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Castellania - Oropa
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Giro d'Italia • Stage14

Castellania - Oropa
Giro d'Italia - 20 May 2017

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Clench your first if you're now the clear favourite to win the 100th edition of the Giro d'Italia...


And here's how Tom Dumoulin calmly went about his business of adding a second stage win to his name - and extending his overall lead in the Giro...


So, with those 10 bonus seconds, Dumoulin extends his lead by 24 seconds to 2:47 over Quintana on GC. Wow, what a day for the Dutchman.


Dumoulin was 3 secs ahead of Zakarin, 9 secs ahead of Landa, 14 ahead of Quintana and 35 ahead of Pinot, who caught and passed Nibali in the last kilometre.


Simply magnificent for Dumoulin, who was dropped by Quintana, but didn't panic, instead rode his own race, reeled him in, time trialled the final kilometre, then attacked on the cobbled home straight.


Mikel Landa takes third to deny Nairo Quintana any bonus seconds... the Colombian will lose time today - but not as much as some of the other GC favourites, who are coming home in drips and drabs.


What a win for Tom Dumoulin! The Dutchman rounds Ilnur Zakarin to take a splendid win at Oropa - and 10 more bonus seconds - with a clench of the first.


Now Zakarin comes to the front on the cobbles... Dumoulin chases... Quintana has popped!


Still Dumoulin leads this quartet as the climb nears its end... what a ride this is...


Dumoulin leads them under the 1km-to-go banner and he's pretty much in a time trial position. Superb stuff from the Dutchman. Nibali is 10 seconds back and Pinot 30 seconds back.


Quintana is dancing out of the saddle... but Dumoulin is juggernauting himself and the others back to his wheel - and Nibali has been distanced... Dumoulin catches Quintana, then attacks! Zakarin, Landa, Quintana go with him, but Yates has also been distanced.


Quintana's advantage is slight. This is good for Nibali, who will take time on Mollema and Pinot, and perhaps move into a podium place.


Dumoulin, Landa, Nibali, Yates and Zakarin are closing in on Quintana. Further back we have Pinot, Pozzovivo, Kruijswijk, Pellizotti and a couple of others.


Superb stuff from Dumoulin, who is time trialling himself - and his fellow four chasers - back on. The gap is down to five seconds, but the Pinot group is now 23 seconds back.


Quintana has 10 seconds over the chasers and he will look to extend that, take the win, and pick up some bonus seconds in the process. Behind, Yates has joined the chasing group.


Quintana has dropped Zakarin, who has been caught by the chasing Dumoulin group - with Nibali, Landa and Pozzovivo.


Now it's jusy Quintana and Zakarin after Pozzovivo drops back. Dumoulin leads the chase now with Nibali, Landa, Pozzovivo. Pinot is dropped and trying to catch Kruijswijk.


Jungels has been dropped. And Quintana attacks, reels in Pozzovivo. They have Zakarin with them as a small gap appears. Cataldo and Pinot is slipping back, as is Dumoulin...


Adam Yates pushes on and Kruijswijk follows his wheel. Mollema is struggling. And Pozzovivo now puts in an attack!


Franco Pellizotti comes to the front for Nibali just as Anacona zips forward. A group of 20 riders has formed with all the big guns - Jungels and Dumoulin near the back.


Zakarin attacks! Yates goes with him - so do the others. Anton is reeled in. Behind, Van Garderen is one of numerous riders to pop off the back. Amador is also struggling.


Igor Anton of Dimension Data puts in a grimacing attack to open up a small gap.


Victor de la Parte of Movistar is setting a strong pace for Movistar, who also have Anacona, Amador and Quintana. Just behind them we have Nibali, then the FDJ duo, Dumoulin is quite far back, behind Pozzovivo. Kruijswijk and Zakarin are there.


Rosa is hitting a steep section of this climb and he still only has 10 seconds to play with. Benhind, Pinot still has Reichenback with him. And that's it, Rosa is reeled in.


Rosa has 10 seconds to play with as Movistar send five riders onto the front of the pack. Dumoulin still has two Sunweb team-mates but he'll soon be isolated. He could really do with Wilco Kelderman here...


Rojas dropped back, Rosa caught Izaguirre and he's now soloing clear. It remains to be seen if this is a personal attack or something to set up Mikel Landa with later on. He hasn't hit the ground running in his first season at Sky - this could be a chance to turn things round, for him, his team and his home nation...


