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Giro d'Italia - 26 May 2019

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16:22 

Roglic finished 51 seconds down on Cataldo there for 13th place, conceding 40 seconds to Carapaz in the overall standings.

16:20
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Primoz Roglic will lose around 40 seconds today after that crash so Richard Carapaz (Movistar) extends his lead in the pink jersey standings. What a finale!

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Veteran Cataldo had too much in the tank for Mattia Cattaneo, who has to settle for second place. Behind it's Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) who takes third place ahead of Carthy, Carapaz and Nibali.

0km

Victory for Dario Cataldo of Astana!

1km

The two leaders go under the flamme rouge. They can see the others behind them...

1.5km 

Nibali is about to be caught by the three chasers - Yates, Carapaz and CArthy.

2km 

Nibali is within 30 seconds of the leaders...

2.5km 

The two leaders have completed the descent and have 45 seconds on Nibali. They should hold on unless they start messing around...

3km 

Yates has caught Carthy and Carapaz. Roglic is apparently 30 seconds down.

4km 

Roglic is back on his bike after that scare, which left him hugging the barrier.

4.5km

OH! CRASH! ROGLIC IS DOWN! The Slovenian comes off his bike and almost goes over the barriers on a tight corner...

5km

Carapaz and Carthy starting to lose touch with Nibali...

6km 

Nibali is pushing it on the descent, Yates still stuck in the middle. Everyone is taking big risks and it will be a surprise if no one crashes...

7km 

Carapaz is really seizing the moment - he wants to extend his lead here and perhaps take a third stage win. It was Cataldo who took the points over the summit ahead of Cattaneo - can they hold on? The gap is 55 seconds.

8km 

Roglic rides with Landa and Lopez about 10 seconds down. Yates is in between. Carthy is just caught ahead of the summit.

8.8km 

Nibali and Carapaz are about to catch Carthy. The leaders have just one minute now.

9km 

Just 1'15" for the two leaders now so if they're not caught going up then they could well be by Nibali going down...

9.2km 

Nibali sees Landa coming back and Roglic struggling so he puts in another attack to drop Yates. Carapaz is still with him.

9.5km 

Landa trying to bridge across here. Nibali and Carapaz have caught Yates.

9.7km

ATTACK FROM NIBALI! The Italian powers clear and takes Carapaz with him. Formolo chases with Roglic, Landa, Lopez and Majka further back.

10km

Cattaneo and Cataldo pass under the 10-to-go banner with 2'10" on Yates. Carapaz is now leading the chase from a group of around 15-favourites. Pozzovivo comes to the front with Formolo and Lopes on his wheel.

10.5km

Now Yates goes! He had a go on the Sormano and he's going again on the Civiglio. No response from Movistar as the Briton opens up a gap.

11.2km 

Hugh Carthy makes the first move, the rangy EF Education First rider dancing clear.

11.5km  

It's the dependable Andrey Amador who leads the Movistar train onto the Civiglio climb, He gives it a good few pulls before dropping back. Antonio Pedrero takes it up with Carapaz and Landa on his wheel, Simon Yates, Vincenzo Nibali and Primoz Roglic lurking...

13km

The leaders are approaching the final climb of the day, the Cat.3 ascent to Civiglio (4.2km at 9.6%).

14km 

Still over four minutes for the leaders so they could well hold on to contest the win. Behind, Movistar, Astana and Bahrain continue to set the tempo in pursuit.

15km

Roglic has managed to swap bikes with a teammate who had fought back on. But this is far from ideal for the Slovenian ahead of the final, decisive climb.

17km 

Roglic has the back of the pack in his sights after that moment of panic. There are no signs of him having crashed so it must have been a mechanical issue...

18km

Movistar continue to drive the pace as Roglic rides 20 seconds in arrears. The two leaders still have 4'20".

19km

ROGLIC IN TROUBLE! The Slovenian has been dropped by the main pack. We're not sure if he was caught behind that crash or if he stopped for some reason - but he's with his team car and seems to be in trouble...

20km

CRASH: Joe Dombrowski inexplicably comes down heavily and takes Bakelants with him. Zakarin narrowly avoids a spill while the Belgian is quick to remount, but the American is much slower to get going. Replays show his front wheel slipping for no reason and sending him sprawling.

24km

One rider who has no teammates at all is Primoz Roglic, who had just dropped back to his team car to pick up some bidons.

