligno
Giro d'Italia - 13 May 2016

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Confirmation of the top ten in today's stage, with Elia Viviani only taking tenth place for Sky... Chapeau to Matteo Trentin who sprinted to sixth place for Etixx in Kittel's absence.

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That was really an imperious sprint by Greipel who came from far and really had his work cut out, using his trademark power and all that experience to beat his younger rivals and make it a third successive win for Lotto Soudal.

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The lead-out for Caleb Ewan was very strong but the Orica-GreenEdge man didn't have the kick in the home straight. Greipel didn't have the lead out but showed his class with that second win ahead of Nizzolo and Modolo.

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But Greipel powers through to destroy the field ahead of Nizzolo and Modolo! Ewan looked to finish fourth...

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Ewan looks very well placed now...

1km

Headwind into the final kilometre and Demare, Viviani and Ewan are all there too...

1.5km 

It's Roelandts leading the pack into this tight U-bend ahead of the finish...

2km 

They're onto a tree-lined promenade and it's still Lotto and Trek, but LottoNL-Jumbo and Lampre are now in the mix.

3km 

It's quite a technical approach to the finish and Lotto have three riders on the front, the third being that man Greipel. They have Trek just behind, with Cancellara and two others working for Nizzolo.

4km 

It's up for grabs now with Kittel out of the equation - many riders will have a second wind knowing that. It's so fast there are multiple splits in the peloton. Adam Hansen riding like a machine in the front.

5km

Mechanical for Kittle! The red jersey needs a bike change and that's the end of his chances today. Terrible luck for the red jersey.

7km 

Kung is caught just as IAM Cycling come to the front. They're working for either Leigh Howard or Heinrich Haussler. Lotto Soudal right there too, but the likes of Kittel and Viviani are still quite far back.

9km

There's no let up for Kung who has kept the gap at 10 seconds for the past few kilometres. Impressive stuff but it will all be in vain ultimately.

10km

Just 10 seconds now for Kung as they pass the hilltop town of Trevi. This whole valley is filled with such towns stretching all the way up to Assisi and Perugia, via Montefalco and, on the flat, Bevagna (Prince Charles's favourite town in Italy).

13km

Now Lampre-Merida make their presence known for their man Sacha Modolo. His chances were dashed the other day when riding wide to avoid a sprawling Rein Taaramae in Benevento on the day Andre Greipel surge to victory.

16km 

Giant-Alpecin, Tinkoff, Sky, Movistar and LottoNL-Jumbo have come to the front now for their GC men - and their sprinters, perhaps. Kung still has 20 seconds to play with but he'll be caught sooner rather than later.

19km 

Puncture for Pippo Pozzato, so that will end any chances he has for the win today. Not that they were huge, in all fairness.

22km 

Kung has 32 seconds now and looks fairly serene - but Cannondale are doing him no favours. Oddly, it's Navardauskas who is pulling so they can't be working for him. Very odd tactics. Kittel is back, too.

25km 

Cannondale are really going hard at the moment - and they have blown the peloton apart accordingly. There are big splits and they must be working on some kind of intel suggesting Kittel has yet to rejoin the pack...

26km

Kung is time trialling himself clear. His fellow escapees have thrown in the towel and been reeled in while the Austrian lone leader has 55 seconds on the front. He has a serious track pedigree and this will serve him well.

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Kung takes the intermediate sprint but behind it's all action as Cannondale come to the front to put Kittel under pressure. The German has yet to rejoin the peloton and the American team have Ramunas Navardauskas who could benefit from his absence at the finish in Foligno.

32km

Kung has ridden clear on the descent to open up a small gap ahead of the intermediate sprint at Spoleto - famed for its huge Roman viaduct. The pack trails the leaders by 55 seconds so it won't be long before it comes back together.

36km 

There appears to be a bit of water on the road on this descent - there must have been a shower fairly recently. Let's hope the riders take it easy and there aren't any spills.

38km

There's a small gap in the peloton as Kittel crosses the summit in the second group about 20 seconds down. They'll be able to chase back on on the descent without too much ado. Meanwhile there's some argy-bargy on the front of the race with Martinez, the youngest rider in the Giro, gesticulating wildly at Ciccone. There's some exaggerated finger pointing and fist-shaking, but it doesn't develop much beyond that. No idea what that was about...

40km

Martinez beats Ciccone for the points atop the climb before the four other escapees mop the rest of the points up. Cunego crosses the summit 42 seconds down but it was all in vain - no points for the Little Prince and he'll have to hand that blue jersey over to Tim Wellens tonight.

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One kilometre to go until the summit so Cunego will have to get a wiggle on. Meanwhile, towards the back of the peloton Marcel Kittel, the red jersey and favourite for the win, is grimacing and giving it his all on this climb surrounded by Etixx-QuickStep team-mates.

42km 

Berlato has done his job and drops back as Cunego continues his pursuit of the leaders, who have about 40 seconds on him now.

