Giro d'Italia - *Bruneck - Peio Terme

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  1. - - GC:1. David Arroyo (Spain/Caisse d'Epargne) 73hrs 11mins 38secs; 2. Ivan Basso (Italy/Liquigas) +2:27"; 3. Richie Porte (Australia/Saxo Bank) +2:44"; 4. Cadel Evans (Australia/BMC Racing) +3:09"; 5. Carlos Sastre (Spain/Cervelo) +4:41"; 6. Vincenzo Nibali (Italy/Liquigas) +4:53"; 7. Alexandre Vinokourov (Kazakhstan/Astana) +5:12"; 8. Michele Scarponi (Italy/Androni Giocattoli) +5:24"; 9. Damiano Cunego (Italy/Lampre) +9:21"; 10. Robert Kiserlovski (Croatia/Liquigas) +9:32"

  2. - - RESULTS: 1. Damien Monier (France/Cofidis) 4hrs 29mins 19secs; 2. Danilo Hondo (Germany/Lampre) +36"; 3. Steven Kruijswijk (Netherlands/Rabobank) +39"; 4. Daniel Moreno (Spain/Omega Pharma - Lotto) +1:05"; 5. Steven Cummings (Britain/Team Sky) +1:18"; 6. Simone Stortoni (Italy/Colnago - CSF) +1:48"; 7. Alexander Efimkine (Russia/AG2R) +1:55"; 8. Marco Marzano (Italy/Lampre) +1:57"; 9. Ignatas Konovalovas (Lithuania / Cervelo) +2:02"; 10. Carlos Ochoa (Venezuela/Androni Giocattoli)

  3. - - So, there's no change to the GC - Arroyo maintains the pink jersey and a 2min 27sec lead over Ivan Basso. Richie Porte is third, 2mins 36 behind off the pace.

  4. 0km - Liquigas, led by Nibali are leading the peloton home. All the big names are in there, 9mins 55secs adrift of Monier.

  5. 0km - There it is! Damien Monier takes a fine victory! He's followed by Hondo, who caught and passed Kruijswijk near the line. The Dutchman finishes third! Moreno and then Cummings come home.

  6. 1km - Kruijswijk's not going to catch Monier - great stuff from the young Frenchman!

  7. 1.5km - Monier is still going well - he's pumping away, half out of his seat, half in. It's not pretty, but so far it's effective.

  8. 2km - Monier is really going for it. He's out in front and he looks strong.

  9. 2.5km - Kruijswijk looks to hit back at Monier. He's a good climber, so he's got a good chance.

  10. 3km - The front three hit the steeper part of today's stage as Monier goes on the attack. Cummings and Moreno still haven't caught the leaders.

  11. 3km - The peloton cross the 10km mark 11mins 42secs behind the leaders.

  12. 4km - The leading three are soon going to become five as Cummings and Moreno make good ground. Still the final climb to come...

  13. 5km - Cummings (Sky) is now sitting behind Moreno (Omega Pharma-Lotto), the pair trying to catch up with the leading trio of Monier (Cofidis), Kruijswijk (Rabobank), Hondo (Lampre).

  14. 7km - Sky's Steve Cummings is trying to bridge the gap between the chasing pack and the leaders.

  15. 8km - The front three are Monier (Cofidis), Kruijswijk (Rabobank) and Hondo (Lampre) as the incline begins to get that little bit steeper.

  16. 10km - Here comes another break - a few of them in fact as the breakaway pack splits up. But it's not long before they regroup.

  17. 11km - The leaders have opened up a 37sec gap between them and the chasing pack.

  18. 13km - Moreno is on his own between that pack of three leaders and the chasing group of six. It's very stretched with 13 clicks to go.

  19. 14km - Three riders, Monier, Hondo and Kruijswijk, are out front now as Moreno tries to get up there with them.

  20. 15km - Moreno goes round the outside and breaks away - it's cat and mouse at the moment. The peloton are 10mins exactly behind.

  21. 17km - Hondo, Duque, Cummings Arashiro now are out front with Kruijswijk, Moreno and Konovalovas trying to keep with them.

  22. 19km - Danilo Hondo (Lampre) and Yukiya Arashiro (BBox) immediately counter as the leading group breaks up a little.

  23. 20km - Another small breakaway forms, instigated by Nicki Sorensen (Saxo Bank). Duque (Cofidis), Marzano (Lampre) and Reynes (HTC-Columbia) stay on his wheels but they're all reeled back in before too long.

  24. 22km - Ignatiev is caught by the chasing pack and they're all back together again. As expected, that was rather short-lived.

  25. 25km - Ignatiev is still out front on his own - surely it's only a matter of time before he's swallowed up again. The pack head through Male, where there's a decent turnout of screaming fans waving pink flags.

  26. 28km - Ignatiev (Katusha) pulls away from the rest of the leading pack... they let him go for the time being and he's way out on his own.