Two Movistar riders have attacked: Gorka Izaguirre and Jose Joaquim Rodriguez. They have Diego Rosa of Sky in pursuit. And there's another crash - Alexander Foliforov of Gazprom-Rusvelo.


We're onto the final climb to the Santuario di Oropa...


CRASH: Adam Hansen (Lotto Soudal) has hit the deck on the cobbles! He'll need to get up and continue if he wants his run of 17 consecutive Grand Tours to continue...


Trek and Sunweb set the tempo as the pack rampages through the cobbled streets of Biella just before the road ramps up.


In terms of Italian chances, there's Nibali - whose Bahrain Merida team have come to the front - Domenico Pozzovivo of Ag2R-La Mondiale, Dario Cataldo of Astana and perhaps Davide Formolo (Cannondale-Drapac). The man who last won at Oropa, Enrico Battaglin, is working for LottoNL-Jumbo team-mate Steven Kruijswijk, so we can probably discount him.


With Geraint Thomas back at home, Team Sky's chances will depend on the form of Mikel Landa and Diego Rosa today. But it's hard to envision either of them winning it.


Game on: the break has been caught and it's final climb time... here's a reminder of what the riders have to expect - it's Juan Antonio Flecha's recon ride.

Video - Flecha’s Recon: Stage 14 - The climb to Oropa


Just 10 seconds now for the trio ahead and so we're about to have a gruppo compatto ahead of the final climb to Oropa. Trek-Segafredo have come to the front for their man Bauke Mollema, who is third on GC.


It's all in team formations now in this bunched-up pack as the big GC favourites align themselves to their climbing domestiques ahead of this all-important final climb. The three leaders, who will be swallowed and spat out quicker than you can say "door mouse at a Roman banquet" have 45 seconds to play with.


Our three sacrificial lambs have been pulled to within 40 seconds of the peloton, which has all bunched up ahead of this final climb, which is set to get under way quite soon.


Adam Yates is all smiles in the peloton ahead of a climb that could get his race back on track. He's Adam Blythe's tip for the day - Blythe, the former Orica and Tinkoff rider, and current Aqua Blue rider, who is currently sharing commentary duties alongside Rob Hatch in the Eurosport on-site makeshift studio at the finish...


The gap has dropped below the one-minute mark for the first time - just as they zip under the 35-to-go banner.


The renowned photographer, Paddy Fields, working his magic...


In the youth classification, Luxembourg's Bob Jungels leads Davide Formolo by 2:23 - the same advantage as maglia rosa Tom Dumoulin enjoys over Nairo Quintana. Yates is 2:56 down on Jungels and so that will be an interesting battle to follow. Of those riders, only Jungels (Quick-Step Floors) is currently in the top ten on GC, with both Formolo (Cannondale-Drapac) and Yates in 13th and 15th respectively, and looking to rise in this final week.


Today we should see some action in the battle for the maglia azzurra KOM competition, which is currently being led by Omar Fraile of Dimension Data. The Spaniard has 49 points to Jan Polanc's 46 points, with Quintana on 35 points, Pinot on 27 and Teklehaimanot on 24pts. There are 35pts up for grabs for the winner today, so we could well see the maglia azzurra change shoulders tonight.


The three leaders have entered Vercelli where the second intermediate sprint will take place. Once again it's old man Lagutin who takes the uncontested spoils ahead of Berhane and Martinez. The gap is 1:50. We still have about 35 more flat kilometres before the road starts to head up hill for the final climb from Biella.


The peloton is all strung out in single, double and triple file. It's still FDJ who lead the pace-setting alongside Orica and Movistar. The Sunweb team of Tom Dumoulin are there ahead of Astana, Bahrain Merida, Quick-Step Floors and Sky. In fact, everyone is riding in team format as the pack continues across these flat plains and paddy fields towards the snow-capped mountains on the horizon. The gap is 2:25.


Sergey Lagutin led the three leaders through the intermediate sprint at Caresana ahead of Berhane and Martinez.There won't be any change in the points standings, with Gaviria on 315 and his nearest opponent, Jasper Stuyven, on 192.


The man leading the peloton, in fact, is Caleb Ewan of Orica-Scott. It's nice to see the Australian there doing some work for Yates after all the help he received himself in a the first phase of the race. In a frustrating two weeks, Ewan won a maiden Giro stage but stuttered on numerous occasions in the bunch sprints. He could have packed his bags like Greipel, but he's decided to stick around - at least for a day - and help out his remaining team-mates. A class act.


