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- - FINAL TOP TEN: GARZELLI (41:28), EVANS (42:10), GADRET (42:22), NIBALI (42:29), SCARPONI (42:35), BASSO (42:38), URAN (43:04), VINOKOUROV (43:05), CATALDO (43:09), PETROV (43:14) .
16:20 - David ARROYO keeps the overall lead as he finishes in 16th place in a time of 43:44.
16:15 - Richie PORTE in the white jersey is 16th, 2:17 slower than Garzelli. He will drop behind Basso but will maintain a podium position, a great achievement by the young Tasmanian.
16:10 - Ivan BASSO is slower than Evans but only by 28 seconds and will maintain his overall advantage by 42 seconds. Leaders: GARZELLI (41:28), EVANS (42:10), GADRET (42:22), NIBALI (42:29), SCARPONI (42:35), BASSO (42:38), URAN (43:04), VINOKOUROV (43:05), CATALDO (43:09)
16:05 - Sastre finishes in 43:59, only good enough for 16th place and he will drop behind Evans on GC.
16:00 - Garzelli must have climbed like a demon on the steepest section as Evans, like Scarponi, cannot take the lead. The Australian goes second with Vino back in seventh. Leaders: GARZELLI (41:28), EVANS (42:10), GADRET (42:22), NIBALI (42:29), SCARPONI (42:35), URAN (43:04), VINOKOUROV (43:05), CATALDO (43:09)
15:55 - Michele SCARPONI fades on the steeper second half of the climb and is down in fourth place behind Vincenzo NIBALI. The top 6: GARZELLI (41:28), GADRET (42:22), NIBALI (42:29), SCARPONI (42:35), URAN (43:04), CATALDO (43:09). David Arroyo has lost 1:20 at the intermediate time check - he led Basso by 3:33. That is nothing compared to Linus GERDEMANN who finishes down in 96th and will drop out of the top 10 on GC after losing six minutes.
15:50 - Ivan BASSO is 18 seconds slower than Evans, they were separated by 1:10 on GC. Robert KISERLOVSKI (44:28), 10th on GC, is exactly three minutes slower than Garzelli.
15:45 - Cadel EVANS is four seconds quicker than Scarponi but Carlos SASTRE has lost 1:28 at 7.6km. Damiano CUNEGO (43:38) and Marco PINOTTI (44:11) come home and they won't finish today's stage in the top 10.
15:40 - Vincenzo NIBALI is third, 19 seconds behind Garzelli, at 7.6km with Alexandre VINOKOUROV five seconds slower. Bauke MOLLEMA has failed to break into the top 15 at the finish.
15:35 - Michele SCARPONI is eight seconds quicker than Garzelli at the intermediate time check. Linus GERDEMANN is 2:04 down at that point as Arroyo blasts out of the start on his pink bike. Dario CATALDO goes fourth (43:09) at the finish.
15:30 - Richie Porte leaves to the sound of fellow Australians AC/DC with Highway to Hell being played at the start. Mauricio ARDILA CANO crosses in 17th, nearly three minutes down.
15:25 - Ivan Basso, who won the sixth Giro d’Italia stage in his career on Sunday, rolls down the start ramp as John GADRET takes second place behind GARZELLI with a time of 42:22, URAN is third (43:04).
15:20 - Stefano GARZELLI, the man who won the Giro 10 years ago, has smashed the leading time with 41:28. Pinotti is third at the intermediate time check.
15:15 - Evgueni PETROV is second, 10 seconds slower than Uran.
15:10 - Columbia's Rigoberto Uran of Caisse D'Epargne has blasted into the lead by 29 seconds.
15:05 - Branislau Samoilau, the young Quick Step rider from Belarus, has snatched the lead by a single second.
15:00 - The top 12 on GC are within 10 minutes of the lead and are preparing to depart: 14:58 Marco Pinotti; 15:01 Damiano Cunego; 15:04 Robert Kiserlovski; 15:07 Linus Gerdemann; 15:10 Michele Scarponi; 15:13 Vincenzo Nibali; 15:16 Alexandre Vinokourov; 15:19 Cadel Evans; 15:22 Carlos Sastre; 15:25 Ivan Basso; 15:28 Richie Porte; 15:31 David Arroyo
14:55 - Dan Martin, the young Irishman from Garmin, goes second with a time of 44 minutes exact.