  27. 30km - Thirty clicks to go and the leaders are beginning to string out. The gap between them and the peloton is now 9mins 14secs.

  28. 34km - The riders are on the climb once again, although it's a gradual one until the final steep ascent to Paio Terme.

  29. 37km - The gap between the leaders and the peloton has been stretched once again - it's 9mins 24secs now.

  30. 40km - The frontrunners in the peloton are all riding single file at the moment while Efimkim is at the head of hte leading pack as they enter Cagno on the shores of Lago di Santa Giustina. Very pretty indeed.

  31. 43km - Eurosport analyst Sean Kelly "can't see" David Arroyo hanging on to the maglia rosa for much longer. He reckons he's got another two days in pink before losing it.

  32. 45km - Average speed after three hours of racing: 39km/h.

  33. 46km - Those leaders once again: Wyss (BMC), Efimkin (AG2R), Ochoa (Androni), Kireyev (Astana), Arashiro (BBox), Amador (Caisse d'Epargne), Konovalovas (Cervelo), Duque and Monier (Cofidis), Stortoni (Colnago), Hondo and Marzano (Lampre), Moreno (Omega Pharma), Kruijswijk (Rabobank), Cummings (Sky), Reynes (HTC-Columbia), Ignatiev (Katusha), Fothen (Milram), Sorensen (Saxo Bank).

  34. 49km - The leaders enter Brez. which looks like a nice little town. It has a population of a mere 801.

  35. 52km - It looks like pretty easy riding at the moment - downhill, but not too steep. Most are just free-wheeling.

  36. 55km - The Maglia Rosa group is now at 8mins 05secs behind the leaders. Roll of Honour

  37. 58km - Caisse d'Epargne are still leading the peloton, with Liquigas tucked in behind. The riders have zipped up their vests for the descent - it can get pretty chilly with the wind in their faces.

  38. 62km - Over the top they go and the descent down to Ponte Mostizzolo begins. 1. Moreno, 2. Stortoni, 3. Marzano, 4. Amador, 5. Fothen.

  39. 68km - Oh dear, there's a bloke in a mankini running alongside the riders! That's horrible. Really horrible.

  40. 69km - Some of the scenery on the way up the Passo della Palade is stunning. The peloton is now within 9mins of the leaders.

  41. 72km - The gap is down to 9mins 25secs as two riders call it a day on the Passo delle Palade - Francesco Reda (Quick Step) and Federico Canuti (Colnago).

  42. 75km - The clouds have disappeared for a moment and the sun is out as the riders continue their way up the first climb. The gap is down to 9min 55sec now - good work from the Caisse d'Epargne team at the front of the peloton.

  43. 76km - Among the breakaway riders, Alexander Efimkin (AG2R) is the best placed on the GC - he's 16th, 18mins 57secs behind leader David Arroyo.

  44. 77km - The Maglia Rosa group is now at 10mins 30secs, but it looks like they're just going to let the breakaway pack battle it out for the stage win.

  45. 79km - Two hours of racing gone and the average speed has been 45.5km/h. 11mins 26secs the gap now. Roll of Honour

  46. 80km - Maglia rosa David Arroyo is near the front of the peloton, which is currently being led by his Caisse d'Epargne team.

  47. 80km - The leaders have hit the first climb of the day. Average gradient 6.6%, maximum 16%.

  48. 85km - Danilo Wyss (BMC), Alexander Efimkin (AG2R), Carlos Ochoa (Androni), Roman Kireyev (Astana), Yukiya Arashiro (BBox), Andrei Amador (Caisse d'Epargne), Ignatus Konovalovas (Crvelo), Leonardo Duque (Cofidis), Damien Monier (Cofidis), Simone Stortoni (Colnago), Danilo Hondo (Lampre), Marco Marzano (Lampre), Daniel Moreno (Omega Pharma-Lotto),Steven Kruijswijk (Rabobank), Steven Cummings (Sky), Vicente Reynes (HTC-Columbia), Mikhail Ignatiev (Katusha) , Markus Fothen (Milram), Nicki Sorensen (Saxo)

  49. 90km - It's humid out on the road today - overcast and sticky for the riders. 11mins 44secs the gap between the leading pack and the peloton now.

  50. 95km - You can now watch the race now LIVE on British Eurosport 2 (Sky 411 / Virgin 525) and on the Eurosport Player.

  51. 95km - The breakaway group is still extending its lead - it's now over 10mins. Stage List

  52. 100km - The riders reach Bolzano and that breakaway group of 19 has extended their lead to 6mins 27secs.

  53. 105km - Those 19 names: Wyss, Efimkin, Ochoa, Kireyev, Arashiro, Amador, Konovalovas, Duque, Monier, Stortoni, Hondo, Marzano, Moreno, Kruijswijk, Cummings, Reynes, Ignatiev, Fothen and Nicki Sorensen.

