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- - Overall standings 1. Alexandre Vinokourov (Kazakhstan / Astana) 33hrs 09mins 43secs" 2. Cadel Evans (Australia / BMC Racing) +1:12" 3. Vincenzo Nibali (Italy / Liquigas) +1:33" 4. Ivan Basso (Italy / Liquigas) +1:51" 5. Marco Pinotti (Italy / HTC - Columbia) +2:17" 6. Richie Porte (Australia / Saxo Bank) +2:26" 7. Vladimir Karpets (Russia / Katusha) +2:34" 8. Stefano Garzelli (Italy / Acqua & Sapone) +2:47"
- - Result: 1. Matthew Goss (Australia / HTC - Columbia) 4hrs 08mins 17secs" 2. Filippo Pozzato (Italy / Katusha) ST 3. Tyler Farrar (U.S. / Garmin) 4. Robert Foerster (Germany / Milram) 5. Federico Canuti (Italy / Colnago - CSF) 6. Sebastien Hinault (France / AG2R) 7. Wouter Weylandt (Belgium / Quick-Step) 8. Greg Henderson (New Zealand / Team Sky) 9. Jos van Emden (Netherlands / Rabobank) 10. Markus Eibegger (Austria / Footon)
15:50 - Androni's Rubens Bertogliati tries to catch the sprinters napping with a long dig but he is swarmed up by Cadel Evans and Alexandre Vinokourov of all people who are searching for bonus seconds. But on the other side of the road, Columbia-HTC take the victory but it's not Andre Greipel it is Australia's MATT GOSS ahead of Pozzato, Farrar, Forster, Canuti, Hinault and Weylandt.
1km - They go under the Flamme Rouge with Team Sky leading out the sprint for Greg Henderson.
5km - The brave duo are caught as Columbia-HTC set up the sprint finish.
8km - Barry catches Ignatiev with the gap still 15 seconds.
10km - Four Astana riders at the front of that 15-man front group but BMC, Androni and Liquigas - with Michele Scarponi and Ivan Basso also having missed the break - work together to pull the group back together. Up ahead Ignatiev has left his fellow escapees but that injection of pace means the gap is just 15 seconds back to the reformed peloton.
15km - Real action as Columbia-HTC cause a split in the peloton. Cadel Evans is not in the front group and Astana are really driving the pace. The headlights of the cars and motorcycles are shining bright in this murky light.
20km - Andre Greipel has the most UCI wins this year, Team Sky's Greg Henderson took fifth behind Farrar on stage five, Lampre's Danilo Hondo led the peloton over the line in third position on stage six while Rabobank's Australian sprinter Graeme Brown was second behind Weylandt on stage three. Liquigas-Doimo sprinter Fabio Sabatini was third on stage two, Sacha Modolo of Colnago-CSF Inox has had two top 10 finishes, Robert Förster of Milram was third on stage three while remember Robbie McEwen.
25km - If it comes to a sprint, Tyler Farrar - winner of stage 2 and the winner of the gallop to the line for fourth position in stage 5 - would be favourite. The only other sprint finish went to Wouter Weylandt of Quick Step in stage three.
30km - Remember at 9.35pm tonight you can watch stage two of the Tour of California on British Eurosport (Sky 410 / Virgin 521) and on the Eurosport Player
35km - The Columbia-HTC team are on the front of the peloton in their rain capes.
40km - It is unlikely we will see any change in the race for the maglia rosa today but you never know with this rain falling. General Classification
45km - The latest time gap is one minute and 55 seconds with the pace in the peloton having dropped but you feel the four leaders are being left to hang out to dry.
50km - Remember you can catch up with all the best pictures from the race. Giro gallery
55km - Cayetano Sarmiento (Acqua e Sapone) is caught up in a crash.
60km - Stamsnijder was first at the TV Sprint in Caserta with the gap around 55 seconds back to the peloton.
65km - Tom Stamsnijder was 25 on Saturday and is from Wierden in the eastern Netherlands. He is the son of former cyclo-cross world champion Hennie Stamsnijder. He joined Rabobank from Gerolsteiner last year and is part of our four-man lead group that has seen its' advantage cut to one minute.
70km - Giampaolo Cheula is 31 on Sunday and from Piedmont, he rides in the distinctive flesh coloured jerseys of Footon-Servetto-Fuji. Cheula was previously at Mapei-Quick Step, Vini Caldirola and Barloworld.
75km - Ignatiev, who won the gold medal in the points race at the Athens Olympics, is one of the most active riders in the pro ranks. In 2002 and 2003, he was the world junior champion while in 2005 he became the world under-23 champion. He won five races with Tinkoff in 2007 before joining Katusha where he won a stage of Tirreno–Adriatico this year.