25km 

There's a slight lull as the main pack complete the descent and restock on water bottles and the like. Astana have power in numbers here. For now it's Damiano Caruso doing his thing for Nibbles.

 
28km 

Bahrain Merida and Astana have now come to the front as the road drops down to the shimmering waters of Lake Como. The gap is still over four minutes for the leaders.

34km 

Cattaneo almost skids out on the descent! He loses his back wheel on a hairpin but manages to stay upright. He and Cataldo are now just four minutes ahead of the pack, which is snaking its way down the mountain with Carapaz's Movistar team on the front.

38km

Yates is caught by the chase group just as they go over the summit 4'15" down on the two leaders.

42km 

It's Cattaneo who crests the summit of the Sormano in pole position ahead of Cataldo. Behind, Yates is not making much head way as Caruso takes up the chase for Nibali and the others.

44km 

Yates has opened up a small gap over a 20-man chase group. He trails the two leaders by 4'22".

45km

Another attack from Simon Yates! This time, no one replies. Movistar decide to put Hector Carretero on the front of the chasing pack to ride tempo instead of burning matches trying to catch the Briton.

 

Roglic was caught dozing then but he's now leading a group of chasers over to the others. The likes of Lopez, Majka, Formolo, Carthy, Lopez, Sivakov are all there - and many others will also bridge over - but that attack by Yates was a reminder of how things will be between here and the finish.

45.5km

ATTACK: Yates puts in a dig and Landa replies! Carapaz and Nibali bridge over but Lopez and Roglic have been caught out.

48km 

Mitchelton-Scott continue setting the pace on the climb with Movistar tucked in behind. The pack is still around 50-strong and the gap is now six minutes for the two leaders. Diego Ulissi, many people's tip today, is riding on the back and doing his best to hold on.

51km

Our two leaders are onto the second climb, the Cat.2 Colma di Sormano (9.6km at 6.6%). Their gap is 6'35".

52km

No, Bakelants is still ahead - the Belgian has just gone over the summit in third place a handful of seconds ahead of the pack, with Ciccone, I think, taking fourth to consolidate his lead in the maglia azzurra standings.

53km 

Mitchelton-Scott back on the front with Hamilton and Nieve with Yates. Ciccone is primed to launch for those KOM points. Bakelants must have been caught because we haven't seen him for a while.

54km

Meanwhile, well down and at the back of the race there's an ill Krists Neilands doing his best the make the cut and stay in the race...

55km 

Meanwhile, Movistar have five riders on the front now for Carapaz. The pack is down to about 40 riders and the gap for the two leaders is 7'15".

56km 

Kuss has caught back up with the main pack on the flat section and he hands teammate Roglic an energy gel at the back of the peloton. Perhaps the Slovenian is suffering a bit - he's out of position and well back here. Not a good time to drop back for sustenence.

58km

Cattaneo catches up with Cataldo before the summit and then lets his compatriot crest the Madonna del Ghisallo climb in pole position

59km 

Attack from Jan Bakelants! The Belgian is one of only four Sunweb riders left in the race and he's gone for a long one. It looks like there may be a reaction from some riders, including Giulio Ciccone and Diego Ulissi...

59.5km

Puncture for Mattia Cattaneo! One of the leaders needs to stop and change his bike ahead of the final rise to the summit. He should be able to fight back and join Dario Cataldo, who will be torn as to sit up and wait or plough on alone.

60km 

The leaders are onto the downhill section of the climb. Sep Kuss has been dropped so Roglic only has Antwan Tolhoek left in support.

62km 

Bahrain Merida have taken over now through Pozzovivo and Caruso ahead of Nibali. Agressive riding from the Shark who will be one of the favourites today - especially now with the two leaders coming within 7'30" of the thinning pack.

 

Now Amador comes to the front to tap tempo out for Movistar, who have the pink jersey Carapaz and Landa in tow. In fact, they have three more riders too - and they have all come to the front now. It looks like Hector Carretero, JJ Rojas and one other.

63km 

There's a fan waving a Luxembourg flag on the side of the road - no doubt a Bob Jungels supporter. The QuickStep rider won a very similar stage in the 2017 Giro finishing in Bergamo and will hope to repeat that today after fading well out of contention for a top 10 finish. QuickStep are having a terrible race following Elia Viviani's failure to win any of those sprints before calling it quits earlier in the week.