43km

ATTACK: Damiano Cunego bounds out of the peloton alongside Nippo-Vini Fantini team-mate Giacomo Berlato. And they're in the hunt of any possible KOM points over this summit so that the Little Prince can keep the blue jersey on his shoulders. Tim Wellens is the virtual leader of the climbing classification after today's first climb, but the Belgian will be on leadout duties for Andre Greipel and so Lotto Soudal won't be chasing this one down. But can the Nippo pair join the leading group before the summit?

45km 

The riders are starting that Cat.4 climb which separates them from the finish. The gap is down to 1:30.

50km

Begian whippet Jelle Vanendert has been doing a lot of the pacing for Lotto Soudal on the front of the pack. The 31 year old is riding his second Giro. He has just one pro win to his name but it was a real whopper: stage 14 of the 2011 Tour de France atop the brutish Plateau de Beille. It's fair to say that he hasn't really done much of any merit since.

52km

It's the 35th birthday of Team Sky's David Lopez today - and what better way to celebrate (besides winning himself) than seeing team-mate Elia Viviani upset the odds and beat Marcel Kittel or Andre Greipel today.

55km

It's a sorry state of affairs for this break. Not only will they not stay out to contest the win, they won't even get a sniff in on the blue jersey standings. Just a bit of time ahead of the pack, some coverage for their sponsors, and an experience to tell the grand children about. The gap is now 1:55.

62km

Lotto Soudal and FDJ continue to share the pulling on the front of the pack, reducing the gap to 2:15. There is another climb before the finish - a Cat.4 lump which comes in about 20km. It's worth adding that Tim Wellens picked up enough points to move 1pt clear of Damiano Cunego in the blue jersey mountains classification on the opening climb of the day, so the Belgian might have another appearance on the podium later today after his stage win yesterday.

70km

This six-man break contains the youngest rider in the Giro - Colombian Daniel Martinez. The Wilier-Southeast tyro turned 20 in April. Meanwhile, the gap is down to 2:30 for the leaders, who are rolling 2km further up the road than the Lotto Soudel-led break.

78km

Moreno is about to be put onto a stretcher and his race is over. He pointed to his collarbone but they're also keeping his head and neck very straight. We'll bring you more details when we get them. That means we're down to 191 riders on this Giro d'Italia - Moreno is the seventh to withdraw.

79km

CRASH: We have a Movistar rider down and it looks quite serious. The fall was not caught by the camera but the helicopter shows the rider being treated by medics who are keeping him on the ground. It's Javier Moreno of Spain and there's no way he'll continue this race. He's not bloodied but he looks to be dazed and very static.

80km

A win for any sprinter other than Kittel or Greipel would be a big boost ahead of the weekend, which sees a tough stage to Arezzo followed by a time trial. The Germans have dominated the fast finishes in this race so far and the likes of Demare, Nizzolo, Modolo and Ewan could really do with something to arrest the flow. Of course, Nizzolo knows the finish in Foligno well - he was pipped by Bouhanni here two years ago...

85km 

FLD have really taken this up but the gap remains around three minutes for the six leaders. The roads were very wet but they have dried out now. There's even the odd ray of sun breaking through the clouds.

90km

FDJ have some riders on the front of the peloton working for their man Arnaud Demare. Lotto Soudal are also there for Andre Greipel and Trek-Segafredo for Giacomo Nizzolo. No surprises there - it should well be a sprint today, provided they can reel in this break in time. They've just passed the fortified town of Rieti in Lazio as they edge ever closer to Umbria.

95km

The gap at the feedzone in Terme di Cotilia was 3:20 for the six leaders. Unpredictable weather high up above the race means those TV relay helicopters are having another bad day, which is delaying the international race feed...

100km

Here's a snap of a sweeping hairpin on the drop down towards the feedzone a bit earlier. Live TV images coming right up so sit tight, buckle up and get ready to rumble!

102km

The last time the Giro came to Foligno was in 2014 when Frenchman Nacer Bouhanni won his second of three stage wins on the race (ahead of Giacomo Nizzolo and Luka Mezgec) for FDJ en route to winning the points jersey. His Giro haul wasn't enough for Bouhanni to earn a spot on FDJ's Tour de France roster (that accolade went to then national champion Arnaud Demare, who has currently finished runner-up twice - to both Kittel and Greipel) and Bouhanni left Mark Madiot's team in a bit of a strop, joining Cofidis, but not before picking up a brace of wins on the Vuelta. Interestingly, Bouhanni has yet to win a Grand Tour stage for Cofidis...

105km

We spoke to Vincenzo Nibali this morning the day after his first setback of the race. The Sicilian attacked in the finale but ended up losing time to the maglia rosa. He was rather succinct in his summation of events: "It's ok, we made a mistake but now I'm focused on what's next. I'm feeling good, my smile is as big as always. We knew that Dumoulin would have a great condition and we'll do our best to stay with him."

