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Giro d'Italia - 21 May 2019

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Confirmation of the top 10 today after that win by Demare and that nasty final-kilometre crash.

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In Ackermann's absence, Rudiger Selig took third place ahead of Ewan.

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Replays of the sprint finish actually show Demare open up early on the left-hand side of the road while Viviani follows Ewan on the right. When the Italian realises that he's following the wrong man, he swings across towards Demare but it's the Frenchman who takes a much needed win. Chapeau!

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Nasty images of Pascal Ackermann approaching the line with his entire right-hand side - jersey, shorts and body - torn to shreds. Back at the epicentre of the crash, the entire Trek-Segafredo team have stopped and are clustered around Matteo Moschetti, who clearly came off very badly in that crash.

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The Frenchman came from behind and powered past Viviani and Ewan to take his first win of the year - and his first ever on the Giro.

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Victory for Arnaud Demare of Groupama-FDJ!

0.5km 

Ewan, Viviani and Demare weren't affected by that nasty spill...

 

CRASH: Ackermann and Mareckzo go down! Carapaz and others too...

1km

Ventoso is just hanging out there as he passes under the flamme rouge.

1.5km 

The veteran Spaniard has extended his lead going onto the cobbles of Modena.

2km 

Ventoso has 30 metres going through that 90-degree bend.

2.4km 

Fran Ventoso (CCC) pings off the front for a long pop.

2.8km 

It strings out again through another roundabout and the GC guys can now breathe easy given we have passed through the 3km mark.

3km 

Groupama-FDJ now edging forward. Demare looking for his first win in 2019. Jumbo-Visma still setting the pace but Lotto-Soudal have come through alongside some orange from CCC.

5km

QuickStep have formed their train for Viviani, Lotto for Ewan. Mitchelton-Scott and Jumbo-Visma are there for their GC men. Despite his teammates being up on the front, Viviani is quite far back and with Fabio Sabatini following Ewan's wheel.

6.5km 

It's now all strung out after a series of roundabouts and Jumbo-Visma have come to the fore to keep their man Roglic out of trouble.

10km

Through the 10km marker goes the peloton and still no one wants to make a move - quite understandably. The finish today is on a long 2.2km straight after a right-angle bend. We're hearing that the road also narrows on the home straight so positioning could be key.

14km

A slightly ropey moment there as some riders almost went the wrong way. There was a touch of wheels in the confusion and Elia Viviani almost came down in the narrowly-avoided melee.

15km 

The riders have just passed a sign saying "Full Gas NOW". They are not adhering to the message.

 
 

Besides Ewan, Viviani, Ackermann and Demare, it's worth looking out for the second-tier Italian sprinters today: the likes of Manuel Belletti, Davide Cimolai, Marco Canola, Giacomo Nizzolo, Jakub Mareczko, Matteo Moschetti, Kristian Sbaragli, Simone Consonni and Sacha Modolo...

20km

Bahrain Merida, Mitchelton-Scott, Lotto Soudal, Deceuninck-QuickStep, Bardiani-CSF and Katusha-Alpecin are all near the front of this pack. Ah, and there's Battaglin right on the back. Ackermann is there, too, with a couple of Bora teammates, so he's not too bothered about positioning just yet, clearly.

22km 

Now news yet on Battaglin after his crash - we know he got back on his bike but we haven't seen any images of the Italian. We'll let you know if he retires.

30km

That's it for the breakaway: the two leaders are caught with 29.6km remaining as the Lotto Soudal team of Caleb Ewan come to the front with Thomas De Gendt doing the honours.

37km

This time it's Hatsuyama who takes the intermediate sprint at Crevalcore ahead of Covili. Behind, when the pack comes along, it's Roger Kluge of Lotto Soudal who pips Damiano Cima of Nippo-Vini Fantini. The gap is down to 35 seconds.

 

CRASH: Enrico Battaglin (Katusha-Alpecin) hit the deck needlessly and was receiving treatment from the race doctor. He was holding his shoulder before getting back on his bike. The Italian already crashed badly in stage 4. Moments later his teammate Viacheslav Kuznetsov picks up a flat and needs a wheel change. So, even in a seemingly sedate stage like this there's a bit of action for the team who has otherwise done pretty much nothing throughout the race.

40km 

The gap is down to 55" now as the two leaders approach the second intermediate sprint. Surely the Japanese will take the spoils?

42km

Thanks to the acceleration in the peloton ahead of the sprint the gap dropped to 1'05" for our two leaders.

 

Germany's Ackermann led Frenchman Demare by 150pts to 98pts in the maglia ciclamino standings this morning and so the gap will be a little smaller now - until the next sprint, and then the final sprint for the stage...

46km

It's Covilli who takes the first intermediate sprint at San Giovanni in Persiceto ahead of Hatsuyama. When the peloton comes through it's Arnaud Demare who zips clear and takes the race for third ahead of Pascal Ackermann.

48km

Right, we should get some action now with the first of two intermediate sprints coming up... It's followed shortly after by the second intermediate sprint so I imagine the two escapees will keep things civil and take one apiece. But in their wake, when the peloton passes through, there should be some action for the ciclamino battle.

 

Classy stuff this morning from this afternoon's stage winner...

52km 

Cesare Benedetti has come to the front to help out with the chase for Bora-Hansgrohe. Can his teammate Pascal Ackermann emulate Sam Bennett last year and win a hat-trick of stages today? The gap is 1'55".

60km 

Mercifully, this stage is *only* 145km long. Last week we had five stages longer than 200km. The gap is still around the two-minute mark and those two - Serry and Scotson - are still controlling things so that Hatsuyama and Covilli don't get their hopes up.