Talking of Pinot, our pundit Brian Smith reckons the Frenchman is a good bet for the win today - although he also feels that the climb will suit Tom Dumoulin and the Dutchman won't lose any significant time.


The FDJ team of Thibaut Pinot are on the front now alongside a few of Yates's Orica domestiques and ahead of Quintana's entire Movistar team. Expect both Quintana and Pinot men to ride aggressively today in a bid to steal some time back from Dumoulin at Oropa. Meanwhile, the gap comes up to 2:15 for the three leaders.


So, who could win today's stage? One rider who could be a good bet is Adam Yates of Orica-Scott. He's almost seven minutes down on GC and so could be allowed to ride clear if he puts in an attack on the final climb. The Briton was in third place behind Geraint Thomas before that incident with the motorcycle at the foot of Blockhaus threw a spanner in the works last weekend.


The gap is down to 1:30 for the three leaders. And earlier, as the peloton rode through some paddy fields - hence Sean Kelly's comment - we saw this amazing evidence of selfless team-work from one of the CCC Sprandi boys...


We're almost two weeks into this race and we still haven't had an Italian winner... Could that unfavourable run for the host nation end on a stage that has never been won by someone who isn't Italian??


Juan Antonio Flecha, our recon rider, rode up the final climb earlier today and here's the report he put together for us. Should be a cracker.


Lagutin, Martinez and Berthane have 1:50 over the peloton. This trio is a motley crew: Former Uzbec national champion, and now on Russia's books, Sergey Lagutin is 36 and last year won a stage on the Vuelta; this is his forth Giro. Daniel Martinez is only 21 but is riding his second Giro; he's still in the hunt for his first ever pro win. Lastly, 26-year-old Natnael Berhane used to be at Europcar but joined Dimension Data in 2015. This is his maiden Giro and fourth Grand Tour, and he's a former Eritrean national champion on the road and in ITT.


Yes, it looks like that we have the day's break as the three riders join forces and open up a decent gap over the peloton. That was a whole lot of effort for quite little effect: just three riders of no significance having some time out in the sun.


After one rider - Natnael Berhane of Dimension Data, I think - manages to open up a gap, two ride off in pursuit - it's Sergey Lagutin (Gazprom-Rusvelo) and Dani Martinez (Wilier-Selle Italia). And it looks like the peloton is finally happy to let this move go, because the pace behind is slow and they're riding in block formation. Phew, could this be it?


A huge group has now formed - and as more try to bridge over, the peloton (all strung out) is pulled back into contention and yet again, it comes to nothing. How much longer can this go on for?


Six clear now, but five trying to bridge over... if more try and join in then it may well signal doom for this latest attempt. It's still very cagey and nervous. In this group we have Quentin Jauregui of Ag2R-La Mondiale, who has been very active so far today.


After Jan Barta (Bora-Hansgrohe) has a pop, it's the turn of Dylan Theuns of Trek Segafredo. But it comes to nothing. That man Gaviria is still riding near the front - he's clearly concerned about who goes clear, which is like an over-protective boyfriend not even letting his girlfriend out to the newsagents to buy a pack of chewing gum.


Those scenes between Gaviria and Teklehaimanot... clearly an example of the Colombian over-defending the maglia ciclamino. Even if there are two intermediate sprints in the middle of today's stage, Gaviria won't lose enough headway for it to even be a minor concern.


Eugert Zhupa, the Albanian champion, is the latest rider to have a pop - provoking a respose by a whole host of riders, including Valerio Agnoli of Bahrain Merida. Vincenzo Nibali clearly keen to get a man in any break today...


Still no one has managed to make a break stick - one reason is the fast pace, which has been an average of 54.3 km/h so far in these opening 15-odd kilometres.


Three Bora-Hansgrohe riders up the tempo on the front and one of them riders clear - but yet again it comes to nothing. The team thought they had a second stage win of the race - and a first for Sam Bennett - yesterday, but the Irishman was passed by Gaviria at the 11th hour in Tortona.


CORRECTION: While Andre Greipel has pulled out, Caleb Ewan has not. In fact, the only other sprinter to pull out overnight is Jakub Mareczko of Wilier-Selle Italia - the Italian who finished runner-up to Gaviria on two occasions. So we're down to 183 riders in the peloton.


