CW Live: Davide Bais wins stage seven of the Giro d'Italia; no change at top of GC; Vollering wins at Itzulia Women

All the updates from stage seven of the Giro, along with news from the wider world of cycling

Good morning and welcome once again to Cycling Weekly's live blog. I'm still Adam Becket, and I'll be taking you through what could be a crucial Giro d'Italia stage seven, as the race heads back to the mountains.

Mads Pedersen won stage six, meaning he has now won stages at all three Grand Tours, with his Giro win added to the stage he won at the Tour de France last July, and the three stages he won at the Vuelta a España in 2023.


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212km to go: There has been a flurry of attacks off the front already. At the moment, there is a quartet off the front: Henok Mulubrhan (Green Project-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè), Davide Bais (EOLO-Kometa), Karel Vacek (Corratec-Selle Italia) and Simone Petilli (Intermarché-Circus-Wanty). Is that the day's break already?

209km to go: That does indeed look like the break has gone. The road has been filled by the peloton, with one minute already given to the men up the road. There are a couple of riders stopping for the toilet already - nerves?

207km to go: Simon Clarke (Israel-Premier Tech) was awarded the most combative rider award overnight, thanks to a Twitter poll. I don't think that will do much to heal his heartbreak at being caught 200m from the line yesterday, though.

202km to go: The riders of the peloton are currently having a chat, naturally. It's pretty relaxed, as you can tell. Remco Evenepoel (Soudal Quick-Step), the world champion, has his leg warmers back on. It's May!

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193km to go: The squeal of disc brakes heralds a very wet day in southern Italy. The break now has over six minutes - how much is too much time? The peloton are not even really riding yet.

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185km to go: We have got to the thrilling bit of the day where riders are filmed taking off and putting on rain jackets. A penny for JaI Hindley's thoughts whenever he sees that on TV. The break has been pegged at just over six minutes.

30km to go at Itzulia Women

157km at the Giro: The break now has eight minutes on the peloton. It's a sleepy start to the day.

153km to go: That gap is now ten minutes, which seems like a lot, but remember that the peloton has not really started riding at all yet. 

149km to go: Robbie McEwen reports that Kaden Groves (Alpecin-Deceuninck) has a cold, which is a blow to his hopes to take the points jersey and win another stage.

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Giro d'Italia stage seven

Davide Bais, Henok Mulubrhan, Simone Petilli and Karel Vacek in the day's break 

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131km to go at Giro: The break's gap has now dipped below nine minutes as the race heads towards the second-category climb Roccaraso. It is 7.3km at an average of 6.1%, so shouldn't trouble the riders too much, but it might mean action. 

124km to go: The breakaway of four was briefly three. On the first climb of the day Karel Vacek of Corratec has dropped off the back, before getting back on. The other three out front are now Davide Bais (EOLO-Kometa), Henok Mulubrhan (Green Project-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè) and Simone Petilli (Intermarché-Circus-Wanty).

Tom Thewlis here, taking over for the next hour while Adam takes a break.

120km to go: We've just had a shot of Remco Evenepoel at the back of the main field with a couple of Quick-Step teammates. Looks like he's deep in conversation with the guys around him.

The weather really hasn't been great so far this Giro, although that's often to be expected.

The roads are slick once more today and the riders are all decked out in wet weather gear. One thing's for sure, it will certainly be freezing at the top of the Gran Sasso today. 

119km to go: We've still got the same guys up the road with the gap back to the peloton still standing at just under ten minutes.

We're just under a kilometre from the summit of the Roccaraso climb, the sun's out and my money is one Davide Bais to grab maximum points at the top.

118km to go:  Yes! He's done it. Davide Bais takes 18 points in the mountains classification as he's first over the top, with Pettili taking eight in second, Vacek of Corratec taking six and Mulubrhan taking four.

There's still a couple of points on offer for when the peloton arrive, Thibaut Pinot will almost certainly look to grab them. 

114km to go: As the breakaway reached the top of the Roccaraso, Henok Mulubrhan was dropped out of the back.

We've now got three guys up the road led by Bais, with Mulubrhan somewhere in between them and the peloton ten minutes back down the road. 

113km to go: The peloton are just passing through a feed zone, with many of the domestiques grabbing hold of their musettes ready to pass on to their leaders.

UAE, Quick-Step and DSM are on the front of the bunch and don't seem to be in any particular hurry. The breakaway's lead is at eleven minutes now.

Expect that to plummet as the stage reaches its finale later today. 

110km to go: You can see Pinot sat comfortably in the bunch resplendent in the Maglia Azzurra.

The Frenchman darted out of the main field as they crossed the summit of the Roccaraso there and took the remaining two mountains points on offer. It all looked pretty easy, he's tucking into an energy bar now after that little effort. 

Pinot's teammate Stefan Küng took the remaining point.

Pinot now leads the mountains classification with 42 points, Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (Trek-Segafredo) is ins econd on 26 points with Aurelien Paret-Peintre of AG2R in third palce on 22 points. 

Here's the current state of play in the mountains classification if you want to take a closer look!

103km to go: We've had a small crash! Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma) is on the deck along with the youngest rider in the race, Matthew Riccitello (Israel-Premier Tech)... far from ideal from both guys.

We didn't see what happened there, just the two left on the floor after the incident.

