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2021-05-15T13:20:50.700Z

Into your tech? Here’s an all-new TT bike from De Rosa. It went under the radar at the time, but Elia Viviani rode it on the opening day of this Giro. Here are the details. 

Giro d’Italia: A closer look at Elia Viviani’s brand new De Rosa time trial bike

2021-05-15T13:15:36.685Z

It depends on how hard the peloton race up this climb, but it’s looking promising for the breakaway as they take a lead of 7:15 onto the climb.

2021-05-15T13:14:54.968Z

The nine-man break hits the Bocca della Stelva. A long climb – 18.9km – but with a modest average gradient – 4.6%. There’s a steeper section in the middle but otherwise it’s a pretty steady ascent and shouldn’t cause too much damage.

2021-05-15T13:05:35.165Z

All calm for now as the gap nudges out towards the seven-minute mark. We have a light descent ahead of the day’s major climb.

2021-05-15T12:58:25.293Z

Lotto Soudal have confirmed that Ewan was struggling with knee pain.

2021-05-15T12:57:57.288Z

82km to go

Groupama-FDJ lead the peloton through the intermediate sprint, 6:45 down now.

2021-05-15T12:53:23.450Z

Here are the new points classification standings, taking into account that sprint and Ewan’s exit

1. Tim Merlier – 83 points

2. Giacomo Nizzolo – 76

3. Elia Viviani – 69

4. Davide Cimolai – 66

5. Peter Sagan – 57

6. Fernando Gaviria – 54

2021-05-15T12:51:11.249Z

Gougeard decides against trying to spoil the party and Gaviria musters a mini sprint to collect the maximum 12 points.

2021-05-15T12:50:27.467Z

Gaviria has gone long here and Gougeard is poised in the wheel. 

2021-05-15T12:50:05.198Z

Gaviria pushes through to the front, out of the saddle and on the hoods. Gougeard tracks him.

2021-05-15T12:49:27.805Z

Gaviria is likely to be interested in this sprint. He’s the only one in there with any real collection of points and of course the points classification leader Ewan has already gone home.

2021-05-15T12:47:14.827Z

Anyway, in the race we’re approaching that intermediate sprint.

2021-05-15T12:46:38.898Z

For those who haven’t read the piece, the major news today is that the leader of the Giro d’Italia plays Spiderman online in his spare time. Now I’m not a ‘gamer’, but while I can just about understand someone playing something like Call of Duty, I’m really struggling with the idea of a grown man playing Spiderman. Am I just old?

2021-05-15T12:40:02.094Z

90km to go

The break’s lead rises above five minutes.

2021-05-15T12:38:22.295Z

Want to know more about our race leader, Attila Valter? Want to know what video games he plays? Here you go…

From Call of Duty to Giro d’Italia leadership: Introducing Attila Valter

2021-05-15T12:33:04.275Z

Groupama-FDJ allow the gap to drift out to 4:15. There’s no big threat from a GC perspective, Oliveira being the best-placed overall, just over 15 minutes down.

2021-05-15T12:26:15.962Z

The riders in the peloton are getting musettes from the soigneurs. It was a fast and furious first hour and a half but now they can enjoy some lunch.

2021-05-15T12:23:56.176Z

100km to go

The gap rises to 2:55.

2021-05-15T12:22:46.928Z

Here’s our story

Caleb Ewan abandons Giro d’Italia

2021-05-15T12:21:46.623Z

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2021-05-15T12:20:14.704Z

The road is rising here and will ratchet up all the way to the intermediate sprint at Campobasso with 86km to go. From there, it’s a short descent before the day’s major climb, the second-category Bocca della Selva (18.9km at 4.6%). A long old descent will then take them down into Castelvenere ready for the short final climb. 

2021-05-15T12:17:23.349Z

106km to go

So, we have a breakaway of nine riders, just over a minute behind the peloton, where riders are finally stopping for comfort breaks. At last, the race settles down into a calmer and more familiar pattern.

2021-05-15T12:15:36.949Z

Here comes the Hour Record holder. Those eight riders were working hard together to get away so that’s a great ride to get across. 

