Giro d'Italia live: Alberto Dainese wins stage 17 in tight photo finish

It will almost definitely be a sprint in Caorle at the end of the day

Geraint Thomas

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Hello and welcome to another day here on Cycling Weekly live, where later I will be taking you through stage 17 of the Giro d'Italia, but first, we will have a look at what else is going on in the world of cycling.


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Peloton away for Giro d'Italia stage 17

197km to go: Charlie Quarterman (Corratec-Selle Italia) is the first to try and attack. How long will it take for the break to form on today's very flat stage?

194km to go: Is that the break formed already? Four riders are up ahead: Charlie Quarterman (Corratec-Selle Italia), Thomas Champion (Cofidis), Senne Leysen (Alpecin-Deceuninck) and Diego Pablo Sevilla (EOLO-Kometa).

192km to go: Now Jayco-AlUla decide to chase, which is interesting. It's Lukas Pöstleberger on the front.

190km to go: Michael Matthews (Jayco-AlUla) is on the front now, a lot earlier than he's usually seen... Interesting from the Australian.

188km to go: Now a rider from Green Project-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè tries to make it up the road, having been late for the break. There doesn't appear to be anyone from the peloton chasing him down, so this one could make it...

186km to go: A hill! The break are clearly on a hill! That's not allowed in today's downhill race, surely.

185km: Yesterday I spoke about l'esprit de l'escalier in the context of the GC battle; will there be any riders regretting not getting into the break on today's stage? It seems odd that it is just four.

182km to go: According to Adam Blythe on the TV, some riders stopped to go to the toilet and were caught out but the continuing attacks in the peloton.

173km to go: Sadly for Green Project-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè, Davide Gabburo did not make it into the break. So it's just four men out front, with 2-42 on the peloton.

Giro d'Italia

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165km to go: You would never guess what's happening at the Giro d'Italia... rain. Let's hope everyone stays upright.

153km to go: The breakaway has not been given a lot of time. Their advantage is just 1-51 with about a quarter of the stage gone. Might it all come back together?

149km to go: Thomas Champion (Cofidis) is already looking bored, and he's in the break. Just 1-30 is the gap. What's the point if the break gets no ground at all? It might open the door for further attacks.

146km to go: I'm not saying that there isn't much happening, but Andrea Pasqualon (Bahrain-Victorious) just had time to go and say hello to his fans. Three and a bit more hours of this to come.

139km to go: The gap is at 1-42. DSM, Astana-Qazaqstan, Movistar and UAE Team Emirates are all pulling on the front of the peloton. Ineos Grenadiers and race leader Geraint Thomas aren't too far behind.

133km to go: One of the members of the breakaway, Charlie Quarterman, is writing a weekly diary for Cycling Weekly from the Giro. Subscribe now to read them.

130km to go: Marco Frigo (Israel-Premier Tech) stopped on the side of the road to see his fan club, if you want to know how full-on the racing is currently.

125km to go: There's and intermediate sprint in around 10km. The race has average 44kph over its first hour and a half.

This is Vern Pitt taking over from Adam for a bit while he grabs a sandwich. Charlie Quarterman must be feeling better than he was last week. As Adam mentioned he's writing a diary from the giro for Cycling Weekly and I was struck by how miserable his last week has been.

115km to go: Apparently Mark Cavendish, who announced earlier this week that he will retire at the end of 2023, has been doing a lot of fiddling with his bike.

Champion takes intermediate sprint points

110km to go: After that brief bit of excitement the break has gap of 1-32. They're almost on the pan-flat run in to the finish.

CORRECTION: Sevilla actually won the sprint, it's taken quite a while for the commissaires to review the photo it seems. 

106km to go: Charly Wegelius, sports director at EF Education-EasyPost, a man with an arid sense of humour, is being interviewed by Adam Blythe through the window of his car and complains he may struggle to eat his pasta salad lunch while driving. 

A technical finish in store

99km to go: The break's advantage has gone out very lightly to 1-44. That's probably not very significant as there is as good as zero chance of them contesting the finish.

93km to go: The peloton is passing through the feed zone so don't' expect any excitement for the next 10-15 minutes or so. Much like the rest of the day to this point to be fair.