Riccitello looks pretty miffed understandably, particularly as he's had to change his bike as a result. 

101km to go: Here's Remco a moment ago, complete in his leg warmers and overshoes.

As the sun starts to appear, a lot of the riders are gradually getting rid of their wet weather gear. We've just seen current race leader Andreas Leknessund removing his leg warmers as the temperature has apparently risen by ten degrees. 

97km to go: Here's Leknessund, getting comfortable as the peloton rolls along this plateau.

Bais, Petilli and Vacek are still the trio up the road. 

89km to go: The breakaway's gap has moved up to more than 12 minutes now as the riders snake down a small descent.

DSM are clearly looking to organise things a little now, moving all of their riders to the front of the peloton to set the tempo.

Leknessund is at the back of their train. Will the Norwegian manage to keep hold of the Maglia Rosa today? In commentary, Robbie McEwen has just said it feels "inevitable" that Evenepoel will re-claim the pink leaders jersey today... At just 28 seconds off the lead again, it does certainly feel that way. 

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80km to go: The gap to the leaders has dropped a little and now stands at 11-12.

We're cruising along towards the next intermediate sprint point of the day. DSM are still leading the bunch although other teams will no doubt look to get amongst it in the kilometres to come. 

Hello! Adam here, I'm back, I've had two slices of pizza and am ready and raring to go.

53km to go: I'm not saying that today has been dull so far, but on TV they are talking about saffron. The gap is 10-35, and we are closing in on the final climb(s) of the stage.

47km to go: Pieter Serry (Soudal Quick-Step) looks like he was caught up in a crash, you can see a rip in his shorts on the right hand side. Hardly an ideal start to the serious bit of the day for Quick-Step.

44km to go: Before we get to the final drag to Gran Sasso d'Italia, the riders have to tackle the Calascio first, which is a second-category climb. Something has to happen soon, surely.

41km to go: We have action! On a right turn into the bottom of the climb there are lots of different teams trying to gain position in the peloton. Let's see if this lasts.

41km to go: The climb has begun and the dynamic feels like it has changed in the peloton. Mark Cavendish (Astana Qazaqstan) and Kaden Groves (Alpecin-Deceuninck) are off the back already.

39km to go: The gap has gone back up to 11 minutes and DSM are back on the front of the peloton... who will take this on? And when?

38km to go: Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) has another mechanical problem! The Welshman had problems with his chain yesterday, and has more problems again - he's chasing back onto the peloton with Filippo Ganna now.

36km to go: Geraint Thomas is back in the peloton now, fortunately for him. It's 40km to go for the bunch now, with Jonathan Milan (Bahrain-Victorious) still on the front.

35km to go: The gap between the leading trio and the peloton is now below ten minutes. The pace is still high, and the road is ramping up. We haven't seen the break for a while, so we are just assuming it still exists...

35km to go: There are the three, going under the 35km to go arch, sponsored by Visit Malta. Isn't that nice. Who is your money on? Bais, Vacek, Petilli or someone from the peloton?

32km to go: Davide Bais (EOLO-Kometa) crested Calascio first, taking the maximum points, followed by Simone Petilli (Intermarché-Circus-Wanty) and Karel Vacek (Corratec-Selle Italia). The bunch is about 3km further back down the climb.

27km to go: Back down the mountain, Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) collects the spare points on offer from the classified climb. Easy. He still might not hold onto the jersey, though, depending on what happens at the end.

22km to go: 7-50 is the gap back to the peloton, so it looks like it might be the break's day. The peloton is looking reasonably small at the moment, and the final climb is still to come.

21km to go: Ben Swift (Ineos Grenadiers) just briefly headed off-road as there was no space for him on the tarmac. No harm done, though, he's back in the bunch.

19km to go: The break has 7-24 over the peloton, which has AG2R Citroën at the front, intriguingly. Maybe they're hoping to put Aurélien Paret-Peintre into pink, seeing as he's just 30 seconds behind Andreas Leknessund, the race leader.

14km: OK, this has been boring. Still nothing happening in the peloton...

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11km to go: Six minutes is the gap from the leading trio to the peloton, which is now being controlled by Soudal Quick-Step. Is the pace finally increasing? Will something happen? Let's see. The break looks like it will contend for the win.

6km to go: We have an attack! Simone Petilli is the first to put a move in. Nothing breaking apart just yet, but here we go... Vacek definitely looks the weakest of the three. Meanwhile, the bunch are just rolling through, 10km to go.

5km to go: That's for the break, anyway, the peloton might be taking a dinner break further down the climb. There's 6-14 between them and the three up front.

3km to go: Karel Vacek has been dropped again, but he hasn't quite disappeared yet... The peloton is all together with 5km to go.

4km to go for the peloton: It will be really interesting to see what the GC riders have to say at the end of the day. Why nothing so far?

1.5km to go: Karel Vacek has dropped off the back again, but he has returned. The breakaway trio are inside the walls of snow now. They look tired.

1km to go: Movistar are pushing on in the peloton and finally things are thinning out back there. Not that there's anything crazy happening, but riders are being dropped.

0.9km to go: The three up the road are still all together, who is going to pounce first? The peloton is looking a little more all-together now.

Davide Bais wins stage seven of the Giro d'Italia

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