Giro d'Italia stage 11 as it happened: Jonathan Milan takes second race victory

Live updates on another day for the fastmen on the Adriatic coast

Giro d'Italia stage 11 profile

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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of stage 11 of the Giro d'Italia. Today looks to be a sprint stage, with a flat run-in to Francavilla al Mare on the Adriatic coast. Still, with the way this race has unfolded so far, and Tadej Pogačar's will to win, don't expect any guarantees. 



So far, there have been three bunch sprint finishes at the race, with no sprinter winning twice. 

Cian Uijtdebroeks

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There must be something going round the peloton in Italy. Cofidis rider Stefano Oldani is also a non-starter today, unwell too. 

The riders have just rolled out of Foiano di Val Fortore for 10 minutes of neutralised riding. 

Stage 11 begins

203km to go: Thomas Champion (Cofidis) bites the bullet and kickstarts the day's breakaway. He is followed by Tim van Dijke and Edoardo Affini (Visma-Lease a Bike). 

200km to go: The trio have stretched out a gap of 1-22. Surprisingly, nobody has tried to bridge across. Perhaps a sign that the peloton doesn't believe in the breakaway today? 

194km to go: The three riders in the breakaway pose no trouble to the general classification. Champion is one hour and 11 minutes down on Pogačar, while Affini and Van Dijke are both over two hours in arrears. 

Thomas Champion leads the breakaway at the Giro d'Italia

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183km to go: The riders are descending now on the approach to the only categorised climb of the day, a simple category three. It starts with 167km to go. 

Tadej Pogacar at the Giro

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162km to go: UAE Team Emirates are enjoying a chill day today. They're leaving the pulling to Lidl-Trek and Alpecin-Deceuninck – two teams with major sprint interests – and have tucked themselves away inside the peloton. 

159km to go: The leading trio take a 2-35 advantage over the top of the day's only categorised climb. Van Dijke takes maximum points, not that he's really collecting them. 

149km to go: The average speed so far today is 40km/h. There's a long downhill to come, before a flat 100km to the finish, so expect the pace to pick up. 

147km to go: The Visma-Lease a Bike car pulls up alongside Van Dijke for a chat. The conversation appears jovial, and the instructions seem to be to keep plugging away out front. 

141km to go: With a lull in the racing (it'll last for a while), here's an update on the situation out on the road.

134km to go: Alpecin-Deceuninck are staying near the front of the bunch. With nothing to write home about so far from Italy, the squad have their hopes today pinned on Kaden Groves, winner of a stage last year. 

131km to go: Jonathan Milan (Lidl-Trek) shoots out of the peloton for a handful of points at the intermediate sprint. The Italian's a big fan of his ciclamino skinsuit, and is determined to hang onto it. 

Time for a little game. Can you guess the SD Worx-Protime rider from the silhouette? 

120km to go: The gap to the breakaway has tumbled slightly to 1-40. The sprint teams are cautious of letting it drift out too much. 

109km to go: Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (Lidl-Trek) is on the lunchtime shift on the front of the peloton. The gap is now 1-30. I am eating risotto.

100km to go: It always feels like a significant moment, and for no real reason, but we're into the final 100km. Little has happened. 

Thomas Champion leads the breakaway at the Giro d'Italia

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Ok, I am now going to reveal the answer to the silhouette puzzle from 40 minutes ago. 

86km to go: Someone sound the klaxon, because the breakaway's advantage has fallen under a minute – 53 seconds, to be exact. 

77km to go: The riders are now making their way northward up the Adriatic coast. For those geographically challenged, like myself, that's the one on the right side of Italy. 

69km to go: There's a bit of excitement at the day's second intermediate sprint. Towing Kaden Groves, four Alpecin-Deceuninck riders slip out of the peloton to set him up for a points coup, which he duly pulls off. Jonathan Milan (Lidl-Trek) opts not to bother.

55km to go: The breakaway's day looks doomed. Their advantage is now just 28 seconds. 

47km to go: We're probably into the last hour of racing now. The average speed so far is just over 44km/h, and the sprint teams will turn up the pace into the finale. 

39km to go: Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (Lidl-Trek) is going above and beyond today. He's been commanding the peloton for the last hour and a half, at least. Lidl-Trek's sprinter, Jonathan Milan, decided to sit out of the last intermediate sprint, so I suspect the team's all in for the finish. 

35km to go: The breakaway is no more. Our leading trio is swallowed up, just a kilometre out from the day's third and final intermediate sprint. 

34km to go: Ryan Mullen (Bora-Hansgrohe) wins the final intermediate sprint, gaining three bonus seconds. Geraint Thomas crossed the line second, earning two seconds back on Dani Martínez (Bora-Hansgrohe) in the overall standings. 

29km to go: Jayco AlUla, Lidl Trek, Soudal Quick-Step and Alpecin Deceuninck are strewn out in lines across the road. 

24km to go: Mikkel Bjerg (UAE Team Emirates) appears on the front of the peloton briefly. He's keeping Tadej Pogačar safe. Either that, or he's trying to set things up for  Juan Sebastián Molano to sprint. 

21km to go: Andrea Piccolo (EF Education-Easy Post) has gone on a flier. It's an audacious move.

20km to go: A touch of wheels in the bunch sees a Kevin Vermaerke (dsm-firmenich PostNL) and Felix Großschartner (UAE Team Emirates) go down. Fortunately, they both fell in a grassy verge at the side of the road. 

18km to go: Piccolo, unsurprisingly, is immediately caught. 

Here's the finale that's fast approaching in Francavilla al Mare. After a U-turn with 4km to go, it's a straight line along the coast to the finish line. The riders will need to watch out for road furniture in the town, though, and there are a couple of roundabouts they'll have to navigate in the final 10km. 

10km to go: The speed has really picked up. With the wind on their backs, the peloton is rolling at around 70km/h. They'll turn into a headwind with 4km to go. 

6km to go: UAE Team Emirates and Lidl-Trek are fighting for control of the front of the bunch. 

5km to go: Julian Alaphilippe (Soudal Quick-Step) takes up the charge. He wants to lead Tim Merlier through the U-turn coming up. 

4.5km to go: Pogačar goes the long way round a roundabout and loses about 15 positions. 

4km to go: Ineos Grenadiers lead through the U-turn. The peloton slows, and takes it easy. Fortunately, there have been no crashes. 

3km to go: Ineos Grenadiers are still on the front into the headwind. The sprint teams will soon start their dash. 

2km to go: Jayco AlUla have taken over on the front. The peloton is strung out behind. 

1km to go: Alpecin-Deceuninck charge down the middle of the road. Everyone is biding their time, wary of the headwind. 

500m to go: Still nobody has launched their sprint. 


Tim Merlier (Soudal Quick-Step) opened up his sprint first, dashing down the left side of the road, but the Belgian couldn't hold off Milan. That's two stage wins for the big Italian, and a decent helping of points for his ciclamino stronghold. 

There was a crash in the sprint. Fabio Jakobsen (dsm-firmenich PostNL) was among those who came down. He's up and walking. 

Hold tight, I'll have a full race report up shortly. 

Jonathan Milan at the Giro d'Italia

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The full report from today's stage is now on our website. Tim Merlier (Soudal Quick-Step) was relegated in the sprint, meaning Kaden Groves (Alpecin-Deceuninck) finished second. 

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