  54. 105km - That lead is now 5mins 30secs as the peloton allows them to drift ahead.

  55. 107km - Those breakaway 19 have opened up a 30sec gap fairly quickly.

  56. 110km - Here's another break... 19 riders try their luck before they hit the first climb up the Passo dello Palade.

  57. 110km - Remember you can catch up with all the best pictures from the race. Giro gallery

  58. 115km - We're still to see a successful break, even though the gradual downhill slope provides the perfect conditions for one...

  59. 115km - After an hour of racing today, the average speed has been a swift 50km/h.

  60. 115km - Catch up on yesterday's stage right now on British Eurosport 2 and the Eurosport Player.

  61. 120km - John Gadret (AG2R La Mondiale), who finished third yesterday:"I still cannot believe it. When I crossed the line second I thought that other riders would pass me but in the end there was only one! I am incredibly happy! I knew it was the type of climb which suited me but from there to beat riders like Basso, Nibali, Vinokourov..."

  62. 125km - Despite a terrible time trial at Plan de Corones, David Arroyo (Caisse d'Epargne) is still in pink. But his lead over second-placed Ivan Basso (liquigas) is now just 2mins 27secs. Richie Porte (Saxo Bank) is in third, with Cadel Evans in fourth. General Classification

  63. 130km - Cadel Evans, who climbed from fifth to fourth in the overall with a second-place finish in yesterday's time trial up the Plan de Corones: "I went my own pace. The stage was hard and a bit dangerous at times because of the crowds. But I was was feeling good with my experience in mountain biking. There's still a ways to go. It's still an open Giro."

  64. 136km - The attempted escape ends as they are reeled back in by the peloton.

  65. 143km - A group has broken from the main peloton - Monier, Ignatiev, Donati, Bertolini Grivko, Kiryienka, King, Marangoni, Moreno, Froome, Albasini and Haedo. Damiano Cunego (Lampre) is leading the chasing pack

  66. 147km - Garzelli's previous best results in Giro time trials were two 3rd place finishes in 2000 and 2009.

  67. 150km - Garzelli won the seventh Giro stage in his career. Of all riders still active in year’s Giro peloton, he has won the most stages, equal to Gilberto Simoni.

  68. 150km - Garzelli became the second oldest stage winner in the Giro d’Italia at an age of 36 years and 313 days. Giovanni Rossignoli is the oldest stage winner. He was 37-186 on 6 June 1920.

  69. 155km - "After a stellar performance on Tuesday's hellish 12.9km individual mountain time trial up the snow-capped peak of Plan de Corones, the bald 36-year-old rolled back the years as he razzed it up on the podium, a fake gold crown in one hand, a stuffed mountain ram in the other, and two extremely tall Giro girls either side of him." Read Blazin' Saddles on yesterday's stage

  70. 160km - The 2000 champion posted a time of 41 minutes and 28 seconds on the 12.9 kilometre ascent which had a vertical climb of 1080m. Watch the video here Watch the video here

  71. 165km - Stefano Garzelli gave Italy their fifth consecutive stage win of their home tour by winning yesterday's stage 16 of the Giro d'Italia, the feared mountain time trial on the Plan de Corones. More here

  72. 170km - Geography is clearly not this reporter's greatest quality - Italy of course does not have a common border with Germany. But as pointed out by some of our faithful readers, it does share a border with Austria. Thanks for that, the erroneous comment has been amended.

  73. 173km - 153 riders signed on at Bruneck this lunchtime, with only David Loosli (Lampre) deciding not to race today.

  74. - - It's cloudy in Brunico today and there's a 30 per cent chance of rain. Should make the descents interesting.

  75. - - We can expect a breakaway before the Passo delle Palade but with some pivotal mountain climbs to come over the next few days, the contenders are unlikely to bust a gut on today's second climb.

  76. - - Today's stage is 173km long, starting with a gradual 80km descent from Bruneck before a long haul up Passo delle Palade (average gradient 6.6%, steepest 12%. Another descent is swiftly followed by a 9.5km climb up to Peio Terme, with an average gradient of 5%. It is the sixth summit finish of this year's Giro, and probably the easiest, despite a slight kick as the finish line approaches.

  77. - - And today's finish line is in Peio Terme, a small town in the Stelvio National Park that is best known for its thermal baths and recuperative springs. It's been a relaxing getaway for over 400 years, with skiing in the winter and activities such as mountain biking and rafting in the summer.

  78. - - Today's festivities start in Bruneck (or Brunico if you prefer), the largest town in the Puster Valley in northern Italy, right on the Austrian border. In fact, over 80 per cent of the population speak German. Bruneck's most famous sporting export is probably Karin Knapp, the tennis player. So now you know.

  79. - - The peloton heads from Bruneck to Peio Terme as stage 17 of 21 of this year's Giro d'Italia gets underway.