110km

Almost three minutes now for the leaders as they approach the feedzone at Terme di Cotilla. It's very windy out there, but the earlier rain has not returned. Currently cloudy and fresh at the finish in Foligno.

115km

The best placed rider in this break is the man who instigated the move, Austrian Stefan Kung of BMC. Kung is 54th in the overall standings, 13:18 down on the leader Dumoulin.

120km

Great to see IAM Cycling represented in the break after all their troubles of late. They lost two riders yesterday - Matteo Pelucchi and Larry Warbasse. Stefan Denifl is a strong climber and could feature more in the final week of the race but the Austrian clearly has good legs today as he bids to give his Swiss team a lift.

130km

The rain has stopped and the break are approaching the descent that drops down towards the feedzone. The gap is around 2:30 for these six men.

135km

The six leaders have 2:20 on the pack, which has been rejoined by many of those riders tailed off on the opening climb - including Marcel Kittel, the red jersey and red-hot favourite for today's expected sprint finish. We never got confirmation of whether or not Zakarin was in that second group, but either way, it's immaterial now because he's back with the other race favourites.

140km

Bardiani-CSF's Ciccone took the intermediate sprint points in L'Aquila, the Abruzzo hilltop town so devastated by the 2009 earthquakes. Here's the break in action, led by Koshevoy of Lampre-Merida...

145km

The second peloton is over two minutes behind the main pack, which includes the race leader Tom Dumoulin. Marcel Kittel, the red jersey as leader of the points classification, is in this second peloton - and we're hearing reports that some GC riders have been caught out, including Ilnur Zakarin of Katusha. The Russian was in third place this morning after his strong finish yesterday - it would be a blow to lose time on a stage like this.

160km

We pick up the race live now as Stefan Kung (BMC) has been caught by the five pursuers: Axel Domont (Ag2R-La Mondiale), Giolui Ciccone (Bardiani-CSF), Stefan Denifl (IAM), Ilya Koshevoy (Lampre-Merida) and Daniel Martinez (Wilier-Southeast).

170km

Attacks came in aplenty - and to make things even more unpredicatable, it started to rain. Kung attacked again to open up a small gap with five riders in pursuit.

180km

The break was swallowed up by the pack on the plateau following the climb and a huge split had occured in the peloton on the climb, meaning a group containing the main sprinters had been tailed off by well over a minute. Here's a nice picture of the peloton from the climb - you can just make out Dumoulin's pink jersey...

190km

BMC's Kung - who crashed in the opening time trial when on course for what could have been a victory over Tom Dumoulin - crested the summit in pole position ahead of McCarthy and Gretsch. Cunego was then pipped for fourth place by yesterday's winner, Tim Wellens, who is pushing him for the blue jersey after his heroics on the decisive Cat.2 climb to Roccaraso yesterday...

200km

The break held a small gap ahead of the first climb of the day, the Cat.2 ascent of Le Svolte Di Popoli. Nippo-Vini Fantini were chasing from the peloton in a bid to protect the blue jersey of their veteran road captain Damiano Cunego.

205km 

There was an early attack by Patrick Grestch (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Stefan Küng (BMC) and Jay McCarthy (Tinkoff).

211km

The riders rolled out of Sulmona in bright sunshine this morning to get this stage under way.

12:30

Tom Dumoulin - the man for all seasons - was spotted earlier in the race eating slices of pizza en route to the post-stage press conference - something a local Sulmona pizza producer has clearly latched onto.

12:15

Many are tipping this man to take his third stage win on the race - and his first ever in Italy. Kittel's previous four Giro wins have come in Belfast, Dublin and the Netherlands...

12:10

Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) took time off all his big rivals after using a Vincenzo Nibali attack as a springboard for his own dash to the line inside the final 2km. He lost out on bonus seconds by finishing fourth behind Jakob Fuglsang and Ilnur Zakarin but now leads Astana's Fuglsang by 26 seconds and Katusha's Zakarin by 28 seconds. Nibali drops from sixth to ninth, 47 seconds adrift, after coming home 21 seconds down alongside Mikel Landa (Team Sky) and behind the likes of Chaves, Valverde, Uran and Majka.

12:05

Yesterday, Belgian Tim Wellens made it two from two for Lotto Soudal as indefatigable Dutchman Tom Dumoulin extended his overall lead on the first uphill mountain finish on the Giro d'Italia. One day after German veteran Andre Greipel opened Lotto Soudal's Giro account at Benevento, the Belgian team tasted their second success of the 99th edition of La Corsa Rosa when 25-year-old Wellens soloed to the biggest win of his career in the Abruzzo ski resort of Roccaraso. Wellens made his decisive move on the second of two second-category climbs 15 kilometres from the finish of the 157-kilometre stage from Ponte Aremogna, darting clear of a four-man break that had earlier included his Dutch team-mate Pim Ligthart.

12:00

Hello and welcome to live coverage of stage seven of the Giro d'Italia - a 211km lumpy ride from Sulmona to Foligno which includes lower category climbs but should see the sprinters reconvene for a fast finish.