2021-05-15T12:13:43.441Z

Things appear to be easing once more in the peloton. That last counter-attack came to nothing and now Valter’s Groupama-FDJ’s teammates have come to the front to try and impose order.

2021-05-15T12:12:57.060Z

Campenaerts is so close. He’s seven seconds behind. This is a huge effort.

2021-05-15T12:12:25.495Z

Here are the eight leaders

Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates)

Nelson Oliveira (Movistar)

Kobe Goossens (Lotto Soudal)

Alexis Gougeard (AG2R Citroën)

Nikias Arndt (Team DSM)

Victor Lafay (Cofidis)

Giovanni Carboni (Bardiani-CSF-Faizane)

Francesco Gavazzi (Eolo-Kometa) 

2021-05-15T12:09:25.612Z

I spoke too soon. More attacks from the peloton now. They’re 25 seconds behind the front of the race. Campenaerts still struggling to close the gap alone.

2021-05-15T12:08:13.406Z

112km to go

That looks to be it. We’ll bring you the names in the break shortly.

2021-05-15T12:06:58.716Z

This looks like it could be it. The peloton has eased up. Will it last?

2021-05-15T12:06:41.313Z

Victor Campenaerts (Qhubeka Assos) is alone in between.

2021-05-15T12:05:17.697Z

It’s kicking off again. It looked like that gap might be enough, but there are enough riders not happy to see this go.

2021-05-15T12:04:46.599Z

A new counter-attacking trio forms behind.

2021-05-15T12:04:25.022Z

Fernando Gaviria is up there for UAE Team Emirates. 

2021-05-15T12:03:52.035Z

116km to go

The counter-attacks fizzle out and that group eases away. This could be it.

2021-05-15T12:03:27.653Z

The riders are coming off that slight downhill and the road will tilt up the other way again.

2021-05-15T12:02:28.642Z

Eight riders succeed in going clear now, but some have missed out and now the responses come.

2021-05-15T12:01:26.666Z

The bunch strings out in a line. Nothing sticking but danger is everywhere. Nothing has been allowed clear but it’s not like there’s a huge amount of control. GC contenders still alert near the front.

2021-05-15T11:59:37.148Z

It’s still false flat downhill and it’s hard for anyone to get a gap here.

2021-05-15T11:58:34.539Z

Meanwhile, the race continues in similar vein. A volley of accelerations but nothing opening daylight.

2021-05-15T11:58:09.068Z

Ewan was always likely to leave the Giro early, given he’s doing the Tour and Vuelta, but not this early. He was caught out in the early splits but was obviously in decent form given his two stage wins. A crash would explain things. 

2021-05-15T11:56:46.522Z

Not sure what has happened with Ewan – perhaps he was involved in that tunnel crash? – but that’s just been announced on race radio.

2021-05-15T11:56:12.817Z

Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) has abandoned the race 

2021-05-15T11:55:27.401Z

It’s still downhill, although the gradient isn’t as pronounced as at the start of this descent.

2021-05-15T11:54:44.066Z

Italian TV are reporting that there was a crash in that tunnel, hence the splits. 

2021-05-15T11:53:37.667Z

Mader and Battistella are caught.

2021-05-15T11:51:56.061Z

Things haven’t eased up behind and the peloton is strung out again under new accelerations.

2021-05-15T11:51:36.828Z

Plenty of riders dropped on that uncategorised climb are fighting to make their way through the cars back to the bunch.

2021-05-15T11:50:28.947Z

130km to go

40km on the clock already and do we finally have a breakaway? Mader and Battistella have opened a handy lead but will they shut up shop behind?

2021-05-15T11:49:41.973Z

The peloton reforms behind the two leaders as they head downhill.

2021-05-15T11:48:24.580Z

It’s Samuele Battistella for Astana. They’re being hunted down by a solo chaser, with the bunch – itself split slightly in the tunnel – just behind.

2021-05-15T11:47:46.584Z

That tunnel was the top of the climb and now it’s a fast downhill on wide roads. Gino Mader is away with a rider from Astana.