75km

The gap is still 2'30" for the two leaders. A reminder that this is the first Giro and Grand Tour appearance for 30-year-old Sho Hatsuyama, the 2016 Japanese champion. It's also 22-year-old Luca Covilli's three-week debut and he has no pro wins to his name. The Italian's highest finish so far in this race has been 39th in stage 6. Hatsuyama, meanwhile, has yet to break into double figures: his best finish is 143rd place in stage 6. These are the stats that count!

 

On the issue of the snow on the Gavia that we were (well, I was) talking about earlier, it seems like there's another alternative to the mooted alternative...

 
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The gap is 2'05". Elia Viviani spoke to the host broadcaster this morning: "For sure it's a really fast sprint so every team will be really organised. It's going to be a fast one with no wind. We need to plan well and be in a good position for the narrow part of the road. The fastest today will get to the finish line first. The strongest is Ackermann at the moment so he's the man to beat and we're trying to beat him."

 
 
88km

Scotson is back on the front. The gap is 2'15". Vincenzo Nibali's Bahrain Merida team have assembled near the front. Don't worry, they're not planning an ambush, just keeping their man out of trouble. The Shark is the best placed rider to cause Roglic some bother in the mountains: he's currently 1'44" down on the Slovenian but he's won five Grand Tours before and Roglic has only raced three.

 
95km 

If we look at form, today's finish should be like this: 1. Ewan, 2. Ackermann, 3. Viviani, 4. Demare, 5. Moschetti. But I think it will be like this: 1. Viviani, 2. Ackermann, 3. Ewan, 4. Demare, 5. Moschetti.

 
 
100km

Many apologies but there are still 100km of this to go. QuickStep currently on the front with Pieter Serry putting in a big shift. Behind the Belgian is Groupama's Miles Scotson. Serry, incidentally, is 13th on GC which makes him something of a domestique de luxe for Viviani. Indeed, he's one place higher than QuickStep's man for the GC, Bob Jungels. Scotson, meanwjhile, is 1h23min down in 156th.

102km

The average speed of the peloton today has been a slow 37.5km/h. The two escapees have 2'45" on the pack.

 

And a little visual reminder of that moment...

105km 

Seeing all that snow on the Gavia makes me think of the 2015 edition of the Giro when we thought Steven Kruijswijk had it all sown up, only for the Dutchman to crash into a bank of snow on the Colle dell'Agnello and lose the maglia rosa to Esteban Chaves on stage 19, with Vincenzo Nibali - the winner that day in Risoul - completing the comeback in stage 20. Primoz Roglic, a teammate of Kruijswijk's at Jumbo-Visma, will not feel he has this in the bag by any stretch...

 

Next week the Giro is due to tackle the Passo Gavia, the site of Andy Hampsten's snowy ride into pink in 1988. Snow is again on the cards, with a huge snow wall currently lining the pass. They need to dig the summit clear of the white stuff and there are fears that the stage may have to by-pass the Gavia and do a double ascent of the Mortirolo instead. But apparently they're working against the clock to ensure the original plan happens...

115km

That tempo from the teams of the sprinters has seen the gap come down a little for our two kamikaze escapees, who are really taking one for their wildcard teams here. "A long time out for very little gain," in the words of Sean Kelly. The gap is 3'30".

 

There was a big set-back for Simon Yates on Sunday after he came home 3'11" down on Primoz Roglic in a time trial which should have suited his strengths. But this is a long race and we have not yet had any of the five summit finishes. His Mitchelton-Scott DS is not getting too worried just yet...

 

Here's what the Eurosport experts think...

 

My money is on the Italian national champion Viviani to put things right and get on the score sheet. His morale took a dent from that DQ last week but the rest day would have given him a chance to recalibrate and set the marker back to zero. That said, Ackermann has looked so strong - and his Bora-Hansgrohe train is impressive - while Caleb Ewan is very much in the ascendancy.

128km 

Groupama-FDJ and Deceuninck-QuickStep have now come to the front of the peloton to regulate the gap, which is up to four minutes. Both teams are still looking for wins for their sprinters Arnaud Demare and Elia Viviani. Today and tomorrow's flat stages offer the ideal opportunity to put that right.

 

A reminder of the four classification leaders, from left to right: Italy's Giulio Ciccone in the blue jersey, compatriot Valerio Conti in the pink, Germany's Pascal Ackermann in the maglia ciclamino and Frenchman Nans Peters looking very proud in his all-white youth get-up.

 

Ravenna looked pretty resplendent in the sunshine this morning... Makes a change to have no rain on this Giro!

 

Here's a stat for you: today's 145km stage features just 150m of vertical gain. The highest point in the entire stage is the finish at Modena, which is 35km above sea level.

135km

With the peloton soft pedalling like your dad on a Sunday spin, the two-man break extends its lead to 3'30" after 10km or 'racing'.

140km 

Japan's Hatsuyama was the lone breakaway in stage 3 last week, when Elia Viviani was adjudged to have deviated in the sprint and the win was given to Fernando Gaviria accordingly.

 

An attack from the outset comes from Sho Hatsuyama (Nippo-Vini Fantini) and Luca Covili (Bardiani-CSF). They clearly drew the short straw in their team buses this morning.

145km

The riders are prepped and ready to get going... and they're off!

 

Here's what's on the menu today, I'm afraid: a margherita of a stage, and the reason why I made that quip about a second rest day... A real challenge for the commentators!

 

And a reminder of the top 10 following that telling time trial on Sunday.

12:55

Ciao ragazzi! Welcome to live coverage of the second rest day - sorry, I mean stage 10 - of the Giro d'Italia: a pan-flat 145km ride from Ravenna to Modena. If this doesn't end in a bunch sprint then the Pope doesn't s*** in the woods etc.