64km 

The climbers are coming to the fore as loads of riders are being shelled out the back. Yates has two Mitcheltons on the front priming him for a possible attack.

65km 

The teams of the big race favourites have come to the front: Jumbo Visma, Bahrain Merida and Mitchelton-Scott, most noticably, with Trek-Segafredo also there and, a bit behind, riders from Bora, Ineos and Movistar. The gap is down to 8'10" for the two leaders.

 

INFO: The Giro first tackled the historic climb of the Ghisallo in 1921. There's a small chapel at the top which was consacrated the Sanctuary of the Cyclists by Pope Pius XII on 13 October 1949. The Sanctuary now houses a well-known museum which holds, amongst many exhibits, the first ever maglia rosa, awarded to Learco Guerra on 10 May 1931.

67km

It's time to climb! The break has hit the Cat.2 climb to Madonna del Ghisallo (8.6km at 5.6%). The reason why the average gradient seems low if because of the flat and downhill segment two-thirds up. It's sandwiched by ramps that hit 14% and 12% so this is no walk in the park.

 
The climb of Madonna del Ghisallo, 2019 Giro d'Italia
68km 

Less than 10 minutes now for the two leaders after the peloton splits on that descent ahead of the climb. Jumbo-Visma are the team which caused the damage but now Bora-Hansgrohe have stepped up.

73km

There's an attack from the peloton from a Dimension Data rider who the graphics tell us is Enrico Gasparotto, but it's clearly not the Italian unless he's bulked up on pizza and pasta since the Ardennes. In any case, it doesn't matter because it comes to nothing. Kind of sums up Dimension Data's Giro, nay, season...

75km

It's breathtakingly beautiful scenery here as the riders hug the coast of Lake Como ahead of the climb. It will be interesting to see if Cattaneo and Cataldo - whose lead is down to 10'30" - stay together on the first climb or if they part ways.

80km 

Under 12 minutes now for Cattaneo and Cataldo as Jack Bauer continues to set the tempo for Mitchelton-Scott on the front.

85km 

The lead continues to come down: 12'35" now. We have a little bump ahead before a quick descent and then the tense approach to the foot of the Ghisallo climb. There's a sense of expectation and excitement in the air; it's all about to kick off.

 
90km

Mitchelton-Scott have finally come to the front of the pack to up the tempo. They clearly think Simon Yates has a chance at taking back some more time today, perhaps even winning the stage. The lead quickly drops two minutes.

100km

There are one hundred clicks to go and the gap is 15'35" as the riders approach some more rolling terrain. It will be interesting to see if there's a response soon from the peloton. Cattaneo is the best placed rider but he's no threat to Carapaz's pink jersey as he's almost 40 minutes in arrears on GC. As such, Movistar seem to content to take an extra half-day of rest ahead of what will no doubt be a feisty finale.

103km

The sun is back out as the gap pushes 16 minutes. The leaders have just passed though the second intermediate sprint at Cantu, which Cattaneo took ahead of Cataldo. It's been a fast day with the average speed since the start still above 43km/h.

 
114km

A whopping 15'10" now for the two leaders. If the pack doesn't start chasing soon, they could be battling for third place in Como.

13:05

A nice snap of our two escapees zipping through the rice fields of Lombardy.

Dario Cataldo (Astana) and Mattia Cattaneo (Androni Giacattoli) ride past a rice field during Stage 15 of the Giro d'Italia 2019
120km 

Talking of the number 13, that's what the gap is now in minutes.

125km

Confirmation that Demare picked up 6pts and Ackerman only 4pts so they two are now separated by 13pts atop the maglia ciclamino standings.

127km

Ah yes, we have pictures from the intermediate sprint, albeit only ones from head-on looking backwards. In any case, despite a battle from Ackermann it seems like Demare took the points for third place ahead of one of his Groupama-FDJ teammates, so the Frenchman will extend his lead today in the maglia ciclamino battle.

128km

The TV coverage missed the intermediate sprint at Busto Arsizio which, apparently, Cataldo rolled through in pole position. No matter: the important battle for ciclamino points will come when the peloton zips through. And with just 11 points separating Arnaud Demare and Pascal Ackermann in the standings, we can expect a renewal of their rivalry...

133km

Not it's really bucketing down! Raining cani e gatti out there as the riders rush to put on their capes and jackets. Movistar are on the front protecting their man Richard Carapaz, who yesterday became the first Ecuadorian to don the leader's maglia rosa. The gap is now 13 minutes for our two leaders.

