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Giro d'Italia - *Amsterdam-Middelburg

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  1. 15:20 - VICTORY FOR WOUTER WEYLANDT! Greipel was totally caught out, coming around the final bend and the Quick Step rider holds of Rabobank's Australian sprinter Greame Brown with Robert Forster in third place ahead of Danilo Hondo and young Brit Adam Blythe. The pink jersey of Evans leads the second group over the line some 45 seconds back so the maglia rosa goes to Vinokourov.

  2. 1km - HTC-Columbia are on the front under the Flamme Rouge, trying to set up something for Greipel while Liquigas are involved for Fabio Sabatini.

  3. 5km - Evans is at the front of a group that is 22 seconds behind the lead group which features Alexandre VINOKOUROV who is third on GC.

  4. 10km - Riders are scattered everywhere now. Evans is 15 seconds behind a very small front group of around 30 riders.

  5. 15km - A crash in the front group and four Sky riders are on the floor including Bradley Wiggins and Dario David Cioni, the Brit takes some time to get the chain back on his bike. Pablo Lastras Garcia is slow in gettting up while Cadel Evans does not fall on an incredibly tight corner but loses touch with the leaders.

  6. 20km - The first group is composed of about 60 riders. Alessandro Petacchi and Gilberto Simoni are amongst those still adrift.

  7. 25km - Vande Velde, who has finished fourth and eighth in the last two editions of the Tour de France, was holding his shoulder and has been forced to abandon. A big blow for the Garmin rider.

  8. 30km - Christian Vande Velde and Marzio Bruseghin involved in a heavy crash as the front group is strung out in single file as they ride along the coast.

  9. 35km - More woe for the men in pink as Alessandro Petacchi punctures. HTC-Columbia have one of Petacchi's main sprint rivals in Andre Greipel and are putting the pressure on at the front. Petacchi was fifth yesterday and said: "Danilo Hondo performed a perfect job for me, but I followed his wheel for too long, so I didn't exit the last bend in the front positions and this was an error because I felt that my legs were powerful."

  10. 40km - The breeze has gone from crosswind to headwind and that has allowed Cunego to close the gap to 12 seconds on the Columbia-HTC led train.

  11. 50km - Liquigas and Columbia HTC are on the front with Cunego, the 2004 champion, still making no inroads on that deficit.

  12. 60km - Damiano Cunego is one big name to be distanced, several Lampre riders are 45 seconds behind the main bunch.

  13. 70km - The peloton is racing alongside the beach at a rapid rate and the escape is over. The wind is picking up and the bunch has split all over the place. The pink jersey is in the biggest group that is being headed by a real mix of riders. No news on whether any big names have been distanced.

  14. 80km - You can watch the race LIVE right now on British Eurosport 2 (Sky 411 / Virgin 525) or on the

  15. 90km - The peloton is now travelling at great pace and the lead has been slashed to one minute for the three leaders.

  16. 100km - Evans is the second Australian to wear the pink jersey at least twice after Bradley McGee. See what he looks like in the maglia rosa. Race Gallery

  17. 110km - Farrar is the seventh American rider to win a Giro stage and it was his third win this season and the 20th of his career. He also won the Stage 3a in the Driedaagse De Panne and the One Day classic Scheldeprijs with last six wins all coming on Dutch or Belgian soil. It was Garmin's first stage win in the Giro, however, they won a stage as Team Slipstream when they were victorious in the Team Time Trial in Palermo in 2008. As they go through the feed zone, Kaisen-Pineau-Stamsnijder lead by 5:05.

  18. 120km - The trio have seen their lead drop down to 6:45. Will we have another sprint? Yesterday Tyler Farrar became the first American in five years to win a stage in the Giro since David Zabriski won the eighth stage in 2005.

  19. 130km - Brent Bookwalter, who finished second on stage one, used the word "insane" to describe Sunday's stage. "It was so dangerous. A total freak-fest," he said. Blazin' Saddles is blogging every day during Giro, check out the latest post. Red-hot Dutch carnage

  20. 140km - Stamsnijder from Pineau and Kaisen at the TV sprint in Zoetermeer. Six bonus seconds takes the Rabobank rider to within two seconds of Evans on GC.

  21. 150km - Team Sky's sports director Sean Yates was fiercely critical of the twisting, narrow course for stage two after Bradley Wiggins lost pink and dropped to 37th at 32 seconds. "It's not right to use roads like that," he said. "I lost count of how many big crashes I saw. Some sections were so narrow you could barely get the [team] car through, and that made it difficult to reach any of our riders who had gone down."

  22. 160km - BMC Racing Team Director Sportif John Lelangue said he was not expecting Evans to have the race lead so soon in the 21-day race, "but the most important point is taking time from other contenders," he said. "We want to be in the first group every day and not to lose time and then come into the last 10 days in good position. That's always the objective of the team."

  23. 170km - Cadel Evans is in the "maglia rosa" for the second time in his career. In 2002, Evans briefly held the race lead before finishing 14th overall. "I think you need to be good from the start to the finish of any three-week Tour," Evans said yesterday. "But also I'm the rider who lost the Tour de France by 23 seconds, so maybe I look at it differently than most GC riders do."

  24. 180km - The gap has gone out to eight minutes for our trio of escapees. Stamsnijder is eighth on GC so is the virtual pink jersey. GC: Top 30

  25. 190km - Belgium's Olivier Kaisen (Omega Pharma-Lotto). Frenchman Jerome Pineau (Quick Step) and Dutchman Tom Stamsnijder (Rabobank) have established the break of the day. They went away after 2km and now lead by nearly six minutes.

  26. 200km - 197 riders set off from a very cold Amsterdam where it is about five degrees and windy. Martin Kohler, who fell in yesterday's stage, has abandoned. The BMC Racing Team endured half-dozen crashes yesterday, the most serious of which saw the Swiss fracture his right clavicle.

  27. 210km - Or you can re-live the stage with our video on demand service, there is three and a half hours of action on there. Watch on the Eurosport Player

  28. 220km - If you missed the carnage from yesterday, check out the best of the action. Video: Highlights

  29. 10:15 - The final Giro d'Italia stage in the Netherlands takes place with riders hoping there will be less crashes than stage two. A pancake flat 224km ride from Amsterdam to Middelburg awaits.

 

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