2021-05-15T11:47:13.538Z

Into a tunnel and we emerge into the darkness to find some bigger splits.

2021-05-15T11:44:11.384Z

It’s very fluid in that group just in front of the bunch and now Patrick Bevin takes it on for Israel.

2021-05-15T11:42:33.359Z

The riders are still climbing on another raised highway.

2021-05-15T11:42:01.323Z

Eight more riders are just behind, but the peloton is still right there.

2021-05-15T11:41:23.141Z

They’re joined by a DSM rider but the gaps are slim.

2021-05-15T11:40:27.415Z

The Italian is joined by a Movistar rider, possibly Jorgenson.

2021-05-15T11:40:02.520Z

Gianluca Brambilla (Trek-Segafredo) puts in a bigger acceleration now and gets a gap on his own.

2021-05-15T11:38:59.203Z

Alessandro De Marchi (Israel Start-Up Nation) is up there, trying to get a group clear.

2021-05-15T11:38:01.645Z

Off the bridge and it’s pretty much all together although a number of riders are trying to push this on.

2021-05-15T11:37:32.486Z

Onto a massive bridge, where the road is narrowed due to roadworks, and we have a couple of small gaps but nothing definitive.

2021-05-15T11:34:25.116Z

A wooded section provides some shelter from the wind and fresh breakaway attempts materialise.

2021-05-15T11:33:46.162Z

We’ve done almost 30km already. We’ve been on an extended false flat but the road is about to tilt uphill more severely. It’s not categorised but it’s still a climb.

2021-05-15T11:32:22.412Z

Movistar kick off a new attack but it’s soon snuffled out.

2021-05-15T11:30:55.148Z

The back of the peloton is one single-file line, and that’s a real danger, but it’s easing again up towards the front.

2021-05-15T11:30:01.297Z

Ganna drags the race back together. Now it’s in one long line.

2021-05-15T11:29:07.018Z

Ganna is doing a huge turn here, just in front of Keisse.

2021-05-15T11:28:50.852Z

That front group swells to 20. Ineos are chasing now.

2021-05-15T11:27:56.291Z

Six riders have managed to join that front trio, but the peloton is right on their heels and more are trying to make the junction.

2021-05-15T11:26:35.556Z

The trio don’t seem to be gaining ground here. Fresh moves come from behind.

2021-05-15T11:26:10.911Z

The three riders are Ruben Guerreiro (EF-Nippo), Stefano Oldani (Lotto Soudal), and Quinten Hermans (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert).

2021-05-15T11:24:37.706Z

The responses come to nothing but here come more counter-attack efforts

2021-05-15T11:23:17.090Z

There’s a response behind from multiple riders.

2021-05-15T11:22:59.948Z

148km to go

Three riders clip off the front now. 

2021-05-15T11:21:51.593Z

Most GC riders are being kept up front out of trouble. No big effort to split the race of break away at this point.

2021-05-15T11:21:13.807Z

It was cross-headwind to start with but now it’s coming more directly from the right. It’s not super strong but it doesn’t take long for damage to be done. 

2021-05-15T11:19:40.910Z

Iljo Keisse has been designated to guide Evenepoel through this tense portion of the race.

2021-05-15T11:18:31.298Z

151km to go

Still all together, with Bahrain Victorious at the head of the bunch.

2021-05-15T11:15:28.484Z

Back out onto the wide highway and things intensify once more.

2021-05-15T11:13:23.045Z

Riders from Bora and Lotto join in but they’re not getting away as the bunch strings out through the town of Lucera.

2021-05-15T11:11:34.532Z

Bardiani kick it off again but now it’s an Intermarché representative heading up the road.

2021-05-15T11:10:54.079Z

The route has turned off the main road and the threat of the wind seems to have ebbed away. It’s a full bunch and now we see new breakaway attempts.

2021-05-15T11:10:08.495Z

Romain Bardet (Team DSM) had been caught on the wrong side of that split, as had Trek-Segafredo.

2021-05-15T11:09:30.014Z

159km to go

Back together. The second group, lined out, makes contact with the front peloton, which had eased off slightly.