80km - Of the breakaway riders, Barry is a 34-year-old from Toronto who was with Saturn, Discovery Channel and Columbia-HTC before joining Sky. He enjoyed a stage win at the 2008 Tour of Missouri and placed ninth in the men's road race at the Beijing Olympics that year.
85km - You can watch the race now LIVE on British Eurosport (Sky 410 / Virgin 521) and on the Eurosport Player
90km - The conditions are rather and miserable for the riders at the moment as they ride through the province of Caserta.
95km - In other news from the world of cycling, Adrie Visser is the new leader of the Tour de L'Aude after HTC-Columbia placed a strong second in Sunday's team time trial, just 35 seconds down on winners Cervélo while Mark Cavendish won the opening stage in California and Ben Swift took the Tour of Picardie. Video: California highlights
100km - John Gadret was a surprise fifth yesterday. "I have really enjoyed the last two days and it's a shame to have lost time on the stages in the Netherlands. I'll have two or three days to recover a bit with relatively flat stages and then it will be left for a big week! My goal is always to go win a stage and we saw again today that it was feasible. The favourites are likely to watch each other a bit and I know that I am able to go and ride away."
105km - Damiano Cunego was active in both the stages over the weekend. He said about stage eight: "I had good sensation and so I asked my team-mates to support me: that's what they did in a perfect way, trying to chase the breakaway. Unluckily, no other teams supported us and also on the last climb only Scarponi showed interest in battling for the victory. I'll try again to hit the target".
110km - The gap from the four leaders back to the chase group is fluctuating between two and three minutes.
115km - Another rider to leave the race was the American John Murphy. "He did a very good job during the first week and worked hard. That cost him a lot of strength," commented BMC directeur sportif John Lelangue.
120km - Alessandro Petacchi also had to quit yesterday, he said: "The bronchitis is also giving me asthmatic troubles and so it is not possible for me to go on. Team doctor Beltemacchi tried to cure my trouble but the weather conditions didn't help me. It's a pity that I had to quit Giro without having obtained a victory: my legs were good but the negative circumstances didn't allow me to perform at a high level."
125km - Milram's Fabian Wegmann, who won Rund um den Finanzplatz Eschborn-Frankfurt on May 1, abandoned yesterday due to severe back pain. "That is very bitter for us. Fabian is always good for a stage win. He had such big plans for the Giro d'Italia. After his win in Frankfurt he was highly motivated and confident. He will fly as soon as possible to Freiburg, where he will undergo examinations," said directeur sportif Christian Henn.
130km - The best of yesterday's reaction. Sorensen said: "To win in the first uphill finish at the Giro d'Italia is the greatest satisfaction of my career. Doing well in the Giro d’Italia was my big season goal, unfortunately, a few weeks ago, I broke my right collarbone and my participation remained in doubt until few days before the start. I started racing at 13 and since then, my dream has always been to win a stage in the Giro."
135km - Columbia-HTC are working for their sprinter Andre Greipel and have cut the deficit to 2:50. The average speed in the first hour of the race was a whopping 48.2 kmh.
140km - Remember you can follow our cycling blog, Blazin' Saddles every day during the Giro.
145km - It was the 11th Danish stage win in the Giro - Ole Ritter has won the most stages with three. For Sorensen it was his fifth UCI career win which have come in five different countries, Norway, France, Austria, Japan and Italy.
150km - Yesterday Chris Anker Sorensen became the first Dane to win a Giro stage since Nikolaj Bo Larsen in 1996.
155km - The advantage for the four leaders is out to four minutes - could this be the break of the day?
160km - Frosinone was last involved in the Giro in 2005 when it was the finishing town for stage four won by Luca Mazzanti.
165km - Today's stage is a homage to former Gazzetta editor and Giro organiser Gino Palumbo who was born in Frosinone.
170km - An early break from Michael Barry (CAN - Team Sky), Mikhail Ignatiev (RUS - Katusha), Giampaolo Cheula (ITA - Footon-Servetto) and Tom Stamsnijder (NED - Rabobank) and they lead the peloton by 45 seconds.
175km - At Frosinone, the sun is shining while at Cava de 'Tirreni the rain is falling heavily.
180km - The race starts in the province from Frosinone and heads southwest towards the Amalfi Coast. There are no climbs en-route but there is an uphill drag inside the final 5km before a flat run-in to the line.
185km - 182 riders signed on this morning with Baden Cooke having abandoned.
11:43 - Alexandre Vinokourov remains in pink as the ninth stage of the Giro d'Italia runs 188 kilometres between Frosinone and Cava de' Tirreni. Following two punishing days, today is a flat route suited to the sprinters or a possible breakaway.