Consonni's jazzy helmet

85km to go: The break's advantage continues to tick up. It's now at 2-22.

Hello, Adam Becket back again. Has anything changed? Nope? OK.

75km to go: The gap between the break and the peloton is now 2-15. What a fun day out they are all having. It's pretty relaxed in the bunch, with teams sticking together largely. Ben Healy (EF Education-EasyPost) is looking good in blue.

70km to go: Yukiya Arashiro (Bahrain-Victorious) is back on the front again, pulling for Jonathan Milan. The gap is 2-21, but that should be easily recoverable given the profile of the remaining kilometres.

68km to go: Koen Bouwman (Jumbo-Visma) is on his way back to his team leader Primož Roglič after chatting with the race director's car. Wonder what that was all about - placing bets for the sprint maybe.

64km to go: Andrea Tafi won the Giro-E sprint today, I know that's the one you all care about.

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53km to go: The gap between the break and the peloton at the Giro d'Italia has started coming down a lot now. It's 1-36 as things stand.

48km to go: Less than 50km to go, 1-44 is the gap. Who is your money on? Cavendish, Gaviria, Milan, Ackermann, or someone else?

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42km to go: 1-30 is the gap between the four out front and the peloton. It will be interesting to see when they get taken in...

Charlie Quarterman wins second intermediate sprint

29km to go: Just 40 seconds between the peloton and the breakaway now. The end is nigh for them.

26km to go: The pace in the peloton is fierce as the race enters the closing stages. Astana-Qazaqstan and Bahrain-Victorious are near to the front, but its DSM on the very point, who are apparently riding for Alberto Dainese.

22km to go: Senne Leysen (Alpecin-Deceuninck) has attacked his break colleagues, leaving Thomas Champion (Cofidis), Diego Pablo Sevilla (EOLO-Kometa) and Charlie Quarterman (Corratec-Selle Italia) behind. Champion has already been mopped up by the peloton.

19km to go: Leysen has 37 seconds on the bunch now, with Quarterman and Sevilla caught by the big group. 

17km to go: Leysen's gap has rocketed now, up to 57 seconds. It won't be quite panic stations in the bunch, but this is interesting...

13km to go: The gap is coming down now, so for those Senne Leysen fans around, you might be disappointed sooner rather than later. We'll see.

10km to go: 20 seconds is the gap between the peloton and the lone escapee now. It looks like it will be a sprint finish after all. There will be a lot of tension in the bunch right now. 

7km to go: The gap is still at 11 seconds, but Leysen looks pretty spent...

6km to go: The host broadcasters have taken the time gap off our screens now, such is the narrowing of the gap. GC riders will be racing to that 3km to go mark.

5km to go: Leysen is caught. Ineos Grenadiers and the maglia rosa, Geraint Thomas, are on the front.

4.5km to go: There's a real mess of teams on the front, with Ineos Grenadiers, Jayco AlUla, Movistar, EOLO-Kometa and Trek-Segafredo all near the front.

4km to go: Jonathan Milan, Mark Cavendish et al are all hidden...

3km to go: The peloton are through the magical 3km to go mark, on the beachfront. Any crash or mechanical-caused split in the bunch now would mean same time for the GC riders.

2km to go: There's a real mix of riders near the front, Cavendish is quite far back at this point.

1km to go: The pace is incredibly high on the front, with the peloton strung out. Who will it be?

Photo finish on stage 17

Alberto Dainese wins

Blimey, that was a fast, tight finish. Michael Matthews went first, Alberto Dainese followed, and Jonathan Milan came from so, so far back yet again. Imagine what the latter could do if he was in the right position...

Alberto Dainese

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Mark Cavendish clearly unhappy with a Green Project-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè rider there, wonder if that's what took him out of contention.

Alberto Dainese, stage winner: "This is insane. The first sprints didn't go as planned. We did a good job, but we never got a good result. Today we rode an insane final with the boys. Marius [Mayrhofer] did a super job, and Niklas [Märkl] as well to finish it off. When he swung off, I was a bit overtaken by the guys from the left so I had to squeeze and catch Matthews. 

There is no change in any of the classifications today, by the way - in case you were wondering.

You can read the full stage report and reaction here, but that's me done for today. Have a good evening everyone!

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