Kelderman with competitors a few minutes from leader | NOW

Another 32 km – It is INEOS Grenadiers that takes the lead in the peloton on the ascending road to Sestriere. Tao Geoghegan Hart has at least five teammates around him and seems to want to commit a coup in the Giro today. Rosette bearer Wilco Kelderman is in the wheel of Jai Hindley.

Another 36 km – Démare has now been caught by the peloton, which is 4.34 minutes from Ballerini. The Italian, in turn, has a lead of just under forty seconds on the first group of pursuers.

39 km to go – Davide Ballerini takes about forty seconds ahead of the rest of the leading group, while the peloton follows at 4.27 minutes.

Another 49 km – After Fiorelli’s sprint in Sestriere, it is Ballerini who takes off downhill on his own.

Another 52 km – It is Filippo Fiorelli who sprints away from the leading group and comes up first in Sestriere.

Another 54 km – The INEOS men continue to kick at the front of the pack. The lead of the leading group has now been reduced by half a minute: 4.25 minutes.

Another 56 km – And again four riders have disappeared from the leading group. This time it is Viviani, Démare, Cimolai and Sobrero who have to drop out, leaving seventeen riders in the leading group again.

Another 56 km – INEOS has taken the initiative in the peloton. Tao Geoghegan Hart’s team is now at the front and will sooner or later try to drive away from Kelderman and Hindley.

Still 57 km – The riders already rode uphill for a while, but the climb to Sestriere has also ‘officially’ started. The finish is another six kilometers with an average gradient of 5.9%.

Another 62 km – The leading group is quite unexpectedly joined again by the four riders who dropped out earlier. And so the leading group again ‘just’ consists of 21 riders.

Another 64 km – Another twelve kilometers until the riders visit Sestriere for the first time. In the front of the peloton there is one Astana rider left, behind that is the INEOS team with Tao Geoghegan Hart. The gap to the leading group is just under five minutes.

Another 67 km – While the lead of the leading group is slowly decreasing (5.05 minutes), the first riders also have to release. It is Démare, Fiorelli, Viviani and Cimolai who let go of the leading group, which now consists of 17 riders.

Another 73 km – The lead of the leading group has shrunk again: 5.35 minutes.

Another 77 km – The first climb towards Sestriere is different from the two climbs after it. The riders will approach the winter sports village from the eastern side first (category 2), but the second climb and the final climb will be approached from the more severe western slope (category 1).

Another 84 km – The lead of the leading group is slightly reduced by the peloton: 6.18 minutes. At the head of the peloton we still see the Astana team and Wilco Kelderman.

Another 88km – The Astana team also leads the peloton after the supply. Jakob Fuglsang’s team has been leading the elongated peloton for a while and set the pace.

Another 100 km – Not much is currently changing in the course. The same leading group, the same lead. The ride is going up very slowly in the run-up to the first climb to Sestriere, but the real climb only starts in about twenty kilometers.

Still 111 km – The leading group currently has a lead of 7.06 minutes. The highest ranked rider in this is Brandon McNulty from UAE Emirates. He is fourteenth, 33.12 minutes from Kelderman.

Another 129 km – The riders from the leading group at a glance: Bouchard, Vendrame, Tratnik, Fiorelli, Malecki, Viviani, Ballerini, Honore, Serry, Kangert, Démare, Guglielmi, Cimolai, Holmes, Rubio, Villella, Gebreigzabhier, Sobrero, Bernard, Conci, McNulty. They have a lead of 7.15 minutes.

Another 138 km – For what it is worth: Arnaud Démare wins the intermediate sprint and thus finally has the Maglia Ciclamino, the purple jersey. The Frenchman only has to finish tomorrow.

Another 139 km – The first intermediate sprint is scheduled for a kilometer. In the points classification, Arnaud Démare has a 37-point lead over Peter Sagan and it is no longer possible to bridge that gap. The intermediate sprint is therefore no longer exciting.

Another 141 km – The advantage for Sunweb is that the leading group can pick up the bonus seconds that can be earned, if of course the situation remains that way. These cannot then unexpectedly end up with a competitor. At the second intermediate sprint (3, 2 and 1 seconds) and at the finish (10, 6 and 4 seconds) you can earn extra seconds and given the very small differences in the top of the general classification, this could be the difference between winning and to lose.

Another 154 km – The leading group has grown with Serry, Bouchard, Vendrame, Fiorelli, Démare, Guglielmi, Rubio, Gebreigzabhier, Sobrero and Bernard. In total there are now 21 riders in the leading group, who already have a lead of more than six minutes.

Another 157 km – The group of front runners has now grown to 21 riders, but the teams of Sunweb (Kelderman, Jai Hindley) and INEOS (Tao Geoghegan Hart) are still quiet in the peloton. The leading group builds up a lead of 4.50 minutes.

Another 160 km – The group of the first breakouts consists of Jan Tratnik, Kamil Malecki, Elia Viviani, Davide Ballerini, Mikkel Honoré, Tanel Kangert, Davide Cimolai, Matthew Holmes, Davide Villella, Nicola Conci and Brandon McNulty. Behind it several riders try to hook up.

Still 161 km – A group of riders try to get away from the peloton and take a 22 second lead. Behind them, six riders try to reach the leading group.

Another 176 km – The peloton is still intact after the first kilometers of this stage.

Start! The riders are on their way in the penultimate stage. They start with the neutralized part first.


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