Another 63 km – The leading group still has to go about ten kilometers to the head of the Passo San Leonardo. The lead is 6.44 minutes.
Another 65 km – Little change in the leading group, which is on its way to the top of the Passo San Leonardo with a lead of 6.12 minutes. Will Visconti again take the most points for the mountains classification here?
Another 71 km – The leading group, now riding in the rain, will start the climb of the Passo San Leonardo, a mountain of the second category. The average gradient is 4.5%. The lead is 6.06 minutes.
Another 80 km – The leading group of eight riders has a lead of 6.06 minutes on the peloton. The riders from the leading group at a glance: Larry Warbasse, Ruben Guerreiro, Kilian Frankiny, Eduardo Sepúlveda, Ben O’Connor, Jonathan Castroviejo, Giovanni Visconti and Mikkel Bjerg.
Another 87 km – Mikkel Bjerg has finally managed to join the leading group, which now consists of eight riders. The lead is 5.40 minutes on the peloton.
Another 100 km – Pavel Kochetkov gets off. The Russian employed by CCC already had a difficult time today, but the ascent of the Passo Lanciano is just a bit too much today.
Another 105 km – At the top of the Passo Lancianio it is Giovanni Visconti who takes the full boot (40 points) for the mountains classification. He virtually takes over the mountain jersey from Filippo Ganna, who is in the peloton.
Another 106 km – As the leading group arrives at the top of the Passo Lancianio, Castroviejo is suddenly close to the virtual pink jersey. The Spaniard only has to close for ten seconds.
Another 108 km – The leading group has extended its lead to 7.10 minutes, while pursuer Bjerg is still 1.52 minutes behind the leading group, which is approaching the top of the Passo Lanciano.
Another 114 km – Kilian Frankiny has now also joined the leading group. Mikkel Bjerg also tries the same, but the Dane is delayed due to a flat tire. He is 3.18 minutes behind, while the leading group is almost six minutes ahead of the peloton.
Another 115 km – The leading group of six riders has now started the climb of the Passo Lanciano (category 1), where they will reach the top in about 7 kilometers. The lead over the peloton is 5.19 minutes.
Another 118 km – The four leaders Guerreiro, Sepúlveda, O’Connor and Castroviejo will be joined by Giovanni Visconti and Larry Warbasse. Kilian Frankiny follows after half a minute, the peloton at 4.27 minutes.
Another 120 km – Larry Warbasse and Giovanni Visconti break free from the peloton and go in pursuit of the four leaders, who have a lead of 2.20 minutes on the peloton. Kilian Frankiny also runs off alone behind them.
Another 126 km – The leading group of four is the first group to make a small gap with the peloton. Guerreiro, Sepúlveda, O’Connor and Castroviejo have a lead of 1.33 minutes.
Another 133 km – Another escape attempt. This time it is Ruben Guerreiro, Eduardo Sepúlveda, Ben O’Connor and Jonathan Castroviejo. The foursome takes a lead of about 23 seconds just before the first intermediate sprint.
Another 138 km – Five riders have taken off: Jack Haig, Sergio Samitier, Davide Villella, Jhonatan Narváez and Vincenzo Nibali. The five had a small lead of sixteen seconds, but this escape attempt also seems to be stranded by the peloton that reacts quickly to the breakaway.
Another 148 km – Josef Cerný, Matthew Holmes and Simon Pellaud try to get away, followed by (again) Filippo Ganna. The riders are overtaken by the peloton within a few kilometers.
Still 161 km – The riders are still all together after the first hour of riding, with the average speed being 50.07 kilometers per hour.
Another 162 km – In about thirty kilometers, the riders will pass the first intermediate sprint (after 75.6 km). The sprint is a run-up to the climb of the Passo Lanciano, the first mountain of the first category today.
Another 165 km – Three riders try to get away from the peloton: Luca Chirico, Kilian Frankiny and Filippo Ganna. Dario Cataldo also joins the three for a while, but they have now been swallowed up by the peloton again.
168 km to go – All riders are still together in the peloton. As if today’s stage was not tough enough, it is currently also raining in arrival place Roccaraso. The riders, on the other hand, will not be bothered by the weak wind.
Another 183 km – Filippo Ganna leads the mountains classification with 41 points. With two mountains from the second category and two from the first category, there are a lot of points to be achieved today, which the Italian will undoubtedly have to do his best for.
Another 184 km – The entire peloton is still together. Apart from a brief and failed escape attempt by Filippo Ganna, little happens.
Kelderman predicts a tough day
Wilco Kelderman predicts a tough stage today: “The time trial did not go as planned for me, but I am still satisfied with my position. The legs feel good, which is important on a tough day like this one with an uphill finish. climb, but a very difficult one. It will be a tough fight today “, said the Sunweb rider.
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