14:45 - Bradley Wiggins sets off - but he's not on a time trial bike for today's effort against the clock. He is down to 23rd on GC after losing a big chunk of time on Sunday. General Classification
14:30 - The Slovenian team who will face England in the World Cup are at the finish. Szmyd still leads with 43:40 ahead of David Moncoutie, Moinard and Simoni.
14:15 - Alonso is following Spanish compatriot Carlos Sastre who departs at 15:22 UK time and you can watch the action LIVE now.
14:00 - Lampre mechanic Enrico Pengo explains the technical requirements of the climb: "Our riders will use the traditional road bike with a weight of 6.8kg as required by UCI rules. We will be using low-profile carbon wheels to maximize the ease with traditional tubes. The special thing today is in the chain rings and sprockets, we have installed a crown that will work with 39x34 and 12x29 sprockets because we have noticed that up until Furcia on the asphalt road, riders can push a higher tooth."
13:45 - You can watch highlights now of Sunday's big stage to the infamous Monte Zoncolan on British Eurosport 2 (Sky 411 / Virgin 525) & on the Eurosport Player
13:30 - Four hours of action and the first two groups have completed their ascent with Szmyd leading. Vasil Kiryienka (Caisse d'Epargne) is the first man off in the final group at 14:10 UK time. The next 36 men then go off at one minute intervals before the top 15 15 on GC go off at three minutes intervals.
- - Sylvester Szmyd, the Polish rider for Liquigas, now leads with a time of 43:40.
- - Simoni takes second place behind Monier.
- - Fernando Alonso, Formula One world champion in 2005 and 2006, is the special guest of today's stage.
- - An estimated 100,000 fans are on the route already.
- - 2001 and 2003 champion Gilberto Simoni is out on course and sets the new best mark at the intermediate time check at Furcia after 7.6 km with 22:30.
- - The first 53 riders have completed the course and Damien Monier of Cofidis. has set the pace with 44:15. There is a short break before the second group of riders, Kalle Kriit of Cofidis gets underway at 11:50 UK time. The next 51 men then go off at one minute intervals.
- - Frapporti is the first man to finish - he has stopped the clock at 48:33.
- - It is a wonderful day with clear skies and sunshine. Massive crowds are expected and the tifosi are already on the cable cars en-route to the finish at the Kronplatz.
- - The pink jersey of race leader David Arroyo (Caisse d'Epargne) departs the start ramp at 15:31.
- - The top 15 on GC go off at three minutes intervals: 14:49 Dario Cataldo (Quick Step); 14:52 Bauke Mollema (Rabobank); 14:55 Vladimir Karpets (Katusha); 14:58 Marco Pinotti (Columbia); 15:01 Damiano Cunego (Lampre); 15:04 Robert Kiserlovski (Liquigas); 15:07 Linus Gerdemann (Milram); 15:10 Michele Scarponi (Acqua); 15:13 Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas); 15:16 Alex Vinokourov (Astana); 15:19 Cadel Evans (Lotto); 15:22 Carlos Sastre (Cervélo); 15:25 Ivan Basso (Liquigas); 15:28 Richie Porte (Saxo)
- - Race organisers had tried to include this climb in 2006 but had to cut it short to a pass on lower elevation because of snow at the summit. When the race did come here in 2008, Franco Pellizotti won in a time of 40:26 - an average speed of just 19kph.
- - The gradient for the first 2.5km is only 3.7% but it gradually becomes tougher with the sections between 2.5km and 7.5km around 9% before it ramps up into double figures. The final 5km are on a gravel road and the last few hundred meters feature a gruelling maximum gradient of 24%.
- - Marco Frapporti of Colnago, 157th and last overall, is the first man off the start ramp at 09:30 UK time. The next 52 men then go off at one minute intervals.
09:30 - After Monday's rest day, the Giro d'Italia continues with the feared mountain time trial on the Plan de Corones. 12.9km are to be covered with a Vertical climb of 1080m with the finish at 2273m above sea level.