Adam Hansen (Lotto Soudal) is the latest to have a pop - after remonstrating with Teklehaimanot and Gaviria.


Bizarre scenes as Daniel Teklehaimanot of Dimension Data opens up a small gap and is followed by yesterday's winner, Fernando Gaviria. The Colombian, who is in the maglia ciclamino, is remonstrating with the Eritrean. Not sure why. It can't be the points classification: Gaviria has 315pts, with Teklehaimanot in seventh place on 86pts.


Albanese has been reeled in ahead of the race passing back through Tortona, where yesterday's stage finished. Lotto Soudal have been rather active on the front - following Greipel's withdrawal yesterday, they need new fish to fry.


Vincenzo Albanese, the Italian Bardiani-CSF rider who was part of yesterday's break, has ridden clear solo. He has numerous riders trying to bridge over.


They're off! And there's an attack from the outset from Simone Fonzi of Wilier-Selle Italia. It comes to nothing, but if followed by a flurry of other digs off the front.


The riders are currently in the neutral zone ahead of today's official start. The peloton is smaller than it was last night following the withdrawal of numerous sprinters, including Andre Griepel and Caleb Ewan. We'll bring you an update of all those who have packed their bags once it's been confirmed.


Another rider due a big ride today is the defending champion, Vincenzo Nibali. The Bahrain Merida rider is only 2:40 down on Tom Dumoulin - so that's just 17 seconds behind Quintana - and so he's in a decent position, to be fair, and always gets stronger in the third week. Here he is waving to the Italian tifosi this morning at Castellania.


Haven't heard of Oropa before? Well, here's some splendid drone footage of the largest religious sanctuaries in the Alps.


It's a sunny day in Piedmont with the temperature in the early 20s. No rain on the cards, and there's only a light breeze - so it's pretty perfect conditions for a bike race.


It's a big day for this man, Nairo Quintana. Having won already at Blockhaus, the Colombian needs to make some in-roads if he wants to keep the pressure up on Tom Dumoulin. He trails the Dutchman by 2:23 but with the final 30km time trial into Milan on the horizon, the Movistar climber will need a five-minute swing to be assured of a second triumph in the Giro d'Italia.


Incidentally, I rode through Piedmont a few years ago and we passed through Tortona, Novi Ligure and Castellania - where I spotted this bit of graffiti on an old brick barn...


With yesterday's stage having finished in Tortona - where Fausto Coppi lived most of his adult life before dying of malaria, aged 40 - today's stage starts just around the corner in the town of Castellania, the birth place of the Campionissimo. Coppi, of course, won the Giro on five occasions, plus the Tour de France twice - a tally which would no doubt have been more impressive were it not for the not inconsiderable inconvenience of the Second World War, during a period of which Coppi was interred at a prisoner of war camp in North Africa - along with the father of Claudio Chiappucci, funnily enough.


And for those of you who like regular maps and profiles, here they are... we have about 25 minutes until showtime.


Here's what the riders have in store today, with that steep finish followed by a flat run through Piedmont into the foothills of the Alps.

Video - Stage 14 preview: Here come the mountains - big ramp to Oropa will test the GC riders


Dutchman Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) enjoyed another uneventful day in the saddle to retain the maglia rosa ahead of a series of key stages in the mountains. Dumoulin leads Colombian Nairo Quintana (Movistar) by 2:23 in the general classification and compatriot Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) by 2:38. But expect some changes today in the top ten as the race returns to the mountains with many riders needing a big performance to reinvigorate their Giro chances.


Yesterday, Colombian sensation Fernando Gaviria showed superb bike-handling and an explosive late kick to come from nowhere to win stage 13 of the Giro d’Italia – his fourth triumph in a remarkable Grand Tour debut. Although the 22-year-old Quick-Step Floors sprinter found himself boxed-in on the home straight, Gaviria fought back, swerved between his lead-out man Max Richeze and the barriers in the final fifty metres, and then powered past Ireland’s Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) to win a claustrophobic finish to the pan-flat 167km stage from Reggio Emilia to Tortona.


Hello and welcome to live coverage of stage 14 of the Giro d'Italia as the race returns to the mountains with this 131km ride from Fausto Coppi's birthtown of Castellania to one of the largest religious shrines in the Alps, Oropa.