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Giro d'Italia - *Lucera - L'Aquila

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  1. 1625 - Stage 11 result: 1. Evgueni Petrov (Russia / Katusha) 6hrs 28mins 29secs 2 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step 0:00:05 3 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 4 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team 0:00:07 5 Alexander Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale 6 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Milram 7 Jerome Pineau (Fra) Quick Step 8 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne

  2. 1620 - Here is general classifaction after race: 1 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 45:30:16 2 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:01:42 3 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Liquigas-Doimo 0:01:56 4 Xavier Tondo Volpini (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 0:03:54 5 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo 0:04:41 6 Alexander Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale 0:05:16 7 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Milram 0:05:34 8 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 0:07:09

  3. 1601 - Gap going to finish at 12 minutes or so...a truly amazing day...waiting for the general classification....

  4. 1600 - The maglia rosa group still out there....nine minutes or so since Petrov claimed the stage win....

  5. 1557 - Porte is home. He is in the pink.

  6. 1555 - Petrov wins. Cataldo gets second, Sastre third.

  7. 1km - Gerdemann is ahead, but he has a man on him.......Petrov has passed him on this climb...

  8. 3km - They're heading for the finishing line here inside the final three clicks.....Gerdemann is there.....Bakelandts takes a tumble, but he is back in the saddle.....

  9. 6km - Gerdemann has come to the front of the lead group, but Sastre wants to push it on to to gain as much time as possible....

  10. 7km - Concluding the lead group: Massimo Codol, Alessandro Donati (Acqua & Sapone); Herbert Dupont, Alexander Efimkin (Ag2R-La Mondiale); Thomas Voeckler, Damien Gaudin, Yuri Trofimov (Bbox Bouygues Telecom); Linus Gerdemann, Matthias Russ (Milram)

  11. 7km - Also there......Andrey Amador, David Arroyo, Vasil Kiryienka, Alberto Losada (Caisse d'Epargne); Carlos Sastre, Marcel Wyss, Xavier Tondo (Cervelo TestTeam); David Moncoutié (Cofidis); Dominico Pozzovivo (Colnago-CSF Inox); Giampaolo Cheula, Iban Mayoz (Footon-Servetto); David Millar, Dan Martin (Garmin-Transitions)

  12. 7km - Lead group: Richie Porte, Chris Anker Sorensen, Laurent Didier (Saxo Bank); Bradley Wiggins, Steve Cummings, Morris Possoni (Team Sky); Giampaolo Caruso, Joan Horrach (Katusha); Matteo Bono (Lampre-Farnese Vini); Valerio Agnoli, Tiziano Dall'Antonia, Robert Kiserlovski (Liquigas-Doimo); Jan Bakelandts, Francis De Greef (Omega Pharma-Lotto); Dario Cataldo, Jerome Pineau (Quick Step); Stefan Kruijswijk, Maurzio Ardila (Rabobank)

  13. 9km - Into the final 10km......Sky lead the front group through Paganica

  14. 13km - Lead group includes: Richie Porte, Chris Anker Sorensen, Laurent Didier (Saxo Bank); Bradley Wiggins, Steve Cummings, Morris Possoni (Team Sky); Giampaolo Caruso, Joan Horrach (Katusha); Matteo Bono (Lampre-Farnese Vini); Valerio Agnoli, Tiziano Dall'Antonia, Robert Kiserlovski (Liquigas-Doimo);

  15. 15km - Porte will hold a lead of 10 minutes over overnight leader Vinokourov.

  16. 20km - Just to recap on what has been a stunning day. A 56-rider group broke away 20km into this gruelling 62km stage. They went 20 minutes clear, and retain a 12:56 lead over the maglia rosa group.

  17. 25km - The maglia rosa group goes through the 30-to-go mark. The leaders passed it 13 minutes ago. The gap is 12:56.

  18. 29km - Gap remains close to 13 minutes.

  19. 30km - As long as Porte doesn't collapse in this rain, he will be donning a leader's jersey in an hour or so. What an achievement.

  20. 36km - The maglia rosa group have not pulled any time back. The gap is 12:54. A costly day for a lot of the big names. Astana are at the front of the maglia rosa group.