140km

It's starting to rain. The temperature is still 17 degrees and it's pretty humid. The gap is 12'35" for the duo.

150km

We're finally getting some live images from the race and the gap for Cattaneo and Cataldo is up to 12'12". On the front of the peloton it's a mixture of Movistar, Jumbo-Visma and Mitchelton-Scott riders.

12:15
160km

More than 10 minutes now for our two leaders, who are enjoying their day out in the sun. Although we're hearing reports of heavy wind at the finish.

12:05

Meanwhile, in the Eurosport studio right now things are about to get serious...

 
172km

The gap has ballooned to almost nine minutes after 60km or racing.

 

The leaders have passed the town of Arborio, which I'm told is famous for its rice pudding, which is made from the revered Arborio rice.

180km

It seems like the peloton has finally sat up and given this break its blessing. The gap has stretched out to four minutes.

190km

The riders have covered 44km in the opening hour today so the pace is pretty high out there. The gap for the two leaders is 1'20".

195km 

Aussie veteran Adam Hansen (Lotto Soudal) joined Niv in pursuit of the two leaders but their counter-attack came to nothing.

202km

A bit of headway now for the two Italian leaders: they have 1'15" over the pack with one rider, Guy Niv (Israel Cycling Academy), trying to bridge over.

210km 

Just 20 seconds for the duo, who have both been very offensive so far in this year's Giro, getting involved in numerous breaks.

 

Neither Cataldo nor Cattaneo have ever won a stage on the Giro although they have come close: second and third respectively. For Cattaneo, his third came in stage 18 in 2018 when he finished behind Max Schachmann and Ruben Plaza at Prato Nevoso; for Cataldo, he was second behind Evgeni Petrov in L'Aquila in stage 11 in 2010 and second also behind Enrico Battaglin at Oropa in stage 14 in 2014.

215km

The day's first attacks come from Mattia Cattaneo (Androni Giacattoli) and Dario Cataldo (Astana). The Italian duo open up a lead of 15 seconds.

 

The big news today is confirmation that Tuesday's stage 16 to Ponte di Legano will not use the Passo di Gavia as planned because of the heavy snowfall on the summit. A rejigged route sees the riders tackle two smaller climbs instead ahead of the Mortirolo and then the final rise to the finish.

222km 

No attacks within the first 10km today. They've gone over a little bump up to Zimone and will now enjoy 120-odd kilometres of flat roads before the rolling terrain gets going.

 

It's Mikel Nieve's 35th birthday today. The Spaniard was second behind Zakarin two days ago and is a key mountain lieutenant for Mitchelton-Scott teammate Simon Yates.

 

Step forward, the Shark of the Strait: the last outing before the second rest day is prime ambush territory and could be the ideal opportunity for Vincenzo Nibali to remind rival Primoz Roglic about some of the trophies he has at home...

 

Sunday’s Stage 15 is a 232km ride from Ivrea to Como which includes the famous Madonna del Ghisallo and Civiglio climbs that feature in the fifth Monument of the season, Il Lombardia. As I said in my report yesterday - if only there was a strong GC rider within touching distance of the maglia rosa who has a good record in the Race of the Falling Leaves…

232km

They're off! The remaining 149 riders in the race get this stage under way. No non-starters to report this morning - with just Enrico Barbin (Bardiani-CSF) and Sam Oomen (Team Sunweb) not completing yesterday's stage.

 

Here's the profile today - and you can see what I mean by Lombardia-esque, eh?

Giro d'Italia 2019, stage 15 profile
 

The riders have gathered in Ivrea and are about to get the neutral zone section under way. A reminder of the jersey classification leaders: Giulio Ciccone in blue, Richard Carapaz in pink, Arnaud Demare in ciclamino and Pavel Sivakov in white.

 

The new-look top 10 after yesterday's stage saw Carapaz move onto the summit and saw Simon Yates return to the top 10 at the expense of Ilnur Zakarin, who plunged out after shipping more than seven minutes one day after winning the previous stage.

10:20

Ciao ragazzi! Welcome to live coverage of Il Lombardia - coming courtesy of the 2019 Giro d'Italia around five months earlier than scheduled... You'd be forgiven thinking that, given the parcours of today's 232km Stage 15 from Ivrea to Como, which takes in some of the iconic climbs used during the fifth Monument of the season.