Giro d’Italia Stage 15: Live race updates, blog
Please join us for live blogging of Stage 15 of the Giro d’Italia. Live coverage will start from 8.30pm AEST, with comments as the race progresses.
Stage 15 sees the race start (after a small transfer) in Busto Arsizio and travels to Lecco, where the riders will be again greeted by another mountain top finish, this time on the top of the Category 2 climb of Piani dei Resinelli.
While the stage is classified as a ‘high mountains’ stage there is only one Category 1 climb, the Valico de Valcava, which starts at 70.5km and is approximately 15km in length.
The remaining climbs are shorter, but certainly with steep enough profiles to ensure that all but the better climbers will be in contention for the stage by the time the final climb is reached.
Yesterday’s stage saw the break stay away, with Andrey Amador of Movistar taking the win – the biggest of his career so far.
Previous Magila Rosa holder Ryder Hesjedal managed to break away from bunch containing the General Classification favourites and take back the leaders jersey from Joaquim Rodriguez.
The Katusha rider had attempted to follow Hesjedal when the Canadian had jumped with 4km to go, however was unable to maintain the pace that Ryder was setting and relinquished the race lead.
The only big name loser from stage 14 was Roman Kreuziger, who was dropped from the chasing bunch and lost another six seconds in the General Classification.
He now trails the Magila Rosa by 1:07 and in fact has his ‘super domestique’ Paolo Tiralongo 26 seconds higher up in GC.
While there would be no doubt Roman is still the leader of Astana, his manager would be hoping to not see much more time dropped before the start of the final week of the tour.
Which, with the coming climbs in mind, will mean it remains to be seen if the break is again successful today or if the GC riders will choose to have the first real battle of this year’s Giro d’Italia ahead of tomorrow’s rest day.
Either way stage 15 should prove to be another entertaining affair, so please join us for live coverage from 8.30pm AEST.