  21. 38km - The rain is relentless.

  22. 39km - Gap is going back out again...over ten minutes....probably around an hour until the end of the race.....

  23. 40km - Michele Scarponi (Androni-Giocattoli) is riding second in the maglia rosa group. Reubens Bertogliati has been front for about 10km now.

  24. 44km - It has been a tough day for these riders, but Porte will surely have that pink jersey on when the dust settles this evening.

  25. 47km - Vinokourov is back at the end of the second group out there.

  26. 48km - A puncture for Vinokourov. That sums up his day.

  27. 48km - Chris Anker Sorensen leads the group on the climb. Around 2km to go until the top.....

  28. 49km - Just under the final 50km. When will the attacks come? Maybe not until the final 20km.

  29. 50km - Matt Goss is at the back of the lead group.

  30. 50km - The leaders are on the Capo di Valle. Cervelo's Volodymir Gustov has dropped out of the lead group.

  31. 52km - A few more riders fall away in the breakaway on the climb, but the main riders who can benefit remain there.

  32. 53km - This is a brutal Giro.....highly unforgiving stuff....

  33. 54km - Gap is dropping...down to 14.38 now.....Vincenzo Nibali, Ivan Basso, Michele Scarponi and Stefano Garzelli are all in the maglia rosa group.

  34. 55km - Steve Cummings is ok after a fall. He is near the front of the lead group.

  35. 56km - The rain is really chucking it down, but none of the riders are willing to chuck it. On they go.....

  36. 57km - Richie Porte would move to the top of the general classification list if we stopped right now.

  37. 63km - Around 62km to go. The riders are getting solid support on the streets. Rain continues to cause problems. The maglia rosa group contains around 40 to 50 riders. Astana is sitting on the front with Androni-Giocattoli taking up a position nearby.

  38. 68km - The main contenders reach the Sulmona feeding station, and there is a Sky rider down after running over a stray plastic bottle! No harm doner but he doesn't look best pleased. The riders all wearing rain jackets so didn't spot the number.

  39. 77km - The leading group continue to hold a 15-minute advantage over the peloton. Caisse d'Epargne are driving the break along - their man David Arroyo is four minutes behind Vino in the GC, but could even find himself in pink tonight if he can stay clear.

  40. 85km - The pace is starting to increase from the peloton as they attempt to close the gap on the escapees. And the rain is starting to fall as the riders wend their way down gill to Pettrorano sul Gizio.

  41. 95km - Inside the last 100km, and Astana have withdrawn from the leading group - they are falling into the peloton to help the pink jersey Alexandre Vinokourov.

  42. 102km - The front group has shed a few riders. It is down to 49. Three riders from Androni-Giocattoli have headed back to the peloton. Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing Team) and Alessandro Binotti (Liquigas-Doimo) have also had enough

  43. 115km - A gap of 16:56 with 115km to go. Winner is almost certainly going to come from this front group. Matt Goss (HTC Columbia) looks in good shape if it comes down to a sprint finish.

  44. 123km - Group of 56 also includes: Maurzio Ardila (Rabobank); Andrey Amador, David Arroyo, Arnold Jeannesson, Vasil Kiryienka, Alberto Losada (Caisse d'Epargne); Carlos Sastre, Volodymir Gustov, Marcel Wyss, Xavier Tondo (Cervelo TestTeam); David Moncoutié, Arnoud Fouchard (Cofidis); Dominico Pozzovivo (Colnago-CSF Inox); Giampaolo Cheula, Iban Mayoz (Footon-Servetto); David Millar, Dan Martin (Garmin-Transitions); Brent Bookwalter (BMC-Racing Team); Massimo Codol

  45. 123km - Latest situation of 56 riders: Richie Porte, Chris Anker Sorensen, Laurent Didier (Saxo Bank); Bradley Wiggins, Michael Barry, Steve Cummings, Morris Possoni (Team Sky); Matt Goss (HTC-Columbia); Giampaolo Caruso, Joan Horrach (Katusha); Matteo Bono (Lampre-Farnese Vini); Valerio Agnoli, Tiziano Dall'Antonia, Robert Kiserlovski, Alessandro Vanotti (Liquigas-Doimo); Jan Bakelandts, Francis De Greef, Matthew Lloyd (Omega Pharma-Lotto); Dario Cataldo, Jerome Pineau (Quick Step); Stefan Kruijswijk

  46. 123km - The front group is coming off the Rionero Sannitico. They'll begin to climb the Category 2 Roccaraso shortly. The peloton have pulled back the leaders' advantage by around a minute. Its a big gap at 16:55.