2021-05-15T11:08:39.722Z

Intermarché look to drive this on, as Bahrain did just before, but the second peloton is starting to gain ground.

2021-05-15T11:08:10.109Z

Ewan and Nizzolo are back in the second bunch, but it remains to be seen if any pre-race favourites have been caught out.

2021-05-15T11:07:33.834Z

Valter caught out

The pink jersey has missed the split and is in the second group on the road

2021-05-15T11:06:09.632Z

Filippo Ganna is at the head of the first group, Bernal in his wheel.

2021-05-15T11:05:40.381Z

The peloton has split in two now.

2021-05-15T11:04:35.110Z

Deceuncink-QuickStep close a gap for Evenepoel, shutting down another really big group that was in danger of going clear.

2021-05-15T11:03:47.810Z

It’s splitting again into large chunks. There’s a bit of side-wind and all the GC contenders are on alert here, perhaps why Bernal found himself up there.

2021-05-15T11:02:44.898Z

The presence of the 2019 Tour de France champion and pre-race favourite is the death of that large break. Others in the group remonstrate with the Colombian, asking what he’s doing there. He has killed that group’s chances, as they all ease up with the peloton now on their case.

2021-05-15T11:01:29.692Z

Bernal’s up there!

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A monster group has formed at the head of affairs. But the peloton is aware of the danger and chasing it down.

2021-05-15T10:59:23.416Z

The dozen or so riders at the head of the bunch have split off into their own group. There’s a bit of wind out there at the moment. 

2021-05-15T10:58:40.949Z

A large group goes clear but the peloton is strung out in chase behind.

2021-05-15T10:56:58.074Z

Bardiani-CSF and Eolo-Kometa kick off the next wave of breakaway attempts.

2021-05-15T10:56:30.153Z

The Intermarché rider now sees the response ebb, and decides himself to drift back to the bunch. Things stall now.

2021-05-15T10:55:30.345Z

The first attack is launched by an Intermarché rider. He looks around and sees multiple reactions behind.

2021-05-15T10:55:01.325Z

We’re off!

The flag drops and the race opens up

2021-05-15T10:53:14.336Z

The riders are still massed behind the race director’s car, waiting for the go-ahead.

2021-05-15T10:48:38.768Z

Valter there. We have a nice interview with him coming up shortly.

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2021-05-15T10:43:54.811Z

They’re off. A short neutral-zone awaits before the flag is waved and the fight for the break begins.

2021-05-15T10:42:53.339Z

The riders are assembled on the start line. Groupama-FDJ’s Attila Valter wears the famous maglia rosa as the overall leader. Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) is in the maglia ciclamino as leader of the points classification after his second stage win yesterday, while Gino Mader (Bahrain Victorious) is in blue as leader of the mountains classification and Remco Evenepoel (Deceuncnick-QuickStep) is decked in white as the best young rider.

2021-05-15T10:38:44.495Z

Here’s a closer look at the final climb. It’s short, but nasty. It’s not something that’ll create significant gaps between the overall contenders but they’ll all have to be on high-alert. Positioning will be important on the run-in. 

As for what sort of group contests the finish, it could be another breakaway day at this Giro. It’s hard to know who’ll want to control the race all day, so we could see another escape stick. 

Giro

(Image credit: RCS Sport)

2021-05-15T10:28:06.198Z

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2021-05-15T10:22:10.651Z

Before we get going, now’s the time for a re-cap. Full results and standings can be found in our stage 7 report from yesterday

2021-05-15T10:20:31.051Z

The roll-out is coming up at 12:40 local time (in around 20 minutes), and the start proper is set to be given 10 minutes after that.

2021-05-15T10:19:51.700Z

This is the scene at the start in Foggia, where the riders signing on for the stage.

Giro

(Image credit: Groupama-FDJ)

2021-05-15T10:15:50.179Z

Good morning and welcome along as we head deeper into the first week of this Giro d’Italia. Today we have a hilly stage but one that should come down to the short, steep final climb in Guardia Sanframondi. 

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