  47. 132km - Group of 56 riders include: Richie Porte, Chris Anker Sorensen, Laurent Didier (Saxo Bank); Bradley Wiggins, Michael Barry, Steve Cummings, Morris Possoni (Team Sky); Matt Goss (HTC-Columbia); Giampaolo Caruso, Joan Horrach (Katusha); Matteo Bono (Lampre-Farnese Vini); Valerio Agnoli, Tiziano Dall'Antonia, Robert Kiserlovski, Alessandro Vanotti (Liquigas-Doimo); Jan Bakelandts, Francis De Greef, Matthew Lloyd (Omega Pharma-Lotto); Dario Cataldo, Jerome Pineau (Quick Step); Stefan Kruijswijk

  48. 132km - This stage looked liked forming a breakaway if you can call 56 riders a 'breakaway'. Saxo Bank and Caisse d'Epargne are leading this front group.

  49. 135km - A group of 56 riders sped clear of the peloton at the 20km mark and built a lead of 17 minutes. None of the major names had made this front peloton. White jersey wearer Richie Porte (Saxo Bank) Bradley Wiggins (Sky), Carlos Sastre (Cervelo TestTeam) and Domenico Pozzovivo (Colnago-CSF Inox) are there.

  50. 140km - The composition of this front group include: Porte (Saxo Bank); Wiggins, Barry, Cummings, Possoni (Team Sky); Goss (HTC-Columbia); Caruso, Horrach (Katusha); Bono (Lampre-Farnese Vini) Bono (Lampre-Farnese Vini); Agnoli, Dall'Antonia, Kiserlovski, Vanotti (Liquigas-Doimo); Bakelandts, De Greef, Lloyd (Omega Pharma-Lotto); Cataldo, Pineau (Quick Step); Kruijswijk, Ardila (Rabobank)

  51. 175km - Among the men in the breakaway include: Porte (Saxo Bank); Wiggins, Barry, Cummings, Possoni (Team Sky); Goss (HTC-Columbia); Caruso, Horrach (Katusha); Bono (Lampre-Farnese Vini) Bono (Lampre-Farnese Vini);

  52. 180km - The 56 riders are beginning the ascent to the Crossing of Macerone. The wind and storm clouds threaten to come down over L'Aquila.

  53. 190km - Carlos Sastre, Bradley Wiggins and Domenico Pozzovivo are all in the leading group.

  54. 195km - All the big names in the second group including Vinokourov in the pink jersey.

  55. 200km - Tyler Farrar (USA) won the 10th stage in the 2010 Giro d'Italia finishing in Bitonto, Italy. Andy Hampsten (USA) is the only other American to win multiple stages in one Giro edition, when he won stage 12 and stage 18 in 1988. Farrar is the first rider in the 2010 Giro d'Italia to win multiple stages.

  56. 200km - Here a few stats from yesterday as the leading group speed towards the final 200km.

  57. 220km - This will soon turn into the classic stage we all expect.

  58. 225km - Can Alexandre Vinokourov emulate his Liège-Bastogne-Liège win less than a month ago? He can tighten his hold on the leader's jersey. He is not far from the front.

  59. 255km - It has been confirmed that 182 runners started at Lucera, those who arrived yesterday.

  60. 10:00 - In the 1914 Giro, race leader Giuseppe Azzini never made it to the the finish line in L'Aquila. He was discovered 24 hours later suffering from fever in a house near Popoli around 50km away. Let us hope for no such misery today.

  61. 9:20 - Here are the overall standings after stage 10........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"

 

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